Talk:Portal

From MTG Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

Wouldn't it look more professional if the card links linked to the Portal version of the card instead of the latest reprint (especially in cases where the art is mentioned)? 145.94.74.23 05:12, 11 January 2011 (EST)

If you know how to make that change, go ahead. I do not know how. --GeoMike 06:25, 11 January 2011 (EST)
7th Edition Wrath of God v. any old . --Magic Mage (talk!) 03:15, 22 November 2012 (EST)

Notable cards[edit source]

While Portal was full of vanilla creatures and simple spells, a few of its cards have had some impact on Magic as a whole and on the Core Sets in particular:

Set details[edit source]

The set is infamous for its odd rules system, which was intended to make the game easy to understand but often led to much confusion when players went from Portal to an advanced or expert level set. It featured no artifacts or enchantments, as they were deemed too complicated. It also had no cards with the term instant (or interrupt, which was still in use at the time), although it did feature sorceries that could only be used at times that they could not normally be played, such as Mystic Denial, which could only be played in response to a creature or sorcery spell, and Assassin's Blade, which could only be played during an opponent's declare attackers step. All such cards have since received errata to make them actual instants. (Note that, under the Portal rules, Mystic Denial could counter Assassin's Blade because it was a sorcery, but under normal Magic rules it cannot because it is an instant.) The set also did not have any creatures with creature types, instead having every creature have a type line reading "Summon Creature". This has also been changed with errata.

The set also used different game terms, such as calling blocking "intercepting," calling the library the "deck" and calling the graveyard the "discard pile." These terms are again meant to simplify the game, but instead were the potentially the biggest source of confusion when a player started using more advanced cards that used the standard terms instead.

Finally, the set tried to improve the layout of the cards to make them simpler to interpret. The power and toughness on creature cards featured sword and shield symbols next to them to make it clear which number was which. The cards also had bold type for rules text, while flavor text was non-bold and separated from the rules text by a thick line in order to make it clear that the two were separate and that the rules text was more important. While these were not as controversial as the other changes, they gave the cards a simplistic look and clearly marked the cards as being for beginners in the eyes of more experienced players.

Mirrored Pairs[edit source]