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Tenth Edition

Tenth Edition
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Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description The Roman numeral ‘X’
Design Matt Place (lead)
Aaron Forsythe
Mike Turian
Development Brian Schneider (lead)
Matt Place
Aaron Forsythe
Mike Turian
Art direction Jeremy Jarvis
Release date July 13, 2007
Plane Multiversal
Keywords/​ability words Flash, Lifelink, Reach, and Shroud are newly keyworded
Set size 383 cards
(121 commons, 121 uncommons, 121 rares, 20 basic lands)
Expansion code 10E[1]
Core sets
Ninth Edition Tenth Edition Magic 2010
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
Future Sight Tenth Edition Masters Edition

Tenth Edition (10th Edition) is a Magic Core Set that was released on July 13, 2007.

Set details[ | ]

10E Color Wheel

Tenth Edition color wheel

Tenth Edition featured 383 cards (121 rare, 121 uncommon, 121 common, 20 basic lands). It was the first Magic Core Set, after the Limited Edition, to be printed with all black borders.[2] It was also the first time since Fifth Edition that the core set contained substantially more than 350 cards. For the first time, Wizards of the Coast put legendary creatures in a core set:[3] each color received two legendary creatures, and a legendary artifact, Legacy Weapon, was also included. Some of the cards, basic land arts, artists (based on their sketches), flavor texts and the expansion symbol for the set were decided upon through public voting on the Daily MTG website run by Wizards of the Coast.[4] The symbol for Tenth Edition was voted to be the Roman numeral "X."

Marketing[ | ]

Tim Stop

Foil Time Stop

Tenth was sold in 16-card-booster packs (one card being a marketing card), 5 different Theme decks, a fat pack[5] and the Tenth Edition Starter Game, but not in tournament packs. All products except the boosters contained a random Pro Tour Player Card. The boosters featured artwork from Paladin en-Vec, Denizen of the Deep, Lord of the Pit, Shivan Hellkite and Quirion Dryad, each with an appropriate colored background.[6] The set featured randomly inserted premium versions of all cards without reminder text (effectively making it a 508 card set). Many of these foil cards featured flavor text that didn't appear on the nonfoil versions.[7] Others, such as Time Stop, simply centered the text in the text box for added impact. In commemoration of the release of Tenth Edition, the first Game Day was held on July 14, 2007. The release card given out at this event was Reya Dawnbringer.[8]

Each Tenth Edition booster pack contained fifteen game cards (1 rare, 3 uncommon, 11 common) and a marketing card. One side of each marketing card is either a token or explains a game concept (called "Tips & Tricks", or a Rules card), the other side is an advertisement.[9] The DCI recommends that players drafting with Tenth Edition booster packs set aside (and keep) the marketing card they open before choosing their first pick from a pack.

The Tenth Edition Starter Game came in five different colored packages, but all they all contained the same: two boosters, 20 lands, and a rules sheet and a pro player card. The 20 lands were to be sorted into five piles. After opening the boosters, all white cards from both boosters were to be put on the pile with the Plains; the blue with the Islands; etc. Then choose two piles (i.e. two colors), shuffled them together and played with the 20 or so resulting cards.[10][11] The starter packs included land cards from the upcoming Lorwyn set.[12]

Savor the Flavor[ | ]

Main article: Savor the Flavor
Title Author Release Date Setting (plane) Featuring
Gentlemen's Duel Matt Cavotta July 12, 2007 Dominaria Masrath, Tessebik

Tips and Tricks cards[ | ]


Tenth Edition Tip card

  1. "Two-Card Combos" (Nantuko Husk & Grave Pact / Cephalid Constable & Angelic Blessing)
  2. "Two-Card Combos" (Loyal Sentry & Regeneration / Orcish Artillery & Spirit Link)
  3. "Two-Card Combos" (Merfolk Looter & Squee, Goblin Nabob / Sylvan Basilisk & Lure)
  4. "Two-Card Combos" (Royal Assassin & Icy Manipulator / Horseshoe Crab & Arcane Teachings)
  5. "Parts of the Turn"
  6. "Legends and Tokens"
  7. "Building a Deck"
  8. "Limited Formats"
  9. "Sideboarding"
  10. "When to Play Spells and Abilities"
  11. "Gatherer Card Database"
  12. "The Stack"'

Tokens[ | ]

10th ed tokens

Tenth Edition tokens

The six tokens in Tenth Edition are:[13]

  1. {W} 1/1 Soldier creature produced by Mobilization
  2. {B} 2/2 Zombie creature produced by Midnight Ritual
  3. {R} 5/5 Dragon creature with flying produced by Dragon Roost
  4. {R} 1/1 Goblin creature produced by Siege-Gang Commander
  5. {G} 1/1 Saproling creature produced by Verdant Force
  6. {C} 1/1 Insect artifact creature named Wasp with flying produced by The Hive

Sample decks[ | ]

Tenth Edition was the first set with free sample decks made from 30 commons and uncommons.

Mechanics[ | ]

Tenth Edition is the first core set to see the following keywords in print:

Of those, Flash, Lifelink, Reach and Shroud were keyworded in the Time Spiral block, while Defender and Double strike had appeared in a number of block expansions, but made it into a core set as keywords for the first time.

Creature types[ | ]

In an preamble to the Grand Creature Type Update, the creature types of many cards in the Tenth Edition set were updated to sync them up with the current Race/class model.[14] All artifact creatures and Legendary creatures that previously had none gained a creature type (e.g. Colossus of Sardia, Ascendant Evincar). The most notable change was that all lands and artifacts with abilities that turned themselves into creatures now gained creature types while animated (the manlands and Chimeric Staff). In addition, sixteen creatures had the race "Human" added to their type line (e.g. Icatian Priest) and all creatures in the set that previously appeared with "Lord" in their type lines were no longer Lords (e.g. Lord of the Undead). The Lord creature type was eliminated because it wasn't politically correct and was used haphazardly. Finally, Skyweaver gained the Metathran race, and Nomad Mythmaker gained both the human and the Nomad subtype.

Cycles[ | ]

Tenth Edition has 7 cycles and one incomplete cycle.

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Lucky charms Angel's Feather Kraken's Eye Demon's Horn Dragon's Claw Wurm's Tooth
Each artifact costing {2} and hosting an ability that allows its controller to gain life whenever a spell of the appropriate color is played. (Reprinted from Darksteel)
Enemy-color hosers Luminesce Flashfreeze Deathmark Cryoclasm Karplusan Strider
Each of these uncommon spells hampers both of their enemy colors at a low mana cost. (Reprinted from Coldsnap.) [15]
Manlands Forbidding Watchtower Faerie Conclave Spawning Pool Ghitu Encampment Treetop Village
Each of these uncommon lands comes into play tapped, can be tapped for one mana of a given color, and has an activated ability that can turn it into a creature until end of turn. (Reprinted from Urza's Legacy.) [16]
Muses Windborn Muse Dreamborn Muse Graveborn Muse Lavaborn Muse Seedborn Muse
Each of these rare Spirit creature cards has a powerful but unusual ability. (Reprinted from Legions.) [17]
Cycle name {W}{U} {U}{B} {B}{R} {R}{G} {G}{W}
Allied colored pain lands Adarkar Wastes Underground River Sulfurous Springs Karplusan Forest Brushland
Rare dual lands with "{T}: Add {C}. {T}: Add M or N. [This] deals 1 damage to you." M and N are allied colors of mana. These lands are called painlands because their use for colored mana is "painful," referring to the damage they do to you. (Reprinted from 9th Edition.)[18]
Cycle name {W}{B} {U}{R} {B}{G} {R}{W} {G}{U}
Enemy colored pain lands Caves of Koilos Shivan Reef Llanowar Wastes Battlefield Forge Yavimaya Coast
Rare dual lands with "{T}: Add {C}. {T}: Add M or N. [This] deals 1 damage to you." M and N are enemy colors of mana. (Reprinted from 9th Edition.)[18]
Cycle name {G}{W}{U} {W}{U}{B} {U}{B}{R} {B}{R}{G} {R}{G}{W}
Weavers Spirit Weaver Sky Weaver Hate Weaver Rage Weaver Might Weaver
Each of these uncommon 2/1 wizards has an activated ability that cost {2} and can only target creatures of its allied colors to give them a bonus. (Reprinted from Invasion.)[19]

Mega-Mega cycles[ | ]

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Spellshaped Goldmeadow Harrier (Lorwyn) Cloud Sprite (Tenth Edition) Festering Goblin (Tenth Edition) Spark Elemental (Tenth Edition) Llanowar Elves (Tenth Edition)
Creatures created by the spellshapers of Future Sight.[20]

Theme decks[ | ]

The preconstructed theme decks are:[21]

deck name
Colors Included
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Cho-Manno's Resolve W
Arcanis's Guile U
Evincar's Tyranny B
Kamahl's Temper R
Molimo's Might G

Core set changes[ | ]

Main article: Tenth Edition/Changes
Notable changes
  • The reason why 3 of the 5 Beacons were printed in Tenth Edition from Fifth Dawn and not the complete cycle, Aaron Forsythe (director of Magic R&D) said:
    "We talked about including all five Beacons, but Beacon of Creation was causing us a few problems. One, we wanted to print Blanchwood Armor (which cares about Forests) and Verdant Force (which makes 1/1 green tokens) more than the Beacon, and it competes with those cards for unique mental space. Two, Beacon of Creation was a bit too strong in Standard playtesting, and because we were already giving green Birds of Paradise, Treetop Village, and Troll Ascetic we didn't want to give it the Beacon as well. So we cut Creation and looked for another one to cut so that we wouldn't have four of a cycle in a set (which is awkward). Beacon of Tomorrows had the best choice of replacements, Time Stretch."[22]
  • Walls returned in Tenth Edition, two for white, one each for blue, green, and red.
  • Tenth Edition is the first core set without any of the Circles of Protection. Story Circle is the only card in Tenth that acts like a "circle", though it is rare and requires a more dedicated white deck.[23]

References[ | ]

  1. set symbol URL on Gatherer
  2. Magic Arcana (February 15, 2007). "A Special Tenth Edition Announcement". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Aaron Forsythe (July 23, 2007). "The Making of Number Ten". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Scott Johns (August 23, 2006). "Selecting Tenth Edition Wrap-up". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Magic Arcana (July 16, 2007). "Tenth Edition Fat Pack". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Magic Arcana (May 31, 2007). "Tenth Edition Booster Packaging". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Magic Arcana (July 12, 2007). "The Premium Foils of Tenth Edition". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Magic Arcana (July 02, 2007). "Magic Game Day Sweepstakes". Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Magic Arcana (June 18, 2007). "Tenth Edition 's Tips, Tricks, & Tokens". Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Magic Arcana (June 14, 2007). "Tenth Edition Starter Game". Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Special Analysis: The Starter Experience. Magic Lampoon (July 30, 2007)
  12. Magic Arcana (August 07, 2007). "Tenth Edition’s Preview of Lorwyn". Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Magic Arcana (September 13, 2007). "Tenth Edition Token Art". Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Mark Gottlieb (July 11, 2007). "Tenth Edition Update Bulletin". Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Magic Arcana (August 15, 2007). "Allies and Enemies in Tenth". Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Magic Arcana (July 24, 2007). "Becoming Creature Types". Wizards of the Coast.
  17. Randy Buehler (March 28, 2003). "The Muses' Story". Wizards of the Coast.
  18. a b Aaron Forsythe (July 15, 2005). "A Rainbow of Pain". Wizards of the Coast.
  19. Magic Arcana (August 01, 2007). "Five Weavers Weaving". Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Magic Arcana (August 13, 2007). "Spellshaped into Tenth". Wizards of the Coast.
  21. Magic Arcana (May 29, 2007). "Tenth Edition Theme Decks". Wizards of the Coast.
  22. Aaron Forsythe (September 13, 2007). "Why were Beacon of Creation and Beacon of Tomorrows left out of Tenth Edition?". Wizards of the Coast.
  23. Magic Arcana (September 12, 2006). "Aleksi Briclot’s Story Circle". Wizards of the Coast.

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