Magic: The Gathering is a trading card game that was created in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast. It has been around for 25 years and continues to be one of the most popular games in existence. In order to play, you need at least two players (although more can join) who have decks of 60 cards with a minimum of 20 land cards between them. There are five colors: white, blue, black, red and green each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
The age of magic tier list lists out all the different types or “ages” that Magic has gone through over its lifetime from original Alpha up until today’s current era which is called Iconic Masters this article will cover these ages and give an idea as to what the best cards are for each age.
Magic: The Gathering, 25 years old and still going strong
What is Age of Magic? How does it work? and what’s so great about it anyway? Read on to find out more! Overview of all five colors in MTG with their strengths and weaknesses A quick look at every “age” or type of magic from original Alpha up until today’s current era Iconic Masters (2018). Original Alpha – 1993-1995. Magic was first created by Richard Garfield as a game that he could play with his two oldest friends. It has been around for over 20 years now but there have only been six sets released during these three years . Alpha, Beta and Unlimited are the first three sets released.
BETA – 1996-1998. After a year of no new Magic releases Richard Garfield came back to Wizards with his design for Revised which fixed some if not all issues that were found in the original version called Alpha. It was followed by a second revision called BETA where he added more cards from Arabian Nights, Antiquities and Legends to fix even more balance problems as feedback had come from players who played during these years.These two revisions paved way for what we know now: A complete set of over 400 cards ready to be printed at any time!
Unlimited – 1998-1999 The third major release is Limited Edition also known as Unlimited or sometimes dubbed as Alpha+ due to the fact that it contains cards from all previous releases: Alpha, Beta and Unlimited.
This era is also known for being the last in which Richard Garfield had any involvement with Magic design before he left Wizards of the Coast for good.
Revised – April, 1994-1995 The first major release after a year was called Revisedor sometimes dubbed as Prerelease Editiondue largely to its status as an updated version of what we know now as “Magic: The Gathering”s original set or usually just referred to nowadays by players as “Alpha”. This revision has been noted by many players who were there at time for fixing most if not all balance issues found in the initial release. It introduced various new mechanics such as “cycling”, “tapping” and the introduction of mechanics such as “landwalk” (now called landtypes).
The card set consisted of 357 cards – 102 commons, 103 uncommons, 132 rares and 20 basic lands. It was printed in April 1994 by Cartamundi in Belgium on sheets with 15 cards each for a total of 9000 printed copies distributed exclusively to members of Wizards play-testers program.
Revised Edition is notably among the most valuable sets ever created because it has been out-ofplated long ago. The first edition can fetch $2500 (US) or more if an individual copy turns up at auction but some collectors have offered over $100 000 for a copy.
In 1995, magic was published in the form of an annual series with new releases each fall until 2003. The game underwent its first major release since then on September 12th 2006 when “Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers” was released for PC and Xbox 360 video-game consoles to positive reviews from critics who praised it as being both addictive and affordable but criticized it for lack of polish or depth.
The card set consisted primarily of 249 purple cards (including three alternate editions) which were available only through special limited promotional packages offered by Wizards at conventions such as Gen Con in Indianapolis; ComicCon International at San Diego; PAX East in Boston and Gamescom 2011 held annually in Cologne,