Non-Existing Cards

 

 

If you collect a card that is expected to exist in following sets, you might be able to remove some versions from your wants list. These cards don't exist:

 

Set Card Comment
Limited Edition Alpha
  • Circle of Protection: Black
  • Volcanic Island

It is said Wizards of the Coast wasn't content with the art received for Volcanic Island and designed another card based on it: Birds of Paradise.

According to Jesper Myrfors, who was art director back then, there was no art available for CoP: Black so that he had to create one himself in no time. It was the only digital art for a Magic card in these days.

Italian Renaissance Piety
Portuguese 4th Edition BB and WB
  • Bronze Tablet
  • Rebirth
  • Tempest Efreet
All missing Portuguese cards are ante cards. Portuguese Magic was mainly introduced for Brazil, where gambling is forbidden.
Portuguese Homelands Timmerian Fiends
Portuguese Ice Age Amulet of Quoz
Traditional Chinese and Korean 4th Edition
  • Blessing
  • Blood Lust
  • Fire Elemental
  • Gaseous Form
  • Lost Soul
  • Primal Clay
  • Shanodin Dryads
  • Tempest Efreet
The Chinese censorship removed some cards showing quasi unclothed creatures or religious motives.

 

 

Simplified Chinese 5th Edition

 

99 cards were taken out for different reasons:

 

  • Æther Storm
  • Amulet of Kroog
  • Angry Mob
  • Animate Dead
  • Animate Wall
  • Anti-Magic Aura
  • Arenson's Aura
  • Armor of Faith
  • Ashnod's Transmogrant
  • Aspect of Wolf
  • Aurochs
  • Ball Lightning
  • Barbed Sextant
  • Battering Ram
  • Benalish Hero
  • Blessed Wine
  • Blood Lust
  • Brainwash
  • Breeding Pit
  • Carapace
  • Clay Statue
  • Cloak of Confusion
  • Colossus of Sardia
  • Craw Giant
  • D'Avenant Archer
  • Derelor
  • Disintegrate
  • Drudge Skeletons
  • Dwarven Soldier
  • Enervate
  • Eternal Warrior
  • Eye for an Eye
  • Fallen Angel
  • Flame Spirit
  • Flare
  • Force of Nature
  • Force Spike
  • Foxfire
  • Game of Chaos
  • Grapeshot Catapult
  • Heal
  • Hecatomb
  • Helm of Chatzuk
  • Homarid Warrior
  • Hungry Mist
  • Hurkyl's Recall
  • Icatian Phalanx
  • Imposing Visage
  • Ironclaw Curse
  • Ironclaw Orcs
  • Kjeldoran Dead
  • Kjeldoran Royal Guard
  • Kjeldoran Skycaptain
  • Krovikan Fetish
  • Leviathan
  • Lord of the Pit
  • Lost Soul
  • Mana Clash
  • Marsh Viper
  • Mesa Pegasus
  • Mind Ravel
  • Mind Warp
  • Necropotence
  • Orcish Captain
  • Orcish Oriflamme
  • Orgg
  • Panic
  • Phantasmal Forces
  • Phantasmal Terrain
  • Pikemen
  • Pit Scorpion
  • Portent
  • Prismatic Ward
  • Regeneration
  • Scathe Zombies
  • ScrybSprites
  • Sea Sprite
  • Serpent Generator
  • Shield Bearer
  • Skull Catapult
  • Soul Barrier
  • Stampede
  • Tarpan
  • The Brute
  • The Wretched
  • Time Bomb
  • Torture
  • Touch of Death
  • Twiddle
  • Unholy Strength
  • Unstable Mutation
  • Updraft
  • Urza's Avenger
  • Urza's Bauble
  • Venom
  • Wall of Bone
  • War Mammoth
  • Wolverine Pack
  • Zombie Master

 

 

 

Missing Chinese Foils

 

Some sets were printed in Chinese but had no foil versions. Boosters of these contained English foil cards instead:

 

— Traditional Chinese Urza's Legacy

— Traditional Chinese Urza's Destiny

Traditional Chinese Mercadian Masques

— Simplified Chinese Invasion

 

 

Russian Coldsnap

 

Wizards had planned to release Coldsnap in all active languages. But theme decks were cut in Chinese, and Russian doesn't exist at all. Hence, it was the only standard legal booster set not supporting all of the then active languages.

 

 

Misleading Data in the Web

 

Several non-existing localized versions of sets are listed to exist in the official Wizards of the Coast data base Gatherer, and older existing ones are not. This erroneous data has been more or less used for all multilingual online stores and community made MtG card search sites.

The correct info can be found in the Card Set Archive of Wizards of the Coast (note: not all types of product are available in the listed languages). While that page is still incomplete in terms of omitting some special and foreign-only sets as well as any promo and reward programs, it doesn't contain any blatant misinformation.

Also be cautious about circulating spread sheets which aim to list all sets and languages they were printed in. I haven't come along one that's both complete and free of errors.