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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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  • How You Can Get 3 Free Zendikar Rising Booster Packs in Magic: The ...
      Wizards of the Coast just launched the new Magic: The Gathering set Zendikar Rising on Magic: The Gathering Arena on Thursday, but the major update also introduced a brand new Standard rotation and customizable emotes. In addition to the "renewal" system, players can also get three free Zendikar Rising Booster Packs in the game.    To claim the three free Zendikar Rising Booster Packs, all you have to do is enter "PlayZendikar" in the MTG Arena store.  Note that this code can only be used once per user.  There's usually a code for three Booster Packs of the latest set everytime a brand new set arrives on the game. For new and returning players, you can enter PlayAllegiance, PlayRavnica, PlayWarSpark, PLAYM20, PlayEldraine, PlayTheros, PlayIkoria, and PLAYM21 if you haven't yet. All of these codes can only be entered once per user. For a full list of free MTG Arena codes, click here.  Don't forget to watch our MTG Arena livestreams on MTG Rocks Facebook page.  Related: MTG Arena Players Are Seeing 'Developer Mode' After Crash Zendikar Rising is set to release on September 25, 2020; It's now available on Magic: The Gathering Arena and Magic Online. 
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  • Magic: The Gathering Arena Players Are Seeing 'Developer Mode' After ...
      Wizards of the Coast officially launched the brand new Magic: The Gathering set Zendikar Rising on Magic: The Gathering Arena on Thuresday. The massive update not only introduced the new set, but it also introduced a brand new Standard format rotation as well as custom emotes. However, the update made it rough for some players to log in, with many reportedly seeing a "black screen" error as well as other difficulties in enabling matchmaking procedures and redeeming wildcards. Players also noticed that they had been rearded with out-of-date cards for their "renewal" system: a feature designed to reward players for participating in old sets before the new rotation hits.  Although MTG Arena is now working fine, some players have noticed what seems like a developer mode of the game. The debug menu reveals various options like Timers, Decks, Vanity, Battlefield, Autoplay, Mulligan, Events, and Brass Man; there's also an option for "Stack the Deck" and "Enable Tree of Congress". MTGA crashed and then showed me what looks like some sort of custom game creator? from r/magicTCG We don't know exactly what they do but several players reportedly have seen this menu following the crash. Although they can see the debug menu, they are not able to use any of these options in the game.  What do you think these features do? "Stack the deck" seems suspicious. I wonder what they use it for.  Related: Zendikar Rising MTG Products Delayed Due to Unforeseen Logistical Issues Zendikar Rising is set to release on September 25, 2020; It's now available on Magic: The Gathering Arena and Magic Online. 
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  • Zendikar Rising Magic: The Gathering Products Delayed Due to ...
      Despite COVID-19, some local game stores are still running prerelease events for the new Magic: The Gathering set Zendikar Rising or at least selling the Prerelease Kits, but some regions will have to wait a little longer.  Neutral Grounds Philippines has recently received information from the South-East Asia (SEA) Regional Office of Wizards of the Coast that Zendikar Rising products will be delayed as a result of unforeseen logistical issues. As shown on the screenshot of the email sent below, Zendikar Rising Prerelease Kits and Zendikar Rising Collector Boosters will be delayed. However, Zendikar Rising Draft Booster Box and Zendikar Rising Commander Decks will still be released on schedule, on launch day (September 25).  Last week, WotC announced the delays of the release of various MTG products including Commander Legends and shipments of some Zendikar Rising products.    Related: Zendikar Rising Magic: The Gathering Signature Art Cards Revealed Zendikar Rising is set to release on September 25, 2020; It's now available on Magic: The Gathering Arena and Magic Online. 
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  • Zendikar Rising Magic: The Gathering Signature Art Cards Revealed
      Wizards of the Coast has revealed all the art cards that will be available in the Zendikar Rising Set Boosters. The new cards will appear in both their signature form and non-signature form. Both versions look the same but the non-signature version doesn't have the signature. There are approximately one in twenty cards that will have the gold artist signature.  Check out the cards below:    The new Zendikar Rising artworks look fantastic, and these cards will make Set Boosters more exciting to open.  Zendikar Rising is set to release on September 25, 2020; It's now available on Magic: The Gathering Arena and Magic Online.  Related: MTG Minigames For Zendikar Rising Set Booster Revealed
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  • Ninja Reports The Entire Valorant Enemy Team on Suspicions of Cheating
      Many cheaters have already been banned from playing Riot's new tactical shooter Valorant thanks to the anti-cheat program Vanguard, but there are still suspicious players out there, and popular streamer and Fortnite star Tyler "Ninja" Blevins just reported some of them during a recent live stream.  During his first Valorant game of the day, NInja felt that the all five members of the enemy team he encountered were all cheating, so he reported all of them in the game after dying several times in suspicious ways.  In his live stream, his enemy team managed to kill Ninja by pre-firing at him, and there were moments that felt the enemy team knows exactly where he was at Ascent. Ninja initially thought that one of the enemies was cheating. He said, "That Reyna's cheating. There's no doubt in my mind...there's no doubt in my mind she's cheating." Ninja also suspected other members of the enemy team when he asked them to report the Reyna player for cheating. As the game progressed, Ninja was convinced that the entire enemy team was cheating.  "Bro that is the sussest sh*t I've ever seen!" he exclaimed, after the enemy Cypher eliminated him from the round. "No shot, no shot... I think they might all be [cheating]. That Cypher just f**king swings, jiggles and hits me immediately. He headshots you through me, both of us simultaneously, with the pre-fire too by the way." Ninja also took to Twitter to rant about his bad experience in Valorant.  I just played some of the most SUS/Blatant cheaters in Valorant in a long time and I straight dissected who the cheaters were, and the guy getting boosted like I was in Among us, had to be there... Have a good night <3— Ninja (@Ninja) September 14, 2020 “I just played some of the most SUS/Blatant cheaters in Valorant in a long time and I straight dissected who the cheaters were, and the guy getting boosted like I was in Among us, had to be there... Have a good night.” Ninja only played that one game of Valorant, and ended his stream after reporting the entire enemy team.  Related: Valorant Player Caught Cheating Live on Stream in $2,000 Tournament
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  • Kaladesh Remastered is Coming to Magic: The Gathering Arena
      Wizards of the Coast has announced the new Magic: The Gathering remastered set coming to MTG Arena, Kaladesh Remastered. In the September 2020 State of the Game, WotC has confirmed that Kaladesh Remastered, a compilation of cards from the 2016 set Kaladesh and the 2017 set Aether Revolt, is coming to digital card game by the end of the year.  This is quite surprising since Wizards revealed that they were working on Pioneers Masters first, so it looks like they're pushing that back to focus on releasing Kaladesh Remastered first.  Wotc talked about how Amonkhet Remastered exceeded their expectations. "One of the biggest takeaways from Amonkhet Remastered was how players chose to interact with the set and add cards to their collection," Wizards said. "Based on our Historic formats, roughly the same amount of people who play Constructed Historic purchased Amonkhet Remastered packs through the in-game store. Math checks out. What surprised us was how many players participated in Amonkhet Remastered Draft and Sealed events, which greatly exceeded our expectations and blurred the line between Historic and Standard players." Kaladesh introduced innovative mechanics like Energy and Vehicles, and I'm excited to play with those cards on Arena again. They probably won't include the Felidar Guardian + Saheeli Rai combo that broke the Standard meta before, but it would be fun if they release both cards in the remastered set.  Don't forget to catch our Zendikar Rising Early Access event on MTG Rocks! Related: New MTG Arena In-Game Emotes Revealed
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  • New Magic: The Gathering Arena In-Game Emotes Revealed
        The new Magic: The Gathering set Zendikar Rising will finally launch on MTG Arena this Thursday, and there's a major update to the game coming with it. In addition to the new mechanics and the Standard rotation update, Wizards of the Coast has revealed the new customizable in-game emotes that players can unlock from the Zendikar Rising Mastery Pass and in-game events.  Players will be able to edit their emotes through their Profile page, right next to Avatar and Pet select, once they've added the emote options to their collection. There is no maximum to your choices, so you can scroll through them while in-game by using arrow buttons by the emote selection.    The stickers feature five different hedrons of each MTG color, and as you can see below, there are different emote options you can choose.  It's about time for the game to get new emotes; options have been limited since the game was released; you can only say one of the five classic expressions: "Hello!", "Nice!", "Thinking...", "Oops", and "Good Game". They also added short resopnses to some of those emotes like "Sorry". Hopefully, we'll see more emotes added in every new MTG set released.  Don't forget to check our our Zendikar Rising Early Access event today at MTG Rocks.  Zendikar Rising will be available on Magic: The Gathering Arena starting this Thursday, September 17.  Related: MTG Minigames For Zendikar Rising Set Booster Revealed
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  • Magic: The Gathering Minigames For Zendikar Rising Set Booster ...
      The new Magic: The Gathering expansion Zendikar Rising is set to release soon, and the debut of the Set Boosters is coming with the release of the set. Today, Wizards of the Coast has revealed that the Set Boosters will include minigames that you can play with your packs with a friend or a group. These minigames are meant to be played with the contents of a Set Booster, but they can also work with other kinds of boosters.  In a blog published on the official MTG website, Annie Sardelis explained that the idea of printing the minigames came from the 2019 Hackaton. "I pitched creating some minigames that could be played with a booster pack," she wrote. "Not just any kind of minigame, but rather ones that may not require playing Magic at all." Here are the 5 minigames you can find in a Zendikar Rising Set Booster:  Base Race   Booster Blitz   Booster Sleuth    Roil Royale   Strictly Better These games look fun to play with friends, and could make the booster pack-opening experience more exciting.  Zendikar Rising is set to release on September 25, 2020; it will release on MTG Arena on Sept. 17. Related: MTG Pro Seth Manfield Wins The 2020 Mythic Invitational
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  • Magic: The Gathering Pro Seth Manfield Wins The 2020 Mythic ...
      Magic: The Gathering pro player Seth Manfield has won the 2020 Mythic Invitational that took place over weekend, beating 160 other players in the four-day tournament and winning the largest share of the $250,000 prize pool and a spot for the Season Grand Final.  Manfield was 8th place when he qualified for the Top 8, and was the only Top 8 player running the Sultai Midrange Historic deck. Most of the Top 8 played red/black-based deck with aggressive sacrifice strategies like Jund Sacrifice, Rakdos Arcanist, and Jund Citadel.  Manfield had to fight his way in the lower bracket of the Top 8, defeating Ken Yukuhiro, David Steinberg, and Gregor Kowalski to make it to the championship finals against Gabriel Nasiff.  In the finals, Manfield was able to dominate the two best-of-three matches against Nasiff with his powerful cards like Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath, Nissa Who Shakes the World, Hydroid Krasis, and Elder Gargaroth to gain life, get card advantage, and take over the board against Nasiff's smaller creatures. He also had a good amount of boardwipe cards like Cry of Carnarium and Languish. Manfield also had a Disdainful Stroke and Grafdigger's Cage against Collected Company.  Check out Manfield's decklist: This is Manfield's third championship victory in a premier MTG event, an achievemement only a few MTG players accomplished. The 30-year-old American professional player won the 2015 Magic World Championship in addition to his 2017 Pro Tour Albuquerque win and his five Grand Prix wins. He was also voted into the MTG Hall of Fame in 2018.  Congrats to Seth Manfield for winning the 2020 Mythic Invitational! Also, Happy Birthday to him! Happy Birthday to me?? (no really today is my 30th Birthday!!) I guess I get to have my cake and eat it too!!! #MythicInvitational ??????????? — Seth Manfield(Envy) (@SethManfield) September 14, 2020 Related: New MTG Zendikar-Themed Secret Lair Revealed
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  • New Magic: The Gathering Zendikar-Themed Secret Lair Revealed
      Wizards of the Coast has revealed a new Magic: The Gathering Secret Lair drop called Zendikar Revisited, and it features five iconic Zendikar creatures with Zendikar Rising Showcase art style and frame. Each box includes one copy of each of these cards: Admonition Angel, Roil Elemental, Zulaport Cutthroat, Warren Instigator, and Avenger of Zendikar. Welcome back to Zendikar! #MTGSecretLair is joining the adventure with these five Zendikar favorites. They'll be available for 24 hours only on 9/25, in foil OR regular! More info at https://t.co/a0Wcy0cRYJ. pic.twitter.com/7JenlCiiiJ— MTG Secret Lair (@MTGSecretLair) September 14, 2020 The new art featured in these cards look cool, but I'm not a big fan of these cards. They will be available in foil or regular for 24 hours on September 25 only at the Secret Lair website. Ther regular one costs $29.99 and the foil version will cost $39.99.  Related: Upcoming Magic: The Gathering Releases Get Delays
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