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)? 188.8.131.52 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)
Notable cards[edit source]
- Blaze — a Core Set staple, was first printed in Portal.
- Ebon Dragon — Although it is not a particularly powerful card, its art has made it one of the most popular and valuable cards in the set.
- Exhaustion — was first printed in the set and has since been reprinted in Urza's Saga and 9th Edition.
- Jungle Lion — is considered one of the stronger cards in the set, its power and mana cost being on a par with Savannah Lions, Elite Vanguard and Jackal Pup. However, it has seen little play since Portal was made tournament-legal.
- Lava Axe — has been reprinted multiple times.
- Personal Tutor — was pre-emptively restricted when Portal was legalised in Vintage due to the power of tutor effects in the format. However, the other tutors in the set (Cruel Tutor and Sylvan Tutor) were not.
- Phantom Warrior — has gone on to become a core set staple.
- Raging Goblin — is another iconic red card and core set staple.
- Snapping Drake — was reprinted in Ravnica, where it was often a good pick in Limited.
- Volcanic Hammer — has gone on to be reprinted in three core sets and has appeared in high-tier 'Vore decks.
- Wind Drake — is another core set staple.
- Wood Elves — has seen Standard constructed play due to their ability to fetch Shocklands.
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.