Wow, there sure are a lot of sets… No one told me this when I started. Anyway, here’s Part 5!
Coldsnap is the third set in the Ice Age block, alongside Ice Age and Alliances. This makes playing the entire set together difficult due to the scarcity of Ice Age and Alliances boosters.
Coldsnap was marketed as the “lost” set of the block, as though it had been accidentally forgotten in a filing cabinet for years. It was a VERY small set, so they tried to play that up as a ‘feature’ for drafting. This is most evident in the Ripple mechanic. Which is a TERRIBLE mechanic, no matter how hard I try to make it work – Editor
Time Spiral (2006)
For the Timeshifted version of Consecrate Land, the original artist Jeff A. Meneges had to create a copy of his original art as the original painting could not be located.
Planar Chaos (2007)
No artifacts were printed in Planar Chaos.
Future Sight (2007)
Similar to how the Timeshifted versions of cards looked into the past of Magic, Futuresighted cards looked into the future of Magic. These cards hinted towards future sets that we would later visit including Theros, New Phyrexia, and Unstable.
10th Edition (2007)
Foil versions of cards in this set were devoid of reminder text and in place had flavor text added instead. This change is most evident in the foil version of Time Stop.
This set was the first to introduce Planeswalkers. The design team wanted to release them in Future Sight, but they were not ready from both a rules and design standpoint until Lorwyn.
Duel Decks: Elves vs. Goblins (2007)
Elves vs. Goblins is the first duel deck, and was hugely popular. The design team took special care to make sure each of the sides had mirrored pairs in the decks.
While being a tribal set, Morningtide focused on the class of creature types rather than the race; Kithkin < Soldier.
Shadowmoor was meant to be an inverse of Lorwyn from a lore perspective. Instead of highlighting +1/+1 counters, Shadowmoor instead emphasizes -1/-1 counters.
The keyword Chroma was featured in Eventide, and was the basis for the Devotion keyword.
From the Vault: Dragons (2008)
The first From the Vault set. This set included a rules insert for Elder Dragon Highlander (EDH), Wizards’ first nod towards the format.
Shards of Alara (2008)
Duel Decks: Jace vs. Chandra (2008)
This duel deck had a Japanese exclusive version that featured anime-influenced, stylized versions of the Jace Beleren and Chandra Nalaar planeswalker cards.
The set list for Conflux was spoiled nearly six months prior to the set’s release.
Duel Decks: Divine vs. Demonic (2009)
The tribes for Divine vs. Demonic were chosen to continue the theme of natural rivalries seen in the previous duel decks.
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