Odyssey block

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The Odyssey block is the seventh block, comprising the large expansion Odyssey () and the two small expansions Torment () and Judgment (). The block came out in 2001–2002.[1][2][3]

Details[edit | edit source]

Development codes[edit | edit source]

On the development codenames for the Odyssey block, MTG.com columnist Mark Rosewater writes:

The Odyssey block was the Magic Brand team's reaction to our hard-to-spell theme. They wanted simple-sounding names that were also easy to spell. In addition, they came up with the second big codename innovation: picking names that had a set order. Thus, the names began with "A" [for argon], "B" [for boron], and "C" [for carbon]—in alphabetical order. Why elements? I have no idea. But, hey, who says science never sees use later in life?[4]

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

The primary theme of Odyssey block was the graveyard, or "graveyard matters".[5]

The block introduced keywords Flashback, Madness, and Threshold.

Mega cycle[edit | edit source]

Odyssey block has two mega cycles.[6]

Mega verticle cycle[edit | edit source]

"Restock" was a mechanic designed for "Odyssey", but it was tuned down in development to appear on only two cards (uncommon Anurid Scavenger and rare Gurzigost) in Torment and one in Judgement (common Battlefield Scrounger) [9]

Tokens[edit | edit source]

Magic Player Rewards provided some cardboard tokens for the block. However, because Magic Online needs to represent all the tokens in the game, art needs to be created for even the most insignificant tokens. For those, Magic Online is the only place it appears. [10]

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

Sets[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wizards of the Coast. (June 11, 2003.) “Eighth Edition Rollout: Odyssey”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Wizards of the Coast. (June 11, 2003.) “Eighth Edition Rollout: Torment”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Wizards of the Coast. (June 11, 2003.) “Eighth Edition Rollout: Judgment”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater. (August 12, 2002.) “Codename of the Game”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater. (May 9, 2016.) “Because Salt Makes Mistakes Taste Great”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Ben Bleiweiss. (July 17, 2002.) “Set of Five, Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Mark Rosewater. (July 2, 2012.) “Old Times”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Alex Shvartsman. (May 17, 2002.) “Completing the Winning Cycle”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Randy Buehler. (May 17, 2002.) “The Restock Mechanic”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Magic Arcana. (July 30, 2002.) “Unseen tokens”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.