The latest Magic: The Gathering standard set doesn’t send you into a new world like previous sets did. Instead, you can relive a defining moment in Magic’s history. Brothers Mishra and Urza have each found one half of the powerful Thran powerstone. This artifact grants a person great power if they possess both halves. Of course, Mishra and Urza want the other half of their brother heart. They will use any means necessary to obtain the valuable possessions from their blood relatives. It is precisely this war that you will find yourself in this set.
Lots of artifacts
The two brothers rely on powerful machines during the war. So it’s no wonder that the set is packed to the brim with a wide variety of artifacts. A highlight are the many different artifact creatures. These huge constructs are a bit reminiscent of Transformers. That’s what Magic’s developers thought, too, and introduced Transformers cards in War of the Brothers.
The new “Prototype” mechanic is also all about artifact creatures. The best way to explain the new mechanics is with a preview card, which we can present to you exclusively on buffed!
Iron Stomach Crusher
In the English version, the map is called “Iron Craw Crusher”. That’s a bit scarier than the German name. Source: Wizards of the Coast This machine worm has a somewhat unwieldy name, but it does have the extremely handy “prototype” keyword. There are many powerful artifact creatures in the set. As in the case of our preview card, however, you must first get together seven mana in order to be able to play this worm. However, you can also play the card for its prototype cost – in this case, two green mana and two generic mana. Then Iron Gizzard Crusher enters the field as a green 2/5 creature. The printed ability also gets the card in the prototype version.
Prototype cards are incredibly strong, especially in limited formats such as drafts, because they can be used very flexibly. You can play the powerful artifact creatures as finishers. Or you can use them as prototypes in early moves to slowly but surely take over the field.
Iron Gizzard Crusher is particularly useful because it’s a strong early-game blocker with its 2/5 stats, effectively doubling its own power or buffing another creature when attacking. In the completed version for seven mana, she can quickly increase her stats to 8/6 when attacking and overrun your opponent with it!
Prototype cards are also good in other formats such as Standard – at least with a little trick. In doing so, you cast the cards for their prototype cost. Then you need a card with a flicker effect such as cut into the world structure. This causes the card to briefly leave play, “forgetting” all special status effects. This also includes prototype. The card then re-enters play as a “normal” artifact creature. In this way, you can put a powerful creature on the field in the first few moves!
More mechanics and cards in War of the Brothers
You’ll also find two well-known mechanics in War of the Brothers. Some creatures and artifacts can be put back onto the field from the graveyard for 1 turn for their unearth cost. This will give them haste, allowing them to attack immediately or use their tap abilities.
You can fuse certain cards together to create a powerful card. Each card tells you which cards it can fuse with. For example, you can combine Urza, Lord Protector, Power Stone, and Weakness Stone. When both cards are under your control, you turn the cards over. On the back of each card you will find one half of the card Urza, Planeswalker.
Transformers in the War of the Brothers
Magic: The Gathering developers are big fans of crossover. Recently, there have been Commander decks featuring Warhammer 40k characters. In the new set, the developers came up with the idea of incorporating Transformers into the set. Coincidentally, Hasbro owns the licenses for both Magic: The Gathering and Transformers, so this idea could be implemented without further ado! Therefore, with a little luck you will find one of 15 robots from the Autobots and Decepticons in your boosters. You can play the cards both in the draft and in Eternal formats such as Commander. However, the Transformers are not playable in formats such as Standard or Modern.
Here you can get tickets from War of the Brothers
On November 15th, War of the Brothers will be coming to the online version of Magic: The Gathering Arena. Shortly thereafter, the Prerelease events will begin (find events near you here)
From November 18, 2022, you can purchase the new cards from your trusted store. You can only get promo cards in these shops – for example, if you buy a whole display at once. As with the previous sets, you will be overwhelmed with a wide range of products: In addition to the draft boosters, there are once again the set and collector’s boosters. But new Commander decks should not be missing either. If you buy two War of the Brothers Jumpstart Boosters, you can just shuffle those cards together and have a deck to play some chilled games with.
The Gift Edition of the bundle includes eight Set Boosters, a Collector’s Booster, a promo card, a Transformers card, a die, and some land cards as well. Source: Wizards of the Coast
Then of course there is another bundle that offers you a chic storage box in addition to eight set boosters and a few goodies. With a broad view towards Christmas, the gift edition of the bundle might be the right choice, which also has a collector booster available for a few euros more.
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What do you think of the new War of the Brothers prototype mechanics? Do you like the new crossover maps and especially the ones we have the privilege of introducing you to? Or do the Transformers have no place in the world of Magic: The Gathering – even with a wink? Write it to us in the comments!