In Dominaria United, Wizards of the Coast does the impossible, reducing the Equip and crew costs of Magic: The Gathering Equipment and vehicles to one through the legendary Astor, Bearer of Blades.
Vehicles and Equipment often take a back seat to top-tier meta decks in MTG, relieving on combos and a gameplay pace that can get clunky at times. Equipment builds are often in the colors Red and White, while vehicle decks can run in a wide assortment of archetypes because they typically have a non-color mana cost. With the release of Dominaria United, the legendary Red and White Astor, Bearer of Blades, will buff both archetypes and become
Astor is a legendary creature that has appeared in over a dozen sets throughout Magic's history. He returns to Standard in DMU as an RW legend that fetches either Equipment or vehicles from your library on hand while reducing the Equip and crew costs to one.
- Mana cost: 2RW
- Type: Legendary CreatureHuman Warrior
- Rarity: Rare
- Stats: 4/4
- Ability: When Astor, Bearer of Blades enters the battlefield, look at the top seven cards of your library. You may reveal an Equipment or vehicle card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.
- Equipment: Equipment you control as an Equip cost of one
- Vehicles: Vehicles you control have a crew cost of one
In MTG, a four-mana 4/4 that can fetch something from your library that synergizes with your deck is solid. Astor, Bearer of Blades wants to be played in buildings that depend on Equipment or vehicles. Or both. And then Astor takes things to another level by reducing the Equip or crew costs for those vehicles and equipment.
The elimination of the Equip or crew cost is a big deal in MTG, as most powerful Artifacts cost two to three times their cost. It is when a player is required to either hold or spend that mana during a turn where they might gain board state.
DMU Equipment support may allow the legendary human warrior to have some success in Standard or Limited. Vehicles are already supported in Standard, though, following the release of NEO via cards like Reckoner Bankbuster.
Outside of Standard, there is little doubt about the power Astor, Bearer of Blades brings to Equiipment decks that were once considered memes or jank. Take the infamous Colossus Hammer, a one-drop colorless equipment that has an Equip cost of eightpumping a creature's stats by +10/+10.
With the worldwide release of Dominaria United on September 9, players may try out Astor in Standard, Commander, or any other Magic format.