The Control Magic family

Posted in Arcana on July 18, 2002

By Wizards of the Coast

The card Bribery was originally slated to be in Urza's Destiny, and had the playtest name "Kick-Ass Control Magic." But the Destiny team wanted to continue the "free mechanic" into that set, and created Treachery, which is basically a five mana "free" Control Magic.

Bribery was moved up a set into Mercadian Masques, where it found a happy home, and both cards made significant impacts on their respective Block Constructed -- and Standard -- metagames.

Later, Odyssey debuted Persuasion, which is Treachery without the free mechanic. The development teams believe the original Control Magic was undercosted at 4 mana, and Treachery was undercosted at 5, but both Bribery and Persuasion are costed correctly.

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