Magic: The Gathering, the popular trading card game from Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast, has been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame, joining Matchbox cards and coloring book in the class of 2019.
About Magic: The Gathering: Wizards of the Coast published Magic: The Gathering in 1993, and the uniquely collectible card game became so successful that the firm could not meet demand at first. The game—which draws on popular fantasy themes—requires both chance and skill to defeat opponents in one-on-one battles, encouraging players to collect new cards and to refine their deck and strategies. It continues to evolve and produce new sets of cards and storylines.
Here's what curator Shannon Symond said about the popular trading card game created by Dr. Richard Garfield: “Magic: The Gathering changed the landscape of collectible card gaming with its introduction more than 25 years ago, and it’s become a part of pop culture—leading to book series, electronic games, and even a series on Netflix. The fact that it continues to maintain popularity is a testament to its revolutionary gameplay and constant evolution, making it engaging for beginners and experts alike.”
Established in 1998, the National Toy Hall of Fame recognizes toys that have inspired creative play and enjoyed popularity over a sustained period. Every year, the prestigious hall inducts new honorees and showcases both new and historic versions of classic toys beloved by generation.
For more information about the National Toy Hall of Fame and to see the list of previous inductees, visit ToyHallofFame.org.
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