FWB and 4th Edition

 


Sometimes, Foreign White Border and 4th Edition cards are hard to tell apart. This is a guide how to identify these by a few features.

 

  1. Information
    1. Set Names
    2. Easy to identify Cards
    3. Hard to identify Cards
  2. List of hard to identify Cards
    1. German white blue black red green artifact land
    2. Italian white blue black red green artifact land
  3. Step by Step Guide

 

I. Information

1. Set Names

Revised Edition (a. k. a. 3rd Edition) was also released in Italian, French and German. All had a black bordered and a white bordered print run. In German and Italian cards, the last ones as well as the printings of 4th Edition both show a similar frame design and the copyright date 1995. (French FWB cards are easy to recognize, all have a black line around the frame similar to English Unlimited and Revised cards.)

Current names are:
German Unlimited/German Revised/3rd Edition White Border (original: Unlimitierte Auflage)
Italian Unlimited/Italian Revised/3rd Edition White Border/Italian Second Edition (original: Seconda Edizione)

Everything with the Revised list is referred to as Foreign White Border (FWB).


2. Easy to identify Cards

 

These cards are identifiable with minimal knowledge, that is:
— The list of Revised and 4th Edition. Only 246 cards (256 with land art counted) were included in both sets.
— FWB uses a slash above lowercase i and j in the card titles, 4th Edition uses a round dot;

     in 4th Edition cards, the dots of ä, ö and ü in the card titles are shifted to the left:

 

FWB 4th card title dots
FWB 4th card title dots
FWB: Slashes for i and j dots. 4th: Round i and j dots and shifted dots in ä, ö, ü.

 

 

Exceptions:
Some Italian FWB cards exist in two versions (left and middle), one showing round i dots:

 

Italian FWB exceptional version
From left to right: Italian FWB first print run, Italian FWB second print run (exceptional with round i dot, only this card known so far), Italian 4th Edition.

 

Other features specific to Italian cards:

— In Italian FWB, several cards show the redesigned mana symbols and/or have a bold white copyright line and partially or totally shifted to the right text (see picture above). Italian 4th cards have round i dots and the old (white and black second version) mana symbols.

 

Mana symbol versions compared (left old, right redesigned):

 

old and new mana symbols compared
The old versions are standard for FWB and 4th Editon.


(Features NOT to rely on:
— The letters g, p, y touching vs. not touching the black line underneath. Sometimes both are touching as the names aren't aligned the same on all cards.
— The coloration. It can vary depending on print runs and storage conditions.)

 

 

3. Hard to identify Cards

These are cards without i, j, ä, ö, ü in their names.

The feature that applies to all cards is the difference in the alignment of typescript and mana symbols. In FWB cards, they are a bit lower aligned than in 4th cards. It's only possible to determine the set if both versions of the same card are compared. That's because the alignment is not the same on all cards within the same set.

 

On the other hand, many cards differ in wording, line breaking, etc. The following list describes a distinctive deviation in each respective card pair, cards that are identical except for alignment are pictured (FWB on the left, 4th Edition on the right).


Note:

German 4th Edition cards exist with and without a black dot on the back, FWB cards always have it. Hence, all German © 1995 white-bordered cards without dot are 4th Edition for sure. (Cards with the black dot can be either.)

German FWB has front cut print variants, 4th Edition does not. Hence, all German © 1995 white-bordered cards without dot are FWB for sure.

Italian FWB cards exist with and without (three cards reported so far: Red Elemental Blast and two Plains) a black dot on the back, 4th Edition cards never have it. Hence, all Italian © 1995 white-bordered cards with dot are FWB for sure. (Cards without the black dot can be either, but are most likely 4th Edition.)

 

II. List of hard to identify Cards
 

If information surfaces which seems to contradict the list, some of 41 cards (51 with land art counted) from the Introductory Two-Player Set (© 1996) might be involved. If you still doubt any statement, drop a message.

 

1. German
whiteWHITE
Card Name FWB 4ED
Auge um Auge
An Eye for an Eye
Alignment only: An Eye for an Eye German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Balance
Balance
Alignment only: Balance German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Blauer Schutz
Blue Ward
Alignment only: Blue Ward German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Burg
Castle
Alignment only: Castle German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Entzauberung
Disenchant
Alignment only: Disenchant German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Feldscher
Samite Healer
Word division Scha- denspunkt. Word division Schadens- punkt.
Karma
Karma
Alignment only: Karma German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Kreuzzug
Crusade
Alignment only: Crusade German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Mauerbelebung
Animate Wall
Alignment only: Animate Wall German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Mesa Pegasus
Mesa Pegasus
No word eines in card type line. Word eines in card type line.
Roter Schutz
Red Ward
Alignment only: Red Ward German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Schwarzer Schutz
Black Ward
Alignment only: Black Ward German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Segen
Blessing
Schwerter zu Pflugscharen
Swords to Plowshares
Alignment only: Swords to Plowshares German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Schwertmauer
Wall of Swords
Word division Za- uber. Word division Zau- ber.
Serra-Engel
Serra Angel
Alignment only: Serra Angel German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Umkehrschaden
Reverse Damage
Alignment only. Send scans of all your copies.
Umwandlung
Conversion
Alignment only: Conversion German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Zorn Gottes
Wrath of God
Alignment only: Wrath of God German FWB vs. 4th Edition
blueBLUE
Card Name FWB 4ED
Artefaktbelebung
Animate Artifact
Alignment only. Send scans of all your copies.
Blauer Urknall
Blue Elemental Blast
Word bleibende in text. No word bleibende in text.
Gedankengewebe
Thoughtlace
Font very small, last word in text Karte. Last word in text Ziels.
Gegenzauber
Counterspell
Alignment only: Counterspell German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Kraftleck
Power Leak
Very probably Alignment only. Send scans of all your copies.
Kraftsog
Drain Power
Last word in the first line aus. Last word in the first line Mana.
Kraftverlust
Power Sink
Last word in text divided. Last word in text not divided.
Kontrollzauber
Control Magic
Last word in text Kreatur. Last word in text Wahl.
Kupferstecher
Magical Hack
Last word in the first line Zielspruchs vs. Karte. It’s not yet known which is which.
Luftelementar
Air Elemental
Luftmauer
Wall of Air
Manamangel
Mana Short
Two word divisions in text. No word divisions in text.
Phantommonster
Phantom Monster
Last word in type line Traumwesen. Last word in type line Traumwesens.
Seeschlange
Sea Serpent
First words in text Die Schlange. First words in text Die Seeschlange.
Sprung
Jump
Alignment only: Jump German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Starre
Stasis
Last line in text die Starre. Last line in text Starre.
Vulkanausbruch
Volcanic Eruption
Wasserelementar
Water Elemental
Wasserwand
Wall of Water
Last word in text niederwalzten. Last word in text stand.
blackBLACK
Card Name FWB 4ED
Auferstehung der Toten
Raise Dead
Last word in the first line dem. Last word in the first line Deinem.
Der Schwarze Tod
Pestilence
Alignment only. Send scans of all your copies.
Dunkler Sog
Drain Life
No comma after the black mana symbol in text. Comma after the black mana symbol in text.
Furcht
Fear
Alignment only: Fear German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Heer der geplagten Skelette
Drudge Skeletons
One sentence of flavor text. Two sentences of flavor text, font very small.
Knochenmauer
Wall of Bones
Word division let-zten. No word division.
Mondschatten
Bad Moon
Word division erhal-ten. No word division.
Nachtmahr
Nightmare
Alignment only: Nightmare German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Pestratten
Plague Rats
Alignment only. Send scans of all your copies.
Terror
Terror
First word in text Bringe. First word in text Begrabe.
Todesgewebe
Deathlace
Font very small, last word in text Karte. Last word in text Ziels.
Verfluchtes Land
Cursed Land
First word in text Der. First word in text Das.
Verformtes Artefakt
Warp Artifact
Alignment only: Warp Artifact German FWB vs. 4th Edition
redRED
Card Name FWB 4ED
Chaosgewebe
Chaoslace
Font very small, last word in text Karte. Last word in text Ziels.
Erdbeben
Earthquake
Incorrect word jeden in text. Correct word jedem in text.
Erdelementar
Earth Elemental
Feuerball
Fireball
No division of the word ersten in text. Word division er- sten in text.
Feuerodem
Firebreathing
Last word in text not divided. Last word in text divided.
Feuerwand
Wall of Fire
Rules text ends with a period. Period at the end of the rules text missing.
Graue Oger
Gray Ogre
FWB only with that name.
Grauer Oger
Gray Ogre
4ED only with that name.
Magnetberg
Magnetic Mountain
Six lines of text. Eight lines of text.
Manahaken
Mana Barbs
Last word in text in a new line. Last word in text not in a new line.
Manasegen
Mana Flare
Second last word in text entsprechenden. Second last word in text gleichen.
Rauch
Smoke
Roter Urknall
Red Elemental Blast
Word bleibende in text. No word bleibende in text.
Standarte der Orks
Orcish Oriflamme
Steppenbrand
Flashfires
Stromstoß
Power Surge
Space before ß in the card title. No space before ß in the card title.
Tunnel
Tunnel
Alignment only. Send scans of all your copies.
Uthden Troll
Uthden Troll
Rules text ends with a period. Period at the end of the rules text missing.
Wege des Maulwurfs
Burrowing
Alignment only. Send scans of all your copies.
Zersetzung
Disintegrate
Very probably Alignment only. Send scans of all your copies.
greenGREEN
Card Name FWB 4ED
Baumvolk des Ehern-Wald
Ironroot Treefolk
FWB only with that name.
Blutzoll
Channel
Last word in the fourth line wie. Last word in the fourth line einen.
Dornenmauer
Wall of Brambles
Flavor text: Last word in the first line zieht. Flavor text: Last word in the first line alle.
Ehernen Wald Baumvolk
Ironroot Treefolk
4ED only with that name.
Fungusaurus
Fungusaur
Alignment only. Send scans of all your copies.
Gaeas Vasall
Gaea’s Liege
Last word in the second line der. Last word in the second line sein.
Holzmauer
Wall of Wood
Alignment only. Send scans of all your copies.
Lebendes Artefakt
Living Artifact
Third word in the first line Lebens-Spielmarke. Third word in the first the line Lebensmarke.
Lebensgewebe
Lifelace
Font very small, last word in text Karte. Last word in text Ziels.
Lebenskraft
Lifeforce
Lebensquelle
Stream of Life
First word in text Du. First word in text Ein.
Llanowarelfen
Llanowar Elves
Last word in the first line um. Last word in the first line Manavorrat.
Naturgewalten
Force of Nature
8 in text at the end of the second last line. 8 in text at the beginning of the last line.
Nebel
Fog
Alignment only. Send scans of all your copies.
Seelenruhe
Tranquility
Tatzelwurm
Craw Wurm
Very probably Alignment only. Send scans of all your copies.
Waldfeen
Scryb Sprites
Alignment only: Scryb Sprites German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Wanderlust
Wanderlust
Five lines of text. Four lines of text.
Wolfsblut
Aspect of Wolf
artifactARTIFACT
Card Name FWB 4ED
Armageddon-Uhr
Armageddon Clock
Conservator
Conservator
Jandors Satteltaschen
Jandor’s Saddlebags
Katzuks Helm
Helm of Katzuk
Last word in the first line die. Last word in the first line Kreatur.
Ketos’ Zauberbuch
Jayemdae Tome
Knochenthron
Throne of Bone
Kormusglocke
Kormus Bell
No word divison in text. Word division Krea- turen.
Manaschatz
Mana Vault
Last sentence in text starts with Behandle. Last sentence in text starts with Spiele.
Schlachtroß
Ebony Horse
Space before ß in the card title. No space before ß in the card title.
Seelennetz
Soul Net
Stab des Verderbens
Rod of Ruin
Alignment only: Rod of Ruin German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Streckbank
The Rack
First word in text Hat. First word in text Wähle.
Todespresse
Black Vise
First word in text Hat. First word in text Wähle.
Wespennest
The Hive
Word division Be- handle. Word division Ar- tefaktkreatur.
Urlehmgestalt
Primal Clay
Alignment only: Primal Clay German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Wurzelkraft
Wooden Sphere
landLAND
Card Name FWB 4ED
Ebene
Plains
FWB version 1 with shifted text (also exists in Italian): Plains German FWB version 1 misprint. Alignment only: Plains German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Insel
Island
Alignment only: Island German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Sumpf
Swamp
Alignment only. FWB version 1 sorted by slots: Swamp German FWB version 1 sorted by slots. Versions 2 and 3: Swamp German FWB vs. 4th Edition
Wald
Forest
Alignment only: Forest German FWB vs. 4th Edition
2. Italian
whiteWHITE
Card Name FWB 4ED
Armageddon
Armageddon
First word in text Tutte. First word in text Distruggi.
Armatura sacra
Holy Armor
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
Avatar
Personal Incarnation
Text box filled out completely. White space left in text box.
Castello
Castle
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
Forza Sacra
Holy Strength
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
Karma
Karma
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
Pegaso delle Mese
Mesa Pegasus
Text box filled out completely. White space left in text box.
blueBLUE
Card Name FWB 4ED
Controlla Creatura
Control Magic
Six lines of text. Two lines of text.
Elementale dell’Acqua
Water Elemental
Alignment only, scans needed.
Feedback
Feedback
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
Mostro Fantasma
Phantom Monster
Last word in text in a new line. Last word in text not in a new line.
Muro d’Acqua
Wall of Water
Rules text one blue mana: +1/+0.. Last word in rules text turno.
Rubare Artefatto
Steal Artifact
Eight lines of text. Two lines of text.
Stregone Errante
Prodigal Sorcerer
Rules text starts with tap: Infligge. Rules text starts with tap: Lo.
Volare
Flight
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
blackBLACK
Card Name FWB 4ED
Bruma
Frozen Shade
Rules text one black mana: +1/+1.. Last word in rules text turno.
Fuoco Fatuo
Will-O’-The-Wisp
One line of rules text. Two lines of rules text.
Incubo
Nightmare
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
Luna Nera
Bad Moon
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
Muro d’Ossa
Wall of Bone
Alignment only, scans needed.
Ombra Infernale
Nether Shadow
First word in text Se. First word in text Al.
Paura
Fear
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
Peste
Pestilence
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
Stretta Mortale
Deathgrip
Seven lines of text. Four lines of text.
Terra Maledetta
Cursed Land
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
Terrore
Terror
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
Ululato Infernale
Howl from Beyond
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
redRED
Card Name FWB 4ED
Elementale del Fuoco
Fire Elemental
Third word in the third line loro. Third word in the third line propri.
Elementale della Terra
Earth Elemental
Text block aligned to the bottom in text box. Text block vertically centered in text box.
Fumo
Smoke
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
Segno del Caos
Chaoslace
First word in the fourth line mantenimento. First word in the fourth line TAP.
Terremoto
Earthquake
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
Tunnel
Tunnel
Last word in text muro. Last word in text bersaglio.
greenGREEN
Card Name FWB 4ED
Forza della Natura
Force of Nature
Eight lines of text. Five lines of text.
Fungosauro
Fungosaur
Last word in the third line esso. Last word in the third line di.
Ragnatela
Web
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
Sgretolamento
Crumble
Last word in text colpito. Last word in text bersaglio.
Uragano
Hurricane
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
Vagabondare
Wanderlust
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
Wurm Devastatore
Craw Wurm
First word in the second last line provenga. First word in the second last line prevenire.
artifactARTIFACT
Card Name FWB 4ED
Globo dell’Inverno
Winter Orb
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
Morsa Maledetta
Black Vise
First word in text Se. First word in text Alla.
Onulet
Onulet
Three lines of rules text. Two lines of rules text.
Tappeto Volante
Flying Carpet
Last word in the first line creatura. Last word in the first line abilità.
Trono d’Ossa
Throne of Bone
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
Uomo d’Ottone
Brass Man
Text centered. Text aligned to the left.
landLAND
Card Name FWB 4ED
Foresta
Forest
Alignment only. 4th Edition
Isola
Island
Alignment only. 4th Edition
Montagna
Mountain
Alignment only. 4th Edition
Palude
Palude
Alignment only. 4th Edition
III. Step by Step Guide

To obtain correct results, the steps need to be followed in order and may be skipped only if not applicable.

  1. Check the copright date. If 1996: Introductory Two-Player Set. If 1995: proceed
  2. Check the list of Revised Edition/FWB only cards and 4th Edition only cards. If present: done. If absent: proceed.
  3. Italian cards only: If either present: FWB. If absent: proceed
  4. Check for i, j, ä, ö, ü in the card title. If present: done. If absent: proceed
  5. Check for the black dot on the back.
    • German cards: If absent: 4th Edition. If present: proceed
    • Italian cards: If present: FWB. If absent: proceed
  6. German cards only: Check the corner cutting. If front cut: FWB. If back cut: proceed
  7. Check the list of hard to identify cards: Description present: done. Alignment only: proceed
  8. Look at areas where the gaps between the letters and frame lines are the narrowest and how the card type is aligned to the frame.
Set still obscure?
  1. Scan the cards in at least 600dpi optical resolution from both sides and save as raster image (jpg or png).
  2. Send scans.
  3. Wait for the results.