List of Magic: The Gathering sets

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These are tables of Magic: The Gathering card sets. A trading card game published by Wizards of the Coast, Magic is primarily marketed in base/core sets and in expansion sets. Except for the game's original release (Alpha/Beta), core sets through Tenth Edition consisted entirely of reprints; from Magic 2010 forward, new cards have been printed in core sets, although reprints still compose the majority of the set.[1] The core sets have ranged in size from 249 cards (Magic 2010) to 449 cards (Fifth Edition). Expansion sets, which have ranged in size from 92 cards (Arabian Nights) to 422 cards (Time Spiral), are primarily composed of new cards, with few or no reprints. Compilations or reprint sets are distinguished by generally not being released in randomized boosters, instead containing a pre-selected card pool (possibly including new cards). Theme decks serve a similar function; however, they are always attached to a specific set or block, while compilations are free to pick and choose cards from any set.

All expansion sets, and all editions of the base set from Sixth Edition onward, are identified by an expansion symbol printed on the right side of cards, below the art and above the text box. From Exodus onward, the expansion symbols are also color-coded to denote rarity: black for common and basic land cards, silver for uncommon, and gold for rare. Beginning with the Shards of Alara set, a red-orange expansion symbol denotes a new rarity: "Mythic Rare" (the Time Spiral set featured an additional purple coloration for "timeshifted" cards[2]). For the early expansion sets (from Arabian Nights to Alliances), the rarities of cards were often much more complicated than the breakdown into common, uncommon, and rare suggests. The actual distribution can be found in the respective set's article. Cards in compilations are assigned rarity by Wizards, however, they do not necessarily match within the set, with some singletons rare and some mythic rare in a given set.

Wizards of the Coast assigns an internal development codename[3] and a three-character expansion code[4] to each set.

Base/core set editions[edit]

After the second version (Beta) of the first set, which contained two cards mistakenly excluded from the first version (Alpha), all subsequent base sets through 10th Edition consisted of cards that had been printed before in either the original base set or an expansion set. Alpha through Fifth Edition did not have set symbols printed on the actual cards, though those sets were retroactively given set symbols in Wizards of the Coast's official Gatherer[5] database of Magic cards.

Set Set symbol[5] Set code[4][5] Pre-release date Release date Size[5][6]
Total Cards Common Uncommon Rare Mythic Rare Basic Land Other
Limited Edition Alpha None LEA none August 5, 1993[7] 295[I] 74 95 116 10
Limited Edition Beta None LEB none October 1993[8] 302[I] 75 95 117 15
Unlimited Edition None 2ED none December 1993[7] 302[I] 75 95 117 15
Revised Edition[II] None 3ED none April 1994[9] 306 75 95 121 15
Fourth Edition None 4ED none April 1995[10] 378 121 121 121 15
Fifth Edition None / Roman-numeral five[III] 5ED none March 24, 1997[11] 449 165 132 132 20
Classic Sixth Edition A Roman-numeral six 6ED none April 28, 1999[11] 350 110 110 110 20
Seventh Edition A serif numeral seven 7ED none April 11, 2001[11] 350 110 110 110 20
Eighth Edition The number eight superimposed over three fanned cards 8ED none July 28, 2003[12] 357 110 110 110 20 7[IV]
Ninth Edition The number nine superimposed over three fanned cards 9ED none July 29, 2005[13] 359 110 110 110 20 9[IV]
Tenth Edition A Roman-numeral ten 10E none July 13, 2007[14] 383 121 121 121 20
Magic 2010 "M10" M10 July 11, 2009[15] July 17, 2009[16] 249 101 60 53 15 20
Magic 2011 "M11" M11 July 10, 2010[17] July 16, 2010[17] 249 101 60 53 15 20
Magic 2012 "M12" M12 July 9, 2011[18] July 15, 2011[18] 249 101 60 53 15 20
Magic 2013 "M13" M13 July 7, 2012[19] July 13, 2012[19] 249 101 60 53 15 20
Magic 2014 Core Set "M14" M14 July 13, 2013[20] July 19, 2013[20] 249 101 60 53 15 20
Magic 2015 Core Set "M15" M15 July 12, 2014[21] July 18, 2014[21] 269 101 80[22] 53 15 20

Expansion sets[edit]

Expansion sets beginning with Mirage have come in groups (usually three) which form a block (the preferred term in actual gameplay) or cycle (the preferred term when describing the associated storyline) consisting of one large "stand-alone" expansion set of more than 300 cards, followed by one or two small expansion sets of less than 200 cards, which continue the themes introduced in the large set. In recent years the large stand-alone expansion sets have had about 250 cards. Like the base set, stand-alone expansion sets contain basic land cards; other expansion sets do not. Beginning with Alliances, expansion sets were given codenames while in development; the code names of the three expansions of a cycle usually fit together to form a phrase or common theme.[3] With the arrival of the "Zendikar" block, the traditional "large small small" block structure has become merely the "default" block structure, with some blocks including a second large set later in the block.

Ice Age and Alliances were the first two sets to have a well-defined relationship, but were not created as a canonical block at the time of printing. Also beginning with Alliances in June 1996, expansion sets were released in a regular pattern: the base sets were released in October with the small expansion sets being released in February and June (Alliances was originally the third set of the block; it was retroactively made a second set with the release of Coldsnap in 2006). With the exceptions of Stronghold, a 1998 set released in March rather than February, and Scourge, a 2003 set which was released in May rather than June, this pattern of months was never broken, over a 10-year period, until 2006, when Dissension was also released a month early in May instead of June, because of the July release of Coldsnap. The third set in a block has since been released in late April or early May. Since 2005 there has been a fourth release date each year in mid-July. Since Magic 2010 this has been reserved for Core Sets, since they are now released on an annual basis; before that, core sets would occupy this slot every other year, alternating with special releases such as Coldsnap and Eventide.[XXVI] In recent years Wizards has experimented with other block models, with Lorwyn and Shadowmoor comprising two, connected mini-blocks of a large expansion followed by a single small expansion and the Zendikar block with Rise of the Eldrazi replacing the second small set with a stand alone large set.

Most early expansion sets did not have exact release dates; they were just shipped out within the space of a week, and retailers could start selling them as soon as the sets were received. By the time of Alliances in 1996, however, release dates were set as Mondays (the earliest set with an exact Monday release date might possibly have preceded Alliances, but Alliances is the earliest set with a cited and confirmed Monday release date). Beginning with Mirrodin in 2003, the release dates were changed from Monday to Friday.

All sets beginning with Homelands[VI] also have a pre-release date, on which cards are sold in limited quantities in pre-release tournaments. These tournaments were formerly always held two weeks before the release date, but since Shards of Alara they are now held one week before the release date.

Premium foil cards have been inserted into booster packs since Urza's Legacy. Originally 1 foil card was inserted for every 100 cards. The ratio was changed to 1 in 70 cards with the Torment expansion. Beginning with Tenth Edition the percentage was raised to 1 in 56 cards.[23]

Set Expansion
symbol[5]
Expansion
code[4][5]
Development
codename[3]
Pre-release date Release date Size[5][6]
Total
Cards
Common Uncommon Rare Mythic Rare Basic
Land
Other
Arabian Nights A scimitar ARN Arabian Nights[24] none December 1993[25] 92[V] 40 19 32 1
Antiquities An anvil ATQ Antiquities[24] none March 1994[26] 100[VI] 30 44 26
Legends The capital of a Doric column LEG Legends[24] none June 1994[27] 310 75 114 121
The Dark A thin crescent moon DRK The Dark [24] none August 1994[28] 119 40 44 35
Fallen Empires A crown FEM Fallen Empires[24] none November 1994[29] 187[VII] 121 30 36
Homelands[IX] The globe of Ulgrotha HML Homelands[24] October 14, 1995[VII] October 1995[30] 140[X] 71 27 42
Ice Age Cycle/Block
Ice Age A snowflake ICE Ice Age[24] none[VII] June 1995[31] 383 121 121 121 20
Alliances A flowing banner ALL Quack[3] May 18, 1996[32] June 10, 1996[11] 199[XI] 110 43 46
Coldsnap[IX] A hanging trio of icicles CSP Splat[3] July 8, 2006[33] July 21, 2006[34] 155 60 55 40
Mirage Cycle/Block
Mirage A palm tree MIR Sosumi/Menagerie[3] September 21, 1996[35][XXV] October 7, 1996[11] 350 110 110 110 20
Visions Zhalfirin Triangle of War/stylized "V" VIS Mirage Jr.[3] January 11, 1997[36] February 3, 1997[37] 167 62 55 50
Weatherlight The Thran Tome, an open book WTH Mochalatte[3] May 31, 1997[38] June 9, 1997[11] 167 62 55 50
Rath Cycle or Tempest Block
Tempest A storm cloud TMP Bogavhati[3] October 4, 1997[39] October 13, 1997[11] 350 110 110 110 20
Stronghold A portcullis STH Rachimulot[3] February 21, 1998[40] March 2, 1998[11] 143 55 44 44
Exodus A bridge EXO Gorgonzola[3] June 6, 1998[41] June 15, 1998[11] 143 55 44 44
Artifacts Cycle or Urza Block
Urza's Saga Two gears USG Armadillo[3] October 3, 1998[42] October 12, 1998[43] 350 110 110 110 20
Urza's Legacy A hammer ULG Guacamole[3] February 6, 1999[44] February 15, 1999[11] 143 55 44 44
Urza's Destiny An Erlenmeyer flask UDS Chimichanga[3] May 29, 1999[39] June 7, 1999[45] 143 55 44 44
Masquerade Cycle or Masques Block
Mercadian Masques A domino mask MMQ Archimedes[3] September 25, 1999[46] October 4, 1999[47] 350 110 110 110 20
Nemesis A spiked halberd NEM Euripides[3] February 5, 2000[48] February 14, 2000[49] 143 55 44 44
Prophecy Three crystals PCY Dionysus[3] May 27, 2000 June 5, 2000[50] 143 55 44 44
Invasion Cycle/Block
Invasion The symbol of the Coalition[XII] INV Beijing[3] September 23, 2000[39] October 2, 2000[51] 350 110 110 110 20
Planeshift A swirling portal PLS Hong Kong[3] January 27, 2001[52] February 5, 2001[52] 143 55 44 44
Apocalypse Crying mask of Yawgmoth APC Shanghai[3] May 26, 2001[53] June 4, 2001 143 55 44 44
Odyssey Cycle/Block
Odyssey The Mirari on a twisted stand ODY Argon[3] September 22, 2001[39] October 1, 2001 350 110 110 110 20
Torment An ouroboros TOR Boron[3] January 26, 2002[54] February 4, 2002[54] 143 55 44 44
Judgment A balancing scale JUD Carbon[3] May 18, 2002 May 27, 2002[55] 143 55 44 44
Onslaught Cycle/Block
Onslaught A four-legged "morph"[XIII] creature ONS Manny[3] September 28, 2002[56] October 7, 2002[56] 350 110 110 110 20
Legions Two crossed spears behind a shield LGN Moe[3] January 25, 2003[57] February 3, 2003 145 55 45 45
Scourge A dragon mask SCG Jack[3] May 17, 2003[58] May 26, 2003[58] 143 55 44 44
Mirrodin Cycle/Block
Mirrodin The Sword of Kaldra MRD Bacon[3] September 20, 2003[59] October 3, 2003[59] 306 110 88 88 20
Darksteel The shield of Kaldra DST Lettuce[3] January 24, 2004[60] February 6, 2004[60] 165 55 55 55
Fifth Dawn The helm of Kaldra 5DN Tomato[3] May 22, 2004[61] June 4, 2004[62] 165 55 55 55
Kamigawa Cycle/Block
Champions of Kamigawa A torii gate CHK Earth[3] September 18, 2004[63] October 1, 2004[64] 306 110 88[XIV] 88 20
Betrayers of Kamigawa A shuriken BOK Wind[3] January 22, 2005[65] February 4, 2005[64] 165 55 55 55
Saviors of Kamigawa A lantern SOK Fire[3] May 21, 2005[66] June 3, 2005[64] 165 55 55 55
Ravnica Cycle/Block
Ravnica: City of Guilds A tower RAV Control[67] September 24, 2005[68] October 7, 2005[69] 306 110 88 88 20
Guildpact The seal of the Guildpact GPT Alt[67] January 21, 2006[70] February 3, 2006[70] 165 55 55 55
Dissension The broken seal of the Guildpact DIS Delete[67] April 22, 2006[71] May 5, 2006[71] 180 60 60 60
Time Spiral Cycle/Block
Time Spiral An hourglass TSP/TSB Snap[67] September 23, 2006[72] October 6, 2006[72] 422[XV] 121 80 80 20 121
Planar Chaos tilted hourglass / merging planes /
stylized letters "PC" / Möbius strip
PLC Crackle[67] January 20, 2007[73] February 2, 2007[73] 165[XV] 60 55 50
Future Sight an eye gazing through a rift portal FUT Pop[67] April 21, 2007[74] May 4, 2007[74] 180[XV] 60 60 60
Lorwyn Cycle/Block
Lorwyn A leaf LRW Peanut[75] September 29, 2007[76] October 12, 2007[76] 301 121 80 80 20
Morningtide Sunrise / A flame MOR Butter[75] January 19, 2008[77] February 1, 2008[77] 150 60 40 50
Shadowmoor Cycle/Block[78]
Shadowmoor Crown of the Reaper King SHM Jelly[75] April 19, 2008[79] May 2, 2008[79] 301 121 80 80 20
Eventide Eclipsed sun EVE Doughnut[78] July 12, 2008[80] July 25, 2008[80] 180 60 60 60
Alara Cycle/Block
Shards of Alara 5-part gem ALA Rock[81] September 27, 2008[82] October 3, 2008[83] 249 101 60 53 15 20
Conflux 5-shard shield CON Paper[81] January 31, 2009[84] February 6, 2009[84] 145 60 40 35 10
Alara Reborn 5-branched gem ARB Scissors[81] April 25, 2009[85] April 30, 2009[85] 145 60 40 35 10
Zendikar Cycle/Block
Zendikar A hedron ZEN Live[81] September 26, 2009[86] October 2, 2009[86] 249 101 60 53 15 20
Worldwake A hedron opening WWK Long[81] January 30, 2010[87] February 5, 2010[87] 145 60 40 35 10
Rise of the Eldrazi A hedron opened ROE Prosper[81] April 17, 2010[88] April 23, 2010[88] 248 100 60 53 15 20
Scars of Mirrodin Cycle/Block
Scars of Mirrodin Hexplate SOM Lights[89] September 25, 2010[90] October 1, 2010[90] 249 101 60 53 15 20
Mirrodin Besieged Mirran/Phyrexian symbols combined MBS Camera[89] January 29, 2011[91] February 4, 2011[91] 155 60 40 35 10 10
New Phyrexia The letter Phi, the symbol of Phyrexia NPH Action[89] May 7, 2011[92][93] May 13, 2011[92][93] 175 60 60 35 10 10
Innistrad Cycle/Block
Innistrad Two stylized outward facing herons[94] ISD[95] Shake[89] September 24, 2011[96] September 30, 2011[96] 264[XXVII] 107 67 59 16 15
Dark Ascension Innistrad symbol turned inward[97] DKA[98] Rattle[89] January 28, 2012[98] February 3, 2012[98] 158[XXVII] 64 44 38 12
Avacyn Restored The collar of Avacyn AVR[99] Roll[89] April 28, 2012[99] May 4, 2012[99] 244 101 60 53 15 15
Return to Ravnica Cycle/Block
Return to Ravnica Fountain pen tip RTR[100] Hook[81][101] September 29, 2012[100] October 5, 2012[100] 274 101 80 53 15 25
Gatecrash Pointed arch GTC[102] Line[81][101] January 26, 2013[102] February 1, 2013[102] 249 101 80 53 15
Dragon's Maze Return to Ravnica and Gatecrash symbols combined[103] DGM[103] Sinker[81][101] April 27, 2013[103] May 3, 2013[103] 156[XXVIII] 70 40 35 11
Theros Cycle/Block
Theros Column and arcs THS[104] Friends[81][101] September 21, 2013[104] September 27, 2013[104] 249 101 60 53 15 20
Born of the Gods Horns of Xenagos BNG[105] Romans[81][101] February 1, 2014[105] February 7, 2014[105] 165 60 60 35 10
Journey into Nyx Horns of Xenagos and column JOU[106] Countrymen[81][101] April 26, 2014[107] May 2, 2014[106] 165 60 60 35 10
Khans of Tarkir Cycle/Block
Khans of Tarkir Two crossed scimitars in front of a shield KTK[108] Huey[109] September 20, 2014[108] September 26, 2014[108] 269 unrevealed
"Dewey" unrevealed unrevealed Dewey[109] c. January 2015 c. February 2015 unrevealed
"Louie" unrevealed unrevealed Louie[109] c. April 2015 c. May 2015 unrevealed
2015-2016 "Blood" block (forthcoming)
"Blood" unrevealed unrevealed Blood[110] c. September 2015 c. October 2015 unrevealed
"Sweat" unrevealed unrevealed Sweat[110] c. January 2016 c. February 2016 unrevealed
"Tears" unrevealed unrevealed Tears[110] c. April 2016 c. May 2016 unrevealed
2016-2017 "Lock" block (forthcoming)
"Lock" unrevealed unrevealed Lock[111] c. September 2016 c. October 2016 unrevealed
"Stock" unrevealed unrevealed Stock[111] c. January 2017 c. February 2017 unrevealed
"Barrel" unrevealed unrevealed Barrel[111] c. April 2017 c. May 2017 unrevealed

Compilations/reprint sets[edit]

Reprint sets are sets of certain cards from previous sets that were re-released for different reasons. Some reasons include the cards were fan favorites and popular demand brought them back or in some cases, reprints were to commemorate certain events such as widely known matches or anniversary sets. Some reprint sets revolved around a certain theme; for example, Beatdown was themed around old, out-of-print, heavy-hitting creatures. Reprinting a card in one of these sets does not affect when it leaves Standard and Extended.

Deck Builder's Toolkits are released at the same time as a core set and contain only cards from sets that are legal in Standard at that time; they are not sets as such. These boxed sets therefore have no symbol or code of their own.

Set Expansion symbol[5] Expansion
code[4][5]
Release date Size[5][6]
Total Cards Common Uncommon Rare Mythic Rare Basic Land Other
Chronicles[XVII] No specific symbol[XVIII] CHR July 1995[112] 125[XVII] 37 43 45
Rivals Quick Start Set No specific symbol none July 1996[113] Four pre-constructed decks
Multiverse Gift Box No specific symbol none November 1996[114] Boosters from various sets in various languages
Anthologies No specific symbol ATH November 1998[115] Two 60-card pre-constructed decks
Battle Royale Box Set No specific symbol BRB November 12, 1999[116] Four 40-card pre-constructed decks
Beatdown Box Set A mace BTD December 2000[117] Two 61-card pre-constructed decks
Deckmasters: Garfield vs. Finkel A stylized letter "D" DKM December 2001[118] Two 62-card pre-constructed decks
Premium Foil Booster Alara block symbols none January 8, 2010[119] 539 foil cards from the Alara block
Duels of the Planeswalkers (decks) A stylized letter "M" inside a circle DPA June 4, 2010[120] Five 60-card decks
Archenemy A trident ARC June 18, 2010[121] Four 60-card and 20 oversized card decks
2012 Holiday Gift Box No specific symbol none November 16, 2012[122] 4 Boosters and 20 land from Return to Ravnica
Modern Masters A stylized City of Brass MMA June 7, 2013[123] 229[123] 101[124] 60[124] 53[124] 15[124]
2013 Holiday Gift Box No specific symbol none November 15, 2013[125] 4 Boosters and 20 land from Theros
International Sets
Renaissance (French/German) No specific symbol none August 1995[112] 122 51 40 31
Rinascimento (Italian) No specific symbol none August 1995[112] 69  ?  ?  ?
Duel Decks
Duel Decks: Elves vs. Goblins A stylized axe and bow combination symbol EVG November 16, 2007[126] Two 60-card pre-constructed decks
Duel Decks: Jace vs. Chandra A point-reflected pair of swooshes DD2 November 7, 2008[127] Two 60-card pre-constructed decks
Duel Decks: Divine vs. Demonic A halo with horns coming up through its center DDC April 10, 2009[128] Two 60-card pre-constructed decks
Duel Decks: Garruk vs. Liliana A leaf inside a semicircle DDD October 30, 2009[129] Two 60-card pre-constructed decks
Duel Decks: Phyrexia vs. the Coalition Yawgmoth's and the Coalition's symbols combined DDE March 19, 2010[130] Two 60-card pre-constructed decks
Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Tezzeret Two trapezoids with parts missing DDF September 3, 2010[131] Two 60-card pre-constructed decks
Duel Decks: Knights vs. Dragons A shield in the shape of a dragon in flight DDG April 1, 2011[132] Two 60-card pre-constructed decks
Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas Nicol Bolas' horns superimposed on Ajani's axe-head DDH September 2, 2011[133] Two 60-card pre-constructed decks
Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth Two nearly-interlocking zigzags DDI March 30, 2012[134] Two 60-card pre-constructed decks
Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari Combination of Izzet and Golgari symbols DDJ September 7, 2012[135] Two 60-card pre-constructed decks
Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt Combination of stylized sword and jagged knife DDK March 15, 2013[136] Two 60-card pre-constructed decks
Duel Decks: Heroes vs. Monsters Combination axe, helmet, and wings DDL September 6, 2013[137] Two 60-card pre-constructed decks
Duel Decks: Jace vs. Vraska Arcane symbol and gorgon tentacle DDM March 14, 2014[138] Two 60-card pre-constructed decks
Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning Winged eye DDN September 5, 2014[139] Two 60-card pre-constructed decks
From the Vault
From the Vault: Dragons Wings of a Dragon DRB August 29, 2008[140] 15 limited foil dragon cards
From the Vault: Exiled An arrow firing diagonally leaving a trail V09 August 28, 2009[141] 15 limited foil formerly banned cards
From the Vault: Relics An orb on a stand V10 August 27, 2010[142] 15 limited foil artifact cards
From the Vault: Legends A crown[143] V11 August 26, 2011[143] 15 limited foil legendary creature cards
From the Vault: Realms Mountain and sunrise V12 August 31, 2012[144] 15 limited foil land cards
From the Vault: Twenty Numeral 20 in a circle V13 August 23, 2013[145] 20 limited foil cards
From the Vault: Annihilation Stylized bomb or fractured orb unrevealed August 22, 2014[146] 15 limited foil cards
Premium Deck Series
Premium Deck Series: Slivers A coiled sliver H09 November 20, 2009[147] 60-card premium foil deck
Premium Deck Series: Fire and Lightning A flame and lightning bolt PD2 November 19, 2010[148] 60-card premium foil deck
Premium Deck Series: Graveborn A human skull PD3 November 18, 2011[149] 60-card premium foil deck
Deck Builder's Toolkits
Deck Builder's Toolkit N/A N/A May 21, 2010[150] Box set of 285 cards
Deck Builder's Toolkit (Refreshed Version) N/A N/A March 11, 2011[150] Box set of 285 cards
Deck Builder's Toolkit (2012 Edition) N/A N/A July 13, 2012 Box set of 285 cards
Deck Builder's Toolkit (2014 Core Set Edition) N/A N/A July 19, 2013 Box set of 285 cards
Event Decks
Modern Event Deck 2014 Three-pronged object MD1 May 30, 2014[151] 60-card deck, 15-card sideboard

Non-standard-legal sets[edit]

Starting with Commander in 2011, Wizards of the Coast has occasionally printed sets consisting of fixed decks which do not necessarily consist entirely of reprints. A card printed only in one of these is legal only in eternal formats. Reprinting a card in one of these sets does not affect when it leaves Standard and Extended.

Set Expansion symbol[5] Expansion
code[4][5]
Release date Size[5][6] New cards
Total Cards Common Uncommon Rare Mythic Rare Basic Land Other
Planechase
Planechase Two circular arcs, the lower with three upper spikes HOP September 4, 2009[152] Four 60-card decks + 40 plane cards 0
Planechase 2012 Edition Two circular arcs, the upper with three bites removed from bottom PC2 June 1, 2012[153] Four 60-card decks and 40 plane or phenomenon cards 21
Commander
Commander Three prongs symbolizing the "wedge" coloration CMD June 17, 2011[154] Five 100-card decks 51
Commander's Arsenal 3-part gem CM1 November 2, 2012[155] 28 foil cards (18 regular, 10 oversized) 0
Commander 2013 Edition 3-part gem with hooks C13 November 1, 2013[156] Five 100-card decks 51
Commander 2014 Edition Shield-shaped 3-part gem C14 November 21, 2014[157] Five 100-card decks 61
Other non-standard-legal sets
Conspiracy Seal CNS June 6, 2014[158] 210[XXIX] 89 68 43 10 65

Introductory sets[edit]

These introductory sets were intended for novice Magic: The Gathering players. They were illegal in sanctioned tournaments until October 2005,[159] when they became legal in Legacy and Vintage.

Set Expansion
symbol[5]
Expansion
code[4][5]
Release date Size[5][6]
Total Cards Common Uncommon Rare Mythic Rare Basic Land Other
Portal[XIX]
Portal A portal POR June 1997[160] 222[XX] 90 57 55 20
Portal Second Age A pentagon PO2 June 1998[161] 165 70 45 35 15
Portal Three Kingdoms The Chinese character for the number 3 PTK May 1999[162] 180 55 55 55 15
Starter
Starter 1999 A five-pointed star S99 July 1999[163] 173 63 55 35 20
Starter 2000 None S00 July 2000[164] 57[XXI] 39 6 2 10

Sets not legal for tournament play[edit]

These sets, though also published by Wizards of the Coast, are not legal for DCI-sanctioned tournament play.

Set Expansion symbol[5] Expansion
code[4][5]
Pre-release date Release date Size[5][6]
Total Cards Common Uncommon Rare Mythic Rare Basic Land Other
Collector's Edition no symbol[XXX] CED none December 1993[165] 363 75 95 117 76
International Collector's Edition no symbol[XXXI] CED none December 1993[165] 363 75 95 117 76
Astral[XXII] star with a trail none none April 1997[166] 12
Un-sets[XXIII]
Unglued A cracked-open egg UGL August 7, 1998[39] August 17, 1998 88 33 22 28 5
Unhinged A horseshoe UNH November 20, 2004[167] November 19, 2004[167] 141 55 40 40 5 1[XXIV]
World Championship Decks
World Championship Decks 1999 No specific symbol none none 1999[168] Four 60-card pre-constructed decks
World Championship Decks 2000 No specific symbol none none 2000[168] Four 60-card pre-constructed decks
World Championship Decks 2001 No specific symbol none none 2001[168] Four 60-card pre-constructed decks
World Championship Decks 2002 No specific symbol none none 2002[168] Four 60-card pre-constructed decks
World Championship Decks 2003 No specific symbol none none 2003[168] Four 60-card pre-constructed decks
World Championship Decks 2004 No specific symbol none none 2004[168] Four 60-card pre-constructed decks

Magic: The Gathering Online exclusive sets[edit]

Sets exclusive to Magic: The Gathering Online.

Set Expansion
symbol[5]
Expansion
code[4][5]
Release date Size[5][6]
Total Cards Common Uncommon Rare Mythic Rare Basic Land Other
Masters Editions
Masters Edition A circle and a quarter-circle MED Monday, September 10, 2007[169] 195 60 60 60 15
Masters Edition II A circle and two quarter-circles ME2 September 22, 2008[170] 245 80 80 80 5
Masters Edition III A circle behind two quarter-circles ME3 September 7, 2009[171] 230 75 70 70 15
Masters Edition IV 4 quarter-circles forming an hourglass ME4 January 10, 2011[172] 269 80 72 105 12
Vintage Masters Helmet with a V-shaped pattern VMA June 16, 2014[173] 325 101 80 105 30 9
Magic: The Gathering Online Deck Series
Magic Online Deck Series: Legacy Format No specific symbol unknown November 8, 2010[174] Two 60-card decks with 15 card sideboards
Momir Vig Basic Event Deck No specific symbol unknown November 22, 2010[175] Deck with 1 avatar card & 60 basic lands

Notes[edit]

^I : Two cards, the common Circle of Protection: Black and the rare Volcanic Island, were inadvertently left out of the printing of Alpha. Beta and Unlimited included the two missing cards as well as one additional alternate art variant of each of the five basic lands. Consequently, those two sets each have seven more cards than Alpha did.[176]
^II : When the Revised Edition was in production in 1994, a number of problems with the set became apparent. Some cards' colors were washed-out. The picture and color foreground for the Serendib Efreet were wrong (not that this was the first such misprint), and there was a growing concern with the Satanic images on some of the cards. The solution was to print a "fixed" version of Revised Edition, code named "Edgar", which has since came to be known as Summer Magic because it was printed in the summer of 1994. The cards were distributed in regular Revised Edition boosters, but no Summer Edition starters were produced. Despite its intended function as a fixed Revised Edition, there were problems with Summer Magic. On some cards, the colors were too dark. Furthermore, Hurricane was printed as a blue card and thereby became the most famous and most desired Summer Magic card of all.[177] The Serendib Efreet had its artwork corrected, but the artist name was still wrong, as was that of Plateau (which had, uniquely out of the cards in Revised, received new art, but not an updated artist credit to reflect that). Because of all these flaws, the entire print run was recalled and destroyed which led to Revised Edition shortage in 1994. However, a few booster boxes survived. Summer Magic cards can sell for over $1000 for notable cards and some as high $5000. Summer Magic cards can best be recognized by their 1994 copyright date.[178]
^III : The only cards in Fifth Edition to have an expansion symbol were those printed in Simplified Chinese in 1998.[179]
^IV : In addition to the 350 cards normally available in booster packs, the Eighth Edition Core Game contained 7 "starter cards" not available in booster packs, labeled with collector numbers S1 through S7. Ninth Edition contained 9, labeled S1 through S10 (omitting S6). These were meant to introduce new players to the game (most were "vanilla" creatures) but which were regarded as bad cards and disliked by experienced players.[13][180]
^V : 14 of the commons were printed in two subtle variations (called "a" and "b") making 92 total cards but only 78 unique cards.[25]
^VI : 5 of the cards came in 4 alternate art versions making the set have 100 total cards but only 85 unique cards. The different art versions also differ in rarity causing these 5 cards to make up a total of 6 commons, 9 uncommons, and 6 rares.[5][181]
^VII : The first pre-release officially sponsored by Wizards of the Coast was held for Homelands in New York City.[182][183][184] Ice Age, which preceded Homelands, had an unofficial widely attended pre-release in Toronto.[182][183][185]
^VIII : 15 of the commons came in 4 alternate art versions, while 20 of them came in 3 alternate art versions causing 187 total cards but only 102 unique cards.[186]
^IX : Homelands was not designed as part of the Ice Age Cycle and has no thematic or story-based link to the other sets in it. Wizards of the Coast retroactively declared it part of the Ice Age cycle in 1997 to fit with the then-emerging standard cycle structure. Nearly a decade later, in 2006, Coldsnap, which complements Ice Age’s storyline and design themes, was at last released to replace Homelands and complete the Ice Age Block. Homelands has reverted to a standalone set.[187]
^X : 25 commons had 2 alternate art versions making 140 total cards but only 115 unique cards.[5]
^XI : All commons had 2 alternate art versions making 199 total cards but only 144 unique cards and 55 unique commons.[5]
^XII : The Coalition was a group assembled by Urza to defend Dominaria against the invasion of the Phyrexians.[188]
^XIII : Many creatures in the Onslaught Block had the ability to "morph." Morphed creatures looked like "clay spiders."[189]
^XIV : This does not count the alternate art for the uncommon card Brothers Yamazaki. Counting each version separately, there are 89 uncommons and 307 cards in the set.[190]
^XV : In the Time Spiral Cycle there are special cards in each set that are "timeshifted". In Time Spiral TSP refers to all non-timeshifted cards in the set while TSB, which stands for "TimeShifted Bonus" (during development, the timeshifted cards were known as "bonus cards"), refers to the 121 timeshifted reprint cards.[2][191] The timeshifted reprint cards have a purple expansion symbol and are not counted towards the number of cards in the set. Instead they form a subset with their own collector's numbers. Each Time Spiral booster pack contains exactly one Timeshifted bonus card, replacing a common. In Planar Chaos there are 45 Timeshifted Cards (20 common, 15 uncommon, and 10 rare), however, unlike in Time Spiral they were not reprints but instead they were existing cards from the past which were "colorshifted" (known, iconic cards that were printed in a different color).[5][192] Colorshifted cards are recognizable by the white text for the name and type line and different background designs from the normal cards. In contrast to the timeshifted cards in Time Spiral the colorshifted cards in Planar Chaos and Future Sight are not bonus cards, meaning that they come in rarities of common, uncommon, and rare, and are counted towards the Collector's numbers of the set. However they are distributed differently than normal cards, with 3 of the commons in each booster being timeshifted, and one uncommon being replaced with a timeshifted uncommon 3/4 of the time and a timeshifted rare 1/4 of the time.[192] In Future Sight there are 81 timeshifted Cards, composing 27 of each rarity; these were simply included in packs like ordinary cards of their rarity. However, unlike the previous sets these timeshifted cards have a future theme in that they have a different frame than normal cards and have keyword mechanics that may appear in future sets.[5][193]
^XVI : Starting in Shards of Alara Wizards of the Coast introduced a new rarity level higher than rare called Mythic Rare. A mythic rare card will appear in approximately 1 out of every 8 booster packs instead of a rare.[194]
^XVII : Chronicles, released in 1995 between Ice Age and Homelands, reprinted many previous cards, drawn from the Arabian Nights, Antiquities, Legends, and The Dark sets, that were becoming difficult to obtain but added no new cards to the game. Despite being published between Ice Age and Homelands, it is not considered part of the Ice Age Block; for purposes of tournament-legality, it was instead treated as an extension of Fourth Edition. The cards in Chronicles were reprinted with white borders, as opposed to their original black borders. Also Chronicles contained three uncommons with four alternate art versions meaning there are 125 total cards but only 116 unique cards and only 34 unique uncommons.[5][195]
^XVIII : Many of the early compilation sets did not have expansion symbols of their own and instead the cards within these reprint sets just retained the symbol from their former set.[196]
^XIX : Portal was a series of sets featuring simplified rules intended to introduce novice players of Magic: The Gathering to the game. When they were originally released, they were not legal for DCI-sanctioned tournament play, but the DCI changed its policy and the Portal sets became legal in the Vintage and Legacy tournament formats on October 20, 2005.[197]
^XX : 5 of the commons and 2 of the uncommons were alternate versions, so there are only 200 unique cards (85 unique common, 55 unique uncommons) in Portal.[5][198]
^XXI : Starter 2000 was made up of two 22-card decks and two 15-card packs, all with a fixed selection of cards.[199]
^XXII : Astral is a set of 12 cards that was never actually printed on paper and exists only in the MicroProse Magic: The Gathering computer game (with the exception of the oversized Aswan Jaguar included in the box). All 12 cards had abilities that depended on randomness and were therefore more practical to use on the computer than on paper.
^XXIII : The Un- sets are satirical sets which, though also published by Wizards of the Coast, are not legal for DCI-sanctioned tournament play.
^XXIV : Unhinged contains 1 ultra-rare, called Super Secret Tech, which only exists as a foil rare card.[200]
^XXV : The first event that used Mirage product was Pro Tour Atlanta on 13 September 1996.[201]
^XXVI : The Lorwyn and Shadowmoor blocks consist of two sets each. They were released over the course of one year and thus deviate from the usual three expansion sets per year policy. Eventide was the second set in the Shadowmoor block and was released in July.
^XXVII : Of the cards in Innistrad, 6 commons, 7 uncommons, 6 rares, and 1 mythic are double-faced cards; though these appear in normal rarities, they are distributed differently, with one double-faced card always appearing per pack, replacing a common. The same is true of Dark Ascension; it has 4 commons, 4 uncommons, 3 rares, and 2 mythics as double-faced cards.
^XXVIII : 10 of the commons in Dragon's Maze are reprints of the Guildgates from Return to Ravnica and Gatecrash; while these are common, they are distributed differently than other commons, in that they instead replace the basic land in the booster pack; basic lands do not appear in Dragon's Maze booster packs. Furthermore, one of the mythic rares in Dragon's Maze, Maze's End, is distributed differently from the other mythic rares, in that it also replaces the basic land in the booster pack, rather than the rare. In addition, the basic land may also be replaced with one of the "shock lands" from Return to Ravnica or Gatecrash; although these can appear in Dragon's Maze booster packs, they are not considered part of Dragon's Maze, being identical to the "shock lands" that appeared in Return to Ravnica and Gatecrash.
^XXIX : Of the cards in Conspiracy, 9 commons, 8 uncommons, and 8 rares are draft-related cards; though these appear in normal rarities, they are distributed differently, with one draft-related card always appearing per pack, replacing the basic land.
^XXX : The Collector's Edition duplicated the Limited Edition Beta set with extra lands, had a gold bordered back instead of black, square corners instead of usual rounded, and "Collector's Edition" printed in gold on the cards.
^XXXI : The International Collector's Edition duplicated the Limited Edition Beta set with extra lands, had a gold bordered back instead of black, square corners instead of usual rounded, and "International Edition" printed in gold on the cards.

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