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MAGIC the GATHERING: INTRO SETS: The TARKIR SET:- KHANS of TARKIR & DRAGONS of TARKIR

INTRO SETS contain a predetermined 60 card deck plus 2 sealed Booster packs. To my knowledge there are 10 different INTRO sets for the "of TARKIR" edition of Magic the Gathering, the current and most recent set.

These INTRO decks are good fun to play against each other and if you and your friends put aside the thought of black-market value on MtG cards and play like we did in 1992 then you can separate the cards from the boosters into colours and, with luck, make useful, fair and usable Sideboards for each of you from the cards found in these booster packs.

The Intro packs each contain cards which make up the basics of the Clans of Tarkir; they are from 10 different packs, five for each of the two sets, Dragons and Khans. For the Dragon Clans there are these decks and associated Clans:-

CRUEL PLOTS - Silumgar
RELENTLESS RUSH - Kolaghan
FURIOUS FORCES - Atarka
ENLIGHTENED MASTERY - Ojutai
MASSED RANKS - Dromoka

For a reason I have failed to find (I asked questions online and searched a variety of websites) the MASSED RANKS pack, which contains the same number of cards and Boosters as all the others, is priced at £1.00 less; perhaps the Dromoka aren't particularly popular in Tarkir ?  £11.95 and £10.95. Searching the internet for prices of the Khan Clan sets I found that they seem to be priced around £9.95 - £10.95

ABZAN SIEGE - Abzan
JESKAI WAY - Jeskai Monks
SULTAI BROOD - Sultai
MARDU HORDE - Mardu Raiders
TEMUR AVALANCHE - Temur

Abzan Siege Card List:
Creature (23) 2 Disowned Ancestor 3 Ainok Bond-Kin 1 Sungrace Pegasus 2 Child of Night 2 Abzan Falconer 2 Tuskguard Captain 1 Abzan Battle Priest 1 High Sentinels of Arashin 1 Razorfoot Griffin 2 Salt Road Patrol 1 Mer-Ek Nightblade 2 Longshot Squad 1Armament Corps 1 Ivorytusk Fortress 1Carnivorous Moss-Beast  Sorcery (2) 1 Hunt the Weak 1 Incremental Growth  Instant (5) 2 Kill Shot 1 Abzan Charm 1 Dragonscale Boon 1 Flesh to Dust  Artifact (2) 2 Abzan Banner  Enchantment (2) 1 Suspension Field 1 Eternal Thirst  Land (26) 1 Blossoming Sands 1 Jungle Hollow 2 Sandsteppe Citadel 1 Scoured Barrens 8 Plains 7 Swamp 6 Forest   
Jeskai Way Card List:
Creature (20) 1 Monastery Swiftspear 2 Jeskai Elder  1 Leaping Master 1 Jeskai Student 2 Seeker of the Way 2 Jeskai Windscout 2 Bloodfire Expert 1 Bloodfire Mentor 1 Alabaster Kirin 1 Highspire Mantis 1 Whirlwind Adept 1 Tireless Missionaries 1 Serra Angel 1 Sage of the Inward Eye 1 Warden of the Eye 1 Riverwheel Aerialists  Sorcery (4) 1 Void Snare 1 Divination 1 Solemn Offering 1 Lava Axe  Instant (7) 1 Lightning Strike 1 Crippling Chill 1 Winterflame 1 Jeskai Charm 1 Weave Fate 1 Smite the Monstrous 1 Flying Crane Technique  Artifact (2) 2 Jeskai Banner  Enchantment (1) 1 Oppressive Rays  Land (26) 2 Mystic Monastery 1 Swiftwater Cliffs 1 Tranquil Cove 1 Wind-Scarred Crag 8 Island 6 Mountain 7 Plains
Sultai Brood Card List:
Creature (20) 1 Typhoid Rats 1 Black Cat 1 Walking Corpse 2 Satyr Wayfinder 1 Wall of Mulch 1 Research Assistant 2 Necromancer's Assistant 1 Gravedigger 1 Rotfeaster Maggot 1 Rakshasa Vizier 1 Sultai Soothsayer 2 Sultai Scavenger 2 Hooting Mandrills 2 Shambling  Attendants 1 Necropolis Fiend  Sorcery (8) 2 Taigam's Scheming 1 Rakshasa's Secret 1 Scout the Borders 1 Bitter Revelation 1 Set Adrift 1 Treasure Cruise 1 Dead Drop Instant (4) 1 Sultai Charm 1 Murderous Cut 1 Throttle 1 Become Immense Artifact (1) 1 Sultai Banner Enchantment (1) 1 Debilitating Injury  Land (26) 1 Dismal Backwater 1 Jungle Hollow 2 Opulent Palace 1 Thornwood Falls 7 Swamp 8 Forest 6  Island
Mardu Horde Card List:
Creature (21)  1 Firehoof Cavalry 1 Mardu Hateblade 2 Borderland Marauder 1 Valley Dasher 2 War-Name Aspirant 1 Gurmag Swiftwing 2 Mardu Skullhunter 2 Goblin Roughrider 2 Mardu Hordechief 1 Carrion Crow 1 Necrogen Scudder 2 Mardu Warshrieker 1 Timely Hordemate 1 Ankle Shanker 1 Mardu Roughrider  Sorcery (2) 1 Hordeling Outburst 1 Arrow Storm  Instant (10) 1 Lightning Strike 1 Raise the Alarm 2 Trumpet Blast 1 Mardu Charm 1 Bring Low 1 Smite the Monstrous 1 Crackling Doom 1 Flesh to Dust 1 Heat Ray  Artifact (1) 1 Mardu Banner Enchantment (1) 1 Crippling Blight  Land (25) 1 Bloodfell Caves 2 Nomad Outpost 1 Scoured Barrens 1 Wind-Scarred Crag 8 Mountain 5 Plains 7 Swamp
Temur Avalanche Card List:
Creature (20) 2 Elvish Mystic 2 Heir of the Wilds 2 Runeclaw Bear 1 Icefeather Aven 2 Alpine Grizzly 1 Pine Walker 1 Thundering Giant 1 Avalanche Tusker 1 Bear's Companion 2 Glacial Stalker 1 Tusked Colossodon 2 Snowhorn Rider 2 Woolly Loxodon  Sorcery (3) 2 Savage Punch 1 Roar of Challenge  Instant (7) 1 Stubborn Denial 1 Titanic Growth 1 Force Away 1 Lightning Strike 1 Temur Charm 1 Windstorm 1 Icy Blast  Artifact (2) 2 Temur Banner Enchantment (1) 1 Dragon Grip Land (25) 2 Frontier Bivouac 1 Rugged Highlands 1 Swiftwater Cliffs 1 Thornwood Falls 8 Forest 5 Island 7 Mountain  Creature (2) 2 Summit Prowler
Massed Ranks Card List:
Land (25) 1 Evolving Wilds 13 Plains 11 Forest  Creature (23) 1 Dromoka Dunecaster 2 Servant of the Scale 2 Dromoka Warrior 3 Lightwalker 1 Territorial Roc 1 Scaleguard Sentinels 2 Sandcrafter Mage 2 Salt Road Quartermasters 2 Champion of Arashin 2 Aven Tactician 2 Sandsteppe Scavenger 2 Enduring Scalelord 1 Arashin Sovereign  Enchantment (3) 2 Pacifism 1 Sheltered Aerie Artifact (1) 1 Dromoka Monument Instant (8) 2 Inspiring Call 2 Scale Blessing 1 Enduring Victory 2 Dromoka's Gift 1 Secure the Wastes
Enlightened Mastery Card List:
Creature (2) 2 Zephyr Scribe  Instant (4) 2 Anticipate 2 Artful Maneuver  Enchantment (1) 1 Myth Realized Land (25) 1 Evolving Wilds 13 Island 11 Plains  Creature (15) 1 Dragon's Eye Sentry 3 Elusive Spellfist 1 Orator of Ojutai 2 Updraft Elemental 2 Student of Ojutai 1 Ancient Carp 2 Strongarm Monk 2 Cunning Breezedancer 1 Pristine Skywise  Enchantment (3) 2 Silkwrap 1 Skywise Teachings  Artifact (1) 1 Ojutai Monument Instant (2) 2 Ojutai's Breath Sorcery (7) 1 Mystic Meditation 1 Sight Beyond Sight 1 Taigam's Strike 1 Great Teacher's Decree 1 Void Squall 2 Ojutai's Summons
Cruel Plots Card List:
Creature (13) 2 Shambling Goblin 1 Hand of Silumgar 2 Palace Familiar 2 Dutiful Attendant 1 Minister of Pain 1 Gurmag Drowner 2 Youthful Scholar 2 Rakshasa Gravecaller  Instant (2) 1 Negate 1 Silumgar's Scorn Land (25) 1 Evolving Wilds 13 Swamp 11 Island Creature (13) 2 Sidisi's Faithful 2 Qarsi Sadist 1 Ukud Cobra 1 Vulturous Aven 1 Wandering Tombshell 1 Profaner of the Dead 2 Silumgar Butcher 1 Necromaster Dragon 2 Ruthless Deathfang  Instant (4) 1 Coat with Venom 1 Ultimate Price 1 Gravepurge 1 Death Wind Artifact (1) 1 Silumgar Monument  Sorcery (1) 1 Mind Rot Enchantment (1) 1 Reduce in Stature
Relentless Rush Card List:
Instant (1) 1 Foul-Tongue Invocation  Land (25) 1 Evolving Wilds 13 Mountain 11 Swamp Creature (20) 2 Lightning Berserker 2 Kolaghan Aspirant 3 Kolaghan Skirmisher 2 Kolaghan Forerunners 2 Screamreach Brawler 2 Ambuscade Shaman 2 Warbringer 2 Sprinting Warbrute 1 Boltwing Marauder 2 Swift Warkite  Sorcery (4) 1 Duress 2 Tormenting Voice 1 Defeat Instant (6) 1 Foul-Tongue Shriek 2 Twin Bolt 2 Flatten 1 Foul Renewal  Artifact (2) 1 Vial of Dragonfire 1 Kolaghan Monument Enchantment (2) 2 Impact Tremors
Furious Forces Card List:
Creature (1) 1 Dragonlord's Servant Sorcery (1) 1 Roast Instant (1) 1 Draconic Roar Land (25) 1 Evolving Wilds 12 Forest 12 Mountain  Creature (19) 2 Atarka Beastbreaker 2 Glade Watcher 2 Colossodon Yearling 2 Hardened Berserker 2 Sabertooth Outrider 1 Summit Prowler 2 Lurking Arynx 2 Stampeding Elk Herd 1 Harbinger of the Hunt 1 Scion of Ugin 2 Savage Ventmaw  Artifact Creature (1) 1 Dragonloft Idol Sorcery (4) 1 Epic Confrontation 1 Dragon Fodder 1 Magmatic Chasm 1 Seismic Rupture Instant (6) 1 Tread Upon 2 Tail Slash 1 Press the Advantage 2 Sarkhan's Rage  Artifact (1) 1 Atarka Monument Enchantment (1) 1Berserkers' Onslaught

I have only played MASSED RANKS (using the bolster technique mechanic​) versus ENLIGHTENED MASTERY (which utilises the rebound mechanic) but that is enough for me to be able to say that these decks are very nicely balanced against each other. By adding cards from all four Booster packs (2 x 15 from each Intro pack = 60 extra cards) we have managed to revise the decks to suit ourselves and have a couple of playable, if not totally brilliant Sideboards of 10 - 11 useful cards (made up to regulation 15 by add-ons unlikely to be used). If tghese to decks can be counted upon as indicative of the other 8 available decks in this set then once again the Wizards of Magic the Gathering design have more than done their jobs.

There is always something new to be found in each Magic the Gathering set which makes it well worth ensuring that you always have some new cards from the current (at the time) set either added to your personal decks or ready as Sideboards should the need arise. In this case the things I have learned have been new effect mechanics which I understood more about after reading Wikipedia on them: There is a page for each of them but the basics are: -
From Wikipedia: 
Rebound is a keyword ability introduced in Rise of the Eldrazi and appears on instants and sorceries. If the spell was cast from hand, it is exiled as it resolves. At the beginning of its controller's next upkeep, the player may cast it again without paying its mana cost. Rebound was confirmed on March 2, 2015, as one of the returning mechanics in Dragons of Tarkir, where it was associated with the white-blue Ojutai clan.
Bolster is a keyword action introduced in Fate Reforged where it replaced Outlast from Khans of Tarkir as the mechanic associated with the Abzan Houses. Bolster is also featured in Dragons of Tarkir, associated with the Dromoka clan.

 

 

 

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