Fate Reforged

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Fate Reforged
Logo Fate Reforged.png
 
Set symbol
Design team
Ken Nagle (lead)
Jennifer Clarke Wilkes
Ethan Fleischer
David Humpherys
Mark Rosewater
Gavin Verhey
Development team
David Humpherys (lead)
Ian Duke
Mark L. Gottlieb
Ben Hayes
Ryan Spain
contributions from Matt Tabak
Art Director
Release date
January 23, 2015
Themes and mechanics
wedge clans, Hybrid mana, Dragon broods, Modal, Choice
Keywords and/or ability words
Manifest, Bolster, Dash, Ferocious, Prowess, Delve
Set size
185 cards
70 Commons, 60 Uncommons, 35 Rares, 10 Mythic Rares, 10 Basic Land
Expansion code
FRF[1][2]
Development codename
Dewey
Khans of Tarkir block sets
Khans of Tarkir Fate Reforged Dragons of Tarkir
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Duel Decks Anthology Fate Reforged Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Kiora

Fate Reforged is the 66th Magic expansion, and the second in the Khans of Tarkir block. It was released on January 23, 2015.[3] Fate Reforged is a small expansion.

Set details[edit | edit source]

Fate Reforged was announced at the Wizards of the Coast panel at PAX Prime on August 31, 2014. [4] It contains 185 cards (10 basic lands [5] [6], 70 commons, 60 uncommons, 35 rares, 10 mythic rares) and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. The expansion symbol of the set is a stylized representation of two opposing planes or realities because the large sets of the block represent alternative timelines. This middle set, representing the past, is the precursor to both. The set had to be designed so it worked mechanically with both Khans of Tarkir and Dragons of Tarkir. [7] It is designed to be drafted with both large sets, while the large sets are never drafted together. Fate Reforged draft is one pack of Fate Reforged and then two packs of Khans of Tarkir. [8].

Because the clans of Fate Reforged are less defined, the set does not contain three-color gold cards. The color identity of the cards is instead marked by the use of hybrid ability activation costs (for example a Temur card with green mana cost, and blue/red hybrid ability cost). This allows for these cards to be played in two-color decks (in this example either green/blue or green/red). Like in Khans of Tarkir watermarks are used on the cards for the different clans, while adding slightly altered watermarks for the related dragon broods. [9] [10] The foil versions of the cycle of Sieges and Crux of Fate (all of which present a choice between Khans and Dragons) have a special overlay and finish which transitions seamlessly between the expansions symbols of Khans of Tarkir and Dragons of Tarkir. [11] [12]

Because mana fixing is very important in multicolor blocks, the basic land slot of Fate Reforged booster packs contains nonbasic lands instead. These are reprints of the ten common Khans of Tarkir taplands. They have new artwork and the Fate Reforged expansion symbol. Boosters may also include Khans of Tarkir fetch lands (in the same slot at a low frequency) which will have the Khans of Tarkir expansion symbol[5]. The 10 Fate Reforged basic land cards can only be found in Ugin's Fate boosters, Fate Reforged Intro Pack decks and Fate Reforged Fat Pack's land pack (apart from Korean, Portuguese, Chinese (Traditional), and Russian).

The set features the colorless planeswalker Ugin, the Spirit Dragon. [13]

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Sarkhan Vol travels 1,280 years back in time, to change the moment that sealed Tarkir's fate: the battle between Nicol Bolas and Ugin, the demise of the latter and all dragons of Tarkir (Crux of Fate). The clans still exist back in the time; they are not fighting each other but are constantly fending off the legion hordes of dragons that are terrorizing their world. [14] Sarkhan meets khans of the past, like Yasova Dragonclaw. [15] [16] The history of Tarkir is rewritten.

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Fate Reforged is sold in 16-card boosters (the 16th card being a marketing card), five intro packs, a clash pack and a fat pack. [17] The boosters feature artwork from Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, Temporal Trespass and Vaultbreaker. Korean, Portuguese, Chinese (Traditional), and Russian boosters contain basic lands at a high frequency alongside nonbasic lands, as Fate Reforged basic lands were not otherwise printed in those languages. Those languages do not have Intro Pack releases and Fat Pack releases which is where these basic lands predominantly appear in other languages.[5]

Prerelease[edit | edit source]

Special "Ugin's Fate" booster pack

At the Fate Reforged prerelease on January 17/18, 2015, players chose their clan. [18] While they completed three achievements, they follow in Sarkhan's footsteps to attempt to alter fate; they get to "Heal Ugin" and "Gain a glimpse of the future". The latter comes in the form of a special "Ugin's Fate" booster pack containing two alternate art cards that show how the world has changed in the new timeline, a Manifest token (with a different advert back than regular manifest tokens found in Fate Reforged booster packs) and one of 10 Fate Reforged basic land cards. There's a pool of 26 alternate art cards - 13 from Khans of Tarkir and 13 from Fate Reforged - all with a holofoil stamp. Art on the reprints from Khans of Tarkir were dragonified in order to show off the alternative timeline where Ugin was saved by Sarkhan Vol. Art on the "reprints" from Fate Reforged were Ugin-ified by featuring Ugin in some form in their artwork. [19] [20] A comparison of the normal and promo cards can be seen here.

Rare cards from KTK

Rare & Mythic Rare cards from FRF

Uncommon cards from KTK

Uncommon cards from FRF

Common cards from KTK

Common cards from FRF

Promotional cards[edit | edit source]


  • Prerelease, one of thirty according to the chosen clan:

Abzan

Jeskai

Sultai

Mardu

Temur

Tokens / Overlay[edit | edit source]

The sixteenth card in the boosters can be a token or overlay card, with an advertisement on the back side. The overlay card can be used on face-down Manifest cards to remind players of their power and toughness and that it can be turned face-up for its casting cost, or Morph cost if it is a Morph creature.[22]

  1. {W} 1/1 Monk with Prowess for Monastery Mentor
  2. {W} 1/1 Spirit with Flying for Sandsteppe Outcast
  3. {B} 2/1 Warrior for Mardu Strike Leader
  4. Manifest overlay card

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

Fate Reforged manifest overlay card.

Choice is a major theme of Fate Reforged. That's why there are three cycles of modal cards in the set. [23] The choice theme plays up the crossroads-of-history feel of the set. At higher rarities, abilities of choice are preceded by anchor words (namely, "Khans" and "Dragons") that give them a bit of flavor. [24] [25]

Fate Reforged sees the return of the wedge clans of Tarkir, in an altered form. [26] Hybrid mana makes a return and appears in the cost of some card effects, notably the khans. [27] Although morph does not return, a new, similar mechanic, manifest, can put into play any card as a face-down 2/2 creature. [28]. An overlay card may be used as an reminder.

Two of the clans from Khans of Tarkir receive a new mechanic (which will also be featured in Dragons of Tarkir [29]):

  • Abzan - Bolster N - Choose a creature with the least toughness among creatures you control. Put N +1/+1 counters on it.
  • Mardu - Dash - You may cast this spell for its dash cost. If you do, it gains haste, and it's returned from the battlefield to its owner's hand at the beginning of the next end step.

The other three clans retain their original mechanic:

The clans are juxtaposed with 5 dragon broods, which feature their own watermarks.

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Fate Reforged has twelve cycles and one mini-cycle.

Mirrored pairs[edit | edit source]

Reprinted cards[edit | edit source]

The following cards have been reprinted from previous sets:

Note about fetchlands[edit | edit source]

As the fetchlands that appear in Fate Reforged boosters feature a Khans of Tarkir expansion symbol, they are technically not reprints. [5]

Functional reprints[edit | edit source]

Strictly better[edit | edit source]

Strictly worse[edit | edit source]

Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]

Intro packs[edit | edit source]

Fate Reforged has five bicolored intro packs:[31][32]

Intro pack name Colors included Foil rare
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Unflinching Assault W B Dragonscale General
Cunning Plan U R Sage-Eye Avengers
Grave Advantage B G Archfiend of Depravity
Stampeding Hordes W R Flamerush Rider
Surprise Attack U G Temur War Shaman

Clash pack[edit | edit source]

Fate Reforged comes with a clash pack which contains a wedge-colored and a bicolored deck.[33]

Clash pack deck name Colors included
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Power U B G
Profit B G

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Printed on the card frame.
  2. http://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/products/card-set-archive/fate-reforged
  3. Wizards of the Coast. (September 1, 2014.) “Announcing Fate Reforged”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Wizards of the Coast Twitter (@wizards_magic) (August 31, 2014). The second set in Khans of Tarkir... FATE REFORGED, coming January 23!.
  5. a b c d e f Blake Rasmussen. (December 24, 2014.) “A Fetching Look at Fate Reforged”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Blake Rasmussen. (January 5, 2015.) “Fate Reforged, Basically”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Mark Rosewater. (December 29, 2014.) “Whims of Fate Reforged, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Mark Rosewater. (January 30, 2015.) "How are Khans of Tarkir and Fate Reforged are supposed to be drafted together"?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  9. Doug Beyer. (January 9, 2015.) "If you look at the dragons, they are slightly off from the clans.", A Voice for Vorthos, Tumblr.
  10. Blake Rasmussen. (March 5, 2015.) “Dragon Clan Symbols vs. Khans Clan Symbols”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Sam Stoddard. (February 20, 2015.) “Presidents, Kings, Role of the Leads”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Transitioning watermarks
  13. Wizards of the Coast. (December 24, 2014 .) “Holiday Spirit”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. The Magic Creative Team. (January 7, 2015.) “Planeswalker's Guide to Fate Reforged”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Wizards of the Coast. (November 7, 2014.) “PAX Australia Magic Panel”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Kimberly J. Kreines. (December 31, 2014 .) “A New Tarkir of Old”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  17. Blake Rasmussen. (January 1, 2015.) “Fate Reforged packaging”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Gavin Verhey. (January 12, 2015.) “Fate Reforged Prerelease Primer”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  19. Blake Rasmussen. (January 19, 2015.) “Ugin's Fate Booster Contents”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Blake Rasmussen. (January 20, 2015.) “The Art of Ugin's Fate”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  21. Blake Rasmussen. (January 2, 2015.) “Fate Reforged Promos”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  22. Blake Rasmussen. (January 7th, 2015.) “'Tokens Reforged”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  23. Ken Nagle. (December 29, 2014.) “Designing Your Fate”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  24. Mark Rosewater. (January 12, 2014 .) “Fate-ful Stories, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  25. Matt Tabak. (January 15, 2015 .) “Fate Reforged Update Bulletin — Comprehensive Rule Changes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  26. Wizards of the Coast. (January 14, 2015 .) “Fate Reforged Release Notes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  27. Dave Humpherys. (January 5, 2015 .) “Developing Fate Reforged”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  28. Matt Tabak. (December 29, 2014.) “Mechanics of Fate Reforged”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  29. Mark Rosewater. (January 5, 2015.) “Whims of Fate Reforged, Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  30. Mike McArtor. (February 5, 2015.) “Arcana Siege”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  31. Blake Rasmussen. (December 30, 2014.) “Fate Reforged Intro Packs”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  32. Magic Arcana. (January 15, 2015.) “Fate Reforged Intro Pack Decklists”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  33. Blake Rasmussen. (January 6, 2015.) “Fate Reforged Clash Pack”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

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