Urza's block

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Urza's block[1] (also referred to as "Artifacts block", "Urza block", "Urza's Saga block", "Saga block") is the fourth block, consisting of the large expansion Urza's Saga () and the two small expansions Urza's Legacy () and Urza's Destiny (). The storyline cycle is officially known as the "Artifacts Cycle". The block came out in 1998-1999.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Keywords introduced in this block: Cycling, Echo.

Mechanics include growing enchantments, sleeping enchantments and free spells.

Broken[edit | edit source]

The Urza's Block is considered the most powerful block printed as it had the most cards from a block (such as Tolarian Academy, Memory Jar) banned in tournaments. [2]

The Urza's Saga design team originally had concepted the block as an Enchantment block, but in order to capitalize on the Urza-story, the brand team dubbed the block, "The Artifact Cycle." And then R&D made a few mistakes on the block and it got "bah-roken." And some of those broken cards were artifacts, but interestingly none of them were enchantments. So the enchantment theme kind of got buried. In fact, very few players even recognized it as an enchantment block. [3]

Mega cycle[edit | edit source]

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

Sets[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jesse Klingensmith. "Urza's Block Booster Drafts and Memphis Grand Prix Trial", Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Aaron Forsythe. (February 20, 2004.) "Skeletons in R&D’s Closet. Developer's notes from Urza's Saga block ", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  3. Mark Rosewater. (November 24, 2014.) “Top 8 and a Half Tales”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.