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So I know that Bogbrew Witch, Festering Newt and Bubbling Cauldron all name each other in their rules text and I was wondering if there are any other cards that do this as well. How can I find more cards like that? (A list would certainly be useful, but how to find them would be even more useful.)

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    This is basically asking for a list of cards that reference other cards by name. I don't see how such a list could be useful to anyone. – Rainbolt Oct 23 '15 at 13:06
  • I just would like to know.. I like playing cards that interact with each other directly. – thatdude1087 Oct 23 '15 at 13:08
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    This could be a much better question if it asked for ways to search for cards that reference a different card by name. As written it's very unclear what you mean... every card in MTG "interacts" with other cards. – GendoIkari Oct 23 '15 at 13:49
  • Clearly the guy who asked the question finds the answer he got useful? Isn't that enough? This is stackexchange not wikipedia – Affe Oct 23 '15 at 18:42
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    I've edited and voted to reopen, given that how to search for something is a perfectly fine question and the OP was clearly interested in it. – Cascabel Oct 23 '15 at 23:28
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Creating a search query that returns all cards that reference other cards, without having false positives or false negatives is difficult, but I will show the kinds of things to search for to find some of them. All of these queries are using MagicCards.info

o:named

This is the most basic one, it searches for all cards with "named" in their card text. This generates a lot of false positives, mostly cards that refer to themselves like Accumulated Knowledge, cards that have someone name a card like Booby Trap, or ones that create tokens with names like Boris Devilboon.

This part is always required, and will be left out of future queries for brevity.

-o:~

This removes any cards that have their own name in the text box. This creates some false negatives from things like Diligent Farmhand, but also removes a large number of false positives (It removes about 100 cards from the results).

-o:"name a card"

This removes any cards that have the text "name a card" in the text box. I don't think this creates any false negatives, but doesn't remove that many cards from the result (less than 20).

-o:"token named"

This removes any cards that have the text "token named" in their text box. Note that this only removes things with vanilla tokens (ie ones with no abilities), ones that have abilities like Wirefly Hive will still show up. It also removes the Helm of Kaldra since it produces a Kaldra token.

Combining all of these into (with -is:silver-bordered to remove Un-cards)

o:named -o:~ -o:"name a card" -o:"names a card" -o:"token named" -is:silver-bordered

We get a list of 18 cards, 3 are false positives, and several cards like the Helm of Kaldra that don't show up, but it gives you a starting place to work from.

  • This is a neat list, but ultimately not very helpful... is it possible to list criteria that can be used to search for such cards? (I have no idea if Gatherer has any way of searching for this). – GendoIkari Oct 23 '15 at 13:51
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    @GendoIkari There isn't really any way to easily search for them. The best I can think of is having the Rules Test contains 'named', but that ends up with a lot of false positives. – diego Oct 23 '15 at 13:56
  • You forgot urzatron :) – Affe Oct 23 '15 at 18:41
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    @Affe Technically the Urzatron don't care about card names, that tracks card types. – diego Oct 23 '15 at 19:23
  • You can do this relatively easy if you just download one of the copies of the oracle database that you can easily find. I found these plus a handful more with a quick python script. (I excluded things like the Bursts, though, because if you count cards that refer to themselves there are a lot more.) – Cascabel Oct 23 '15 at 23:54
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The search engine mtg.wtf uses the full list of card names to generate the related: parameter, so searching for related:* on mtg.wtf also shows some cards that are missing in the other answer:

  • Ajani's Aid refers to Ajani, Valiant Protector
  • Gideon's Resolve refers to Gideon, Martial Paragon
  • Kookus refers to Keeper of Kookus
  • Liberating Combustion refers to Chandra, Pyrogenius
  • Liu Bei, Lord of Shu refers to Guan Yu, Sainted Warrior and Zhang Fei, Fierce Warrior
  • Marauding Maulhorn refers to Advocate of the Beast
  • Peacekeeper Avatar refers to Arrest
  • Pious Kitsune refers to Eight-and-a-Half-Tails
  • Rohgahh of Kher Keep refers to Kobolds of Kher Keep
  • Walker of the Wastes refers to Wastes
  • At least in this case mtg.wtf's search engine is much better, nice answer. – Mauricio Pasquier Juan Oct 3 '17 at 23:21

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