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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 Artist Thomas Gianni Passes Away
      Thomas Gianni, artist of twenty-eight Magic: The Gathering artworks, has passed away, according to his fellow Chicago artist friend Jim Nelson.  "I learned today that Tom Gianni, a gifted artist and truly kind man, has passed away," Nelson confirmed on Facebook. "Each time I had the chance to work or chat with him, it was a pleasure.R.I.P., Tom."  Although Nelson didn't reveal the cause of Gianni's death, he did confirm that it's not COVID-19. "He's been fighting something else for some time now," Nelson said in response to a comment.  Over the years, Gianni has illustrated fantastic MTG artworks like "Frenetic Efreet", "Reverse Damage", "Neverending Torment", and "Tower of Magistrate. You can check out the cards he illustrated below:      Rest in Peace to Thomas Gianni, a gifted MTG artist who will surely be missed.  Related: MTG Designers Reveal Hint For New White Card From Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
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  • 3rd Magic: The Gathering Teaser Poster For Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths ...
      "Something big is coming" in the upcoming Magic: The Gathering set, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, and today, Wizards of the Coast continues to tease more details and images for Magic's monster world before the official previews begin on April 2, and the company has revealed the third teaser poster for Ikoria on the official MTG Instagram account, and it once again features a massive Godzilla-like footprint but this time, on the canyons Check it out:  View this post on Instagram Something Big is Coming... April 2nd. 7 AM PT Twitch.tv/Magic #MTGIkoria A post shared by Magic: The Gathering (@wizards_magic) on Mar 31, 2020 at 8:00am PDT The teaser poster comes with the caption: "Something big is coming...April 2nd. 7 AM PT," so expect the official Ikoria trailer to feature massive monsters, and don't be surprised if Magic's version of Godzilla shows up, because even a recent leak suggests that the iconic monster will get its own card in Ikoria.  If you haven't seen the first two teaser posters for Ikoria, check out the first here, and the second one here.  Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is officially scheduled to be released on May 15 (rescheduled release day).
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  • Magic: The Gathering Marketplace, Mage Market To Shutdown
      Mage Market, the live marketplace for selling and buying Magic: The Gathering cards and accessories, has announced that it will cease its operations over the next month. The German company said that it will stop all transactions this week, but Magemarket.com and its Mage mobile apps will continue to be accessible at least until the end of April.  “After a month of consideration we’ve decided to proceed a shutdown of all operations for magemarket.com," CEO Peer Richelsen announced.  “COVID-19 has impacted our company and overall hobby industry in a way no one could have predicted nor prepared for,” Richelsen said “We’ve experienced 60% less revenue—in a crucial time of our company, where every single dollar matters.” However, “we’ve not found a way to build a profitable business fast enough in order to survive such global crisis and revenue fallout.” “My cofounder Malte [Delfs, CTO] and I believe that in these times, the right thing to do is to announce a controlled shutdown of operations,” Richelsen continued, “and use the little money left to pay all employees extended severances and help everyone to find a new job opportunity.” Mage launched in 2016 as a card marketplace with the name Snapcardster, and it was part of the Winter 2019 cohort of Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley-based accelerator program that advises and invests in small companies. Mage accepted seed funding from angel investors from Twitch and Y Combinator.  The rise of COVID-19 has hugely impacted many in-person industries, and tabletop Magic: The Gathering is no exception. Many of the local game stores in the Wizards Play Network have been forced to close their doors to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Even online Magic retailers such as Card Kingdom and ChannelFireball have temporarily shutdown their warehouse operations, and Wizards of the Coast has also postponed the official release of the next MTG set, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, from April 24 to May 15.  "Additionally, we observe concerning developments in the 'paper' industry of Magic: The Gathering, namely cancellation of Magic Fests, local shutdowns of local game stores, decline of private game nights due to quarantine and much more," Richelsen added. "While all of these measurements are the correct thing to do, it lead us to the decision to shutdown further operations in this industry." Here's the most painful line in Mage's announcement: "We do not believe the market will recover in the next 12 months, potentially never." While Mage Market is the first major Magic marketplace to shut its doors, it's probably not the last to cease its business operations permanently before the COVID-19 problem vanishes.  Related: MTG Designers Reveal Hint For New White Card From Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
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  • Magic: The Gathering Designers Reveal Hint For New White Card From ...
      Senior Magic: The Gathering Designer Gavin Verhey continues to tease us with more details from the upcoming expansion, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, and today, he released a hilarious new video on his Twitter account in which he interviews the "White Council of Colors representiative" Ari Nieh about what we expect from the future of the white in Commander and other formats.  "So many awesome things! Persistent card advantage, new forms of interaction," Nieh said. "It's going to be tasty!"  When asked about what white card in Ikoria he's most excited about, Nieh didn't exactly reveal the card, but he shared this hint: "This card grants all your creatures an ability, which is a former keyword, with one letter removed, and two new letters in its place." Watch the video below:  Good morning, Magic players! What's new in white? I asked @SixthComma, and ended up with my most tasty (and odd) video yet! He also offers a *very* cryptic Ikoria clue. (Looking for something more straightforward? Don't miss https://t.co/s7JgTwoKSu April 2 at 7AM PDT!)#wotcstaff pic.twitter.com/8lc1rO0IdR— Gavin Verhey (@GavinVerhey) March 31, 2020 First word that popped in my mind when I heard that hint is "banding" but it could be anything, so what do you think is that former keyword? Let us know in the comments section below.  Yesterday, Verhey shared a hint for a unique red card from Ikoria with Jules Robins.  Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is officially scheduled to be released on May 15 (rescheduled release day). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Watch my latest MTG Arena video below:  
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  • Magic: The Gathering Reveals Where to Find Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths ...
      Wizards of the Coast will kick off the official previews for the next Magic: The Gathering expansion, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths this Thursday, April 2, with the world premiere of the set's new trailer featuring the monster world of Magic! Today, the debut will kick off at 7 a.m. PT/ 10 a.m. ET/ 2 p.m. UTC on http://www.twitch.tv/magic, so expect to see new cards featuring huge monsters starting that day. The previews for Commander 2020 are also coming this weekend, and today, WotC has revealed the list of dates and outlets previewing Ikoria cards. Commander 2020 previews will begin on April 3, and all the previews from Aprill 4-5 are all Commander 2020, before more previews from Ikoria arrive on April 6. Check out the list of dates and outlets for the Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths and Commander 2020 previews below:  April 2 AirBubbles Conanhawk DailyMTG Gamespot io9 Ken Yukuhiro Kotaku Australia NoxiousLive Reid Duke The Hollywood Reporter WeeklyMTG April 3 @wizards_magic @MTGArenaJP Abulae AliasV AliEldrazi APAC Wizards of the Coast Facebook Atomik.O AttackonGeek Brainstorm Brewery BRKsEDU CalebDMTG Carolina Anet Charly GAG Christian Hauck CoolStuff Inc. Chinese (Traditional) Magic Facebook DailyMTG Deathsie Everyeye.it Eyes on the Mise Face to Face Games Gabriel Nassif games.mail.ru GameSpot GameWave GamingBible Good Games Adelaide HandofBlood IGN IGN IT Jeuxvideo.com Kenji Egashira (numotthenummy) Landfall EDH Matias Leveratto Limited Resources Lords of Limited Luis Scott-Vargas Magic: The Gathering LATAM YouTube Channel Merchant MTGC Podcast MTGGoldfish Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa (PVDDR) PCGamesN (Network-N) Ikoria Product Page Raphael Levy SCG Commander VS Seb McKinnon social Strictly Better MTG Tencent The Command Zone TheAsianAvenger YoungMage April 4 Pinnoel Woodland Park Zoo COMMANDER WEEKEND! April 4–5 @clotaka1 @MTGJP @Notawolf/Sickofwolfs @Wizards_Magic APAC EN Facebook AshExplores bigmagic.net Charlotte Sable Cheshire Plays Games CMD Tower CMDR Central COCOCORO.JP Commander Rules Committee Commander Social Commanderin' Commander's Brew Commander's Quarters Chinese (Traditional) Magic Facebook EDHREC Fazendo Nerdice Giga.de Hipsters of the Coast iYingdi Jolt Commander Kitchen Table Commander Wizards Fan Email LoadingReadyRun Magic c'est chic MTGGoldfish MTGMuddstah Olivia Gobert-Hicks Player.It r/EDH Rachel Agnes Ron Foster SCG Commander Vs. Sergei Hobbit. Sheldon Menery Shivam/Casual Magic Stybs The Mana Vortex Trader-Online.de Woodland Park Zoo April 6 Commander Social Jumbo Commander MTGGoldfish The Command Zone BACK TO IKORIA: LAIR OF BEHEMOTHS April 6 Amazonian Magic: The GatheringLATAM Official Youtube Channel Corocoro.jp DeejayKnight dogdog Brian Kibler Kripp Lierson Mattenhauer Making Magic Ikoria Product Page RobBubble Spice 8 Rack The Vorthos Cast Tukaram April 7 @mtg_arena Amaz Arrekz BestMarmotte DailyMTG GLHF Greg Orange Loregoyfs Magic Weibo r/MagicTCG Subreddit Monsters and Explosions Tomohappy Vana Wizards of the Coast Fan Email Wizards of the Coast Korean Facebook April 8 @MagicEsports @maro254 ashlizzlle Ben Wheeler Card Market ChannelFireball CobaltStreak DailyMTG GabySpartz Gamestar.de Jessica Estephan Kicker Esports LadyLavinias Makorito Ikoria Product Page r/MagicArena Sjow Star City Games TCGPlayer VGTime April 9 @Wizards_Magic Instagram AllieStrasza APAC Korea InMagic Café Bloody Dana Fischer Day9 LadeeDanger Millenium MTGGoldfish NGA PleasantKenobi Voxy WeeklyMTG 社築(@846kizuQ)   Make sure to check out the Ikoria Card Image Gallery and Variants Card Image Gallery that Wizards will be updating throughout the preview season.  Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is officially scheduled to be released on May 15 (rescheduled release day). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Check out my latest MTG Arena video below: Related: MTG Designer Teases New Red Card in Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Related: 
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  • New Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Teaser Image Hints That 'Something Big ...
      The next Magic: The Gathering expansion, Ikoria Lair of Behemoths, is just around the corner, and Wizards of the Coast will begin the official previews on April 2. Following the first Ikoria poster reveal earlier this week and the teaser of a new and unique red card, the Magic Europe Twitter account has shared another teaser image for MTG's monster world, and just like the first poster, this one features a monster's footprint on the floor of a European-looking city. Check it out:  Something Big is Coming... 2nd April 3PM BST https://t.co/om7JflWdgp#MTGIkoria pic.twitter.com/2oKyVK3KO9 — Magic Europe (@Wizards_MagicEU) March 30, 2020 It's no secret that Ikoria will feature massive creatures, so expect Magic to introduce its versions of iconic monsters like Godzilla in this set. In fact, there was a recent leak that reveals three unconfirmed MTG cards that suggest that Godzilla is actually coming.  Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is officially scheduled to be released on May 15 (rescheduled release day). Related: MTG Designer Teases New Red Card in Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
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  • Magic: The Gathering Designer Teases New Red Card in Ikoria: Lair of ...
      The official release of the next Magic: The Gathering expansion, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, may have been delayed, but the official previews from Wizards of the Coast will still begin on April 2. Fans have been eager to find out more details about Magic's monster world, a setting we've never seen featured in a Magic set before, and today, we get another hint about a unique red card that will be in Ikoria!  Over on Twitter, Senior Designer Gavin Verhey recently shared a new video of him interviewing Jules Robins, "the leader of red's color pie". Watch the video below:  Good morning, Magic players! Ever heard of the Council of Colors? Well, today I take you behind the scenes with an exclusive interview of the leader of red's color pie: @JulesRobins! Oh, and as a bonus, I also ask what his favorite red card in Ikoria is...?#wotcstaff #MTGIkoria pic.twitter.com/YGQvjmxQtF— Gavin Verhey (@GavinVerhey) March 30, 2020 When Verhey asked to give a hint about his favorite red card in Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, Robins said,"Ikoria has a sweet new card that lets you bottle in a different way than ever before."  Just in case you don't know what "bottling" is, here's his explanation: "'Impulsive draw'", where you exile cards from the top of your library and then have a limited time to play them." I wonder if the red card he's talking about uses one of the crazy mechanics Magic Lead Designer Mark Rosewater talked about since he said that it will let you "bottle in a different way than ever before". I'm just excited to see the new mechanics and cards from Ikoria that will offiically be revealed later this week. Be sure to check out our 12 Things We Know About Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths So Far.  Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is officially scheduled to be released on May 15 (rescheduled release day). Related: 3 Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths MTG Cards Possibly Spoiled in New Leak
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  • All The Magic: The Gathering Arena Free Codes (Updated)
      Magic: The Gathering Arena is helping players get started in the free-to-play digital collectible card game by giving them codes they can enter to unlock new in-game booster packs and card cosmetics they can use. There's also a code that unlocks two levels in the game's Mastery system.  To get cards you need in the game, you usually need money to spend on gems, the in-game currency of MTG Arena. While you can still buy packs if you want to, you can start off stronger than everyone who doesn't know about the free codes. There are also codes players can get from prerelease packs, Planeswalker decks, and some MTG in-store events but those are unique codes that can only be used once.  You can check out the list of free MTG Arena free non-unique codes below. Note that these codes can only be entered once per user and they have an expiration date. This list will be updated regularly as new codes come and old codes expire.  PlayTheros: Redeems for three Theros Beyond Death packs. (expires: TBD) Starterstyles: Alternative art (expires on January 1, 2023) SuperScry: Cosmetic Opt Ixalan (3D) (expires on January 1, 2023) ParallaxPotion: Revitalize card and card style (expires on January 1, 2023) FoilFungus: Deathbloom Thallid Card Style (expires on January 1, 2023) SparkleDruid:  Druid of the Cowl style (expires on January 1, 2023) ShinyGoblinPirate:  Fanatical Firebrand style (expires on January 1, 2023) OverTheMoon: Arlinn, Voice of the Pack style (expires on January 1, 2023) InnerDemon: Ob Nixilis stained glass style (expires on January 1, 2023)   OneBillion: 1 WAR Booster Pack (expires on January 1, 2023) SHIELDSUP: Teyo’s stained glass card style (expires on January 1, 2023) WRITTENINSTONE:  Nahiri Glass Style (expires on January 1, 2023) EnlightenMe: Narset, Parter of Veils card style (expires on January 1, 2023) PlayAllegiance: 3 Ravnica Allegiance packs. (Expires on July 1, 2020.) PlayRavnica: 3 Guilds of Ravnica packs. (Expires on July 1, 2020.) PlayWarSpark: 3 War of the Spark packs. (Expires on July 1, 2020.) PlayM20: Redeems for three Core 2020 packs. (Expires on July 1, 2020.)  Level Up: (Level up 2 levels on Mastery system) Broughtback: Earn 2,000 XP towards rewards FiveBonusLevels (expires September 24, 2019) Some of these codes are case sensitive, but not all. If the code doesn't work for you and you see an error with a "Redeem Code Failure", then you already redeemed the reward of the code.  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Watch my latest MTG Arena video below:    Related: 3 Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Magic: The Gathering Cards Possibly Spoiled in New Leak
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  • 3 Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Magic: The Gathering Cards Possibly ...
        The official previews for Magic: The Gathering's upcoming expansion will begin on April 2, but before fans can get their first official look at the cards featured in the set, a new photo shared on Twitter may have leaked three of the cards from Ikoria, and as expected, they all look monstrous.  Befere we take a look at this leak, remember that these are unoffiical, unconfirmed details so view at your own risk! They might be a part of an April Fool's Joke.    Twitter user Charly Traarbach posted the original photo and translations of the Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths cards in Portuguese.  So how real is this? pic.twitter.com/xMsp37Kc0d— Charly Traarbach (@CharlyTraarbach) March 28, 2020 Here's the wrapper that contained the cards: Bio-Quartz SpaceGodzilla 2BGU (Brokkos, Apex of Eternity) Legendary Creature – Elemental Beast Nightmare (Mythic Rare) Mutate 2(U/B)GG Trample You may cast Brokkos, Apex of Eternity, from your graveyard using its mutate ability. 6/6 Artist: Svetlin Velinov Godzilla, Primordial Champion 7GG (Titanote Rex) Creature – Beast Dinosaur (Uncommon) Trample Cycling 1G When you cycle Titanote Rex, put a trample counter on target creature you control. ?/? Artist: Lius Lasahido King Caesar, Ancient Guardian 3W (Huntmaster Tiger) Creature – Cat (Uncommon) Mutate 2W Whenever this creature mutates, other creatures you control get +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of this creature’s mutations. 3/4 Artist: Slawomir Maniak The cards shown in the photo are promo, alternate art cards featuring Godzilla and King Caesar as a cross-promotion, and the original names of the cards are written underneath, but they have special promo names representing these monsters. Note that Hasbro, the company that owns Wizards of the Coast, has a licensing deal with Toho International, the Japanese company behind these monsters. According to the source, these are box toppers, which match the description from Wizards Play Network: they're "unlike anything magic has ever done".    Magic head designer Mark Rosewater also recently teased information about the set, and the cards match one of the mechanics: Mutate. We still don't know exactly what it does, but it looks like it will be one of the craziest mechanics they've designed.    Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is officially scheduled to be released on May 15 (rescheduled release day). Related: Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths MTG Stream Details Revealed
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  • New Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Poster Teases Magic: The Gathering's ...
      The official previews for the next Magic: The Gathering set, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, is coming later this week, and before fans get their first look at the new cards, Wizards of the Coast's official Brazilian social media accounts has revealed a new poster that gives us a glimpse of the monster world called Ikoria. Check out the Ikoria poster featuring a massive footprint of a monster on the beach:  This poster gives us a taste of the huge monsters that will be featured in Ikoria. It's also likely that this is a screeshot from the upcoming trailer that will officially premiere on April 2, the first day of Ikoria previews. Perhaps we'll see Magic's own version of Godzilla and other iconic monsters in this set.  Are you excited to find out more about Ikoria after seeing this poster? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.  Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is officially scheduled to be released on April 24, 2020. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Watch my latest MTG Arena video below:  
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