Magic Encyclopedia (Salvat)

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The Magic Encyclopedia is a collectible encyclopedia distributed in Spain by Salvat, a company of the Hachette group publishing company and Hasbro, parent company of Wizards of the Coast. In Italy, France and the UK it was published under the name of the Hachette Group itself. It teaches the basic concepts of the game, the rules, and other general information. The product was sold with a set of exclusive cards that form theme decks specially designed to illustrate the strategies of the game. Each issue of the encyclopedia contained a booster with 12 cards for these theme decks. The cards have their own expansion symbol featuring a Pegasus, the logo of Salvat editorial: (2005 - 2006) and (2010 - 2012).

Contents[edit | edit source]

The Encyclopedia is divided into six sections:

2005 edition (Spain)[edit | edit source]

The first edition appeared in Spanish newsstands on August 22, 2005. It was to be released in 50 bi-weekly issues. In october 2005, the distribution was cancelled without explanation.

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

The cards released with each five issues form a 60-card deck (the names are translated).

Promotional gifts[edit | edit source]

In some issues a Spanish booster of Ninth Edition cards was inserted, in other issues a pack of clear sleeves or card-display sheets.

2006 edition (Spain)[edit | edit source]

In January 2006 the Magic Encyclopedia was re-released in Spain, starting again with issue #1 with a new price.

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

Same as the proposed 2005 edition, except that the distribution order of the cards in first five issues was different.

Promotional gifts[edit | edit source]

Same as for the proposed 2005 edition.

2006 edition (UK)[edit | edit source]

A few issues of the Magic Encyclopedia were released in the UK. Issue 1 was sold with an introductory price of 1.99£ then following issues were sold 3.99£. This Hachette UK release stopped after 5 issues.

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

  • 1 to 5: Ravenous Rats; the only deck actually released.

Promotional gifts[edit | edit source]

2006 edition (France)[edit | edit source]

The Magic Encyclopedia was first tested by Hachette for the French market in March 2006 with the Rats deck. Starting in August 2006, it was sold in 50 weekly issues. The French version added a seperate section voor cards from the Ravnica block.

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

Same as the Spanish version.

Promotional gifts[edit | edit source]

In some issues a French booster of Ninth Edition cards was inserted, in other issues some pack of clear sleeves or card-display sheets.

2006 edition (Italy)[edit | edit source]

From August 2006, the Italian Magic Encyclopedia was sold by Hachette in 60 weekly issues, 10 more issues than the Spanish and Frensch versions.

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

The first ten decks were the same as for the Spanish version. The two extra decks were

Promotional gifts[edit | edit source]

In some issues an Italian booster of Ninth Edition cards was inserted, in other issues some pack of clear sleeves or card-display sheets.

2011 edition (Spain)[edit | edit source]

A new edition of the Spanish Magic Encyclopedia was tested in May 2010 with the issue #1 and #5. From January 2011 to 2012, 60 issues became available on a weekly basis.

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

The cards released with each five issues form a 60-card deck (the names are translated).

  • 1 to 5: Wings of light
  • 6 to 10: Ears of the Elves
  • 11 to 15: Thoughts of the Wind
  • 16 to 20: Fangs of the Predator
  • 21 to 25: Cries of Rage
  • 26 to 30: Eyes of Shadow
  • 31 to 35: Claws of Vengeance
  • 36 to 40: Relics of Doom
  • 41 to 45: Hands of Fire
  • 46 to 50: Scales of Fury
  • 51 to 55: Mind of the Void
  • 56 to 60: Aeons of Evil

Promotional gifts[edit | edit source]

Each issue also contained a booster from Worldwake or Magic 2011.

Cards[edit | edit source]

Main article: Salvat 2005
Main article: Salvat 2011

External links[edit | edit source]