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The Brothers' War: Magic Online Edition

Posted on Nov 08, 2022

As we approach the holidays, what better way to celebrate than a massive sibling rivalry unearthed from the depths of Dominaria’s history? Magic Online presents The Brothers’ War, a digital spectacle with events kicking off next Tuesday, November 15. 

The downtime to add this set to MTGO will take place tomorrow, November 9 at 9 a.m. Pacific time (16:00 UTC). Between that downtime and the start of events on the 15th: 

Features of the upcoming couple months include some of the best new-player products MTGO has ever had, a full five weeks of Vintage Cube, and a special opportunity to bring your favorite TRANSFORMERS characters to Magic Online. 


Robots in Disguise 

Your favorite Autobot and Decepticon characters make their debut in a special, unique-to-MTGO Universes Beyond offering – the TRANSFORMERS Bundle! For $24.99, all 15 regular-style, non-foil cards in the set can become part of your Magic Online collection for use in Legacy, Vintage, Commander, and Freeform formats – Optimus Prime, Starscream, Megatron, and more. 

Each card in the Bundle features two modes between which a TRANSFORMERS character can appear – Bot Mode and Alt Mode. Both sides have powerful abilities, many of which cause the card to convert. The More Than Meets the Eye mechanic permits the card’s controller to have it enter in Alt Mode for an alternate cost.  

Cards in the TRANSFORMERS Bundle will not be made available in Treasure Chests, and the Bundle is only available until the release of Phyrexia: All Will Be One in January – be sure you don’t miss out! 

TRANSFORMERS, its Characters (Optimus Prime, Starscream, Megatron, etc), Autobots, Decepticons, More Than Meets The Eye, and Robots in Disguise are trademarks of Hasbro and © TOMY [used with permission]. 


Store Updates 

The virtual shelves of the MTGO Store will be getting a facelift with tomorrow’s downtime to help pinpoint what you want to buy faster. 

Featured has the latest releases – everything new since the most recent set release, plus the omnipresent Event Tickets. The Brothers’ War booster packs will take up residence here on November 15 at 10 a.m. Pacific time (18:00 UTC)

Featured View on November 15      For New Players view on December 2

The For New Players tab will house the continuing series of Deck Builder’s Essentials kits. It will also be the new home of our evergreen starter products: the four Pioneer Challenger Decks (available in the store following tomorrow’s downtime, $24.99) and the five Starter Commander Decks (on sale the same day as in tabletop – December 2nd, $19.99). 

Commander is your home for the decks produced each new set going forward. The Brothers’ War Commander features two decks – the Grixis/Maestros-aligned Mishra’s Burnishing Banner and the Esper/Obscura-slanted Urza’s Iron Alliance. Each deck is $29.99, and they hit the Store on November 15. 

Commander view on November 15     Boosters view on November 9

Boosters is exactly that – booster packs going back at least through Standard, plus popular favorites.  

Similarly, Redemption continues to host the Tokens needed to turn completed sets of digital cards into physical sets. Dominaria United redemption remains delayed but will start soon – watch the @MagicOnline Twitter account for live updates. Note that The Brothers’ War redemption is due to begin after the holidays on Wednesday, January 4.  


A Prototypical Experience 

What happens when two copies of a single card can have two very divergent sets of characteristics? A UI conundrum indeed. 

We solved part of it in the normal way – if you want to cast the card for its alternative cost, choose the bottom option in the menu after clicking the card. 

Here’s how prototype cards look on the battlefield: 

Note that a card having Prototype always has the current power/toughness in the lower-right corner, whether Prototype was used to cast it or not. This can be seen better with the Preview Pane turned on.

                                                  Spotter Thopter with Prototype          Spotter Thopter without Prototype


Event Updates 

The data is clear – we have not been able to achieve critical mass for Standard, Pauper, or Vintage Preliminaries over a long period of time. Starting with tomorrow’s downtime, we are replacing most of the Preliminaries in those three formats with more popular choices – Modern, Pioneer, and Limited. Vintage will retain one time slot on Fridays. The revised Preliminary schedule can be found here. 

Standard, Pauper, and Vintage will continue to be supported via other existing event types at their current levels. Additionally, we are restoring the Standard and Vintage Leagues’ prize structures to match other Constructed Leagues – this will take effect next Tuesday when The Brothers’ War is on-sale. 

Another data point we found is that a larger-than-expected audience tried out our first regular Best-of-One offering during its two-week trial last set. We found a decent spot with wait times – both to draft and to play matches. So we are going to try the experiment again – this time for three weeks. 

We currently see Best-of-One as an additive, strictly alternate-play experience. Best-of-Three has proven to be the preferred draft method over MTGO’s 20 years, and we will continue to emphasize that play style into the future. 

BRO Best-of-One Draft League 

Times: Starts November 15 at 10 a.m. PT (18:00 UTC); No New Entries December 7 at 10 a.m. PT (18:00 UTC); No New Matches December at 2 p.m. PT (22:00 UTC) 
Entry Options:  

Structure: Draft, then play single-game matches until you reach either 7 wins or 3 losses. 




240 Play Points, 3 The Brothers’ War boosters, and 2 Qualifier Points 


150 Play Points, 2 The Brothers’ War boosters, and 1 Qualifier Point 


120 Play Points and 1 The Brothers’ War booster 


90 Play Points 


60 Play Points 


Treasure Chest Update 

As a reminder, Treasure Chests will not update immediately after downtime. The change will take effect on November 15 around 10 a.m. PT. For full details on the changes to come (there are over 400 total), check out the Treasure Chest information page. 

Commander Backlog 

All of the cards listed in the table below are joining MTGO with this release in the TC-Only slot.  

Baldur’s Gate (CLB) 

NEO Commander 

White Plume Adventurer 

Aerial Surveyor 

Black Market Connections 

Akki Battle Squad 

Green Slime 

Ascendant Acolyte 


Collision of Realms 

Beckoning Will-o'-Wisp 

Concord with the Kami 

Bothersome Quasit 

Kami of Celebration 

Brainstealer Dragon 

Katsumasa, the Animator 

Death Kiss 

Kosei, Penitent Warlord 

Delayed Blast Fireball 

Myojin of Cryptic Dreams 

Eldritch Pact 

One with the Kami 

Guardian Naga 


Guildsword Prowler 

Smoke Spirits' Aid 

Gut, True Soul Zealot 


Multiclass Baldric 

AFR Commander 

Psionic Ritual 

Midnight Pathlighter 

Sarevok's Tome 

Spawning Kraken 

Solemn Doomguide 

Tivash, Gloom Summoner 

Spectacular Showdown 


The Council of Four 

Older Sets 

Tlincalli Hunter 

Vindictive Lich 

Undercellar Myconid 

Fain, the Broker 

Unquenchable Fury 

Wedding Ring 

Seasoned Dungeoneer 



The Curated slot is gaining extended-art and other promo cards from The Brothers’ War, as well as a handful of other in-demand cards. We will do our Fast Follow update of the Treasure Chest on December 14. As always, updates will be in the Weekly Announcement Blog. 


The Brothers’ War Avatars 

As a reminder, once we come up from tomorrow’s downtime, we are granting Prestige avatars from Dominaria United 

Now let’s look ahead to the new set. First up is the avatar included in the New Account Starter Kit and as part of Deck Builder’s Essentials: The Brothers’ War – it’s Teething Wurmlet: 


Next up are the seven Treasure Chest avatars available only during this set’s run: 

Lastly, we will dole out some Prestige! As usual, you get five points for each Competitive trophy you earn in Leagues and one for each Friendly trophy. At the end of the season, you'll earn every avatar for which you qualify: 

Earning at least five points gets you the uncommon Titania, Gaea Incarnate Prestige avatar.  

Earning at least 20 points nabs you the rare Mishra, Lost to Phyrexia Prestige avatar.  

Earning 40 points or more awards you with the mythic rare Urza, Planeswalker Prestige avatar. 


Alternate Play Schedule 

Here’s a look at the schedule of events coming up between now and Phyrexia: All Will Be One. All of these Alternate Play events are Phantom – cards won’t be added to players’ collections. 

Entry options for Alternate Play Leagues (and single-elimination queues, when available) are 10 Event Tickets or 100 Play Points 

Odds and Ends 

We’ll see you on the battlefield! 

The Magic Online Team