The Kenriths’ Royal Funeral | Illustration by Manuel Castañon
We’re stepping into unknown territory once the dust has settled from the Phyrexian invasion, and the planes return to something like normality. We’re getting a set unlike we’ve ever seen in Magic labelled a “micro set” and consisting of 50 cards that tell the story of what comes after the conquest by (or defeat of) the Phyrexian hordes.
But what is this set? What is it bringing to the game? Introducing MOM: The Aftermath. Let’s get into it!
March of the Machine: The Aftermath Basic Information
Invasion of Tarkir | Illustration by Darren Tan
|Number of Cards||50|
|Story release||May 1, 2023|
|Previews start||May 2, 2023|
|Full gallery available||May 3, 2023|
|Release on MTG Arena and Magic Online||TBA|
|Available on Arena Tutor||TBA|
|Paper release date||May 12, 2023|
About the Set: The Story
Invasion of Shandalar | Illustration by Adam Paquette
This is a set unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. It’s a small set that will cover events that come after the “finale” set of March of the Machine. The set was originally code-named named “Epilogue,” which is a great descriptor of what it’s about: the epilogue of the story of the latest Phyrexian War.
The Aftermath should probably be treated as a bonus Standard set and will be legal in Standard as well as any other format that’s fed into by Standard sets like Pioneer, Modern, even Commander. It’s probably a set that everyone wants to keep an eye one because of this.
The set only consists of 50 cards apparently at uncommon, rare, and mythic and is being called a micro set. The Aftermath isn’t designed for Limited play since it’s touted to be a very story-focused set that shows what happens to the planes in the wake of the Phyrexian invasion.
Speculation is abound for what March of the Machine will bring to Magic, both in terms of gameplay and story. MaRo has cryptically suggested that the set will bring changes to both, and we know that booster packs for regular sets will be changing their makeup going forward, with more packs regularly containing more than one rare.
While this set could include literally anything since we’ve never seen something like it before, I expect some splashy rares that’ll see play in Standard at least. Good cards sell packs, and Wizards definitely don’t want this experiment to be unpopular. Fingers crossed we don’t have anything too broken!
February 19, 2023
No cards have been leaked for this set just yet. Wizards is clearly keeping their hands close to their chests with the impact of spoiling what’s going to be coming in March of the Machine’s main set!
Invasion of Alara | Illustration by Mathias Kollros
Definitely walking into unknown territory with this one. Do you like this, or are you not a fan of a small set like this? Wizards is almost certainly putting it out to see players’ reaction and how it’s received, and I think this experimentation is good. I can’t wait to see what comes!
What about you? Is there anything you’re looking forward to in the set? Anything you want to see in similar sets in future? Let me know in the comments below or over on Draftsim’s official Twitter.
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