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. Originally they contained 60 cards, but starting with Urza's Saga they contained 75 cards. 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.
Starter decks were sold to retailers in 10-pack starter boxes. After Ice Age this became 12 packs to a box. The change from 60-card starter deck to 75-card tournament pack was made with Urza's Saga to facilitate Sealed deck tournaments. Tournament decks were sold in 12-pack tournament boxes.
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.