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by glwiley, Aug 28,2009

Magic: Revised Edition

The Revised Edition was released in April 1994. The set contained 306 cards, 267 of which were reprinted from the Unlimited Edition, 20 of which were reprints from the Arabian Nights expanion and 19 of which were reprints from the Antiquities expansion. The Revised Edition attempted to clean up a number of rules issues which the Alpha/Beta and Unlimited Editions had.

The Revised print run is estimated to have been approximately 500 million cards.
Revised edition cards have white borders and no expansion symbol. Revised edition cards may be distinguished from Unlimited edition cards in two ways. Revised edition cards have lighter, more "washed-out" colors, and the beveling (a heavy black line on the right hand edge of the art pane) intended to create a pseudo-3D effect that was present on Unlimited cards was removed.
Revised edition cards were the first to use a "tap" symbol. HOwever, the tap symbol on Revised cards differs from the one that is currently in use (which was introduced in April 1995 with 4th Edition). The original tap symbol was a letter "T", turned on a 45 degree angle, within a light-grey filled circle. This symbol also appears on cards printed in the Legends, The Dark and Fallen Empires expansion sets.

Rule changes:

Continuous, Mono and poly artifacts simply became "artifacts". Mono artifacts became tapped as part of their activation.
"Last in, First out". Revised edition formally introduced the most primitive version of the "stack", a rules concept which has become one of the cornerstones of the Magic rules. This was a major change from the original rules, which stated that "multiple effects resolve simultaneously unlesss a conflict arises".
"Protection from ". Revised edition rules clarified this from the previous "the creature ignores all effects" to be much more prescriptive: the creature cannot be blocked or targeted by sources; damage from sources of the color is reduced to zero; and; the creature cannot be enchanted by enchantments of that color. (Somewhat (in)famously, under these rules, technically White Ward should remove itself as soon as it attaches itself to the creature it enchants.)

The following cards which were part of the Unlimited Edition were not reprinted in Revised Edition, either because they were considered to be too powerful (e.g. Time Walk), too weak (e.g. Dwarven Demolition Team), or too confusing (e.g. Raging River).
Black Lotus
Chaos Orb
Cyclopean Tomb
Gauntlet of Might
Illusionary Mask
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Time Vault
Copper Tablet
Icy Manipulator
Jade Statue
Word of Command
Ancestral Recall
Time Walk
Psionic Blast
Natural Selection
Ice Storm
Raging River
Two-Headed Giant of Foriys
Dwarven Demolition Team
False Orders
Ironclaw Orcs
Blaze of Glory
Consecrate Land

'The following cards were re-templated for Revised but were originally printed in the Arabian Nights expansion:'
Aladdin's Lamp
Aladdin's Ring
Bottle of Suleiman
Brass Man
Dancing Scimitar
Desert Twister
Ebony Horse
El Hajjaj
Erg Raiders
Eye for an Eye
Flying Carpet
Island Fish Jasconius
Jandor's Ring
Jandor's Saddlebags
Kird Ape
Magnetic Mountain
Mijae Djinn
Serendib Efreet
Sorceress Queen
Unstable Mutation

'The following cards were re-templated for Revised but were originally printed in the Antiquities expansion:'
Armageddon Clock
Dragon Engine
Dwarven Weaponsmith
Energy Flux
Hurkyl's Recall
Ivory Tower
Mishras War Machine
Primal Clay
Reverse Polarity
Rocket Launcher
The Rack
Titania's Song

Summer Magic

Summer Magic was a run of Revised Edition cards printed in the summer of 1994. This summer print run was intended to fix some of the errors with Revised, including the washed out colors on the artwork and card borders. As it turned out, Summer Magic had problems of its own - it included an uncorrected misprint on Plateau, colors that were considered too dark, and a new misprint with the card Hurricane. The so-called "blue" hurricane is one of the rarest and most sought after cards in the entirety of Magic because of its misprint with a blue border. On the secondary market it sells for thousands of dollars. The print run was recalled and destroyed, however some booster box cases that were shipped to England and Texas survived. It is estimated that no more than 5 or 6 of each rare exists.

This print run is known primarily for its extremely scarce and valuable cards and packs. Cards are distinguished by dark coloring and a 1994 copyright date displayed at the bottom, along with the artist credit. Booster packs look identical to normal Revised, and as such, telling them apart can often be troublesome. No starter decks were made.