Penguin Random House and Wizards of the Coast will be releasing a new Magic: The Gathering ebook based on the upcoming MTG set, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths soon, and today a new Amazon listing reveals its official release date: April 7, 2020.
While the Amazon page didn't share any story details or the author who wrote the Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths ebook, it revealed its price ($3.99) and new art that will probably be the cover for the book. Check it out:
The creature featured here looks like a demon dinosaur that will most likely be depicted in a new Magic card in the Ikoria set. It will probably be a black/green card based on its look, but we'll have to wait for Wizards to officially reveal the cards in the set. Magic head designer Mark Rosewater recently confirmed some weird creature types that will be in Ikoria like this one. After all, this set will let you create your own monster.
Wizards confirmed the Ikoria ebook back in January, following a backlash from fans, who criticized WotC for not featuring a longer form of fiction for Theros Beyond Death.
WotC Franchise Creative Director Jeremy Jarvis previouslyassured fans that they're doing their best to avoid the issues regarding the lack of quality in Magic's stories following the criticisms against the War of the Spark: Forsaken book by Greg Weisman.
"With Wildered Quest, we released our first new-era ePub through Penguin Random House. It was more successful than anticipated and was well received," Jarvis said. "The blowback from Forsaken illuminated that we needed a better validation strategy not only for issues of representation, but for narrative content in general; so we made the hard call to delay Theros Beyond Death fiction until we could create a new vetting process. That unfortunately meant that we would miss our intended release window. We did our best to leverage our preview plans and marketing support to deliver the broad strokes of the story so people weren't left completely in the lurch, but we know you are disappointed and we are too. We're doing everything we can to ensure this will be a one-time cost for a smoother future."
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths will officially be released on April 24, 2020.
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