Alara Reborn

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Alara Reborn
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Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description 5 shards united
Design Aaron Forsythe (lead)
Mark Gottlieb
Alexis Janson
Brian Tinsman
Development Matt Place (lead)
Dave Guskin
Alexis Janson
Erik Lauer
Mike Turian
Art direction Jeremy Jarvis
Release date April 30, 2009
Plane Alara
Themes and
All multi-colored set,
Hybrid mana
Keywords and/
or ability words
Set size 145
(60 common, 40 uncommons, 35 rares, 10 mythic rares)
Expansion code ARB[1]
Development codename Scissors
Alara block
Shards of Alara Conflux Alara Reborn
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Duel Decks: Divine vs. Demonic Alara Reborn Magic 2010

Alara Reborn is the third set in the Alara block and is the forty-ninth Magic expansion. [2] Prerelease events took place on April 25-26, 2009 [3], launch parties on April 30-May 3, 2009. The set went on sale April 30, 2009 which was a day earlier than anticipated due to the May Day (May 1) holiday.

Set details[edit | edit source]

Alara Reborn contains 145 black-bordered cards (10 mythic rares, 35 rare, 40 uncommon, and 60 commons). It is the first and so far only set in the history of Magic that consists entirely of multicolored cards (much like Legions consisting entirely of creatures).[4][5][6] As such the numbering of the cards is vastly different. Usually a set has all single colored cards alphabetically sorted and grouped together and in {W}{U}{B}{R}{G} order followed by multicolored cards in alphabetical order followed by colorless artifacts, followed by non-basic lands, followed by basic lands. In Alara Reborn instead cards are ordered alphabetically grouped by their multicolored mana cost as such:

  • {W}{U} #1-16
  • {U}{B} #17-32
  • {B}{R} #33-48
  • {R}{G} #49-64
  • {G}{W} #65-80
  • {W}{B} #81-85
  • {U}{R} #86-90
  • {B}{G} #91-95
  • {R}{W} #96-100
  • {G}{U} #101-105
  • {W}{U}{B} #106-110
  • {U}{B}{R} #111-114
  • {B}{R}{G} #115-119
  • {R}{G}{W} #120-124
  • {G}{W}{U} #125-129
  • {W}{U}{B}{R}{G} #130
  • {W/B}{U} #131-133
  • {U/R}{B} #134-136
  • {B/G}{R} #137-139
  • {R/W}{G} #140-142
  • {G/U}{W} #143-145

There are no lands or colorless artifacts in the set. The all multicolor gimmick was revealed when Wizards of the Coast showed off a textless Ardent Plea with collector number #1.[7] So far this is the latest expansion or core set which doesn't include any planeswalker cards. The expansion symbol of the set is a representation of the five converged shards.

Flavor[edit | edit source]

Main articles: Alara and Alara Unbroken
“  The birth of one world. The death of five.  ”

The violent plans orchestrated by Nicol Bolas have reached their cataclysmic zenith, as the five shards of Alara are now merged, with untold power and unspeakable chaos at every turn. In this unpredictable environment, where mythic beings can greatly affect the outcome, mere survival isn’t enough. To live another day, one must battle with unflinching intensity to rise above the madness and master this now grotesquely unified plane. Amidst this overwhelming carnage, can Alara truly said to be reborn? [8]

Marketing[edit | edit source]

6-card boosters from Alara Reborn
The All-Foil Booster

Alara Reborn was sold in 16-card boosters, 6-card boosters, five intro packs and a fat pack. [9] [10] The promotional card for the prerelease was Dragon Broodmother, which makes multicolored tokens [11]; whilst the launch party card was Knight of New Alara, which makes multicolored creatures more powerful. [12]

The 16-card boosters featured artwork from Slave of Bolas, Vedalken Heretic and Knotvine Paladin, the small booster featured artwork from the fat pack packaging. An all-foil booster pack containing cards from Alara Reborn and the other two sets of the block was released on January 8th, 2010. [13] This featured artwork from Slave of Bolas.

Regular boosters of Alara Reborn come with a bonus sixteenth card that is either a "tips & tricks card" or a creature token from Alara Reborn. One face of the Alara Reborn bonus card has one of three different rules tips or is one of four different creature tokens. The other face has one of 13 advertisements for organized play programs, Alara Reborn, Duels of the Planeswalkers for Xbox Live, Magic Online, fat packs, A Planeswalker's Guide to Alara and Ultra Pro products for Magic.

Tips & Tricks[edit | edit source]

The tips & tricks cards are

Tokens[edit | edit source]

The Alara Reborn tokens are: [14]

From Shards of Alara:

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Alara Reborn is the first set in which Hybrid mana appears alongside conventional mana symbols in costs, in this case cards that have one centered color with a hybrid mana symbol of its two allied colors. [15] Though only two colors are required to play these cards, they are always of three colors.

The Cascade mechanic is introduced. [16] [17] [18] When a spell with Cascade is cast, the player who cast it reveals the top card of his or her library until he finds a non-land card that costs less than the card with Cascade and may play it. If that card has cascade again, this process repeats itself. This mechanic has been regarded as highly powerful and very popular.

Cycling also returned with a twist in the Sojourner cycle: Five creatures that do the same when put into a graveyard from play or when cycled. Some other cards have a cycling cost consisting of Hybrid mana. Landcycling, Exalted, Devour, Unearth, all used previously within the block, return as well.

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Most of Alara Reborn's cycles have cards of two or even three different types - sorceries, enchantments and creatures, for example.

Alara Reborn has 14 cycles:

Reprinted cards[edit | edit source]

Notable cards[edit | edit source]

Intro packs[edit | edit source]

The intro packs are:[20][21]

Intro pack name Colors included Foil rare
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Legion Aloft W U Filigree Angel
Unnatural Schemes U B Lich Lord of Unx
Dead Ahead B R Deathbringer Thoctar
Rumbler R G Spellbreaker Behemoth
Eternal Siege W G Dauntless Escort

References[edit | edit source]

  1. set symbol URL on Gatherer
  2. Magic Arcana. (October 20, 2008.) “Announcing Alara Reborn”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Tim Willoughby. (April 20, 2009.) “Alara Reborn Prerelease Primer”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater. (April 13, 2009.) “Solid Gold”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater. (April 20, 2009.) “Goldfingers”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Tom LaPille. (April 24, 2009.) “Hybridizing Gold”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Magic Arcana. (March 9, 2009.) “Alara Reborn Preview Card”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Doug Beyer. (April 13, 2009.) “A New Age for Alara”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Magic Arcana. (March 12, 2009.) “Alara Reborn Fat Packaging”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Magic Arcana. (March 30, 2009.) “Alara Reborn Booster Packs”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Magic Arcana. (April 21, 2009.) “Alara Reborn Prerelease Card”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Magic Arcana. (April 27, 2009.) “Alara Reborn Launch Party Card”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Magic Arcana. (September 29, 2009.) “The All-Foil Booster”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Magic Arcana. (April 20, 2009.) “Alara Reborn Tokens”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Alexis Janson. (May 04, 2009.) “Alara Reborn – But Is It Art?”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Tom LaPille. (April 17, 2009.) “Information Cascade”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  17. Tom LaPille. (May 08, 2009.) “Getting to Know Cascade”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Mark Rosewater. (May 4, 2009.) “Kind Acts of Randomness”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  19. Magic Arcana. (May 11, 2009.) “Posts at the Border”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Magic Arcana. (March 23, 2009.) “Alara Reborn Intro Packs”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  21. Magic Arcana. (April 02, 2009.) “Alara Reborn Intro Pack Decklists”,, Wizards of the Coast.

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