There's a new Magic: the Gathering product called Welcome Deck 2016. This consists of five 30 card preconstructed decks, and has its own expansion symbol.

The webpage "Magic Welcome Decks" on Wizards Play Network says

Each deck includes 1 special rare that cannot be found in other Magic products!

But from Gatherer, it doesn't seem like that's true. Gatherer lists five rares in this product: Aegis Angel, Nightmare, Shivan Dragon, Soul of the Harvest, Sphinx of Magosi. All five of those are already accessible as rares in recent core sets or expansion sets that predate this product.

The linked page also indicates that the product was released on April 9 of an unknown year. I guess that the year is 2016 or perhaps 2015, so the product was already released. This is confirmed by the Tournament Rules which says all cards of that set are legal in the Standard format.

Does this product really have cards that don't appear in other M:tG products? If so, which cards are they?


There do not appear to be any cards that were only printed in the Welcome Decks.

The most likely explanation I see is that the rares you mention appear in the Welcome Decks but not in the concurrently released Shadows over Innistrad block. So, the quotation you reference could mean

Each deck includes 1 special rare that cannot be found in other Magic products [that we are currently publishing/distributing]!

  • This would be my guess too. It looks like the most recent one of the rares was last printed in Magic Origins. – diego Nov 17 '16 at 18:43
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    I think at least a couple of those were only printed in Magic Origins in that set's corresponding event decks, so the last substantial printing may be older than it looks. – murgatroid99 Nov 17 '16 at 18:45
  • @murgatroid99: That is relevant, yes. The last large scale printing of Shinx of the Magosi is in Rise of the Eldrazi, Aegis Angel in M2012, Soul of the Harvest in Avacyn Restored, Shivan Dragon in M2014, Nightmare in M2014. – b_jonas Nov 22 '16 at 9:26

The printings in 2015 core set and Origins were actually for welcome decks and did not appear in boosters despite technically being part of the set. None of these rares have been printed outside of welcome decks or deckbuilder's toolkits since 2013 or earlier.

  • Welcome decks are designed to teach new players how to play and aren't meant to hold real value to discourage people who already know how to play from taking all of them. So if they were to include exclusive cards, they would have to intentionally suck. Although a few of the commons and uncommons haven't been put in any other products for years either – Dax Feb 27 '17 at 2:52

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