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Portal Playtest Cards

Post by cataclysm80 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:53 am

While searching for interesting items to add to my Global Sets, I've stumbled onto some Portal Playtest Cards from a couple playtesters.
I plan to keep the cards that fit my Global Sets, and sell off the rest to recoup my costs, but before any of them head off to new homes, I wanted to document them here for future reference. I've also researched some additional info on these cards from other sources, and will include that here also. Maybe someday we'll know what the complete set looks like.

For anyone who isn't aware, Playtest cards are what the Research & Development team uses to test how new cards interact with each other during set development. This helps to discover problems with the cards, and also helps to make the set balanced. Playtest cards are the first version of a card, before it gets printed and becomes a regular real card. Some playtest cards never make it beyond this testing stage.
Changes are made to the cards throughout playtesting, and it's normal for a set to have a few generations of playtesting.
Playtest cards have been made a few different ways over the years. During the mid 1990's, Wizards of the Coast Research & Development found it convenient to print the new card info onto stickers, and adhere those onto regular Magic cards for playtesting. They used this process for many many years, and may still be using it today. Playtest cards were created differently prior to this. The first generation of Portal Playtest cards are the only Playtest cards that I've seen with half sized stickers. I suspect that these are the very first attempt at using stickers for Playtest cards.

During the time these cards were made, official WotC checklists were organized in Black, Blue, Green, Red, White, (BUGRW) order. This is alphabetical order, which is the way the computer organized them.
I will list the cards in that order here, separated by generation.
(White, Blue, Black, Red, Green (WUBRG) order was used for Mirage & Visions, and then on 1998 and later Magic sets. This is clockwise order of the mana symbols on the card back, starting at the top.)

Now that we're through the introductions, On to the good stuff...


Each card has a 4 digit identification code.
The first digit indicates the card rarity.
c=Common
n=Uncommon
r=Rare
The second digit indicates the card color.
b=Black
u=Blue
g=Green
r=Red
w=White
The last two digits indicate the card number. Each color and each rarity is numbered separately.
For example: Commons are numbered 1 through 17 in each color, while Uncommons are numbered 1 through 13 in each color
(Note: Mark Rosewater has mentioned that in general, sets frequently had 18 Commons in each color. This means that we may also be missing the 18th card in each color here, but I won't add it to the lists until we have some evidence that it exists.)


In addition to organizing these Playtest cards by generation, I will organize them by color, rarity, and card number.
This will allow us to see how many Playtest cards we are missing. Hopefully more will be found in the future, and we can fill in some of the blank spaces.
I used a bright light behind each card, to look through the card and see what regular card it was. I will also include here, what regular card the Playtest sticker has been attached to. This will provide some insight into when the playtesting occurred for each generation.


While a new set is being designed, it doesn't yet have an official name. Instead, it has a Codename.
Codenames began with Alliances as an internal office prank. Someone discovered that if you gave a computer folder the same name as a sound file, the computer would play the sound file whenever the folder was opened. Alliances was given the codename Quack, and whenever anyone in the office opened the computer files to work on the set, the whole office would hear the audible Quack sound file. :-D
The first generation of Portal playtesting was created before Alliances or codenames. A few cards from the first generation of Portal playtesting were added to Alliances playtesting and actually got printed there before / instead of in Portal.
Portal received its codename for the second generation of playtesting. The Codename for Portal was Harvey.
Harvey is abbreviated as HA on the second generation and third generation Playtest cards. It does not appear on the first generation Playtest cards.
During the first generation of Portal Playtesting, members of the design team were confused about the expectations behind the Portal concept. The Codename Harvey comes from a 1944 play (1950 movie starring James Stewart), in which Harvey is a big invisible rabbit, and no one knows what he is.


The first and second generations of playtesting were done internally by the Research & Development team, as is typical.
However, because this set was designed for teaching beginners, they really needed some feedback from people who had never played the game.
The third generation of playtesting was advertised locally in Renton Washington where WotC was located. Kids who had never played could sign up, and be provided with 5 prebuilt decks and some instructions. These 5 decks were assembled by R&D, and based on the Portal tip card deck suggestions. For Example: Everyone received a Blue & White "Air Power" deck, but these "Air Power" decks were not identical to each other. Every "Air Power" deck was a little different, containing some different Blue & White cards. It was the same way for the other four decks. No one received a full set of Portal Playtest cards, they only got their 5 decks. This means that if you were playing your "Air Power" deck against someone else's "Air Power" deck, both players would see some new cards that they weren't familiar with.


A note on rarity: All Playtest cards are pretty rare. Most of them are lost to the years, having been thrown away or destroyed long ago.
One of the playtesters told me that they believed at least 100 kids received 5 decks each. From what I've seen, I only have one copy of most of these cards. There are also several cards that I have two copies of. There are a few cards that I have several copies of, sometimes more than 4 copies.

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Re: Portal Playtest Cards

Post by cataclysm80 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:29 am

1st Generation Portal Playtest cards use half sized stickers. They reuse the original cards name and casting cost, so it was important that the Playtest sticker be attached to the correct card. Next to the identification code, is the name of the card that the sticker should be attached to. These Playtest stickers can change the card type, rules text, & power/toughness. They introduce the sword/shield icons for power/toughness. These 1st Generation cards do not indicate a set Codename. Most of the 1st Generation Playtest stickers are attached to English 4th Edition cards, however, there are also some English Ice Age cards used, so this generation occurred sometime after June 1995.
(Note: Bill Rose was the lead designer for Portal. He began officially working at WotC in October 1995, but he was also an Alpha playtester and had worked on Magic since the beginning, so he could have started work on this set before moving to Washington state.)
I have not seen any Uncommons or Rares from the 1st Generation, and they might not exist.

1st Generation Black Commons

Identification--------------Card Name---------------Attached to this regular card---Became this Portal card
Cb01-------------------------Unknown
Cb02-------------------------Unknown
Cb03-------------------------Unknown
Cb04 Cyclopean Mummy--Cyclopean Mummy-----ENG 4th Cyclopean Mummy-----Craven Knight
Cb05 Pestilence Rats------Pestilence Rats---------ENG Ice Age Pestilence Rats----Undying Beast
Cb06 Frozen Shade--------Frozen Shade------------ENG 4th Frozen Shade-----------Feral Shadow
Cb07-------------------------Unknown
Cb08 Murk Dwellers-------Murk Dwellers-----------ENG 4th Murk Dwellers----------? (maybe Skeletal Crocodile?)
Cb09-------------------------Unknown
Cb10-------------------------Unknown
Cb11-------------------------Unknown
Cb12-------------------------Unknown
Cb13 Pit Scorpion----------Pit Scorpion-------------ENG 4th Pit Scorpion-------------Hand of Death
Cb14-------------------------Unknown
Cb15 Raise Dead-----------Raise Dead---------------ENG 4th Raise Dead--------------Raise Dead
Cb16-------------------------Unknown
Cb17-------------------------Unknown

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1st Generation Blue Commons

Identification---------Card Name---------------------------Attached to this regular card------------Became this Portal Card
Cu01 Merfolk----------Merfolk of the Pearl Trident------ENG 4th Merfolk of the Pearl Trident--Merfolk of the Pearl Trident
Cu02 Zephyr Falcon--Zephyr Falcon-----------------------ENG 4th Zephyr Falcon-------------------Storm Crow (added to Alliances)
Cu03--------------------Unknown
Cu04--------------------Unknown
Cu05--------------------Unknown
Cu06--------------------Unknown
Cu07--------------------Unknown
Cu08--------------------Unknown
Cu09--------------------Unknown
Cu10--------------------Unknown
Cu11--------------------Unknown
Cu12--------------------Unknown
Cu13--------------------Unknown
Cu14--------------------Unknown
Cu15--------------------Unknown
Cu16--------------------Unknown
Cu17 Creature Bond--Creature Bond----------------------ENG 4th Creature Bond-------------------Developed into Theft of Dreams & Tidal Surge

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1st Generation Green Commons

Identification-----------Card Name------------Attached to this regular card---Became this Portal card
Cg01---------------------Unknown
Cg02 Grizzly Bears-----Grizzly Bears---------ENG 4th Grizzly Bears-------------Grizzly Bears
Cg03 Pradesh Gypsies -Pradesh Gypsies------ENG 4th Pradesh Gypsies--------Elvish Ranger
Cg04---------------------Unknown
Cg05 War Mammoth---War Mammoth--------ENG 4th War Mammoth----------Stalking Tiger
Cg06---------------------Unknown
Cg07 Durkwood Boars-Durkwood Boars------ENG 4th Durkwood Boars--------? (maybe Charging Rhino?)
Cg08---------------------Unknown
Cg09---------------------Unknown
Cg10---------------------Unknown
Cg11---------------------Unknown
Cg12 Giant Spider-----Giant Spider-----------ENG 4th Giant Spider-------------Giant Spider
Cg13---------------------Unknown
Cg14---------------------Unknown
Cg15 Tranquility-------Tranquility-------------ENG 4th Tranquility--------------Untamed Wilds
Cg16---------------------Unknown
Cg17---------------------Unknown

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1st Generation Red Commons

Identification----------------Card Name--------------------Attached to this regular card----Became this Portal card
Cr01 Mons’s Goblin R.------Mons’s Goblin Raiders-------ENG 4th Mons’s Goblin Raiders--Raging Goblin
Cr02---------------------------Unknown
Cr03 Ironclaw Orcs----------Ironclaw Orcs-----------------ENG 4th Ironclaw Orcs------------Hulking Goblin
Cr04---------------------------Unknown
Cr05 Gray Ogre--------------Gray Ogre---------------------ENG 4th Gray Ogre-----------------Fire Imp
Cr06---------------------------Unknown
Cr07 Hill Giant---------------Hill Giant---------------------ENG 4th Hill Giant------------------Hill Giant
Cr08---------------------------Unknown
Cr09---------------------------Unknown
Cr10---------------------------Unknown
Cr11 Shatter-----------------Shatter-------------------------ENG 4th Shatter--------------------Volcanic Hammer
Cr12---------------------------Unknown
Cr13---------------------------Unknown
Cr14---------------------------Unknown
Cr15---------------------------Unknown
Cr16---------------------------Unknown
Cr17 Eternal Warrior-------Eternal Warrior---------------ENG 4th Eternal Warrior----------Not in Portal (Became Gorilla War Cry in Alliances)

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1st Generation White Commons

Identification-----------------Card Name-------------------------Attached to this regular card-----------Became this card in Portal
Cw01 Benalish Hero---------Benalish Hero----------------------ENG 4th Benalish Hero-------------------Devoted Hero
Cw02 Mesa Pegasus---------Mesa Pegasus-----------------------ENG 4th Mesa Pegasus-------------------Armored Pegasus
Cw03--------------------------Unknown
Cw04--------------------------Unknown
Cw05 Pearled Unicorn------Pearled Unicorn --------------------ENG 4th Pearled Unicorn----------------Regal Unicorn
Cw06--------------------------Unknown
Cw07--------------------------Unknown
Cw08--------------------------Unknown
Cw09--------------------------Unknown
Cw10 COP: White-----------Circle of Protection: White -------ENG 4th Circle of Protection: White--Not in Portal (Became Reprisal in Alliances)
Cw11--------------------------Unknown
Cw12--------------------------Unknown
Cw13--------------------------Unknown
Cw14 Piety-------------------Piety----------------------------------ENG 4th Piety-----------------------------Sacred Nectar
Cw15--------------------------Unknown
Cw16 Holy Armor------------Holy Armor--------------------------ENG 4th Holy Armor---------------------Not in Portal (Based on Indestructible Aura)
Cw17--------------------------Unknown

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Re: Portal Playtest Cards

Post by cataclysm80 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:13 am

2nd Generation Portal Playtest cards use full size stickers, like most subsequent playtest cards. This simplified the process, because Playtest stickers could now be placed onto any card, instead of having to search for a specific correct card. The Playtest stickers now control all features of the card, including name and casting cost. These 2nd Generation cards have "HA", an abbreviation of the set Codename, located where the expansion symbol would be. The stickers were placed onto cards of a matching color. (blue stickers on blue cards, etc.) Most of the 2nd Generation Playtest stickers are attached to English 4th Edition cards, but there's also Revised. Based on the info from 1st Generation and 3rd Generation, playtesting for the 2nd generation probably occurred during early 1996. It may appear that all the black cards were put on Erg Raiders, all the blue cards were put on Erosion, all the green cards were put on Land Leeches, and all the red cards were put on Eternal Warrior, but I think this is just a coincidence. They just happened to have a lot of copies of these particular cards around, because no one wanted to play with these cards. Cards that no one wanted, were used for applying Playtest stickers.
I have not seen any Uncommons or Rares from the 2nd Generation, and they might not exist.
After the 1st Generation of Playtesting, some of the cards might have been modified or replaced with different cards for the 2nd Generation. For example, Cg03 was Pradesh Gypsies during the 1st Generation, and cg03 may or may not have been Pradesh Gypsies during the 2nd Generation. There isn't enough information yet, to know which cards were modified or replaced for the 2nd Generation.

2nd Generation Black Commons

Identification---Card Name-Attached to this card---Became this Portal card
HA cb01----------Muck Rat---ENG 4th Erg Raiders----Muck Rat
HA cb02----------Unknown
HA cb03----------Unknown
HA cb04----------Unknown
HA cb05----------Unknown
HA cb06----------Unknown
HA cb07----------Unknown
HA cb08----------Unknown
HA cb09----------Unknown
HA cb10----------Unknown
HA cb11----------Unknown
HA cb12----------Unknown
HA cb13----------Unknown
HA cb14----------Unknown
HA cb15----------Unknown
HA cb16----------Mind Rot---ENG 4th Erg Raiders----Mind Rot
HA cb17----------Unknown

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2nd Generation Blue Commons

Identification---Card Name-------------Attached to this card---Became this Portal card
HA cu01----------Unknown
HA cu02----------Unknown
HA cu03----------Unknown
HA cu04----------Cloud Child-------------ENG 4th Erosion---------Cloud Spirit
HA cu05----------Unknown
HA cu06----------Air Pirates--------------ENG 4th Erosion---------Cloud Pirates
HA cu07----------Unknown
HA cu08----------Time Ebb---------------ENG 4th Erosion---------Time Ebb
HA cu09----------Unknown
HA cu10----------Déjà vu-----------------ENG 4th Erosion---------Déjà vu
HA cu11----------Touch of Brilliance---ENG 4th Erosion---------Touch of Brilliance
HA cu12----------Unknown
HA cu13----------Unknown
HA cu14----------Unknown
HA cu15----------Unknown
HA cu16----------Unknown
HA cu17----------Unknown

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2nd Generation Green Commons

Identification---Card Name-------Attached to this card---Became this Portal card
HA cg01----------Unknown
HA cg02----------Unknown
HA cg03----------Unknown
HA cg04----------Unknown
HA cg05----------Unknown
HA cg06----------Unknown
HA cg07----------Unknown
HA cg08----------Unknown
HA cg09----------Tree Warrior----ENG 4th Land Leeches--Redwood Treefolk
HA cg10----------Unknown
HA cg11----------Unknown
HA cg12----------Unknown
HA cg13----------Unknown
HA cg14----------Unknown
HA cg15----------Unknown
HA cg16----------Unknown
HA cg17----------Monstrous--------ENG 4th Land Leeches--Monstrous Growth

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2nd Generation Red Commons

Identification----------Card Name-------Attached to this card-----Became this Portal card
HA cr01-----------------Unknown
HA cr02-----------------Unknown
HA cr03-----------------Unknown
HA cr04-----------------Unknown
HA cr05-----------------Unknown
HA cr06-----------------Unknown
HA cr07-----------------Unknown
HA cr08-----------------Lava Monster----ENG 4th Eternal Warrior--Lizard Warrior
HA cr09-----------------Unknown
HA cr10-----------------Unknown
HA cr11-----------------Unknown
HA cr12-----------------Unknown
HA cr13-----------------Lava Flow--------ENG 4th Eternal Warrior--Lava Flow
HA cr14-----------------Unknown
HA cr15-----------------Unknown
HA cr16-----------------Unknown
HA cr17-----------------Unknown

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2nd Generation White Commons

Identification---Card Name-------------Attached to this card------------Became this Portal card
HA cw01---------Unknown
HA cw02---------Unknown
HA cw03---------Unknown
HA cw04---------Unknown
HA cw05---------Unknown
HA cw06---------Griffin-------------------ENG Revised Pearled Unicorn--Spotted Griffin
HA cw07---------Unknown
HA cw08---------Unknown
HA cw09---------Sacred Warrior---------ENG 4th Piety--------------------Sacred Knight
HA cw10---------Unknown
HA cw11---------Unknown
HA cw12---------Unknown
HA cw13---------Unknown
HA cw14---------Unknown
HA cw15---------Unknown
HA cw16---------Unknown
HA cw17---------Unknown

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Re: Portal Playtest Cards

Post by cataclysm80 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:14 am

3rd Generation Portal Playtest cards use full size stickers, like most subsequent Playtest cards. These 3rd Generation cards have "HA", an abbreviation of the set Codename, located at the bottom of the card, just before the Identification Number. They have "v2.0" where the expansion symbol would be. The stickers were placed onto cards of a matching color. (blue stickers on blue cards, etc.) Most of the 3rd Generation Playtest stickers are attached to Fallen Empires & German Ice Age cards, but there's also English Ice Age, English Alliances, and English Mirage, so this generation occurred sometime after September 1996. This generation has a lot more variety in what cards the stickers were applied to. Again, undesirable cards were used for applying Playtest stickers. It's unusual to find Playtest stickers covering good cards. The best things here are probably Hymn to Tourach & Goblin Grenade.
The 3rd Generation was the public portion of Portal playtesting. Leftover cards from the 1st and 2nd generations were also included in 3rd Generation Playtesting. All of the cards seen in this article come from 3rd Generation playtesters.


For the 3rd Generation, we do have enough information to notice how some things develop across the Playtest generations. Here's a list...
Identification--Gen 1------------------Gen 2------------Gen 3-----------------Development
cb04-------------Cyclopean Mummy---?-----------------Craven Knight-------name change, but functionally identical
cb05-------------Pestilence Rats-------?-----------------Shade-----------------card modified
cb13-------------Pit Scorpion-----------?-----------------Mark of Banishing---name change, reduced casting cost
cb15-------------Raise Dead------------?-----------------Witching Hour-------card modified, didn't like the change and switched back before print
cb16-------------?------------------------Mind Rot--------Mind Rot--------------no change
cu02-------------Zephyr Falcon--------?-----------------Storm Crow-----------name change, but functionally identical
cu08-------------?------------------------Time Ebb-------Greedy Magpie-------complete change, both cards used in finished set
cu17-------------Creature Bond--------?-----------------Tidal Surge-----------card split into two cards, Tidal Surge & Theft of Dreams
cg05-------------War Mammoth--------?-----------------Stalking Tiger--------card modified
cg09-------------?------------------------Tree Warrior---Jungle Lion-----------complete change, both cards used in finished set
cg15-------------Tranquility------------?-----------------Nature's Lore---------card modified, kept both versions in finished set
cr05-------------Gray Ogre-------------?-----------------Fire Snake-------------card modified
cr17-------------Eternal Warrior-------?-----------------Flint Spear------------card cancelled (moved to Alliances), new card created
cw06------------?------------------------Griffin-----------Griffin-----------------no change
cw16------------Holy Armor------------?-----------------Hollowed Aura--------name change, added "draw a card", not used in finished set


A Note on Identification Numbering: How many different Playtest cards were actually made?
We know that each color was numbered separately because we have numerous examples within each generation of the same number being used on different colors. For example: 1st Generation has a number 5 card in Black, Green, Red, & White. 2nd Generation has a number 6 card in Blue & White. 3rd Generation has a number 5 Common card in Black, Blue, Green, & Red.
We know that each rarity was numbered separately because we have multiple examples within 3rd generation of the same number being used on different rarities. For example: 3rd Generation Black has a number 5 card in Common & Rare.
It's pretty safe to assume that the numbers start at 1 and go upward.
It's also pretty safe to assume that each color has an equal number of cards as the other colors, and they're divided up into rarity in the same proportions. The final finished product Portal set is that way, and it's typical design for having a balanced game.
The thing that we Don't know is how high the numbers should go.
1st, 2nd, & 3rd Generation all have Commons numbered up to 17. We haven't seen any Commons higher than 17.
We haven't seen any Uncommons or Rares from 1st or 2nd Generation, but 3rd Generation has Uncommons numbered up to 13, and Rares numbered up to 8.
Artists are given the Playtest card name and Identification Number when they create the card artwork. Some artists include this information on the back of the artwork, or in the margin. I've looked at a few different pieces of original art from Portal, and one piece did have an Identification Number, RW11. Apparently the Rares go up to at least 11.
Checking the math, I think that puts us pretty close to what should be the complete set.
17 Commons of each color = 85 cards
13 Uncommons of each color = 65 cards
11 Rares of each color = 55 cards
For a total of 205 cards (+ land & tip cards)
For comparison, Gatherer lists the finished product Portal at 195 cards (+ land & tip cards)


3rd Generation Black Commons

Identification----------Card Name------------Attached to this card-------------------------------------Became this Portal card
V2.0 HA cb01----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cb02----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cb03----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cb04----------Craven Knight---------ENG Mirage Soulshriek------------------------------------Craven Knight
V2.0 HA cb05----------Shade-------------------Ger Ice Age Seizures--------------------------------------Undying Beast
V2.0 HA cb06----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cb07----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cb08----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cb09----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cb10----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cb11----------Vampiric Touch-------GER Ice Age Pestilence Rats-----------------------------Vampiric Touch
V2.0 HA cb12----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cb13----------Mark of Banishing-----GER Ice Age Songs of the Damned----------------------Hand of Death
V2.0 HA cb14----------Howling Fury-----------Fallen Empires Hymn to Tourach Liz Danforth-------Howling Fury
V2.0 HA cb15----------Witching Hour---------Fallen Empires Basal Thrull Phil Foglio----------------Raise Dead
V2.0 HA cb16----------Mind Rot----------------Fallen Empires Hymn to Tourach Susan Van Camp--Mind Rot
V2.0 HA cb17----------Coercion----------------ENG Mirage Soulshriek-----------------------------------Mind Knives

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3rd Generation Black Uncommons

Identification----------Card Name------------Attached to this card-------------------------------Became this Portal card
V2.0 HA nb01----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nb02----------Dread Reaper---------Fallen Empires Basal Thrull Kaja Foglio----------Dread Reaper
V2.0 HA nb03----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nb04----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nb05----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nb06----------Dry Spell---------------ENG Alliances Stench of Decay with flower-----Dry Spell
V2.0 HA nb07----------Mind Knives-----------Fallen Empires Hymn to Tourach Liz Danforth--Not in Portal (Became Extortion in Mercadian Masques)
V2.0 HA nb08----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nb09----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nb10----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nb11----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nb12----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nb13----------Unknown

* When the Mind Knives playtest card was cancelled from being in Portal, the name was used for a different card. (Coercion)

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3rd Generation Black Rares

Identification-----------Card Name------------Attached to this card------------------------------------Became this Portal card
V2.0 HA rb01-----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rb02-----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rb03-----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rb04-----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rb05-----------Ebon Dragon-----------Fallen Empires Hymn to Tourach Quinton Hoover--Ebon Dragon
V2.0 HA rb06-----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rb07-----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rb08-----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rb09-----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rb10-----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rb11-----------Unknown

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Re: Portal Playtest Cards

Post by cataclysm80 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:15 am

3rd Generation Blue Commons

Identification----------Card Name-------------Attached to this card---------------------------------Became this Portal card
V2.0 HA cu01----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cu02----------Storm Crow------------Fallen Empires Merseine Margaret Organ-Kean---Storm Crow
V2.0 HA cu03----------River Serpent----------ENG Mirage Thirst-------------------------------------Coral Eel
V2.0 HA cu04----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cu05----------Azure Drake------------Fallen Empires Merseine Margaret Organ-Kean---Snapping Drake
V2.0 HA cu06----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cu07----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cu08----------Greedy Magpie---------ENG Alliances False Demise with male artwork--Owl Familiar
V2.0 HA cu09----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cu10----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cu11----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cu12----------Touch of Brilliance----ENG Mirage Thirst-------------------------------------Touch of Brilliance
V2.0 HA cu13----------Omen--------------------ENG Mirage Soar---------------------------------------Omen
V2.0 HA cu14----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cu15----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cu16----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cu17----------Tidal Surge-------------Fallen Empires Merseine Margaret Organ-Kean---Tidal Surge

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3rd Generation Blue Uncommons

Identification----------Card Name-------------Attached to this card--------------------------------Became this Portal card
V2.0 HA nu01----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nu02----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nu03----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nu04----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nu05----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nu06----------Deep-Sea Serpent-----Fallen Empires Merseine Margaret Organ-Kean--Deep-Sea Serpent
V2.0 HA nu07----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nu08----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nu09----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nu10----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nu11----------Fizzle--------------------Fallen Empires Merseine Drew Tucker------------Mystic Denial
V2.0 HA nu12----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nu13----------Unknown

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3rd Generation Blue Rares

Identification----------Card Name-------------Attached to this card---Became this Portal card
V2.0 HA ru01----------Unknown
V2.0 HA ru02----------Unknown
V2.0 HA ru03----------Unknown
V2.0 HA ru04----------Unknown
V2.0 HA ru05----------Unknown
V2.0 HA ru06----------Unknown
V2.0 HA ru07----------Taunt--------------------ENG Mirage Thirst-------Taunt
V2.0 HA ru08----------Unknown
V2.0 HA ru09----------Unknown
V2.0 HA ru10----------Unknown
V2.0 HA ru11----------Unknown

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Re: Portal Playtest Cards

Post by cataclysm80 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:15 am

3rd Generation Green Commons

Identification----------Card Name-------------Attached to this card----------------------------------------Became this Portal card
V2.0 HA cg01----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cg02----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cg03----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cg04----------Gorilla Warrior--------ENG Alliances Gorilla Berserkers---------------------------Gorilla Warrior
V2.0 HA cg05----------Stalking Tiger----------Fallen Empires Elven Fortress Randy Asplund-Faith----Stalking Tiger
V2.0 HA cg06----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cg07----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cg08----------Spiked Wurm-----------Fallen Empires Elven Fortress Randy Asplund-Faith----Spined Wurm
V2.0 HA cg09----------Jungle Lion-------------Fallen Empires Elven Fortress Randy Asplund-Faith----Jungle Lion
V2.0 HA cg10----------Panther Warriors------ENG Alliances Fyndhorn Druid------------------------------Panther Warriors
V2.0 HA cg11----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cg12----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cg13----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cg14----------Fruition-----------------Fallen Empires Elven Fortress Randy Asplund-Faith-----Fruition
V2.0 HA cg15----------Nature’s Lore----------ENG Alliances Taste of Paradise laying down artwork--Nature's Lore
V2.0 HA cg16----------Feral Charge-----------Fallen Empires Elven Fortress Randy Asplund-Faith-----Warrior's Charge (changed to a white card)
V2.0 HA cg17----------Unknown

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3rd Generation Green Uncommons

Identification----------Card Name-------------Attached to this card----------------------------------------Became this Portal card
V2.0 HA ng01----------Unknown
V2.0 HA ng02----------Unknown
V2.0 HA ng03----------Unknown
V2.0 HA ng04----------Unknown
V2.0 HA ng05----------Unknown
V2.0 HA ng06----------Unknown
V2.0 HA ng07----------Unknown
V2.0 HA ng08----------Winter’s Grasp--------ENG Alliances Taste of Paradise laying down artwork--Winter's Grasp
V2.0 HA ng09----------Unknown
V2.0 HA ng10----------Needle Storm----------ENG Alliances Fyndhorn Druid------------------------------Needle Storm
V2.0 HA ng11----------Deep Wood-------------ENG Alliances Undergrowth man with axe artwork-----Deep Wood
V2.0 HA ng12----------Unknown
V2.0 HA ng13----------Mobilize-----------------ENG Alliances Gift of the Woods female artwork-------Mobilize

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3rd Generation Green Rares

Identification---------Card Name--------------Attached to this card-----------------------------------------Became this Portal card
V2.0 HA rg01----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rg02----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rg03----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rg04----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rg05----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rg06----------Alluring Scent----------FE Elven Fortress Randy Asplund-Faith-------------------Alluring Scent
V2.0 HA rg07----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rg08----------Sylvan Tutor------------ENG Alliances Taste of Paradise laying down artwork--Sylvan Tutor
V2.0 HA rg09----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rg10----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rg11----------Unknown

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Re: Portal Playtest Cards

Post by cataclysm80 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:15 am

3rd Generation Red Commons

Identification---------Card Name--------------Attached to this card----------------------------Became this Portal card
V2.0 HA cr01----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cr02----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cr03----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cr04----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cr05----------Fire Snake--------------ENG Ice Age Barbarian Guides------------------Fire Imp (Fire Snake name used on different card)
V2.0 HA cr06----------Raging Cougar----------ENG Alliances Gorilla War Cry------------------Raging Cougar
V2.0 HA cr07----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cr08----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cr09----------Orgg---------------------GER Ice Age Orcish Conscripts------------------Highland Giant
V2.0 HA cr10----------Orgg Bully---------------Fallen Empires Brassclaw Orcs Dan Frazier--Craven Giant
V2.0 HA cr11----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cr12----------Obsidian Axe-----------GER Ice Age Imposing Visage--------------------Lava Axe
V2.0 HA cr13----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cr14----------Stone Rain--------------ENG Ice Age Mountain Goat---------------------Stone Rain
V2.0 HA cr15----------Headlong Charge-------GER Ice Age Shatter-----------------------------Valorous Charge (Became a white card)
V2.0 HA cr16----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cr17----------Flint Spear--------------GER Ice Age Tor Giant---------------------------Scorching Spear

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3rd Generation Red Uncommons

Identification---------Card Name--------------Attached to this card----------Became this Portal card
V2.0 HA nr01----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nr02----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nr03----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nr04----------Raging Firefiend -------GER Ice Age Aggression-------Raging Minotaur (also in Mirage as Talruum Minotaur)
V2.0 HA nr05----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nr06----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nr07----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nr08----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nr09----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nr10----------Granite Hammer-------GER Ice Age Mountain Goat--? (maybe Forked Lightning?)
V2.0 HA nr11----------Searing Storm----------ENG Mirage Stone Rain--------Pyroclasm
V2.0 HA nr12----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nr13----------Unknown

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3rd Generation Red Rares

Identification---------Card Name--------------Attached to this card------------------------------Became this Portal Card
V2.0 HA rr01----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rr02----------Pillaging Horde---------Fallen Empires Goblin Grenade Ron Spencer--Pillaging Horde (also in Alliances as Balduvian Horde)
V2.0 HA rr03----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rr04----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rr05----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rr06----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rr07----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rr08----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rr09----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rr10----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rr11----------Unknown

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Re: Portal Playtest Cards

Post by cataclysm80 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:16 am

3rd Generation White Commons

Identification----------Card Name-------------Attached to this card-----------------------------------------Became this Portal card
V2.0 HA cw01----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cw02----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cw03----------Knight Errant----------Fallen Empires Icatian Javelineers Edward Beard Jr.---Knight Errant
V2.0 HA cw04----------Border Guard----------Fallen Empires Icatian Moneychanger Melissa Benson--Border Guard
V2.0 HA cw05----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cw06----------Griffin------------------Fallen Empires Icatian Moneychanger Drew Tucker-----Spotted Griffin
V2.0 HA cw07----------Infantry Squad--------GER Ice Age Heal----------------------------------------------Foot Soldiers
V2.0 HA cw08----------Monk--------------------Fallen Empires Icatian Javelineers Scott Kirschner-----Venerable Monk
V2.0 HA cw09----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cw10----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cw11----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cw12----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cw13----------Path of Peace---------Fallen Empires Icatian Moneychanger Drew Tucker-----Path of Peace
V2.0 HA cw14----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cw15----------Unknown
V2.0 HA cw16----------Hollowed Aura--------Fallen Empires Icatian Javelineers Scott Kirschner------Not used in finished set
V2.0 HA cw17----------Unknown

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3rd Generation White Uncommons

Identification----------Card Name-------------Attached to this card-------------------------------------------------Became this Portal card
V2.0 HA nw01----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nw02----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nw03----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nw04----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nw05----------Vigilant Guard---------GER Ice Age Arenson’s Aura-----------------------------------------Ardent Militia
V2.0 HA nw06----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nw07----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nw08----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nw09----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nw10----------Vigilant Stand---------GER Ice Age Circle of Protection: Green--------------------------Defiant Stand
V2.0 HA nw11----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nw12----------Unknown
V2.0 HA nw13----------Unknown

NOTE: Resurection has a misprint. It's missing part of it's Identification Number. We'll need to find the other White Uncommons before we can figure out what number Resurection was supposed to have.
V2.0 HA nw??----------Resurection-------------ENG Ice Age Kjeldoran Escort with spear artwork (not bow)--Breath of Life

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3rd Generation White Rares

Identification----------Card Name-------------Attached to this card--------Became this Portal card
V2.0 HA rw01----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rw02----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rw03----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rw04----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rw05----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rw06----------Blessed Reversal------GER Ice Age Elvish Healer--Blessed Reversal
V2.0 HA rw07----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rw08----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rw09----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rw10----------Unknown
V2.0 HA rw11----------Temporary Truce------no card, just a note in the margin of the original artwork

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Re: Portal Playtest Cards

Post by cataclysm80 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:17 am

This is what the land cards look like.
I'm not sure what generation these are from, they could be from any of the generations.
They're all on English 4th Edition cards, and every different artwork of English 4th land was used.
Interestingly, several of these Portal Playtest lands are on Alternate 4th Edition cards. None of the other Portal Playtest cards I've seen were on Alternate 4th Edition cards, only some of the lands. This tells us that the Wizards of the Coast Research & Development department did have some Alternate 4th Edition cards on hand.

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Re: Portal Playtest Cards

Post by cataclysm80 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:18 am

Reserved for 3rd Generation Tip cards & Instructions

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