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30th Anniversary Edition
30th Anniversary Edition
Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description 30th Edition
Release date November 28, 2022
Set size 594
Expansion code 30A[1]
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The 30th Anniversary Edition of Beta is a commemorative, collectible, non-tournament-legal card set celebrating thirty years of Magic.[2][3] The set was released on November 28, 2022 and sold through The sale was "concluded" after 40 minutes.[4][5]

Description[ | ]

A30 card back

A30 gold bordered card back, depicting the Black Lotus

Inspired by Limited Edition Beta, 30th Anniversary Edition aims to let collectors experience elements of Magic's early years. Each display of 30th Anniversary Edition contains four booster packs with random content for $ 999.-. This makes it the most expensive official Magic product to date. These collectible cards have a different card back and are therefore not legal in any sanctioned Magic event. The set has a limited print run.

Each booster pack contains 15 cards, 13 cards in the modern frame — 1 rare, 3 uncommons, 7 commons, and 2 basic lands — plus one basic land in the retro frame, one additional retro frame card, and a token. Approximately three out of every ten packs will contain a rare retro frame card. Each card uses a special Black Lotus inspired card back rather than the standard Deckmaster back. The set is numbered #-1-594 (297 modern frame, 297 retro frame).

Nearly every card included matches the rarity of its counterpart in Beta. There are no mythic rares, and almost all rarities have stayed the same. These cards do, however, have modern wording and modern corners, and some of the art is touched up. The retro frame is the same frame used in Time Spiral Remastered. Returning features are the original white mana symbol, the original basic land template, and the classic art.

This set doesn't violate the Reserved List, because it uses different card backs, and therefore isn't tournament legal.

Cards[ | ]

Excluded[ | ]

Six cards from Beta are excluded:[3]

Notable differences with Beta[ | ]

Tokens[ | ]

30A Wasp Insect token

Wasp token utilizing art cropped from The Hive.

The set comes with 16 tokens, which use art from the set. Only one of these is created by a card in the set (The Hive).

  1. {W} 1/1 Human Creature (Swords to Plowshares)
  2. {W} 1/1 Human Warrior Creature (Holy Armor)
  3. {W} 1/1 Soldier Creature (Righteousness)
  4. {U} 1/1 Bird Creature with Flying (Purelace)
  5. {U} 1/1 Human Wizard Creature (Fastbond)
  6. {B} 5/5 Demon Creature with Flying (Howl from Beyond)
  7. {B} 1/1 Skeleton Creature (Raise Dead)
  8. {G} 3/3 Beast Creature (Burrowing)
  9. {G} 2/2 Wolf Creature (Aspect of Wolf)
  10. {W/B} 1/1 Human Cleric Creature (Consecrate Land)
  11. {C} Clue Artifact with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card." (Jayemdae Tome)
  12. {C} Clue Artifact with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card." (Copper Tablet)
  13. {C} Treasure Artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color." (Disrupting Scepter)
  14. {C} Treasure Artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color." (Sunglasses of Urza)
  15. {C} Treasure Artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color." (Rod of Ruin)
  16. {C} 1/1 Insect Artifact Creature with Flying called Wasp (The Hive)

Controversies[ | ]

Jesper Myrfors copyright

Players were upset about the release. Complaints were uttered about the price range, the targeting of high-spending players instead of the common player base, the random packaging, the perceived violation of the Reserved List, and Wizards' hypocritical sale of proxies.[6][7][8]

On November 14, 2022, a Bank of America analyst called out the 30th Anniversary Edition as particularly egregious, though their assessment and motivations were contrary to community criticisms.[9][10]

Meanwhile, Quinton Hoover's estate alleged that Wizards of the Coast was using his art without permission and that they did not have the rights to do so.[11] Jesper Myrfors complained that his name was unjustly removed of the copyright notice from the card.

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