Masters 25

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Masters 25
A25 logo.png
Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description 25 superimposed on the planeswalker symbol
Design Adam Prosak (lead)
Ethan Fleischer
Matthew Danner
Melissa DeTora
Pete Ingram
Yoni Skolnik
Development Yoni Skolnik (lead)
Ethan Fleischer
Melissa DeTora
Art direction Mark Winters
Release date March 16, 2018
Themes and
mechanics
Enchantment creatures, Flickering, Tapping and Untapping
Keywords and/
or ability words
Cycling and Landcycling, Morph and Megamorph
Set size 249
Expansion code A25[1]
Physical Masters series
Iconic Masters Masters 25 N/A
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Rivals of Ixalan Masters 25 Duel Decks: Elves vs. Inventors

Masters 25 is a booster-based compilation set that was released on March 16, 2018.[2][3] It is designed to be drafted and celebrates twenty-five years of Magic: The Gathering.[4][5]

Set details[edit | edit source]

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Masters 25 packaging
“  25 Years in the Making!  ”

Masters 25 contains 249 cards (101 common, 80 uncommon, 53 rare, and 15 mythic rare) and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. The product contains 249 cards from across Magic 's entire history, a concept earlier seen in Eighth Edition. Cards from un-sets and the Reserved List are excluded.[6][7] The expansion symbol for this set is the planeswalker symbol with a 25 in front of it, slightly different from the symbol used for the 25th anniversary. Nearly every card in Masters 25 features a watermark, representing its original expansion symbol. This treatment is even used for cards first printed in Limited Edition (Alpha), using a Magic M as the watermark. Un-watermarkable cards like planeswalkers are excluded from this treatment.[8] The set features over 30 pieces of new Magic art and many pieces of new flavor text.[9][10]

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Like Iconic Masters, the release of this set forms part of the celebration of Magic's 25th anniversary. Like for other Masters series sets, the MSRP of one booster was set to $9.99. Unlike Modern Masters or Eternal Masters, this product is not geared to any specific format.[11] Every booster box of Masters 25 contains 24 booster packs — each with fifteen randomly inserted game cards, including one premium card in every pack. The 16-card boosters (the sixteenth card is a marketing card) feature artwork from Jace, the Mind Sculptor, Azusa, Lost but Seeking and Sundering Titan.

Magic Online[edit | edit source]

Masters 25 releases on Magic Online on March 16, 2018, the same day as the paper set.

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

Masters 25 covers all of Magic's 25 years, with at least one card from all black bordered releases in those 25 years. Rather than focus on mechanics or archetypes as most Masters series products do, the set is focused on famous combos and iconic cards from the past to make the gameplay as high on nostalgia as possible.[12][13]

Reprints[edit | edit source]

The table below organizes every card from Masters 25 according to the black border set in which they were originally printed. While each set got at least one reprint, some sets (and blocks) were clearly prioritized over others in card selection due to a variety of factors (limited concerns, raising availability for non-rotating formats, overall financial value).

The most represented sets/block are Onslaught block (with 20 reprints), Time Spiral block (with 14 reprints), then Alpha (with 12 reprints). Check the "N° of cards" column for the full detail.

Set Watermark N° of cards Reprints
Alpha 12 Armageddon - Disenchant - Savannah Lions - Swords to Plowshares - Blue Elemental Blast - Counterspell - Dark Ritual - Will-o'-the-Wisp - Lightning Bolt - Red Elemental Blast - Giant Growth - Regrowth
Arabian Nights 1 Erg Raiders
Antiquities 2 Primal Clay - Mishra's Factory
Legends 5 Fallen Angel - Hell's Caretaker - Nicol Bolas - Stangg - Pendelhaven
The Dark 3 Ghost Ship - Ball Lightning - Blood Moon
Fallen Empires 1 Goblin War Drums
Ice Age 2 Brainstorm - Pyroclasm
Homelands 1 Ihsan's Shade
Alliances 3 Arcane Denial - Balduvian Horde - Pillage
Mirage 2 Pacifism - Flash
Visions 2 Man-o'-War - Quicksand
Portal 1 Path of Peace
Weatherlight 1 Doomsday
Tempest 4 Diabolic Edict - Living Death - Jackal Pup - Kindle
Stronghold 3 Sift - Mogg Flunkies - Ensnaring Bridge
Exodus 2 Curiosity - Merfolk Looter
Portal Second Age 1 Ancient Craving
Urza's Saga 5 Angelic Page - Congregate - Horseshoe Crab - Phyrexian Ghoul - Lull
Urza's Legacy 2 Unearth - Rancor
Urza's Destiny 2 Trumpet Blast - Elvish Piper
Portal Three Kingdoms 3 Kongming, "Sleeping Dragon" - Borrowing 100,000 Arrows - Imperial Recruiter
Starter 1999 2 Loyal Sentry - Cinder Storm
Mercadian Masques 2 Invigorate - Rishadan Port
Nemesis 2 Accumulated Knowledge - Stampede Driver
Prophecy 1 Plague Wind
Invasion 4 Exclude - Kavu Climber - Hanna, Ship's Navigator
Planeshift 1 Eladamri's Call
Apocalypse 4 Mystic Snake - Pernicious Deed - Quicksilver Dagger - Vindicate
Odyssey 4 Auramancer - Caustic Tar - Zombify - Shadowmage Infiltrator
Torment 2 Laquatus's Champion - Mesmeric Fiend
Judgment 2 Browbeat - Living Wish
Onslaught 9 Akroma's Vengeance - Renewed Faith - Choking Tethers - Dirge of Dread - Undead Gladiator - Skirk Commando - Broodhatch Nantuko - Krosan Colossus - Krosan Tusker
Legions 2 Akroma, Angel of Wrath - Willbender
Scourge 9 Decree of Justice - Karona's Zealot - Noble Templar - Shoreline Ranger - Death's-Head Buzzard - Twisted Abomination - Chartooth Cougar - Elvish Aberration - Fierce Empath
Mirrodin 2 Spikeshot Goblin - Chalice of the Void
Darksteel 2 Echoing Courage - Sundering Titan
Fifth Dawn 1 Relentless Rats
Champions of Kamigawa 2 Nezumi Cutthroat - Azusa, Lost but Seeking
Betrayers of Kamigawa 3 Genju of the Falls - Genju of the Spires - Iwamori of the Open Fist
Saviors of Kamigawa 3 Promise of Bunrei - Freed from the Real - Mikokoro, Center of the Sea
Ravnica: City of Guilds 2 Frenzied Goblin - Watchwolf
Guildpact 2 Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind - Pillory of the Sleepless
Dissension 4 Court Hussar - Ratcatcher - Protean Hulk - Utopia Sprawl
Coldsnap 1 Darien, King of Kjeldor
Time Spiral 5 Brine Elemental - Fathom Seer - Vesuvan Shapeshifter - Fortune Thief - Assembly-Worker
Planar Chaos 4 Whitemane Lion - Akroma, Angel of Fury - Simian Spirit Guide - Kavu Predator
Future Sight 5 Pact of Negation - Street Wraith - Summoner's Pact - Coalition Relic - Zoetic Cavern
Lorwyn 2 Soulbright Flamekin - Brion Stoutarm
Morningtide 2 Vendilion Clique - Ambassador Oak
Shadowmoor 2 Cursecatcher - Presence of Gond
Eventide 6 Nettle Sentinel - Cascade Bluffs - Fetid Heath - Flooded Grove - Rugged Prairie - Twilight Mire
Shards of Alara 3 Knight of the Skyward Eye - Skeletonize - Blightning
Conflux 2 Ember Weaver - Conflux
Alara Reborn 1 Lorescale Coatl
Magic 2010 2 Act of Treason - Master of the Wild Hunt
Zendikar 3 Luminarch Ascension - Disfigure - Vampire Lacerator
Worldwake 3 Kor Firewalker - Jace, the Mind Sculptor - Arbor Elf
Rise of the Eldrazi 3 Ancient Stirrings - Wildheart Invoker - Prophetic Prism
Magic 2011 4 Squadron Hawk - Chandra's Outrage - Cultivate - Plummet
Scars of Mirrodin 4 Twisted Image - Heavy Arbalest - Nihil Spellbomb - Perilous Myr
Mirrodin Besieged 1 Blue Sun's Zenith
New Phyrexia 1 Phyrexian Obliterator
Commander 1 Animar, Soul of Elements
Magic 2012 3 Phantasmal Bear - Crimson Mage - Swiftfoot Boots
Innistrad 3 Fiend Hunter - Murder of Crows - Tree of Redemption
Dark Ascension 2 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben - Haunted Fengraf
Avacyn Restored 2 Cloudshift - Gisela, Blade of Goldnight
Planechase 2012 1 Sai of the Shinobi
Magic 2013 4 Griffin Protector - Bloodhunter Bat - Murder - Timberpack Wolf
Return to Ravnica 2 Fencing Ace - Rest in Peace
Gatecrash 3 Urbis Protector - Totally Lost - Boros Charm
Dragon's Maze 2 Notion Thief - Ruric Thar, the Unbowed
Magic 2014 1 Strionic Resonator
Theros 4 Gods Willing - Ordeal of Heliod - Bident of Thassa - Returned Phalanx
Commander 2013 1 Prossh, Skyraider of Kher
Born of the Gods 2 Retraction Helix - Courser of Kruphix
Journey into Nyx 2 Nyx-Fleece Ram - Eidolon of the Great Revel
Conspiracy 1 Grenzo, Dungeon Warden
Magic 2015 2 Geist of the Moors - Jalira, Master Polymorphist
Khans of Tarkir 5 Dragon's Eye Savants - Mystic of the Hidden Way - Ruthless Ripper - Hordeling Outburst - Woolly Loxodon
Commander 2014 2 Reef Worm - Myriad Landscape
Fate Reforged 1 Humble Defector
Dragons of Tarkir 3 Ire Shaman - Ainok Survivalist - Epic Confrontation
Magic Origins 2 Valor in Akros - Enthralling Victor
Battle for Zendikar 3 Coralhelm Guide - Zulaport Cutthroat - Zada, Hedron Grinder
Commander 2015 1 Magus of the Wheel
Oath of the Gatewatch 1 Baloth Null
Shadows over Innistrad 5 Dauntless Cathar - Triskaidekaphobia - Pyre Hound - Uncaged Fury - Vessel of Nascency
Eldritch Moon 1 Lunarch Mantle
Conspiracy: Take the Crown 1 Deadly Designs
Kaladesh 2 Cloudblazer - Self-Assembler
Commander 2016 1 Ash Barrens
Aether Revolt 1 Treasure Keeper
Amonkhet 3 Horror of the Broken Lands - Supernatural Stamina - Thresher Lizard
Hour of Devastation 1 Act of Heroism
Commander 2017 1 Izzet Chemister
Ixalan 1 Colossal Dreadmaw
Rivals of Ixalan 2 Dusk Legion Zealot - Ravenous Chupacabra

Changes in rarity[edit | edit source]

Common to Uncommon[edit | edit source]

Uncommon to Common[edit | edit source]

Uncommon to Rare[edit | edit source]

Uncommon to Mythic Rare[edit | edit source]

Rare to Common[edit | edit source]

Rare to Uncommon[edit | edit source]

Rare to Mythic Rare[edit | edit source]

Mythic Rare to Rare[edit | edit source]

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Masters 25 has five horizontal cycles.

Mirrored pairs[edit | edit source]

There is one mirrored pair in Masters 25.

  • Blasts: Originally printed in Alpha, these common modal instants (formerly interrupts), one blue and one red, both have a casting cost of M and can be cast to either destroy a permanent of the other's color or counter a spell of the other's color — Blue Elemental Blast and Red Elemental Blast.

Token cards[edit | edit source]

Masters 25 morph overlay card
The set comes with fifteen tokens.[14]
  1. {C} 1/1 Spirit for Promise of Bunrei
  2. {W} 4/4 Angel with Flying for Luminarch Ascension and Decree of Justice
  3. {W} 1/1 Soldier for Decree of Justice and Darien. King of Kjeldor
  4. {W} 1/1 Spirit with Flying for Dauntless Cathar
  5. {U} 3/3 Fish for Reef Worm [15]
  6. {U} 9/9 Kraken for Reef Worm
  7. {U} 6/6 Whale for Reef Worm
  8. {B} 1/1 Skeleton with "{B}: Regenerate this creature." for Skeletonize
  9. {R} 1/1 Goblin for Hordeling Outburst
  10. {R} 0/1 Kobold for Prossh, Skyraider of Kher
  11. {G} 1/1 Elf Warrior for Presence of Gond
  12. {G} 1/1 Insect for Broodhatch Nantuko
  13. {G} 2/2 Wolf for Master of the Wild Hunt
  14. {R/G} 3/4 Human Warrior named Stangg Twin for Stangg
  15. Overlay card for morphed creatures.

Notable cards[edit | edit source]

Cards with new art[edit | edit source]

Cards with new flavor text[edit | edit source]

Cards with centered rules text[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Product Information
  2. Wizards of the Coast. (June 14, 2017.) “25th Anniversary Announcement Day”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Wizards of the Coast. (March 8, 2018.) “Masters 25 Release Notes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Gavin Verhey. (March 8, 2018.) “Three Things to Know About Masters 25 Limited”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Kenji Egashira. (March 6, 2018.) “How To Draft Masters 25”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Mark Rosewater. (June 22, 2017.) "Are you allowed to tell us which sets are excluded?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  7. Mark Rosewater. (June 22, 2017.) "All of us players are going to go wild speculating about Reserved List cards being in Masters 25", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  8. Blake Rasmussen. (February 2, 2018.) “Masters 25 Packaging”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. a b c d e f Blake Rasmussen. (March 13, 2018.) “The Art of Masters 25”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. a b c d e f g h i j Chas Andres. (March 14, 2018.) “The Dominarian Roots of Masters 25”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Gavin Verhey. (February 22, 2018.) “The Future of Masters”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Mark Rosewater. (February 26, 2018.) “Every Card Has a Story”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Melissa DeTora. (March 16, 2018.) “Designing Masters 25”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Wizards of the Coast. (March 2, 2018.) “The Tokens of Masters 25”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Adam Styborski. (February 28, 2018.) “Token Resonance”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Ian Duke. (February 12, 2018.) “February 12, 2018 Banned and Restricted Announcement”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  17. SaffronOlive (March 05, 2018). "Not All Reprints Are Created Equal", Mtggoldfish.com
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