Magic 2011 Core Set Preview

The new core set for Magic: The Gathering (M11) is set to release in just over a week, and we’ve received a few preview cards just like we did with the previous set Rise of the Eldrazi. I am currently an extremely casual M:tG player and seeing the new sets that come out usually means two things for me, the first is that my friends and I will most likely try to plan a booster draft in the coming weeks and the second is that I absolutely love seeing how the game has changed since I started playing it. I got into the game right at the release of 4th Edition, which is not all that early to most M:tG players but to me it was when the game hit the mainstream and flew directly onto my nerd-radar.

The core sets have changed quite a bit over the years, but I was quite happy in the more recent sets to see some of the old classics being brought back. My very first constructed deck was a green elf & big monster deck, and seeing cards like Birds of Paradise and Llanowar Elves still in print generates a specific kind of nostalgia that is hard to get in other places. With that in mind, I’m very excited to see what will be in M11 and what the set as a whole looks like.

Here is some of the basic information about the M11 set:

Set Name Magic 2011
Abbreviation M11
Number of Cards 249
Prerelease Date July 10-11, 2010
Release Date July 16, 2010
Launch Party July 16-18, 2010
Game Day August 14, 2010

Here are the preview cards:


  1. A bit mean of them to send preview cards when the whole set’s already on the Visual Spoiler!

    Anyway, this looks like a really awesome set. Mana leak alone would make me want to shell out for a box. But that Phylactery Lich, too? Too cool.

  2. S: That’s actually my fault, they sent me the preview cards a bit over a week ago, we just had a busy posting schedule last week (and I myself was busy) so it didn’t get posted until today. Oh well!

  3. I guess the mechanic for that goblin requires you do damage w/ an instant or sorcery prior to the attack phase, right?

  4. I used to consider myself a veteran gamer (been gaming for two decades), until I went into a store and saw these Magic cards. I asked what they were and the clerk said, “You must not be a gamer.” Well, I was downright insulted!

    I’ve since figured out what they are, but I don’t think I’m a strategically minded enough person to pull it off.