Welcome back to Archive Trap, the unofficial guide to Magic: the Gathering. Today we start our discussion of The Ice Age, the period of time that began when Urza caused the Sylex Blast at the end of The Brothers' War which resulted in huge ecological upheaval on Dominaria. It also created the Shard of Twelve Worlds, a magical barrier that prevented travel - by planeswalk or portal - in or out. The Ice Age ends with Freyalise's casting of the World Spell, bringing down that magical barrier. For today, we will focus on the period between the Sylex Blast and the Ice Age proper, a time known as The Dark.