- “Classic” redirects here. For the format, see Classic (format).
|Symbol description||Roman Numeral VI|
Bill Rose (lead)|
Bill Rose (lead)|
|Release date||April 21, 1999|
|Set size||350 (110 Common, 110 Uncommon, 110 Rare, 20 basic Land)|
|Magic: The Gathering chronology|
Set details[edit | edit source]
Classic Sixth Edition contained a total of only 350 cards, compared to the 449 of Fifth Edition (110 Common, 110 Uncommon, 110 Rare, 20 Basic Land). The set for the first time added reprints from Alliances, Mirage, Visions and Weatherlight to the mix. It was the first English-language core set to have an expansion symbol (Roman numeral VI), color-coded for rarity. It also used the collector numbers first introduced in Exodus. Furthermore, it was the first core set to have its artist information centered on the card (a printing practice also started in Exodus). The rules text on basic lands was replaced with just a mana symbol, as previously seen featured in the Portal sets of 1997 and 1998.  No cards with trample were printed in Sixth Edition.
Rules changes[edit | edit source]
The Sixth Edition rules were the largest rules change the game had ever seen. R&D and the top rules experts knew there had been problems with the rules for years. They also knew they were needlessly complicated.  A lot of excess complication had been removed in earlier versions of the rules, but it wasn't deemed enough. The aim of the current rules change was to reduce the amount of rules, maintain Magic strategy, and make the rules more intuitive. The developers also wanted to fix the rules problem once and for all. They didn't want to revamp Magic rules ever again. When the Classic (Sixth Edition) rules were introduced, they were highly debated. Some players thought them to be further proof that the rules were being "dumbed down". 
- A player who reached 0 life now lost immediately instead of waiting until the end of a phase.
- The stack was introduced for resolving spells and abilities, replacing the old batch system.
- Interrupts and mana sources were removed, with all old interrupt and mana source cards receiving errata to make them instants.
- The word "summon" was replaced with "creature" on creature card type lines. 
- The effect "is unaffected by summoning sickness" was keyworded to haste
- Most tapped artifacts no longer had their abilities turned off.  Those that still had their abilities turned off received errata so that it was an ability of the card rather than a feature of the card type.
- Tapped blocking creatures now dealt combat damage just like untapped ones.
- The type line on creature cards was changed so that each word on it counted as a separate creature type, allowing creature cards to have multiple subtypes without needing extra rules text. Artifact creatures with creature types also had their creature type printed on their type line, rather than having it stated in their rules text.
Marketing[edit | edit source]
The name "Classic" was prominently featured on products, and the set was referred to by both titles by Wizards of the Coast as well as the players.  Classic Sixth Edition cards were sold in 15-card boosters, and - as the first core set - in 75 card tournament decks (including 3 rares, 10 uncommon, 32 common, 30 land, and a rule sheet). The set was supplemented with a special 2-Player Starter Set. The Sixth Edition 2-Player Starter Deck included two 40-card, ready to play decks, a play guide and a rulebook. The Classic set featured only one piece of art on the boosters, which was notable for not being featured on any card. The accompanying Official Classic Game Strategy Guide provided strategy tips and an overview of the new rules.
In order to comply to strict regulations from the Chinese government concerning the depiction of skeletons, an altered version of Unworthy Dead from Urza's Saga was reused for the Chinese Sixth Edition Drudge Skeletons.
Cycles[edit | edit source]
Sixth Edition has five cycles:
- Circles of protection: Each of these common white enchantments has a mana cost of and the ability to prevent the all damage from a source of a given color for — Circle of Protection: White, Circle of Protection: Blue, Circle of Protection: Black, Circle of Protection: Red, and Circle of Protection: Green.
- Diamonds: Each diamond artifact costs to play; comes into play tapped; and produces one mana of the appropriate color when tapped — Charcoal Diamond, Fire Diamond, Marble Diamond, Moss Diamond, and Sky Diamond. They were originally printed in Mirage, then reprinted again in 7th Edition.
- Fallen Empires Sac lands: Uncommon lands illustrated by Mark Poole that share the text "[This] comes into play tapped. : Add M to your mana pool. , sacrifice [this]: Add MM to your mana pool.", where M is the respective color of the land — Ruins of Trokair, Svyelunite Temple, Ebon Stronghold, Dwarven Ruins, and Havenwood Battleground.
- Lucky charms: Each of these uncommon artifacts has a triggered ability that allows the controller pay to gain 1 life when a spell of a given color resolves — Ivory Cup, Crystal Rod, Throne of Bone, Iron Star, and Wooden Sphere.
- Painlands: Rare dual lands with ": add to your mana pool. : Add M or N to your mana pool. [This] deals 1 damage to you." M and N are allied colors of mana. These lands are called painlands because their use for colored mana is "painful," referring to the damage they do to you. — Adarkar Wastes, Brushland, Underground River, Sulfurous Springs, and Karplusan Forest.
Cards Added to Sixth Edition[edit | edit source]
Changes in rarity[edit | edit source]
Cards removed from Fifth Edition[edit | edit source]
- Sixth Edition was the first core set not to have the mirrored pair of Holy Strength and Unholy Strength. The pair returned in 7th Edition and was in every core set until Magic 2012, which replaced it with a similar mirrored pair: Divine Favor and Dark Favor.
- Urzatron was removed from the core set to make a comeback in 8th Edition.
References[edit | edit source]
- Alpha thru Ravnica Patch
- Wizards of the Coast. (August 02, 2004.) “Ask Wizards - August, 2004”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (October 04, 2004.) “Change For the Better”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Bill Rose (May 1999). Classic, Sixth Edition and you. Duelist #37
- Mark Rosewater. (August 05, 2013.) “Twenty Things That Were Going To Kill Magic”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (June 27, 2011.) “Please Sir, I Want Some Core”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Michael G. Ryan. (July 18, 2011.) “Classic: Magic's Bumper Crop”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (August 31, 2018.) "I was wondering whether you had any trivia about my favorite core set, Sixth Edition?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Magic Arcana. (February 12, 2002.) “Chinese Skeletons”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.