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Pulse Con 2022: Magic: The Gathering Goes Beyond with Transformers

During Hasbro’s Pulse Con 2022, Magic: The Gathering unveiled a new series of Universes Beyond cards from the Transformers franchise. Fan favorite characters including Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream feature classic G1 designs and double-sided cards that convert between robot mode and an alt-mode. Each of the 15 cards has a “Shattered Glass” variant showcasing an alternate reality in which the Autobots are evil and the Decepticons are good. These unique Universes Beyond cards can be found in the upcoming set The Brothers’ War on Nov. 18 in set boosters, collector boosters, and Bundle. Available for pre-order now on Amazon and your local game store.

Don’t get ghosted with Hasbro’s Love is Dead party game!

For singles tired of the same ol’ dating app drama or occasional horror stories, and looking to amp up their dating game in the coming months, Hasbro just released a brand-new party game for teens and adults perfect for the occasion. Inspired by modern dating themes, Love is Dead is a light strategy party card game where players compete to match with Boos in the dating pool! These days, dating can be downright scary. Seriously, who wants to get ghosted?

In the game, you play Trait cards that correspond to the Boo’s traits. Other players could be going after the same Boos! Once a player matches with 3 Boos, the game is over – the player who scores the most points from their matches wins!

Will you match with AJ who’s only looking for a date to their cousin’s funeral? Or Niah, who’ll ghost you just for being an Aries? (Talk about a horror-scope.) The Love is Dead game will have players dying laughing at parties, get-togethers, or game nights with friends. Love is Dead is available now at Walmart and Target.com.

Love is Dead retails for $19.99 and for 2 to 5 players ages 13 years and up.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG 2023 Speed Duel GX Revealed!

Yu-Gi-Oh!

Shadows loom large over Duel Academy in the new 2023 Speed Duel GX Box*! The Shadow Riders have descended upon Speed Duel and joined forces with other villainous characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime series to cause mayhem and unleash the mighty Sacred Beasts. This box set is designed to allow up to 8 players to jump into their own dynamic gameplay experience with 8 pre-constructed Decks along with a selection of other cards that can be used to customize them. Here are just a few of the things you can look forward to in the new box:

  • 8 Pre-Constructed Decks with new Skill Cards that introduce villainous characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX animated series to Speed Duel! Torment your opponent with Titan’s Chess Archfiends, solve the mysteries of alchemy with Amnael, or even reign supreme with the Supreme King’s Evil HEROes!
  • New Skills that let you look at older Speed Duel cards in a new light! Try your hand at assembling Detective Zaloog’s Dark Scorpion Deck!
  • Duel in style with Secret Rare versions of popular cards including the 3 Sacred Beasts!
  • And more!

Each 2023 Speed Duel GX Box contains 228 total cards, all compatible with the Speed Duel format:

  • 200 Commons
  • 20 Skill Cards
  • 8 (of 24) Secret Rare Cards

The set comes to shelves March 31, 2023 and will retail for $29.99.

To use a card in Speed Duel it must have the Speed Duel Symbol on the card. Cards without the Symbol are not legal, but Speed Duel cards can be used in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Skill Cards may only be used in Speed Duel.

*Name and content subject to change.

Thunderbirds… Go with a new Co-operative Card Game

Thunderbirds: Danger Zone

Coming this summer from Anderson Entertainment is Thunderbirds: Danger Zone – a co-operative card game for 2–6 players that can be completed in 30 to 50 minutes. Players assume the role of International Rescue operatives taking on daring rescue missions based on the original television series episodes.

To bring this new game series to life, Anderson Entertainment teamed up with award-winning games designer, Andrew Harman.

Players take turns leading as Jeff Tracy and decide how to move the mission forward – using resources gathered by the other players, preparing pods and equipment for missions, or deploying other characters as mission support. And all of this is against a countdown.

There are a variety of levels of difficulty across the episodes, from beginner missions right up to full expert level scenarios like Terror in New York City and The Impostors. These first installments all draw inspiration from the classic TV series, but future episodes could incorporate elements from the TV21 comics, audio adventures, and beyond.

The first release features seven episodes with the plan of an expansion pack later in the year.

The game is currently in production and will be available from July 2022 via The Official Gerry Anderson Store online, selected games retailers, and Amazon priced at £24.99.

Darkwing Blast comes to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game in October

 Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game

Ascend into the night sky this October! Darkwing Blast is the latest core booster for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game (TCG). This 100-card set lets you take to the skies with new cards for Crow’s renowned “Blackwing” strategy from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. Brand-new themes emerge as well as new cards you can include in the Deck you already have! Darkwing Blast is packed with cards ready to elevate your game to the next level! Here is just some of what you can expect:

  • Feathers fly with brand-new “Blackwing” cards! Try out new Tuners that make it a breeze to perform a flurry of Synchro Summons and unlock new possibilities with a new “Blackwing” Synchro Monster! Make sure to grab your “Blackwing” cards from Legendary Duelists: Season 2 and Legendary Duelists: White Dragon Abyss to get your “Blackwing” Deck ready for action.
  • A new version of Crow Hogan’s Black-Winged Dragon capable of inflicting major damage to your opponent and destroying every card on the field during your opponent’s turn!
  • Exciting new strategies!
  • New cards for themes from the past!
  • The continuation of the World Premiere theme that debuted in Power of the Elements!
  • And more!

The Darkwing Blast booster set contains 100 new cards:

  • 50 Commons
  • 26 Super Rares
  • 14 Ultra Rares
  • 10 Secret Rares

The set is slated to release on Friday, October 21, 2022.

*Set content subject to changes

Fantasy Realms Gets an Upgrade With Fantasy Realms Deluxe Edition

Five years after its initial release, the smash hit Fantasy Realms is getting a major upgrade that will be a must-have for any collector’s shelf and a great way to get new players excited about this classic combo-licious card game! The Deluxe Edition includes new sleek, intuitive graphic design. The base game cards have also been updated to feature new art from Anthony Cournoyer that matches his beloved work on The Cursed Hoard expansion, giving the entire game a fresh look!

Fantasy Realms Deluxe Edition includes:

  • The original base game with all new art and graphic design!
  • The Cursed Hoard, which includes two expansion modules, also with new graphic design!
  • The Jester and Phoenix cards, previously only available as promo cards!
  • 100+ art sleeves to protect all the included cards, plus some extras!

In Fantasy Realms, you build your Realm, one card at a time, as you collect Beasts, Armies, Wizards, and more! Each card is unique and scores points based on the other cards in your hand. You start with seven cards, and each turn you’ll draw a new card from the deck or discard, and discard one card from your hand, always trying to improve your Realm! Whoever’s realm scores the most points is the winner! This game is light and easy to teach, but the versatility and tough in-game choices hook players of all experience levels.

Magic: The Gathering Goes Beyond with its Warhammer 40,000 Collaboration

Wizards of the Coast revealed a lot of what’s coming soon for Magic: The Gathering and we’re excited for the collaboration with Games Workshop. Yes, Warhammer 40,000, Age of Sigmar, and Blood Bowl are all coming to Magic: The Gathering!

The two games combined with four 100-card Commander decks and three Secret Lair drops. But, you’ll also be able to use those cards in Commander, Legacy, and Vintage.

As part of Magic: The Gathering’s “Universes Beyond” the four commander decks are:

  • Tyranid Swarm (green-blue-red)
  • Forces of the Imperium (white-blue-black)
  • Necron Dynasties (mono-black)
  • The Ruinous Powers (blue-black-red)

There’s a regular edition and “Collector’s Edition” which comes fully foiled with never-before-seen special surge foil.

The three Secret Lair drops go further into the worlds of Games Workshop:

  • Secret Lair x Warhammer 40,000: Orks
  • Secret Lair x Warhammer Age of Sigmar
  • Secret Lair x Blood Bowl

Previews of the cards begin on July 26 with the Secret Lair Drop running from August 12-22. A worldwide release for the set is August 12 with the Launch Weekend Event taking place August 12-14.

With the announcement, we also got the first previews of cards being released.

Since the commander format is all about legendary creatures and big plays, it should be no surprise that Abaddon, the Despoiler is getting a card. He’s the “face” of “The Ruinous Powers” deck.

Abaddon, the Despoiler

You’ll scream your loyalty to Khorn with Blood for the Blood God! Appropriately the cost to cast the card drops the more things die on the battlefield.

Blood for the Blood God!

Space Marine Vanguard Suppressors are a 3/2 creature and allows you to create a squad of them when the creature enters the battlefield through the token-related mechanic “Squad”.

Vanguard Suppressors

The promo card Fabricate can be yours if you go to your local game store on launch day. The card features Belisarius Cawl and allows you to search your library for an artifact card and put it in your hand.

Fabricate

Japanime Games’ ZU Tiles: Hime is coming soon!

ZU Tiles: Hime is a strategic tile placement game based loosely on the creatures of the Chinese Zodiac. Players choose a creature (or creatures) to build customized decks around in order to out think and out play their opponent(s). Players earn points by creating patterns of “compatible squares” using creatures or by battling and capturing opposing creatures.

The first player to 12 points wins! Think Collectable Card Game meets Dominoes…but with anime inspired art and tile interactions. Build your deck based on animals of the Japanese Zodiac and fight your opponent…with cuteness! Complete squares of four compatible tiles to score victory points, and outsmart the competition with special actions, tricky tactics, and unique tile abilities to win!

ZU Tiles: Hime starter set 1 is available June 1st, 2022 from Japanime Games!


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Crystal Revenge is coming to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game

Hitting the shelves on Friday, September 30, 2022, the Battles of Legend: Crystal Revenge booster set introduces new, never-before released cards from the Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series ranging from the original all the way through Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game.

In addition to a wide array of cool new cards, Battles of Legend: Crystal Revenge will give Duelists another chance to acquire select older cards as well. 

Duelists who built a Deck with Joker’s Knight from King’s Court and the 3 Musketeers of Face Cards will finally be able to incorporate Yugi’s Royal Straight Slasher from the finale of the Grand Championship arc into their strategy! 3 Musketeers of Face Cards is one of the available strategies in the new Rivalry of Warlords Organized Play format, so Duelists interested in learning the basics of the Deck before the new cards release should inquire about this event type at their local OTS or at a YCS event.

Moving from the original series all the way to Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, Duelists will also be able to build another one of the Ignis-powered Decks! This time it’s the Earth Ignis’ Deck, a strategy built on EARTH Cyberse Link Monsters that co-link into an impenetrable wall.

In addition to a wide array of cool new cards, Battles of Legend: Crystal Revenge will give Duelists another chance to acquire select older cards as well.

Each 5-card pack contains 4 Ultra Rares and 1 Secret Rare.

*Set name and content subject to change.

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