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Premiered at Origins '93 in July of that year, Magic: The Gathering; was first released to the general public on August 5, 1993. The "Alpha" set consisted of 295 cards.
After the Alpha print run of 2.6 million cards, some corrections were made and the remaining 7.3 million cards were released as the "Beta" set (302 cards).
The Magic: The Gathering game expands every year, introducing new worlds filled with deadly perils, new wars between ancient enemies, and fantastic new adventures. At the center is the Magic core set, representing the game in its purest form: evocative spells, menacing creatures, and infinite possibilities. But even at its core, the experience is ever changing. The Magic 2011 core set continues that tradition.
The Magic 2010 core set is a game-changer. That's because it's packed with 50% classics from the past and 50% classics-in-the-making. That's rightâ€”new content in a core set! This historic release also heralds the return of Lightning Bolt â€“ a blast from the past that's sure to electrify your game.
The Magic: The Gathering core set presents Magic in its truest form. This painstakingly crafted compilation acts as a "greatest hits" collection, a foundation to start building your own collection, a reliable place to find some of the most powerful tournament-defining cards, and a practical guide to the fundamentals of the game. This is the tenth version of the core set in the history of the game, and it stands out from all others for one unprecedented reason: The inclusion of legends. They're powerful, they're fun, and they've never been seen in a core set before.
Featuring cards selected by magicthegathering.com readers, the Core Set - Ninth Edition features possibly the best assortment of cards ever to appear in a Magic base set. And the rumors are true: Hypnotic Specter and Kird Ape are back! There's a brand new Fat Pack with everything the experienced gamer needs to not just play, but enjoy the heck out of the game. And if you're new to the game, the Core Game will be right up your alley! It's packaged with a helpful cd-rom with detailed tutorials, or you can dive right in to the two decks. Don't forget to read through the helpful play guide first, though! Ninth Edition is the latest in a long line of great base sets for Magic. If you don't get some, you'll be left behind!
Comeback of the Decade In 1993, the Magic: The Gathering trading card game started a gaming revolution. Today, six million players worldwide agree the Magic TCG is the best. The Core Set - Eighth Edition marks the 10th Anniversary of Magic and to celebrate the event, this set was created with a very special concept in mind: it contains at least one new card never before printed in a Core Set from every Magic expansion ever produced by Wizards* (34 sets in all!). Over the last year, the Magic Research & Development team has worked closely with the players and visitors to this website to help make the Core Set the set you wanted it to be. Packed full of old famous cards such as Rukh Egg and Underworld Dreams, Eighth Edition will be redefining decks for years to come. In addition, Eighth Edition introduces the new improved cardface design that allows for larger art, more card text, and enhanced premium design. Once you get a look at the new cards, you'll start to realize just how many great cards are in the Core Set this time around. So welcome back your old favorites and see why the Core Set - Eighth Edition is what Magic is all about.
Magic: The GatheringÂ® players have something to look forward to with Classicâ„¢ (Sixth Edition). For the starter-level MagicÂ® player ready to make the leap to advanced Magic play, the Classic two-player game is the logical next step. Magic players new to advanced play will enjoy access to cards from earlier expansions and exposure to a richer play environment, while expert players will find Classic a cost-effective way to play in sealed-deck tournaments. Classic features 350 cards, including cards from these Magic expansions: Visions, Mirage, Alliances, and Weatherlight.
Released in March of 1997, Fifth Edition was by far the largest version of the Magic: The Gathering; basic set. Fifth Edition contains a total of 429 cards, not including the basic lands.
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 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.
Magic Origins explores the beginnings of five of Magic's most illustrious Planeswalkers: Gideon Jura, Jace Beleren, Liliana Vess, Chandra Nalaar, and Nissa Revane. Throughout the set, you'll find cards depicting life on their home planes, the events that led to the ignition of their Planeswalker sparks, and their first travels as Planeswalkers. These five Planeswalkers form the centerpiece of Magic Origins, and each one appears as a double-faced card.
These first 10 million cards sold out quickly, and in December 1993, the Unlimited Edition was released. This white-bordered set consisted of the same 302 cards as the Beta print run.