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A New Magic: The Gathering Comic Book Series Launches this Fall

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: Chandra is 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.

SDCC 2018: Transformers Trading Card Game First Look

The Transformers Trading Card Game is a fast, easy-to-learn action battling card game designed for two players. Players build a team of Transformers character cards and power them up with a customizable deck of battle cards.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2018 we got our first look at the cards and game with an exclusive as well as getting a chance to talk to one of the individuals behind the game.

The Transformers Trading Card Game Convention Edition contains two Transformers character cards (Cliff jumper – Renegade Warrior and Slipstream – Strategic Seeker) and two battle cards (All-Out Attack and Tandem Targeting System) not available in the Autobots Starter Set or the Transformers Trading Card Game Booster Packs.

We open up the exclusives pack and you can see what you’ll be getting when the game rolls into stores later this year.

The Transformers Trading Card Game is out this September.

Dive into Magic: The Gathering’s World of Ravnica with Dungeons & Dragons this 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.

Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast Reveal the Transformers Trading Card Game Starting at San Diego Comic-Con

Hasbro, Inc. and Wizards of the Coast have released more details the Transformers Trading Card Game. Designed for players ages 8 and up, the Transformers Trading Card Game will be available for purchase in the United States and certain other markets later in 2018.

The Transformers Trading Card Game is a fast, easy-to-learn action battling card game designed for two players. Players build a team of Transformers character cards and power them up with a customizable deck of battle cards. Transformers character cards are huge – character cards in the Autobots Starter Set and Booster Packs are twice the size of standard playing cards, and can be flipped from bot mode to alt mode and back – and feature premium printing treatment on one of their sides. The deck of battle cards features Action and Upgrade cards to enhance Transformers character cards.

At launch, Transformers fans can look forward to the following:

  • AUTOBOTS Starter Set – The Autobots Starter Set contains cards for two players to begin gameplay, and features Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ironhide, and Red Alert character cards. It will be available for purchase at retailers in the United States beginning on Sept. 28, 2018, and in certain other markets later in 2018.
  • Transformers Trading Card Game Booster Packs – Players can add to their character card teams and battle card decks for full gameplay with Booster Packs. Each Booster Pack contains 1 Transformers character card and 7 battle cards from a pool of 40 character cards and 81 battle cards. Booster Packs will be sold separately and available for purchase at retailers in the United States beginning on Sept. 28, 2018, and in certain other markets later in 2018.

Fans can get a first look at four cards for the Transformers Trading Card Game in July with the Transformers Trading Card Game Convention Edition. Limited quantities will be available for purchase at San Diego Comic-Con, Gen Con 2018 in Indianapolis and through the Hasbro Toy Shop at HasbroToyShop.com, where available, after the conventions. The Transformers Trading Card Game Convention Edition contains two Transformers character cards (Cliff jumper – Renegade Warrior and Slipstream – Strategic Seeker) and two battle cards (All-Out Attack and Tandem Targeting System) not available in the Autobots Starter Set or the Transformers Trading Card Game Booster Packs.

Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate #2 First Look

Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate #2

Jim Zub (w) • Steven Cummings (a) • Max Dunbar (c)

“Krydle & Shandie: Honor Among Thieves.” The Baldur’s Gate heroes return to the city at last, but their time adventuring in Ravenloft and the frozen northern reaches of the Realms have changed them. Each of them must face great trials ahead before they’ll be ready to embrace their destiny. Krydle thought he’d left behind his past as a thief and brigand, but his former allies have come to collect old debts—the kind that can only be paid in blood…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Wizards of the Coast Reveals Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage for Dungeons & Dragons

Wizards of the Coast has revealed two new campaigns for Dungeons & Dragons both set in the world of Forgotten Realms.

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist is focused on characters levels 1-5 in the city, and Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage is for characters levels 5-20 in Undermountain. The two volumes can either stand on their own or be used together. Each will retail for $49.95.

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist features a quest for famed explorer Volothamp Geddarm, leading to a grand urban caper in which they uncover a villainous plot involving some of the city’s most influential figures. It comes to shelves September 19.

Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage has players explore all 23 levels of the dungeon Undermountain and the subterranean refuge of Skullport. The dungeon is found as a gaping pit in Yawning Portal, a Waterdeep tavern. The dungeon is the domain of the mad Wizard Halaster Blackcloak, along with his monsters, traps, and mysteries. The book will be released November 13.

The two new books will also have new accessories. The Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Dice, a set of two d20s, one d12, two d10s, one d8, four d6s, one d4, and one hit point tracker. It will be released November 13 and will retail for $24.95.

Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage Map Pack, also due out November 13 and will retail for $24.95. The release provides maps for the bulk of Halaster’s Blackcoak dungeon under Mount Waterdeep.

Dungeons & Dragons Announces The Stream of Many Eyes! this June

On June 1 – 3 2018, Dungeons & Dragons will bring tons of Twitch streamers, actors, comedians and D&D luminaries to the Stream of Many Eyes, a three-day livestreamed extravaganza full of cosplay, crazy sets and amazing stories. During the Stream of Many Eyes – #SOMEDND – the D&D team will unveil the new adventure story coming this year and showcase extraordinary D&D live play entertainment, and it will all stream live on twitch.tv/dnd.

The Stream of Many Eyes starts at 4pm PT on Friday, June 1st, with a visual tour of the studio led by host Anna Prosser Robinson and a roundtable conversation with the D&D team on the new storyline and what makes it so exciting. Dungeons & Dragons will then present live D&D play sessions with Force Grey & Dice, Camera, Action.

On Saturday, June 2nd, the livestream kicks off at 10 AM PT with Sirens of the Realms. Saturday’s games will feature well-known D&D gaming group Girls, Guts, Glory as well newer groups Rivals of Waterdeep and Dark & Dicey, all previewing content from the new story. The entertainment will run all day, wrapping up at 7 PM PT.

Four groups will perform on Sunday, June 3rd, beginning at 11 AM PT and streaming until 8 PM PT. Games will include members of Critical Role, High Rollers, Force Grey and the entire cast of Dice, Camera, Action performing together in costume for the first time.

D&D fans around the world can watch all the excitement unfold on twitch.tv/dnd, and on Sunday only, fans in the Los Angeles area can buy tickets to watch one of the live games in person. The live ticketed experience includes a curated set tour, live performances from musicians, dancers and stunt-people, food trucks, a D&D pop-up store full of merch, and of course some of your favorite gaming groups.

Check out the full schedule and buy tickets. Tickets are limited – so if you’ll be in the L.A. area on June 3rd make sure to grab them quick!

Wizards of the Coast and Tencent Team to Bring Magic: The Gathering Arena to China

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, is currently 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.

Dominaria Comes to Magic: The Gathering Arena on April 26th

April is shaping up to be exciting for Magic: The Gathering Arena. Later this month sees new content, new events, and a large update to the game on April 26.

Here’s what’s coming up next:

  • Dominaria is releasing for MTG Arena on April 26 and bringing economy updates with it.
  • Events are coming! They’re starting out with some best-of-one events, with lots more to come.
  • Wizards of the Coast will be hosting a streaming event on April 25th in which some streamers preview the new economy features and Dominaria—you don’t want to miss out!

DOMINARIA!

On April 26, after an extended downtime, Dominaria will be released for MTG Arena! Every legend, every Saga, and every Thallid will be playable. This update will include more visual improvements and a brand-new battlefield.

An experiment will begin with this release that explores ties between the tabletop game and MTG Arena. With the release of Dominaria, there’ll be a limited test of redeemable game codes in New Zealand only. New Zealand booster packs and Prerelease packs will include an in-game code that New Zealand residents can redeem for in-game items in Magic: The Gathering Arena.

The goal is to find ways to bring more value to all kinds of Magic players and to get that right.

DRAFT AND CONSTRUCTED EVENTS

The vision for MTG Arena has always been to give players many ways to play. Events are different ways for players to enjoy and utilize the content they’ve earned. This will begin rolling these out in just a few weeks, and you can expect events to keep coming throughout the rest of the year and beyond.

The first events we’ll be rolling out will be best-of-one Constructed events starting with the April 26 update. Then best-of-one Draft events starting May 4. You’ll soon be able to draft in MTG Arena! To start, best-of-one Draft events will be available each weekend and best-of-one Constructed events will always be available.

Events are central to MTG Arena and a great way to continually provide more depth of play. More events will be added moving forward, along with testing and refining along the way. There’ll be more news on April 25th in the Closed Beta forums, along with a full event schedule through June.

SEE EVERYTHING IN ACTION ON APRIL 25!

To celebrate this release, a small group of streamers have been invited to participate in an early access event that will preview the Dominaria build and all Dominaria content on April 25 from 1–5 p.m. PT. The streamers are being set up with special accounts stocked with goodies so they can show you all some Draft and Dominaria content. They’ll only have access to these accounts for one day—so make sure to tune in to get a sneak peek of what’s coming! You’ll be able to find a list of all streamers and their channels on the Closed Beta forum or by browsing Twitch by Magic’s game category. If you want to get a first look at all the new updates in the April 26 build, you definitely do not want to miss this event!

That same day includes a special livestream at 12 p.m. PT and an extensive post in the MTG Arena forums with more details on Dominaria, elaborations on events, economy updates, Gem pricing, (yes, you’ll be able to buy Gems starting with this update—details on April 25), Draft, and more. We’re still evolving and growing what MTG Arena has to offer, but the April 26 update is our biggest yet.

Wizards of the Coast Empowers Creators and Launches the “Wizards Creator Program”

Calling all creators!  Wizards of the Coast announced today details for its new Wizards Creator Program. Designed to support the robust community of content creators on myriad social platforms, eligible Wizards Creators will be given access to special features and perks for themselves and their audiences. Wizards is kicking off the program with a call for submissions from US and Canada-based Magic: The Gathering Arena players, with more regions to come in the future.

Qualified Wizards Creators will receive access to special in-game items, promotion, direct access to Wizards community managers, and more.  Designed to grow and change over time with feedback from the community – the initial program will provide creators with:

  • Promotion: increased visibility, social amplification, and placement on Wizards’ platforms (e.g., our websites, community hub, and channels) to help make community members more aware of the great work that Wizards Creators are doing.
  • Early Access: access to preview content and in-game content early to help Wizards Creators show their communities something new.
  • In-Game Items: sweet in-game swag for both themselves and to share with the members of their communities.
  •  Priority Communication: members-only lines of communication directly with a dedicated staff at Wizards of the Coast headquarters ensure Wizards Creators have a ready ear for any feedback, concerns, or issues they may have.
  • Membership in a Growing Community of Content Creators: Wizards Creators will feel like they are a part of an active and welcoming content-creator community with members-only subforums and additional services and events to ensure members of have plenty of opportunities to feel like they are part of something larger.

This initiative builds upon the Creators Kits the Wizards team previously released to support Magic: The Gathering Arena streamers. These kits include layered images to help players create video overlays and a number of guides on how to create successful gaming content. The Creators Kits will continue to be available for free (subject to the Fan Content Policy) to all fans and budding streamers.

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