I was reviewing the a spreadsheet I created of the RTR spoiler to prepare my strategy for this coming weekend. In doing so, I noticed that here and on previous sets if a creature has flying, it is virtually always the first ability listed on the card.
Now, I see a strong parallel between Magic card abilities and Java class, method, and member modifiers. In the same vein that a
public static int is syntactically the same as a
static public int, a creature that is
flying, deathtouch is the same as
deathtouch, flying. But you never really see the latter, only the former.
A search of the official rules didn't indicate anything, nor did Google.
Is there a canonical, conventional, or official order by which I can expect cards to have their abilities listed on the card?
Edit: I take back one comment. Faerie Invaders has Flash before Flying. Perhaps Flash is 'more important' than Flying?