Magic The Gathering brings back the lore of Urza and Mishra in The Brothers’ War

It looks like a backdrop for a... Transformers spin-off... (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

It looks like a backdrop for a… Transformers spin-off… (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Magic: The Gathering will release his last set The Brothers War documenting the Antiquities War between the Urza and Mishra brothers, on table November 18.

First mentioned in the Antiques expansion set in 1994, The Brothers’ War was the conflict between two legendary artificer brothers, Urza and Mishra, who became an essential part of lore in Magic: The Gathering, with Urza himself getting an entire block to his name in 1998.

It was the main scenario of Magicbefore the Gatewatch and Nicol Bolas saga hit the scene, and returning to it before the game’s 30th anniversary is sure to give longtime fans a trip down memory lane (just check out the preview card That we have).

This new set will introduce two new mechanics: Prototype and power stone.

Prototype is a new ability found on some powerful artifact creatures in the set. Artifact creatures with Prototype will have 2 different cast costs – a normal cost, as well as an alternate cost involving colored mana.

Cast a free instant or sorcery with this new helper.  (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Cast a free instant or sorcery with this new helper. (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

When said creature such as Arcane Proxy is cast normally, its mana cost is higher and it enters the battlefield with greater power and toughness (4/3 in the case of Arcane Proxy).

If you launch Arcane Proxy with its Prototype ability, you’ll have to pay 1 generic mana and 2 blue mana instead, and it enters the battlefield as 2/1.

However, it will still retain its enter-the-battlefield trigger (important: Arcane Proxy strength is now 2 instead of 4). Arcane Proxy is still an artifact creature, but it’s now also a blue creature.

If Arcane Proxy isn’t on the battlefield or on the stack with its Prototype it will be treated as a colorless artifact creature that has 4/3 power and toughness, and a cost of 7 mana.

The next new keyword power stone applies to a new type of tokens, similar to Treasure tokens.

Smol Urza.  (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Smol Urza. (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Technically, power stone already appeared in the previous Dominaria United set, but he’s set to make a lot more of a splash in The Brothers War.

power stone is a colorless artifact like a treasure token, and it can be tapped to produce mana.

However, as long as a Treasure token is sacrificed, a power stone the token is not sacrificed, which means it can be used again once cleared.

People are fighting for them like they are the next new Moonswatch.  (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

People are fighting for them like they are the next new Moonswatch. (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

The power stone produces colorless mana (unlike treasure, which can produce any colored mana) that cannot be used for any non-artifact spell.

It can, however, be used for other spells and abilities, including any permanent’s activated abilities. You simply cannot cast Urza or Mishra in this set with a power stone.

Speaking of Urza, The Brothers War bring back the mechanic merge.

With mergea player can turn two cards from a meld pair to form an even greater threat.

(Image: Wizards of the Coast)

(Image: Wizards of the Coast)

With the cards Urza, Lord Protector, and The Mightstone and The Weakstone on the battlefield, a player can pay generic 7 mana at Sorcery speed to merge the two cards (by physically flipping them both) into one large boy: Urza, Planeswalker.

Ahhh so big boy Urza has to wear these stones for Planeswalk... (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Ahhh so big boy Urza has to wear these stones for Planeswalk… (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Tokens cannot merge, so forget about duplicate copies of Urza, Lord Protector, or The Mightstone and The Weakstone.

The fused permanent will behave like a single permanent, but if Urza, Planeswalker dies (spoiler alert, lmao), is exiled, or simply leaves the battlefield, the fuse breaks and both cards return.

In The Brothers Warthere will be three specific fusion pairs, with each pair transforming into Urza, Mishra, and Titania under the right circumstances.

(Image: Wizards of the Coast)

(Image: Wizards of the Coast)

The next mechanic to return is unearth.

unearth is an activated ability that allows creatures to be cast from the graveyard for a temporary period, but the ability now extends even to non-creature artifacts in the graveyard!

Check Out Debut On A Noncreature Permanent!  (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Check Out Debut On A Noncreature Permanent! (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

To add to the return to the old Magic: The Gathering days, 63 famous artifacts across Magic: The Gathering’the story will be printed in the retro frame.

Some of them were already printed in older borders (i.e. these are old vintage maps), but many of these 63 artifacts have never been printed in retro processing before .

Now reprinted in a retro frame!  (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Now reprinted in a retro frame! (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

They will come in two treatments: the usual retro black borders with the original card art, and a schematic shape with all-new art that features early schematics of the original card art.

Intriguing first concepts for Aetherflux Reservoir.  (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Intriguing first concepts for Aetherflux Reservoir. (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

These cards will be available in both foil and non-foil, and each draft and set booster will feature one of these artifacts in either retro or normal schematic form.

These artifacts will appear more than once in a Collector’s Booster, and there’s even a chance to open an extremely rare (0-500) serialized version of these 63 artifacts!

Autobots, deploy

In a truly unexpected twist, characters from Transformers (according to Michael Bay and… Shia LaBeouf) will also appear in The Brothers War and be part of the constant expansion Universe beyond.

Generation 1 Transformers. (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Generation 1 Transformers. (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

They’ll come in both the normal and non-foil treatment, as well as a reimagined version of Shattered Glass where heroes are now villains (gasp, bad boy Optimus Prime), and vice versa.

Autobot or... Decepticon?  (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

What is an Autobot or a Decepticon? (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

These Transformers will appear in Set and Collector boosters, but only the Shattered Glass treatment will appear in Collector boosters.

Okay, before anyone gets too excited, these cards obviously aren’t legal in Standard, but go ahead and deploy them in your next Commander deck (or Legacy/Vintage if any of you still playing it).

The Brothers War will be available as Draft Boosters, Set Boosters, Collection Boosters, Jumpstart Boosters, Commander Decks, and Bundles.

Jay Chan plays a lot of Dota 2 and MTG. He’s terrible in Dota 2 and a scrub in MTG, and maybe spends too much money on both games.

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