Onslaught block

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The Onslaught block is the eighth block, consisting of the large expansion Onslaught () and the two small expansions Legions () and Scourge (). The block came out in 2002-2003.

Themes and keywords[edit | edit source]

The theme of the Onslaught block is creature types, "tribal". The Onslaught block was the first to introduce at least one new keyword in each set, a trend which all blocks since have followed. Keywords introduced in this block: Amplify, Morph, Provoke, Storm, Typecycling. Evergreen keywords introduced: Double strike, Fear. Keywords reused from the past: Cycling.

Relation to Grand Creature Type update[edit | edit source]

In 2007, numerous cards with class creature types, as opposed to species or race ones, such as the Cleric, Soldier, and Wizards creature types, were retroactively given additional (species or race) creature types during the Grand Creature Type Update to be more consistent with the "race/class model". [1] In most of these cases, the additional creature type was Human. This, by and large, did not cause significant changes to this block. [2]

Sets[edit | edit source]

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Development codes[edit | edit source]

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

For Onslaught block, Bill Rose (the head of R&D) selected the three spokescharacters from an auto parts store named Pep Boys: Manny, Moe, and Jack. While this fit the set order, it proved to have one huge flaw: Half of R&D didn't grow up near a Pep Boys, so they didn't know what order the three went in.[3]

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Randy Buehler. (November 22, 2002.) "Debating Humanity", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  2. Mark Gottlieb. (September 26, 2007.) "The Grand Creature Type Update", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  3. Mark Rosewater. (August 12, 2002.) "Codename of the Game", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]