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The year 1997 was the fifth year of existence for Magic: The Gathering.
Events[edit | edit source]
|February 3||Release of Visions.|
|February||Prank article in InQuest #22, starting the rumors about the color purple.|
|February 14-16||Duelist Invitational in Hongkong. Won by Olle Råde.|
|February 28 – March, 2||Pro Tour Los Angeles, won by Tommi Hovi.
|March|| Release of Fifth Edition, the first set that was advertized as an advanced-level set in the new rating system for the game sets.
|March||Start of the Military League.|
|March 22-23||First Grand Prix in Amsterdam, won by Emmanuel Vernay.|
|April 11-13||Pro Tour Paris, won by Mike Long. First Pro Tour in Europe.|
|April||Release of the Microprose Magic computergame, including the Astral set.|
|May 1|| Release of Portal, the first starter-level set, with simpler rules and an other lay-out.
|May 16||Opening of the Wizards of the Coast Game Center.|
|May 30 – June, 1||Pro Tour New York, won by Terry Borer.|
|June 6||Release of Weatherlight.
|Summer||First Vanguard set, featured in the Arena League.|
|July||Introduction of the Extended and Legacy formats.|
|July||First Magic based summer camp.|
|August 13-17||1997 World Championships in Seattle, won by Jakub Slemr.
|October 4||Prerelease of Tempest, first prerelease card: Dirtcowl Worm|
|October 10-12||Pro Tour Chicago, won by Randy Buehler.|
|October 13||Release of Tempest, the first set that was advertized as an expert-level set and the first set to be released with pre-constructed theme decks.|
|October 15||Wizards of the Coast lands TCG patent.|
|November 1||Release of the Magic: The Gathering - BattleMage computer game.|
|November||Magic television commercials air in the USA.|
|December 5-7||Pro Tour Mainz, won by Matt Place.|
|December||Release of the 1997 World Championship Decks.|
|December||Release of the Vanguard Gift Box.|
|Magic: The Gathering - Armageddon arcade game created by Acclaim Entertainment.|
|Player of the Year: Paul McCabe.|
Publications[edit | edit source]
- The Official Magic: The Gathering - Strategies & Secrets
- Magic: The Gathering Official Strategy Guide
- Magic: The Gathering Official Encyclopedia - Volume 2
- The Official Guide to Portal
- The Official Deckbuilders' Guide
- The Official Guide to Tempest
- Official Strategy Guide for Magic: The Gathering - Battlemage
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Design and Development[edit | edit source]
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