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A preview card is a card that is previewed in a supplemental product, such as Duel Decks, prior to the release of the expansion set in which the card is contained. This was first seen in the Multiverse Gift Box, which featured Visions boosters with fixed cards. Another instance were the Lorwyn basic lands in Tenth Edition.[1] The regular practice of preview cards debuted in Shards of Alara, with the card Hellkite Overlord, which was previewed in the From the Vault: Dragons product. Thus far, only cards from a block's first expansion set have been previewed this way, most of them in duel decks.

A similar practice was used in the Future Sight expansion set, where "futureshifted" cards included several cards from Lorwyn/Shadowmoor block: Boldwyr Intimidator, Graven Cairns, Mistmeadow Skulk, and Phosphorescent Feast. Although cards were included that were intended for other subsequent blocks, such as Zendikar (Ghostfire) and what became Scars of Mirrodin (Sarcomite Myr), these cards were not used in those sets.

As of September 2016, it was unclear if the practice, which was not applied to blocks after Shadows over Innistrad, was still in use.[2] However, a variant appeared in the Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths/Box Toppers, which contained a Godzilla version of an as-yet-unreleased card. The practice would be called "pre-printing" and re-used in the Strixhaven: School of Mages/Mystical Archive for Abundant Harvest, which would be in Modern Horizons 2.

Preview cards[]

Set Preview card(s) Previewed in

25 cards among which
Bull Elephant
Dark Privilege
King Cheetah
Peace Talks
Urborg Mindsucker
Viashino Sandstalker
Wicked Reward

Multiverse Gift Box

Basic lands

Tenth Edition
Shards of Alara

Hellkite Overlord

From the Vault: Dragons

Beast Hunt
Hideous End
Kor Sanctifiers
Whiplash Trap

Scars of Mirrodin

Contagion Clasp
Kemba's Skyguard

Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Tezzeret
Sword of Body and Mind From the Vault: Relics

Mikaeus, the Lunarch

From the Vault: Legends
Return to Ravnica

Dreg Mangler
Goblin Electromancer
Izzet Charm
Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord
Korozda Guildmage
Street Spasm

Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari

Anax and Cymede
Cavalry Pegasus
Destructive Revelry
Ordeal of Purphoros
Polukranos, World Eater
Satyr Hedonist

Duel Decks: Heroes vs. Monsters

Magister of Worth

Born of the Gods prerelease material
Khans of Tarkir

Jeskai Elder
Mardu Heart-Piercer
Mystic Monastery
Nomad Outpost
Thousand Winds
Zurgo Helmsmasher

Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning
Battle for Zendikar

Sheer Drop
Retreat to Kazandu
Veteran Warleader
Oblivion Sower
Dominator Drone
Forerunner of Slaughter

Duel Decks: Zendikar vs. Eldrazi
Shadows over Innistrad

Eerie Interlude
Pore Over the Pages
Tooth Collector
Mindwrack Demon
Compelling Deterrence

Duel Decks: Blessed vs. Cursed

Zilortha, Strength Incarnate

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths/Box Toppers
Modern Horizons 2

Abundant Harvest

Mystical Archive