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BOOM! Taps Mana to Summon Magic: The Gathering Comics

BOOM! Studios has announced a new partnership, under license by Hasbro, Inc., with Wizards of the Coast LLC that adds Magic: The Gathering to their slate of fan-favorite properties. This historic beginning for the pop culture phenomenon launches with Magic, a new original comic book series from acclaimed writer Jed MacKay, artist Ig Guara, colorist Arianna Consonni, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, perfect for new readers and long time fans, available in April 2021.

Across the vast Multiverse, those gifted with a “spark” can tap into the raw power of Magic and travel across realms — they are Planeswalkers. When coordinated assassination attempts on Guildmasters Ral Zarek, Vraska, and Kaya rock the city of Ravnica and leave Jace Beleren’s life hanging in the balance, a fuse is lit that threatens not just these three Guilds, but the entire plane of Ravnica. Now these three must covertly infiltrate the wild plane of Zendikar and form a tenuous alliance to uncover why the targets of the assassins have all been Planeswalkers. . . which will lead them straight to one of the most enigmatic characters in Magic history!

Magic #1 features main cover art by acclaimed artist Matteo Scalera as well as variant cover art by Guara, InHyuk Lee, and Junggeun Yoon, and a set of Hidden Planeswalker variant covers by artists Miguel Mercado, Taj Tenfold, and Magdalena Pagowska featuring fan-favorite characters Liliana Vess, Kaya the Ghost Assassin, and Sorin Markov. 

Fans can also pre-order the Magic Pack, a limited edition Collector’s Set of Magic#1 covers, featuring an exclusive Magic Pack variant by artist Mirka Andolfo, along with the Magic#1 main cover by Scalera, a randomly inserted Hidden Planeswalker variant cover, and the Black blank sketch cover, available in April 2021.

Play Magic: The Gathering Arena on Android Starting January 28

Magic: The Gathering Arena

Magic: The Gathering Arena is expanding with Android getting early access on January 28. Additional Android devices, tablets, and iOS support is coming later this year.

The app will be accessible for those who mobile Android devices can run it through the Google Play store. The Android early access will include cross-platform support and all card and formats currently available including the upcoming Kaldheim.

Below is the recommended Android specs.

Android Version: 6.0 (Marshmallow)
RAM: 4GB
Graphics API: OpenGL ES 3.0
Texture Compression: ETC2

Required Chipsets

  • Kirin 970 -or-
  • Snapdragon 845 -or-
  • Exynos 9810

You can find a list of some of the supported devices here.

Magic: Manastrike is Shutting Down

Magic: Manastrike

Netmarble has announced that they will be shutting down Magic: Manastrike on February 23, 2021. The game launched in January 2020 and is a mobile game based on Magic: The Gathering. In it, you build a deck to defend your own and destroy your opponent’s totems.

Currently, all in-app purchases for the games have been disabled though players can still spend gems and gold they acquire through the game.

The game had a relatively positive reception but never quite found the reception other mobile games have. While fun and definitely capturing the feel of Magic: The Gathering, the game has been hampered by its modes which have remained limited and not varied enough. Strategy has generally stagnated too with games revolving around a few decks and characters.

Servers will remain open until 2/23/2021 21:00 PST, afterward, the game service will no longer be available.

The Walking Dead Bites its Way into Magic: The Gathering

On October 4, the worlds of Magic: The Gathering and The Walking Dead combine in a one-of-a-king Secret Lair crossover! Secret Lair drops are a limited release set of cards for Magic: The Gathering. They often feature a theme that ties them in together and are available for a set amount of time.

Secret Lair X The Walking Dead will be available for preorder October 4–12 and the cards will be printed and shipped after. That means you need to get them when they go up for pre-order.

The cards coming to this set are new to Magic and feature characters from the show. The cards are legal in Eternal formats and allows players to bring some of the characters from The Walking Dead to the game. It’s also a fun collectible for those interested in the show and comics.

The release of Secret Lair X The Walking Dead is timed for “We Are the Walking Dead Weekend” which includes the finale of season 10 of the show and the premier of The Walking Dead: World Beyond. Cards will be revealed during Talking Dead airing that night.

Secret Lair X The Walking Dead will be available for preorder October 4–12 for $49.99/£49.99/€54.99.

Dungeons & Dragons Comes to Magic: The Gathering with “Adventures in the Forgotten Realms”

Wizards of the Coast has announced some of their upcoming plans for the popular Magic: The Gathering and that includes Dungeons & Dragons coming to the game.

Up next summer is “Adventures in the Forgotten Realms” a full black-bordered Standard-legal set.

This isn’t the first crossover for the two games as Magic: The Gathering has found its way in supplements for Dungeons & Dragons but this is the first step into the card game for the classic roleplaying world.

This is just one of six other sets also revealed today by the game company. Also revealed were “Kaldheim,” “Time Spiral: Remastered,” Strixhaven: School of Mages,” “Modern Horizons 2,” “Innistrad: Werewolves,” and “Innistrad: Vampires.”

“Adventures in the Forgotten Realms” is set to release in the summer of 2021.

The world of Magic: The Gathering’s Theros Comes to Dungeons & Dragons in Mythic Odysseys of Theros

Wizards of the Coast combines the world’s greatest roleplaying game with the world’s greatest strategy game to create one amazing campaign setting in Mythic Odysseys of Theros, available in physical hardcover format starting today. An alternative cover with a distinctive design by Kevin Tong is also available today exclusively in game stores.

Mythic Odysseys of Theros covers

Set in the Magic: The Gathering world of Theros, players can wield a god’s weapon and play using new race options as they embark on a challenge fit for the gods.Select a supernatural gift, aligning your character with one of Theros’ fifteen gods and carve a tale of odysseys and ordeals on your personal path to destiny. The new sourcebook introduces the Bard’s College of Eloquence and the Paladin’s Oath of Heroism, even as it presents players with the challenge of mythic monsters. Destiny and immortal schemes lead the players’ characters through challenges previously unknown, leaving behind an odyssey that will be celebrated in the athenaeum of legends writ among the eternal stars.

The first 20 fans who supported their friendly local game store by pre-ordering the physical format at a participating Wizards Play Network store, will receive a poster map (while supplies last), scaled for reference and displaying key adventuring sites within the setting. The first 20 fans who pre-ordered (or purchased) Mythic Odysseys of Theros also received a unique code for 50% off the digital version on D&D Beyond.

Get ready to clash with the gods of Theros!


Purchase: Amazon – Miniature Market Main Cover/Limited Edition – Cool Stuff Inc Main Cover/Limited Edition – Game Nerdz Main Cover/Limited Edition
Digital download on D&D BeyondFantasy Grounds, and Roll20.

Domri Rade is the Latest Season Update for Magic: Manastrike

Netmarble has released a new update to Magic: ManaStrike. The video game is based on the Wizards of the Coast franchise Magic: The Gathering. Today’s update introduces Domri Rade Season, a new Magic Pass-exclusive Skin for Dinosaur Rider Domri Rade, and new Magic Pass rewards.

A new Magic Pass exclusive skin for the Red/Green Planeswalker Dinosaur Rider Domri Rade is now available for players to collect. New Magic Pass Rewards have also been added to the game as part of the update. This includes new Level Boost Vouchers and Skin Selector, along with new Emojis, and Player Icons that can be collected by playing the game.

Magic: ManaStrike is available to download on the App Store and Google Play and supports 13 languages including English, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai, Russian, and Portuguese.

Magic: Manastrike Domri Rade Season

Wizards of the Coast Takes on Depictions of Racism in Magic: The Gathering

Magic: The Gathering

Wizards of the Coast has made an announcement that they are taking a look at the cards from Magic: The Gathering for depictions of racism. They have announced numerous cards whose images will be removed from the database.

The company has announced they are changing the multiverse ID and removing the Gatherer card image for the card Invoke Prejudice which was originally released in 1994. The company has described the card as racist and there is no place for racism in the game, community, or anywhere.

The following cards will also have their images removed from the Magic database:

  • Invoke Prejudice
  • Cleanse
  • Stone-Throwing Devils
  • Pradesh Gypsies
  • Jihad
  • Imprison
  • Crusade

Instead a statement will be in place of the images:

  • We have removed this card image from our database due to its racist depiction, text, or combination thereof. Racism in any form is unacceptable and has no place in our games, nor anywhere else.

Those cards will also be banned in all sanctioned tournament play.

They said there is more to come and this is just a first pass of cards. This is a good start for the company but there’s much work to do behind the scenes with hiring and more.

Wizards of the Coast Announces Double Masters for Magic: The Gathering

Double Masters

Wizards of the Coast has announced Double Masters for Magic: The Gathering. The set is filling with “powerful and popular reprints” and there are two mythic rare cards in each pack.

Double Masters is a 332 card set launching August 7, 2020. The booster box features 24 packs per box. Each pack has 15 cards with two rares and two foil cards (and the foils can be up to two additional rares). There’s two non-foil borderless showcase box topper cards included in each booster box. The set will be available in English, French, German, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese.

Check out Wizards’ live stream for more details about this upcoming set.

Watch Weekly MTG: Double Masters Weekly MTG: Double Masters from Magic on www.twitch.tv

(via Wizards of the Coast)

Magic: ManaStrike Unveils all new Ikoria II season in update

Netmarble Corp. has released a new update to Magic: ManaStrike, Netmarble’s first-ever game for the Wizards of the Coast franchise Magic: The Gathering, that introduces additions including Magic Pass’ Ikoria II season, a new Magic Pass-exclusive Skin for the Planeswalker character Tezzeret, three all-new cards,  and more.

As part of Ikoria II season, a new Magic Pass exclusive skin for Blue/Black Planeswalker Tezzeret is now available. The new skin is inspired by Tezzeret the Schemer in Magic: The Gathering. Other rewards for Magic Pass Ikoria II season include: a Level Boost Voucher, a Skin selector, an Emoji, and a new Player icon.

This update also includes the new card type, hybrid multicolor cards that can be used for color deck matching with one of Magic’s colors. The updated three hybrid multicolor cards are Blue/Black card Oona, Queen of the Fae, a Red/Green Regisaur Alpha card, and a White/Green Good-Fortune Unicorn card

Other additions to Magic: ManaStrike as part of the new update include:

  • Color Strategy Tutorial – A new color strategy tutorial focusing on building decks with White, Blue, and Black cards
  • Event Mode Improvements – Planeswalkers can now be purchased with a new currency that is obtained only in Event mode

Magic: ManaStrike is available to download on the App Store and Google Play and is globally launched, and supports 13 languages including English, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai, Russian and Portuguese.

Magic: Manastrike Ikoria II
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