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Weatherlight is the eleventh Magic expansion, released in 1997 as the third set and second small expansion of the Mirage block. Weatherlight also saw the beginning of the Weatherlight Saga, the most important Magic storyline that would continue through 2001.

Set details

It was released on Magic Online on December 12, 2007. Release events began on December 14, 2007.

Mechanics

Weatherlight contained no new mechanics. It contained the following previously used mechanics: Banding, Cumulative upkeep. Two themes include:

  • "Graveyard order matters" — Cards which refer to the order of cards in a player's graveyard (see Spinning Darkness),
  • "Sacrifice buyouts" — Creature cards which have triggered abilities that tell you to sacrifice them unless you pay a cost or perform an action (see Barrow Ghoul).

Creature types

The following creature types are introduced in this expansion: Aboroth (later changed to Elemental). Avizoa (later changed to Jellyfish), Barishi (later changed to Elemental), Behemoth (later changed to Elemental), Gatekeeper (later changed to Horror), Peacekeeper (later changed to Human), Thundermare (later changed to Elemental Horse), Undead (later changed to Horror and Wraith).

The following creature types are used in this expansion but also appear in previous sets: Atog, Bear, Bird, Cleric, Cyclops, Djinn, Dragon, Drake, Dwarf, Elemental, Elephant, Elf, Falcon (later changed to Bird), Fish, Ghost (later changed to Spirit), Giant, Goblin, Griffin, Hound, Illusion, Knight, Merfolk, Minotaur, Ogre, Ooze, Orc, Rat, Serpent, Snake, Soldier, Spirit, Treefolk, Unicorn, Wall, Wizard, Wolf, Wurm, Zombie.

Cycles

Weatherlight has three cycles:

Functional reprints

Weatherlight has two Functional reprints:

Notable cards

  • Gemstone Mine
  • Lotus Vale was very popular, although it was very vulnerable to land destruction.
  • Null Rod has become a powerful artifact stopping cards in Vintage tournaments.
  • Redwood Treefolk is one of the first cards that improved upon its predecessor. It cost the same as Ironroot Treefolk at Mana4.gifManag.gif but had a power/toughness of 3/6 instead of the latter's 3/5.

Theme decks

The Mirage block theme decks were designed for MTGO, as these expansion sets were printed before theme decks were first printed in the Tempest block.

The pre-constructed theme decks are:

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Air Forces
Dead and Alive
Fiery Fury
Gatecrasher

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