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Jake Vyper

MTG Writer/Streamer is a Fantasy & Sci-Fi Author, Social Media Manager, and Founder of Epicstream.com

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  • Here's The Woman Who Disrupted A Magic: The Gathering Event By ...
      Earlier this week, we shared a report about an SUV that slammed through a building of Indianapolis-based game store Midwest Gamez, and disrupted a Magic: The Gathering event. Although the suspect's 2008 Buick Enclave was already impounded by the police, according to Indystar, the driver who rammed the vehicle and fled the scene hasn't been caught yet, and now Midwest Gamez needs the help of the public to recognize the woman caught on video. Over on Twitter, Wayne Township Fire Department has shared a video clip of the woman exiting the SUV. The clip comes with a caption asking anyone who recognizes the woman contact the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Video from 6667 W Washington St of the female driver who fled the scene after she drove a car into the building. If you recognize this driver please contact @IMPDnews. pic.twitter.com/QqOi7XnixD— Wayne Twp Fire Dept (@Waynetwpfire) January 15, 2020 Indystar reported that Midwest Gamez operator Jeremy Stephens said that he and three other people were playing Magic: The Gathering in the shop about 3:10 p.m. when the car slammed through the wall about 15 feet away. Stephens told the news outlet that conrete in the wall went flying across the store, and narrowly missed one of the teens playing Magic.  You can watch another footage from inside the store below:  This is not the first time a video captured a vehicle crashing into a game shop. Back in 2015, a car slammed through the building of Red Castle Games in Portland. You can watch the CCTV footage below:  Now imagine a Magic player playing a vehicle card inside a card shop, and this kind of destruction happens.  Related: First Look at Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Magic: The Gathering Revealed
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  • First Look at Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Magic: The Gathering Revealed
      While Magic: The Gathering players are getting excited to join Prerelease events for the new set Theros Beyond Death, fans are already looking forward to the next Magic set arriving this April, called Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths. Magic head designer Mark Rosewater described it as "the monster world" when talking about the plane of Ikoria, and now we have our first look at that brand new world thanks to an ad for the set. A Redditor shared an advert which is most likely from a Theros Beyond Death booster pack, and the art features a gigantic wolf-like monster with other creatures stampeding. The ad also reveals the return of the green Planeswalker, Vivien. Check it out:  Ikoria advert from THD booster packs from r/magicTCG Wizards of the Coast hasn't revealed much information about Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, but Rosewater did tease the new "monster mechanic" last September.  "You get to play with monsters, and you get to make monsters," Rosewater said last September. "It's one of the craziest mechanics we've made in quite a while." Wizards also revealed the official logo for Ikoria:  In addition to the main Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths set, they also announced Commander: Ikoria series, which consists of five brand new pre-constructed decks set in Ikoria, described as "Magic's plane of beasts and monsters."  The production description revealed on the Wizards Play Network site also revealed that the set will have a "set of double-sided keyword counters". This could be similar to the punch-out counters we've seen in the Amonkhet set.  With the "create a monster" mechanic and the set of double-sided counters, it sounds like they're doing a lot of innovating things in Ikoria, and I can't wait to see the massive monsters featured in the set and what fun players can brew with the new cards.  Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths will officially be released on April 24, 2020. Prerelease events will take place from April 17-19. Related: MTG Arena Will Eventually Add Pioneer Format & 8-Person Draft
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  • Magic: The Gathering Arena Will Eventually Add Pioneer Format & ...
      Wizards of the Coast has big plans for Magic: The Gathering Arena this year. Not only are the developers planning to improve the free-to-play game's social features but they are also planning to add the non-rotating Pioneer format, 8-person draft, and Cube drafting.  In the newly-released State of the Game video for MTG Arena, Magic Arena Game Director Jay Parker and Community Manager Megan O'Malley have announced the new features their team are planning to add on MTG Arena in 2020.    Before they revealed the major changes to the game, the developers will work on adding Friends Messaging, macOS compatibility, an updated tutorial, and Historic Anthology II.  Here's what's currently in development in Magic Arena:  And the big changes players can't wait to see added on Arena are listed below: Pioneer Remasters, 8-person draft, Cube drafting, friend deck sharing, and a rework of the game's play blade.  "We've also added Pioneer Set Remasters onto the in-concept list, which will include the Amonkhet remaster, as well the additional sets we're working in conjunction with Magic R&D to help bring the most relevant Pioneer cards to MTG Arena," Wizards said. "And as we continue to expand the available formats and ways to play, we've started to concept out a rework to our play blade to make organizing and finding these events easier." I can't wait to see them add these new features on MTG Arena. Many players like me would rather draft with real people than bots, and I would rather play Pioneer (Return to Ravnica and forward) than Historic (non-rotating format exclusive Arena). And having Cube in Arena will surely bring more fun to the game. Which features are you most excited to see on MTG Arena? Let us know in the comments section below.   Related: MTG Event Disrupted After SUV Hits Game Shop
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  • Magic: The Gathering Event Disrupted After SUV Hits Game Shop
      An Indianapolis-based game store may need to find a new venue to host this weekend's Magic: The Gathering Prerelease events for the new set Theros Beyond Death.  Indystar reports that an SUV slammed into the side of Midwest Gamez's building.  34-year-old Jeremy Stephens has operated Midwest Gamez in a strip mall in the 6000 block of West Washington Street in Indinapolis, Indiana since January 2017.   According to the report by Indystar, Stephens and three other people were playing Magic: The Gathering in the shop about 3:10 p.m. when the car slammed through the wall about 15 feet away. Stephens told the news outlet that conrete in the wall went flying across the store, and narrowly missed one of the teens playing Magic.  You can watch the video captured by the shop's CCTV below: Stephens spent $5,000 to prepare for the Prerelease event, for Theros Beyond Death this weekend, the report says. He purchased 64 kits for people to play on Friday night but now, he would need to find an alternative venue for the vent or he'll have to cancel it.  "As of right now, I don't have a safe building to have these people in, you know, where they can stay warm and play these games all night," Stephens told IndyStar. "So, it's quite frustrating." According to Stephens, he saw a woman begin to leave the scene before returning to get a bag from the vehicle, and Indystar said that one of the people inside the shop was able to record a video clip that may help investigators identify her.  Thankfully, no one was injured.  The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police already located and impounded the suspect's 2008 Buick Enclave, and they're still investigating.  Midwest Gamez's Facebook page recently shared an update saying that the woman hasn't been caught yet, but her family shared some information about her. He also confirmed that all events are still happening this weekend.  Theros Beyond Death, the 83rd Magic: The Gathering expansion, is set to release on January 24, 2020. Prerelease events will take place on January 17-19.  Related: New MTG Arena Code Gives Away 3 Theros Beyond Death Booster Packs
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  • Wheel of Time Showrunner Shares First Official Set Photo of Rand ...
      Wheel of Time showrunner Rafe Judkins has shared the first official set photo of the upcoming epic fantasy series based on Robert Jordan's popular book series.  On Wednesday, Judkins took it to his Instagram account to post a photo featuring the series' protagonist, Rand al'Thor (played by Josha Straoski), having his hair preened by a crew member against the backdrop of a mountainous location.  View this post on Instagram To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the publishing of the first Wheel of Time book, Amazon is letting me post this picture I took on set in the mountains of Slovenia! Including Rand Al’Thor getting his hair done, giant coats to show you how cold it was, and a mountain safety guide to make sure none of us fall off the cliff. Shooting this scene was one of the highlights of the whole project so far for me and it’s awesome to get to share it. @wotonprime A post shared by Rafe Judkins (@rafejudkins) on Jan 15, 2020 at 10:46am PST The caption reads: "To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the publishing of the first Wheel of Time book, Amazon is letting me post this picture I took on set in the mountains of Slovenia! Including Rand Al'Thor getting his hair done, giant coats to show you how cold it was, and a mountain safety guide to make sure none of us fall off the cliff. Shooting this scene was one of the highlights of the whole project so far for me and it's awesome to get to share it." In addition to Straowski, the cast of Wheel of Time Season 1 includes Rosamund Pike as Moraine, Michael McElhatton as Tam Al'Thor, father of Rand Al'Thor, Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara, Barney Harris as Mat Cauthon, Zoe Robins as Nynaeve, Madeleine Madden as Egwene Al'vere, Alexandre Willaume as Thom Merrilin, and Daniel Henney as al'Lan Mandragoran.  Wheel of Time's story follows "Moiraine, a member of the incredibly powerful all-female organization called the Aes Sedai, as she arrives in the small town of Two Rivers. There, she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women, one of whom is prophesied to be the Dragon Reborn, who will either save or destroy humanity." Amazon's official description of the show as one that is "set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists and only certain women are allowed to access it." Principal photography for the show started on September 16, 2019. Amazon hasn't announced an official release date yet.  Related: Amazon's Wheel of Time Fantasy Series Adds 4 to The Cast
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  • Cyberpunk 2077 Release Date Has Been Delayed
      Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most anticipated games scheduled to release this year, but fans who are looking forward to play the game in its original April release date will have to wait longer.  Polish developer CD Projekt Red has announced on Thursday that the release date for Cyberpunk 2077 will be pushed from April 16 to September 17, 2020.  The update on the game's release date was announced by the developer on social media. CD Projekt Red's Marcin Iwinski and Adam Badowski shared a joint statement about the delay. We have important news regarding Cyberpunk 2077’s release date we’d like to share with you today. pic.twitter.com/aWdtR0grYV— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) January 16, 2020 “We are currently at a stage where the game is complete and playable, but there’s still work to be done,” CD Projekt Red said in a statement. “Night City is massive – full of stories, content, and places to visit, but due to the sheer scale and complexity of it all, we need more time to finish playtesting, fixing and polishing. We want Cyberpunk 2077 to be our crowning achievement for this generation and postponing launch will give us the previous months we need to make the game perfect.” Synopsis:  "Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world, action-adventure story set in Night City, a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. You play as V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality. You can customize your character’s cyberware, skillset and playstyle, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you."  Cyberpunk 2077 is set to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on September 17, 2020. Related: McFarlane Toys Creating Cyberpunk 2077 Action Figures
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  • New Magic: The Gathering Arena Code Gives Away 3 Theros Beyond Death ...
      The Theros Beyond Death is now available on Magic: The Gathering Arena, and to celebrate the release of the new Magic: The Gathering set, the free-to-play collectible card PC game is giving out some free in-game booster packs with a new code that players can each enter once.  Over on Twitter, the official MTG Arena account shared the code "PlayTheros". This new code will give players three free digital Theros Beyond Death booster packs. The new set is live! Use the code "PlayTheros" on MTG Arena for 3 Theros Beyond Death booster packs on us.— MTG Arena (@MTG_Arena) January 14, 2020 You can check out the full list of free MTG Arena codes here.  We will also be releasing new MTG Arena videos featuring the new set on our YouTube channel. Just in case you missed our Theros Beyond Death Early Access event video, you can watch it below:  Theros Beyond Death, the 83rd Magic: The Gathering expansion, is set to release on January 24, 2020. Prerelease events will take place on January 17-19.  Related: New Secret Lair Drop Series is Coming This Month
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  • Snowpiercer TV Series Gets New Trailer & Release Date
      After a long and rought journey to the small screen, TNT's Snowpiercer TV series finally gets a premiere date. During TNT's presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour, the network confirmed that Snowpiercer will premiere on Sunday, May 31, 2020, at 9/8c. The news comes nearly a decade after the post-apocalyptic series, which is based from the graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, was first being developed for television.There's also a new trailer for the series, which you can watch above.  The cast of the Snowpiercer TV series is set to include Daveed Diggs (Hamilton), Jennifer Connelly (Top Gun: Maverick), Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha), Rowan Blanchard (A Wrinkle in Time, Girl Meets World), and Alison Wright (The Americans). Orphan Black co-creator Graeme Manson is showrunning the new series.  Le Trasperceneige was adapted into a Snowpiercer film by Bong Joon Ho in 2013, and it starred Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Ed Harris, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, and Octavia Spencer.  I love the Snowpiercer film, and I hope the TV series will bring a unique approach to the story. The trailer features some familiar scenes that fans of the film would recognize.  Are you excited to watch the new Snowpiercer TV series?  Related: Former Game of Thrones Star Sean Bean Joins Snowpiercer Season 2
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  • New Magic: The Gathering Secret Lair Drop Series is Coming This Month
      Last December, Wizards of the Coast launched a new kind of Magic: The Gathering product called the Secret Lair Drop Series, collectible sets that group familiar MTG cards with fantastic themes and unique new art styles. To celebrate 2020, WotC is doing it again, and Polygon has announced that the series is called Year of the Rat, an eight-card set that will only be available on January 27, and it includes fantastic versions of some fan-favorite cards for $39.99. It brings together four different artists with their own takes on popular rat cards.  The print-on-demend series only be available for 24 hours, and it will be open to everyone. There's a limit to the number of sets each customer can purchase, but there's no limit to the number that will be produced. All cards will be in foil, and as you can see in the images below, the cards feature rats in a Chinese New Year theme. Customers will also get a unique card sleeve for Magic: The Gathering Arena.  The first batch of the Secret Lair Drop Series turned out to be a success last month.  "I can say we’re happy with how it went, and yes, we’re going to do more in 2020," Rosewater said on his Blogatog.  It's likely that Wizards will release more Secret Lairs later this year.  What cards and themes would you like to see in a Secret Lair set? The Secret Lair Drop Series Year of the Rat will be available on January 27 at 9 a.m. PT, and ends at 9 a.m. PT the following day.  Related: Zippy's Giant Burgers Getting Magic: The Gathering Theros Beyond Death Tie-In
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  • Zippy's Giant Burgers Getting Magic: The Gathering Theros Beyond ...
      The new Magic: The Gathering set Theros Beyond Death will be released this month, and a landmark restaurant in Seattle, Washington is about to have a tie-in in mythic proportions.  The branding department of the Seattle-based gaming company Wizards of the Coast and Zippy's Giant Burgers are teaming up to give customers the Nightmare Meal, according to a press release by WotC.    Available January 20-February 2, 2020, or until supplies last, the Nightmare Meal is inspired by the new MTG set Theros Beyond Death, which is set in a Grecian-style underworld where nightmares become reality.  The Nightmare Meal includes:  > Ashiok’s Feast,” a special 1/3 pound Double R Ranch beef burger topped with hummus, arugula, cucumber, feta, roasted red pepper, tomato (house-made veggie burger available) > “Theros Tots” served with a haunting tzatziki ranch dipping sauce > “The Blood of Elspeth Tirel,” a blood-red black cherry soda > Custom fully branded box > Theros Beyond Death booster pack prize $15 each +tax/tip.  Door Dash Deliveries: $17.50 +tax/tip.  With MTG becoming more popular than ever, I hope we see more MTG tie-ins like this in other restaurants. Theros Beyond Death, the 83rd Magic: The Gathering expansion, is set to release on January 24, 2020. Prerelease events will take place on January 17-19.  Related: MTG Pro Ondřej Stráský Explains Why He's Retiring From Streaming MTG Arena
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