My oh my, Part 5 was exciting! The first From the Vault! The first Duel Deck! I hope there’s more firsts in this list (I’m writing the introduction prior to making the list.)
Alara Reborn (2009)
No lands or colorless cards were printed in this set.
Magic 2010 (2009)
Magic 2010 was the first core set since Beta that featured new cards created solely for the set.
From the Vault: Exiled (2009)
The theme of From the Vault: Exiled was reprinted cards that were at one point either banned or restricted in a format over the course of Magic.
Several futureshifted cards in Planechase turned out to be from the upcoming Zendikar block.
Certain packs of Zendikar contained ultra-rare cards including the Power Nine and original dual lands; some of these were even signed by the original artists. These chase cards acted as a predecessor to the masterpiece cards found in later sets.
Duel Decks: Garruk vs. Liliana (2009)
Not immediately obvious, the set symbol for this duel deck is a combination of a leaf and Liliana’s crown.
Premium Deck Series: Slivers (2009)
The first of the Premium Deck Series. They were composed of a sixty card, completely foil deck without a sideboard.
The card Eye of Ugin has direct reference to Eldrazi, a concept that was not explained at the time.
Duel Decks: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition (2010)
This is the first Duel Deck to include all five colors.
Rise of the Eldrazi (2010)
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, one of the formidable Eldrazi titans, was printed with the wrong collector’s number.
Duels of the Planeswalkers (2010)
This set was a printing of Planeswalker’s decks from the video game of the same name. Each deck also included a Magic 2010 boster.
Magic 2011 (2010)
Magic 2011 was the first core set not to include an Enchantress card.
From the Vault: Relics (2010)
Several of the cards printed in From the Vault: Relics circumvented the reserved list because they were printed in foil. Wizards changed the reserved list to included foil printings shortly after.
Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Tezzeret (2010)
While the other Duel Decks typically had a webcomic to explain the battle was occurring, this one did not. However, both characters were present during the events of Scars of Mirrodin.
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