Magic: The Gathering core sets, 2009-present
Five Magic: The Gathering core sets have been released since 2009: Magic 2010, Magic 2011, Magic 2012, Magic 2013 and Magic 2014. Unlike 10th Edition and previous core sets, roughly half of each core set was entirely new cards. Beginning with Magic 2010, Wizards decided to introduce new cards into the Core Set so that the it could serve as a better introduction to the game for new players. The new design vision for the core set went hand in hand with the name of the set, as new players would be able to easily recognize the current entry level core product by the current year. 2011, 2012 and 2013 all contain "returning mechanics", or non-evergreen keywords with cards printed in just one core set.
|Released||July 17, 2009|
|Size||249 cards (15 Mythic Rare, 53 Rare, 60 Uncommon, 101 Common, 20 Basic Lands)|
|Designers||Aaron Forsythe (lead), Bill Rose, Mark Rosewater, Brady Dommermuth, Brian Tinsman, Devin Low|
|Developers||Erik Lauer (lead), Mike Turian, Tom LaPille, Greg Marques|
Magic 2010 was released on July 17, 2009. It is the eleventh core set for Magic: the Gathering. It is the first Core Set since Limited Edition Beta (which included two cards accidentally left out of the original Limited Edition Alpha) to feature new cards; every core set between Beta and Magic 2010 had contained only reprints from previous sets. about half the cards were new with the rest being reprints (in contrast to most previous core sets, which consisted entirely of reprints).
Magic 2010 (also known as M10) marked a major shift in the way Wizards of the Coast produces and markets the "Core" set of their marquee trading card game, Magic: The Gathering. M10 was the first core set since Revised (the third edition) to not be labeled with an ordinal number. Another important marketing change starting with M10 is Wizards of the Coast decision to releases a new core set every year, instead of every two years, as they did since 1995. Most significantly, Magic 2010 was the first core set since the very first editions of the game to contain new cards. Previous policy regarding which cards to reprint in the core sets led to the Core set product drifting away from its intended function. There were 112 new cards printed in M10, the remainder being reprints.
M10 was the first core set to use the "mythic rare" rarity as well as the first core set to include planeswalkers, a relatively new card type which was first introduced in 2007. All five of the initial set of planeswalkers from Lorwyn were reprinted in M10 as mythic rares.
Wizards of the Coast has also overhauled the core rules of the game with the introduction of Magic 2010. The changes included the renaming of several zones and actions of the game, eliminate the 'mana burn' rule of the game and, and more relevant for gameplay, an alteration to the way combat damage is assigned. This was the first major alteration of the game rules since the introduction of 6th Edition rules in 1999, and was instituted to make the game more streamlined and intuitive; previous damage-assignment rules, for instance, would allow a creature to, in the words of Magic Rules Manager Mark Gottlieb, "swing its fist to punch, vanish from the battlefield, and [still] have that punch land."
The rule changes, particularly the changes to the procedures of combat damage, have been controversial.
|Released||July 16, 2010|
|Size||249 cards(101 Commons plus 20 lands, 60 Uncommons, 53 Rares, 15 Mythic Rares)|
|Designers||Aaron Forsythe (lead), Doug Beyer, Mark Globus, Tom LaPille, Gregory Marques|
|Developers||Erik Lauer (lead), Dave Guskin, Tom LaPille, Kenneth Nagle|
Magic 2011 is a Magic: The Gathering was released on July 16, 2010. It was the twelfth core set for Magic: the Gathering. As its predecessor, Magic 2010, the set has new cards in it, but this time 110 new cards.
Magic 2011 contains the keyword scry. This marks the first time that a mechanic from an expert level set has been printed in a core set, without making that mechanic evergreen, or permanently available for use in all future sets. Also, this set introduced the concept of "planeswalker signature cards": cards of lesser rarities that are tied directly to the central planeswalker characters of the set (ex. "Ajani's Pridemate" and "Ajani's Mantra" were included as a reference to the planeswalker "Ajani Goldmane"). These cards were made to make the identity of the planeswalkers more accessible to players, as the planeswalker cards themselves are only available in mythic rarities.
|Released||July 15, 2011|
|Designers||Mark Globus (lead), Doug Beyer, Aaron Forsythe, Ken Nagle|
|Developers||Tom LaPille (lead), Kelly Digges, Peter Schaefer, Mike Turian, Steve Warner, Dave Humpherys|
Magic 2012 was released on July 15, 2011. It is the thirteenth core set for Magic: the Gathering. This set has 97 new cards in it.
Magic 2012 was the first set to use "dies" when a creature is put into a graveyard from the battlefield. It is the first core set to use the keyword "Hexproof", a keyword ability replacing the text "cannot be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control" (Cards with this ability have been printed in previous sets, but the ability was not called "Hexproof") The returning mechanic in M12 was Bloodthirst. When creatures with Bloodthirst are played, they gain a boost to their power and toughness if an opponent was already dealt damage that turn. For example, a 2/3 creature with Bloodthirst 3 could enter the battlefield as a 5/6. Bloodthirst was previously seen in Guildpact and Future Sight.
|Released||July 13, 2012|
|Designers||Doug Beyer (lead), Aaron Forsythe, Graeme Hopkins, Ryan Miller, Mark Purvis|
|Developers||Zac Hill (lead), Ethan Fleischer, Mark L. Gottlieb, Tom LaPille, Max McCall, Ryan Miller|
Magic 2013 was released on July 13, 2012. The tagline for the set is "Face a Greater Challenge." There were 108 new magic cards printed in this set.
Magic 2013 is the first core set ever to have a multi colored card, Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker (Bolas is also referenced on a number of other cards). It is the second Magic Core set (Tenth Edition was the first) to feature legendary cards; one legendary creature of each color plus the artifact Akroma's Memorial. M13 is the first and only core set to contain the keyword Exalted. The exalted ability gives any creature you control +1/+1 when it is the only creature attacking that combat. Exalted was previously seen in the Shards of Alara block and is featured as the "returning mechanic" in Magic 2013, meaning both reprinted and new cards appear with it.
|Released||July 19, 2013|
|Designers||Mark Globus (lead), Tom LaPille, Adam Lee, Shawn Main, Ken Troop|
|Developers||Dave Guskin (lead), Kelly Digges, Aaron Forsythe, James Hata, Zac Hill, Max McCall, and with contributions from Matt Tabak|
Magic 2014 was released on July 19, 2013. The tagline for the set is "Ignite your Spark." As Bolas was the mascot of M13, Chandra was the mascot of M14. Several new Magic 2014 cards and reprints have been released. The returning mechanics are Slivers, a series of creatures of which each grants an ability to each Sliver.
M14 marked a change to the Legend rule, keyword the effect "Indestructible", and changed the phrasing for unblockable creatures to "can't be blocked."
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