Prerelease cards

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Prerelease cards are cards given away for paying to play at prerelease tournaments.

History[edit | edit source]

They were first introduced at the Tempest prerelease in October, 1997. They are stamped or otherwise marked to identify them as the prerelease card. The design has changed over the years. Prerelease cards could have a mix of several of these qualities: foiled, the inclusion of a foiled shooting star symbol, alternate art from that which appears in the set, or a foiled watermark in the text box. Prerelease cards are often creatures that highlight some new aspect of the set. Since the creation of Prerelease Packs, many modern sets have had more than one possible prerelease card per set.

Beginning with Khans of Tarkir, prerelease cards had gone from being an advertised selling point to being mostly hidden information prior to the prerelease tournament. The number of possible prerelease cards per set also increased drastically. This was done for playability reasons, as the prerelease cards are now playable in one's card pool at prerelease tournaments. From Battle for Zendikar on, this was further increased to a stamped version of any rare or mythic rare card from the set. This was done because the earlier prerelease cards were skewing the availability of a single cards, and R&D wants all cards of the same rarity to be very close in number. [1]

List[edit | edit source]

The following table is a list of unique prerelease cards:

Card Set Date Comment
Dirtcowl Wurm Tempest October 1997 The card was not foil; it was a normal version of the card with the word "Prerelease" and the Magic "M" stamped in gold leaf on the type line. [2]
Revenant Stronghold February 1998
Monstrous Hound Exodus June 1998
Lightning Dragon [3] Urza's Saga September 26, 1998 The first foil card generally available. First prerelease with a shooting star. Highlighted echo
Beast of Burden Urza's Legacy February 6, 1999
Lu Bu, Master-at-Arms Portal Three Kingdoms April 29, 1999 This prerelease card has two versions; the other version lists a different date (July 4, 1999). Highlighted horsemanship
False Prophet Urza's Destiny May 29, 1999
Overtaker Mercadian Masques September 25, 1999 Highlighted spellshapers
Rathi Assassin Nemesis Jan 29, 2000 Last prerelease with a big shooting star. Highlighted mercenaries
Avatar of Hope Prophecy May 27, 2000 First prerelease with a small shooting star. Highlighted avatar cycle
Kavu Furens (Raging Kavu) Invasion September 23, 2000 Prerelease card printed in Latin text.
Ό πλανώμενος Φελδδαγρίφος (Questing Phelddagrif) Planeshift January 27, 2001 Prerelease card printed in classical Greek text.
फंगल्शम्ब्लर् (Fungal Shambler) Apocalypse May 26, 2001 Prerelease card printed in Sanskrit text.
باسلْ ليسك - الحجر واللسان (Stone-Tongue Basilisk) Odyssey September 22, 2001 Prerelease card printed in Arabic text. Highlighted threshold
Воин Лакватуса (Laquatus's Champion) Torment Jan 26 2002 Prerelease card printed in Russian text. Highlighted nightmares
תהילה (Glory) Judgment May 18, 2002 Prerelease card printed in Hebrew text. Last prerelease with a shooting star. Highlighted incarnations
Silent Specter Onslaught September 28, 2002 First prerelease with the expansion symbol watermark. Highlighted morph
Feral Throwback [4] Legions January 25, 2003 Highlighted amplify
Soul Collector [5] Scourge May 17, 2003
Sword of Kaldra [6] Mirrodin September 20, 2003 First prerelease card to feature alternate art and the first that isn't a creature. All subsequent prerelease cards feature alternate artwork. Highlighted equipment
Shield of Kaldra Darksteel January 24, 2004 First prerelease card to mention a card that had yet to be printed. Highlighted indestructible. Second non-creature
Helm of Kaldra Fifth Dawn May 22, 2004 Third non-creature
Ryusei, the Falling Star Champions of Kamigawa September 18, 2004 Card from legendary dragon cycle
Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni Betrayers of Kamigawa January 22, 2005 Highlighted ninjutsu
Kiyomaro, First to Stand Saviors of Kamigawa May 21, 2005 Highlighted wisdom theme
Gleancrawler [7] Ravnica: City of Guilds September 24, 2005 Highlighted hybrid mana
Djinn Illuminatus [8] Guildpact January 21, 2006 Highlighted replicate
Avatar of Discord [9] Dissension April 22, 2006
Allosaurus Rider [10] Coldsnap July 8, 2006 Highlighted super pitch cards
Lotus Bloom [11] Time Spiral September 23, 2006 Highlighted suspend, fourth non-creature
Oros, the Avenger [12] Planar Chaos January 20, 2007 Card from legendary dragon cycle
Korlash, Heir to Blackblade [13] Future Sight April 21, 2007 Highlighted grandeur and futureshifted frame
Wren's Run Packmaster [14] Lorwyn September 29, 2007 Highlighted champion and deathtouch
Door of Destinies [15] Morningtide January 19, 2008 Emphasizes creature types, fifth non-creature
Demigod of Revenge [16] Shadowmoor April 19, 2008 Re-emphasizes hybrid mana first introduced in Ravnica
Overbeing of Myth [17] Eventide July 12, 2008 Another card from the "Demigod" mega cycle
Ajani Vengeant [18] Shards of Alara October 3, 2008 First prerelease mythic rare, first planeswalker and sixth non-creature. Also used as release card. Available in six languages.
Malfegor [19] Conflux January 31, 2009
Dragon Broodmother [20] Alara Reborn April 25, 2009
Vampire Nocturnus [21] Magic 2010 July 11, 2009 Highlights injection of vampires back into the Core Set.
Rampaging Baloths &
Celestine Reef [22]
Zendikar September 26, 2009 First time two promos are given out, the second being the first plane as well as the seventh non-creature. Highlights Landfall.
Comet Storm [23] Worldwake January 30, 2010 Highlights Multikicker. Eighth non-creature.
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn [24] Rise of the Eldrazi April 17, 2010 Highlights colorless Eldrazi creatures
Sun Titan [25] Magic 2011 July 10, 2010 Highlights cycle of titans
Wurmcoil Engine Scars of Mirrodin September 25, 2010
Glissa, the Traitor Mirrodin Besieged January 29-30, 2011 Highlights the Phyrexian faction.
Hero of Bladehold Mirrodin Besieged January 29-30, 2011 Highlights the Mirran faction and Battle cry mechanic.
Sheoldred, Whispering One [26] New Phyrexia May 7-8, 2011 Highlights cycle of Praetors
Bloodlord of Vaasgoth [27] Magic 2012 July 9-10, 2011 Highlights Bloodthirst
Mayor of Avabruck / Howlpack Alpha [28] Innistrad September 24-25, 2011 Highlights Transform
Ravenous Demon / Archdemon of Greed [29] Dark Ascension January 28-29, 2012
Moonsilver Spear [30] Avacyn Restored April 28-29, 2012 Ninth non-creature
Xathrid Gorgon [31] Magic 2013 July 7-8, 2012
Archon of the Triumvirate [32] Return to Ravnica September 29-30, 2012 Azorius guild promo, highlights Detain
Hypersonic Dragon Return to Ravnica September 29-30, 2012 Izzet guild promo
Carnival Hellsteed Return to Ravnica September 29-30, 2012 Rakdos guild promo, highlights Unleash
Corpsejack Menace Return to Ravnica September 29-30, 2012 Golgari guild promo
Grove of the Guardian Return to Ravnica September 29-30, 2012 Selesnya guild promo
Treasury Thrull [33] Gatecrash January 26-27, 2013 Orzhov guild promo, highlights Extort
Consuming Aberration Gatecrash January 26-27, 2013 Dimir guild promo
Rubblehulk Gatecrash January 26-27, 2013 Gruul guild promo, highlights Bloodrush
Foundry Champion Gatecrash January 26-27, 2013 Boros guild promo
Fathom Mage Gatecrash January 26-27, 2013 Simic guild promo, highlights Evolve
Maze's End & Plains [34] Dragon's Maze April 27-28, 2013
Megantic Sliver [35] Magic 2014 July 13-14, 2013
Celestial Archon [36] Theros September 27-28, 2013 White promo, highlights Bestow
Shipbreaker Kraken Theros September 27-28, 2013 Blue promo, highlights Monstrosity
Abhorrent Overlord Theros September 27-28, 2013 Black promo, highlights Devotion
Ember Swallower Theros September 27-28, 2013 Red promo, highlights Monstrosity
Anthousa, Setessan Hero Theros September 27-28, 2013 Green promo, highlights Heroic
Silent Sentinel Born of the Gods February 1-2, 2014 White promo
Arbiter of the Ideal Born of the Gods February 1-2, 2014 Blue promo, highlights Inspired
Eater of Hope Born of the Gods February 1-2, 2014 Black promo
Forgestoker Dragon Born of the Gods February 1-2, 2014 Red promo
Nessian Wilds Ravager Born of the Gods February 1-2, 2014 Green promo, highlights Tribute
Dawnbringer Charioteers Journey into Nyx April 26-27, 2014 White promo, highlights Heroic
Scourge of Fleets Journey into Nyx April 26-27, 2014 Blue promo
Doomwake Giant Journey into Nyx April 26-27, 2014 Black promo, highlights Constellation
Spawn of Thraxes Journey into Nyx April 26-27, 2014 Red promo
Heroes' Bane Journey into Nyx April 26-27, 2014 Green promo
Resolute Archangel Magic 2015 July 12-13, 2014 White promo
Mercurial Pretender Magic 2015 July 12-13, 2014 Blue promo
Indulgent Tormentor Magic 2015 July 12-13, 2014 Black promo
Siege Dragon Magic 2015 July 12-13, 2014 Red promo
Phytotitan Magic 2015 July 12-13, 2014 Green promo

Change to random prerelease cards[edit | edit source]

Khans of Tarkir[edit | edit source]

Players at the prerelease chose one of the five clans featured in Khans of Tarkir. Within their Prerelease Pack, players randomly received one of eight possible prerelease cards associated with that clan. The forty possible prerelease cards were:

Abzan

Jeskai

Sultai

Mardu

Temur

Fate Reforged[edit | edit source]

Players at the Fate Reforged prerelease chose one of the five featured clans featured. Within their Prerelease Pack, players randomly received one of six possible prerelease cards associated with that clan. The thirty possible prerelease cards were:

Abzan

Jeskai

Sultai

Mardu

Temur

Dragons of Tarkir[edit | edit source]

Players at the prerelease chose one of the five dragon broods featured in Dragons of Tarkir. Within their Prerelease Pack, players randomly received one of eight possible prerelease cards associated with that brood. The forty possible prerelease cards were:

Dromoka

Ojutai

Silumgar

Kolaghan

Atarka

Magic Origins[edit | edit source]

Players at the Magic Origins prerelease chose one of the five featured planeswalkers. Within their Prerelease Pack, players randomly received one of eight possible prerelease cards associated with the color of that planeswalker. The forty possible prerelease cards were:

Gideon

Jace

Liliana

Chandra

Nissa

Battle for Zendikar, and further sets[edit | edit source]

Players at the prerelease got one stamped version of any rare or mythic rare card from the set as their promo card.

See also[edit | edit source]

The first prerelease card, this prerelease card from Tempest is non-foil.

References[edit | edit source]

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  9. Magic Arcana. (April 18, 2006.) "Dissension Prerelease Card", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  10. Magic Arcana. (July 3, 2006.) "Coldsnap Prerelease Card Revealed", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  11. Magic Arcana. (September 19, 2006.) "Time Spiral Prerelease Card", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
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