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Core Set 2019
M19 logo.png
Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description "M19"
Release date July 13, 2018[1]
Themes and
mechanics
Double-faced card
Set size 280 + 34 cards
Expansion code M19[2]
Development codename Salad
Core sets
Magic Origins Core Set 2019 N/A
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Global Series: Jiang Yanggu & Mu Yanling Core Set 2019 Commander 2018

Core Set 2019, also known as Core 2019, is the 18th Magic core set. It is the first core set to be reintroduced under the Three-and-One Model and will be released on July 13, 2018[3][1]

Set details[edit | edit source]

Core Set 2019 Booster box.png

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.[4] Thus, the codename Salad was transferred from the small set in the proposed Dominaria block, to this core set.[5][6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

More than 30 white, blue and red commons were accidently packaged in Dominaria boosters, and found two months before release.[9][10][11]

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Core Set 2019 features a story arc by Kate Elliott, focusing on the origins of the conflict between Nicol Bolas and Ugin, the Spirit Dragon.[12][13]

Title Author Release Date Setting Featuring
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.[14] 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.[15] Furthermore, the contents of the Deck Builder's Toolkit are entirely fixed and can be used to upgrade the Planeswalker decks.[15]

Events[edit | edit source]

Promotional cards[edit | edit source]

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:

Reprints[edit | edit source]

Functional reprints[edit | edit source]

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
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
White deck W Serra's Guardian
Blue deck U Riddlemaster Sphinx
Black deck B Gravewaker
Red deck R Shivan Dragon
Green deck G Aggressive Mammoth

Planeswalker decks[edit | edit source]

Core 2019 features five planeswalker decks, that come with only one booster and are designed to integrate with the welcome decks.[18][19]

Planeswalker deck name Colors included Planeswalker
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Ajani W Ajani, Wise Counselor
Tezzeret U Tezzeret, Cruel Machinist
Liliana B Liliana, the Necromancer
Sarkhan R Sarkhan, Dragonsoul
Vivien G Vivien of the Arkbow

Notable cards[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. a b Wizards of the Coast. (January 15, 2018.) “Core Set 2019 Release Date Changed”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Product information
  3. .Wizards of the Coast. (June 14, 2017.) “25th Anniversary Announcement Day 2017”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater. (September 20, 2017.) "So what made you guys bring back core sets?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  5. Mark Rosewater. (April 05, 2018.) "Why do you still refer to Core Set 2019 as Salad?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  6. Mark Rosewater. (April 04, 2018.) "What would the second set of Dominaria have been?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  7. Mark Rosewater. (June 12, 2017.) “Metamorphosis 2.0”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. a b c d e f g h Blake Rasmussen. (June 11, 2018.) “Core Set 2019 Packaging, Promos, and More”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Commons leaked in Dominaria Packaged Product
  10. Some early M19 spoilers (Reddit)
  11. Mark Rosewater. (May 12, 2018.) "Many major leaks and several by wizards. Is this a deliberate part of spoiler seasons now?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  12. Kate Elliott on Twitter
  13. [https://www.hipstersofthecoast.com/2018/06/mtg-m19-core-2019s-story-will-feature-ugin-nicol-bolas-and-tarkir/ David McCoy (June 8, 2018).
  14. Product information (WPN)
  15. a b Mark Heggen (May 14, 2018). "How R&D Transformed M19 Planeswalker Decks". WPN
  16. Alayna Danner on Twitter
  17. Magic: The Gathering on Twitter
  18. News.toyark.com (picture)
  19. Blake Rasmussen. (April 30, 2018.) “News From the Editor: Odds & Ends”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
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