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The Brothers War concept art - Illustration by Chris Rahn

The Brothers’ War concept art | Illustration by Chris Rahn

With the release of Streets of New Capenna, Standard won’t see its next round of set releases until Q3 and Q4 of 2022 with Dominaria United and The Brothers’ War. The latter set will highlight the war between Urza and Mishra originally featured in Antiquities all the way back in 1994.

Urza and Mishra remain two of the most popular characters in all of Magic and will ultimately draw attention to the set and format from players across the age spectrum. But the set doesn’t release for some time, which is why I’m coming to you today with a full summary of what we know right now, updated regularly.

Let’s get into it!

The Brothers’ War Basic Information

Hurkyl's Recall - Illustration by Nene Thomas

Hurkyl’s Recall | Illustration by Nene Thomas

Set Details

Set SymbolTBA
Set CodeTBA
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Number of CardsTBA
RaritiesTBA
MechanicsTBA

Important Dates

EventDate
Prerelease weekTBA
Paper release dateNovember 18, 2022
Available on Draftsim’s draft simulatorNovember 18, 2022 (estimated)
Available on Arena TutorNovember 18, 2022 (estimated)

About the Set: The Story

Strip Mine - Illustration by John Avon

Strip Mine | Illustration by John Avon

While a lot of the information about The Brothers’ War is yet to be unveiled, we know that it takes place during the war between Mishra and Urza originally displayed in Antiquities. Most of the mechanics will revolve around the war—and the events that make it up—rather than some general theme or story.

The set will be the second installation of a four-set story that starts with Dominaria United, which is where the “fate of the Multiverse” is “set to unravel”.

Speculation

While spoiler season is still far away, we can use previous sets and Magic’s storyline to speculate as to what mechanics, cards, and characters might feature in The Brothers’ War.

Affinity

One of the most prominent mechanics we’re likely to see is affinity. Both Mishra and Urza were master artificers, and it would be incredibly odd and confusing if affinity doesn’t manage to make a comeback in one form or another in the new set.

Sagas

Urza's Saga MH2

Urza’s Saga warped just about every format it released into, and considering its namesake character is one of two primary characters of the set, it isn’t too out of the question to speculate that it (alongside other sagas) might be coming. Maybe Mishra will be gifted his own, equally broken saga for players to enjoy.

Artifacts

Artifacts will undoubtedly be a heavy focus in the upcoming set. Both Mishra and Urza have plenty of artifacts already in the game, like Urza’s Bauble, Mishra’s War Machine, Mishra’s Workshop, and Glasses of Urza. Regardless of whether or not affinity makes a major comeback or not, artifacts will all but certainly make a major appearance.

Reprints

There are plenty of reprints that players can hope to see in the new set. But it’ll be a Standard-legal set, which means we’re unlikely to see something like Urza’s Saga in draft boosters.

Urza's Guilt

Urza’s Guilt is a not-so-powerful card that carries the ultimate weight when it comes to the story at hand and is a possible reprint.

Urza's Factory

Urza’s Factory is much, much less powerful than Mishra’s Factory and could easily be printed into Standard and Pioneer without much trouble.

As for cards we might get access to in set boosters that won’t be legal in Constructed formats, there are numerous cards from Antiquities that deserve reprints. Ashnod’s Altar, Strip Mine, and Hurkyl’s Recall to name a few.

Wrap Up

Mishra's Workshop - Illustration by Sam Burley

Mishra’s Workshop | Illustration by Sam Burley

That’s all there is to know about The Brothers’ War right now. While the set doesn’t release for some time, spoiler season is always closer than it appears, so be sure to check back regularly for the latest news and updates on the upcoming set!

I’m very stoked for this set. I’m a lover of everything artifacts and hope the set will bring much love to them and spice up my Standard grinding lifestyle a little bit. What do you think? Are you excited at the prospect of such an old set and story being brought back to life? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments or over in the official Draftsim Discord.

Until next time, stay safe and stay healthy!

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