7th Edition

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7th Edition
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Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description stylized 7
Design Randy Buehler
Charlie Catouto
Michael Donais
Mike Elliott
Robert Gutschera
William Jockusch
Mark Rosewater
Henry Stern
Teeuwynn Woodruff
Development Same as design
Art direction Ron Spears & Dana Knutson
Release date April 11, 2001
Plane Unknown
Set size 350 (110 Common, 110 Uncommon, 110 Rare, 20 Land)
Expansion code 7ED[1]
Core sets
6th Edition 7th Edition 8th Edition
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Planeshift 7th Edition Apocalypse

Seventh Edition (7th Edition) is a Magic Core Set that was released in April 2001.

Set details[edit | edit source]

“  7 IS Your Lucky Number  ”

Seventh Edition contains 350 white-bordered cards (110 rare, 110 uncommon, 110 common, and 20 basic lands). It was the first Core Set to include foil cards, which were printed with black borders. As a special feature, each card in Seventh Edition featured new artwork.[2] Old favorites like Serra Angel [3], Shivan Dragon and Mahamoti Djinn returned in the set. The expansion symbol was a stylized 7. Seventh Edition was the last base set printed in the 'old' card frame and to be released prior to the final expansion of the then-current block.

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Seventh Edition was sold in 15-card-booster packs, 5 different Theme decks and a 2-Player Starter Set, but not in tournament packs. The 2-player set was aimed to be an introductory item to playing Magic and hence is similar to Starter 2000. It was also the last Starter-level product released. Seventh Edition was the first Core Set to replace 1 common in booster packs with a basic land card.

In order to comply to strict regulations by the local government, which does not permit illustrations of human skeletons, some cards like Charcoal Diamond received altered art for its Chinese version. [4]

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Within its art and flavor text, the set narrates events of a war between two bands led by the Northern Paladin and Southern Paladin versus the Eastern Paladin and the Western Paladin.[2]

Cycles[edit | edit source]

7th Edition has 4 cycles and a vertical cycle.

Vertical Cycle[edit | edit source]

  • Super tramplers: A vertical cycle of creatures that could do their combat damage to the defending player as though they weren't blocked — Lone Wolf, Pride of Lions, Thorn Elemental. It is said that this ability was created because Wizards thought trample was too confusing, yet this new ability wasn't taken too well in its place.

Mirrored pairs[edit | edit source]

7th Edition has 5 mirrored pairs.

  • Earthquake (red) and Hurricane (green) are both rare sorceries that have a mana cost of {X}M and deal X damage to all non-flying or flying creatures and each player.
  • Holy Strength (white) and Unholy Strength (black) are both common Auras for M with enchant creature that give a mirrored bonus to the enchanted creature's power/toughness.

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

7th Edition was the first core set to have theme decks:[5]

Theme deck name Colors included
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Armada W
Bomber U
Decay B
Infestation R
Way Wild G

Cards added to 7th Edition[edit | edit source]

Main article: 7th Edition/Changes

Changes in rarity[edit | edit source]

Main article: 7th Edition/Changes

Cards removed from 6th Edition[edit | edit source]

Main article: 7th Edition/Changes
  • Crusade was removed in favor of adding Glorious Anthem which for {1} gives +1/+1 to all of your creatures, not just all white ones (including opponents'). Glorious Anthem remained in core sets through 10th Edition.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wizards of the Coast. (August 02, 2004.) “Ask Wizards - August, 2004”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. a b Mark Rosewater. (November 07, 2017.) "Why is the Seventh Edition so different from the others?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  3. Mark Rosewater. (October 17, 2011.) “The Walking Undead”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Magic Arcana. (February 12, 2002.) “Chinese art”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Seventh Edition Theme Decks

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