Portal Alternate Text Cards

Index | English Starter | French Starter | German Starter | Japanese Starter | Simplified Chinese Starter | Spanish Starter | Traditional Chinese Starter | Demo Game


Portal is the first starter level set of Magic and was released in May 1997. It consists of 200 technically different cards and exists in English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese. For no obvious reason, no Italian, Korean, and Portuguese cards were printed.

Portal was created to introduce new players to the game of Magic. The cards were designed very simply, and many concepts of Magic were left out completely. Due to the low power level of the set and the inability to use the cards in tournaments, Portal never received much interest. Nevertheless, many cards from Portal were reprinted in newer editions of the Core Set, and a few of them even became popular.

Aside from Portal boosters, there is a Portal 2 Player Starter Set in existance. 7 of the Portal cards included there feature additional rules text and are therefore different from their booster pack counterparts. Different versions of the Portal Starter exist, one containing The Duelist Advertisement Card and the Anaconda booster version. For unknown reasons, in the Simplified Chinese version of the Portal 2 Player Starter Set, the Raging Goblin card is not different.

The Portal 2 Player Starter Set contains:

*70 Portal cards divided into 2 decks (2 x 35)
*1 Portal booster (Not in Simplified Chinese Starter)
*2 Portal boosters (Gift Box edition only)
*1 rule book with Portal rules
*1 instruction sheet on how to use the contents of this box (Gift Box edition only)
*1 Official Guide to Portal book (Gift Box edition only)
*1 player guides which covers 1 demo game
*2 playmats to explain the different game zones
*2 glass beads for tracking life points (Gift Box edition only)
*2 set list cards which enlist all Portal cards
*1 Ultra-Pro advertisement leaflet in a card sleeve (Gift Box edition only)

Content Deck A

1 Card list 1 of 2
1 Devoted Hero
1 Hulking Goblin
1 Volcanic Hammer
*1 Warrior's Charge
1 Mountain Version 4
1 Plains Version 1
1 Forest Version 1
1 Mountain Version 4
1 Armored Pegasus
1 Grizzly Bears
1 Regal Unicorn
1 Plains Version 1
1 Lava Axe
1 Spotted Griffin
1 Mountain Version 4
*1 Anaconda (The booster version could be found in the Starter with the Duelist card)
*1 Raging Goblin
1 Plains Version 1
1 Hill Giant
1 Forest Version 1
*1 Blaze
1 Mountain Version 4
1 Sacred Nectar
1 Plains Version 1
1 Lizard Warrior
1 Mountain Version 4
1 Venerable Monk
1 Plains Version 1
1 Gorilla Warrior
1 Forest Version 1
1 Defiant Stand
1 Plains Version 1
1 Untamed Wilds
1 Fire Imp
1 Mountain Version 4

Content Deck B

1 Card list 2 of 2
1 Storm Crow
1 Rowan Treefolk
1 Gravedigger
1 Time Ebb
1 Island Version 3
1 Swamp Version 2
1 Forest Version 1
1 Island Version 3
1 Muck Rats
1 Panther Warriors
1 Feral Shadow
1 Snapping Drake
1 Swamp Version 2
*1 Hand of Death
1 Craven Knight
1 Island Version 3
*1 Elite Cat Warrior
1 Coral Eel
1 Forest Version 1
1 Touch of Brilliance
1 Swamp Version 2
1 Vampiric Touch
1 Island Version 3
1 Cloak of Feathers
1 Island Version 3
1 Skeletal Crocodile
1 Swamp Version 2
1 Forest Version 1
*1 Monstrous Growth
1 Swamp Version 2
1 Ingenious Thief
1 Mind Rot
1 Island Version 3
1 Swamp Version 2
1 Command of Unsummoning

The Portal 2 Player Starter Set was also produced in an enhanced version called Portal Gift Box which exists exclusively in English.

Portal Demogame boosters were given away as a free product to advertise Magic: The Gathering. Out of the 24 Portal cards they contain, 6 cards feature additional rules text and are therefore slightly different from their counterparts found in booster packs. These cards seem to exist in English only.

Portal Demogame boosters were also offered in the Guru program.

Some Simplified Chinese Portal cards feature alternate art.

Errors, misprints and typos
Anaconda French: It should have been "marais" instead of "forêt" in the Starter Version
Anaconda German: Part of the reminder text is missing
Monstrous Growth German: Reminder text is missing
Anaconda Simplified Chinese: Swampwalk reminder text refering to Forests instead of Swamps
Monstrous Growth Simplified Chinese: + 4S / + 4D instead of + 4 (Shield symbol) / + 4 (Dagger symbol)
Anaconda Traditional Chinese: Swampwalk reminder text refering to Forests instead of Swamps



English (WOC17000), French (WOC20910), German (WOC21910), Japanese (WOC22910), Simplified Chinese (WOC28007), Spanish (WOC 24910) and Traditional Chinese (WOC27910) Portal 2 Player Starter Sets


Portal 2 Player Starter Set Deck A and B front


English Portal Gift Box front and back (WOC17014)


English Portal Demogame booster (WOC17000)


Portal Deck A and Deck B Uncut Sheets (Portal List and Alternate Text cards as well as 2 fillers are only on those sheets)

EXTERNAL LINKS
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INTERNAL LINKS
Portal Support Cards
The Duelist Advertisement Cards


English Starter - Portal Alternate Text Cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001 AnacondaAndrew RobinsonEnglish Portal 2 Player Starter Set
English Portal Gift Box
1997-05
1997-05
YES 
002 BlazeGerry GraceEnglish Portal 2 Player Starter Set
English Portal Gift Box
1997-05
1997-05
YES 
003 Elite Cat WarriorEric PetersonEnglish Portal 2 Player Starter Set
English Portal Gift Box
1997-05
1997-05
YES 
004 Hand of DeathJohn CoulthartEnglish Portal 2 Player Starter Set
English Portal Gift Box
1997-05
1997-05
YES 
005 Monstrous GrowthDan FrazierEnglish Portal 2 Player Starter Set
English Portal Gift Box
1997-05
1997-05
YES 
006 Raging RoblinPete VentersEnglish Portal 2 Player Starter Set
English Portal Gift Box
1997-05
1997-05
YES 
007 Warrior's ChargeTed NaifehEnglish Portal 2 Player Starter Set
English Portal Gift Box
1997-05
1997-05
YES 
 


French Starter - Portal Alternate Text Cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001 Anaconda
Anaconda
Andrew RobinsonFrench Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
002 Brasier
Blaze
Gerry GraceFrench Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
003 Guerrier chat d'élite
Elite Cat Warrior
Eric PetersonFrench Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
004 Main de mort
Hand of Death
John CoulthartFrench Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
005 Croissance démesurée
Monstrous Growth
Dan FrazierFrench Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
006 Gobelin enragé
Raging Goblin
Pete VentersFrench Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
007 Charge du guerrier
Warrior's Charge
Ted NaifehFrench Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
 


German Starter - Portal Alternate Text Cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001 Anakonda
Anaconda
Andrew RobinsonGerman Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
002 Heiße Glut
Blaze
Gerry GraceGerman Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
003 Katzenkriegerelite
Elite Cat Warrior
Eric PetersonGerman Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
004 Todbringende Hand
Hand of Death
John CoulthartGerman Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
005 Unheimliches Wachstum
Monstrous Growth
Dan FrazierGerman Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
006 Wütender Goblin
Raging Goblin
Pete VentersGerman Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
007 Attacke der Krieger
Warrior's Charge
Ted NaifehGerman Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
 


Japanese Starter - Portal Alternate Text Cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001 アナコンダ
Anaconda
Andrew RobinsonJapanese Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
002 猛火
Blaze
Gerry GraceJapanese Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
003 猫族の精銳戦士
Elite Cat Warrior
Eric PetersonJapanese Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
004 死神の魔手
Hand of Death
John CoulthartJapanese Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
005 超巨大化
Monstrous Growth
Dan FrazierJapanese Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
006 怒り狂うゴプリン
Raging Goblin
Pete VentersJapanese Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
007 戦士の突撃
Warrior's Charge
Ted NaifehJapanese Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
 


Simplified Chinese Starter - Portal Alternate Text Cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001 大水蛇
Anaconda
Andrew RobinsonSimplified Chinese Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-?YES 
002 焰球
Blaze
David CherrySimplified Chinese Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-?YES 
003 精锐猫战士
Elite Cat Warrior
Eric PetersonSimplified Chinese Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-?YES 
004 死之手
Hand of Death
John CoulthartSimplified Chinese Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-?YES 
005 巨兽术
Monstrous Growth
Dan FrazierSimplified Chinese Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-?YES 
006 全员冲锋
Warrior's Charge
Ted NaifehSimplified Chinese Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-?YES 
 


Spanish Starter - Portal Alternate Text Cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001 Anaconda
Anaconda
Andrew RobinsonSpanish Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
002 Llamarada
Blaze
Gerry GraceSpanish Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
003 Guerrero felino de élite
Elite Cat Warrior
Eric PetersonSpanish Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
004 Mano de muerte
Hand of Death
John CoulthartSpanish Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
005 Crecimiento monstruoso
Monstrous Growth
Dan FrazierSpanish Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
006 Trasgo furioso
Raging Goblin
Pete VentersSpanish Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
007 Carga de guerreros
Warrior's Charge
Ted NaifehSpanish Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-05YES 
 


Traditional Chinese Starter - Portal Alternate Text Cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001 大水蛇
Anaconda
Andrew RobinsonTraditional Chinese Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-?YES 
002 焰球
Blaze
Gerry GraceTraditional Chinese Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-?YES 
003 精銳貓戰士
Elite Cat Warrior
Eric PetersonTraditional Chinese Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-?YES 
004 死之手
Hand of Death
John CoulthartTraditional Chinese Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-?YES 
005 巨獸術
Monstrous Growth
Dan FrazierTraditional Chinese Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-?YES 
006 憤怒鬼怪
Raging Goblin
Pete VentersTraditional Chinese Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-?YES 
007 全員衝鋒
Warrior's Charge
Ted NaifehTraditional Chinese Portal 2 Player Starter Set1997-?YES 
 


Demo Game - Portal Alternate Text Cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001 Armored PegasusAndrew RobinsonEnglish Portal Demogame boosters.1997-05
002 Bull HippoRoger RauppEnglish Portal Demogame boosters.1997-05
003 Cloud PiratesPhil FoglioEnglish Portal Demogame boosters.1997-05
004 Feral ShadowColin Mac NeilEnglish Portal Demogame boosters.1997-05
005 Snapping DrakeChristopher RushEnglish Portal Demogame boosters.1997-05
006 Storm CrowUna FrickerEnglish Portal Demogame boosters.1997-05