Ken Nagle (lead)|
Jennifer Clarke Wilkes
David Humpherys (lead)|
Mark L. Gottlieb
contributions from Matt Tabak
|Release date||January 23, 2015|
|Themes and mechanics||Wedge clans, Hybrid mana, Dragon broods, Modal, Choice|
|Keywords/ability words||Manifest, Bolster, Dash, Ferocious, Prowess, Delve|
70 Commons, 60 Uncommons, 35 Rares, 10 Mythic Rares, 10 Basic Land
|Khans of Tarkir block|
|Magic: The Gathering Chronology|
Fate Reforged was announced at the Wizards of the Coast panel at PAX Prime on August 31, 2014. It contains 185 cards (10 basic lands, 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. 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.
Because the clans of Fate Reforged are less defined, the set does not contain many gold cards - a cycle of enemy color at common, and a cycle of allied color at rare. There are no three-color cards, with the spells that pull towards a particular clan names an enemy color and an allied color, either by controlling another permanent or by using hybrid color costs (for example, Yasova Dragonclaw and Temur Runemark, Temurs card with green mana cost, and blue/red to maximise them). This lets Sultai and Temur decks in Fate Reforged draft and Gruul and Simic decks in Dragons of Tarkir draft play them. 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. 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.
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. 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).
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 of all the dragons of Tarkir (Crux of Fate). The clans still exist back in that time; they are not fighting each other, but are constantly fending off the hordes of dragons that are terrorizing their world. Sarkhan meets khans of the past, like Yasova Dragonclaw. The history of Tarkir is rewritten.
|Title||Author||Release Date||Setting (plane)||Featuring|
|A New Tarkir of Old||Kimberly J. Kreines||2014-12-31||Tarkir||Sarkhan, Yasova, Atarka|
|Unwritten||Kelly Digges||2015-01-14||Tarkir||Sarkhan, Yasova|
|The Reforged Chain||Doug Beyer||2015-01-21||Tarkir||Sarkhan, Ugin, Nicol Bolas|
|The Truth of Names||James Wyatt||2015-01-28||Tarkir||Alesha, Battle Brawler|
|The Doom of the Golden Fang||James Wyatt||2015-02-04||Tarkir||Tasigur, Khudal|
|No End and No Beginning||Nik Davidson||2015-02-11||Tarkir||Daghatar, Dromoka|
|Khanfall||Kelly Digges||2015-02-18||Tarkir||Alesha, Reyhan, Ojutai, Shu Yun, Silumgar, Tasigur, Yasova|
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. 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.
At the Fate Reforged prerelease on January 17/18, 2015, players chose their clan. 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. A comparison of the normal and promo cards can be seen here.
- Launch promo: Sandsteppe Mastodon 
- Game Day: full-art Mardu Shadowspear
- Game Day (Top 8): full-art Supplant Form
- Buy-a-Box: Shamanic Revelation
- Prerelease, one of thirty according to the chosen clan:
Tokens / Overlay
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.
- 1/1 Monk with prowess for Monastery Mentor
- 1/1 Spirit with flying for Sandsteppe Outcast
- 2/1 Warrior for Mardu Strike Leader
- Manifest overlay card
Themes and mechanics
Choice is a major theme of Fate Reforged. That's why there are three cycles of modal cards in the set. 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.
Fate Reforged sees the return of the wedge clans of Tarkir, in an altered form. Hybrid mana makes a return and appears in the cost of some card effects, notably the khans. Although morph does not return, a new, similar mechanic, manifest, can put into play any card as a face-down 2/2 creature. 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 ):
- 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.
Fate Reforged has twelve cycles and one mini-cycle.
|Hybrid-mana activation creatures||Soulfire Grand Master||Torrent Elemental||Brutal Hordechief||Shaman of the Great Hunt||Warden of the First Tree|
|Five monocolored mythic rare creatures in each clan's allied color which have activated abilities costing and two hybrid mana of the clan's primary and enemy colors .|
|Khans||Daghatar the Adamant||Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest||Tasigur, the Golden Fang||Alesha, Who Smiles at Death||Yasova Dragonclaw|
|Five rare legendary creatures with an activated ability that has a hybrid mana of the allied and enemy colors of the wedge in its cost.|
|Sieges||Citadel Siege||Monastery Siege||Palace Siege||Outpost Siege||Frontier Siege|
|Five rare enchantments with a continuous modal ability.|
|Monocolored dragons||Wardscale Dragon||Mindscour Dragon||Noxious Dragon||Shockmaw Dragon||Destructor Dragon|
|Five uncommon 4/4 dragons that cost MM, have flying and an additional in-color ability.|
|Clan matters creatures||Wandering Champion||Marang River Prowler||Battle Brawler||Hungering Yeti||Abzan Kin-Guard|
|Five monocolored uncommon creatures of the clan's allied color which have abilities that become active if you control a permanent of the primary or the enemy color within the clan wedge.|
|Common manifest cards||Soul Summons||Write into Being||Sultai Emissary||Fierce Invocation||Formless Nurturing|
|Five monocolored common spells that each manifest a card from the top of the library.|
|Modal creatures||Sandsteppe Outcast||Aven Surveyor||Hooded Assassin||Defiant Ogre||Ainok Guide|
|Five common creatures with a modal enter-the-battlefield ability that either puts a +1/+1 counter on it, or has another effect.|
|Modal spells||Valorous Stance||Fascination||Crux of Fate||Mob Rule||Ruthless Instincts|
|Five uncommon or rare modal spells.|
|Runemarks||Abzan Runemark||Jeskai Runemark||Sultai Runemark||Mardu Runemark||Temur Runemark|
|Five common auras that each cost M and gives +2/+2, as well as a relevant ability if you also control a permanent of one other clan color.|
|Manifest Form mini-cycle||Lightform||Cloudform||Rageform|
|Three uncommon auras in the Jeskai colors that cost XMM that manifest the top card of your library and attach themselves to them when they come into play, and then grant the enchanted creature one or two relevant abilities.|
|Allied-colored dragons||Ojutai, Soul of Winter||Silumgar, the Drifting Death||Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury||Atarka, World Render||Dromoka, the Eternal|
|Five rare legendary dragons in each allied color pair, all of which have an ability that triggers whenever a dragon you control attacks.|
|Common enemy-colored instants||Harsh Sustenance||Cunning Strike||Grim Contest||War Flare||Ethereal Ambush|
|Five common instants, one of each enemy color pair.|
|Life-gain Taplands||Tranquil Cove||Dismal Backwater||Bloodfell Caves||Rugged Highlands||Blossoming Sands||Scoured Barrens||Swiftwater Cliffs||Jungle Hollow||Wind-Scarred Crag||Thornwood Falls|
|Ten common lands that enter the battlefield tapped, gain the controller one life and can tap for 2 different colors of mana. Reprints of the ten-card tapland cycle from Khans of Tarkir, with new artwork.|
Fate Reforged has one mirrored pair.
|Common instants that either tap or untap a creature and draw a card.|
The following cards have been reprinted from previous sets:
- Douse in Gloom, first seen in Guildpact
- Gainlands, first printed in Khans of Tarkir
- Hunt the Weak, first printed in Magic 2014 and last seen in Magic 2015 and for the first time in an expert-level expansion
- Pyrotechnics, first printed in Legends and last seen in Planechase
- Typhoid Rats, first printed in Innistrad and last seen in Magic 2015
Note about fetchlands
- Arashin Cleric is a functional reprint of Temple Acolyte.
- Aven Skirmisher is a functional reprint of Lantern Kami and Suntail Hawk save for creature types.
- Feral Krushok is a functional reprint of Spined Wurm save for creature types.
- Gore Swine is a functional reprint of Regathan Firecat save for creature types.
- Great-Horn Krushok is a functional reprint of Siege Mastodon and Thraben Purebloods save for creature types.
- Merciless Executioner is a functional reprint of Fleshbag Marauder save for creature types.
- Smoldering Efreet is a functional reprint of Sell-Sword Brute save for creature types.
- Sultai Skullkeeper is a functional reprint of Screeching Skaab save for creature types.
- Ugin, the Spirit Dragon is the second colorless planeswalker after Karn Liberated and it is a powerful finisher in Tron decks in Modern. Its first ability is a reference to Ghostfire, that refers to Ugin in its flavor text.
- Gurmag Angler and Tasigur, the Golden Fang are two staples in several formats thanks to the delve ability that lets cast them for few mana.
- Monastery Mentor saw tournament play in control decks (for example miracle decks) thanks to its ability to do a powerful board advantage. He also became a powerful finisher in Vintage, ultimately becoming restricted in August 2017.
- Warden of the First Tree is inspired by Figure of Destiny.
|Intro pack name||Colors Included||Foil rare|
|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|
- Information below the text box
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