Teferi returns in MTG Brother’s War with a unique way to gain loyalty counters

Travel back in time with this five-mana Planeswalker.

The next stage in a multi-set story is coming with Brothers War, a time-traveling journey that brings back classic characters and a heavy Artifact theme.

Spoilers began today with several heavy hitters as previews continue throughout the weekend with several coming at Magic 30, the 30th-anniversary celebration that hosts the Magic World Championship.

A major figure in the narrative of Brothers War is Teferi, the Planeswalker that can manipulate time. Its rare to have a Standard without a Teferi around to frustrate players that hate playing against control and tempo archetypes. The new Teferi is a five-mana Blue Planeswalker that has a new way to gain loyalty counters.

Teferi, Temporal Pilgrim

Teferi, Temporal Pilgrim Teferi Temporal Pilgrim
  • Mana value: 3UU
  • Type: Legendary Planeswalker Teferi
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Starting loyalty: Four
  • Passive ability: Whenever you draw a card, put a loyalty counter on Teferi, Temporal Pilgrim
  • First ability: 0: Draw a card.
  • Second ability: -2: Create a 2/2 Blue Spirit Creature token with vigilance and Whenever you draw a card, put a +1/+1 counter on that Creature.
  • Third ability: -12: Target opponent chooses a permanent they control and returns it to its owners hand. Then they shuffle each nonland permanent they control into its owners library.

Magic continues to deliver unique planeswalkers that arent generically powerful, but fit interesting deckbuilding niches. Teferi, Temporal Pilgrim has a new way to gain loyalty counters by drawing cards. The 0 ability lets its controller draw a card. This isnt a great ability for five-mana, but in a mono-blue deck thats already ahead on board, itll be sufficient. 

The -2 is solid. This allows Teferi to protect itself with a 2/2 Creature that scales throughout the game when you draw a card. This card can get out of hand quickly in a Blue deck, with its critical mass of card draw effects. 

Getting to the ultimate looks like a combo finish. Sure, its possible to reach 12 loyalty by drawing cards, but more often than not activating the -2 multiple times is great. This is where a huge card draw spell comes in handy. With something like Cosmic Epiphany in Standard to ultimate Teferi the turn he comes in.

Brothers War releases digitally on Nov. 15 with a full tabletop release on Nov. 18.

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