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Rivals Quick Start Set

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Rivals Quick Start Set
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Cards used the symbol of their original expansion
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Release date
June 1996
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Early Box sets
Rivals Quick Start Set Introductory Two-Player Set Anthologies
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Alliances Rivals Quick Start Set Mirage

The Rivals Quick Start Set was released in June 1996. Being the first box set in the history of Magic, featuring preconstructed theme decks and extensive game guides, it was aimed to better explain the rules of Magic than any standard rule book could.

Contents[edit | edit source]


The Rivals Quick Start Set contained:

  • 112 standard 4th Edition cards divided into 4 decks (2 x 30 and 2 x 26)
  • 2 rules cards
  • 4 deck list cards
  • 2 player guides covering 2 demo games
  • 1 enhanced rule book with 4th Edition rules
  • 1 mini–issue of The Duelist magazine which introduced the Magic world
  • 1 consumer response card to provide feedback

Decklists[edit | edit source]

Kazz's First Deck[edit | edit source]

Kazz's First Deck  
4 Island
4 Mountain
4 Swamp

2 Murk Dwellers
2 Scathe Zombies
2 Zephyr Falcon
1 Hill Giant
1 Ironclaw Orcs
1 Lost Soul
1 Merfolk of the Pearl Trident
1 Mons's Goblin Raiders
2 Unsummon
1 Terror
1 Twiddle

2 Disintegrate
1 Pyrotechnics

Kazz's Second Deck[edit | edit source]

Kazz's Second Deck  
4 Island
4 Mountain
4 Swamp

2 Vampire Bats
1 Orcish Artillery
1 Sorceress Queen

1 Battering Ram
1 Clockwork Beast
1 Jayemdae Tome
1 Power Sink

1 Detonate
1 Fireball

1 Cursed Land
1 Energy Flux
1 Feedback
1 Orcish Oriflamme

Zakk's First Deck[edit | edit source]

Zakk's First Deck  
4 Forest
4 Plains
4 Swamp

2 Bog Imp
2 Scryb Sprites
1 Bog Wraith
1 Durkwood Boars
1 Elven Riders
1 Grizzly Bears
2 Pearled Unicorn
2 Alabaster Potion
2 Healing Salve
2 Terror

1 Raise Dead
1 Untamed Wilds

Zakk's Second Deck[edit | edit source]

Zakk's Second Deck  
4 Forest
4 Plains
4 Swamp

1 Elvish Archers
1 Mesa Pegasus
1 Wall of Bone
1 War Mammoth
1 Whirling Dervish

1 Glasses of Urza
1 Rod of Ruin
1 Reverse Damage

1 Dark Ritual

1 Winter Blast

1 Circle of Protection: Black
1 Circle of Protection: Red
1 Warp Artifact
1 Weakness

Follow-up[edit | edit source]

The Rivals Quick Start Set was supposed to be the first on a series of Quick Start Sets. The next box, called Conquest Quick Start Set, was already announced, but the production was cancelled shortly afterwards.

A similar box set called Introductory Two-Player Set was released later that year for the European and Japanese markets.