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Starter

Printing Information
The Starter expansion is something new for the Magic: The Gathering game. Much like Portal, this set is aimed at new players. Unlike Portal, however, this set works with the main game rules, where Portal renamed some things and changed some rules to make the game simpler.

So how is this expansion aimed at new players? They took out artifacts, enchantments, and the majority of instants. This means you get creatures, lands, sorceries, and a counterspell instants only. This simplification keeps the game centered on the creature and sorcery game while avoiding timing rules almost completely.

Starter was printed with white borders on the face of the cards. Cards can be identified by the expansion symbol on the right hand size of the middle section. The expansion symbol is a 5-pointed star. The expansion symbol is black for common cards () silver for uncommon cards () and gold for rare cards ().

The 173 card set's breakdown by rarity looks like this:
35 Rares
55 Uncommons
63 Commons
20 Land

It was released in late July 1999.

The print run is unknown.

Rules
Cards were written under the Sixth Edition rules.

Packaging Information
80 card Game Box (2 preconstructed decks) originally retailed at (unknown price).

Gift Box (two 40 card preconstructed decks, plus oversized card and a videotape)originally retailed at (unknown price).

?? card Theme Decks originally retailed at (unknown price). 5 different decks.

15 card booster packs (1 rare, 3 uncommon, 9 common, 2 land)originally retailed at (unknown price).


Other Products
Starter was followed a year later by Starter 2000.

Check the Products page for other products.

Card Lists
These lists and others can also be found on the lists page.

Fancy PDF (68k)Feb 2001
Text (14k)July 1999
Text (70k)May 2000
Text (13k) - Oracle ErrataJuly 2009

Images
Starter box Booster pack



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