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Magic: the Gathering
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About
Game/Set: Magic: the Gathering

Publisher:

Wizards of the Coast

Country:

USA

Language:

English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portugese, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Taiwanese


Magic: the Gathering is the very first CCG ever made and was created by Richard Garfield and introduced in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast. Magic continues to thrive, with approximately twelve million players as of 2011. Magic can be played by two or more players each using a deck of printed cards or a deck of virtual cards through the Internet-based Magic: The Gathering Online or third-party programs.

Each game represents a battle between mighty wizards, known as "planeswalkers", who employ spells, items, and creatures depicted on individual Magic cards to defeat their opponents. Although the original concept of the game drew heavily from the motifs of traditional fantasy role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, the gameplay of Magic bears little similarity to pencil-and-paper adventure games, while having substantially more cards and more complex rules than many other card games.

An organized tournament system and a community of professional Magic players has developed, as has a secondary market for Magic cards. Magic cards can be valuable due to their rarity and utility in gameplay.

Card Types[edit | edit source]

  • Artifacts
  • Conspiracies
  • Creatures
  • Enchantment Creatures
  • Enchantments
  • Instants
  • Interrupts (now called Instants)
  • Lands
  • Legendary Artifacts
  • Legendary Creatures
  • Legendary Enchantment Artifacts
  • Legendary Enchantment Creatures
  • Legendary Lands
  • Legends (now called Legendary Creatures)
  • Ongoing
  • Phenomenon
  • Planes
  • Planeswalkers
  • Sorceries
  • Vanguard

Colors[edit | edit source]

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Colorless
  • Green
  • Red
  • White

Rarities[edit | edit source]

  • Commons
  • Mythic Rares
  • Promos
  • Rares
  • Uncommons

Other Languages[edit | edit source]

LANGUAGE GAME
Chinese 万智牌
French Magic: L'Assemblée
German Magic: Die Zusammenkunft
Italian Magic: L'Adunanza
Japanese マジック:ザ・ギャザリング
Korean 매직:더・ 개더링
Spanish Magic: El Encuentro
Taiwanese (Traditional Chinese) 魔法風雲會


Expansions[edit | edit source]

ICON EXPANSION YEAR, DATE #CARDS CYCLES OTHER
LANGUAGES
- Limited Edition Alpha Aug. 5, 1993 295 Core Sets -
- Limited Edition Beta Oct. 4, 1993 302 Core Sets -
- Unlimited Edition Dec. 1, 1993 302 Core Sets -
- Collector's Edition Dec. 10, 1993 302 Not Tournament Legal  -
- International Collector's Edition Dec. 10, 1993 302 Not Tournament Legal  -
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Arabian Nights Dec. 17, 1993 92 Early Sets -
HarperPrism Book Promos Jan 1, 1994 5 Promos
DragonCon.jpg Dragon Con Jan 1, 1994 1 Promos -
Antiquities.jpg Antiquities March 4, 1994 100 Early Sets -
- Revised Edition April 1, 1994 306 Core Sets DE, FR, IT
Legends.jpg Legends June 1, 1994 310 Early Sets IT
Summer Magic / Edgar June 21, 1994 306 Early Sets -
Thedark.jpg The Dark Aug. 1, 1994 119 Early Sets IT
Fallenempires.jpg Fallen Empires Nov. 1, 1994 187 Early Sets -

Magazine Inserts

  • Japanese
Nov. 1, 1994

8

  • 15
Promos -
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DCI Legend Membership 1995 2 Promos -
- Judge Gift Program 1995-present 100 Promos -
- Fourth Edition 1995, April 449 Core Sets DE, ES, FR, IT, JP, KR, PT, TW
- Chronicles 1995, July 125 Reprint Sets JP
- Renaissance 1995, Aug. 229 Reprint Sets DE, FR, IT
Homelands.jpg Homelands 1995, Oct. 140 Early Sets DE, ES, FR, IT, PT
Iceage.jpg Ice Age 1995, June 383 Ice Age Cycle DE, ES, FR, IT, PT
- Introductory Two-Player Set 1996 67 Beginner Sets DE, ES, FR, IT, JP, NL
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Arena League 1996 83 Promos JP (13 cards)
Celebration Cards 1996-2010 6 Promos
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Alliances 1996, June 10 199 Ice Age Cycle DE, ES, FR, IT, PT
Rivals Quick Start Set 1996, July ? Reprint Sets
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Mirage 1996, Oct. 7 350 Mirage Cycle DE, ES, FR, IT, JP, PT
Multiverse Gift Box 1996, Nov. 10 Independent Box Sets
Portal Demogame 1997 6 Promos
Redemption Program 1997 1 Promos JP
Prerelease Events 1997-present 68 Promos DE, FR, IT, JP
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Visions 1997, Feb. 3 167 Mirage Cycle DE, ES, FR, IT, JP, KR, PT, TW
- Fifth Edition 1997,March 24 449 Core Sets CN, DE, ES, FR, IT, JP, KR, PT, TW
Astral 1997,April 12 Not Tournament Legal
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Portal 1997, June 241 Beginner Sets CN, DE, ES, FR, JP, TW
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Weatherlight 1997, June 9 167 Mirage Cycle DE, ES, FR, IT, JP, KR, PT, TW
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Tempest 1997, Oct. 13 350 Rath Cycle DE, ES, FR, IT, JP, KR, PT, TW
Asia Pacific Land Program 1997 15 Promos
Super Series 1998-2008 31 Promos
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Stronghold 1998, March 2 143 Rath Cycle DE, ES, FR, IT, JP, KR, PT, TW
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Portal Second Age 1998, June 165 Beginner Sets
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Exodus 1998, June 15 143 Rath Cycle DE, ES, FR, IT, JP, KR, PT, TW
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Unglued 1998, Aug. 7 94 Un-Serious Sets
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Urza's Saga 1998, Oct. 12 350 Artifacts Cycle CN, DE, ES, FR, IT, JP, KR, PT, TW
Anthologies 1998, Nov. 85 Independent Box Sets
WotC Online Store 1999 1 Promos
Guru 1999 5 Promos
European Land Program 1999 15 Promos
Worlds 1999 1 Promos
Friday Night Magic 1999-present 158 Promos JP
World Championship Decks 1999 1999 ? World Championship Decks
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Urza's Legacy 1999, Feb.15 143+143 Urza Block CN, DE, ES, FR, IT, JP, KR, PT, TW
Classic Sixth Edition 1999, Apr.28 350 Core Sets
Portal Three Kingdoms 1999, May 180 Beginner Sets
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Urza's Destiny 1999, June 7 143+143 Urza Block CN, DE, ES, FR, IT, JP, KR, PT, TW
Starter 1999 1999, July 173 Beginner Sets
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Mercadian Masques 1999, Oct. 4 350+350 Masquerade Cycle CN, DE, ES, FR, IT, JP, KR, PT, TW
Battle Royale Box Set 1999, Nov.12 136 Independent Box Sets
World Championship Decks 2000 2000 ? World Championship Decks
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Nemesis 2000, Feb.14 143+143 Masquerade Cycle CN, DE, ES, FR, IT, JP, KR, PT, TW
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Prophecy 2000, June 5 143+143 Masquerade Cycle
Starter 2000 2000, July 57 Beginner Sets
Invasion 2000, Oct. 2 350 Invasion Block
Beatdown 2000, Dec. 90 Independent Box Sets
World Championship Decks 2001 2001 ? World Championship Decks
Magic Player Rewards 2001-2011 53 Promos
Planeshift 2001, Feb. 5 143 Invasion Block
Seventh Edition 2001, Apr.11 350 Core Sets
Apocalypse 2001, June 4 143 Invasion Block
Odyssey 2001, Oct. 1 350 Odyssey Block
Deckmasters 2001, Dec. 56 Independent Box Sets
World Championship Decks 2002 2002 ? World Championship Decks
Torment 2002, Feb. 4 143 Odyssey Block
Judgment 2002, May 27 143 Odyssey Block
Onslaught 2002, Oct. 7 350 Onslaught Block
Release Events 2003-2007 13 Promos
World Championship Decks 2003 2003 ? World Championship Decks
Legions 2003, Febr. 3 145 Onslaught Block
Scourge 2003, May 26 143 Onslaught Block
Eighth Edition 2003, July 28 357 Core Sets
Eighth Edition Box Set 2003, July 28 7 Independent Box Sets
Mirrodin 2003, Oct. 3 306 Mirrodin Block
World Championship Decks 2004 2004 ? World Championship Decks
Darksteel 2004, Febr. 6 165 Mirrodin Block
Fifth Dawn 2004, June 4 165 Mirrodin Block
Champions of Kamigawa 2004, Oct. 1 306 Kamigawa Block
Unhinged 2004, Nov.20 145 Un-Serious Sets
Two-Headed Giant Tournament 2005 1 Promos
Magic: the Gathering Launch Parties 2005-present 22 Promos ES, FR, IT, JP
Betrayers of Kamigawa 2005, Febr. 4 165 Kamigawa Block
Saviors of Kamigawa 2005, June 3 165 Kamigawa Block
Ninth Edition 2005, July 29 359 Core Sets
Ninth Edition Box Set 2005, July 29 10 Independent Box Sets
Ravnica: City of Guilds 2005, Oct. 7 306 Ravnica Block
Happy Holidays 2006 7 Promos
Pro Tour 2006 5 Promos JP
WPN/Gateway 2006-2011 84 Promos DE, ES, FR, IT, JP
Champs 2006-2008 12 Promos
Hachette Encyclopedia Inserts 2006-2007 725 Reprint Sets FR, IT
Guildpact 2006, Febr. 3 165 Ravnica Block
Dissension 2006, May 5 165 Ravnica Block
Coldsnap 2006, July 21 155 Ice Age DE, ES, FR, IT, JP, PT, RU, TW
Coldsnap Theme Decks 2006, July 21 62 Ice Age
Time Spiral 2006, Oct. 6 422 Time Spiral Block
Time Spiral "Timeshifted" 2006, Oct. 6 122 Time Spiral Block
Summer of Magic 2007 2 Promos
Grand Prix 2007 9 Promos
Magic Game Day Cards 2007-2013 27 Promos FR
Planar Chaos 2007, Febr. 2 165 Time Spiral Block
Future Sight 2007, May 4 165 Time Spiral Block
Tenth Edition 2007, July 13 383 Core Sets
Masters Edition 2007, Sept.10 195 MTGO
Lorwyn 2007, Oct. 12 301 Lorwyn Block
Duel Decks: Elves vs. Goblins 2007, Nov. 16 62 Duel Decks
Morningtide 2008, Febr. 1 150 Lorwyn Block
Shadowmoor 2008, May 2 301 Shadowmoor Cycle
Eventide 2008, July 25 180 Shadowmoor Cycle
From the Vault: Dragons 2008,Aug.29 15 From The Vault
Masters Edition II 2008,Sept.22 245 MTGO
Shards of Alara 2008, Oct. 3 249 Shards of Alara Block
Duel Decks: Jace vs. Chandra 2008,Nov. 7 62 Duel Decks
15th Anniversary 2009 2 Promos
Conflux 2009,Febr.6 145 Shards of Alara Block
Duel Decks: Divine vs. Demonic 2009, April 10 62 Duel Decks
Alara Reborn 2009, April 30 145 Shards of Alara Block
Magic 2010 2009, July 17 249 Core Sets
From the Vault: Exiled 2009,Aug.28 15 From The Vault
Planechase 2009,Sept.4 211 "Command Zone"
Masters Edition III 2009,Sept.7 230 MTGO
Zendikar 2009,Oct. 2 249 Zendikar Block
Duel Decks: Garruk vs. Liliana 2009,Oct.30 63 Duel Decks
Premium Deck Series: Slivers 2009,Nov.20 41 Premium Deck Series
Worldwake 2010, Febr. 5 145 Zendikar Block
Rise of the Eldrazi 2010, April 23 248 Zendikar Block
Duel Decks: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition 2010,March 19 71 Duel Decks
Duels of the Planeswalkers 2010, June 4 113 Reprint Sets
Archenemy 2010, June 18 151 "Command Zone"
Magic 2011 2010, July 16 249 Core Sets
From the Vault: Relics 2010, Aug.27 15 From The Vault
Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Tezzeret 2010, Sept.3 79 Duel Decks
Scars of Mirrodin 2010, Oct. 1 249 Scars of Mirrodin Block
Magic Online Deck Series: Legacy Format 2010, Nov.8 ? MTGO
Premium Deck Series: Fire and Lightning 2010, Nov.19 34 Premium Deck Series
Momir Vig Basic Event Deck 2010, Nov.22 ? MTGO
Masters Edition IV 2010,Jan.10 260 MTGO
World Cup Magic Qualifiers 2011 1 Promos
Mirrodin Besieged 2011, Febr. 4 155 Scars of Mirrodin Block
New Phyrexia 2011, May 13 175 Scars of Mirrodin Block
Duel Decks: Knights vs. Dragons 2011, April 1 81 Duel Decks
Commander 2011,June17 320 "Command Zone"
Commander's Arsenal 2011,June17 18 "Command Zone"
Magic 2012 2011, July 15 249 Core Sets
From the Vault: Legends 2011, Aug.26 15 From The Vault
Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas 2011, Sept. 2 83 Duel Decks
Innistrad 2011,Sept.30 264 Innistrad Block
Premium Deck Series: Graveborn 2011,Nov.18 30 Premium Deck Series
Dark Ascension 2012, Febr.3 158 Innistrad Block
Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth 2012, March 30 77 Duel Decks
Avacyn Restored 2012, May 4 244 Innistrad Block
Planechase 2012 Edition 2012,June1 216 "Command Zone"
Magic 2013 2012,July 13 249 Core Sets
From the Vault: Realms 2012,Aug.31 15 From The Vault
Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari 2012, Sept.7 90 Duel Decks
Return to Ravnica 2012, Oct. 5 274 Return to Ravnica Block
Gatecrash 2013, Feb. 1 249 Return to Ravnica Block
Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt 2013,March15 80 Duel Decks
Dragon's Maze 2013, Apr. 27 156 Return to Ravnica Block
Modern Masters 2013, June 7 229 Reprint Sets
Magic 2014 2013, July 19 249 Core Sets
From the Vault: Twenty 2013, Aug.23 15 From The Vault
Duel Decks: Heroes vs. Monsters 2013, Sept.6 81 Duel Decks
Theros 2013, Sept. 27 249 Theros Block CH DE FR IT JP KR PT RU SP TW
Commander 2013 Edition 2013, Nov. 1 357 "Command Zone"
Born of the Gods 2014, Febr. 7 165 Theros Block
Journey into Nyx 2014, May 2 165 Theros Block
Modern Event Deck 2014, May 30 26 -
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Conspiracy 2014, June 6 210 Conspiracy CN, JP
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Vintage Masters 2014, June 16 650 MTGO
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Magic 2015 Core Set 2014, July 18 284 Core Sets CN DE ES FR IT JP KR PT RU TW
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Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning 2014, Sept. 5 81 Duel Decks

JP

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Khans of Tarkir 2014, Sept. 26 538 Khans of Tarkir DE CN FR ES IT JP KR RU PT TW
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From the Vault: Annihilation 2014, Oct. 6 15 From the Vault -

Card totals[edit | edit source]

LANGUAGE GAME
Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Portugese
Spanish
Taiwanese (Traditional Chinese)

Sources[edit | edit source]

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