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Set symbol
Symbol description
Design team
Paul Peterson
Development team
Paul Peterson (lead)
Michael Donais
Art Director
Release date
October 2000
Themes and mechanics
None new
Keywords and/or ability words
None new
Set size
Expansion code
Early Box sets
Battle Royale Beatdown Deckmasters 2001
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Prophecy Beatdown Invasion

Beatdown is a box set that was released in October 2000.

Description[edit | edit source]

The name was derived from a slang word that was used at the time for aggro decks.[3] Player's often said the were "applying a beatdown", when creatures were attacking and dealing lots of damage to an opponent.[4][5][6] A "Beatdown deck" is essentially a “weenie” deck full of creatures that cost between one and four mana.[7]

Beatdown is notable for containing the only black-bordered card ever printed with the {Y} symbol, a reprint of Fireball. All other printings of the card, as well as its Oracle text, use only {X}. The {Y} symbol has otherwise only been used on the Unglued card, The Ultimate Nightmare of Wizards of the Coast® Customer Service.

Contents[edit | edit source]

Beatdown Box

The contents of the box set are:

The mural

Decklists[edit | edit source]

Aerodoom[edit | edit source]

Aerodoom is a blue / black deck. Survive the early game with removal spells, then take to the skies! Your Drakes, Djinns, and Elementals will have your opponent diving for cover.

11 Island
11 Swamp
1 Svyelunite Temple
1 Ebon Stronghold
1 Polluted Mire
1 Remote Isle

1 Cloud Elemental
1 Fog Elemental
1 Snapping Drake
1 Wayward Soul
1 Giant Crab
1 Vigilant Drake
1 Air Elemental
1 Killer Whale
1 Cloud Djinn
1 Blizzard Elemental
1 Mahamoti Djinn
1 Leviathan
1 Feral Shadow
1 Skittering Skirge
1 Skittering Horror
1 Tar Pit Warrior
1 Gravedigger
1 Hollow Dogs
1 Fallen Angel
1 Sengir Vampire
1 Clockwork Avian

1 Brainstorm
1 Impulse
1 Tolarian Winds
1 Counterspell
1 Power Sink
1 Dark Ritual
1 Diabolic Edict
1 Terror
1 Bone Harvest

1 Coercion
1 Death Stroke
1 Diabolic Vision
1 Drain Life

1 Gaseous Form

The rares in this deck are Blizzard ElementalMahamoti DjinnLeviathanFallen Angel and Clockwork Avian.

Ground Pounder[edit | edit source]

Ground Pounder is red / green deck. It deck contains some of the biggest, baddest creatures ever to stalk the planes of Dominaria. It is designed to get you to the stage of the game where you can drop these creatures onto the table and toll them right into your poor opponent.

Ground Pounder  
11 Mountain
11 Forest
1 Dwarven Ruins
1 Havenwood Battleground
1 Slippery Karst
1 Smoldering Crater

1 Kird Ape
1 Raging Goblin
1 Bloodrock Cyclops
1 Ball Lightning
1 Viashino Warrior
1 Balduvian Horde
1 Lowland Giant
1 Talruum Minotaur
1 Hulking Cyclops
1 Thundering Giant
1 Shivan Dragon
1 Llanowar Elves
1 Quirion Elves
1 Wooly Spider
1 Erhnam Djinn
1 Deadly Insect
1 Plated Spider
1 Crashing Boars
1 Shambling Strider
1 Yavimaya Wurm
1 Force of Nature
1 Scaled Wurm
1 Crash of Rhinos
1 Segmented Wurm
1 Clockwork Beast

1 Lightning Bolt
1 Shock
1 Sonic Burst
1 Thunderbolt
1 Fog
1 Giant Growth

1 Lava Axe
1 Fireball
1 Rampant Growth

1 Wild Growth

The rares in this deck are Ball LightningBalduvian HordeShivan DragonForce of Nature and Clockwork Beast.

Misprint[edit | edit source]

Fourth Edition version of Clockwork Avian (left), Beatdown version of the newly-templated card (right)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Product Information
  2. Wizards of the Coast. (August 02, 2004.) “Ask Wizards - August, 2004”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Reid Duke. (September 21, 2015.) “Glossary of Terms”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Melody Alder. (1998). The Duelist #22, 40-42
  5. Mark Rosewater. (February 11, 2003.) “We’ve Got The Beatdown”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Ted Knutson. (September 09, 2006.) “Magic Jargon”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Aaron Forsythe. (July 01, 2005.) “The Beatdown Cometh”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Magic Arcana. (October 25, 2002.) “Beatdown alternate art”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Magic Arcana. (June 19, 2006.) “Beatdown Comic Mural”,, Wizards of the Coast.

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