Unlike Bolas whom we learn from books and cards that he’s near godly even after the Mending, Urza had always been a schemer and artificer who achieved great deeds with preparation and inventions, with impressive amount of amorality. There’s less demonstration on how strong he actually is in terms of raw strength.
Then of course, every PW was like a god so maybe that’s why his personal power didn’t stand out too much, or perhaps his ability to plan and betray overshadowed everything else. I find his mentality a lot more awe-inspiring than whatever combat prowess he demonstrated.
Urza was on the high end of power level for old walkers. This was in part due to his lack of a sense of his own humanity. Because he was fairly unhinged he wasn't constrained by how strong he thought he was also was fairly immoral by most peoples standards, though as far as he was concerned he was very moral because he held himself against the phyrexians.
the dude almost died to a phyrxian negator.
phyrexia itself made him so sick he almost died.
gix almost killed him.
he had his eyes torn out by radiant.
yawgmoth was able to corrupt him.
he wasn't anywhere near as strong as people make him out to be. that's those pesky rose-tinted glasses. he was a storyline emphasis for like a decade and that pushes him into nostalgic godhood. reread the novels sometime, he's fallible, thats his schtick even.
he was however; intelligent, immoral, and more than anything else able to rely on his inventions. those aspects of his character, combined with his tendency to plan long term gave him an advantage over every other walker out there. not necessarily his magical prowess.
Urza was around long enough to fall into traps (to add to AutumnTwilight, he also got trapped in a Yavimayan tree and got pummeled by hawk engines sent by K'rrick); he could reform and become immaterial and carry others through the Blind Eternities and a slew of other things. He fell into traps, but was powerful. Taysir, arguably, was the other most powerful Planeswalker, but he was never fully explored in post-revisionist material, and even Taysir fell to others (like having his head split open). However, these Planeswalkers had great powers that went beyond post-Mending Planeswalkers. They were not omnipotent like "gods," but their power level was pretty hard to match.
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But yeah most of fan base thinks he is a super powerful combat god which he wasn't. But that doesn't mean he was not powerful and extremely dangerous. Makes sense he is a Prep God though since he is primarily an Artificer and secondarily a Wizard. Artifice leans more to prepping compared to most mages besides I guess Necromancers.
Urza is basically the Batman of the MTG franchise, with the same caveats, story templating, moral ambiquity and everything else that people adore about DC's 'Dark Knight'.
Urza has magical powers in addition to his wits and machinery. Also he created an entire race, lived for centuries, and would have no issue killing the Joker.
Urza's line wasn't killing he had no problem killing. His line was the fusion of flesh and machine. Like batman wouldn't kill no matter how much easier it would be Urza wouldn't fuse flesh and machines regardless of how much stronger it could make his creations.
It's about having the line and not crossing it rather than where that line is.