The Autobots and Decepticons will arrive with the next big set of Magic: The Gathering, Brothers’ War.
Dominaria United just released, Universes Beyond: Warhammer 40000 is around the corner, and Brothers’ War has just been revealed – but the November expansion of Magic: The Gathering has a surprise in store for all the Mages out there!
Crossovers are happening more and more often in MTG, whether it being Secret Lair drops or the new Universes Beyond products – but now, the Transformers are joining the fray! But not the Michael Bay-type robots from outer space, rather than the classic shapeshifters from the hit TV series from the 80’s in one version, and the latest Shattered Glass comics, which inverts the roles as the Decepticons are the heroes and the Autobots are the villains in the other. Characters which didn’t exist decades ago have been reimagined in the classic style to fit that version of the arts as well!
Six Transformers were revealed at Hasbro’s PulseCon:
Optimus Prime, Autobot Leader / Optimus Prime, Hero
Goldbug, Scrappy Scout / Goldbug, Humanity’s Ally
Starscream, Seeker Leader / Starcream, Power Hungry
Soundwave, Superior Captain / Soundwave, Sonic Spy
Flamewar, Streetwise Operative / Flamewar, Brash Veteran
Slicer, High-Speed Antagonist / Slicer, Hired Muscle
But there will be 15 robots in total, and the list is missing some names, such as the iconic final boss of the Transformers Universe, Megatron. All the Transformers cards will be double sided with unique effects, such as More Than Meets the Eye, which lets you decide which side of the cards you want to play, and Living Metal, which means that the Vehicle backside of the cards are creatures as long as it’s the owner’s turn. This also means that Optimus and his kin will only be available in select eternal formats, namely Commander, Legacy and Vintage, in spite of appearing in a Standard set – but you can throw the cards into your favorite Commander deck, and even build around them, as all of the Transformers cards revealed so far are Legendary! Optimus and Megatron are already leading armies, and they have unique abilities which makes them perfect for EDH.
The Transformers cards will be available in the Brothers’ War expansion releasing in late Autumn, and will be available in packs. This means that you don't have to go any extra lenghts to acquire the Autobots and the Decepticons, as you just have to crack some packs to find them! Stay tuned for the remaining 9 Transformers, which are yet to be revealed!