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
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: