Monday 21 November 2022

The Brother's War: Conclusions and Additions


Much as Wizards and Hasbro seem to be somewhat imploding at present with shockingly bad marketing and business decisions that are alienating, fatiguing, and insulting the player/customer base the product remains good. Really good. Most of the traditional standard drafting sets have been on point since the madness of the "push the envelope" sets Eldrain, Theros (II) and Ikoria. The Brothers War looks like it is good to draft. The cards are interesting and playable without being just pushed to the point of being boring and oppressive. White has started to get interesting with lots of option rich cards and value generation added to the mix. Green is having some issues ironed out with viable fight cards. Blue is getting some tools to compete for board presence with. The mechanics of the set are interesting. The art is good. The flavour is great. I am loving this full circle on lore and the nostalgia that comes with it. I have started following the lore (since Dominaria United) which is a first for me. I have dabbled before but now I am following it. The blueprint cards are lovely. Even some more old bordered basics for the land perverts like me. The power level of the set is on point. Not too oppressive and creeping but equally not so weak that nothing new is making the cut. It must be disheartening for the many Wizards employees who work on design, testing, development, art, and all that jazz that do such a great job and get tarnished with the same brush as those making the non-game choices for the company. I am very much looking forward to seeing how they round out this epic series on the Phyrexians. 

To Add

(* commander cards)

Mechanized Warfare


Siege Veteran

Demolition Field

Mishra's Research Desk

Loran of the Third Path

Combat Thresher 

Gix, Yawgmoth Praetor 

Feldon, Ronom Excavator 

In the Trenches 

Recruitment Officer

Phyrexian Dragon Engine 

Scholar of New Horizons*

To Test (with high expectations)

Thopter Mechanic

Steel Seraph

Lay Down Arms

Third Path Iconoclast 

Obliterating Bolt

Misery's Shadow

Horned Stoneseeker

Kayla's Music Box*

To Test (with low expectations)

Simian Simulacrum

Platoon Dispenser 


Urza's Battlethopter

Arbalest Engingeers

Kayla's Reconstruction

Arcane Proxy

Transmogrant's Crown 

Overwhelming Remorse 

Skitterbloom Battalion 

Tocasia's Welcome 

Teferi, Temporal Pilgrim 

Gnawing Vermin

Awaken the Woods

Skystrike Officer

Cityscape Leveler

Rootwire Amalgam

Titania's Command

Combat Courier

Airlift Chaplain 

Legion to Ashes 

Dwarven Forge-Chanter 

Scatter Ray

Loran's Escape 

For Constructed Reserves

Machine Over Matter

Goblin Blast-Runner

Zephyr Sentinel

Gixian Infiltrator 

Fallaji Archeologist

Forging the Anchor

Fortified Beachhead

Hajar, Loyal Bodyguard

One with the Multiverse

Ashnod, Flesh Mechanist 

Fade from History 

Harbin, Vanguard Aviator 

Stern Lesson

Bitter Reunion 

Haywire Mite

Energy Refractor 


Urza, Chief Engineer*

Sanwell, Avenging Ace*

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