Magic 2011

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M11 logo.png
Set symbol
M11 symbol.png
Symbol description
"M11"
Design team
Aaron Forsythe (lead),
Doug Beyer,
Mark Rosewater,
Mark Globus,
Tom LaPille,
Greg Marques
Development team
Erik Lauer (lead),
Dave Guskin,
Tom LaPille ,
Ken Nagle
Release date
July 16, 2010
Themes and mechanics
Keywords and/or ability words
Scry
Set size
249
Expansion code
M11
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Magic: The Gathering chronology
Archenemy Magic 2011 From the Vault: Relics

Magic: The Gathering 2011 Core Set (a.k.a Magic 2011 and M11) is the Core Set that was released on July 16, 2010. The worldwide Prerelease took place July 10-11 [1], and Launch Parties took place July 16-18.

Contents

Set details

Magic 2011 contained 249 cards (101 Common, 60 Uncommon, 53 Rare, 15 Mythic, 20 Basic Lands). Like its predecessor Magic 2010, nearly half of the cards in Magic 2011 were new. [2]

Marketing

M11 6-card booster

Magic 2011 was is sold in 16-card and 6-card booster packs, 5 Intro packs [3] and a fat pack [4]. The regular boosters featured art from Sun Titan (with white background), Maritime Guard (with blue background), Phylactery Lich (with black background), Hoarding Dragon (with red background) and Obstinate Baloth (with green background). [5] The 6-card booster featured War Priest of Thune.

A promotional version of the new card Sun Titan was given out to players at the Prerelease event. The promotional card for the launch party was the new card Ancient Hellkite. [6] The Buy-a-Box promo was Birds of Paradise. The Magic 2011 Game Day was held on August 14-15, 2010. At this event the DCI-Promo-Card was Liliana's Specter and the Top 8 Finish reward was a full-art foil Mitotic Slime.

Regular boosters of Magic 2011 come with a bonus sixteenth card that is either a "tips & tricks card" or a creature token from Magic 2011. One face of the Magic 2011 bonus card has one of nine different rules tips or is one of six different creature tokens. The other face has one of 13 advertisements for organized play programs, Scars of Mirrodin, Duels of the Planeswalkers for Xbox Live, Magic Online, fat packs, the Planewalker Novel - Test of Metal, the movie the Sorcerer's Apprentice and Ultra Pro products for Magic.

Tips & Tricks

The tips & tricks cards are:

  1. Planeswalker Cards
  2. Parts of the Turn
  3. Deathtouch
  4. Tokens & Counters
  5. Building a Deck
  6. Limited Play
  7. The Stack
  8. Gatherer Card Database
  9. Leylines

Tokens

The Magic 2011 tokens are: [7]

  1. Manaw.gif */* Avatar produced by Ajani Goldmane
  2. Manaw.gif 3/3 Bird with flying produced by Roc Egg
  3. Manab.gif 2/2 Zombie produced by Grave Titan
  4. Manag.gif 3/3 Beast produced by Garruk Wildspeaker
  5. Manag.gif 2/2 Ooze produced by Mitotic Slime
  6. Manag.gif 1/1 Ooze produced by Mitotic Slime

Sample decks

Like Tenth Edition, Magic 2011 came with free sample decks made from 30 commons and uncommons. [8]

Rule change

  • Deathtouch was changed so that it followed the normal damage assignment rules, instead of ignoring them. Instead, any non-zero amount of damage dealt by a source with deathtouch would now be considered lethal damage. This is a more elegant solution that still allows a creature with deathtouch to kill multiple blockers. [2]

Mechanics and themes

Magic 2011 uses all the evergreen mechanics except for double strike and intimidate. The mechanics flash, regeneration and shroud each appear on only one card, either an uncommon or rare. Magic 2011 is the first core set to use a non-evergreen mechanic, scry, which will not appear in the next core set Magic 2012. [2] [9] [10]

Magic 2011 attempts to give planeswalkers more of a presence, by printing two cycles of "signature spells". Because planeswalkers have to be mythic rare, many players do not see the planeswalker characters very often. The names and artwork of these common and uncommon spells each feature one of the five planeswalkers originally printed in Lorwyn, meaning that players will now see the planeswalker characters a lot more often.[11]

Magic 2011 continues to push vampires as a major black tribe. It contains more vampires than Magic 2010, and is the first core set to contain more vampires than zombies.

Cycles

Magic 2011 has 9 cycles:

Elements

  • Elemental Servants: Not a true horizontal cycle, these four uncommon elemental creature are instead based on the traditional four elements. Two are red and two are blue — Air Servant, Water Servant, Earth Servant and Fire Servant. These four are added to the core set as Air Elemental was removed, the last elemental of four elementals that were in Alpha.

Mirrored pairs

Magic 2011 has two mirrored pairs.

Hosers

Magic 2011 reprinted the white, blue and black members of the hoser cycle from Magic 2010, as they were widely used as sideboard cards[12]. Red and green get new, more powerful hoser cards to deal with their enemy colors. Green also gets Plummet, one of the most efficient anti-flying hosers ever printed.

Plummet, along with red's hoser Combust, appear to be directed specifically at combating the powerful Baneslayer Angel - though they do serve other functions as well.

Functional reprints

Magic 2011 has 6 functional reprints:

Colorshifted

Intro Packs

As of Magic 2011, intro packs would be again be sixty card decks, rather than the 41 card decks they had been since Shards of Alara. They still came with a 16-card booster enclosed.

The intro packs are:

Intro pack name
Colors included
Foil rare
White Blue Black Red Green
Blades of Victory Angelic Arbiter
Power of Prophecy Conundrum Sphinx
Reign of Vampirism Captivating Vampire
Breath of Fire Ancient Hellkite
Stampede of Beasts Overwhelming Stampede

Cards added to Magic 2011

Cards removed from Magic 2010

With the removal of Mesa Enchantress, Magic 2011 is the first core set to not have an Enchantress. Mesa Enchantress replaced Verduran Enchantress in Magic 2010. Both have been used in Enchantress decks. Magic 2011 is also the first core set to contain no Auras that enchant lands.

Trivia

The card Ancient Hellkite was the promotional card given out at release events, is is also available as a foil in the theme deck Breath of Fire.

Apart from the two cycles of planeswalker's spells, Magic 2011 contains a number of new cards that pay homage to Magic's past:

References

  1. Tim Willoughby. (July 05, 2010.) "M11 Prerelease Primer — Putting the Fun in Fundamentals", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Aaron Forsythe. (Monday, June 28, 2010.) "Magic 2011 Has Big Shoes to Fill", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Monty Ashley. (May 25, 2010.) "Magic 2011 Intro Packs", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Monty Ashley. (May 26, 2010.) "Magic 2011 Fat Pack", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Monty Ashley. (May 24, 2010.) "Magic 2011 Boosters", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Monty Ashley. (June 14, 2010.) "Magic 2011 Prerelease and Launch Party Cards", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Monty Ashley. (July 01, 2010.) "Magic 2011 Tokens", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Tom LaPille, Latest Developments. (July 09, 2010.) "My Favorite Things About Magic 2011", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Mark Rosewater. (June 28, 2010.) "Magic Goes To Eleven", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Tom LaPille. (July 16, 2010.) "More than Meets the Eye", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Mark Rosewater. (July 5, 2010.) "Eleven Sent", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Tom LaPille. (Friday, June 04, 2010.) "Core Samples", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Tom LaPille. (July 09, 2010.) "My Favorite Things About Magic 2011", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

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