Magic 2013

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M13 title.jpg
Set symbol
M13 symbol c.png
Design team
Doug Beyer (lead),
Aaron Forsythe,
Graeme Hopkins,
Ryan Miller,
Mark Purvis
Development team
Zac Hill (lead),
Ethan Fleischer,
Mark L. Gottlieb,
Tom LaPille,
Max McCall,
Ryan Miller
Art Director
Jeremy Jarvis
Release date
July 13, 2012
Themes and mechanics
Keywords and/or ability words
Set size
249 (101 Common 60 Uncommon 53 Rare 15 Mythics 20 Lands)
Expansion code
Advanced-level sets
Magic 2012 Magic 2013 Magic 2014
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Planechase (2012) Magic 2013 From the Vault: Realms

Magic: The Gathering 2013 Core Set, commonly referred to as Magic 2013, is a core set released July 13, 2012. [1]

Set details[edit | edit source]

Magic 2013 contains 249 cards (101 Common, 60 Uncommon, 53 Rare, 15 Mythic, 20 Basic Lands), including randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. [1] The returning mechanic for this Core Set was Exalted. [2] Magic 2013 was the first Core Set to contain zero cards that had appeared in every core set from Alpha on (excluding the basic lands). [3] It was also the first Core Set after Alpha to feature original art on (some of) the basic lands.[4]

Magic 2013 is largely built around Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, which became the first multicolored card to be included in a core set. [5] The set also includes a cycle of Legendary creatures [6] (only the second time a core set included Legendary creatures (the first was Tenth Edition) and a cycle of Planeswalkers. [7] Ajani Goldmane [8] and Liliana Vess received new cards. Magic 2013 is tightly incorporated into into the digital Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 which contained a theme deck for each Planeswalker and Legendary creature, and featured those characters as opponents and Nicol Bolas as the final boss. [9] Due to the close prospective release dates, "Duels 2013" was pushed as the introductory set, while Magic 2013 itself was to be the Magic "showcase", having many high-end, high-impact spells.

Flavor[edit | edit source]

Face a Greater Challenge

The set's flavor is an amalgamation of several different planes in the universe. [10] Krenko and Yeva hail from Ravnica, Odric from Innistrad, Nefarox from the Grixis portion of a reunited Alara, while Talrand, Xathrid Gorgon, War Priest of Thune and the equipment cycle of Rings refer to the plane of Shandalar.

Bolas, like the other planeswalkers, is supplemented with several cards capturing his flavor, including Gem of Becoming and his minions Augur of Bolas, Disciple of Bolas and Mindclaw Shaman. [11]

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Magic 2013 6-card booster

Magic 2013 was is sold in 16-card and 6-card booster packs, five Intro packs, two event decks, Booster Battle Pack"s, a fat pack and a Deck Builder's Toolkit. The packaging of the set is centered around Bolas' iconic feature, his warped horns. [12] [13] The regular boosters feature art from Liliana of the Dark Realms, Augur of Bolas, Spiked Baloth, Mindclaw Shaman and Ajani, Caller of the Pride. [14] The 6-card booster features Diabolic Revelation. With each copy of Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 a six card Magic 2013 sampler could be obtained.

Prerelease Events took place July 7-8, 2012 [15] and Launch Parties took place July 13-15, 2012 (conflicing with an earlier report of "no more Launch Parties"). Game Day took place on August 4-5, 2012. The Prerelease card was Xathrid Gorgon, the Launch promo was Staff of Nin and the Game Day card was a full-art Mwonvuli Beast Tracker (the Top 8 received a full-art foil Magmaquake). [16] A new promo card was introduced for Core set league participants: received an alternate art Goblin creature token. The Buy-a-Box card was Cathedral of War.

Regular boosters of Magic 2013 come with a bonus sixteenth card that is either a creature token or an emblem with an advertisement on the reverse side. "tips & tricks cards" were discontinued.

Tokens/Emblem[edit | edit source]

Sample decks[edit | edit source]

The Magic 2013 Core Set came with five thirty-card sample decks.

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Magic 2013 has seven cycles:

Pairs[edit | edit source]

Magic 2013 has two mirrored pairs.

Functional reprints[edit | edit source]

Intro Packs[edit | edit source]

The intro packs now came with two boosters. They are: [21]

Intro pack name
Colors included
Foil rare
White Blue Black Red Green
Path to Victory Odric, Master Tactician
Depths of Power Talrand, Sky Summoner
Sole Domination Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis
Mob Rule Krenko, Mob Boss
Wild Rush Yeva, Nature's Herald

Event decks[edit | edit source]

The Event decks are: [22]

Event deck name
Colors included
White Blue Black Red Green
Repeat Performance
Sweet Revenge

Cards added to Magic 2013[edit | edit source]

  • Magic 2013 is the first core set to have a spell that specifically destroys an equipment - Turn to Slag.

Cards removed from Magic 2012[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Magic Arcana. (January 3, 2012.) "Announcing Magic 2013", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Zac Hill. (July 27, 2012.) "Attack!", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Monty Ashley. (June 13, 2012.) "Core Set Survivor: Magic 2013 Edition", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Monty Ashley. (July 10, 2012.) "New Land for Magic 2013", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater. (June 25, 2012.) "Core, the Merrier", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Monty Ashley. (July 20, 2012.) "Tracking Down the Legends", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Monty Ashley. (June 21, 2012.) "Planeswalker Videos", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Zac Hill. (July 06, 2012.) "The Cards of Magic 2013, Part 1", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Zac Hill. (June 22, 2012.) "Dueling Priorities", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Doug Beyer. (June 25, 2012.) "Magic 2013: Coming Home to Flavor", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Monty Ashley. (August 27, 2012.) "Bolas's Minions", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Monty Ashley. (June 19, 2012.) "Magic 2013 Packaging", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Monty Ashley. (June 28, 2012.) "More Magic 2013 Packaging", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Monty Ashley. (June 18, 2012.) "Magic 2013 Boosters", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Mike McArtor. (July 02, 2012.) "Magic 2013 Prerelease Primer", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Monty Ashley. (June 20, 2012.) "Magic 2013 Promo Cards", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  17. Monty Ashley. (June 26, 2012.) "Magic 2013 Tokens", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Monty Ashley. (July 02, 2012.) "Where's That Goat?", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  19. Monty Ashley. (August 07, 2012.) "The Rings of Magic 2013", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Mike Flores. (July 26, 2012.) "Exalted Week 5x5: The Past and Future", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  21. Magic Arcana. (July 03, 2012.) "Magic 2013 Intro Pack Decklists", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  22. Monty Ashley. (July 24, 2012.) "Magic 2013 Event Deck Decklists", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.

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