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Magic 2012
M12 logo
Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description “M12”
Design Mark Globus (lead),
Doug Beyer,
Aaron Forsythe,
Ken Nagle
Development Tom LaPille (lead[1]),
Kelly Digges,
Peter Schaefer,
Mike Turian,
Steve Warner,
Dave Humpherys
Art direction Jeremy Jarvis
Release date July 15, 2011
Plane Multiversal
Keywords/​ability words Bloodthirst, Hexproof
Set size 249 cards
(101 commons, 60 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares, 20 basic lands)
Expansion code M12[2]
Core sets
Magic 2011 Magic 2012 Magic 2013
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
Commander Magic 2012 From the Vault: Legends

The Magic: The Gathering 2012 Core Set (a.k.a Magic 2012 or M12) is a Core Set which was released on July 15, 2011. The worldwide Prerelease events took place July 9–10, 2011,[3] and Launch Parties took place July 15–18, 2011.

Set details[ | ]

Magic 2012 contains 249 cards (101 Common, 60 Uncommon, 53 Rare, 15 Mythic, 20 Basic Lands), including randomly inserted premium versions of all cards.[4] The set saw the return of planeswalkers and the five Titans, had a minor aura theme, introduced hexproof and had several top-down designed creatures.[5][6] The returning mechanic for this Core Set was bloodthirst.[7][8]

Magic 2012 also marked the return of Korean to the set of printed languages.[9] Sets from 4th Edition through Urza's Saga had been printed in Korean in the past, before Korean was dropped from the list of printed languages. Magic 2012 brought the list of printed languages to 11: English, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Marketing[ | ]

M12 6-card booster

M12 6-card booster

Magic 2012 was sold in 16-card and 6-card booster packs, five Intro packs, two event decks and a fat pack. The regular boosters featured art from Grand Abolisher (with white background), Sphinx of Uthuun (with blue background), Rune-Scarred Demon (with black background), Chandra, the Firebrand (with red background) and Garruk, Primal Hunter (with green background).[10] The 6-card booster featured Jace, Memory Adept. Magic 2012 was also sold in the new "Booster Battle Pack"s, which contain 2 20-card semi-randomized decks, 2 booster packs, a Magic "learn to play" guide, and a rules insert.[11][12]

A promotional version of Bloodlord of Vaasgoth was given out to players at the Prerelease event. The promotional card for the launch party was Garruk's Horde.[13] Both cards are new to the set. The Buy-a-Box was Chandra's Phoenix.[14] The Magic 2012 Game Day was held on August 12–14, 2011. At this event the DCI-Promo-Card was Stormblood Berserker and the Top 8 Finish reward was a full-art foil Dungrove Elder.

Regular boosters of Magic 2012 came with a bonus sixteenth card that was either a "tips & tricks card" or a creature token from Magic 2012.' Unlike the traditional tips & tricks cards, they were printed in landscape format and had no numbering. The back side had an advertisement for Commander,, Magic 2012 Intro Packs, Magic Online,, Ultra Pro products or

Tips & Tricks[ | ]

The tips & tricks cards are:

  1. bloodthirst
  2. booster draft
  3. casual formats
  4. colors of expansion symbols,
  5. decks work best when they're about 40% land and 25-40% creatures
  6. drawing a card when the library is empty means losing the game,
  7. gatherer, hexproof
  8. limited format
  9. minimum deck size and playing with only 4 of any one card,
  10. planeswalkers (2 different card wordings).

Tokens[ | ]

The Magic 2012 tokens are:[15]

  1. {G} 3/3 Beast creature produced by Garruk, Primal Hunter.
  2. {W} 3/3 Bird creature with flying produced by Roc Egg.
  3. {C} 1/1 Pentavite artifact creature with flying produced by Pentavus.
  4. {G} 1/1 Saproling creature produced by Jade Mage and Druidic Satchel.
  5. {W} 1/1 Soldier creature produced by Timely Reinforcements and Throne of Empires.
  6. {G} 6/6 Wurm creature produced by Garruk, Primal Hunter.
  7. {B} 2/2 Zombie creature produced by Cemetery Reaper, Zombie Infestation, and Grave Titan.

Sample decks[ | ]

Just like Magic 2011, the Magic 2012 Core Set came with ten thirty-card sample decks.[16]

Rule change[ | ]

The Magic 2012 core set introduced the wording shortcut "dies." The word "dies" on a Magic card simply means "is put into a graveyard from the battlefield." The two phrases are interchangeable. Similarly, the word "died" means "was put into a graveyard from the battlefield."

The term "dies" is used only if a creature is moving from the battlefield to a graveyard and only if the effect doesn't care which player's graveyard the creature is put into. (The complete phrase "is put into a graveyard from the battlefield" is used if the object is likely to have a different card type.)

Many older cards would be updated in the Oracle card reference to use this new term. This was not a functional change.

Mechanics and themes[ | ]

Magic 2012 also introduced a new keyword in Hexproof, which is similar to Shroud except the controller of the permanent can still target it.[17] This ability used to be colloquially referred to as "Troll Shroud" about Troll Ascetic, one of the first and most popular cards with that mechanic.

The keyword Bloodthirst returned after its initial appearance in Guildpact and a small cameo in Future Sight. Unlike its appearance in Guildpact, Bloodthirst was particularly focused in black on its Vampire tribe.

The set also saw the return of Planeswalkers, though it wasn't restricted to the original Lorwyn 'walkers as Gideon Jura and Sorin Markov had cards in the set. For the first time, three new Planeswalker cards were made for a core set. Like in Magic 2011, these planeswalkers had several cards referencing to them.

Cycles[ | ]

Magic 2012 has nine cycles:

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Planeswalkers Gideon Jura Jace, Memory Adept Sorin Markov Chandra, the Firebrand Garruk, Primal Hunter
There are five mythic rare Planeswalker cards in the set.
Planeswalker Rares Gideon's Avenger Jace's Archivist Sorin's Vengeance Chandra's Phoenix Garruk's Horde
Every Planeswalker gets a Rare card referencing them and working in conjunction with them.
Planeswalker Commons Gideon's Lawkeeper Jace's Erasure Sorin's Thirst Chandra's Outrage Garruk's Companion
Five commons that reference their respective planeswalkers in the name.
Color Hosers Celestial Purge Flashfreeze Deathmark Combust Autumn's Veil
Each of these uncommon cards is specifically designed to be played against its enemy colors. (reprinted from Magic 2011.)
Mythic Titans Sun Titan Frost Titan Grave Titan Inferno Titan Primeval Titan
Each of these mythic rare giants is a 6/6 for {4}MM and has a powerful ability that triggers whenever it enters the battlefield or attacks. (reprinted from Magic 2011.[18])
Mages Alabaster Mage Azure Mage Onyx Mage Crimson Mage Jade Mage
2/1 Human wizard creatures for {1}M with an activated ability involving one mana of a color. Each creature has a flavor text describing the creed of a clan of wizards, with names synonymous with the respective color.
Lucky charm artifacts Angel's Feather Kraken's Eye Demon's Horn Dragon's Claw Wurm's Tooth
Each of these uncommon artifacts costs {2} and has an ability that allows its controller to gain one life whenever a spell of the appropriate color is played. (Reprinted from Darksteel.)
Cycle name {W}{U} {U}{B} {B}{R} {R}{G} {G}{W}
Allied color check lands Glacial Fortress Drowned Catacomb Dragonskull Summit Rootbound Crag Sunpetal Grove
Each of these rare dual lands come into play tapped unless you control a land of one of the appropriate types. (reprinted from Magic 2011 [18]).

Three-card cycles[ | ]

Cycle name
Artifact of Empires Crown of Empires Scepter of Empires Throne of Empires
Each of these artifacts has an activated ability that produces an even more powerful effect if you control all 3 of these artifacts.

Pairs[ | ]

Magic 2012 has two mirrored pairs.

Mirrored Pairs Description
Divine Favor
Dark Favor
Common Auras with enchant creature that give a mirrored bonus to the enchanted creature's power/toughness and are illustrated by Allen Williams.[19]
Kite Shield
Uncommon Artifact - Equipment which have the same Equip cost of {3} and give the equipped creature +3/+0 or +0/+3 power/toughness.

Core set changes and reprints[ | ]

Main article: Magic 2012/Changes
Notable changes

As a Core Set, Magic 2012 has a high number of reprints. Like its predecessor, a lot of its reprints already appeared in Magic 2010 and/or Magic 2011, either as new printings or reprints from earlier sets.

Notable cards[ | ]

  • Phantasmal Image is a cheaper Clone variant with the Illusion ability, used in tournaments in tribal decks to put onto the battlefield another copy of a significant creature of the tribe (usually a lord). With the old legend rule it was used to kill a legendary creature difficult to kill, such as Emrakul, the Aeons Torn.
    • Phantasmal Image was often played alongside Lord of the Unreal in Standard Illusion decks.
  • Swiftfoot Boots is a heavily played card in the casual Commander format, as it can protect each player's valuable legendary creature and enable them to get value out of attacking immediately.
  • Grand Abolisher is a powerful way to protect combos from being disrupted.
  • Garruk, Primal Hunter and Jace, Memory Adept were Planeswalkers that would go on to dominate their Standard format, appearing as top-end finishers and value engines in numerous midrange and control decks.
  • Sundial of the Infinite is the first reappearance of the "end the turn" mechanic since it was first introduced into the rules in Champions of Kamigawa, and it would not appear again until Day's Undoing in Magic Origins.
  • Visions of Beyond is a key source of card advantage for Modern decks focused on milling the opponent.
  • Manalith is such a simple card that it would come to be the nickname for any three mana artifact that taps for a mana of any color, even being referenced on Svella, Ice Shaper.
  • Stonehorn Dignitary is used to significant effect in Pauper decks that can flicker it numerous times to prevent their opponent from ever having a combat phase.
  • Gladecover Scout is one of the cheapest creatures with hexproof, making it a perfect fit for Bogles decks in Modern and Pauper.

Banned and restricted cards[ | ]

  • Circle of Flame is technically banned in Pauper on Magic Online, as it was printed as a common on the client exclusively as a promotional card and would thus be otherwise legal.

Preconstructed decks[ | ]

Intro packs[ | ]

The intro packs are:[20]

Intro pack name Colors Included Foil rare
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Sacred Assault W G Aegis Angel
Mystical Might W U Sphinx of Uthuun
Grab For Power U B Rune-Scarred Demon
Blood And Fire B R Flameblast Dragon
Entangling Webs R G Arachnus Spinner

Event decks[ | ]

The event decks are:[21]

deck name
Colors Included
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Illusionary Might U
Vampire Onslaught B

References[ | ]

  1. Tom LaPille (July 1, 2011). "A 'Walker on the Wild Side". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Product info
  3. Tim Willoughby (July 04, 2011). "M12 Prerelease Primer". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Monty Ashley (January 03, 2011). "Announcing Magic 2012". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Globus (June 27, 2011). "The Many Heads of Magic 2012". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Kelly Digges (July 25, 2011). "Time Travel (and Other Perks of Magic Development)". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Mark Rosewater (June 27, 2011). "Putting On a Core Set". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Tom LaPille (July 08, 2011). "Bloodthirst in the Water". Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Monty Ashley (August 23, 2011). "Magic in Korean". Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Monty Ashley (June 16, 2011). "Magic 2012 Core Set Boosters". Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Monty Ashley (June 23, 2011). "Announcing Booster Battle Packs". Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Wizards of the Coast (July 27, 2011). "Inside the Booster Battle Pack". Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Monty Ashley (June 08, 2011). "Magic 2012 Promo Cards". Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Monty Ashley (June 08, 2011). "Magic 2012 Buy a Box Promotion". Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Monty Ashley (July 12, 2011). "The Tokens of Magic 2012". Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Monty Ashley (June 13, 2011). "Magic 2012 Sample Decks". Wizards of the Coast.
  17. Staff (May 23, 2011). "The Mechanics of Magic 2012". Wizards of the Coast.
  18. a b Tom LaPille (July 22, 2011). "On Repeat". Wizards of the Coast.
  19. Monty Ashley (July 27, 2011). "The Favors". Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Monty Ashley (July 14, 2011). "Magic 2012 Intro Packs". Wizards of the Coast.
  21. Monty Ashley (August 01, 2011). "Magic 2012 Event Decks". Wizards of the Coast.

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