Core Set 2019
|This article documents an upcoming release.|
|Core Set 2019|
|Release date||July 13, 2018|
|Set size||280 + 34 cards|
|Magic: The Gathering chronology|
Set details[edit | edit source]
Core sets were discontinued after Magic Origins in 2015, but were reintroduced with Core 2019. The reintroduction made it possible to move away from the Two-Block Paradigm, and create room to print three large standalone sets each year. Thus, the codename Salad was transferred from the small set in the proposed Dominaria block, to this core set. Like Magic 2010 to Magic Origins before, this core set contains a mix of new and reprinted cards. However, it is primarily geared toward incoming players.
Core Set 2019 contains 280 cards (presumably 20 basic land, 101 common, 80 uncommon, 53 rare, and 15 mythic rare) and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. 34 additional cards are found in the set's welcome decks and planeswalker decks. These are numbered #281/280 to #314/280. An unique Buy-a-Box promotional card numbered #306/280 is also considered to be part of the set.
Storyline[edit | edit source]
|Chronicle of Bolas: The Twins||Kate Elliott||2018-06-13||Tarkir, unnamed plane||Yasova Dragonclaw, Baishya, Naiva, The Ur-Dragon, Arcades Sabboth, Chromium Rhuell, Palladia-Mors, Merrevia Sal, Nicol Bolas, Ugin|
Marketing[edit | edit source]
Core Set 2019 is sold in 16-card boosters (one card being a marketing card), five planeswalker decks, the Core 2019 bundle and a Deck Builder's Toolkit. The expansion symbol of the set picks up the design earlier used for Magic 2010 to Magic 2015.
Five Welcome decks are given away to new players for free.
The Welcome decks, Planeswalker decks and Deck Builder's Toolkit are strongly integrated, which allows for an easier transition between the products. Basically, the Planeswalker decks expand on the themes presented in the Welcome decks. Furthermore, the contents of the Deck Builder's Toolkit are entirely fixed and can be used to upgrade the Planeswalker decks.
Events[edit | edit source]
Promotional cards[edit | edit source]
- Magic Open House: Full-art Guttersnipe 
- Prerelease: a stamped card that can be any rare or mythic rare from the set.
- Draft Weekend Launch promo: Desecrated Tomb 
- Standard Showdown: foil basic land promo with art by Alayna Danner. The five different basic lands line up to make one large panorama. 
- Store Championship: full-art foil Demon of Catastrophes 
- Magic League: foil Reliquary Tower 
- Buy-a-Box: Nexus of Fate (not found in the main set) 
- FNM promos: Elvish Rejuvenator, Militia Bugler, Murder 
- Convention card: Death Baron 
Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]
The set features a Transforming Legend similar to those featured in Magic Origins: a double-faced mythic creature that transforms into a planeswalker when a certain condition is met that represents the event that caused that character's planeswalker's spark to ignite. — Nicol Bolas, the Ravager (Nicol Bolas, the Arisen)
Card types[edit | edit source]
Core Set 2019 introduces the Vivien planeswalker type.
Cycles[edit | edit source]
Core Set 2019 has several cycles:
- Planeswalkers for beginning players: five mythic rare Planeswalkers — Ajani, Wise Counselor (), Tezzeret, Cruel Machinist (), Liliana, the Necromancer (), Sarkhan, Dragonsoul () and Vivien of the Arkbow () (Planeswalker decks only)
- Planeswalkers for advanced players: five mythic rare Planeswalkers — Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants (), TBA (), TBA (), TBA () and Vivien Reid ().
- Helpers: five uncommon creatures that get a bonus when the relevant planeswalker is in play — Court Cleric (Ajani), Tezzeret's Strider (Tezzeret), Arisen Gorgon (Liliana), Sarkhan's Whelp (Sarkhan), Vivien's Jaguar (Vivien) (Planeswalker decks only)
Reprints[edit | edit source]
Functional reprints[edit | edit source]
- Goblin Motivator is a functional reprint of Bloodlust Inciter from Amonkhet, except for creature types.
- Loxodon Linebreaker is a functional reprint of Bastion Enforcer from Aether Revolt, except for creature types.
- Onakke Ogre is a functional reprint of Frenzied Raptor from Ixalan, except for creature types.
Card comparisons[edit | edit source]
Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]
Welcome decks[edit | edit source]
Core 2019 features five Welcome Decks.
|Welcome deck name||Colors included||Iconic card|
|White deck||W||Serra's Guardian|
|Blue deck||U||Riddlemaster Sphinx|
|Red deck||R||Shivan Dragon|
|Green deck||G||Aggressive Mammoth|
Planeswalker decks[edit | edit source]
|Planeswalker deck name||Colors included||Planeswalker|
|Ajani||W||Ajani, Wise Counselor|
|Tezzeret||U||Tezzeret, Cruel Machinist|
|Liliana||B||Liliana, the Necromancer|
|Vivien||G||Vivien of the Arkbow|
Notable cards[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Wizards of the Coast. (January 15, 2018.) “Core Set 2019 Release Date Changed”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Product information
- .Wizards of the Coast. (June 14, 2017.) “25th Anniversary Announcement Day 2017”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (September 20, 2017.) "So what made you guys bring back core sets?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater. (April 05, 2018.) "Why do you still refer to Core Set 2019 as Salad?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater. (April 04, 2018.) "What would the second set of Dominaria have been?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater. (June 12, 2017.) “Metamorphosis 2.0”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Blake Rasmussen. (June 11, 2018.) “Core Set 2019 Packaging, Promos, and More”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Commons leaked in Dominaria Packaged Product
- Some early M19 spoilers (Reddit)
- Mark Rosewater. (May 12, 2018.) "Many major leaks and several by wizards. Is this a deliberate part of spoiler seasons now?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Kate Elliott on Twitter
- [https://www.hipstersofthecoast.com/2018/06/mtg-m19-core-2019s-story-will-feature-ugin-nicol-bolas-and-tarkir/ David McCoy (June 8, 2018).
- Product information (WPN)
- Mark Heggen (May 14, 2018). "How R&D Transformed M19 Planeswalker Decks". WPN
- Alayna Danner on Twitter
- Magic: The Gathering on Twitter
- News.toyark.com (picture)
- Blake Rasmussen. (April 30, 2018.) “News From the Editor: Odds & Ends”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.