Eighth Edition Rollout - Portal

Posted in Feature on June 20, 2003

By Wizards of the Coast

Eighth Edition Rollout

An 8/8 for five mana… with a tiny little drawback.

Portal Information:

Released: October 1997
Design Team: Bill Rose (lead), Dan Cervelli, Joel Mick with contributions from Mike Elliott, Mark Rosewater
Development Team: Bill Rose (lead), Dan Cervelli, Joel Mick with contributions from Mike Elliott, William Jockusch, Mark Rosewater, Henry Stern, Jonathon Tweet
Art Director: Sue-Ann Harkey
  New Mechanics: none
Factoid: Portal was the first attempt to make an introductory level collectible Magic product. The cards featured sword and shield icons to help players recognize power and toughness.

Cards in Eighth Edition that originated in Portal:

Balance of Power Gravedigger Raging Goblin Venerable Monk
Coral Eel Horned Turtle Sacred Nectar Vengeance (S)
Primeval Force Lava Axe Seasoned Marshal Volcanic Hammer
Blaze Mind Rot Serpent Warrior Wind Drake
Blessed Reversal Monstrous Growth Spined Wurm Wood Elves
Giant Octopus (S)

Bold indicates a card that has never appeared in a Core Set before.
(S) indicates a card that will exist only in the Core Game.

See the set so far.
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