|Symbol description||The Helm of Kaldra|
Mark Rosewater (lead),|
Brian Schneider (lead),|
|Art direction||Jeremy Cranford|
|Release date||June 4, 2004|
|Themes and mechanics||Beacons, "Cogs", "Prismatic"|
|Keywords/ability words||Scry, Sunburst|
(55 commons, 55 uncommons, 55 rares)
|Magic: The Gathering Chronology|
- For other uses, see Fifth Dawn (disambiguation).
Fifth Dawn contains 165 black-bordered cards (55 rare, 55 uncommon, and 55 commons). Like its predecessors Mirrodin and Darksteel, the set has a high artifact count (65). However, the set also has a distinct five-color matters theme. The set introduced a darker frame on artifact cards to help distinguish from white cards, a problem that had occurred since the introduction of the Eighth Edition card frame. Fifth Dawn's expansion symbol is a small image of the Helm of Kaldra, one of the three Kaldra artifacts.
Fifth Dawn was sold in 15-card boosters, four preconstructed theme decks and a fat pack. The booster packs featured artwork from Etched Oracle, Fist of Suns, and Bringer of the Red Dawn. The prerelease card was a foil alternate art Helm of Kaldra. The set was accompanied by the novel of the same name, written by Cory Herndon.
A 1/1 Myr Token for Myr Incubator and a 3/3 Beast Token for Bringer of the Green Dawn were offered as Magic Player Reward. A 2/2 colorless Pincher creature token for Summoning Station was created for a Player Reward as well, but in the end was only used on Magic Online.
Flavor and storyline
Glissa, Bosh and Slobad journey deep within Mirrodin's core to confront the insidious Memnarch. With them is the Kaldra avatar—an immensely powerful being of energy summoned when Kaldra's sword, shield, and helm were brought together. But what was supposed to be the world's salvation turns out to be a vile trick. With a single spell, Memnarch seizes the avatar and turns it on Glissa and her companions. Kaldra's avatar relentlessly pursues Glissa into the Tangle, destroying everything in its way. Finally, at the Radix, Glissa's destiny becomes clear. As rage and despair overcome her, Glissa's body calls forth a great column of green mana from Mirrodin's core, annihilating the avatar in the process. Now that mana hangs overhead in a glowing sphere—the green sun at last, Mirrodin's fifth dawn.
Themes and mechanics
Fifth Dawn had a "Machine Feel", with "Cogs", "Engines", "Batteries", "Spouts", and "Stations". "Cogs" are and -cost artifacts with small effects (e.g. Ornithopter, Razorgrass Screen). "Engines" turn one resource into another (e.g. Blasting Station, Clock of Omens); "Batteries" build up resources over time (e.g. Gemstone Array); "Spouts" are artifacts that allow you to turn a resource into some effect that will either win you the game or help you control the board (e.g. Avarice Totem, Goblin Cannon). "Stations" formed the "Great Machine" which together can produce infinite creatures, deal infinite damage, and mill infinite cards — Blasting Station, Grinding Station, Salvaging Station, and Summoning Station. The artwork of the stations forms a mural.
The set sported several cards that were perfectly suited for the casual prismatic format (five-color matters). Some cards got a bonus for different colored mana spent on them, other cards that were specifically to be cast for .
Fifth Dawn introduced two new abilities:
- Sunburst — An artifact with sunburst enters the Battlefield with counters on it based on the number of colors of mana you used to pay its cost. The more colors of mana you have in your deck, the better your sunburst cards become. Artifact creatures enter the battlefield with +1/+1 counters while non-creature artifacts gain charge counters instead. Cards with the Sunburst ability all share a visual cue - Mirrodin's five suns somewhere in the art.
- Scry — Some Fifth Dawn instants and sorceries let you look at the top two cards of your library and then decide where you want to put them. You can put both cards on either the top or bottom of your library in any order, or you can put one card on the top and one on the bottom. In Fifth Dawn, the mechanic only let the caster look at the top two cards. At a later revision in Future Sight the template of Scry was changed so a number of cards specified with the ability would be viewed.
The following creature types that are not new to Magic are used in this expansion:
Fifth Dawn has three cycles:
|Beacons||Beacon of Immortality||Beacon of Tomorrows||Beacon of Unrest||Beacon of Destruction||Beacon of Creation|
|Each of these rare sorceries or instants is shuffled back your library after being played.|
|Bringers||Bringer of the White Dawn||Bringer of the Blue Dawn||Bringer of the Black Dawn||Bringer of the Red Dawn||Bringer of the Green Dawn|
|Each of these rare creatures has a mana cost of MM, but can be played for instead of the mana cost. Each has trample and a powerful ability that may be played at the beginning of the owner's upkeep.|
|Color-aligned equipment||Healer's Headdress||Neurok Stealthsuit||Cranial Plating||Sparring Collar||Horned Helm|
|Each of these common equipment artifacts has "MM: Attach [card name] to target creature you control" where M is a specific color of mana. These abilities work just like the equip ability, except that they can be played any time their controller could play an instant.|
|Kaldra Equipment||Sword of Kaldra (Mirrodin)||Shield of Kaldra (Darksteel)||Helm of Kaldra (Fifth Dawn)|
|Each expansion symbol in the Mirrodin block is represented in the Kaldra artifacts.|
Fifth Dawn has one mirrored pair.
|Instants, have a cost of M, are illustrated by Matt Cavotta, an effect of gaining or losing 1/1 until end of turn and Scry 2 |
- Circle of Protection: Artifacts, first printed in Antiquities, last seen in 5th Edition
- Magma Giant, first printed in Portal Second Age
- Relic Barrier, first printed in Legends
- Dross Crocodile, functional reprint of Skeletal Crocodile (Portal) but a Zombie instead of a skeleton
- Sylvok Explorer, functional reprint of Quirion Explorer (Planeshift) save for creature type
- Thought Courier, functional reprint of Merfolk Looter (Exodus) save for creature type
Fifth Dawn has three bicolored and one pentachromatic theme decks.
|Nuts and Bolts||W||U|
- Fifth Dawn product information page — Wizards of the Coast
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- Paul Barclay, David DeLaney, and Jeff Jordan. (2004.) "Fifth Dawn Frequently Asked Questions", Wizards of the Coast.
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- Aaron Forsythe (May 28, 2004). "Deus Ex Machina". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
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- Wizards of the Coast (May 31, 2004). "The Stations Mural". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (May 3, 2004). "Dawn of a New Day". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
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- Scott Wills (June 7, 2004). "Fifth Dawn: Impacts of the New Mechanics". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Magic Arcana (June 08, 2004). "The suns of Sunburst". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (May 17, 2004). "Scry Me a River". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Magic Arcana (May 24, 2004). "Before and After Art". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.