|Symbol description||Planeswalker symbol breaking through the horizon.|
Shawn Main (lead)|
Sam Stoddard (lead)|
With contributions from
and advice from
|Art direction||Jeremy Jarvis|
|Release date||July 17, 2015|
or ability words
|Menace, Prowess, Renown, Scry, Spell Mastery|
(101 commons, 80 uncommons, 55 rares, 16 mythic rares, 20 basic lands)
+16 sample deck cards
(7 commons, 4 uncommons, 5 rares)
|Development codename||Magic 2016|
|Magic: The Gathering chronology|
Magic Origins is the 17th Magic core set. At the time of its release, it was thought to be, and marketed as, the last core set. It was grouped as a two-set block with Dragons of Tarkir for the purposes of Standard rotation under the Two-Block Paradigm. It was released on July 17, 2015. The set was strongly integrated with its digital counterpart Magic Duels: Origins.
- 1 Set details
- 2 Themes and mechanics
- 3 Cycles
- 4 Card comparisons
- 5 Notable cards
- 6 Preconstructed decks
- 7 Core set changes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Set details[edit | edit source]
Magic Origins was announced February 8, 2015 during Pro Tour Fate Reforged. The set contains 272 cards, which is 3 more than the current default for large sets (101 Commons, 80 Uncommons, 55 Rares, 16 Mythic Rares, 20 Basic Land). An additional 16 cards appear in the sample decks  (7 Common, 4 Uncommon, 5 Rare). As a first since Alpha, this Core Set features two new mechanics. R&D considers Magic Origins not to be the "last core set", but a "new beginning" relating to the start of the Two-Block Paradigm and a new treatment of the storyline. The latter involves telling coherent, in-depth stories about the characters and carrying those out over story arcs across multiple sets. To enable this storytelling, there are more new cards in this set than in previous Core Sets. More than ever, Magic Origins is strongly integrated with its digital counterpart, Magic Duels. We see the main characters depicted before and after their planeswalker's spark ignites. The design of the cards and mechanics mirrors this for the players, as a kind of "leveling up" to their full potential. This is achieved by double-faced cards with one side featuring a legendary creature, and the other side featuring its planeswalker incarnation. The basic lands feature basic land art from all the planes which are included in the set. Some are recreations of original artworks from those sets, showing the passage of time.
With Magic Origins, Wizards of the Coast experimented with a new mulligan rule: any player whose opening hand has fewer cards than his or her starting hand size may scry 1. After Pro Tour Vancouver, it was positively evaluated and implemented everywhere else.
Storyline[edit | edit source]
|“||Ignite your Spark||”|
The set tells the origin stories of several planeswalkers - Gideon Jura, Jace Beleren, Chandra Nalaar, Liliana Vess and Nissa Revane - who are going to be playing a big role in up-coming story arcs. We see these characters' home worlds, learn about the joys and crises of their early lives, and discover how they became the multiverse-traveling planeswalkers we know today. These are nicknamed the "Origins Five" in contrast to the original "Lorwyn Five".
|Planeswalker||Plane of birth||First walk|
Magic Story[edit | edit source]
|Title||Author||Release Date||Setting (plane)||Featuring|
|Chandra's Origin: Fire Logic||Doug Beyer||2015-06-10||Kaladesh, Regatha||Chandra Nalaar, Pia and Kiran Nalaar, Captain Baral|
|Liliana's Origin: The Fourth Pact||James Wyatt||2015-06-17||Dominaria, Innistrad||Liliana Vess, the Raven Man, Nicol Bolas, Kothophed|
|Jace’s Origin: Absent Minds||Kelly Digges||2015-06-24||Vryn, Ravnica||Jace Beleren, Alhammarret, Emmara Tandris|
|Gideon’s Origin: Kytheon Iora of Akros||Ari Levitch||2015-07-01||Theros, Bant||Gideon Jura, Hixus|
|Nissa’s Origin: Home||Kimberly J. Kreines & Adam Lee||2015-07-08||Zendikar, Lorwyn||Nissa Revane, Mazik, Dwynen|
Marketing[edit | edit source]
Magic Origins was sold in booster packs, Intro packs, a fat pack, a clash pack, the Magic Origins Deck Builder's Toolkit and a Land Station. The boosters feature art work corresponding to the five planeswalker characters: Kytheon, Hero of Akros, Jace, Vryn's Prodigy, Liliana, Heretical Healer, Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh and Nissa, Vastwood Seer]. Prerelease events were held on July 11–12, 2015, Launch Weekend on July 17–19, 2015 and Game Day on August 8–9, 2015. Starting the Monday of each week after the Prerelease, there were five consecutive Planeswalker theme weeks in WUBRG order on DailyMTG.com. Local stores around the world received some unique posters and items to put up to represent these theme weeks.
Prerelease[edit | edit source]
Players were asked to appear at the prerelease with clothes in the color of the favorite planeswalker. Magic Origins prerelease packs gave players the opportunity to learn the origin of their favorite Planeswalker. There were five prerelease packs, one for each planeswalker's color. Each came with a 7-card seeded booster pack that corresponded with that color. When registering for the Prerelease tournament, each player chose one. The seeded booster pack assisted players in building a deck by providing a starting point in their chosen color. Each seeded booster pack contained a stamped premium promo card, which players could include in their tournament decks. The prerelease pack further contained 6 regular booster packs, 1 story booklet and 1 Spindown life counter.
Promotional cards[edit | edit source]
- Launch promo: Mizzium Meddler
- Game Day: Conclave Naturalists
- Game Day (Top 8): Languish
- Buy-a-Box: Relic Seeker
- Prerelease, one of forty according to the chosen Planeswalker alignement. The pack's theme does not guarantee a specific Planeswalker card:
Tokens / Emblems / Checklist[edit | edit source]
- 4/4 Angel with flying for Sigil of the Empty Throne
- 2/2 Knight with vigilance for Gideon's Phalanx and Knightly Valor
- 1/1 Soldier for Murder Investigation
- 5/5 Demon with flying for Priest of the Blood Rite
- 2/2 Zombie for Undead Servant and Liliana, Heretical Healer
- 1/1 Goblin for Dragon Fodder
- 2/2 Elemental for Zendikar's Roil
- 1/1 Elf Warrior for Dwynen's Elite
- 4/4 Legendary Elemental named "Ashaya, the Awoken World" for Nissa, Sage Animist
- 1/1 Thopter with flying for Aspiring Aeronaut, Foundry of the Consuls, Ghirapur Gearcrafter, Hangarback Walker, Pia and Kiran Nalaar, Thopter Engineer, Thopter Spy Network and Whirler Rogue
- 1/1 Thopter with flying
- Emblem for Jace, Telepath Unbound
- Emblem for Liliana, Defiant Necromancer
- Emblem for Chandra, Roaring Flame
Sample decks[edit | edit source]
The Magic Origins Core Set comes with five thirty-card sample decks. Each sample deck has several cards numbered 273 and higher that do not appear in Magic Origins booster packs. They include classics like Serra Angel, Sengir Vampire and Mahamoti Djinn. These 16 cards are legal for tournament play in any format that includes the Magic Origins core set. The Magic Origins Deck Builder's Toolkit also contains these cards.
Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]
Double-faced cards / transform return with this set, showcasing the five planeswalkers. As for Innistrad and Dark Ascension a special checklist card is provided to facilitate play with the double-face cards.
Magic Origins features the new evergreen keyword ability Menace, as a replacement for Intimidate. Menace stands for This creature can't be blocked except by two or more creatures. The mechanic has existed since Goblin War Drums from Fallen Empires and will be primary in black and secondary in red.
A new keyword ability is Renown (primary white and secondary green) - Renown N1 (Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, if it isn't renowned, put N +1/+1 counter on it and it becomes renowned.)
- : Vryn — Control/Skies/Spell mastery (Thunderclap Wyvern)
- : Innistrad — Graveyard (Possessed Skaab)
- : Regatha — Sacrifice (Blazing Hellhound)
- : Zendikar — Midrange Beatdown/Creature ramp (Zendikar Incarnate)
- : Bant — Renown/pump spells (Citadel Castellan)
- : Dominaria — Auras (Blood-Cursed Knight)
- : Kaladesh — Tempo aggro/Artifacts (Reclusive Artificer)
- : Lorwyn — Midrange attrition/Elves (Shaman of the Pack)
- : Theros — Go wide (Iroas's Champion)
- : Ravnica — Tempo (Bounding Krasis)
Cycles[edit | edit source]
Magic Origins has nine cycles, one of which contains seven cards.
|Transforming Legends||Kytheon, Hero of Akros // Gideon, Battle-Forged||Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy // Jace, Telepath Unbound||Liliana, Heretical Healer // Liliana, Defiant Necromancer||Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh // Chandra, Roaring Flame||Nissa, Vastwood Seer // Nissa, Sage Animist|
|Five double-faced mythic creatures that transform into a planeswalker when a certain condition is met that represents the event that caused that character's planeswalker's spark to ignite. |
|Mentors||Hixus, Prison Warden||Alhammarret, High Arbiter||Kothophed, Soul Hoarder||Pia and Kiran Nalaar||Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen|
|Five rare legendary creatures linked to the planeswalkers in their youth. |
|Same named||Cleric of the Forward Order||Faerie Miscreant||Undead Servant||Infectious Bloodlust||Timberpack Wolf|
|Five common cards that get stronger when having cards with the same name on the field, graveyard or library. |
|Common spell mastery||Kytheon's Tactics||Calculated Dismissal / Send to Sleep||Dark Dabbling / Unholy Hunger||Fiery Impulse||Nissa's Pilgrimage|
|Seven common spell mastery cards with small effects, showing the Planeswalkers casting magic on their home world.|
|Uncommon spell mastery||Swift Reckoning||Psychic Rebuttal||Necromantic Summons||Ravaging Blaze||Gather the Pack|
|Five uncommon spell mastery cards with small effects, showing the Planeswalkers casting magic on the plane they traveled to.|
|Rare spell mastery||Gideon's Phalanx||Talent of the Telepath||Dark Petition||Exquisite Firecraft||Animist's Awakening|
|Five rare spell mastery cards with larger splashier effects, showing the Planeswalkers at the height of their current power.|
|Pivotal moments||Tragic Arrogance||Clash of Wills||Demonic Pact||Chandra's Ignition||Nissa's Revelation|
|Five uncommon, rare or mythic rare cards depicting the big story moment for the planeswalker's narrative arc. |
|Home planes||Valor in Akros||Sphinx's Tutelage||Shadows of the Past||Ghirapur Aether Grid||Zendikar's Roil|
|Five uncommon build-around enchantments that represent the characters' home planes.|
|Enemy colored painlands||Caves of Koilos||Shivan Reef||Llanowar Wastes||Battlefield Forge||Yavimaya Coast|
|Five rare dual lands with ": Add . : Add M or N. [This] deals 1 damage to you." Here, M and N are enemy colors of mana.(reprinted from Magic 2015)|
Card comparisons[edit | edit source]
Notable cards[edit | edit source]
- Pia and Kiran Nalaar is a versatile card used in several tournament decks. It represents Chandra's parents.
- Demonic Pact is an alternate-loss card.
Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]
Intro packs[edit | edit source]
|Intro pack name||Colors included||Foil rare|
|Brave the Battle||W||G||Hixus, Prison Warden|
|Take to the Sky||W||U||Alhammarret, High Arbiter|
|Demonic Deals||B||R||Kothophed, Soul Hoarder|
|Assemble Victory||U||R||Pia and Kiran Nalaar|
|Hunting Pack||B||G||Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen|
Clash pack[edit | edit source]
Magic Origins comes with a clash pack which contains two ready-to-play, 60-card decks. The cards can combine into a single 60-card Standard deck perfect for FNM. The pack contains 6 premium cards with alternative art.
Core set changes[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Printed on the card frame.
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- Mark Purvis and Ian Duke Announcing Magic Origins
- Magic Origins Facebook Announcement
- Official trailer