Release Events Promos

Index | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007

Starting with Unhinged, a new series of Release Events was introduced in North and South America at the end of 2004. These events are held the weekend next to the street release date of new Magic sets. Like in prerelease tournaments, participants compete in a Sealed Deck environment, utilizing the new cards. A promotional version of a card from the the card set is given out to the first 32 participants. In addition to that, additional booster packs and a life counter are rewarded to the top-ranking players. In other countries, the Release Event card is sometimes given out as participation bonus at additional prerelease tournaments held the weekend after the global prerelease tournaments have taken place.

The Rukh Egg can be considered the first Release Event card, not only commemorating the release of the Eighth Edition card set, but also commemorating the tenth anniversary of Magic itself. Consequently, all Eighth Edition release tournaments were named Global Celebration tournaments and were held in card stores around the world on the weekend before the official release of Eighth Edition.

In order to commemorate the release of Russian Magic cards, for the Ninth Edition Release Events in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, a Russian Shivan Dragon promotional card was given out to participants instead of the Force of Nature promo issued everywhere else.

Sometimes, additional items are given out at release events. For the Torment Prerelease Tournament, this has been a black mana tatoo which was handed to all participants to emphasize the black focus of the set. For the Ninth Edition Release Event, this has been a Serra Angel deck box which was given to those players who brought a new Magic player to the event.

Black Mana Tatoo from Torment Prerelease Tournament (January 2525, 2002)

Serra Angel deck box from Ninth Edition Release Event, illustrated by Greg Staples.

Card Board Throwing Star Shuriken from Betrayers of Kamigawa Release Event (February 5, 2005)

Rukh Egg by Mark Zug - Ass Whuppin' by Don Hazeltine.

Budoka Pupil by Shishizaru. - Ghost-Lit Raider by Ittoku.

Force of Nature by Greg Staples.

Shivan Dragon by Donato Giancola.

Dimir Guildmage by Adam Rex - Gruul Guildmage by Paolo Parente.

Azorius Guildmage by Christopher Moeller - Sudden Shock by Vance Kovacs.

Hedge Troll by Parente - Storm Entity by Lucio Parrillo.

Shriekmaw by Steve Prescott.

Promo Premium Rukh Egg, Magic Arcana
Que Siron Siron, Daily MTG
Ravnica Release Event Promo Card, Magic Arcana
Dissension Release Tournament Promo Card, Magic Arcana
Coldsnap Release Promo Card Revealed, Magic Arcana

Misprinted Non-Standard Release Events Promos
Release Event Life Counters
Release Events Promos Japanese
Release Event Tokens

2003 - Release Events Promos
001216/350FoilRukh EggMark ZugEighth Edition Global Celebration tournament participation bonus.2003-07-26YES 

2004 - Release Events Promos
001*117/140 MerfolkFoilAss Whuppin'Don HazeltineUnhinged Release Event participation bonus. First Release Promo with a date2004-11-20YES 

2005 - Release Events Promos
001*122/165FoilBudoka PupilShishizaruBetrayers of Kamigawa Release Event participation bonus.2005-02-04YES 
002*99/165FoilGhost-Lit RaiderIttokuSaviors of Kamigawa Release Event participation bonus.2005-06-03YES 
003*242/350FoilForce of NatureGreg StaplesNinth Edition Release Event participation bonus everywhere except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.2005-07-29YES 
004219/350FoilШиванский дракон
Shivan Dragon
Donato GiancolaNinth Edition Release Event participation bonus in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.2005-09-24YES 
005*245/306FoilDimir GuildmageAdam RexRavnica: City of Guild Release Event participation bonus.2005-10-07YES 

2006 - Release Events Promos
001*144/165FoilGruul GuildmagePaolo ParenteGuildpact Release Event participation bonus.2006-02-03YES 
002*141/180FoilAzorius GuildmageChristopher MoellerDissension Release Event participation bonus.2006-05-05YES 
003*179/301FoilSudden ShockVance KovacsTime Spiral Release Event participation bonus.2006-10-06YES 

2007 - Release Events Promos
001*151/165FoilHedge TrollParentePlanar Chaos Release Event participation bonus2007-02-02YES 
002*122/180FoilStorm EntityLucio ParrilloFuture Sight Release Event participation bonus2007-05-04YES 
003*139/301FoilShriekmawSteve PrescottLorwyn Release Event participation bonus2007-10-12YES