Cards added to Magic 2012
The following 153 cards from Magic 2012 were not printed in Magic 2011. A + after the card name indicates a new card that has never been printed before.
 New cards
The following 100 cards have never been printed before.
 Returning cards
These 53 cards are reprints, but were not in Magic 2011. A + after the card name indicates a card that has never been in a core set before. A ! after the card name indicates a card that hasn't been Modern legal before.
 Changes in rarity
The following cards changed rarity from their last printing to Magic 2012.
 Strictly better
- Angelic Destiny is strictly better than Divine Transformation.
- Sorin's Thirst is strictly better than Vicious Hunger.
- Spirit Mantle is strictly better than Seeker.
- Titanic Growth is strictly better than Monstrous Growth.
 Strictly worse
- Greatsword is strictly worse than Butcher's Cleaver, Loxodon Warhammer, Sunforger and Vulshok Battlegear.
- Kite Shield is strictly worse than Accorder's Shield.
- Manalith is strictly worse than Chromatic Lantern, Coalition Relic, Darksteel Ingot and Spectral Searchlight.
- Wall of Torches is strictly worse than Wall of Razors.
 Cards removed from Magic 2011
The following 153 cards from Magic 2011 did not get reprinted in Magic 2012.