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For the Magic storyline location, see Stronghold (location).

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Set symbol
STH symbol.png
Symbol description
Door with Portcullis
Design team
Mike Elliott (lead)
Bill Rose
Mark Rosewater
Development team
Mike Elliott (lead)
William Jockusch
Bill Rose
Mark Rosewater
Henry Stern
Art Director
Matt Wilson
Release date
March 1998
Themes and mechanics
en-Kor, Flowstone, Licids, Slivers, Spikes
Keywords and/or ability words
Buyback, Shadow
Set size
143 (55 Common 44 Uncommon 44 Rare)
Expansion code
STH
Development codename
Rachimulot
Tempest block sets
Tempest Stronghold Exodus
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Tempest Stronghold Portal Second Age

Stronghold is the thirteenth Magic expansion and was released in 1998 as the second set and first small expansion in the Tempest block.

Stronghold announced

Set details[edit]

Stronghold contains 143 black-bordered cards (44 rare, 44 uncommon, and 55 commons). It was released in March 1998. Its expansion symbol is the closed portcullis of Volrath's stronghold. [1] Stronghold was the last set in which multicolored cards appeared until the 2000 expansion Invasion. The biggest impact of Stronghold was its Walls. Wall had traditionally been shunned by tournament players, but the Stronghold Walls were strong enough for tournament decks. Wall of Blossoms in particular became a core part of many decks.

Marketing[edit]

The cards were sold in 15-card boosters which had artwork from Warrior Angel. The Tempest preconstructed theme decks had turned out to be very popular, so WotC made more for Stronghold. Because Stronghold wasn't a "standalone" set, these decks contained both Tempest and Stronghold cards. Such decks continued to be very popular, and demand exceeded supply: Wizards had again underestimated their popularity. The prerelease card for Stronghold was a non-foil Revenant.

Storyline[edit]

Gerrard and the crew of the Weatherlight journey through the bowels of Volrath's Stronghold, battling the twisted creations of Volrath's evil mind in an attempt to rescue their imprisoned comrades. The stronghold yields many dark secrets about the crew's friends, enemies, and themselves.

Magic online[edit]

On 13 April 2009 Stronghold was released on Magic Online. It went off sale on 27 April 2009, but was available again for the release of Exodus on 7 December 2009.

Mechanics and abilities[edit]

The block mechanics buyback and shadow are expanded upon in this set.

The ability associated with the en-Kor, based on the defunct ability banding, are introduced in this set. The abilities associated with Slivers, Licids, Flowstone, and especially Spikes are expanded upon in this set.

Creature types[edit]

No new creature types are introduced in this expansion.

The following creature types are used in this expansion but also appear in previous sets: Assassin, Basilisk, Beast, Bird, Cleric, Drake, Druid, Elephant, Elf, Fish, Giant, Goblin, Hydra, Illusion, Imp, Insect, Licid, Minion, Phoenix, Rat, Shapeshifter, Skeleton, Sliver, Soldier, Spike, Spirit, Thrull, Vampire, Wizard, Wall.

Cycles[edit]

Stronghold has three cycles:

Theme decks[edit]

The pre-constructed theme decks are:

Theme deck name
Colors included
White Blue Black Red Green
Call of the Kor
Migraine
The Sparkler
The Spikes

Notable cards[edit]

  • Mox Diamond - This rare artifact requires a land card to be discarded as an additional cost, thereafter it produces a mana of any color.
  • Sliver Queen - The Queen is a 7/7 Sliver which produces sliver tokens. It's casting cost of 1 of each colored mana is often referred to as "WUBRG" {pronounced woo-berg}. Stronghold was the first set to feature a five-colored card.

Reprinted cards[edit]

The following cards have been reprinted from previous sets and included in Stronghold.

References[edit]

  1. Brady Dommermuth. (October 31, 2006.) "Ask Wizards", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

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