This Week in Magic History: May 30-June 5

Posted in Feature on June 5, 2009

By Wizards of the Coast

June, 1995: The Ice Age Comes to Magic

Ice Age

Released in June 1995, Ice Age was the most anticipated set of that year. The first true stand-alone expansion for Magic: The Gathering, it was compatible with the basic game, but also contained enough basic land and basic spells to be playable without additional cards.

Ice Age brought with it the first serious exploration of "allied colors". While multicolored cards had been around since Legends, Ice Age explicitly built up the alliances between neighboring colors with cards like Tinder Wall, Norritt, and Orcish Lumberjack.

Ice Age would be followed by Homelands and then the first set designed as a sequel, Alliances. Many years later, Coldsnap would provide the third set for the Ice Age block (which up until then had included Homelands by default).

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