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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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  • Magic: The Gathering Throne of Eldraine Previews Reveal New ...
      Over the past few weeks, Wizards of the Coast and members of the Magic: The Gathering community have been revealing new cards from the forthcoming set Throne of Eldraine, and it looks like the whole expansion will fully be revealed by the end of this week. Recently, more Adventure spells and fairy tale-themed cards have been revealed, such as cards inspired by the Jack and the Beanstalk fairytale with cards like "Tall as a Beastalk", "Bartered Cow", and "Giant Opportunity".  We also get our first look at one of the legendary creatures from Throne of Eldraine: "Torbran, Thane of Red Fell". Check out the legendary dwarf noble:  Torbran, Thane of Red Fell This looks like a crap rare but it might see some play in Brawl.  Check out the other Throne of Eldraine cards revealed recently:  Drown in the Loch Giant Opportunity  Tall as a Beanstalk Bartered Cow Tuinvale Treefolk Garenbrig Squire Lonesome Unicorn What do you think about Torbran, the Jack and the Beanstalk-themed cards, and other fairy tale-themed cards revealed recently? Let us know in the comments section below.    Throne of Eldraine, the 82nd Magic expansion, is set to release on October 4. Prerelease events will take place on September 27 to 29.    Related:Two Younger Kenrith Siblings in Throne of Eldraine Revealed
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  • Magic: The Gathering Head Designer Explains Artifact/Enchantment ...
      Now that we know that the new Magic: The Gathering set, Throne of Eldraine, will feature more colored Artifact cards that previous sets, people in the MTG community are discussing the distinction between Artifact and Enchantment with many criticizing Wizards of the Coast's decision to have more colored Artifact cards that mechanically do the same things as Enchantment cards. With the latest designs, some fans don't see the point of having Arifacts and Enchantments different card types other than flavor but Magic head designer Mark Rosewater has recently responded to these criticisms and explained the decision to make more colored Artifacts for the upcoming expansion.  When an MTG fan asked Rosewater to take back the decision, here's what the Magic head designer said on his Blogatog: "Artifacts and enchantments have *always* overlapped mechanically," Rosewater wrote. "This isn’t something new. It’s been true for the entire 26-year history of the game.The only major difference was the color in the mana cost and for play design reasons, that’s no longer viable. So, there is no “going back”. There isn’t really that much 'going back' to go back to." When Rosewater revealed the Throne of Eldraine card "Glass Casket" yesterday, some people on Twitter brought up how the card is mechanically too similar to other white Enchantments printed before.  Mark, this is an enchantment at its core. Why this trend of making colored artifact that are essentially enchantments?— Pino De Allegri (@de_allegri) September 12, 2019 This was literally already an enchantment. What's the point of separating artifacts and enchantments if they're gonna be identical, down to the mana cost, other than the type.— Jax (@JacksonMcCreery) September 12, 2019 Ok but seriously? This is an artifact? A card with a static ability, sharing a mana cost with multiple enchantments with same or similar effects, and no other changes. Artifact?— Lab Maniac Dan (@djmoneghan) September 12, 2019 Welcome to 2019 magic, where creatures are also sorceries and permanent types don't matter. pic.twitter.com/ENoFMVwBLJ— ProfGrizz (@GrizzProf) September 12, 2019 The sheer amount of people complaining that it's an artifact and not an enchantment are mind-boggling. Probably the same people who complain every time an effect like this is printed on an enchantment because it's "just a worse O-ring"— Andrew Carl (@ArcTheCad) September 12, 2019 Yes that is how themes work. There is a slight artifact theme to the set so some things that have traditionally been enchantments may be artifacts this time around. It can work the other way around as well.— T.J. Borawski (@armchair_walker) September 12, 2019 When a fan criticized how its ability is strongly associated with Enchantments, here's what Rosewater said on his Blogatog:  "I do understand the disconnect. Every time we do something we haven’t done before, it feels unfamiliar. The point I’ve been trying to make is this ability is not an enchantment ability, it’s a white ability. Any white permanent has access to it. For example, we’ve done it just as much on creatures as we have enchantments. We’ve even done it on artifacts, but because of the natural of colorless things, it had to cost a bunch more. The beauty of doing it in artifacts in white is we now give white a new option with what kind of permanent it has access to. Have a white deck with an artifact theme? Now you have access to an ability white regularly uses, but with a new synergy. Now, you’re protected against certain effects but vulnerable to others. It gives white a familiar tool, but in a new package. The nature of a trading card game is we’re going to keep reinventing how colors do things. The ability is still available to the same color it’s always been, but now with a new twist. Yeah, maybe last year, we gave you the ability on a creature type we never have before. Today, you get it on s new card type. Essentially, that’s Magic. It’s a feature, not a bug."   When another fan complained about the lack of delineation between Artifacts and Enchanements, Rosewater went on to explain how delineation could take away the fun implmentations on card types.  "Dilineating effects between card types just means you keep seeing the same effect presented in the same way again and again. Making card draw just an instant and sorcery thing would definitely make instants and sorceries feel more different, but at what cost? All sorts of cool implementations on other card types would go away. One of the things that makes Magic shine is we can take effects you’ve seen many times before, but present it in a way that feels new and different. In short, I think some of you are asking for something that, in the end, you wouldn’t like the impact on the game it would actually have. And for designers, you would be unnecessarily making it a lot harder to deliver quality sets and especially flavorful top-down designs." On a separate post, Rosewater pointed out the fact that Magic has been making artifacts with continuous effects for twenty-six-years.  "Interestingly, back in original Mirrodin, Tyler Bielman and I made a bold proposal where we made a very firm delineation between what artifacts and enchantments could do, but it meant that we couldn’t ever reprint things like Howling Mine and R&D shot down the plan. Essentially, this is a fight I once tried to have, but I lost that fight sixteen years ago. The delineation that you seem to think exists, never really has, except in mana cost, and as I’ve explained, for the good of the game, Magic needs to adapt in this area." It looks like a lot of MTG fans want to see more mechanical distinctions between artifacts and enchantments while the design team just wants to create something flavorfully unique even if the card types are mechanically similar.  What's your opinion when it comes to the designs of Throne of Eldraine's colored Artifacts? Feel free to discuss in the comments section below.  Throne of Eldraine, the 82nd Magic expansion, is set to release on October 4. Prerelease events will take place on September 27 to 29.  Watch our new Magic Arena video:    Related:Two Younger Kenrith Siblings in Throne of Eldraine Revealed
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  • "The Magic Mirror" From Magic: The Gathering Throne of Eldraine & ...
      Magic: The Gathering's new set Throne of Eldraine features a significant amount of colored Artifact cards, and Wizards of the Coast has just revealed the biggest one: "The Magic Mirror", a blue legendary Artifact card that lets you draw additional cards on each of your upkeep. Its mana cost is almost as high as "Omniscience" but if you have more Sorcery or Instant cards in your graveyward, you should be able to cast it at a lower cost. Check out this epic Throne of Eldraine card:  The Magic Mirror "The Magic Mirror" will probably not be viable in competitive Standard format but I can see this being used in Brawl or Commander.  Check out the gorgeous full art of "The Magic Mirror" by Anastasia Ovchinnkova: In addition to the other Throne of Eldraine rares and colored Artifacts revealed recently, here are more cards revealed today:  Mirrormade Irencrag Feat Revenge of Ravens Do you think "The Magic Mirror" is a great card or jank? Let us know in the comments section below.  Throne of Eldraine, the 82nd Magic expansion, is set to release on October 4. Prerelease events will take place on September 27 to 29.  Watch our new MTG Arena video:    Related:Two Younger Kenrith Siblings in Throne of Eldraine Revealed
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  • Toonami's Dragon Ball Super Finale Date Announced
    Although Dragon Ball Super anime series already ended in Japan last year, the English dubbed version in Cartoon Network's Toonami is still approaching its finale. The network just announced when the finale of the popular anime series will air on Toonami, so viewers will know when the end of the Tournament of Power arc will be shown in English dub.  Over on Twitter, Toonami Squad recently revealed that the upcoming finale of Dragon Ball Super will air on October 5, so if you only watch the English dubbed version, you will finally find out the conclusion of the Tournament of Power. However, if you've already seen the Japanese version of the anime, you'd know that (SPOILER ALERT) the final showdown will see Universe 7's Goku, Frieza, and Android 17 go up against Universe 11's powerful Jiren. The finale was epic for sure, and I think it's one of the best Dragon Ball story arcs ever. LINEUP NEWS: #DragonBallSuper’s finale will air on October 5th followed by back to back episodes of #DrStone#Toonami pic.twitter.com/iBn72aVoQC— Toonami Squad (@ToonamiSquad) September 12, 2019 Toei Animation still hasn't announced new episodes of Dragon Ball Super but the story continues in the manga right now with the Galactic Patrol Prisoner saga.  You can stream Dragon Ball Super in FunimationNow and Crunchyroll.  Related: Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Teases the Buu Saga and Confirms Great Saiyaman in Latest Trailer
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  • New Magic: The Gathering Throne of Eldraine Previews Reveal More ...
      Wizards of the Coast has almost revealed all the Magic: The Gathering cards from the upcoming fairy tale-themed expansion, Throne of Eldraine. By now, we know that there's a good amount of colored Artifact cards, hybrid-colored cards, Adventure spells, and a lot of knights and fairies. Today, more rare cards have been revealed including "Faeburrow Elder", "Stonecoil Serpent", "Oathsworn Knight", "Vantress Gargoyle", "Folio of Fancies", "Bonecrusher Giant", and "Dance of the Manse".  Check out the Throne of Eldraine cards revealed recently:  Faeburrow Elder Stonecoil Serpent Reach, Trample, Protection from Multicolor This creature enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters   2 Fierce Witchstalker Wolf's Quarry Oathsworn Knight Vantress Gargoyle Folio of Fancies Bonecrusher Giant Dance of the Manse Countryside Villla Thunderous Snapper What do you think about the new Throne of Eldraine rares revealed recently? Let us know in the comments section below.  Throne of Eldraine, the 82nd Magic expansion, is set to release on October 4. Prerelease events will take place on September 27 to 29.  Watch our new MTG Arena video below:    Related:Two Younger Kenrith Siblings in Throne of Eldraine Revealed
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  • Magic: The Gathering Throne of Eldraine Previews Reveal Glass Casket ...
      The fairy tale-themed Magic: The Gathering expansion, Throne of Eldraine, will feature cards with unique mechanics we've never seen before like Adventure cards, creatures that eat or make Food tokens, and today, MTG head designer Mark Rosewater revealed a new colored Artifact card that essentially does what white Enchantment cards have done before: Exiles a creature.   Over on Twitter, Rosewater revealed "Glass Casket", a flavorful two-to-cast white Artifact card that can exile a creature with converted mana cost 3 or less. Check it out:  World, I'd like you to meet Glass Casket. #mtgeld #WotCStaff pic.twitter.com/JW7hskk9HR— Mark Rosewater (@maro254) September 12, 2019 While some fans on Twitter are wondering why its ability is identical to white enchantments we've already seen before but according to Rosewater, it's all about the flavor, and since Throne of Eldraine is fairy tale-themed, you can actually use this on a "Charming Prince", and have him freed by "True Love's Kiss" card.  In addition to "Glass Casket" and other Throne of Eldraine cards revealed today, Wizards of the Coast revealed a few more cards from the forthcoming set. Check them out:    Raging Recap Ogre Errant Lost Legion Deafening Silence Knight of the Keep  "Red Cap Brawl"  Red Cap Brawl deals 4 damage to target creature or planeswalker. If it deals damage to a non-red permanent, you sacrifice a land. What do you think about "Glass Casket" and the other Throne of Eldraine cards revealed today? Let us know in the comments section below.  Throne of Eldraine, the 82nd Magic expansion, is set to release on October 4. Prerelease events will take place on September 27 to 29.  Watch our new Magic Arena video below:  Related: Two Younger Kenrith Siblings in Throne of Eldraine Revealed
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  • Two Younger Kenrith Siblings in Magic: The Gathering's Throne of ...
      Magic: The Gathering's new fairy tale-themed set, Throne of Eldraine, hasn't been released yet but fans who want to know more about the expansion's storyline can now read the new ebook by Kate Elliott, Throne of Eldraine: The Wildered Quest. In the ebook, Elliott fleshed out one of Eldraine's royal families, the Kenriths. Today, Wizards of the Coast has revealed a couple of new artworks by Ryan Pancost, and one of them reveals the two younger Kenrith siblings, Erec and Hazel. Check it out:  Here's what author Kate Elliott recently said about these new MTG characters:  "Erec is still quite young and one of those children who is cautious about new experiences. I'm sorry to say his older siblings, who adore him, would also all agree he is a bit spoiled. When he's a teen, I have a feeling he'll discover an unexpected gift or passionate interest or magical skill, and he'll pursue it with dedication and resolve. Hazel on the other hand is an absolute troublemaker, able to talk rings around you, argue her way into and out of misadventure, and persuade and prod her band of loyal friends into all kinds of reckless mischief. Perhaps swimming in the moat (which is forbidden), figuring out where the perilous books of lore are locked away in the library, or setting just one foot into the Wilds at Choking Drum. Just one foot. Not two. Really." Here's another artwork that features King Algenus Kenrith and Queen Linden.  Warning: The following contains major spoilers from Throne of Eldraine: The Wildered Quest.  In Throne of Eldraine: Wildered Quest, it was revealed that Will and Rowan are children of Algenus Kenrith, the High King, but not their mother. Algenus was bewitched by a witch living in a cottage, who used a love potion in order to make him fall in love and impregnate her. The witch needed the child for its blood and use it to make an eternal youth potion. The twin Kenriths were born and killed but Linden, the wife of Algenus, used her life-bound sword to revive them.  Throne of Eldraine: The Wildered Quest by Kate Elliott is now available in English for $3.99 everywhere Penguin Random House publishes ebooks, including Amazon, the Apple Store, and Barnes & Noble. The Throne of Eldraine set is inspired by the romantic Arthurian legend of Camelot and Grimms' Fairy Tales. It will be released on October 4. Watch our new MTG Arena video below:  Related: MTG Head Designer Explains Why "Seven Dwarves" Throne of Eldraine Card Has Only 1 Art
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  • Magic: The Gathering Throne of Eldraine Previews Reveal Reprinted ...
       The official preview season for Magic: The Gathering's Throne of Eldraine continues today, and in addition to the new knight creatures and other fairy tale-themed cards, Wizards of the Coast and members of the MTG community also revealed some reprinted cards including "Sorcerous Spyglass", "Opt", "Soul Reave", and "Righteousness".   First, check out the new cards revealed recently:  Wandermare Edgewall Innkeeper Ardenvale Tactician Merchant of the Vale (Black Sorcery) Target opponent reveals his or her hand. You may choose a nonland card from the opponent’s hand. If you do, opponent exiles that card. If a nonblack card was exiled in this way, exile a card from your hand. (3G Elf) ~ costs 2 less to cast if an opponent controls a green permanent. Deathtouch When ~ deals combat damage to a player, draw a card. Fell the Pheasant Insatiable Appetite Maraleaf Rider Elite Headhunter Epic Downfall Cauldron Familiar Bog Naughty Opportunistic Dragon  Fervent Champion Gadwick, the Wizened Into the Story  Here are the reprinted cards in Throne of Eldraine:  Sorcerous Spyglass Reave Soul Righteousness Target blocking creature gets +7/+7 until end of turn. Opt Other reprinted cards in Throne of Eldraine revealed recently are "Command Tower", "Thornwood Falls", and "Wind-Scarred Crag".  What do you think about the new cards and reprinted cards that will be in the Throne of Eldraine set? Let us know in the comments section below.  Throne of Eldraine, the 82nd Magic expansion, is set to release on October 4. Prerelease events will take place on September 27 to 29.  Watch our new Magic Arena video below:  Related: MTG Head Designer Explains Why "Seven Dwarves" Throne of Eldraine Card Has Only 1 Art
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  • Magic: The Gathering Head Designer Explains Why "Seven Dwarves" ...
      The "Seven Dwarves" Magic: The Gathering card from Throne of Eldraine is one of the most talked-about cards from the upcoming set because of its unique ability that matches its fairy tale-themed flavor. This card is clearly inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs story based on the German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. The card was revealed today with art illustrated by Jason Rainville, but fans are wondering if it will get six other versions with different art to match its theme. Magic head designer Mark Rosewater has confirmed that it only has one art and explained the reason.  "There is sadly only one piece of art," Rosewater said on his Blogatog. "We didn’t have the budget to get seven different pieces." In the original fairy tale, the seven dwarfs have different identities so it's easy to see why fans would like to see seven different versions of the same card. Rosewater went on to explain:  "We didn’t have it built into the budget, and getting six extra pieces of art is a big ask, but not just for the money, but the other resources like using up a particular artist’s time. Logistically, you’d want all the pieces by the same artist, but one artist would need additional time to do seven pieces. And all of this doesn’t get into the collation issues. There aren’t seven copies of that one card on the sheet, so we’d have to either have it show up more at the cost of seeing other cards, or print an extra sheet which, with eleven languages, gets *very* pricey. So, was a huge amount of logistical headaches and a not insignificant amount of money worth the visual gag of having seven unique Dwarves? We deemed it wasn’t." Rosewater's explanation shows that even though Magic is having its most profitable year largely thanks to the success of MTG Arena, Wizards of the Coast still has limits when it comes to production. Even though it would be cool to see seven different versions of "Seven Dwarves", it just doesn't seem practical.  Earlier today, the "Seven Dwarves" card got a rules clarification for Limited formats: You can still only have seven copies of this card in the main deck even though you can usually run any amount in Draft or Sealed.   Throne of Eldraine, the 82nd Magic expansion, is set to release on October 4. Prerelease events will take place on September 27 to 29.  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Check out our Magic Arena Brawl video below:    Related: Not All MTG Theros Gods Will Return in Theros: Beyond Death
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  • Magic: The Gathering Makes It To National Toy Hall of Fame Ballot, ...
      Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast's popular trading card game Magic: The Gathering makes it to the National Toy Hall of Fame Player's Choice Ballot and it could soon be joining icons such as LEGO, Monopoly, and Rubik's Cube. MTG is up against other popular products in the ballot such as Care Bears, Masters of the Universe toys, Matchbox cars, My Little Pony, Nerf Blaster, Risk, coloring book, smartphone, and top.  The National Toy Hall of Fame website asks fans to vote for the one you think best meets the criteria of icon-status, longevity, discovery, and innovation, and the hree toys that receive the most public votes will be submitted on one ballot and will join the other top-three submissions from members of the 23-person National Selection Advisory Committe. The ballot notes that the public will collectively act as one member of the committee. The final inductees will be announced at a special ceremony at The Strong on Thursday, November 7.  Magic is now more popular than ever and it's the most influential trading card game so I believe it deserves to make it to the National Toy Hall of Fame. Back in July, Magic head designer Mark Rosewater said that Q2 2019 was the best MTG has ever done. With its digital version, Magic Arena, officially launching with the release of the forthcoming expansion Throne of Eldraine later this month, it's likely that MTG will continue to grow and become Hasbro's most profitable franchise.  Do you think Magic: The Gathering deserves to be in the National Toy Hall of Fame? Which one did you vote?  Make sure to vote here if you haven't yet.  Related: Seven Dwarves Card From Magic: The Gathering Throne of Eldraine Gets Rules Clarification
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