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Core Set 2019

Magic Core sets return with Core Set 2019. This 18th Core Set tells the tale of the Elder Dragon Nicol Bolas, and his battle against his twin Ugin, the Spirit Dragon. Released on July 13, 2018.

Magic Origins

Magic Origins is the 17th and last Magic core set. It is grouped as a two-set block with Dragons of Tarkir for the purposes of Standard rotation under the new regime. It was released on July 17, 2015. The set is strongly integrated with its digital counterpart Magic Duels: Origins.

Magic 2015

Garruk, hunter of the planes, has been corrupted. The twisted Chain Veil has darkened his mind. After hunting Liliana on Innistrad and escaping execution, Garruk now sees Planeswalkers as the greatest quarry. And Garruk isn't hunting just any Planeswalker: Garruk is hunting you.

Magic 2014

Play with fire! See for yourself why Magic: The Gathering is the world’s premier trading card game. Customize your own Magic deck with wild, powerful spells and creatures, then challenge your friends to see whose spark burns the brightest!

Magic 2013

Magic 2013 is a Magic: The Gathering expansion set, which was released on July 13, 2012. The tagline for the set is "Face a Greater Challenge". Several new Magic 2013 cards and reprints have been released. Magic 2013 is the first core set ever to have a multi colored card, the planeswalker Nicol Bolas.

Magic 2012

Magic: The Gathering 2012 Core Set (Magic 2012) is the current advanced level Core Set which was released on July 15, 2011. The worldwide Prerelease events took place July 9-10, 2011, and Launch Parties took place July 15-18, 2011.

Magic 2011

Magic: The Gathering 2011 Core Set (Magic 2011) is an advanced level and current Core Set which was released on July 16, 2010. Like its predecessor Magic 2010, nearly half of the cards in Magic 2011 were new. Magic 2011 uses all the evergreen mechanics except for double strike and intimidate. The mechanics flash, regeneration and shroud each appear on only one card, either an uncommon or rare. Magic 2011 is the first core set to use a non-evergreen mechanic, scry, which will not appear in the next core set Magic 2012.

Magic 2010

Magic: The Gathering 2010 Core Set (Magic 2010) was released July 17, 2009. Magic 2010 is the first core set since Beta to bring new cards. It is also the first core set with planeswalkers and mythic rares. There are no legendary cards in the set, unlike the previous core set.

10th Edition

10th Edition (Tenth Edition) was released July 13, 2007. For the first time, Wizards of the Coast put legendary creatures in a core set, each color received two legendary creatures, and a legendary artifact, Legacy Weapon, was included. This is the second time (after Alpha/Beta) using black borders in a core set for non-premium cards. This is also the first time since 5th Edition that the core set has not been 350 cards.

9th Edition

Ninth Edition (9th Edition) is a Core Set that was released on July 29, 2005. Ninth Edition core set introduces Auras, a new name for a kind of card that's been around since the beginning of the Magic game. An Aura is just a type of enchantment that's attached to another permanent in play.

8th Edition

Eighth Edition (8th Edition) is a Core Set that was released on July 29, 2003. Eighth Edition features 350 cards including cards from every previous expansion set since Alpha. The set introduces a new improved cardface design that allows for larger art and more card text.

7th Edition

Seventh Edition (7th Edition) is a Core Set that was released in 2001. 7th Edition was the first Core Set to include foil cards. Within it's art and flavor text, the set narrates events of a war between two bands led by the Northern Paladin and Southern Paladin versus the Eastern Paladin and the Western Paladin.

6th Edition

Sixth Edition (6th Edition), also known as Classic, is a Core Set that was released in 1999. Sixth Edition is the first core set to use the color-coded rarity symbols and collector numbers first introduced in Exodus. No cards with trample were printed in Sixth Edition. Major rule changes occurred with the release of 6th Edition.

5th Edition

Fifth Edition (5th Edition) is a Core Set that was released in the spring of 1997 and is the biggest Core Set ever printed. Fifth Edition contains a total of 429 cards, not including the basic lands, compared to the 363 of Fourth Edition. Of these, only 235 appeared in Fourth Edition. The rest are cards from earlier sets which have been rotated in. The largest rotations come from Ice Age, but they also include cards from Arabian Nights, Antiquities, The Dark, Legends, Fallen Empires and Homelands, as well as a few returnees from Revised that were taken out of Fourth Edition. Fifth Edition is the first core set with cards having new artwork, 220 cards. The cards from this set are white bordered with a copyright date of 1997.

4th Edition

Released in April 1995, Fourth Edition was a new version of the Magic: The Gathering; basic set. In a continuing attempt to balance and add new flavor to the game, fifty-one cards were removed from the Revised Edition and 122 cards from previous expansions were added, bringing the total cards to 378. The cards from this set are white bordered with a 1995 copyright date.

Summer Magic

These cards have the 1994 copyright date before the artist name but without the "Wizards of the Coast Inc, all rigths reserved". 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. 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 best be recognized by their 1994 copyright date.


The Revised Edition of the basic set was released in April 1994 with 306 cards. The white-bordered set "cleaned up" several rules and graphical oversights from the previous Unlimited basic set. Revised was the first Core Set to "rotate" some cards out, some of which were considered to be "problem cards," and replace them with other cards from previously printed limited expansions. The expansions available at the time were Arabian Nights and Antiquities.


Unlimited Edition, or Unlimited is the second edition of the core set. This white-bordered set consisted of the same 302 cards as the Beta print run. It was released in December 1993. Unlimited was the first set to be officially titled as something other than just Magic: The Gathering. The "Unlimited Edition" label appears on the booster boxes, decks, and booster packs.


Limited Edition Beta, commonly known as Beta, is the second printing of the first edition of Magic, includes 302 black-bordered cards. It was released shortly after Alpha, the first printing of the first edition, sold out. Among Alpha, Beta, and Unlimited, cards from Beta are considered to be the most valuable because of the black border and the use of the 4MM rounded corner (Alpha cards were originally shunned as marked cards in early tournament decks, which had to appear unmarked without sleeves under early tournament rules). The set has no copyright date.


Limited Edition Alpha, commonly known as Alpha, is the first print run of Limited Edition, the first Core Set of Magic: The Gathering. Alpha is actually a nickname, but widely accepted as the name for this set. Alpha cards can easily be distinguished from Beta and all other cards by their more rounded corners. The set is also black bordered with no copyright date.