|Symbol description||5 shards united|
Aaron Forsythe (lead)|
Matt Place (lead)|
|Art direction||Jeremy Jarvis|
|Release date||April 30, 2009|
|Themes and mechanics||
All multicolored set,|
|Keywords/ability words||Cascade, Cycling, Devour, Exalted, Unearth|
(60 commons, 40 uncommons, 35 rares, 10 mythic rares)
|Magic: The Gathering Chronology|
Alara Reborn is the third set in the Alara block and is the forty-ninth Magic expansion. Prerelease events took place on April 25–26, 2009, 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.
Alara Reborn contains 145 black-bordered cards (60 commons, 40 uncommons, 35 rares, 10 mythic rares). 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). 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 order followed by multicolored cards in alphabetical order followed by colorless artifacts, followed by non-basic lands, followed by basic lands.
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. So far this is the latest Standard-legal expansion release which doesn't include any planeswalker cards, with Iconic Masters being the latest overall. The expansion symbol of the set is a representation of the five converged shards.
In Alara Reborn instead cards are ordered alphabetically grouped by their multicolored mana cost as such:
|“||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? 
Alara Reborn was sold in 16-card boosters, 6-card boosters, five intro packs and a fat pack. The promotional card for the prerelease was Dragon Broodmother, which makes multicolored tokens; whilst the launch party card was Knight of New Alara, which makes multicolored creatures more powerful.
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 8, 2010. 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
The tips & tricks cards are
- 1/1 Bird Soldier with flying produced by Flurry of Wings
- 1/1 Dragon with flying and devour 2 produced by Dragon Broodmother
- 2/2 Lizard produced by Predatory Advantage
- 1/1 Zombie Wizard produced by Lich Lord of Unx
From Shards of Alara:
- 1/1 Thopter with flying produced by Thopter Foundry
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. Though only two colors are required to play these cards, they are always of three colors.
The Cascade mechanic is introduced. When a spell with Cascade is cast, its controller reveals cards from the top of their library until they finds a nonland card that costs less than the card with Cascade. They may then play it without paying its mana cost. If that card also has cascade, 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.
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:
|Allied-colored equipments||Shield of the Righteous||Mask of Riddles||Demonspine Whip||Mage Slayer||Behemoth Sledge|
|Each of these uncommon equipment artifacts costs nMN, where MN are allied colors and has an uncolored equip cost.|
|Borderposts||Fieldmist Borderpost||Mistvein Borderpost||Veinfire Borderpost||Firewild Borderpost||Wildfield Borderpost|
|Each of these common artifacts costs MN, has an alternative casting cost of "pay and return a basic land you control to its owner's hand", comes into play tapped and has ": Add M or N".|
|Cascade commons||Stormcaller's Boon||Deny Reality||Demonic Dread||Violent Outburst||Captured Sunlight|
|Each of these common spells costs nMN and has the new keyword Cascade.|
|Cascade uncommons||Ardent Plea||Kathari Remnant||Bituminous Blast||Bloodbraid Elf||Enlisted Wurm|
|Each of these uncommon spells costs nMN and has the new keyword Cascade.|
|Cross-shard creatures||Ethercaste Knight||Etherium Abomination||Kathari Bomber||Godtracker of Jund||Sigiled Behemoth|
|Each of these common creatures costs nMN, where MN are allied colors, and is flavored to be a blend of the two shards its colors.|
|Dual-Landcyclers||Sanctum Plowbeast||Jhessian Zombies||Igneous Pouncer||Valley Rannet||Pale Recluse|
|Each of these common creatures costs 4MN and has two landcycling abilities, each getting one of the basic land types of its color combination.|
|Hybrid-cyclers||Glassdust Hulk||Architects of Will||Monstrous Carabid||Deadshot Minotaur||Sigil of the Nayan Gods|
|Each of these common spells costs nMN and cycles for M/N Hybrid.|
|Enemy-colored commons||Vectis Dominator||Magefire Wings||Putrid Leech||Cerodon Yearling||Winged Coatl|
|Each of these common spells costs nMN, where MN are enemy colors.|
|Hybrid-gold commons||Crystallization||Arsenal Thresher||Sewn-Eye Drake||Sangrite Backlash||Trace of Abundance|
|Each of these common spells costs nHM, where M is the main color of a shard and H is the Hybrid of its two side colors.|
|Hybrid-gold uncommons||Messenger Falcons||Thopter Foundry||Slave of Bolas||Giant Ambush Beetle||Marisi's Twinclaws|
|Each of these uncommon spells costs nHM, where M is the main color of a shard and H is the Hybrid of its two side colors.|
|Shard Blades||Bant Sureblade||Esper Stormblade||Grixis Grimblade||Jund Hackblade||Naya Hushblade|
|Each of these common 2/1 creatures costs HM, where M is the main color of a shard and H is the Hybrid of its two side colors. Each of them has "As long as you control another multicolored permanent, this creature gets +1/+1 and has [ability word]"|
|Mythic Legends||Jenara, Asura of War||Sen Triplets||Thraximundar||Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund||Uril, the Miststalker|
|Each of these mythic rares is a legendary creature costing nMNO, where MNO are the colors of one shard.|
|Shard-colored uncommons||Flurry of Wings||Etherwrought Page||Drastic Revelation||Dragon Appeasement||Gloryscale Viashino|
|Each of these uncommon spells costs nMNO, where MNO are the colors of one shard.|
|Sojourners||Bant Sojourners||Esper Sojourners||Grixis Sojourners||Jund Sojourners||Naya Sojourners|
|Each of these common creatures costs nMNO, where MNO are the colors of one shard, has cycling N and has a triggered ability, when it is cycled or put into a graveyard from play. Each of them was illustrated by John Avon|
- Bloodbraid Elf — A pillar of a Jund deck, also used in various other decks (such as RG Elves, Cascade Swans or Naya) and sometimes in Extended Zoo or even in Legacy.
- Qasali Pridemage — A popular mainboard and sideboard card in various Extended and Legacy decks.
- Thopter Foundry — Half of the popular Extended and Legacy combo (the other half being Sword of the Meek).
- Uril, the Miststalker — A very popular EDH general.
- Mayael's Aria is an alternate-win card.
- Sphinx of the Steel Wind — A target for Reanimator decks, now obsoleted by more efficient cards like Iona, Shield of Emeria and Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite.
|Intro pack name||Colors Included||Foil rare|
|Legion Aloft||W||U||Filigree Angel|
|Unnatural Schemes||U||B||Lich Lord of Unx|
|Dead Ahead||B||R||Deathbringer Thoctar|
|Eternal Siege||W||G||Dauntless Escort|
- set symbol URL on Gatherer
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