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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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  • New Magic: The Gathering Collector Boosters, Theme Boosters & ...
      Wizards of the Coast and Magic: The Gathering lead designer Mark Rosewater have announced a lot of major information about MTG at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. In addition to the first look at the upcoming MTG set Throne of Eldraine and their plan of bringing the Brawl format to Magic Arena, they've also revealed that they're introducing a new type of booster packs starting with the release of Throne of Eldraine.  Starting with the upcoming fall 2019 Magic set, Wizards of the Coast will offer three types of booster packs: the familiar Draft Booster that we all know, Theme Booster, and Collector Booster.  Draft Booster Theme Booster Theme Boosters will contain 35 cards and will only have cards that fit the booster's particular theme.  Collector Booster These Collector Boosters will be priced around $20 to $25 USD per booster, and it's aimed at players who value collecting cards. There will be more foil cards as well as other new treatments, and it will be the only booster where you can get extended-art cards.  Here are the cards guaranteed in each Collector Booster:  Number of Cards: 15 cards and 1 foil token card Number of Versions: 1 Contents: 1 rare/mythic rare with extended art 1 foil rare/mythic rare 9 foil commons/uncommons 3 special-frame cards (showcase or borderless planeswalkers) 1 ancillary card 1 foil token   The Throne of Eldraine Collector Booster will be available in English and Japanese, and the Thorne of Eldraine buy-a-box promotion will include one Collector Booster in addition to the normally mechanically unique promo card while supplies last.  Wizards of the Coast will also be introducing a new kind of card frame in Throne of Eldraine, and they revealed both the normal version and the Showcase version of the card but hid the rules text. Here they are:  Showcase cards are something new debuting in #MTGEldraine? Remember this art we showed earlier? Well here's what that card looks like in its normal card frame (no rules text, sorry friends), and what it will look like in its special showcase version: pic.twitter.com/haBYsfMBLg— Magic: The Gathering (@wizards_magic) July 21, 2019 Watch our new MTG Arena video:  Related: Brawl Format is Coming To MTG Arena
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  • Magic: The Gathering Brawl Format is Coming To MTG Arena; ...
      The Magic: The Gathering panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 didn't just officially announce the upcoming expansion Throne of Eldraine, it also revealed new changes coming to both tabletop and its digital version MTG Arena. Wizards of the Coast has announced that the MTG format Brawl is coming to Magic Arena later this year and that they will also release Throne of Eldraine preconstructed Brawl decks for the tabletop.  Two more exciting announcements coinciding with Throne of Eldraine, from Mark's panel!1. 1v1 Brawl is coming to @MTG_Arena later this year!2. #MTGEldraine will also feature preconstructed Brawl decks for tabletop play! Each deck will have 7 new mechanically unique cards.— Magic: The Gathering (@wizards_magic) July 21, 2019 Brawl is a Commander variant that uses only Standard-legal cards. The format was introduced last year but the lack of player base and events made the format "dead" to some fans in the Magic community. Last year at Grand Prix Barcelona, a player won a scheduled multiplayer Brawl event by default for being the only participant.  Scheduled event Multiplayer Brawl at #GPBarcelona had exactly one participant. So we crowned our Champion @NoShirtSherlock! Look at that smile! #brawl #mtg @wizards_magic @CFBEvents pic.twitter.com/0Dflx1ZTgi— Untap.nl (@untapnl) June 29, 2018 Last April, Rosewater said that Wizards of the Coast is not giving up on Brawl, and when asked why it was missing in Arena, he said: "The reality is a little backwards," Rosewater said. "There’s a lot Magic: The Gathering Arena could do. Popularity in tabletop would help communicate that this is something players would enjoy onMTG Arena. If you like the idea of Brawl and want to eventually see it in digital, playing it in tabletop is the best way of showing that interest." Are you glad that Brawl is finally coming to Magic Arena later this year? Feel free to discuss this news in the comments section below.  Throne of Eldraine is set to release on October 4. Prerelease will be held on September 28-29.  Watch our new MTG Arena video:    Related: MTG Head Designer Reveals More Details About Throne of Eldraine
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  • First Images From Magic: The Gathering's New Set Throne of Eldraine
      Wizards of the Coast and Magic: The Gathering head designer Mark Rosewater have finally announced the upcoming MTG set Throne of Eldraine at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Saturday night, and even though they haven't revealed any cards from the upcoming expansion yet, they revealed the first artworks featured in the set coming this fall.  Check out the gorgeous new art from Throne of Eldraine:  What kind of things can you expect to see in #MTGEldraine? We can't show any cards yet, but here's a look at the world and what to expect: pic.twitter.com/96oVbNZ57d— Magic: The Gathering (@wizards_magic) July 21, 2019 It looks like Throne of Eldraine will be fairytale-themed with high fantasy elements. These gorgeous artworks reveal that they're going for that kind of aesthetic, and another tweet confirmed that it will be fairytale-themed, not a fairy-focused set like many assumed based on the San Diego Comic-Con image leak.   Mark is drawing some comparisons between #MTGEldraine and Innistrad. Expect to see some classic fairy tale characters show up in their own Eldraine-ified way! Maybe you recognize some of these? pic.twitter.com/WVm63V3if2— Magic: The Gathering (@wizards_magic) July 21, 2019 Check out the Imgur gallery of the artworks from Throne of Eldraine revealed so far:  [ELD] Throne of Eldraine Art What do you think about these new artworks from Throne of Eldraine? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.  Throne of Eldraine is set to release on October 4. Prerelease will be held on September 28-29.  Watch our new MTG Arena video:    Related: MTG Head Designer Reveals More Details About Throne of Eldraine
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  • Magic: The Gathering Head Designer Reveals More Details About Throne ...
      Wizards of the Coast and Magic: The Gathering lead designer Mark Rosewater will be making the official announcement for the upcoming expansion Throne of Eldraine at the MTG San Diego Comic-Con panel tonight but ahead of the event, Rosewater has already shared some information about the upcoming set.  Over on his Blogatog, Rosewater answered some questions about Throne of Eldraine. First of all, he confirmed that the name of the plane where the set takes place is "Eldraine". The lead designer also confirmed that there will be a planeswalker that will be the face of the set, and their home plane is Eldraine.  When asked if the set after Throne of Eldraine will take place in the same world, Rosewater said, "Eldraine is just featured in one set. Baseball (the codename of the next set) will be on a different plane."  Previously, the lead designer also said that Throne of Eldraine won't just be about faeries. It's likely that the story for the Throne of Eldraine will also involve other non-fairy characters but the panel tonight will probably reveal much more. He also teased upcoming changes for the game.  Watch MTG lead designer Mark Rosewater make the official announcement for Throne of Eldraine in the Magic: The Gathering SDCC panel this Saturday at 6 pm PDT. Throne of Eldraine is set to release on October 4. Prerelease will be held on September 28-29.  Oooh, that looks like a set symbol to me! #MTGEldraine pic.twitter.com/4wHD2hrVFe— Evan Erwin (@misterorange) July 18, 2019 Watch our new MTG Arena video:  Related: MTG Non-Core Sets Going Back to Featuring 3 Planeswalkers Each
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  • Magic: Gathering Changes Will Be Announced at the Throne of Eldraine ...
      This year's San Diego Comic-Con will have an exciting panel for the upcoming Magic: The Gathering set Throne of Eldraine where MTG Head Designer Mark Rosewater will announce new details about the expansion previously code-named "Archery" but it looks like he will also be announcing some major changes for the popular card game.  When a fan questioned the decision to announce Throne of Eldraine at SDCC, Rosewater took it to his Blogatog to explain why Wizards of the Coast decided to announce the upcoming Magic set at the expansion despite the convention's constraints from streaming the panel. He also mentioned that there will be "changes" that he'll explain in more detail in the article that will be released shortly after the panel.  "I realized that I was conveying a lot of information, so I specifically wrote an article that could be released with it (technically shortly after), so that everyone can be walked through the changes in even more detail than the panel could handle," Rosewater wrote. "I know it’s easy to want the ideal, but a lot of making things work is finding the best answer given all the constraints you’re working with. So in short, streaming it simply wasn’t an option." It sounds like the Magic: The Gathering panel at SDCC will not just be about Throne of Eldraine. It's likely that Wizards of the Coast might announce changes in competitive tournaments, rules, or upcoming products.  We won't have to wait for too long until we find out but it's still hard to contain the hype. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.  Watch MTG lead designer Mark Rosewater make the official announcement for Throne of Eldraine in the Magic: The Gathering SDCC panel this Saturday at 6 pm PDT. Throne of Eldraine is set to release on October 4. Prerelease will be held on September 28-29.  Watch our new Magic Arena video below:    Related: MTG Non-Core Sets Going Back to Featuring 3 Planeswalkers Each
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  • Magic: The Gathering Non-Core Sets Going Back to Featuring 3 ...
      The recent Magic: The Gathering set War of the Spark introduced 36 new Planeswalker cards (not including the Buy-a-Box one) so it's easy to see why some players think that the game's Standard format is currently oversaturated with them in terms of sheer volume but don't worry. Future Magic sets won't be like War of the Spark.  When an MTG fan asked Magic lead designer Mark Rosewater if future Magic sets are expected to cut back on Planeswalker cards, he confirmed that non-core sets will have three Planeswalker cards each.  "War of the Spark is not the norm," Rosewater wrote on his Blogatog. "You’ll see planeswalkers back to three in non-core Standard-legal sets." War of the Spark was a rare kind of Magic set that featured an insane amount of Planeswalker cards and with the epic storyline against Nicol Bolas and the God-Eternals of Amonkhet, it was a well-designed set. The current Standard format may seem oversaturated by Planeswalker cards but I thought they did a fantastic job balancing out their power levels so not all of them are viable and versatile in the format. You can't just jam more than 20 different kinds of Planeswalker cards in a deck and make it work in a competitive tournament. Only some planeswalkers fit in a particular build. I'm still hoping that they will someday release another set like War of the Spark but it's good to know that they will be back to limiting each non-Core set to only 3 per set.  Watch our new MTG Arena video below:  Related: MTG Lead Designer Confirms Faeries Are in Throne of Eldraine but The Set Won't Just Be All About Them
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  • Netflix Japan Expresses Their Sympathy to Victims of Kyoto Animation
    Following the arson attack in the Kyoto Animation Studio that killed 33 people and injured 36, a suspect was arrested and jailed by Japanese authorities, and now, fans of the anime community and the entertainment industry, as well as people from all walks of life, are offering their sympathies to the victims of the terrible tragedy. Netflix Japan's Anime division has offered their sympathy to the anime studio.  Over on Twitter, Netflix Japan Anime tweeted a sympathetic message, expressing their appreciation for the works the studio has done.  この度、京都で起きた悲劇で犠牲になられた方々のご冥福を心よりお祈り申し上げます。京都アニメーションが生み出した素晴らしい作品に、多くの感動を頂いております。1日でも早く被害にあわれた皆さまの穏やかな日々が戻ることを願っております。— Netflix Japan Anime (@NetflixJP_Anime) July 19, 2019 Here's the translation of the tweet:  "We sincerely pray for the well-being of the victims of the tragedy that happened in Kyoto. We are impressed by the wonderful work created by Kyoto Animation. We hope that the peaceful days of all the victims will return as soon as possible." Established in 1981, Kyoto Animation Studio is known for their popular anime TV series such as Clannad, Full Metal Panic, K-On!, and others.  Related: Netflix Says It Has No Intention Of Adding Commercials
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  • MTG Lead Designer Confirms Faeries Are in Throne of Eldraine but The ...
      Wizards of the Coast recently revealed the name of the upcoming Magic: The Gathering expansion coming this fall:Throne of Edlraine, and because of the fairy design of the leaked images from San Diego Comic-Con 2019, many assumed that the set will heavily focus on faeries but according to MTG lead designer Mark Rosewater, they set is not just all about them.  "Since that was the only hint about the world beside the name, the assumption was made the Faeries must matter a lot to the world," Rosewater said on his Blogatog "They’re there. There are Faeries in the set, but nowhere at the volume or importance that people seem to be assuming. That’s why all the Faerie talk. I promise on Saturday at the Magic panel, I will make it clear what Throne of Eldraine is about." I'm super excited for Throne of Eldraine, and I really hope it picks up with Lorwyn's faerie tale art style.Back in the day when you could buy original Magic art for way too cheap, Lorwyn-block art was the only stuff you couldn't find. I would love to have more of it out there. pic.twitter.com/Je7IsTyEU0— April King (@CubeApril) July 18, 2019 It sounds like Throne of Eldraine is not a fairy-focused set, as many assumed based on the leaked images. I'm excited to find out what the set is about this Saturday when Wizards of the Coast and Rosewater make the official announcement about the set.    Watch MTG lead designer Mark Rosewater make the official announcement for Throne of Eldraine in the Magic: The Gathering SDCC panel this Saturday at 6 pm PDT. Throne of Eldraine is set to release on October 4. Prerelease will be held on September 28-29.  Related: Russo Bros' MTG Netflix Series Will ‘Be True’ to Card Game's Story But Will Carve Out Its Own Continuity
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  • Russo Bros' Magic: The Gathering Netflix Series Will ‘Be True’ ...
      When Netflix announced last month that the Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo are producing a new animated series based on the lore of Wizards of the Coast's popular trading card game Magic: The Gathering, fans became excited to see the story of MTG's Planeswalkers come to life but will the show stay true to the story or will it have more freedom to change what they're familiar with?  According to Nic Kelman, head of story and entertainment for Wizards of the Coast and executive producer on the Netflix series, the show will be true to the spirit of MTG's story. During an interview with TheWrap at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Kelman talked about how the Netflix animated series is approaching the game's story.  “So what we plan to do is, the story and the characters are going to be true to the spirit of the story and the characters that are preexisting,” Kelman told TheWrap. "We’re going to be true to that and the world and also true to the core values of those worlds and characters. But we’re definitely going to try to carve out our own continuity space in a very similar way to other franchises that have done that with adventures in a new medium from preexisting stories.” Kelman gave an example to TheWrap, saying, “if somebody’s parents have died and that’s a crucial part of who their character is, that’s gonna be true no matter what medium that story takes place in, but the exact details of whether they were six or eight when that happened may shift.” Kelman didn't reveal any story details about the show but he said that the Russos will have more to share in a "few months."  The Magic: The Gathering Netflix series is being produced by the animation network and studio Octopie with writers Henry Gilroy (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Jose Molina (The Tick) with Joe and Anthony Russo serving as executive producers. Last week, CEO of Octopie and executive producer Isaac Krauss shared some details about how they're approaching the show.  Kelman also told TheWrap how they're aiming the show to draw viewers who not yet Magic: The Gathering fans. “I mean, look, that’s the problem that every franchise faces that is fantasy or science fiction or based on a comic,” Kelman said. “And our characters, when you boil it down, are superheroes with magic. And I think that’s something that anybody can get into and relate to. And certainly we have a love of fantastic characters with a lot of great backstories and drama between them as characters, and amazing worlds to visit.” “So I think while some of the deep lore from the ’90s might be inaccessible to a lot of people, the core of what makes Magic characters is the same as what makes any characters popular,” Kelman explained. “So I think it’s just a question of focusing on the things that really make these characters appealing to everybody, including our fans. And I don’t see it as being anymore of an issue for Magic than any other similar franchise.” Watch our new Magic Arena video:  Related: 3 New Magic: The Gathering Arena Chronicles Events Coming: Guild Battle, Standard Shake-Up & Landfall
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  • 3 New Magic: The Gathering Arena Chronicles Events Coming: Guild ...
      The War of the Spark Chronicles event in Magic: The Gathering Arena may be over but the game is getting ready to introduce new events that can help players earn new rewards and gain additional XP for the new Mastery system.  Today's Magic: The Gathering Arena State of the Beta has announced three new "Plane-Cation" Chronicles events coming to the digital game, and they are Guild Battle, Standard Shake-Up, and Landfall. Each Plane-cation event will reward one of each of the five basic land types using artwork based on the location, and there will be six new basic lands (2 Forests) you can add to your collection for the first location: Ravnica.  You'll also be able to use gems to purchase other basic lands and other land card art styles in the Arena store.  Your first win will reward you 1,000 XP for Arena's new Mastery system.    In addition to Pauper and Treasure Constructed, the three new Plane-Cation events are Guild Battle, Standard Shake-Up, and Landfall.  Guild Battle In Guild Battle, players will be able to choose from one of the ten preconstructed decks to play with, each representing one of the ten Ravnica guilds. You can preview each deck before choosing, and you can always change between matches but the cards in the preconstructed decks will not be added to your collection.  Standard Shake-Up In Standard Shake-Up, the event encourages Standard Constructed brews and to avoid powerful meta decks in this event, there's a ban list for this event only. Here are the 20 cards banned in this event:  Benalish Marshal History of Benalia Venerated Loxodon Curious Obsession Nexus of Fate Command the Dreadhorde Arclight Phoenix Experimental Frenzy Goblin Chainwhirler Light Up the Stage Rampaging Ferocidon Rekindling Phoenix Runaway Steam-Kin Nissa, Who Shakes the World Wildgrowth Walker Teferi, Hero of Dominaria Teferi, Time Raveler Thought Erasure Hydroid Krasis Risen Reef Landfall Remember the Zendikar mechanic Landfall? They're bringing that back in this Chronicle event. In Landfall, each player will have an emblem that reads, "Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, exile the top card of your library. If that card is a land card, put it into your hand. If that card is a creature card, put that card on the bottom of your library and create a 1/1 green Plant creature token. If that card is a noncreature, nonland card, put that card on the bottom of your library, each opponent loses 1 life, and you gain 1 life." You can check out the full MTG Arena July 2019 State of the Beta on Wizards of the Coast's website here.  Are you excited for these upcoming MTG Arena events?  Watch our new Magic Arena video below:  Related: MTG Fall 2019 Set Name Revealed, Will Be Fairy-Focused
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