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Wizards of the Coast Announces: Magic: The Gathering Portal

Magic: The GatheringIn 2018, Magic: The Gathering is getting an all-in-one companion app that will track life and counters, managing and inviting friends to home tournaments, look up rules, and more.

The free app will be available in iOS and Android in every language Magic publishes.

The app will:

  • Create, manage, and track home tournaments complete with pairings, invitations for friends, brackets, and playgroup stats. Set up a tournament, invite friends, and keep track of the results. All from your phone.
  • Look up card information on the fly, including searchable rules databases for card rulings, keywords, and mechanics, all streamlined for showing your friends.
  • Keep track of life totals as well as wins and losses across multiple devices to show just how you stack up against your friends.
  • Stay up-to-date on Magic news with a customizable hub. You can focus your feed to read just about what you want—whether that’s news from the very people who make the game, updates to the official Magic story, or results from the latest Pro Tour.
  • Keep in touch with your playgroup through social linking that lets you invite friends to events, simultaneously track life totals, and manage a friend list.
  • Learn more about Magic through access to video tutorials, glossaries, and rule lookups. New players can learn together, and experienced players can settle rules disputes with a flip of their phone.

Wizards of the Coast Announces Battlebond for Magic: The Gathering

Magic: The GatheringWizards of the Coast has announced a new set, Battlebond as this year’s “Draft innovation” set for Magic: The Gathering.

The set has been worked on for two years and designed specifically for Two-Headed Giant play. The set features new mechanics geared towards this game play. However, many cards are designed for formats like Commander, Cube, and Legacy too!

For Limited, the set can be played as either Sealed Deck or Booster Draft. It’s a mix of reprint cads and new cards, 254 unique ones of which 85 are new. All will immediately be legal in Commander, Legacy, and Vintage. Some of the reprints have new artwork.

The set has a new world to explore:

In Battlebond, we’re going to Kylem, a never-before-seen plane in the Multiverse! On this world, beings flock from all over the plane to the arena of Valor’s Reach, where two-on-two combat is the pinnacle of sport. The goal of the combatants isn’t to kill their opponents outright, but to defeat them with style and flair. It’s not really a win unless your spells and spectacles cause the crowd to go wild in the process!

What kind of flavor can you expect? After all, our worlds are normally built with flavorful creative underpinnings and tropes. Theros, for example, was Greek mythology. Innistrad was Victorian horror. Battlebond goes to a rich well of flavor Magic has never touched before: sports and games! Battlebond is our love letter to sports and e-sports alike.

The set will be released June 8th, so mark your calendars!

Vampirella Tarot Cards Set from Dynamite Entertainment Tops Diamond’s Games in January

Diamond Comic Distributors has released their top products for January 2018. Dynamite Entertainment‘s Vampirella Tarot Cards Set topped the list.

Wizards of the Coast had three entries on the list with Magic: The Gathering, while WizKids saw success with two slots for their Dice Masters. Hasbro‘s Dropmix Music Game System came in at number 10.

Also of note is Fantasy Flight‘s “Fantasy Flight Games Starter” a starter set of games for shops to quickly stock up on the publisher’s games. It could signal numerous comic shops branching out into gaming.

While mainly a comic distributor, the company also does sell games. Below are the top ten items. For the full breakdown of comics, games, and toys, check out our sister site Graphic Policy.

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 VAMPIRELLA TAROT CARDS SET AUG171626 DE
2 RICK AND MORTY MONOPOLY DEC172927 USA
3 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: HOUR OF DEVASTATION BOOSTER PACKS APR173295 WIZ
4 MARVEL DICE MASTERS: MIGHTY THOR 90 GRAVITY FEED PACKS JUN173411 NEC
5 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: IXALAN BOOSTER PACKS JUN173398 WIZ
6 DC DICE MASTERS: BATMAN GRAVITY FEED PACKS SEP168742 NEC
7 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAME APR160482 IDW
8 FANTASY FLIGHT GAMES STARTER OCT178573 ASM
9 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: HOUR OF DEVASTATION BUNDLE PACK APR173296 WIZ
10 DROPMIX MUSIC GAMING SYSTEM JUL178809 HAS

D&D: Uncover the Conflicts of the Multiverse in Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes. Coming May 2018

One of the most powerful wizards in the Dungeons & Dragons multiverse shares some of his hard-won knowledge with fans in a new book full of lore and monsters for D&D fifth edition. Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes is available everywhere on May 29, but you can pick up a limited alternative cover (pictured below) in game stores on May 18, 2018.

Mordenkainen hails from the City of Greyhawk, but over the eons he has expanded his mastery of the major conflicts in the multiverse. Similar to 2016’sVolo’s Guide to Monsters, Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes not only contains everything you need to run challenging new monsters at the table with your friends but also provides tons of storytelling information on some of the most contentious relationships in the multiverse. You’ll learn more about the schism between drow and other elves, githyanki and githzerai, and dwarves and duergar, in addition to reading about the incessant Blood War between demons and devils.

Players will love to delve into Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes to search for story hooks to use with their characters, as well as try out some of the player options for races like tieflings and elves, or maybe an otherworldly githyanki or githzerai. Dungeon Masters looking for inspiration and greater challenges for players who have reached higher levels of play will find much to explore in Tome of Foes.

Look for Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes in your local game store on May 18! Otherwise, you can pick it up on May 29, and start adding new monsters and lore nuggets to your D&D sessions.

Wizards of the Coast Reveals a Code of Conduct

The Magic: The Gathering community has been a bit introspective after harassment of a beloved member forced her to withdraw from the community. Wizards of the Coast has been looking at how to improve things, starting with a ban of some of the individuals behind the harassment.

After input from players, retailers, tournament organizaers, fans, and staff, the game company has revealed a “code of conduct” that will be hanging in game spaces soon.

The are still figuring out how to roll out the code with it likely being posted in stores soon.

It also allows something written players can post to and then use to contact the operator of stores, streams, play space, our tournament.

(via Wizards of the Coast)

Magic: The Gathering Community Toxicity Causes Cosplayer to Quit

Harassment of women in geekdom has come to the forefront in the Magic: The Gathering community after cosplayer Christine Sprankle announced on November 24 that she was unloading her Magic inspired costumes and cosplay gear after months of harassment.

Sprankle has been an ambassador for the game for years and even had a contract with Wizards of the Coast the publisher of Magic. Sprankle singled out the harassment from Jeremy Hambly a controversial and some consider toxic YouTuber who posted a degrading video about Sprankle and other cosplayers.

In a since deleted Tweet, Sprankle said:

It has been a rough year. And I have blocked and not said anything about him because I wanted it to die but without a doubt MtGHeadquarters/UnsleevedMedia has made my life hell this whole year with his unnecessary videos/tweets about me and other members of Magic.

Hambly has two Magic focused YouTube accounts, Unsleeved Media with 153,000 subscribers and The Quartering with close to 24,000 subscribers. One of the videos by Hambly about Sprankle was taken down by YouTube for violations of its policy concerning harassment and bullying. Hamble described those videos as “Playset of Beta White Knights Protecting Sprankle from literal email assault!” and “Playset of Beta White Knights Prevent Rape of MTG Cosplayer Sprankle.”

Hambly uses dog whistle techniques by using full names of individuals and Twitter bios a common tactic taken by online bullies and regressive fandom to signal attacks on individuals that are singled out often due to their politics, sexuality, gender, or religion.

Over the weekend Wizards of the Coast released a statement via Twitter.

We’re saddened by what happened in the Magic community this weekend. Cyber bullying and harassment are unacceptable, and we support those who come forward with their experiences. No one should be made to feel unsafe or unwelcome. We’re working to be a part of the solution.

Elaine Chase, Magic VP released a longer response on November 28.

We are incredibly proud of the Magic community and the tremendous good it does in people’s lives. Magic is a game meant to bring people together—it’s right there in the name “The Gathering.” Our community is filled with stories of lifelong friendships and bonds forged through tapping lands, casting spells, and swinging in with everything for the win.

Sadly, that sense of community can be spoiled by the behavior of a few individuals. We at Wizards of the Coast are disheartened about bullying and harassment in the gaming community; unfortunately, the Magic community is not immune. No one should be subjected to threats and intimidation. No one should be made to feel unsafe or unwelcome while enjoying something they love. All people should be able to express their joy for the game without being attacked, whether that’s in a local game store, online, or somewhere in between.

She goes on to say they are investigation reports, reviewing and updating policy, and be setting expectations for behavior. The post includes handy suggestions, links, and email addresses to report harassment.

Chase ends her post by stating:

The culture of harassment and bullying in the gaming world has to end. We are all in this together, and everyone here at Wizards of the Coast wants gaming to be a welcoming, inclusive, fun space for people to explore, make new friends, and, yes, gather.

WizKids Plans Magic: The Gathering Miniatures and Board Games

WizKids has revealed plans for an upcoming miniatures line and board game featuring the world-renowned trading card game, Magic: The Gathering. The new IP extends WizKids’ existing licensing partnership with leading game creators Wizards of the Coast, which already includes the famed Dungeons & Dragons.

The announcement combines the expertise of WizKids’ sculpted miniatures with the original Trading Card Game brand recognized the world over, immersing fans in the world of Magic!

The initial pre-painted sculpted miniatures will focus on token creature card favorites, adding a premium touch to the player’s table top experience while the board game will pull from the original trading card lore. Players will play as Planeswalkers, exploring the landscape of Dominaria as they establish connections to their mana sources, gathering power before their opponents do and building their hand of spell cards.

The new miniatures line and board game are set to release in Fall 2018.

WizKids Heroclix: Undead Tops Diamond’s Orders for September

Diamond Comic Distributors have released their top ordered product for September and WizKids topped the list with WizKids: Heroclix Undead. The game publisher also had Marvel Dice Masters: Guardians of the Galaxy in the top ten.

Also among the top ten were two products from IDW Games: Outpost Siberia Gard Game at #6 and Seikatsu Game at #7.

Check out the full list below.

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 WIZKIDS HEROCLIX: UNDEAD MAR173404 NEC
2 DRAGON BALL SUPER CCG BOOSTER 1 FEB178467 BAN
3 CLUE: LEGEND OF ZELDA BOARD GAME JUL173383 USA
4 YU-GI-OH! TCG: LEGENDARY DUELISTS JUL173370 KON
5 YU-GI-OH! TCG: MEGA TINS JUN173366 KON
6 OUTPOST SIBERIA CARD GAME MAY170588 IDW
7 SEIKATSU GAME JUL170677 IDW
8 WONDER WOMAN 1000-PIECE JIGSAW PUZZLE JUL173357 NMR
9 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: ARCHENEMY NICOL BOLAS APR173298 WIZ
10 MARVEL DICE MASTERS: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY OCT168614 NEC

PAX Unplugged Announces Keynote with Wizards of the Coast President Chris Cocks

Wizards of the Coast president Chris Cocks will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural PAX Unplugged, the new tabletop-focused addition to Penny Arcade’s lineup of gaming events, taking place Friday – Sunday, Nov. 17-19 2017 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Now at the helm of Wizards of the Coast, the tabletop games publisher renowned for its work on popular franchises including Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, and the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Cocks has enjoyed a lengthy career in the gaming and tech worlds. Prior to joining the company in 2016, Cocks spent several years at Microsoft, contributing to successful titles like Halo, Oddworld, and Fable, and LeapFrog, the award-winning maker of children’s educational electronic entertainment products.

Tickets for PAX Unplugged 2017 are currently on sale. Three-Day Tickets are $60 USD while Friday Only, Saturday Only, and Sunday Only Tickets are $25 USD. Sunday Kids Day Tickets (for children age 6-12) are also available for $10 USD.

The PAX series of shows – West, East, South, Australia, and Unplugged – produced by ReedPOP in conjunction with Penny Arcade, comprise some of the world’s largest gaming festivals, with each event entertaining tens of thousands of guests. PAX events connect leading video game and tabletop developers directly to passionate audiences, providing a space where gaming culture is celebrated through panels, demos, concerts, tournaments and free-play sessions.

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