Starter 1999

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Starter 1999
Starter 1999 logo.png
 
Set symbol
Symbol description
A star
Design team
Bill Rose (lead)
Jonathan Tweet
With contributions by:
Charlie Encino
Mike Elliott
William Jockusch
Mark Rosewater
and Henry Stern
Development team
same as design
Art Director
Release date
July 12, 1999
Themes and mechanics
None new
Keywords and/or ability words
None new
Set size
173 (63 Common 55 Uncommon 35 Rare 20 lands)
Expansion code
S99[1]
Starter series sets
Starter 1999 Starter 2000 7th Edition Starter
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Urza's Destiny Starter 1999 Mercadian Masques

Starter, now known as Starter 1999, is a starter-level Magic set that came out in July 1999. It was legalized for Legacy and Vintage on October 20, 2005.[2]

Starter booster

Set details[edit | edit source]

Starter was the next attempt, after the Portal series, to ease new players into the game. Rules text were also written in bold type and separated from the flavor text with a thick line. Unlike the previous starter-level sets, Starter didn't have its own set of rules. The terminology was now for the first time consistent throughout the range of Magic products. It was just simpler than advanced-level Magic because certain cards (such as artifacts, enchantments, most Instants and cards with complicated abilities) weren't in the set.

Unlike the Portal sets, Starter did contain some instants (Counterspell, Extinguish and Remove Soul). On the other hand, Starter left out any creatures with a {T} ability.

The Starter set is slightly larger than a standard smaller expansion and most of its cards are reprints of cards already available. [3] The Starter set does contain twenty-six new cards created just for this release.

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Starter was sold in 15-card booster packs (containing 1 rare, 3 uncommon, 9 common and 2 basic lands), five different 40 card theme decks and a 2 Player Starter Set. The booster pack featured the art from Denizen of the Deep. The 2-Player Starter Set came with two decks, two playmats, a step-by-step play guide, and a simplified version of the rulebook. It contained eight cards not available in boosters, two of which haven't been printed anywhere else (Royal Falcon and Willow Elf). The Starter set was accompanied by The Official Starter Game Strategy Guide and the Guru teaching program. Starter Demogame boosters contained 24 cards, a tip card, a rebate card, and an instruction sheet. Everything two players needed to play their first Magic game.

Storyline[edit | edit source]

No specific storyline was developed for Starter.

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Starter has two cycles:

Mirrored pairs[edit | edit source]

Starter has one mirrored pair:

New cards[edit | edit source]

# Not available in regular boosters

Functional reprints[edit | edit source]

Starter demogame

Starter has three functional reprints:

Notable Cards[edit | edit source]

  • Grim Tutor — one of the few notable cards this set has introduced, it is still one of the best black Tutors.

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

For the content of the decks in the 2 Player Starter Set, see Starter 1999 2 Player Starter Set.

The preconstructed theme decks are:

Theme deck name Colors included
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Blinding Fury W
Time Curse U
Deadly Instinct B
Goblin Assault R
Impaler G

Misprints[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wizards of the Coast. (2004-08-02.) “Ask Wizards - August, 2004”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Aaron Forsythe. (Friday, March 11, 2005.) "More About March 1st", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  3. Magic Arcana. (October 06, 2008.) "Flavor of the Feast", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  4. Magic Arcana. (October 10, 2002.) "Goblin misprints", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  5. Magic Arcana. (August 27, 2002.) "Squall slip-up", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]

External links[edit | edit source]