From the Ask Wizards archives, originally asked on Nov. 28, 2006.
Q: I have been wondering why an emotion as strong as love has not been represented in any card, yet Hatred gets one? Is love confusing enough to print? Also, where in the color pie would love be?
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A: From Brady Dommermuth, Magic creative director:
I'll answer the easy part of your question first, Mauro. If you use the Greek words for various kinds of love, then eros, passionate love, is definitely red, and sometimes black. Agape, brotherly love, is white. Philia, fondness or appreciation, can go in just about any color, depending on its context—even loveless blue. As for why love isn't represented on cards very often... well, Magic is a game about spell battles, and cards tend to represent things that would have a use in such a battle. Just as there's not much use for florists or picnics in a magical battle, there's not much use for love, either. That doesn't mean we don't try to represent love when we can, though.