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Not to be confused with Batch.

Batching is R&D slang term used for the action of taking various (preexisting) game components and then connecting them into a larger group with a new word.[1] Mark Rosewater sees batching as a design tool with interesting design space.[2]

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  • Mystical was considered for Throne of Eldraine. It would batch artifacts, enchantments, and Faeries.[6]
  • Six cards over six different sets batch together Serpents, Octopuses, Leviathans and Krakens as an undefined "sea creature" collective. It is treated like a singular tribal type due to lack of card density.


  1. Mark Rosewater (April 9, 2018). "A Historic Story". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater (December 2, 2019). "More Maro on Maro". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Matt Tabak (March 21, 2018). "Dominaria mechanics". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Matt Tabak (September 1, 2020). "Zendikar Rising Mechanics". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Magic: The Gathering (November 10, 2020). "In the spirit of giving, here's a look at Topdeck the Halls!". Twitter.
  6. Mark Rosewater (November 18, 2019). "Throne of Eldraine Vision Designg Handoff, Part 2". Wizards of the Coast.