The blue L difference

At first glance, the cards look identical. Same picture, same text, white border, copyright 1995. However, the German Revised (on the left) is distinctly different than its German Fourth counterpart (on the right).
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Ignoring for the moment the fact that Siren's Call can be identified by the i difference and the text difference, looking at the titles at this resolution for other differences does not really help; therefore this is considered a difficult-to-spot difference. (German Revised on the top, German Fourth on the bottom).

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Here is a zoomed-in higher resolution scan of two Siren's Calls (German Revised on the top, German Fourth on the bottom).

Still can't see it?

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How about now? See how the shading runs OVER the swash of the L's lower arm of the German Revised card on the left, and the shading is tight and snug on the German Fourth card on the right? It appears that the card editors messed around with the background shading of the letters from one edition to the next with the biggest changes occurring on the capital L, with the most pronounced changes happening on blue cards.

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Did this happen on other German Revised cards? It's hard to tell, since a capital L only occurs on a few cards.

On black and green cards, it is impossible to see the shading (German Revised Paralyze on the left, German Revised Stream of Life on the right).

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There are no red cards with a capital L.

And on white and artifact cards, there doesn't seem to be any shading issues (German Revised Veteran Bodyguard on the left, German Revised Living Wall on the right).

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Which leaves us with Lifetap (German Revised on the left, German Fourth on the right)...

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...Lord of Atlantis (German Revised on the left, German Fourth on the right)...

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...Air Elemental...

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...and Wall of Air.

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Since Lifetap and Lord of Atlantis can be identified by the easier-to-spot i difference, the blue L difference serves to uniquely identify 2 Revised cards, Air Elemental and Wall of Air.

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