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Mirage block

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The Mirage block is the second block of sets, consisting of the large expansion Mirage () followed by two small expansions, Visions () and Weatherlight (). The block came out in 1996–1997. The Mirage block was the first intentionally designed as a block, in contrast to the retroactive 'blocking' of Ice Age-Homelands (later Coldsnap)-Alliances as the Ice Age block.[1]

Sets[edit | edit source]

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Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Keywords introduced in this block: Flanking, Phasing.

Keywords reused from the past: Cumulative upkeep, Rampage.

All tournament-legal cards with Phasing were printed in this block and never appeared in a Core Set. (Old Fogey from Unhinged is the only card printed outside of this block with Phasing.)

The Love Song of Night and Day[edit | edit source]

Flavor text of seventeen cards in Mirage and Visions feature parts of "The Love Song of Night and Day", a poem written by Jenny Scott, a long-time editor at Wizards of the Coast and frequent contributor to The Duelist magazine, who wrote it as part of the worldbuilding for Jamuraa.[2]

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

The Mirage block theme decks were designed for MTGO, as these expansion sets were printed before theme decks were first printed in the Tempest block.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Bill Rose. (April 18, 2003.) “A Three-Year Mirage”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. MagicTheGathering.com Staff. (April 14, 2003.) “The Love Song of Night and Day”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.