Core Set 2020 Collation

Core Set 2020 is a core set with 101 normal commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares, four variations of each standard basic land, and 11 extra common lands that can replace basic lands in boosters. Besides the extra common lands, this is the normal size for a large set of this era. Foil cards are included in booster packs with advertised odds of 1 : 45 cards (which is a change from previous sets). The set was printed in English in the USA and Belgium.

Core Set 2020 was sold in 15 card booster packs (which contain an additional ad card). Booster boxes have 36 packs.

USA Pack Anatomy

The US printing uses sequential collation with C1/C2 common collation.

Packs have back-facing cards with common-uncommon-rare ordering followed by a land and ad card. If there is a foil, it will displace a common and appear after the rare. The card in the land slot may be a basic land or another common land.

10 Commons3 Uncommons1 Rare1 Land1 Ad Card
9 Commons3 Uncommons1 Rare1 Foil1 Land1 Ad Card

Packs are evenly split between C1 commons and C2 commons. C1 packs will contain 2×A + 2×B + 6×C or 3×A + 2×B + 5×C. C2 packs will contains 4×A + 2×B + 4×C or 4×A + 3×B + 3×C or 4×A + 4×B + 2×C.


When a foil appears in a pack, it will displace a common card. Common foils (including common basic and non-basic lands) displace A or C1 commons. (They can displace A commons in both C1 and C2 packs.) Uncommon foils can appear in both C1 and C2 packs (probably at equal rates) and displace B commons. Rare foils displace C2 commons.

For the common foils, the non-basic lands are apparently printed on a different sheet even though they are collated in the same slot. (The non-basic lands don't appear in sequences that are consistent with the normal common foil sequences.) Mathematically, for the non-basic lands to be as likely as the other common foils, the should appear 1/12 of the time. This is consistent with the data I have seen (although the evidence isn't that strong).

The data is consistent with a common foil rate of 1/5 and an uncommon foil rate of 1/12. With a total foil rate of 1/3 (15/45), the makes the rare foil rate 1/20. This is harder to verify based on collation patterns, but empirically plausible.

There are two uncommon runs, A and B, each with 40 different cards appearing three times each. Half of packs have two A cards followed by a B, and half have one A card followed by two B cards.

The land slot will contain a basic land 13/24 of the time and a non-basic land the rest of the time.

Common Runs

The A common run consists of 33 different cards each appearing twice. These cards are white, blue, and red (appearing in that order). The choice of first card is mostly arbitrary.

Reckless Air StrikeRaise the AlarmNegateReduce to AshesSquad CaptainFrilled Sea SerpentAct of TreasonInspiring CaptainAnticipateInfuriateMoorland Inquisitor
Faerie MiscreantRipscale PredatorDisenchantMoat PiranhasFire ElementalAngelic GiftMetropolis SpriteKeldon RaiderAerial AssaultSage's Row DenizenReduce to Ashes
Moment of HeroismNegateGoblin Bird-GrabberDaybreak ChaplainFortress CrabScorch SpitterInspired ChargeOctoprophetLavakin BrawlerMoorland InquisitorConvolute
Goblin SmugglerRaise the AlarmBone to AshInfuriateSteadfast SentryFrilled Sea SerpentReckless Air StrikeInspiring CaptainMoat PiranhasAct of TreasonSquad Captain
Faerie MiscreantKeldon RaiderAngelic GiftFortress CrabGoblin Bird-GrabberAerial AssaultConvoluteGoblin SmugglerDaybreak ChaplainMetropolis SpriteRipscale Predator
DisenchantAnticipateFire ElementalInspired ChargeOctoprophetScorch SpitterSteadfast SentrySage's Row DenizenLavakin BrawlerMoment of HeroismBone to Ash

The B common run consists of 22 different cards each appearing three times. The cards alternate between black and green. The choice of first card is mostly arbitrary.

Natural EndBarony VampireGreenwood SentinelBlood BurglarThicket CrasherFeral AbominationVorstclawEpicure of BloodFerocious PupSanitarium SkeletonGift of Paradise
Fathom Fleet CutthroatFeral InvocationDuressWolfkin BondBone SplintersBrightwood TrackerAudacious ThiefPlummetFeral AbominationMammoth SpiderSoul Salvage
Thicket CrasherBlood BurglarGreenwood SentinelBladebrandNatural EndBarony VampireGift of ParadiseSanitarium SkeletonBrightwood TrackerEpicure of BloodWolfkin Bond
Fathom Fleet CutthroatFeral InvocationAudacious ThiefVorstclawFeral AbominationFerocious PupBarony VampirePlummetBone SplintersGreenwood SentinelDuress
Natural EndBladebrandMammoth SpiderSoul SalvageThicket CrasherBlood BurglarVorstclawEpicure of BloodFeral InvocationFathom Fleet CutthroatFerocious Pup
Audacious ThiefWolfkin BondSanitarium SkeletonGift of ParadiseDuressBrightwood TrackerBone SplintersPlummetSoul SalvageMammoth SpiderBladebrand

The C1 common run consists of 27 different cards each appearing twice plus Anvilwrought Raptor, the short-printed common. It includes cards of all colors and colorless cards. The choice of first card is mostly arbitrary.

Griffin ProtectorMind RotCloudkin SeerTectonic RiftSedge ScorpionVial of DragonfireZephyr ChargeLeafkin DruidBattalion Foot SoldierShockHealer of the Glade
Marauder's AxeDestructive DiggerSleep ParalysisYoked OxDaggersail AeronautAnvilwrought RaptorSilverback ShamanGorging VultureTectonic RiftWinged WordsMind Rot
Sedge ScorpionZephyr ChargeGriffin SentinelGrowth CyclePack MastiffSoulmenderVial of DragonfireAgonizing SyphonHealer of the GladeCloudkin SeerDestructive Digger
Griffin ProtectorStone GolemLeafkin DruidFrost LynxDaggersail AeronautUnholy IndentureMarauder's AxeSleep ParalysisYoked OxGorging VultureGrowth Cycle
ShockStone GolemSilverback ShamanBattalion Foot SoldierWinged WordsUnholy IndentureGriffin SentinelAgonizing SyphonFrost LynxPack MastiffSoulmender

The C2 common run consists of 18 different cards each appearing three times plus Anvilwrought Raptor, the short-printed common. It includes cards of all colors and colorless cards. The choice of first card is mostly arbitrary.

Netcaster SpiderUndead ServantChandra's EmbercatPrismitePacifismBefuddleCentaur CourserSorcerer of the FangBoneclad NecromancerManiacal RageBoreal Elemental
Rabid BiteHeart-Piercer BowChandra's OutrageGlaring AegisUnsummonSorcerer of the FangNetcaster SpiderBefuddleMurderDawning AngelChandra's Embercat
Centaur CourserPrismitePacifismUndead ServantBoreal ElementalManiacal RageBoneclad NecromancerDawning AngelRabid BiteHeart-Piercer BowChandra's Outrage
UnsummonPrismiteNetcaster SpiderBefuddleMurderAnvilwrought RaptorChandra's EmbercatGlaring AegisBoreal ElementalManiacal RageCentaur Courser
Boneclad NecromancerUndead ServantPacifismDawning AngelChandra's OutrageHeart-Piercer BowRabid BiteSorcerer of the FangUnsummonGlaring AegisMurder

Uncommon Runs

The A uncommon run consists of 40 different cards each appearing three times. The choice of first card is mostly arbitrary.

Angel of VitalityVeil of SummerFlame SweepGods WillingVampire of the Dire MoonOgre SiegebreakerCaptivating GyreMeteor GolemPulse of MurasaChandra, Novice PyromancerEternal Isolation
Blood for BonesCreeping TrailblazerPattern MatcherScholar of the AgesThrashing BrontodonRapacious DragonFencing AceBlightbeetleIronroot WarlordWarden of Evos IsleHowling Giant
Cryptic CavesVeil of SummerFryLoyal PegasusGruesome ScourgerLightning StormkinAngel of VitalityAir ElementalWolfrider's SaddleUnchained BerserkerHerald of the Sun
DisfigureEmpyrean EagleBrineborn CutthroatColossus HammerLoaming ShamanUncaged FuryMaster SplicerBlood for BonesOgre SiegebreakerPortal of SanctuaryGravedigger
Pulse of MurasaChandra, Novice PyromancerEternal IsolationVampire of the Dire MoonCreeping TrailblazerThrashing BrontodonMeteor GolemScholar of the AgesFlame SweepGods WillingBlightbeetle
Ironroot WarlordCaptivating GyreHerald of the SunLoaming ShamanRapacious DragonFencing AceGruesome ScourgerLightning StormkinWarden of Evos IsleCryptic CavesHowling Giant
FryLoyal PegasusDisfigureEmpyrean EagleWolfrider's SaddlePattern MatcherAir ElementalUnchained BerserkerMaster SplicerGravediggerOgre Siegebreaker
Brineborn CutthroatColossus HammerPulse of MurasaUncaged FuryGods WillingBlood for BonesCreeping TrailblazerPortal of SanctuaryMeteor GolemVeil of SummerFlame Sweep
Angel of VitalityVampire of the Dire MoonIronroot WarlordCaptivating GyreEternal IsolationThrashing BrontodonChandra, Novice PyromancerFencing AceBlightbeetleRapacious DragonWarden of Evos Isle
Pattern MatcherLoaming ShamanFryLoyal PegasusGravediggerLightning StormkinBrineborn CutthroatCryptic CavesHowling GiantUnchained BerserkerHerald of the Sun
Gruesome ScourgerEmpyrean EaglePortal of SanctuaryColossus HammerWolfrider's SaddleUncaged FuryScholar of the AgesDisfigureMaster SplicerAir Elemental

The B uncommon run also consists of 40 different cards each appearing three times. The choice of first card is mostly arbitrary.

Yarok's FenlurkerWoodland ChampionHard CoverMoldervine ReclamationScampering ScorcherSpectral SailorSalvager of RuinNoxious GraspBarkhide TrollGauntlets of LightRisen Reef
Mask of ImmolationRenowned WeaponsmithRetributive WandOvergrowth ElementalThought DistortionAncestral BladeCorpse KnightEmber HaulerCerulean DrakeManifold KeyBloodsoaked Altar
Season of GrowthApostle of Purifying LightBloodthirsty AerialistGoblin RingleaderScuttlemuttYarok's WavecrasherDiamond KnightNoxious GraspMight of the MassesRule of LawSkyknight Vanguard
Chandra's SpitfireSpectral SailorDiviner's LockboxVengeful WarchiefOvercomeDevout DecreeTomebound LichMask of ImmolationAether GustSalvager of RuinYarok's Fenlurker
Woodland ChampionAncestral BladeHard CoverScampering ScorcherMoldervine ReclamationRetributive WandBloodsoaked AltarBarkhide TrollGauntlets of LightRisen ReefDragon Mage
Yarok's WavecrasherManifold KeyApostle of Purifying LightOvergrowth ElementalThought DistortionCorpse KnightGoblin RingleaderRenowned WeaponsmithScuttlemuttBloodthirsty AerialistSeason of Growth
Devout DecreeSkyknight VanguardEmber HaulerCerulean DrakeDiamond KnightVengeful WarchiefMight of the MassesRule of LawMoldervine ReclamationChandra's SpitfireSpectral Sailor
Diviner's LockboxNoxious GraspOvercomeAncestral BladeWoodland ChampionScampering ScorcherAether GustRetributive WandYarok's FenlurkerBarkhide TrollApostle of Purifying Light
Hard CoverDragon MageTomebound LichSalvager of RuinBloodsoaked AltarOvergrowth ElementalGauntlets of LightRisen ReefMask of ImmolationYarok's WavecrasherManifold Key
Might of the MassesThought DistortionEmber HaulerCorpse KnightGoblin RingleaderRenowned WeaponsmithScuttlemuttVengeful WarchiefSeason of GrowthDevout DecreeSkyknight Vanguard
Chandra's SpitfireCerulean DrakeDiamond KnightBloodthirsty AerialistOvercomeRule of LawTomebound LichDragon MageAether GustDiviner's Lockbox

Token Run

All of the marketing cards in Core Set 2020 have a token or emblem on the front face. They are printed on an 11 × 11 sheet with different items appearing different numbers of times.

Ajani's PridemateSoldierChandra, Awakened Inferno EmblemZombieWolfGolemSpiritSoldierElementalTreasureWolf
Elemental BirdZombieSoldierAjani's PridemateDemonWolfElementalZombieSoldierSpiritElemental Bird
WolfGolemZombieSoldierElementalZombieWolfAjani's PridemateSoldierTreasureZombie
Chandra, Awakened Inferno EmblemWolfSoldierZombieGolemWolfElementalSoldierZombieAjani's PridemateDemon
WolfSoldierElementalZombieWolfTreasureSoldierChandra, Awakened Inferno EmblemGolemZombieWolf
Elemental BirdElementalSoldierWolfAjani's PridemateZombieDemonSoldierWolfTreasureElemental
ZombieSoldierSpiritGolemWolfAjani's PridemateZombieSoldierElementalWolfSpirit
SoldierTreasureWolfZombieChandra, Awakened Inferno EmblemSoldierWolfElementalAjani's PridemateZombieSoldier
GolemSpiritWolfDemonSoldierElementalZombieWolfTreasureMu Yanling, Sky Dancer EmblemGolem
SoldierZombieElementalWolfDemonSoldierAjani's PridemateZombieWolfSpiritSoldier
TreasureWolfZombieElementalSoldierChandra, Awakened Inferno EmblemGolemDemonZombieElementalWolf

Token Rarity
Mu Yanling, Sky Dancer EmblemMu Yanling, Sky Dancer Emblem × 1Elemental BirdElemental Bird × 3Chandra, Awakened Inferno EmblemChandra, Awakened Inferno Emblem × 5
DemonDemon × 6SpiritSpirit × 6TreasureTreasure × 7
Ajani's PridemateAjani's Pridemate × 8GolemGolem × 8ElementalElemental × 13
ZombieZombie × 20SoldierSoldier × 22WolfWolf × 22

Foil Rare Sheet

There is a picture of the foil rare sheet available. [1] Each rare card appears twice, and each mythic rare card appears once.

Bishop of WingsDread PresenceChandra, Acolyte of FlameKaalia, Zenith SeekerElvish ReclaimerAgent of TreacheryMystic ForgeCavalier of DawnLeyline of CombustionDungeon GeistsField of the Dead
Brought BackEmbodiment of AgoniesChandra's RegulatorAjani, Strength of the PrideGargos, Vicious WatcherAtemsis, All-SeeingLeyline of the VoidVoracious HydraMarauding RaptorFlood of TearsLotus Field
Hanged ExecutionerKnight of the Ebon LegionDrakuseth, Maw of FlamesCavalier of GalesIcon of AncestryDrawn from DreamsRotting RegisaurWakeroot ElementalRepeated ReverberationLeyline of AnticipationTemple of Epiphany
Leyline of SanctityLegion's EndBag of HoldingKethis, the Hidden HandNightpack AmbusherBishop of WingsScheming SymmetryMu Yanling, Sky DancerThunderkin AwakenerMasterful ReplicationTemple of Malady
Loxodon LifechanterDungeon GeistsVoracious HydraCavalier of NightField of the DeadBrought BackVilis, Broker of BloodShared SummonsSteel OverseerTale's EndTemple of Mystery
Planar CleansingFlood of TearsWakeroot ElementalCavalier of FlameLotus FieldHanged ExecutionerChandra, Acolyte of FlameShifting CeratopsDread PresenceBag of HoldingTemple of Silence
Sephara, Sky's BladeLeyline of AnticipationLeyline of the VoidKykar, Wind's FuryTemple of EpiphanyLeyline of SanctityChandra's RegulatorSorin, Imperious BloodlordEmbodiment of AgoniesGolos, Tireless PilgrimTemple of Triumph
Starfield MysticMasterful ReplicationRotting RegisaurCavalier of ThornsElvish ReclaimerLoxodon LifechanterDrakuseth, Maw of FlamesLeyline of AbundanceKnight of the Ebon LegionLeyline of CombustionTemple of Malady
Agent of TreacheryTale's EndScheming SymmetryOmnath, Locus of the RoilGargos, Vicious WatcherPlanar CleansingGlint-Horn BuccaneerGrafdigger's CageLegion's EndMarauding RaptorTemple of Mystery
Atemsis, All-SeeingGlint-Horn BuccaneerVilis, Broker of BloodChandra, Awakened InfernoLeyline of AbundanceSephara, Sky's BladeMystic ForgeVivien, Arkbow RangerShared SummonsRepeated ReverberationTemple of Silence
Drawn from DreamsGolos, Tireless PilgrimSteel OverseerYarok, the DesecratedNightpack AmbusherStarfield MysticIcon of AncestryGrafdigger's CageShifting CeratopsThunderkin AwakenerTemple of Triumph

Belgian Pack Anatomy

The Belgian printing uses sequential collation with simple two-run 101 common collation.

Packs are front-facing and have common-uncommon-rare ordering followed by a basic land and an ad card. There are 10 commons, 3 uncommons, and 1 rare. If there is a foil card, it will appear after the land, displacing a common.

10 Commons3 Uncommons1 Rare1 Land1 Ad Card
9 Commons3 Uncommons1 Rare1 Land1 Foil1 Ad Card

Each pack contains four cards from the A common run followed by six cards from the B run. Foils can displace a card from either run.

Common Runs

The A common run consists of 40 different cards each appearing three times plus Stone Golem, the short-printed common (which is different than the US short print). There are cards are mostly white and blue. The choice of first card is mostly arbitrary.

Raise the AlarmSage's Row DenizenVial of DragonfireDaybreak ChaplainOctoprophetFeral InvocationSteadfast SentryMoat PiranhasMoorland InquisitorUndead ServantFaerie Miscreant
SoulmenderAngelic GiftMetropolis SpriteManiacal RageSquad CaptainFrilled Sea SerpentAerial AssaultHeart-Piercer BowAnticipateInspired ChargeAngelic Gift
NegateDaybreak ChaplainSoulmenderBone to AshAnvilwrought RaptorDawning AngelZephyr ChargeFeral InvocationSteadfast SentryBefuddleManiacal Rage
Battalion Foot SoldierFrost LynxVial of DragonfireGlaring AegisFortress CrabHeart-Piercer BowSquad CaptainZephyr ChargePrismiteYoked OxNegate
Tectonic RiftDisenchantFrilled Sea SerpentFeral InvocationSoulmenderFaerie MiscreantMoment of HeroismOctoprophetGlaring AegisConvoluteUnholy Indenture
Inspired ChargeSage's Row DenizenManiacal RageInspiring CaptainMoat PiranhasMoorland InquisitorFortress CrabUndead ServantAerial AssaultBefuddleInspiring Captain
Yoked OxMetropolis SpriteDaybreak ChaplainTectonic RiftMoat PiranhasDisenchantHealer of the GladeBone to AshInspiring CaptainStone GolemFaerie Miscreant
Battalion Foot SoldierSage's Row DenizenAerial AssaultGlaring AegisConvolutePrismiteDawning AngelZephyr ChargeBattalion Foot SoldierAnvilwrought RaptorFrilled Sea Serpent
Steadfast SentryRaise the AlarmAnticipateHealer of the GladeInspired ChargeNegateUnholy IndentureSquad CaptainBone to AshAnvilwrought RaptorMoment of Heroism
Frost LynxUndead ServantDawning AngelMetropolis SpriteRaise the AlarmTectonic RiftConvoluteYoked OxPrismiteAnticipateMoorland Inquisitor
Healer of the GladeOctoprophetDisenchantBefuddleHeart-Piercer BowAngelic GiftFortress CrabVial of DragonfireMoment of HeroismFrost LynxUnholy Indenture

The B common run consists of 60 different cards each appearing twice plus Stone Golem, the short-printed common. The choice of first card is mostly arbitrary.

Reckless Air StrikeBrightwood TrackerWinged WordsBoreal ElementalAudacious ThiefPack MastiffLeafkin DruidAct of TreasonInfuriateSanitarium SkeletonThicket Crasher
Rabid BiteGoblin Bird-GrabberFeral AbominationMammoth SpiderChandra's EmbercatMarauder's AxeBone SplintersWolfkin BondCloudkin SeerScorch SpitterBoneclad Necromancer
Boreal ElementalGreenwood SentinelSoul SalvageLavakin BrawlerSorcerer of the FangPacifismGift of ParadiseReduce to AshesDuressUnsummonFeral Abomination
Brightwood TrackerDaggersail AeronautSleep ParalysisThicket CrasherMurderKeldon RaiderFathom Fleet CutthroatSanitarium SkeletonSilverback ShamanCentaur CourserDestructive Digger
Mammoth SpiderBladebrandGriffin ProtectorBoneclad NecromancerRipscale PredatorNatural EndSedge ScorpionLavakin BrawlerBone SplintersGoblin SmugglerGreenwood Sentinel
Chandra's OutrageStone GolemGorging VultureMind RotPlummetFire ElementalPack MastiffRipscale PredatorAudacious ThiefGrowth CycleSorcerer of the Fang
Griffin SentinelGoblin Bird-GrabberFerocious PupBarony VampireMarauder's AxeWolfkin BondKeldon RaiderAgonizing SyphonCentaur CourserEpicure of BloodGriffin Protector
Scorch SpitterVorstclawSleep ParalysisFathom Fleet CutthroatInfuriateChandra's EmbercatRabid BiteDuressGoblin SmugglerGriffin SentinelBlood Burglar
Netcaster SpiderWinged WordsReckless Air StrikeBladebrandShockLeafkin DruidPlummetSoul SalvageReduce to AshesUnsummonNetcaster Spider
Mind RotDaggersail AeronautFire ElementalGorging VultureGift of ParadiseBarony VampireCloudkin SeerAct of TreasonAgonizing SyphonSilverback ShamanGrowth Cycle
Epicure of BloodShockNatural EndDestructive DiggerSedge ScorpionBlood BurglarVorstclawPacifismChandra's OutrageFerocious PupMurder

[1] A picture of the US foil rare sheet is available with this eBay listing.