The best Magic cards from each set
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Around 1994, I found Magic and it started me into playing somewhere between 50 to 100 CCGs. However, other than a couple of games, none of them were like my first love.

I started when the Dark was out and left the first time when Visions came out. Then I played again when Urza's and Masks were around, then quit again. Now I've gotten back into again, but this time, I'm not buying any packs, just collections.

So that leads to this list. I'm going to list the 10 best cards of each set, of the ones I know and as a bonus, I may add the worst card of the set.

Please help me fill in the gaps and tell me your favorite cards from each set.

Note: I'm a casual player at heart, although winning matters for me, I'm looking for powerful cards that can be played casually.

Also the cards are not ranked in any order. I just put them as I thought of them (or found them, as I used another site to jog my memory.)
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Revised:

I'm skipping the earlier sets, because this is where I began and we all know the power cards from unlimited and before. This doesn't count cards that were brought in from other expansions.

1. Armageddon
2. Dual Lands
3. Nevinyrral's Disk
4. Sol Ring
5. Wrath of God
6. Mind Twist
7. Wheel of Fortune
8. Demonic Tutor
9. Balance
10. Lightning Bolt

Worst card(s): The lace cards that turn cards different colors.
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Arabian Nights:

This is going to be hard, because this set had a lot of overpowered cards, just like the original sets.

1. Juzam Djinn
2. Erhnam Djinn
3. Old Man of the Sea
4. Serendib Efreet
5. Diamond Valley
6. Ali From Cairo
7. Bazaar of Baghdad
8. City of Brass
9. Drop of Honey
10. Guardian Beast

(Note, I'm not a fan of Library of Alexandria.)

Worst card: Island Fish Jasconius
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Antiquities:

An interesting early set, revolving around artifacts.

1. Mishra's Factory
2. Ivory Tower
3. Millstone
4. Strip Mine
5. Mishra's Workshop
6. Feldon's Cane
7. Candelabra of Tawnos
8. Hurkyl's Recall
9. Shatterstorm
10. Transmute Artifact

Worst card: Rakalite
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Legends:

A multicolored expansion that had a lot of great cards and then a lot of terrible cards.

1. All Hallow's Eve
2. Eureka
3. Mirror Universe
4. Nether Void
5. Recall
6. Nebuchadnezzar
7. Underwater Dreams
8. Land Tax
9. Mana Drain
10. Sylvan Library
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The Dark

Yes, it was horrible. But it still had some pretty powerful cards. Can I find 10 of them?

1. Maze of Ith
2. Ball Lightning
3. Apprentice Wizard
4. Dark Sphere
5. Fellwar Stone
6. Blood Moon
7. Amnesia
8. Scavenger Folk
9. Ashes to Ashes
10. Tormod's Crypt
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Fallen Empires:

This set gets a lot of grief, but after doing the list for the Dark, I'm sure that this one is a a million times better than it.

1. Hymn to Tourach
2. Orders (Black & White versions)
3. Breeding Pit
4. Elvish Farmer
5. The mana storage lands
6. Seasinger
7. Goblin War Drums
8. Goblin Grenade
9. Dwarven Catapult
10. Night Soil
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Ice Age:

The first set to include cards from the basic sets. I'm not including any old cards in this list, well except one, since it was hard to get before this set.

1. The damage dual lands
2. Hecatomb
3. Illusions of Grandeur (of course best used by donating to your opponent.)
4. Necropotence
5. Icy Manipulator
6. Zuran Orb
7. Different Orders (so now you can have 8 in your deck.)
8. Tinder Wall
9. Jester's Cap
10. Incinerate

Edit: I don't know how I missed Incinerate. So I had to put it on here.
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Homelands:

It's not as bad as the Dark. But it definitely takes 2nd place (in worse sets) without any competition.

1. Autumn Willow
2. An-Zerrin Ruins
3. Aether Storm
4. Giant Oyster
5. Merchant Scroll
6. Serrated Arrows
7. Torture
8. Primal Order
9. Ihsan's Shade
10. Wall of Kelp
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Alliances:

Definitely the best of the early expansions. This may be a hard list to make.

1. Balduvian Horde
2. Helm of Obedience
3. Kjeldoran Outpost
4. Lake of the Dead
5. Lim-Dul's Vault
6. Pillage
7. Phyrexian War Beast
8. Arcane Denial
9. Force of Will
10. Yavimaya Ants
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Mirage:

Phasing is still the strangest ability. Not a bad set, much better than Ice Age.

1. Celestial Dawn
2. Maro
3. Unfulfilled Desires
4. Phyrexian Dreadnought
5. The new Tutors
6. Jolrael's Centaur
7. Femeref Knight
8. Savage Twister
9. Volcanic Dragon
10. Crimson Hellkite
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Visions:

Ranks up there with Alliances. An excellent set.

1. City of Solitude
2. Natural Order
3. Relentless Assault
4. Vampiric Tutor
5. Suq'Ata Lancer
6. Desertion
7. Femeref Enchantress
8. River Boa
9. Wand of Denial
10. Zhalfirin Crusader
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Urza's Saga:

I'm skipping a few sets, because I didn't play for a while until this set. This set was, well let's just say very powerful. A lot of bannings, I remember. This looks to be the most powerful set I've done so far.

1. Argothian Enchantress
2. Argothian Wurm (I told my friend to put this in his land destruction deck. I wish I didn't.)
3. Chimeric Staff
4. Yawgmoth's Will
5. Exploration
6. The insane lands which give multiple mana for different things (Tolarian Academy, Gaea's Cradle, etc.)
7. Morphling
8. Persecute
9. Serra Avatar
10. Time Spiral (I still can't believe they made this card. I knew it was broken the first time I saw it.)

I didn't even look past the rares. And I know there's other cards that could make the list. What a crazy set. Too bad other sets aren't this good.
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Tempest:

1. Cursed Scroll
2. Time Warp
3. Living Death
4. Capsize
5. Mogg Fanatic
6. Lotus Petal
7. Scroll Rack
8. Aluren
9. Intuition
10. Humility
11. Sapphire Medallion


I couldn't just pick 10...heck I almost couldn't just pick 15.

This is easily one of my 3 favorite sets ever produced.



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Urza's Legacy:

The middle set isn't as good as the other two. But still had some decent cards in it.

1. Defense Grid
2. Defense of the Heart
3. Multani, Maro-Sorcerer (Better than Autumn Willow. Can be a 10/10 untargetable creature easily.)
4. Ring of Gix (the echo parts sucks, but it does come out faster than an icy.)
5. Weatherseed Treefolk
6. Tinker
7. Rancor
8. Radiant, Archangel
9. Might of Oaks
10. Deranged Hermit
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Planeshift:

1. Orim's Chant
2. Meddling Mage
3. Phyrexian Scuta
4. Forsaken City
5. Lord of the Undead
6. Warped Devotion
7. Urza's Guilt
8. Diabloic Intent
9. Doomsday Spectre
10. All Catacombs
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Urza's Destiny:

A great set, not as powerful as Saga, but they had learned their lessons (well maybe not...)

1. Donate (Not just because of the death inducing illusions combo. There's plenty of other cards (Lord of the Pit) that you make your opponent hate you forever.)
2. Masticore
3. Metalworker
4. Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary
5. Yawgmoth's Bargain (expensive yes, but no drawbacks like the other black card drawers.)
6. Treachery
7. Eradicate
8. Yavimaya Elder
9. Landslide
10. Powder Keg
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I think Exodus is my favorite set. It has so many cards I love to play with, spread through each level of rarity.

In strict alphabetical order, because it was hard enough trimming the list to ten; I'm not even going to attempt ranking them.

Carnophage
Forbid
Hatred
Merfolk Looter
Mind Over Matter
Oath of Druids
Oath of Ghouls
Price of Progress
Recurring Nightmare
Survival of the Fittest

Personal favorites that I must mention: Soul Warden, Spellbook, Treasure Trove
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Invasion:

After the Ice Age expansion, I more or less stopped buying cards. It was Invasion that brought me back to the game. I always liked playing multicolor, and this set gave me the real opportunity to do so. No wonder, these are my favourite cards in this set:

1. Armadillo Cloak
2. Crosis, the Purger
3. Aura Mutation
4. Verdeloth the Ancient
5. Utopia Tree
6. Ravenous Rats
7. Recoil
8. Wax/Wane
9. Dismantling Blow
10. Quirion Elves

With an honorable mentioning for Nightscape/Stormscape/Sunscape/Thornscape/Thunderscape Apprentice, which are really nice to haves in casual play...
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