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Limited Edition Alpha (or just Alpha for short) was the first Magic: The Gathering print run. It premiered in a limited release at Origins International Game Expo in 1993, with a general release that August. Its print run of 2.6 million cards sold out very quickly and was replaced by Limited Edition's Beta print run. The Alpha and Beta runs are officially both part of Limited Edition. Limited Edition cards have no expansion symbol, no copyright date, no trademark symbols, but do list the art credit.
In addition, Alpha contained numerous misprints and lacked a standardized wording for card text, which would not appear until 4th Edition. As a result, Alpha card texts have been confusing to new players.
The following cards had printing errors, all of which were fixed in the Beta release.
The Alpha rulebook contains a fantasy tale called "Worzel's Story" by Richard Garfield which was removed for the Beta release. Alpha deck boxes also lack a UPC on the bottom.
Many Alpha cards had abilities that have since become keyword abilities. The ability "may only be blocked by black or artifact creatures" was keyworded to Fear in 8th edition. The rule preventing Walls from attacking was removed in 9th edition and all walls were given the keyword "Defender," which prevents them from attacking. Serra Angel's famous ability 'doesn't tap to attack' was keyworded to Vigilance in the Champions of the Kamigawa set. "May attack the turn it comes into play" has changed twice; it was first changed to "unaffected by summoning sickness" in the set, Mirage and then was keyworded to Haste in the Urza's Destiny set.
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