A tournament pack, also known as a tournament deck, and formerly as a starter deck, is a Magic product containing a random assortment of cards for a given set, similar to a large booster pack. These packs were only available for the initial large set of a block, as well as for core sets starting with Alpha. As starter decks they contained 60 cards and a rulebook or storybook , but starting with Urza's Saga they were known as tournament decks and contained 75 cards and a quick-reference rules sheet. This made the 75 card variety roughly equivalent to 3 booster packs, aside from the extra uncommon in place of a common and the land. The change was made to facilitate Sealed deck tournaments.
Starter decks were sold to retailers in 10-pack starter boxes. After Ice Age this became 12 packs to a box. Tournament decks were sold in 12-pack tournament boxes.
Starter decks and tournament were the only source for basic lands, untill WotC started producing preconstructed theme decks, and, from Seventh Edition on, a basic land was added to boosters instead of a common. Shards of Alara was the last set that offered tournament packs for purchase.
|Sets||Packs Per Box||Cards Per Pack||Rares||Uncommons||Commons||Basic Lands|
|Alpha - Revised||10||60||2||13||45||? *|
|4th Edition - Ice Age||10||60||3||9||26||22|
|Mirage - Tempest||12||60||3||10||25||22|
|Urza's Saga - Shards of Alara||12||75||3*||10||32||30|
- From Alpha to Revised, basic lands were counted as commons.
- In Shards of Alara, any number of rares could be replaced with mythic rares.