Fake Magic: The Gathering Card Names Are Fantastic

Fake Magic: The Gathering Card Names Are Fantastic
Original art: <a href="https://www.jasonchanart.com/">Jason Chan</a>

Jason Rohrer (Passage, Sleep Is Death) thought it’d be fun to train an AI to create fake Magic: The Gathering card names. It was a good hunch.

To do it, he created a database of 18,978 card names, which the AI would then use to jumble all the words up and come up with new stuff. Amazingly, aside from simply offering up combinations of existing words, it also learned to create new words like ‘Soulstorm’, which despite sounding like the most Magic name ever isn’t actually on any card.

Some of the other highlights include:

  • Sangrome Archers

  • Kazanda Astator

  • Resounding Chief

  • Grim Canopy

  • Reckless Speaker

  • Harbinger of Blood

  • Grave Glory

  • Blood Market

  • Siren of the Gate

  • Goblin Sanctuary

  • Spirit of the Well

Grave Glory! Blood Market! Grim Canopy! If they weren’t fake Magic cards they’d be excellent doom band names.

You can see the full list of names here.


  • I wonder how an AI would go creating a card game from scratch. Like, if you game it rules to pick from, and the format you wanted the game to be in, how would it go?

    • That….is actually a really cool idea for a game, a card game that designs a new type of game for you at your request and preferences.

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