Magic: The Gathering Arenagame director Chris Clay literally shouted it from the rooftops via Twitter last Wednesday. Now, Direct Challenge play is LIVE in the game’s Open Beta build! With this update, casual and serious Magic players can challenge their friends (and enemies) to settle longtime feuds, test deck strategies, or have friendly deckbuilding challenges through Magic: The Gathering Arena.
Here’s how Direct Challenge works:
You and your friend open the Direct Challenge option
Type in one another’s username and five-digit code
Magic: The Gathering is celebrating 25 years and VIZ Media is recognizing the event with this officially licensed illustrated history exploring the legend, lore, and origins of the bestselling card game.
Magic: The Gathering: Concepts & Legends is written by James Wyatt, a Senior Game Designer for Magic. The book takes you through the creative process behind the evolving art and design of the games and its worlds and characters.
The book is out now in comic shops and book stores and retails for $39.99.
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Magic the Gathering is celebrating 25 years with an all-new art show, in collaboration with world-famous pop culture destinationGallery 1988 in Los Angeles – launching tonight (Nov. 2), and available all weekend long from Nov. 3-4.
The gallery worked with top artists from around the world to create art in various media inspired by the rich characters, story and community of Magic: The Gathering. Gallery 1988 is hosting a public launch party tonight, but fear not – even if you’re not in Los Angeles, you can view and purchase the art from collection online HERE.
VIZ Media celebrates the 25thanniversary of Magic: The Gathering with this officially licensed illustrated history exploring the legend, lore, and origins of the bestselling strategy card game.
Written by Magic: The Gathering Senior Game Designer James Wyatt, this deluxe slip-cased,hardcover volume with collectible art prints provides readers with a rare glimpse of the creative process behind the evolving art and design of Magic: The Gathering. Magic: The Gathering – Concepts & Legends is now available, and carries an MSRP of $39.99 U.S. / $53.99 CAN.
James Wyatt and the Wizards of the Coast team of storytellers and artists open up the archives to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at how they develop the look and feel of the characters, planes, and creatures of the world’s most popular trading card game. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Magic:The Gathering, this beautiful collector’s hardcover book features artwork, sketches and commentary showcasing the expansive world that has captivated generations.
James Wyatt is a Senior Game Designer on the creative team for Magic: The Gathering. His work at Wizards of the Coast since 2000 includes five novels, more than 20 short stories, one poem and dozens of Dungeons & Dragons game sourcebooks.
Throughout its 25-year history, Magic: The Gathering has visited many richly imaginative worlds through card sets and stories. Developed by Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering has tens of millions of fans, is played in more than 70 countries, and is available in 11 languages. Magic: The Gathering has won numerous notable awards, including a Mensa Award and multiple Origins Awards, the Hobby Game industry’s annual top award.
Wizards of the Coast has a new series of in-game events built around creators in the Magic: The Gathering Arena community—Streamer Events—and they start tomorrow!
Since the launch of Open Beta of Magic: The Gathering Arena less than a month ago, 100 Million games have been played! During that time an incredible amount of creator content has been made by the Magic: The Gathering Arena community. Magic players have been teaching, competing, entertaining, deckbuilding, and sharing these experiences online. The Magic: The Gathering Arena team wants to continue to encourage these talented creators to make and enjoy great content in a way that is unique to Magic.
To create Streamer Events, the Magic: The Gathering Arena team is working closely with different creators in the community to build customized in-game events around their unique personality and play style. These events will be recurring and will feature a variety of awesome content creators and wildly different game modes.
To top it all off, we are adding in a major feature, Direct Challenge. Direct Challenge will allow players to jump into games against their friends by searching their in-game name before going into battle. We are excited to announce that Direct Challenge will be coming in the next November update with more robust friend features on the way!
First Streamer Event Details – October 26-29
We’re giving Constructed new house rules with Day. Day has always had a burning displeasure for counters and tricks. So together we created INSTA-BAN, where you bring a 60-card deck with zero instant spells in it. Instant speed effects such as flash or activated abilities are permitted, but if the spell is an instant, it is BANNED.
Gaby’s Greedy Dominaria Draft
We’re giving Draft new house rules with Gaby Spartz. Gaby loves drafting and building ambitious decks. So together we are running a GREEDY DOMINARIA DRAFT. Draft 3 packs of Dominaria around a few unique rules in this game of Magic. Everyone can play two lands per turn, start with 9 cards, and has no maximum hand size.
Wizards of the Coasthas announced its highly anticipated digital game Magic: The Gathering Arena is now free to download in Open Beta. Today all players in North America, Europe, Australia, and South America can download the latest digital version of the legendary collectible card game and play the all-new Magic experience on Windows PC.
Developed in-house by Wizards of the Coast’s Digital Games Studio, Magic: The Gathering Arena brings the same rich strategy and gameplay of the beloved tabletop game to PC in quick, intense, head to head battles. In Magic: The Gathering Arena players can jump right into Quick and Competitive Play using one of the five carefully crafted pre-built decks earned in the tutorial and can customize their own decks from an expansive library of current Magic cards. The game is free to download and lets players battle for rewards including in-game currency, cards, and booster packs. Players can also earn an additional five pre-built decks by completing daily quests.
At the start of Open Beta players can look forward to the following:
GUILDS OF RAVNICA –Magic: The Gathering’s latest card set will be available on Sept. 27 at Open Beta release.
SPECIAL IN-GAME SINGLETON EVENT – All Open Beta players will have access to a special Singleton constructed event on us (it won’t cost gold or gems to enter) from September 27 through October 1.
SEALED FORMAT – Magic: The Gathering’s format where players build a 40-card deck from six unopened booster packs, is introduced to Magic: The Gathering Arena.
REDEEMABLE CODES – Starting with Guilds of Ravnica’s physical release, retail product from the tabletop card set will contain codes redeemable in Magic: The Gathering Arena in select regions.
Wizards of the Coast and IDW Publishing revealed today details for an all-new Magic: The Gathering comic to be published beginning this November. Magic: The Gathering: Chandrais written by Vita Ayala with interior art by Harvey Tolibao and features all-new adventures of fan-favorite pyromancer Planeswalker Chandra Nalaar. This is the first Magic: The Gathering comic in four years and will introduce an all-new approach to storytelling as the franchise marks its 25th year.
The series focusing on Chandra will introduce the reader to her including her story, her quirks, and her powers. Set in the near future of the Multiverse, these never-before-told stories will breathe life into Chandra, her cohorts, and her enemies in new and visually striking ways. Knowledge of cards is optional, love of characters required.
An adventurous Planeswalker and powerful pyromancer, Chandra Nalaar has seen much in her time—but she had never experienced such tragedy before. In the wake of a devastating loss, Chandra is striking out on her own, determined to prove—to her family and to herself—that next time she’ll be prepared. But when faced with threats both old and new, will she be able to overcome her grief in time to survive? And who is that familiar face lurking in the shadows?
Magic: The Gathering: Chandra #1 will be available in November.
Wizards of the Coast has announced the first collaboration on a major product between Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering with Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica releasing everywhere on November 20. The book will contain everything fans need to play D&D in the world-spanning city of Ravnica, the fan-favorite Magic setting populated by ten rival guilds, each with its own ethos and agenda. Wizards is also announcing D&D fans can now return to a magic-heavy noir setting with Wayfinder’s Guide to Eberron, a new document written by Keith Baker available online now. The exploration of these settings is a testament to how fan excitement can shape where D&D travels to next.
More enfranchised D&D fans may know that Keith Baker created the Eberron setting as part of the Fantasy Setting Search conducted in 2002, and the D&D team has been working with him to update the setting. The first step is the Wayfinder’s Guide to Eberron, a digital release in the Dungeon Masters Guild online marketplace, which will serve to collect feedback on adjusted races, dragon marks, new backgrounds and more. Fans can also use this document as a jumping off point to create their own monsters, adventure modules, and other tabletop content set within Eberron and put it up for sale on the Dungeon Masters Guild.
VIZ Media dives into the legend, lore, and origins of the bestselling strategy card game, Magic: The Gathering, with the acquisition of Magic: the Gathering – Concepts and Legends. Written by bestselling author and Magic: The Gathering Senior Game Designer James Wyatt, the slipcased, hardcover volume is slated for release in print this Fall and offers a detailed examination of the planes, mythos and in-world history of Magic: The Gathering.
Dive deep into the archives of Magic: The Gathering with an inside look at the origins of the characters, planes, creatures and lore of the world’s most popular trading card game. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Magic: The Gathering, this beautiful collector’s hardcover book features artwork, sketches and commentary showcasing the expansive world that has captivated generations. The book also includes four double-sided collectible art prints.
Throughout its 25-year history, Magic: The Gathering has visited many richly imaginative worlds through card sets and stories. Developed by Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering has more than 20 million fans, is played in more than 70 countries, and is available in 11 languages. Magic: The Gathering has won numerous notable awards, including a Mensa Award and multiple Origins Awards, the Hobby Game industry’s annual top award.
Wizards of the Coast and Tencent have announced a partnership to bring Magic: The Gathering to digital gamers in Asia. Tencent will be the exclusive digital publisher and esports broadcaster for the iconic strategy card game in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Brunei.
Wizards of the Coast’s newest digital game, Magic: The Gathering Arena,iscurrently in Closed Beta and will be the first game published by Tencent through the new partnership. The game is designed and built for digital gamers without compromising Magic‘s core gameplay. Every element of the game design is focused on an engaging and dynamic experience, true to authentic Magic, to provide players and viewers fast-paced, exciting, and easy-to-follow matches.
In addition to MTG Arena, the partnership also includes publishing of future games based on the strategy card game on mobile, PC, and console platforms.