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Magic 1513: Tarot Combat II March 27, 2013

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The history discussed here is made up by me and there is no evidence that it is based on reality.

Tarot Combat is a tarot card game similar to Magic: the Gathering invented in 1503. The problem is that the game requires players to memorize what all the cards do. The 22-unique trump cards can be difficult to remember in particular. Tarot Combat II was invented in 1513, and it is training-wheels for Tarot Combat. It’s basically a tarot deck, but all the cards say what they do on them. This makes it much easier to play.

The soldier cards each feature a different character. Instead of having an Ace, Two, Three, etc., there are lions, unicorns, and knights.


unicorn of hearts

The unicorn was originally the Seven. It has no cost, 1 strength, and 7 speed.

Many of the trump cards are the inspiration for certain popular Magic cards that we are still familiar with. I will present four of them for your consideration.

Wheel of Fortune

wheel of fortune

Wheel of Fortune was originally a Tarot card, and the effect it has on the game of Tarot Combat is almost exactly the same as it is in Magic: the Gathering.



Justice was the original “Balance.” Of course, it was more balanced because you can’t play artifacts and enchantments before playing it for a more powerful effect.



Judgment was the original “Wrath of God.”



Tower was the original “Lightning Bolt.”

Tarot Combat II is free, and you can download all the images used for it here.



1. Recoculous.com: Magic the Gathering Articles » Magic 1523: Tarot Combat II Character Cards - April 2, 2013

[…] Tarot Combat II was the first combat-oriented card game featuring various monsters and effects. Even so, the deck of cards is actually based on a tarot deck — the cards are based on the 56 playing cards, and 22 trump cards. Character cards is the first expansion for a combat-oriented card game. It includes 22 more soldier cards, each featuring a monster or animal. Each character card has a unique set of statistics, and some of them have the flying ability. […]

2. Recoculous.com: Magic the Gathering Articles » Magic 1533: Spell Battle - August 17, 2013

[…] In 1533 a new customizable fantasy card game was developed that used spell and character cards called Spell Battle. This was the first card game made that required players to make their decks from a pool of cards before playing. Spell Battle is based on Tarot Combat II, but it has a much larger pool of unique cards, players make unique decks using the card pool, and each suit has a unique flavor. […]