Magic 2015

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Magic 2015
M15 logo.jpg
 
Set symbol
Symbol description
"M15"
Design team
Aaron Forsythe (lead)
Max McCall
Shawn Main
Mike Gills
Jenna Helland
Development team
Billy Moreno (lead)
Shawn Main
Adam Lee
Tom LaPille
Sam Stoddard
Art Director
Jeremy Jarvis
Release date
July 18, 2014
Themes and mechanics
Keywords and/or ability words
Convoke
Set size
269 cards (101 Commons, 80 Uncommons, 53 Rares, 15 Mythic Rares, 20 Basic Land)
+ 15 cards in the sample decks (6 Commons, 4 Uncommons, 5 Rares)
Expansion code
M15[1][2]
Development codename
None
Core sets
Magic 2014 Magic 2015 Magic Origins
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Vintage Masters Magic 2015 From the Vault: Annihilation

Magic: The Gathering 2015 Core Set, commonly referred to as Magic 2015 or M15 is the 16th Magic core set. It was released on July 18, 2014.[3]

Set details[edit | edit source]

Magic 2015 contains 269 cards (101 Commons, 80 Uncommons, 53 Rares, 15 Mythic Rares, 20 Basic Land). WotC changed the default from 60 uncommons to 80 uncommons for large sets as it makes limited play better. The default of large sets moving forward would be 269.[4] An additional 15 cards appear in the sample decks. Magic 2015 is strongly integrated with its digital counterpart, Duels of the Planeswalkers.[5][6] The set features a black / green version of the planeswalker Garruk[7] and the "You Make The Card"-card Waste Not.[8][9] The set also features a new card face with a special Magic font ("Beleren"), a holofoil stamp, revamped collector info and a decreased border size. The Magic logo for this set is colored black. The returning mechanic is convoke.[10][11]

Magic 2015 introduced a templating change to cards that set a creature's power and toughness to a specific value. The term "base power and toughness" makes it clearer that other continuous effects that modify power and toughness, such as the ones created by Titanic Growth or a +1/+1 counter, apply after the creature's power and toughness are changed.[12]

Designer credits[edit | edit source]

Multiple game world VIPs were invited to create cards for Magic 2015. Their credits appear below the usual flavor text, in smaller type.[13][14]

Credited Known for Card
George Fan Designer of Plants vs. Zombies Genesis Hydra
Penny Arcade Penny Arcade webcomic, creators of PAX Avarice Amulet
Markus Persson Creator of Minecraft, founder of Mojang Aggressive Mining
Richard Garriot Creator of the Ultima series Shield of the Avatar
David Sirlin Designer on Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Yomi Master of Predicaments
Rob Pardo Chief Creative Officer at Blizzard, lead designer of World of Warcraft Xathrid Slyblade
Isaiah Cartwright Lead game designer for Guild Wars 2 Warden of the Beyond
Justin Gary Designer of Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer and Solforge
Winner of Pro Tour Houston 2002, National Team Championship in Worlds 2003
Spirit Bonds
Stone Librande Lead designer of Diablo 3, creative director of SimCity Goblin Kaboomist
Brian Fargo Founder of Interplay Entertainment and InXile Entertainment Yisan, the Wanderer Bard
Mike Neumann Gearbox Software, creative director on Borderlands Chasm Skulker
James Ernest Owner and lead designer for Cheapass Games Hot Soup
Edmund McMillen Indie designer of Super Meat Boy, featured in Indie Game: The Movie Cruel Sadist
Brad Muir Game designer at Double Fine Productions, project lead on Iron Brigade Ob Nixilis, Unshackled
The Magic community: Playing Magic Waste Not

Flavor[edit | edit source]

Hunt Bigger Game

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Magic 2015 is sold in booster packs, Intro packs, a fat pack, the new clash pack (which is a 2-Player Starter Set)[15] and the M15 Deck Builder's Toolkit.[16] The boosters featured art work from Ajani Steadfast, Jace, the Living Guildpact, Nightfire Giant, Soul of Shandalar and Nissa, Worldwaker. The prerelease was July 12-13, 2014, the magic online release was on July 28, 2014 and the Game Day was August 9-10, 2014. The set was promoted at the website www.huntbiggergame.com

Prerelease[edit | edit source]

Garruk the Slayer.png

There are five prerelease packs, one for each color. Each comes with a seeded booster pack that corresponds with that color.[17] When registering for the Prerelease tournament, each player chooses one. The seeded booster pack will assist players in building a deck by providing a starting point in their chosen color. Each seeded booster pack contains a premium promo card, which players may include in their tournament decks. Each prerelease pack comes with a oversized challenge card, Garruk the Slayer, which is a key component of Magic 2015 's experience design (designed by Ethan Fleischer and Gavin Verhey). The prerelease pack further contains 5 regular booster packs, 1 activity insert, 1 Spindown life counter and 3 Wolf tokens. One player plays his or her Prerelease deck as normal. This player always goes first. The other player plays as Garruk. Garruk starts at 20 loyalty, and can activate one loyalty ability each turn. Garruk can be attacked and if his loyalty reaches 0, he loses. But if Garruk's horde of Wolves drops the player to 0, then Garruk wins. The oversized Garruk Planeswalker card can't be returned to its owner's hand or otherwise removed.[18]

Promotional cards[edit | edit source]

Tokens/Emblems[edit | edit source]

"Token" now appears on the type line as a supertype. Emblems have also received a type line, which includes the Planeswalker subtype.[20]

  1. 1/1 colorless Sliver produced by Sliver Hive.
  2. 1/1 {W} Soldier produced by First Response and Raise the Alarm.
  3. 1/1 {W} Spirit with flying produced by Spirit Bonds and Triplicate Spirit.
  4. 1/1 {U} Squid with islandwalk produced by Chasm Skulker and Coral Barrier
  5. 3/3 {B} Beast with deathtouch produced by Garruk, Apex Predator.
  6. 2/2 {B} Zombie produced by Necromancer's Stockpile and Waste Not.
  7. 2/2 {R} Dragon with flying and "{R}: This creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn" produced by Brood Keeper.
  8. 1/1 {R} Goblin produced by Goblin Rabblemaster.
  9. 3/3 {G} Beast produced by Feral Incarnation and Soul of Zendikar.
  10. 1/1 {G} Insect with flying and deathtouch produced by Hornet Nest and Hornet Queen.
  11. */* {G} Treefolk Warrior with "This creature's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Forests you control" produced by Kalonian Twingrove.
  12. {X} artifact token named Land Mine with "{R}, Sacrifice this artifact: This artifact deals 2 danage to target attacking creature without flying" produced by Goblin Kaboomist.
  13. Emblem for Ajani Steadfast.
  14. Emblem for Garruk, Apex Predator.

Sample decks[edit | edit source]

The Magic 2015 Core Set comes with five thirty-card sample decks. Each sample deck has several cards numbered 270 and higher that do not appear in Magic 2015 booster packs. They include classics like Serra Angel, Sengir Vampire and Mahamoti Djinn. These 15 cards are legal for tournament play in any format that includes the Magic 2015 core set.[21] The Deck Builder's Toolkit 2015 contains a single copy of card numbers 270 and 272-284, and two copies of card number 271 Divine Verdict.

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Magic 2015 has ten cycles:

Functional reprints[edit | edit source]

Colorshifted[edit | edit source]

Strictly better[edit | edit source]

Strictly worse[edit | edit source]

Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]

Intro packs[edit | edit source]

The intro packs are:[25]

Intro pack name Colors included Foil rare
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Price of Glory W B Resolute Archangel
Hit the Ground Running U G Mercurial Pretender
Infernal Intervention B R Indulgent Tormentor
Flames of the Dragon U R Siege Dragon
Will of the Masses W G Phytotitan

Clash pack[edit | edit source]

Main article: Magic 2015/Clash pack

Magic 2015 comes with a clash pack which contains two bicolored decks.[26]

Clash pack deck name Colors included
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Fate U G
Fury R G

Cards added to Magic 2015[edit | edit source]

Cards removed from Magic 2014[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Printed on the card frame.
  2. http://magic.wizards.com/en/content/magic-2015-core-set-card-set-archive-products-game-info
  3. Wizards of the Coast. (January 6, 2014.) "Announcing Magic 2015", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  4. Mark Rosewater. (January 06, 2014.) "Why does Magic 2015 have 269 cards instead of the usual 249?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  5. Aaron Forsythe. (June 23, 2014.) “Magic 2015 — It's In There”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Mark Rosewater. (date.) “Days of Core, Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Blake Rasmussen. (June 30, 2014.) “The Hunter”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Ethan Fleischer. (September 30, 2013.) "You Made the Card!", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  9. Aaron Forsythe. (January 06, 2014.) "From the Director's Chair: 2013", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  10. Mark Rosewater. (June 23, 2014.) “Days of Core, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Sam Stoddard. (July 25, 2014.) “Developing Convoking”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Matt Tabak. (July 7, 2014.) “Magic 2015 Core Set release notes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Trick Jarrett. (April 16, 2014.) "Designer Cards in Magic 2015", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  14. Shawn Main. (June 30, 2014.) “Working with Some of the Best Minds in Gaming”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Trick Jarrett. (March 05, 2014.) "Introducing M15's Clash Pack", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  16. Blake Rasmussen. (June 24, 2014.) “Magic 2015 Packaging”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  17. Gavin Verhey. (July 7, 2014.) “Magic 2015 Prerelease Primer”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Blake Rasmussen. (June 22, 2014.) “Win the Ultimate Trophy”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  19. Blake Rasmussen. (July 1, 2014.) “Promos, Packaging, and Promos Some More”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Blake Rasmussen. (July 2, 2014.) “Magic 2015 tokens”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  21. Blake Rasmussen. (June 13, 2014.) "Magic 2015 Sample Decks", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  22. Sam Stoddard. (June 27, 2014.) “Making Mana”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  23. Marshall Sutcliffe. (July 2, 2014.) “Setting Up the Paragons”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  24. Sam Stoddard. (July 4, 2014.) “Magic 2015 Wrap-Up”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  25. Trick Jarrett. (July 09, 2013.) "Magic 2014 Intro Pack Decklists", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  26. Blake Rasmussen. (July 7, 2014.) “Magic 2015 Clash Pack”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

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