Of course Alpha had introduced a cycle before this; the 'boons' that gave you three of something for one coloured mana (Ritual, Salve, Ancestral, etc). Arabian Night took it one step further with the introduction of Djinns and Efreets. Four of the colours originally had one Djinn and one Efreet each, and these creatures proved to be some of the most powerful creatures printed for years to come. Cards like Juzam Djinn, Serendib Efreet and Ehrnam Djinn are reasons why City in a Bottle is powerful card.
White didn't get any Djinns or Efreets at this point (there actually only exists one white Djinn/Efreet; Ruham Djinn from Invasion 7 years later). Instead white got the super-hoser King Solomon:
|6 months before the legendary rule. Bo-yah!|
Looks like there will be a tournament at Warcon (Varberg) in five weeks btw, it will certainly be good times! Join if you have the opportunity :)