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Magic 2012
M12 logo.jpg
Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description “M12”
Design Mark Globus (lead),
Doug Beyer,
Aaron Forsythe,
Ken Nagle
Development Tom LaPille (lead),
Kelly Digges,
Peter Schaefer,
Mike Turian,
Steve Warner,
Dave Humpherys
Art direction Jeremy Jarvis
Release date July 15, 2011
Plane Shandalar
Keywords and/
or ability words
Bloodthirst, Hexproof
Set size 249
(20 basic lands, 101 commons, 60 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares)
Expansion code M12[1]
Core sets
Magic 2011 Magic 2012 Magic 2013
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Commander Magic 2012 From the Vault: Legends

The Magic: The Gathering 2012 Core Set (a.k.a Magic 2012 or M12) is a Core Set which was released on July 15, 2011. The worldwide Prerelease events took place July 9-10, 2011 [2], and Launch Parties took place July 15-18, 2011.

Set details[edit | edit source]

Magic 2012 contains 249 cards (101 Common, 60 Uncommon, 53 Rare, 15 Mythic, 20 Basic Lands), including randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. [3] The set saw the return of planeswalkers and the five Titans, had a minor aura theme, intoduced hexproof and had several top-down designed creatures. [4] [5] The returning mechanic for this Core Set was bloodthirst. [6] [7]

Magic 2012 also marked the return of Korean to the set of printed languages.[8] Sets from 4th Edition through Urza's Saga had been printed in Korean in the past, before Korean was dropped from the list of printed languages. Magic 2012 brought the list of printed languages to 11: English, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Marketing[edit | edit source]

M12 6-card booster

Magic 2012 was sold in 16-card and 6-card booster packs, five Intro packs, two event decks and a fat pack. The regular boosters featured art from Grand Abolisher (with white background), Sphinx of Uthuun (with blue background), Rune-Scarred Demon (with black background), Chandra, the Firebrand (with red background) and Garruk, Primal Hunter (with green background). [9] The 6-card booster featured Jace, Memory Adept. Magic 2012 was also sold in the new "Booster Battle Pack"s, which contain 2 20-card semi-randomized decks, 2 booster packs, a Magic "learn to play" guide and a rules insert. [10] [11]

A promotional version of Bloodlord of Vaasgoth was given out to players at the Prerelease event. The promotional card for the launch party was Garruk's Horde. [12] Both cards are new to the set. The Buy-a-Box was Chandra's Phoenix. [13] The Magic 2012 Game Day was held on August 12-14, 2011. At this event the DCI-Promo-Card was Stormblood Berserker and the Top 8 Finish reward was a full-art foil Dungrove Elder.

Regular boosters of Magic 2012 came with a bonus sixteenth card that was either a "tips & tricks card" or a creature token from Magic 2012.' Unlike the traditional tips & tricks cards, they were printed in landscape format and had no numbering. The back side had an advertisement for Commander,, Magic 2012 Intro Packs, Magic Online,, Ultra Pro products or

Tips & Tricks[edit | edit source]

The tips & tricks cards are:

  1. bloodthirst
  2. booster draft
  3. casual formats
  4. colors of expansion symbols,
  5. decks work best when they're about 40% land and 25-40% creatures
  6. drawing a card when the library is empty means losing the game,
  7. gatherer, hexproof
  8. limited format
  9. minimum deck size and playing with only 4 of any one card,
  10. planeswalkers (2 different card wordings).

Tokens[edit | edit source]

The Magic 2012 tokens are: [14]

  1. 3/3 {G} Beast produced by Garruk, Primal Hunter.
  2. 3/3 {W} Flying Bird produced by Roc Egg.
  3. 1/1 Artifact Pentavite with Flying produced by Pentavus.
  4. 1/1 {G} Saproling produced by Jade Mage and Druidic Satchel.
  5. 1/1 {W} Soldier produced by Timely Reinforcements and Throne of Empires.
  6. 6/6 {G} Wurm produced by Garruk, Primal Hunter.
  7. 2/2 {B} Zombie produced by Cemetery Reaper, Zombie Infestation, and Grave Titan.

Sample decks[edit | edit source]

Just like Magic 2011, the Magic 2012 Core Set came with ten thirty-card sample decks. [15]

Rule change[edit | edit source]

The Magic 2012 core set introduced the wording shortcut "dies." The word "dies" on a Magic card simply means "is put into a graveyard from the battlefield." The two phrases are interchangeable. Similarly, the word "died" means "was put into a graveyard from the battlefield."

The term "dies" is used only if a creature is moving from the battlefield to a graveyard and only if the effect doesn't care which player's graveyard the creature is put into. (The complete phrase "is put into a graveyard from the battlefield" is used if the object is likely to have a different card type.)

Many older cards would be updated in the Oracle card reference to use this new term. This was not a functional change.

Mechanics and themes[edit | edit source]

Magic 2012 also introduced a new keyword in Hexproof, which is similar to Shroud except the controller of the permanent can still target it. [16] This ability used to be colloquially referred to as "Troll Shroud" in reference to Troll Ascetic, one of the first and most popular cards with that mechanic.

The keyword Bloodthirst returned after its initial appearance in Guildpact and a small cameo in Future Sight. Unlike its appearance in Guildpact, Bloodthirst was particularly focused in black on its Vampire tribe.

The set also saw the return of Planeswalkers, though it wasn't restricted to the original Lorwyn 'walkers as Gideon Jura and Sorin Markov had cards in the set. For the first time, three new Planeswalker cards were made for a core set. Like in Magic 2011, these planeswalkers had a number of cards referencing to them.

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Magic 2012 has the following cycles:

Mirrored pairs[edit | edit source]

Magic 2012 has two mirrored pairs.

Functional reprints[edit | edit source]

Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]

Intro packs[edit | edit source]

The intro packs are:[20]

Intro pack name Colors included Foil rare
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Sacred Assault W G Aegis Angel
Mystical Might W U Sphinx of Uthuun
Grab For Power U B Rune-Scarred Demon
Blood And Fire B R Flameblast Dragon
Entangling Webs R G Arachnus Spinner

Event decks[edit | edit source]

The event decks are:[21]

deck name
Colors included
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Illusionary Might U
Vampire Onslaught B

Notable cards[edit | edit source]

Cards added to Magic 2012[edit | edit source]

Cards removed from Magic 2011[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Product info
  2. Tim Willoughby. (July 04, 2011.) “M12 Prerelease Primer”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Monty Ashley. (January 03, 2011.) “Announcing Magic 2012”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Globus. (June 27, 2011.) “The Many Heads of Magic 2012”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Kelly Digges. (July 25, 2011.) “Time Travel (and Other Perks of Magic Development)”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Mark Rosewater. (June 27, 2011.) “Putting On a Core Set”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Tom LaPille. (July 08, 2011.) “Bloodthirst in the Water”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Monty Ashley. (August 23, 2011.) “Magic in Korean”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Monty Ashley. (June 16, 2011.) “Magic 2012 Core Set Boosters”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Monty Ashley. (June 23, 2011.) “Announcing Booster Battle Packs”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Wizards of the Coast. (July 27, 2011.) “Inside the Booster Battle Pack”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Monty Ashley. (June 08, 2011.) “Magic 2012 Promo Cards”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Monty Ashley. (June 08, 2011.) “Magic 2012 Buy a Box Promotion”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Monty Ashley. (July 12, 2011.) “The Tokens of Magic 2012”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Monty Ashley. (June 13, 2011.) “Magic 2012 Sample Decks”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Staff. (May 23, 2011.) “The Mechanics of Magic 2012”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  17. a b Tom LaPille. (July 22, 2011.) “On Repeat”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Tom LaPille. (July 01, 2011.) “A 'Walker' on the Wild Side”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  19. Monty Ashley. (July 27, 2011.) “The Favors”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Monty Ashley. (July 14, 2011.) “Magic 2012 Intro Packs”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  21. Monty Ashley. (August 01, 2011.) “Magic 2012 Event Decks”,, Wizards of the Coast.

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