Darksteel is the newest upcoming expert-level expansion for Magic: The Gathering. It is the second set in the Mirrodin Block, which also includes the sets Mirrodin and the upcoming Fifth Dawn.
Prerelease Date: January 24-25, 2004.
Find information and schedules for Darksteel prerelease tournament events here!
Release (Sale) Date: February 6, 2004.
Legal in Constructed Tournaments: February 20, 2004.
This will be just in time to be legal for Pro Tour Kobe, February 27-29; a block constructed event.
Set Size: 165 cards.
This is the first set to release with this size. Randy Buehler explained this change in set size in an article.
Border Color: Black.
Darksteel will be the second black-bordered set to feature the new card face that debuted in Eighth Edition. The premium cards will also be black bordered.
Expansion Symbol: A stylized shield.
R&D Code Name: Lettuce.
R&D Design Team: Bill Rose (lead), Tyler Bielman, Brian Schneider, and Mark Rosewater.
R&D Development Team: Henry Stern (lead), Tyler Bielman, Brandon Bozzi, Charlie Catino, and Brian Schneider.
We'll be posting more information and preview cards over the coming weeks, so stay tuned to MagicTheGathering.com.