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Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description Mace
Design Paul Peterson
Development Paul Peterson (lead)
Michael Donais
Release date October 2000
Plane Dominaria
Set size 122 cards
Expansion code BTD[1]
Early Box sets
Battle Royale Beatdown Deckmasters 2001
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
Prophecy Beatdown Invasion

Beatdown is a box set that was released in October 2000.

Description[ | ]

The name was derived from a slang word that was used at the time for aggro decks.[2] Players often said they were "applying a beatdown" when creatures were attacking and dealing lots of damage to an opponent.[3][4][5] A "Beatdown deck" is essentially a “weenie” deck full of creatures that cost between one and four mana.[6]

Beatdown is notable for containing the only tournament-legal card ever printed with the {Y} symbol, a reprint of Fireball. All other printings of the card, as well as its Oracle text, use only {X}. The {Y} symbol has otherwise only been used on the Unglued card, The Ultimate Nightmare of Wizards of the Coast® Customer Service.

Contents[ | ]

Beatdown Box

Beatdown Box

The contents of the box set are:

Beatdown Mural

The mural

Decklists[ | ]

Aerodoom[ | ]

Aerodoom is a blue / black deck. Survive the early game with removal spells, then take to the skies! Your Drakes, Djinns, and Elementals will have your opponent diving for cover.

The deck's foil face card is Sengir Vampire. The rares in this deck are Blizzard ElementalMahamoti DjinnLeviathanFallen Angel and Clockwork Avian.

Ground Pounder[ | ]

Ground Pounder is red / green deck. It contains "some of the biggest, baddest creatures ever to stalk the planes of Dominaria". It is designed to get you to the stage of the game where you can drop these creatures onto the table and toll them right into your poor opponent.

The deck's foil face card is Erhnam Djinn. The rares in this deck are Ball LightningBalduvian HordeShivan DragonForce of Nature and Clockwork Beast.

Misprint[ | ]


Fourth Edition version of Clockwork Avian (left), Beatdown version of the newly-templated card (right)

References[ | ]

  1. Wizards of the Coast (August 02, 2004). "Ask Wizards - August, 2004". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Reid Duke (September 21, 2015). "Glossary of Terms". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Melody Alder. (1998). The Duelist #22, 40-42
  4. Mark Rosewater (February 11, 2003). "We’ve Got The Beatdown". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Ted Knutson (September 09, 2006). "Magic Jargon". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Aaron Forsythe (July 01, 2005). "The Beatdown Cometh". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Magic Arcana (October 25, 2002). "Beatdown alternate art". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Magic Arcana (June 19, 2006). "Beatdown Comic Mural". Wizards of the Coast.

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