|Symbol description||The letter "U"|
|Art direction||(See Alpha.)|
|Release date||December 1, 1993|
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(15 basic lands, 75 commons, 95 uncommons, 117 rares)
|Magic: The Gathering chronology|
Set details[edit | edit source]
The original plan of the creators had been to mark unlimited sets with a gray border, not white. They found out that this was technically too difficult, and had to settle for the much less esthetically satisfying white.
Marketing[edit | edit source]
This set was released on December 1, 1993, after Beta had sold out as quickly as Alpha had. The print run was announced to be 35 million cards, the largest yet. It sold out by late March 1994. The cards were sold in 60-card starter decks and 15-card boosters. Wizards of the Coast instructed Carta Mundi to change the black border on the card frame to white, in order to maintain the collecting value of the initial Limited print run.
Unlimited was the first set to be officially titled as something other than just Magic: The Gathering. The "Unlimited Edition" label appears on the booster boxes, decks, and booster packs. The rulebook was the same as for Beta.
Misprints[edit | edit source]
The misprints in Unlimited are identical to the misprints in Beta.
- Almost every instance of the artist Douglas Shuler's name was misspelled as "Schuler". (These include: Animate Artifact, Benalish Hero, Circle of Protection: White, Contract from Below, Demonic Tutor, Drain Life, Drain Power, Dwarven Warriors, Force of Nature, Frozen Shade, Glasses of Urza, Hypnotic Specter, Mountain (the two original versions from Alpha), Northern Paladin, Power Surge, Prodigal Sorcerer, Psionic Blast, Righteousness, Serra Angel, Tranquility, Unholy Strength, Unsummon, Uthden Troll, Veteran Bodyguard, Volcanic Explosion, and Weakness.) As in Beta, the only two cards in Unlimited that have Douglas Shuler's name spelled correctly are Icy Manipulator and the third (new in Beta) version of Mountain.
- Goblin Balloon Brigade — the wording for the activated ability could be interpreted to give all Goblins Flying instead of only itself, which was the original intent. The wording was changed to reflect the original intent beginning with Revised Edition.
- Goblin King — the wording gave all Goblins +1/+1 and mountainwalk, but the original intent was that this would not apply to the Goblin King itself. Beginning with Revised Edition this problem was solved by listing the Goblin King's type as "Lord"; beginning with Ninth Edition the word "Goblin" returned to the type and the wording for the ability was changed to "Other Goblins get +1/+1 and have mountainwalk." 
References[edit | edit source]
- Wizards of the Coast. (August 02, 2004.) "Ask Wizards - August, 2004", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- David Howell: The Regathering
- John Carter. (December 25, 2004.) "The Original Magic Rulebook", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Magic Arcana. (September 22, 2009.) "Alpha Typos", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.