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Friday, November 25, 2022

Newsletter: Reinvent the past and retake the future in The Brothers’ War


The second chapter of Magic: The Gathering’s multi-set arc reveals the true story behind a feud that shaped the Multiverse

Wizards of the Coast will release The Brothers’ War, the latest set for the world’s best trading card game, Magic: The Gathering. The second installment to the four-part Phyrexian storyline and the first standard set to incorporate Universes Beyond with Transformers, The Brothers’ War depicts the events of one of the most nostalgic and world-defining moments in Magic’s history. The set contains 287 cards and releases on tabletop on 18 November. Fans from the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia will have the opportunity to receive limited-edition Token collectables when they purchase products from this set. 

Exclusively for Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia, players who purchase at least PHP56001 of The Brothers’ War products can receive a limited-edition Token collectable – “Construct” or “Urzan Automaton”. The tokens are the first two of a three-part series set, with varied transparency, of the MTG The Brothers’ War Battlefield Mural. The Battlefield Mural can be connected to the earlier limited-edition 3-part token set, which was progressively released since the launch of MTG Dominaria United in September. Each customer will be entitled to one token only, while stocks last. More details will be available on Magic: The Gathering’s Facebook page.

Amidst the devastating Phyrexian invasion, Planeswalker Teferi seeks answers in the past through the legend of a bitter rivalry between two brothers, Urza and Mishra. The Brothers’ War, known also as the ‘Antiquities War’, was a conflict that shattered the plane of Dominaria with titanic mechs, colossal dreadnaughts and magical warfare, inciting a series of events that shaped the future of the entire Multiverse. First depicted in Magic’s second-ever expansion set released in 1994, ‘Antiquities’, The Brothers’ War reveals the sibling rivalry as not so much a tale of ‘good vs. evil’ as the legends depict. 

With the plane entrenched in mech warfare, The Brothers’ War is a set heavily focused on artifacts. Among these include Powerstones, colourless artifact tokens first introduced in Dominaria United that can be tapped for additional mana that cannot be used on non-artifact spells. Prototype, another mechanic seen on artifact creatures, is an alternate cost for giant mechs, allowing them to enter the battlefield for less mana but with less power, toughness, and abilities. The Brothers’ War also re-introduces fan-favourite mechanics such as Meld, a keyword that combines two cards to create one oversized card, and Unearth, which allows cards to return from the graveyard, with the cost of it being exiled at the end of the turn.

As the first-ever mainline Magic set to incorporate Universes Beyond, The Brothers’ War also brings Transformers into the fray. For a true taste of nostalgia, fans can add Optimus Prime, Megatron and more to their decks, exhibited in bold mech-style borderless frames.

10 full-art basic lands convey a story of their own, showcasing the colossal locations and mechanical behemoths that fought underneath Urza and Mishra during the war. 

To take players back through time, retro reprints of famous artifacts and artifact creatures from Magic’s history are also up for grabs. In the two Commander Decks built around both brothers, every card will also have a retro frame treatment, paying homage to the original style and format of the game. As a bonus, retro artifact cards with schematic designs can be found in foil and non-foil treatments. 

The Brothers’ War will be available as Draft Boosters, Set Boosters, Collector Boosters, Jumpstart Boosters, Commander decks and Bundles.

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