Magic: The Gathering Rarities

Rivals/Quickstart Rarities

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The Rivals Quick Start set was released in July, 1996. Rivals was WotC's first attempt to teach new players Magic. The set depicted a battle between wizards, Kazz and Zakk. Each wizard had two decks prearranged so that the beginning player could follow along in their guide book and learn how to play. Afterwards, the decks could be combined and randomized, and played as normal.

There were two versions of the Quickstart set: a US version, and an International version. The International version included eight extra cards including Phantom Monster, which is not in the US version. The International version was printed in English, German, Italian, French and Japanese.

Most Rivals sets contain cards exactly identical to Fourth Edition cards, and therefore do not qualify as Rarities. However, there are some sets that are slightly different: instead of the usual 4E "1995" copyright date, these cards are dated "1996". Furthermore, many of these "1996" cards have differing card texts from the Fourth Edition versions: some have Fifth Edition text, and some have unique text all of their own. If you find one of these, save it: it's not worth any more than regular 4E cards, but fans of esoterica will be amused by them.

 

Rivals/Quickstart Deck Contents
KAZZ'S FIRST DECK
Island
Mountain
Swamp
Swamp
Merfolk of the Pearl Trident
Ironclaw Orcs
Murk Dwellers
Mountain
Island
Twiddle
Lost Soul
Disintegrate
Zephyr Falcon
Unsummon
Pyrotechnics
Mountain
Mons's Goblin Raiders
Terror
Swamp
Scathe Zombies
Unsummon
Island
Zephyr Falcon
Disintegrate
Mountain
Hill Giant
Scathe Zombies
Swamp
Murk Dwellers
Island
ZAKK'S FIRST DECK
Forest
Plains
Plains
Swamp
Scryb Sprites
Pearled Unicorn
Terror
Elven Riders
Alabaster Potion
Untamed Wilds
Forest
Bog Wraith
Raise Dead
Swamp
Healing Salve
Plains
Pearled Unicorn
Durkwood Boars
Forest
Grizzly Bears
Bog Imp
Swamp
Terror
Healing Salve
Plains
Alabaster Potion
Bog Imp
Swamp
Scryb Sprites
Forest
KAZZ'S SECOND DECK
Swamp
Swamp
Cursed Land
Clockwork Beast
Orcish Artillery
Jayemdae Tome
Power Sink
Island
Vampire Bats
Mountain
Fireball
Mountain
Island
Battering Ram
Feedback
Energy Flux
Mountain
Vampire Bats
Swamp
Mountain
Detonate
Orcish Oriflamme
Phantom Monster*
Island
Sorceress Queen
Swamp
Power Sink*
Island
Mons's Goblin Raiders*
Mountain*
ZAKK'S SECOND DECK
Forest
Forest
Plains
Whirling Dervish
Wall of Bone
Warp Artifact
Circle of Protection: Red
Weakness
Mesa Pegasus
Plains
War Mammoth
Circle of Protection: Black
Swamp
Elvish Archers
Dark Ritual
Rod of Ruin
Swamp
Winter Blast
Forest
War Mammoth*
Swamp
Weakness*
Plains
Mesa Pegasus*
Swamp*
Glasses of Urza
Swamp
Forest
Reverse Damage
Plains
* Additional cards only in international editions of the Quickstart Set

Detail of Rivals Mesa Pegasus Copyright Line

RIVALS/QUICKSTART RARITIES Jul 1996
CARD NAME ARTIST NOTES
1 Alabaster Potion Harold McNeill 5E card text, 4E flavor text
2 Battering Ram Jeff A. Menges Unique card text
3 Bog Imp Ron Spencer
4 Bog Wraith Jeff A. Menges
5 Circle of Protection: Black Jesper Myrfors Unique card text
6 Circle of Protection: Red Mark Tedin Unique card text
7 Clockwork Beast Drew Tucker Unique card text
8 Cursed Land Jesper Myrfors Unique card text
9 Dark Ritual Sandra Everingham
10 Detonate Randy Asplund-Faith Unique card text
11 Disintegrate Anson Maddocks Unique card text
12 Durkwood Boars Mike Kimble
13 Elven Riders Melissa Benson Unique card text
14 Elvish Archers Anson Maddocks
15 Energy Flux Kaja Foglio Unique card text
16 Feedback Quinton Hoover Unique card text
17 Fireball Mark Tedin Unique card text
18 Forest Christopher Rush
19 Glasses of Urza Douglas Shuler
20 Grizzly Bears Jeff A. Menges
21 Healing Salve Dan Frazier 5E card text
22 Hill Giant Dan Frazier
23 Ironclaw Orcs Anson Maddocks Unique card text
24 Island Mark Poole
25 Jayemdae Tome Mark Tedin 5E card text
26 Lost Soul Randy Asplund-Faith
27 Merfolk of the Pearl Trident Jeff A. Menges
28 Mesa Pegasus Melissa Benson 5E card text
29 Mons's Goblin Raiders Jeff A. Menges
30 Mountain Douglas Shuler
31 Murk Dwellers Drew Tucker Unique, functionally different card text
32 Orcish Artillery Anson Maddocks
33 Orcish Oriflamme Dan Frazier
34 Pearled Unicorn Cornelius Brudi
35 Phantom Monster Jesper Myrfors
36 Plains Jesper Myrfors
37 Power Sink Richard Thomas Unique card text
38 Pyrotechnics Anson Maddocks Flavor text wraps differently
39 Raise Dead Jeff A. Menges Unique card text
40 Reverse Damage Dameon Willich Unique card text
41 Rod of Ruin Christopher Rush
42 Scathe Zombies Jesper Myrfors
43 Scryb Sprites Amy Weber
44 Sorceress Queen Kaja Foglio
45 Swamp Dan Frazier
46 Terror Ron Spencer
47 Twiddle Rob Alexander 5E card text
48 Unsummon Douglas Shuler
49 Untamed Wilds NÚNÚ Thomas Unique card text
50 Vampire Bats Anson Maddocks
51 Wall of Bone Anson Maddocks
52 War Mammoth Jeff A. Menges
53 Warp Artifact Amy Weber Unique card text
54 Weakness Douglas Shuler 5E card text
55 Whirling Dervish Susan Van Camp Unique card text
56 Winter Blast Kaja Foglio 5E card text
57 Zephyr Falcon Heather Hudson