The second part of the Invasion
block, Planeshift was one of the smaller. 143 card expansion sets
for Magic: The Gathering
, released on February 5, 2001. The expansion set symbol was a spiral
, wider than it was tall
, to make it look a little three-dimensional. A black symbol meant the card was common, silver meant uncommon, and gold meant rare.
The cards continued use of the Invasion play mechanic, kicker, plus new so-called abilities. Some cards have what's called "gating" - they're undercosted, but return other cards to your hand instead. "Domains" get stronger when a player controls more types of basic lands. And "familiars" are creatures that reduce casting costs.
Three of the cards had special alternative art, as a second, rarer foil. The three cards were Ertai, the Corrupted, Tahngarth, Talruum Hero, and Skyship Weatherlight.
Four preconstructed decks were also available, using cards from both Planeshift and Invasion.