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Magic 2014
M14 logo
Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description “M14”
Design Mark Globus (lead),
Tom LaPille,
Adam Lee,
Shawn Main,
Ken Troop
Monty Ashley
Development Dave Guskin (lead)
Kelly Digges
Aaron Forsythe
James Hata
Zac Hill
Max McCall
With contributions from
Matt Tabak
Art direction Jeremy Jarvis
Release date July 19, 2013
Plane Multiversal
Themes and mechanics Slivers
Set size 249 cards
(101 commons, 60 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares, 20 basic lands)
Expansion code M14[1]
Development codename None
Core sets
Magic 2013 Magic 2014 Magic 2015
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
Modern Masters Magic 2014 From the Vault: Twenty

The Magic: The Gathering 2014 Core Set, commonly referred to as Magic 2014 or M14 is the 15th Magic core set. It was released on July 19, 2013.

Set details[ | ]

“  Ignite your spark  ”

Magic 2014 contains 249 cards (101 Common, 60 Uncommon, 53 Rare, 15 Mythic, 20 Basic Lands), including randomly inserted premium versions of all cards.[2] The returning mechanic for this Core Set was Slivers.[3][4]

Even more than the previous set, Magic 2014 is strongly integrated with its digital counterpart, Duels of the Planeswalkers. In celebration of Magic 's 20th anniversary, the logo of the set has the mythic orange/bronze color instead of the usual yellow or blue.

Design and development teams were officially referred to as "Initial Concept and Game Design" and "Final Game Design and Development" teams, respectively. Although these names had previously been internally in use at Wizards of the Coast, this announcement was the first to use them in an official capacity.[5]

The set puts the spotlight on Chandra.[6] This meant a new Planeswalker card aimed at making a splash in Constructed, many Chandra-themed support cards, and flavor throughout the set attached to her persona.

Magic Story[ | ]

Main article: Magic Story
Title Author Release Date Setting (plane) Featuring
Prisoner of the Skep Jennifer Clarke Wilkes 2013-06-26 Shandalar Hastric
The Armor in the Crypt Ari Levitch 2013-07-03 Shandalar Borico Gavish, Gwaro, Leore, Kray
The Path of Bravery Adam Lee 2013-07-10 Shandalar Zaala, Alcinore
Pride Cometh Adam Lee 2013-07-17 Shandalar Skrikkle, Groggle, Snurkle, Grooble
A Blessed Life Nik Davidson 2013-07-24 Shandalar Brenalt, Tomas, Edrick, Stanton, Mattias, Elise
Zurbit's Day Adam Lee 2013-07-31 Shandalar Relno, Emina, Zurbit, Pip

Marketing[ | ]

M14 fat pack

Magic 2014 fat pack

Magic 2014 was is sold in 16-card booster packs, five Intro packs, one event decks, Booster Battle Packs, a fat pack, the 2014 Deck Builder's Toolkit and a Land Station.[7] The boosters feature art from Archangel of Thune, Chandra, Pyromaster, Garruk, Caller of Beasts, Syphon Sliver and Fiendslayer Paladin. With each copy of Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 a six-card Magic 2013 sampler could be obtained; there were five different samplers, one for each platform. The 6-card boosters (the last to be released) featured art from Banisher Priest. Prerelease Events took place July 13–14, 2013. Game Day took place on August 10–11, 2013. The Magic Online release was on July 29, 2013.[8]

Marketing cards[ | ]

Tokens/Emblems[ | ]

Regular boosters of Magic 2014 come with a bonus sixteenth card that is either a "tips & tricks card", a creature token or an emblem with an advertisement on the reverse side:[9]

  1. {C} 1/1 Sliver produced by Hive Stirrings.
  2. {W} 4/4 Angel with flying produced by Angelic Accord and Devout Invocation..
  3. {W} 2/2 Cat produced by Ajani, Caller of the Pride and Ajani's Chosen.
  4. {W} 0/1 Goat produced by Trading Post.
  5. {B} 2/2 Zombie produced by Liliana's Reaver, Vile Rebirth and Xathrid Necromancer
  6. {R} 2/2 Dragon produced by Dragon Egg.
  7. {R} 1/1 Elemental (two versions) produced by Molten Birth and Young Pyromancer.
  8. {G} 3/3 Beast produced by Primeval Bounty.
  9. {G} 1/1 Saproling produced by Sporemound.
  10. {G} 2/2 Wolf produced by Howl of the NIght Pack
  11. Emblem for Garruk, Caller of Beasts
  12. Emblem for Liliana of the Dark Realms

Sample decks[ | ]

The Magic 2014 Core Set came with five thirty-card sample decks.

Rules changes[ | ]

With the release of Magic 2014, several rule changes were implemented.[10] The rules changes were subject to a specific article by Sam Stoddard to place them in the context.[11]

  • The 'Legend rule' was changed. Legendary permanents of the same name and Planeswalker cards of the same type were now only placed into the graveyard if they were controlled by the same player. For example, if player A controls a Jace Beleren and player B controls Jace, the Mind Sculptor, nothing happens before both cards are placed into the graveyard. However, if player A had control of both, that player would choose one of those cards and that card would be placed in the graveyard while the other remains.
  • Sideboards in constructed play now could contain up to 15 cards, rather than the rule of either 15 or 0 cards before. Also, it is permitted to add/remove cards from the main deck to the sideboard (or vice versa) without swapping them for the same amount of cards, as long as the main deck contains more than 60 and the sideboard is less than 15.
  • Indestructible became a keyword.
  • "*this creature*is unblockable" was changed to "*this creature*can't be blocked".
  • The rules for playing additional lands off of effects like Explore were streamlined.

Cycles[ | ]

Magic 2014 has six cycles:

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Planeswalkers Ajani, Caller of the Pride Jace, Memory Adept Liliana of the Dark Realms Chandra, Pyromaster Garruk, Caller of Beasts
There are five mythic rare Planeswalker cards in the set.
Planeswalkers creatures Ajani's Chosen Jace's Mindseeker Liliana's Reaver Chandra's Phoenix Garruk's Horde
Each Planeswalker has a creature card named after them.
Wizard Staves Staff of the Sun Magus Staff of the Mind Magus Staff of the Death Magus Staff of the Flame Magus Staff of the Wild Magus
Each of these uncommon artifacts costs {3} and has an ability that allows its controller to gain one life whenever a spell or land of the appropriate color is played.
Iconic mythics Archangel of Thune Windreader Sphinx Shadowborn Demon Scourge of Valkas Kalonian Hydra
There are five Iconic mythic cards in the set.
Rare color hate creatures Fiendslayer Paladin Tidebinder Mage Lifebane Zombie Mindsparker Witchstalker
Each of these rare creatures oppose its enemy color.
Rare slivers Bonescythe Sliver Galerider Sliver Syphon Sliver Thorncaster Sliver Megantic Sliver
Each color gets one rare sliver.

Pairs[ | ]

Magic 2014 has one mirrored pair.

Mirrored Pairs Description
Divine Favor
Dark Favor
Common Auras with enchant creature that gives a mirrored bonus to the enchanted creature's power/toughness, cause a change in life related to the toughness boost, and are illustrated by Allen Williams. The pairing is a call-back to the Alpha pair of Holy Strength and Unholy Strength.

Combo[ | ]

M14 has one top-down designed combo.

Cycle name
Combo pieces Festering Newt Bubbling Cauldron Bogbrew Witch
The death trigger of Festering Newt gets stronger if you control Bogbrew Witch. Bubbling Cauldron gets stronger if you sacrifice Festering Newt to it. Bogbrew Witch can fetch either of the other two cards.

Card comparisons[ | ]

Notable cards[ | ]

  • Elvish Mystic was printed as a version of Llanowar Elves that could go on any plane, and has since been a staple in any green Standard and Pioneer deck
  • Young Pyromancer sees tournament play in Modern and Legacy thanks to its ability to make a powerful board advantage.
  • Shadowborn Apostle is a card that a deck can have any number of. At the time of printing, the only other card to have this text was Relentless Rats from Fifth Dawn.
  • Archangel of Thune is a heavily sought-after card from the set thanks to seeing play in casual Commander decks built around life gain
  • Banisher Priest lends its name to the colloquial term for cards that can exile creatures while they remain on the battlefield and was the first card to use the new templating that prevents it from being abused with flicker effects
  • Tidebinder Mage was a staple in Devotion to Blue decks in Standard, where it contributed two blue mana symbols, and still sees play in Modern Merfolk decks

Preconstructed decks[ | ]

Intro packs[ | ]

The intro packs are:[12]

Intro pack name Colors Included Foil rare
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Lightforce W G Ajani's Chosen
Psychic Labyrinth W U Jace's Mindseeker
Death Reaper B R Liliana's Reaver
Fire Surge U R Chandra's Phoenix
Bestial Strength B G Garruk's Horde

Each intro pack includes an appropriate card from the Wizard Stave cycle.

Event deck[ | ]

Main article: Magic 2014/Event deck

Magic 2014 has one event deck.[13]

deck name
Colors Included
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Rush of the Wild R G

Core set changes[ | ]

Main article: Magic 2014/Changes
Notable changes

References[ | ]

  1. Product info
  2. Monty Ashley (January 7, 2013). "Announcing the Magic 2014 Core Set". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater (July 01, 2013). "Sliver Pâté". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater (August 05, 2013). "Twenty Things That Were Going To Kill Magic". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater (January 7, 2013). "What prompted the change in departmental titles?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  6. Dave Guskin (July 01, 2013). "Every Fire Begins with a Spark". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Trick Jarrett (June 04, 2013). "Magic 2014 Product Shots". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Trick Jarrett (June 05, 2013). "Magic 2014 Intro Packs & D14 Boosters". Wizards of the Coast.
  9. a b Trick Jarrett (June 25, 2013). "Magic 2014 — Core Set Promos & Tokens". Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Matt Tabak (May 23, 2013). "Magic 2014 Core Set Rules Preview". Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Sam Stoddard (May 23, 2013). "Legendary Rule Change". Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Trick Jarrett (July 09, 2013). "Magic 2014 Intro Pack Decklists". Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Trick Jarrett (July 24, 2013). "Magic 2014 Event Deck". Wizards of the Coast.

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