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GTC logo.jpg
Set symbol
GTC symbol.jpg
Symbol description
The pointed arch of a gate
Design team
Mark Rosewater (co-lead),
Mark Gottlieb (co-lead),
Joe Huber,
Dave Humpherys,
Ethan Fleischer [note 1]
Development team
Dave Humphreys (lead),
Zac Hill,
Mark Globus,
Mark Purvis,
Adam Lee,
Max McCall,
Gavin Verhey
Art Director
Jeremy Jarvis
Release date
February 1, 2013
Themes and mechanics
Hybrid mana
Keywords and/or ability words
Set size
249 cards
(101 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares)
Expansion code
Development codename
Return to Ravnica block sets
Return to Ravnica Gatecrash Dragon's Maze
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Commander's Arsenal Gatecrash Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt

Gatecrash is the second set in the Return to Ravnica block. It is the 60th Magic expansion and was released on February 1, 2013.

Set details[edit]

Gatecrash contains 249 cards (101 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares), including randomly inserted premium versions of all cards in the set. Like Return to Ravnica, the preceding expansion set, Gatecrash focuses on the guild system and multicolor cards. The five guilds returning in Gatecrash are the Boros Legion, House Dimir, Gruul Clans, Orzhov Syndicate, and Simic Combine. [1] [2] Despite being a large expansion, Gatecrash does not contain any basic lands (Return to Ravnica has some extra). [3] The set features two planeswalkers; one, Gideon, Champion of Justice, is an established planeswalker, [4] whilst the other, Domri Rade is a new. [5] The expansion symbol is a pointed arch of a gate.

Flavor and storyline[edit]

Fight for Your Guild

Jace begins to piece together the greater mystery of the Implicit Maze. It's now a race to see who will unlock its secrets. [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]


Gideon and Aurelia
Gatecrash 6-card booster

Gatecrash was sold in 16-card boosters, 6-card boosters, five intro packs, two event decks and a fat pack. Like its predecessor the set also featured Booster Battle Packs, which contained two Gatecrash booster packs and two semi-randomized, guild-associated 22-card decks. [11] An early preview picture of the set shows Aurelia, the leader of the Boros Legion, adjacent to planeswalker Gideon Jura, mirroring the preview picture of the preceding Return to Ravnca, which featured Izzet League leader Niv-Mizzet and planeswalker Jace Beleren. [2]

The 16-card boosters featured artwork from Duskmantle Guildmage, Prime Speaker Zegana, Skarrg Guildmage, Vizkopa Guildmage and Zameck Guildmage. [12] The small booster featured artwork from Domri Rade.

Wizards of the Coast created a "Choose Your Guild" interactive quiz and Planeswalker Points Web page for the expansion, allowing Magic players to choose their guild. At the expansion's prerelease events on January 26–27, 2013, players chose their guild; a choice that affected gameplay, as, in addition to receiving five Gatecrash boosters, players received a guild-specific sticker, an acceptance letter from their guild leader, a spindown life counter, a promotional prerelease card, an achievement/challenge card, and an additional guild-specific booster. [13][14] The launch party was on February 1–4, 2013, and the Game Day on February 23–24, 2013.

Promotional cards[edit]

As was the case with Return to Ravnica, there were five promotional prerelease cards, with the card received dependent on the guild chosen. Another novel feature of the Gatecrash prerelease was the fact that the card could be played in decks at the prerelease itself, unlike previous promotional prerelease cards, were: [15]

These cards were also available in the intro packs as foils, albeit without the alternate art and prerelease date. [16] [17]

Other alternate-art promotional cards were:

Tokens and emblem[edit]

The sixteenth card in the boosters is a token creature card. Although there are advertising cards, there are no "Tips & Tricks" cards associated with Gatecrash [19]

  1. Manaw.gif 4/4 Angel creature token with flying produced by Urbis Protector
  2. Manag.gif 3/3 Frog Lizard creature token produced by Rapid Hybridization
  3. Manab.gif 1/1 Rat creature token produced by Ogre Slumlord
  4. Manaw.gifManab.gif 1/1 Cleric creature token produced by Deathpact Angel
  5. Manaw.gifManab.gif 1/1 Spirit creature token with flying produced by Beckon Apparition
  6. Manau.gifManab.gif 1/1 Horror creature token with flying produced by Call of the Nightwing
  7. Manar.gifManaw.gif 1/1 Soldier creature token produced by Assemble the Legion and Sunhome Guildmage
    • The creature tokens produced by Assemble the Legion and Sunhome Guildmage have haste. The absence of "haste" on the printed token is attributed to additional flexibility, considerations as to the art aspect ratio, and the necessity of a one-turn relevant keyword, especially in light of its benefits.[20]
  8. Domri Rade emblem with "Creatures you control have double strike, trample, hexproof, and haste."

Themes and mechanics[edit]

Like the preceding set, Return to Ravnica, Gatecrash revisits five of the ten bicolored guilds of Ravnica. Each guild has its own keyword or ability word. The guilds returning in this expansion are: [21]

Guild Colors Crest
Legendary guild members
Keyword or ability word
Boros Legion
Boros Legion

Weenie token subtheme
House Dimir
House Dimir

Mirko Vosk
Cipher [22]
"Grind" ("Target player reveals cards from the top of his or her library until he or she reveals n land cards, then puts all cards revealed this way into his or her graveyard.") and, more broadly, "Milling" subthemes [23] [24]

"Graveyard matters" subtheme (viz., Consuming Aberration, Diluvian Primordial, Duskmantle Guildmage, Lazav, Dimir Mastermind, Sepulchral Primordial[25])

Saboteur subtheme
Gruul Clans
Gruul Clans

Ruric Thar
Bloodrush [26]
"Number of land you control" subtheme
Orzhov Syndicate
Orzhov Syndicate

Teysa Karlov
"Bleeding", or life gain and life loss, subtheme
Simic Combine
Simic Combine

Evolve [27]
"+1/+1 counters matters" subtheme

The Simic mechanic Evolve was inspired by a similarly named mechanic submitted by Ethan Fleisher for the Great Designer Search 2, and the Boros mechanic Battalion was Shawn Main's "Assault" mechanic, which was submitted for the same competition.[28] Main also designed the Orzhov Extort mechanic; and, he is noted as being a contributor to the Gatecrash development team. [29]

Other themes and mechanics include:

Creature types[edit]

No novel creature types were introduced in this expansion.


Cycle name Description and notes White card(s) Blue card(s) Black card(s) Red card(s) Green card(s)
Each of these rare Avatar creatures costs Mana5.gifCC, has a combat-related ability, and has an "enters the battlefield" triggered ability, the effect of which scales up with the number of opponents. [32]
Luminate Primordial Diluvian Primordial Sepulchral Primordial Molten Primordial Sylvan Primordial
Each of these common creatures has a triggered ability, which triggers whenever a creature of color enters the battlefield under your control. [32]
Court Street Denizen Sage's Row Denizen Shadow Alley Denizen Foundry Street Denizen Ivy Lane Denizen
Land Auras
Each of these common Auras enchants a land and grant that land an activated ability with a Tap.gif in its cost or an triggered ability, which triggers when that land is tapped.[32]
Debtor's Pulpit Skygames Contaminated Ground Tin Street Market Verdant Haven

Guild cycles[edit]

For cycles that are part of the guild mega cycles, see Return to Ravnica block#Mega cycles.

Guild cycles in Gatecrash each comprise of five members, one for each guild featured in the expansion. Along with many of the Return to Ravnica guild cycles, many of the Gatecrash guild cycles form Return to Ravnica block mega cycles

Cycle name Description and notes





Multicolored Manax.gif spells
Each of these rare multicolored spell cards have a cost including Manax.gif. Notably, Aurelia's Fury is a mythic rare; Immortal Servitude is has a hybrid mana cost; and Nimbus Swimmer is a not merely any spell but a creature card.
Aurelia's Fury Mind Grind Clan Defiance Immortal Servitude Nimbus Swimmer

Reprinted cards[edit]

The following cards have been reprinted from previous sets and included in Gatecrash:

Functional reprints[edit]

Preconstructed decks[edit]

Intro packs[edit]

Main article: Gatecrash/Intro packs

Gatecrash has five bicolored guild-centric intro packs.[16]

Intro pack name
Colors included
Foil rare
White Blue Black Red Green
Boros Battalion Foundry Champion
Dimir Dementia Consuming Aberration
Gruul Goliaths Rubblehulk
Orzhov Oppression Treasury Thrull
Simic Synthesis Fathom Mage

Event decks[edit]

Main article: Gatecrash/Event decks

Gatecrash has two event decks.[33]

Event deck name
Colors included
White Blue Black Red Green
Rally and Rout
Thrive and Thrash
Return to Ravnica block preconstructed theme decks
Intro packs
Return to Ravnica intro packs Azorius Advance (Manaw.gifManau.gif) Izzet Ingenuity (Manau.gifManar.gif) Rakdos Raid (Manab.gifManar.gif) Golgari Growth (Manab.gifManag.gif) Selesnya Surge (Manag.gifManaw.gif)
Gatecrash intro packs Boros Battalion (Manar.gifManaw.gif) Dimir Dementia (Manau.gifManab.gif) Gruul Goliaths (Manar.gifManag.gif) Orzhov Oppression (Manaw.gifManab.gif) Simic Synthesis (Manag.gifManau.gif)
Dragon's Maze intro packs Azorius Authority (Manaw.gifManau.gif) Orzhov Power (Manaw.gifManab.gif) Rakdos Revelry (Manab.gifManar.gif) Gruul Siege (Manar.gifManag.gif) Simic Domination (Manag.gifManau.gif)
Event decks
Return to Ravnica event decks Creep and Conquer (Manab.gifManag.gif) Wrack and Rage (Manab.gifManar.gif)
Gatecrash event decks Rally and Rout (Manar.gifManaw.gif) Thrive and Thrash (Manar.gifManau.gif)
Dragon's Maze event deck Strength of Selesnya (Manaw.gifManag.gif)



  1. With contributions from Shawn Main, who designed the Battalion and Extort mechanics.


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