Urza's block

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Urza's block

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. In development R&D made a few mistakes on the block and was labeled "bah-roken" by Mark Rosewater. 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]

In fact so many broken cards were in Urza's Saga that the following period became known as Combo Winter. Too many overpowered cards and combos filled the tournament.[4] This moved the DCI to ban a large amount of cards in December 1998 and the CEO of Wizards of the Coast to threaten R&D that they would be fired if they would break the constructed environment again.[5][6][7]

Pairs[edit | edit source]

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

Sets[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]