WotC Won’t Replace Damaged Serialized Cards From MTG’s The Brothers’ War

Hard to find, impossible to replace. WotC’s policy on replacing The Brothers’ War’s serialized cards may surprise you

Wurmcoil Engine illustrated by Raymond Swanland

Reddit user bovadeez recently shared a post to the mtgfinance subreddit detailing their experience trying to replace a serialized card from The Brothers’ War that was reportedly damaged straight out of the pack.

According to bovadeez, after submitting a support ticket to Wizards of the Coast (WotC), they received the following response:

“Thank you for contacting Wizards of the Coast Customer Support! I am sorry to hear about the issue with your serialized card. As a quick note, because of the very limited nature of the serialized schematic promos, we will only be able to replace them with foil non-serialized versions. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.”

Considering how rare the set’s serialized cards are (appearing in less than 1% of Collector boosters), the replacement offer is very underwhelming, but this is actually good news, especially for collectors.

Example of a Serialized Retro Frame card from The Brothers’ War.

By not reprinting any of the serialized cards for the purpose of replacement, it means that there won’t be more than one of any given card, meaning the value of the original will hold steady, even if damaged.

Additionally, cards that are damaged, misprinted, or crimped (printed with compressed small folds or ridges) are often a hot commodity among Magic collectors, with some even paying a premium for the rarest and most obscure ones. Reddit user rtgeary, for example, was reportedly able to sell their crimped serialized Platinum Angel for $1350 to a collector in a dedicated MTG Facebook group.

If you opened a damaged serialized card from The Brothers’ War, would you want to send it back, keep it, or try to sell it? Let us know what you’d do it the comments.