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Set symbol
MRD symbol.png
Symbol description
The Sword of Kaldra
Design team
Mark Rosewater (lead),
Bill Rose,
Brian Tinsman,
Mike Elliott,
Tyler Bielman
Development team
Randy Buehler (lead),
Brian Schneider,
Henry Stern,
Elaine Chase,
Brandon Bozzi,
Brian Tinsman
Art Director
Jeremy Cranford
Release date
October 2, 2003
Themes and mechanics
Artifacts, Artifact lands and Equipment
Keywords and/or ability words
Affinity (for artifacts),
Set size
(20 basic lands, 110 commons, 88 uncommons, 88 rares)
Expansion code
Development codename
Mirrodin block sets
Mirrodin Darksteel Fifth Dawn
Magic: The Gathering chronology
8th Edition Mirrodin Darksteel

Mirrodin is the first set in the Mirrodin block. It is the 30th Magic: The Gathering expansion and was released on October 2, 2003. The prerelease was September 20–21, 2003 [3] [4]

Set details[edit | edit source]

Starting with the Mirrodin block, WotC took 44 cards out of the large expansion and added 22 cards to each of the two small expansions. Mirrodin therefore contained 306 black-bordered cards (88 rare, 88 uncommon, 110 common, and 20 basic lands), which is 22 rares and 22 commons less than Onslaught. [5]. Mirrodin features a heavy artifact theme. Its expansion symbol is a small image of Sword of Kaldra, a card from the set. [6] Mirrodin set introduced a new artifact subtype in Equipment with the accompanying keyword Equip, armor, swords and other utensils which can be attached to a creature to enhance that creature. Unlike Auras, the equipment stays on the battlefield even if the creature is put in the graveyard. The set and block is also noted for many allusions to famous artifacts and related mechanics from previous blocks, such as Chrome Mox or Clockwork creatures. The set also featured Solemn Simulacrum, Jens Thoren's invitational card. [7] Mirrodin was the first expansion set to feature the new card face which had debuted in Eighth Edition. The high number of artifacts revealed the inherent flaw of the new border: they were very hard to distinguish from white cards. [8]

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Mirrodin was sold in 75-card tournament decks, 15-card boosters, four preconstructed theme decks and a fat pack. [9] The booster packs featured artwork from Mindslaver, Icy Manipulator and Worldslayer. The prerelease card was a foil Sword of Kaldra. This was the first prerelease card to feature alternate art and the first that wasn't a creature. [10] The set was accompanied by a novel by Will McDermott. A Demon Token with Flying for Promise of Power [11] and an 1/1 Pentavite Token with Flying for Pentavus [12] were offered as Magic Player Rewards.

Flavor and storyline[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Moons of Mirrodin

The setting for Mirrodin is a plane by the same name, an artificial world created by the planeswalker Karn, and named after the Mirari by Memnarch. Mirrodin's environments and inhabitants mix organic and metallic. [13] Mirrodin is orbited by four satellites, which are called suns and moons interchangeably, that correspond to red, black, white and blue magic. Green was notably absent. Glissa Sunseeker, the finest hunter and perhaps the most skilled warrior of the elves, begins her story to find out why the monstrous "levelers" seek to destroy her. It is this search for answers that will begin to uncover the mysteries within Mirrodin.

Tournament impact[edit | edit source]

Mirrodin is infamous for an imbalanced power level due to the set not restricting most of its cards to a certain color and the introduction of the Affinity mechanic and Artifact lands which enhanced each other. The set contained many cards which were banned or restricted in all major tournament formats such as Disciple of the Vault, the Artifact lands or Thirst for Knowledge.

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

  • Artifacts, including artifacts with colored activation costs, Artifact lands and Equipment. [14] [15] [16]
  • Affinity — A card becomes cheaper by Mana1.gif for each permanent of a certain type specified (usually artifacts).
  • Imprint — This ability found on artifacts allows you to remove a card from the game and "imprint" attributes of the removed card onto your artifact such as Chrome Mox. [17]
  • Entwine — Appears on modal spells and presents an extra cost; pay that cost to use both effects instead of only one, as on Tooth and Nail.
  • Equipment: an artifact subtype that has the "equip" keyword ability. By paying the equip cost, it attaches to a creature you control. If that creature leaves play, the Equipment becomes unattached and remains in play. Paying the equip cost also allows the Equipment to be moved from one creature to another. [18] [19]

Creature types[edit | edit source]

Mirrodin introduced the race/class model and the creature type Human. [20] Other introduced types were Drone, Myr, Rogue, Shaman, Slith, and Vedalken in this expansion. The set featured all eight major tribes from the previous Onslaught block. [21]

The following creature types that are not new to Magic are used in this expansion:

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Mirrodin has 11 Cycles:

Reprinted cards[edit | edit source]

Mirrodin reprinted 17 cards from previous sets. [25]

Functional reprints[edit | edit source]

Mirrodin has 4 functional reprints:

Colorshifted[edit | edit source]

Strictly better[edit | edit source]

Notable cards[edit | edit source]

Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]

Main article: Mirrodin/Theme decks

Mirrodin has two monocolored and two bicolored theme decks.

Theme deck name
Colors included
White Blue Black Red Green
Bait and Bludgeon
Little Bashers
Sacrificial Bam
Wicked Big
Mirrodin block preconstructed theme decks
Mirrodin theme decks: Bait and Bludgeon (Manau.gifManab.gif) | Little Bashers (Manaw.gif) | Sacrificial Bam (Manab.gifManar.gif) | Wicked Big (Manag.gif)
Darksteel theme decks: Master Blaster (Manar.gif) | Mind Swarm (Manab.gif) | Swarm & Slam (Manaw.gifManag.gif) | Transference (Manau.gif)
Fifth Dawn theme decks: Nuts and Bolts (Manaw.gifManau.gif) | Special Forces (Manau.gifManab.gif) | Stampede (Manar.gifManag.gif) | Sunburst (Manaw.gifManau.gifManab.gifManar.gifManag.gif)
Related pages: Mirrodin block/Preconstructed theme decksMirrodin block theme decks

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wizards of the Coast. (September 23, 2003.) "Mirrodin Frequently Asked Questions", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (August 12, 2002.) "Codename of the Game", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Wizards of the Coast. (September 1, 2003.) "Mirrodin Fact Sheet", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Brian David-Marshall. (September 18, 2003.) "Mirrodin Prerelease Primer", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Randy Buehler. (June 20, 2003.) "The Size of Sets", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Brady Dommermuth. (October 31, 2006.) "Ask Wizards", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Randy Buehler. (September 26, 2003.) "Post-Development Digest", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Mark Rosewater. (November 10, 2003.) "Make No Mistake", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Magic Arcana. (August 14, 2003.) "Mirrodin product images", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Magic Arcana. (September 22, 2003.) "Mirrodin Prerelease card", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Magic Arcana. (September 24, 2003.) "The new look of tokens", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Magic Arcana. (November 17, 2003.) "Upcoming Magic Rewards tokens", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Rei Nakazawa. (September 09, 2003.) "Mirrodin Image", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Randy Buehler. (September 05, 2003.) "When Artifacts Aren't Spells", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Randy Buehler. (September 12, 2003.) "White and Artifacts", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Randy Buehler. (October 03, 2003.) "Artifacts and Color", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  17. Mark Rosewater. (September 01, 2003.) "Someday My Imprints Will Come", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Mark Rosewater. (September 08, 2003.) "Equip of the Iceberg", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  19. Paul Barclay. (September 02, 2003.) "Rules for Equipment", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Mark Rosewater. (October 04, 2004.) "Change For the Better", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  21. Magic Arcana. (November 11, 2003.) "Tribes in Mirrodin", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  22. Mark Rosewater. (October 06, 2003.) "Come Together", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  23. Magic Arcana. (April 29, 2004.) "The Burden of a Talisman", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  24. Monty Ashley. (September 22, 2010.) "The Fifth Tower", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  25. Mark Rosewater. (September 22, 2003.) "Bacon Bits", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 Devin Low. (March 21, 2008.) "Reincarnation", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  27. Magic Arcana. (January 06, 2004.) "What's Annul annulling?", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  28. Wizards of the Coast. (December 18, 2003.) "Flavorful Reprints of Mirrodin", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  29. Monty Ashley. (March 24, 2011.) "Yotian Soldiers", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  30. Mark Rosewater. (September 15, 2003.) "A Mind Is A Wonderful Thing To Waste", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.

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