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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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  • The Professor & Magic: The Gathering Community Raise $123K For Trans ...
      The most popular Magic: The Gathering YouTuber, Tolarian Community College and the community of 5,965 donors have raised over $123,000 for Trans Lifeline, a non-profit organization serving transgender people by offering phone support and microgrants. The Professor of Tolarian Community College offered prizes to random donors who donated $4 or more. The prizes are a mix of Booster Boxes, Secret Lair products, promotional cards, foil cards.  All winners have been emailed! Here is the list of winners and their prizes. The blank spots are either folks who asked for their name to be omitted or have not yet replied. The individual donors will be contacting their respective winners soon! Thank you all! <3 pic.twitter.com/uWAy9g3qgH — Tolarian Community College (@TolarianCollege) October 8, 2020 Over on Twitter, Trans Lifeline responded to Tolarian Community College's tweet. "Thank you @TolarianCollege and the amazing #MTG community for supporting our work," Trans Lifeline said. "You've raised 5% of our budget for the entire year in a day. It is enough to answer thousands of callers or give hundreds of grants. It is enough to help us grow and expand. Wow, just wow." Thank you @TolarianCollege and the amazing #MTG community for supporting our work. You've raised 5% of our budget for the entire year in a day. It is enough to answer thousands of callers or give hundreds of grants. It is enough to help us grow and expand. Wow, just wow. https://t.co/mIPEqyMs0z — Trans Lifeline (@TransLifeline) October 8, 2020 The original goal of the campaign was just $20,000 but at the time of this writing, 5,965 donors were able to raise $123,832.   Related: MTG 2020 Season Grand Finals Metagame Breakdown Revealed
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  • Riot Reveals Abilities of Skye, The New Valorant Agent For Act III
      Riot recently revealed the new Valorant Agent arriving for Act III, Skye. The Australian Agent will make her debut two weeks after the Act III update, and today, the company has released a preview video of her abilities to show us how they work. Check it out below:  The pack's got your back. Show off Skye's skills when the new Agent drops on Oct. 27. pic.twitter.com/mbmUjIqrEq — VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) October 9, 2020 Her abilties: Regrowth - an ability that lets her heal teammates.  Trailblazer - control a Tasmanian tiger to concuss enemies.  Guiding Light - summon a hawk that blinds.  Seekers - summon Seekers to nearsight enemies.  Sky looks like a fun Agent to play. Her healing ability will provide strong support to the team, and her ability to hunt down enemies will be useful, especially on site areas. Her ultimate ability is similar to the orb ability we've seen in Spike Rush mode.  What do you think about Skye and her abilities? Are you excited to use her? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.  Related: Riot Reveals New Snowy Tundra Valorant Map, Icebox For Act III.  Valorant Act III will be available on October 13. Skye will be added on Oct. 27. Watch me stream Valorant on my Facebook page. 
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  • Ready Player Two Synopsis Revealed at New York Comic-Con
      The highly-anticipated and long-awaited sequel to Ready Player One is finally going to be released this November. Ernest Cline's sci-fi novel was originally published in 2011, and was turned into a blockbuster movie from Steven Spielberg. Earlier this year, Cline announced the sequel called Ready Player Two but didn't reveal its plot. Today, a New York Comic Con panel moderated by Wil Wheaton (via Deadline) revealed the sequel's synopsis. Check it out:  Are you ready? Days after winning OASIS founder James Halliday's contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday's vaults, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the OASIS a thousand times more wondrous — and addictive — than even Wade dreamed possible. With it comes a new riddle, and a new quest — a last Easter egg from Halliday, hinting at a mysterious prize. And an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits, one who'll kill millions to get what he wants. Wade's life and future of the OASIS are again at stake, but this time the fate of humanity also hangs in the balance. Lovingly nostalgic and wildly original as only Ernest Cline could conceive it, Ready Player Two takes us on another imaginative, run, action-packed adventure through his beloved virtual universe, and jolts us thrillingly into the future once again. It looks like Ready Player Two will be more epic than the first. Hopefully, Spielberg will return to direct a film based on the sequel.  Cline emailed Wheaton the details and asked him to read them out loud for the audience to hear, so Wheaton shared the details for the first time. Wheaton, who narrated Ready Player One, will return to narrate the sequel.  Ready Player One was the first book to ever hit No.1 in print, ebook, and audio formats, and it spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list.  Ready Player Two is set to release on November 24.  Read More: Keanu Reeves Urges Fans to 'Seize the Day' in New Cyberpunk 2077 Trailer
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  • Magic: The Gathering 2020 Season Grand Finals Metagame Breakdown ...
      The Magic: The Gathering 2020 Season Grand Finals is scheduled to start soon, and today, Wizards of the Coast has revealed the Standard and Historic metagame breakdown of the biggest MTG tournament this year, and it's clear that Omnath is dominating both metas.  The Top 16 players from the Players Tour Finals and the Top 16 players from the 2020 Mythic Invitational are competing for their share of the $250,000 prize pool, and the formats for the three-day event are Standard Constructed and Historic Consturcted. Now we know what decks they will be playing, and WotC has published the metagame breakdown.  Standard Metagame 71.8% of the Standard metagame are Omnath decks with 19 people playing Omnath Adventures and 4 people playing Omnath Ramp.    Historic Metagame The Historic meta looks healthier with 34.4% playing Omnath Ramp, and there's a lot more variety of archetypes like Neoform, Jund Sacrifice, and Bant Control. Decklists for the tournament will be available after the beginning of Round 1 on the 2020 Season Grand Finals event page, but you can check some of the decklist already posted on MTGArenaZone here.  Do you think Omnath will ultimately win the 2020 Season Grand Finals? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.  Related: MTG Designer Explains Why The Weirdest Card in Commander Legends Was Made The 2020 Grand Finals will take place on October 9 to 11, starting at 9 A.M. PDT, with the top 8 competing for the trophy on Sunday. Here's how to watch the 2020 Season Grand Finals. 
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  • Magic: The Gathering Designer Explains Why The Weirdest Card in ...
      Next month, WIzards of the Coast will release Commander Legends, an innovative brand new Magic: The Gathering product that combines the gameplay of Commander with Booster Draft. They've already revealed some cards for the upcoming set, and the weirdest one we've seen is called Prismatic Piper, a legendary colorless shapeshifter with Partner. What makes it unique is that it lets you choose its color before the game begins. Now, we know why they designed this card for Commander Legends.  In a recent Good Morning Magic! video, Senior MTG Designer Gavin Verhey explains why WotC designed this card. In a traditional Booster Draft, you don't have to worry about matching your color identity with your Commander, but in Commander Legends, it would be a huge risk to switch colors if you don't have a Commander that match your deck's  color identity. To fix this issue, they had to create a basic legend originally named Florm, which is now called Prismatic Piper. So if a player doesn't succeed in finding a matching Commander, they can always use Prismatic Piper because you can choose its color identity.  Watch the video below:    Commander Legends product and events will be available on Magic Online on Thursday, November 19, 2020. It will be available globally on November 20, two weeks after its original launch date.  Related: How You Can Watch The MTG 2020 Season Grand Finals
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  • Magic: The Gathering Pro Raps With Luis-Scott Vargas (LSV) Diss For ...
      Magic: The Gathering professional player Ben Stark is usually known for his excellent Booster Draft skills, but did you know that he can also rap?  Stark recently showed off his rap skills in a new video uploaded on his YouTube channel, and it was done for charity after reaching the $4,500 goal. Rapping to the beat of DJ Krabby's beatboxing, Stark jokingly dissed his fellow MTG pro Luis-Scott Vargas (LSV) and included a Reid Duke pun (Read Duke).   The rap was done during his livestream on Twitch, and as you can see in the YouTube video, other goals included stipulation drafts, free coaching session, Among Us, and MTG cosplay.  His rap may not have catchy instrumentals or killer punch lines, but it's nice to see that Stark did this for a positive cause. Of course, Stark is not the first MTG pro to rap in a YouTube video; we've seen Patrick Chapin's raps before, and one of his tracks made it in the Top 5 Best Magic: The Gathering Rap Music Videos Every Planeswalker Should Watch.  Related: New MTG Parody Video Pokes Fun of Bogles & The Russian Team
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    48 days ago By Jake Vyper By Jake Vyper - 48 days ago
  • Here's How You Can Watch The Magic: The Gathering 2020 Season Grand ...
      This week, the top 32 Magic: The Gathering players from the 2020 Players Tour Finals and 2020 Mythic Invitational will compete in MTG Arena for their share of $250,000 prize pool at the 2020 Season Grand Finals.  The 2020 Grand Finals will showcase Historic and Standard decks, and will take place from Oct. 9 to 11 via MTG Arena, starting at 9 A.M. PDT. You can watch it live on Twitch.tv/magic.  Here's the broadcast schedule of the event:    Friday, October 9: 9 a.m. PDT / 6 p.m. CEST / 1 a.m. JST (October 10) Broadcast ends after Round 6. Saturday, October 10: 9 a.m. PDT / 6 p.m. CEST / 1 a.m. JST (October 11) Broadcast ends after Round 12 and the Top 8 is announced. Sunday, October 11: 9 a.m. PDT / 6 p.m. CEST / 1 a.m. JST (October 12) Broadcast ends after the Grand Finals Top 8 playoff is complete. The broadcast team for the 2020 Grand Finals was also revealed. You can check out more info here.  Players will have to compete in up to 12 Swiss rounds of Standard and Historic on Friday and Saturday to advance to the top 8 playoffs on Sunday, Oct. 11. The Top 8 players will only play Standard Constructed.  On Oct. 9, Rounds 1 to 3 will be Historic Constructed; Rounds 4 to 6 will be Standard Constructed.  Day 2 (Oct. 10) will continue the Swiss rounds with Rounds 7 to 9 featuring Standard Constructed; and 10 to 12 will be Historic Constructed. Those who get 8 wins prior to Round 12 will cease to compete in the Swiss rounds, and will advance to the Top 8 playoffs.  On Day 3 (Oct. 11), the top 8 players will compete in a double-elimination playoff bracket starting at 11am CT in Standard Constructed. All matches will be best-of-three games except the final match, which is a best-of-three matches.    Are you going to watch the 2020 Season Grand Finals this weekend? I'm excited to see powerful Historic and Standard decks battle it out for the $250,00 prize pool.  Related: New MTG Arena Code Unlocks 3 Full-Art Zendikar Rising Cards
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  • Cardboard Crack Pokes Fun At Magic: The Gathering The Walking Dead ...
      Ever since Wizards of the Coast announced the new crossover Magic: The Gathering product Secret Lair x The Walking Dead last week, fans and MTG content creators have been expressing their concerns about its "mechanically unique" cards on social media; some fans even started a new Commander-like format called Captain. With the negativity in the community, sometimes you just want to take a break from it all, and enjoy the silly humor of the popular MTG-focused web comic Cardboard Crack.  Recently, Cardboard Crack shared two comic strips that bring up the Secret Lair x The Walking Dead "fiasco". The first one talks about the challenge of finding the right Wizards of the Coast employee to complain to:  https://t.co/bVaSILEDZC pic.twitter.com/kkcjxik5Cb— Cardboard Crack (@Cardboard_Crack) October 6, 2020 The second comic pokes fun at how Rick, Steadfast Leader, one of The Walking Dead cards included in the new Secret Lair, is dominating the Legeacy format. Recently, an MTG pro got a 5-0 undefeated record in a Magic Online Legacy event with his Humans deck that utilized the new Walking Dead cards.  https://t.co/ibZRM0fLhy pic.twitter.com/SJDJqW86Tv— Cardboard Crack (@Cardboard_Crack) October 7, 2020 Last week, Cardboard Crack even poked fun at crossover possiblities with Magic. 2020 may be a difficult year, but I'm glad to see Cardboard Crack back!  Secret Lair x The Walking Dead is now available for preorder until October 12 on secretlair.wizards.com for $49.99/£49.99/€54.99. The estimated shipping date is January 4 to February 15. Related: 2 More Magic: The Gathering Sets Will Get Modal Double-Faced Cards (MDFCs)
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  • 2 More Magic: The Gathering Sets Will Get Modal Double-Faced Cards ...
      The latest Magic: The Gathering set Zendikar Rising introduced the innovative new Modal Double-Faced Cards (MDFCs), which allow you to choose which side you want to play, and the back side of an MDFC is usually Land while the front is usually a creature, a spell, or a Land that produces a different color of mana. According to Magic Head Designer Mark Rosewater, we will see these MDFCs in two upcoming expansions releasing next year.  In an interview with PCGamesn, Rosewater said, “Interestingly, the modal double-faced cards (MDFCs) that most give Zendikar Rising the adventure card feel were actually created during the design of original Innistrad when we first played around with double-faced cards."   Rosewater went on to explain why Zendikar Rising's MDFCs all feature a Land in the back: “As Zendikar is a world connected mechanically to land, we decided to give it the MDFCs that all have a land on the back," Rosewater said. The biggest change MDFCs have on the game is they let you put a higher concentration of land in your deck to help make sure you get enough mana in the early to mid game.”  This suggests that future sets like Kaldheim and Strixhaven may feature MDFCs with other card types in the back, not just Lands.  Rosewater went on to confirm that these two sets will feature new MDFCs.  “I’d been waiting for the right time to use them and I finally found it with[…] Strixhaven (a set coming out next year). I was asked to do some advanced design work and I realised that the mechanic was deep enough that we could use it for all three sets of this upcoming Magic “year” (Zendikar Rising, Kaldheim, and Strixhaven)”. Kaldheim, a Viking-themed set, will be released in January, and Strixhaven, School of Mages, will be about the most elite university in the MTG multiverse.  Related: New MTG Arena Code Unlocks 3 Full-Art Zendikar Rising Cards
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  • Riot Reveals New Bird-Wielding Valorant Agent Releasing With Act III
      Valorant Act III is scheduled to release next week, and the update will add a new map to the game called Icebox, but players will have to wait two weeks after the new Act hits live servers before they can use the new bird-wielding agent Riot just teased today.  “Simply put, our last few patches haven’t been the most stable, and we know more of you want Icebox,” Riot stated. “Delaying the release of a new Agent allows us to better handle any issues that might emerge when launching alongside Patch 1.10.” Riot revealed what the new Valorant Agent looks like, showing an image of her alongside several new weapon skins and cosmetics coming in Act III. It looks like the new Agent is a hunter who will use abilities with animals.  A new map that's ice cold, an update about our next Agent, upcoming competitive changes, and more. Get the info on what's coming when Act III drops on October 13th and beyond: https://t.co/YXjzFF0x8f pic.twitter.com/CAAVueBUVJ— VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) October 7, 2020 Who's hunting who? pic.twitter.com/XBRz29eRhe— VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) October 7, 2020 Here are the leaked details of the new Agent:  NEW AGENT NAME IS SKYE Abilities: 1. AOE heal, can't self heal 2. Wolf drone that can be controlled and shot down 3. Sends out a Birb (bird) ability (like Sova recon bolt) 4. Releases 3 wolves that chase enemies "No worries, I'll forge us a path" It sounds like her Ultimate ability is similar to what we've seen in Spike Rush. It will probably look slightly different than that, and I expect it to be stronger, but we'll have to wait and see until October 27.  Related: Valorant Nerfs Operator Sniple Rifle, Buffs Brimstone & Viper Valorant Act III will be available on October 13. Watch me stream Valorant on my Facebook page. 
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