Eighth Edition Rollout - Alpha

Posted in Feature on June 27, 2003

By Wizards of the Coast

Eighth Edition Rollout

This card emphasizes that white is the color of good weenies.

Alpha Information:

Released: July 1993
Design and Development: Richard Garfield, with contributions from Charlie Cateeno, Skaff Elias, Don Felice, Tom Fontaine, Jim Lin, Joel Mick, Chris Page, Dave Pettey, Barry "Bit" Reich, Bill Rose, and Elliott Segal
Art Director: Jesper Myrfors
  New Mechanics: The entire game.
Factoid: What can we say? The first release of Magic: The Gathering revolutionized the hobby game industry.

Cards in Eighth Edition that originated in Alpha:

Air Elemental
Birds of Paradise
Bog Wraith
Circle of Protection: Black*
Circle of Protection: Blue
Circle of Protection: Green
Circle of Protection: Red
Circle of Protection: White
Craw Wurm
Crystal Rod
Dingus Egg
Disrupting Scepter
Drudge Skeletons
Dwarven Demolition Team
Giant Growth
Giant Spider
Goblin King
Grizzly Bears
Healing Salve
Hill Giant
Holy Strength
Howling Mine
Iron Star
Ivory Cup
Jayemdae Tome
Mahamoti Djinn
Orcish Artillery
Raise Dead
Rod of Ruin
Royal Assassin
Samite Healer
Savannah Lions
Scathe Zombies
Serra Angel
Shivan Dragon
Steal Artifact
Stone Rain
Stream of Life
Throne of Bone
Unholy Strength
Verduran Enchantress
Wall of Air
Wall of Stone
Wall of Swords
Wooden Sphere
Wrath of God

*: Due to an oversight, Circle of Protection: Black was left out of Alpha, and didn't actually debut until the Beta release.

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