Magic: The Gathering head designer Mark Rosewater has taken it to clarify that the upcoming Jumpstart set is not a limited run product, so that means Wizards of the Coast will keep reprinting it "as long as there is demand for it (within the time frame of the product's lifespan."
Rosewater's statement follows recent criticisms against Jumpstart's inflated prices in online retailers. The head designer went on to explain the scarcity of the product. "Due to COVID-related issues, there is less product than we wanted or anticipated in the first wave," Rosewater wrote. "For all of you out there that are eager to get your hands on Jumpstart, I promise there’s more coming."
Last month, Wizards announced that they were expecting further delays with regards to the availability of Jumpstart product outside of North America due to complications related to COVID-19.
Jumpstart is a supplemental MTG booster set that features mostly reprints and some new cards. The set lets players meld an easy way of deckbuilding with the "shuffle up and play" speed of Constructed. There are forty-six themes in Jumpstart, and players can shuffle two packs to build a deck.
Jumpstart is set to launch on Magic: The Gathering Arena on July 16, one day after the paper release of the product.
Related: Arena Open Coming on August 1 Using the Historic Format
WIzards of the Coast has announced that Magic: The Gathering Arena's second Arena Open will be held on August 1-2 and will use the game's eternal format, Historic.
The next Arena Open will have the same eligibility requirements and prize payouts with a maximum prize of $2,000. The tournament will be split into two days, with a cut between days, and it will be available to players over 18-years-old in eligible territories.
The entry fee for the tournament is 20,000 Gold or 4,000 Gems and can be entered multiple times during the 23-hour period starting at 11 AM Eastern on August 1. Players will play Best-of-One Historic matches on Day 1 until they win seven matches to advance to Day 2 or two losses and are eliminated —though they can join again if they want to have another attempt. Players will be rewarded 400 Gems for each match win from three to seven.
Day 2 will begin on August 2, and the format will be Best-of-Three Historic, and players will again play until they get seven wins or two losses —but unlike Day 1, they won't be able to reenter the event. Each win will reward 2,000 Gems, and competitors who win six matches will earn $1,000 and those who win seven matches will earn $2,000.
Are you going to join the 2nd Arena Open? Let us know what decks you are planning to brew.
Related: MTG In-Store Play Suspension Temporarily Reinstated in US and LATAM
WIzards of the Coast has announced today has placed Magic: The Gathering in-store play under suspension in United States and Latin America. The decision comes after the company reviewed feedback from Core Set 2021 Prerelease, conferring with their Retail Advisory Panel, and considering the safety of the community.
"We realize that this decision has important implications across the entire Magic ecosystem," Wizards stated. "We also realize that the state of the pandemic varies wildly around the globe, and that the situation is in a constant state of flux. So we want to be as clear as we can about our plans going forward."
The tabletop gaming publisher said that the suspension is temporary but will last through Zendikar Rising Prerelease this fall. "We can confirm that the suspension will be lifted no sooner than Zendikar Rising Prerelease—the season will offer At-Home Prerelease only," Wizards confirmed. The company also said that they are currently working toward additional tools and resources to refine remote play experience.
WotC went on to say that on the second Wednesday (Pacific time) of every month, they will provide an update on whether they've decided to continue the suspension or lift it for the following month. The update will be published on the Wizards Play Network website, even if they decided not to take action.
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You won't be able to explore Cyberpunk 2077's Night City won't be officially released until November, but developer CD Projekt Red has shared some stunning concept art on Twitter to give us a fresh look at the mega-city.
Westbrook is considered by many to be the best place to live and have fun in Night City. If you’ve got eddies, you come here to spend them. And if you don't? Well, take out a loan and pretend you’re on top of the world — even for just one glorious night. #ConceptArt pic.twitter.com/gGAnMVMYWL— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) July 7, 2020
The new Cyberpunk 2077 art reveals Westbrook, the most expensive district to live in Night City, and it's where the city's celebrities and corporate executives live.
The wealthiest live in North Oak, an area of Westbrook that used to be plauged with crime but is now safe thanks to expensive security teams watching the streets.
Gangs are nowhere to be found in North Oak, but there are still criminals in Westbrook. In Japantown, Night City's Yakuza families live, and there are gameing parlours. Meanwhile, corpos hoping to one day afford a home in North Oak drive around in armored vehicles with bodyguards.
After Westbrook and other parts of the city were destroyed in a nuclear attack in 2023, Asian corporations were largely responsible for rebuilding them.
Cyberpunk 2077 is set to release worldwide for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia on November 19. The enhanced version of the game is also in development for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
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Magic: The Gathering Arena players have recently reported performance issues on Wizards of the Coast's free-to-play digital card game, but the new game update promises to fix those issues. The game will be undergoing maintenance starting Thursday, July 9, at 9 AM PT (16:00 UTC) and is expected to last about one hour to deploy the 1.09.01 update.
⚠ Scheduled (Jul 9, 2020, 16:00 UTC): We will be performing scheduled maintenance on July 09 at approximately 9 a.m. PT (16:00 UTC) to deploy the 1.09.01 game update. Maintenance is expected to last approximately one hour.While no do… https://t.co/ig5Fi5t863— MTG Arena (@MTG_Arena) July 8, 2020
Since the Core Set 2021 update last month, players have reported issues such as black screen and prolonged loading times that will hopefully be fixed in the upcoming patch.
We will be performing scheduled maintenance on July 09 at approximately 9 a.m. PT (16:00 UTC) to deploy the 1.09.01 game update. Maintenance is expected to last approximately one hour.
While no downtime is expected, this is a required update. Players who are logged in prior to the start of maintenance will be required to restart their client to download the patch.
Patch notes will be available once maintenance is complete.
July 9 – Scheduled Maintenance
Jumpstart is set to launch on Magic: The Gathering Arena on July 16, one day after the paper release of the product.
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Related: MTG Creator Richard Garfield Reveals Details About Roguebook Game
French publisher Nacon has revealed Roguebook, an upcoming roguelike deck-builder game developed by the Belgian studio Abrakam, creators of the game Faeria. According to the press release, creator of Wizards of the Coast's popular trading card game Magic: The Gathering, Richard Garifeld, adds his expertise as the game's co-designer.
In a video released by Nacon, CEO and Creative Director at Abrakam Studios, Jean-Michel Vilain talks about Roguebook, a game that lets you build a team of two heroes among four available, each with a skill tree. It features fantasy art inspired by the legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. The video also features Garfield talking about the game's innovative mechanics, and describes the Fat Deck System: instead of removing of “useless” cards in your deck, the game encourages players to gather many cards to acquire bonuses and increase characters’ level.
You can watch the interview and check out the screenshots for Roguebook below:
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Riot's new tactical shooter Valorant has been out for more than a month now and the competetive scene is already bringing the hype, so it's not surprising to see the game launch cool new skins.
Today, Riot has revealed a new line of weapon skins called Elderflame, which are the game's first “ultimate edition” skins. They turn your guns into animated dragons, and they look awesome! The developer said that the Elderflame skins will be available in the in-game shop starting on July 10, but they haven't revealed the price yet. Since the previous skin bundles cost around $70 each, the Elderskin bundle will probably cost more than $80.
You can watch the video showcasing Valorant's Elderflame skins above.
Valorant is now available as a free-to-play game on PC. The game is currently being tested for console release.
RemyMTG, the hilarious YouTuber who created one of the best Magic: The Gathering parody rap songs ever, is back with another video titled Ship It, and just like his classic rap parody, this one features Remy playing Magic and poking fun of certain cards like Slippery Bogle. The one-minute parody is all about "shipping" out cards that probably won't help you win, so the song brings up mulligans after showing off bad opening hands while including some fun references like Onlyfans and "more needles than the Russian team". If you're a Modern Bogles player, you'd probably feel personally attacked by this video.
Watch the video below:
Remy is definitely one of the best non-gameplay MTG content creator you can find in the Internet. Be sure to check out his other entertaining MTG videos on his YouTube channel.
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Freelance game designer Orion D. Black has quit their job at Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons & Dragons department, criticizing the publisher for ignoring criticism of systemic problems, and exploiting BIPOC while paying lip service towards change and diversity.
It's July 3th and I no longer work for Wizards of the Coast. I no longer work on D&D. https://t.co/XLEmwEg1Ge
— Orion D. Black -They/Them- (@DungeonCommandr) July 4, 2020
In a statement published on TwitLonger, Black wrote talked about his problems with his work experience with Wizards of the Coast's D&D department. The letter comes within a month of members of the RPG community asking for more accountability at Wizards.
“Kindness doesn’t replace respect. Working within your comfort zone doesn’t support change,” Black said in their statement. “Most people in that group were not ready for me to be there, a nonbinary Black person who would actually critique their problems. Idk what they expected.”
Black said that they "firmly believe" that they were a "diversity hire". "I think genuine people proposed me as an option and it was accepted because it would look like a radical positive change," Black wrote. "It would help quiet vocal outrage. And because I had to stay silent, it was a safe bet." In the statement, Black claims that leadership at one point gave them "2 assignments over about 5 months" and did not give them an extension or FTE.
Black went on to say that someone in leadership stole their work, "which destroyed me". They wrote that despite the "smiles and vocal support" from coworkers, the leadership continued to ignore Black.
“Then, as social unrest continued global due to BLM, the D&D team comes out with their statement. It was like a slap in the face,” Black wrote, referring to the statement Wizards released mid-June. "How much they care about people of color, how much changing things (that I and others had been pushing for months, if not longer) was just going to happen now. It took weeks of protesting across the globe to get D&D to do what people they hired have been already telling them to fix. You cannot, CANNOT say Black lives matter when you cannot respect the Black people who you exploit at 1/3rd your pay, for progressive ideas you pick apart until it’s comfortable, for your millions of profit year over year. People of color can make art and freelance, but are never hired. D&D takes what they want from marginalized people, give them scraps, and claim progress.”
As of today, WotC hasn't released a stateement in response to Black's account.
Related: MTG Banned & Restricted Update Impacting 4 Formats Coming on Monday
Wizards of the Coast has announced that there will be an update to the Magic: The Gathering Banned & Restricted list impacting four formats: Historic, Modern, Pauper, and Pioneer. The company has posted the reminder on the official MTG Twitter account, with people responding with speculations of the changes they will make on Monday.
On Monday 7/13 there will be an update to the Banned & Restricted list impacting the following formats: Historic, Pioneer, Modern, and Pauper.— Magic: The Gathering (@wizards_magic) July 7, 2020
Here are some guesses on what the upcoming Banned & Restricted update:
Nexus of Fate - Banned in Historic format
Splinter Twin - Unbanned in Modern
Inverter of Truth - Banned in Pioneer
Stonehorn Dignitary - Banned in Pauper
Mystic Sanctuary - Banned in Modern
Arcum's Astrolabe - Banned in Modern
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath - Banned in Modern
Most of these cards will probably be banned due to how dominant decks that use them are in their format's metagames.
What changes do you think Wizards will make on the next MTG Banned & Restricted announcement? Let us know your guesses in the comments section below.
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