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The year 2004 was the twelfth year of existence for Magic: The Gathering.


Date Event
January, 15 Third price increase for booster packs.
January, 16-18 Pro Tour Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Won by Nicolai Herzog.
February, 6 Release of Darksteel
February, 27-29 Pro Tour Kobe, Japan. Won by Masashiro Kuroda.
April 1 Announcement of name change to Magique: the Gathering due to a trademark challenge by the Orlando Magic ™.
  • April Fools
May, 11-13 Magic Invitational in Los Angeles, California, USA. Won by Bob Maher.
  • Hosted by Magic Online on the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).
May, 14-16 Pro Tour San Diego. Won by Nicolai Herzog.
June Banning of Skullclamp.
June, 4 Release of Fifth Dawn.
July, 9-11 Pro Tour Seattle, won by team Von Dutch (Kamiel Cornelissen, Jelger Wiegersma and Jeroen Remie).
July, 11 Founding of MTG Salvation.
September Introduction of Gatherer, the official Magic: The Gathering card database, on
September, 1-5 2004 World Championships in San Francisco, California, USA, won by Julien Nuijten.
  • Team champions: Germany.
September, 1 Split of the banlists for the Vintage and Legacy formats.
October, 1 Release of the Japanese themed Champions of Kamigawa.
October, 29-31 Pro Tour Columbus, won by Pierre Canali.
November, 20 Release of Unhinged, the second Un-set.
December Release of the 2004 World Championship Decks.
  • Last release in this series.
Player of the Year: Gabriel Nassif.
Rookie of the Year: Julien Nuijten.


First involved[]

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  • Ittoku
  • Jim Murray
  • Nottsuo
  • Vance Kovacs

Fifth Dawn

  • Cyril van der Haegen
  • Francis Tsai
  • Tomas Giorello

Champions of Kamigawa

  • Aleksi Briclot
  • Chris Appelhans
  • Dan Scott
  • Dave Alssop
  • Hideaki Takamura
  • Hiro Izawa
  • Jim Pavelec
  • Joel Thomas
  • Kensuke Okabayashi
  • Khang Le
  • Mitch Cotie
  • Pat Lee
  • Ralph Horsley
  • Shishizaru
  • Tsutomu Kawade
  • Wayne Reynolds