Konami Entertainment revealed that the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game: Ignition Assault will hit retail stores in 2020. Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG: Ignition Booster brings in Ai’s “@Ignister” cards from the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS animated series. The set will introduce all-new pirates and their ships along with new cards to strengthen existing deck themes. This set will also include multiple general-use cards that can be used in any deck. Ignition Assault features 100 cards, including 8 Secret Rares; 10 Ultra Rares; 14 Super Rares; 20 Rares; and 48 Commons. This booster set will release on January 31.
The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game: Ignition Assault Special Edition will release on March 6. Each Ignition Assault Special Edition will contain three Ignition Assault booster packs and two of four possible Super Rare variant cards. The release of Ignition Assault will follow the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions: Movie Pack Secret Edition
Wizards of the Coast has revealed the Ponies: Galloping, a card set for Magic: The Gathering, that will be sold to support Extra Life, an organization benefitting Seattle Children’s Hospitals.
This three-card crossover set will be sold between October 22 and November 5 through the Hasbro Pulse web site at a cost of $50.00, with $30.00 of each sale going to Extra Life. There also a $100 donation level, with $80 going to charity, for three Ultra PRO play mats that features the art from the cards.
Even at a raw cost of $50 per three-card set, purchase of this set is a worthwhile endeavor for retailers to explore on a couple of different levels. First and foremost, it benefits a worthy charity. Seattle Children’s Hospitals provides life-saving care for hundreds of children, and also engages in research into childhood disease.
In addition to supporting a charitable cause, the cards included in the set will more than likely become instant Commander staples, retain value on the secondary market, and inspire single sales of long-forgotten rares that synergize with the Ponies. The Princess Twilight Sparkle card is a fantastic choice as a Commander for a Horse-themed deck, and will likely create a single sales uptick in cards that summon pegasi, horses, alicorns, and unicorns. Rarity and Nightmare Moon/Princess Luna are simply an overall good multiplayer cards with great flavor mechanics. Make no mistake, these Ponies will be in demand.
Wizards of the Coast also recently released another limited edition set, Magic: The Gathering Deluxe Collection, that sold out almost instantly (see “Wizards of the Coast Will Sell ‘Magic: The Gathering Throne of Eldraine Deluxe Collection’ Direct-to-Consumer”).
Wizards of the Coast announced via Twitter that it has shifted the next Banned and Restricted Announcement for Magic: The Gathering up to October 21 from November 18. This was an awkward move because the last Banned and Restricted Announcement was released only a few days ago on October 7, and no changes were made to any of the formats. The date change is essentially a tip-off that there is a format imbalance that needs to be addressed soon, and a ban is coming that will likely alter the course of single card sales because the metagame will shift in reaction to which card or cards are banned.
There are a few possible targets for the next ban announcement. The most probable targets are Field of Dead and Golos, Tireless Pilgrim which are both part of the “Golos” Standard decks that had claimed seven of the top eight spots at the most recent Star City Games Team Open tournament. WotC generally acts upon data-driven analysis, and with Mythic Championship V decklist submissions rolling in, they could have decided that these two cards are so over-powered and format-warping that banning one or both them in Standard is necessary.
Overall, these potential bans are fairly positive news for retailers selling singles. Field of the Dead and Golos, Tireless Pilgrim are rares from Core Set 2020, a set that has already run its initial sales cycle over the Summer into Fall. A ban won’t affect that set’s product sales all that much, especially because players and collectors have already moved onto Throne of Eldraine. Also, should the “Golos” decks become defunct as a result of a ban, it will open up single sales for some of the more lagging Mythic rares and rares from Throne of Eldraine as the second tier decks will start filling in the power vacuum left by the ban.
The dates and rewards for the Chaos Impact Sneak Preview have been announced in the European Official Websites.
By participating, you get 5 packs of the new set, as well as an Ultra Rare promo of Gladiator Beast Vespasius.
Playmats featuring the cover card, Firewall Dragon Darkfluid, will also be randomly awarded.
Players will be able to destroy their own cards to Summon Monsters, and a new Level-8 fiend absorbs opponents’ Monsters as Link Material. Other highlights include support for Marincess, new Gladiator Beasts including one that negates all Monster effects, and new cards for decks Aromage, Dinowrestler, Evil Eye, Salamangreat, Tenyi, and more.
Chaos Impact’s 100 cards include 48 commons, 28 rares, 14 super rares, 10 ultra rares, and eight secret rares. Name and content are tentative as of this date.
Legend Story Studios will release Flesh and Blood: Welcome to Rathe, the first set for a new trading card game, into retail stores in the US, Australia, and New Zealand on October 11. This game has been in development for seven years, but is now ready for a full retail release, the company said in an announcement.
Flesh and Blood is set in the fantasy world of Rathe, where players equip various hero cards with weapons and armor to do battle against each other. The first Flesh and Blood set, Welcome to Rathe, includes four heroes to start: Dorinthea Ironsong (Warrior), Bravo, Showstopper (Guardian), Rhinar, Reckless Rampage, and Katsu, the Wanderer (Ninja). The game features a unique resource system that allows players to play out their full hands on each turn, and gameplay that rewards player skill over luck of the draw.
Legendary Story Studios will offer Flesh and Blood organized play programs for retailers in an effort to build play communities. They are also planning an international tournament circuit, dubbed The Calling, with cash prize pools.
Flesh and Blood: Welcome to Rathe will come in 66-card pre-constructed Hero Decks which will retail for $10.99, and 15-card booster packs which are priced at $3.49. Boosters are packaged into 24-count displays which is enough to support an eight-person draft pod.
Wizards of the Coast revealed the names the new Standard-legal Magic: The Gathering sets scheduled to be released in 2020. The announcement was made on their Twitter after a Throne of Eldraine spoiler countdown.
In Q1, Magic: The Gathering players will be returning to Theros, the planewalker Gideon’s antiquity-themed home plane. Gideon was killed in the War of the Spark timeline, so the title of the set, Theros: Beyond Death, might be an allusion to a plotline to rescue him from the underworld.
Q2 will see the release of a new plane, Ikoiria: Lair of the Behemoths. According to Mark Rosewater, Magic’s lead designer, “It’s a monster world!” where players will get to make their own monsters.
Core 2021 will hit stores in Q3, and it is expected to be akin to their yearly base sets.
Finally, Zendikar Rising is set for Q4. The Eldrazi are gone from Zendikar, and now, the native inhabitants take shape on a plane of adventure.
Wizards of the Coast unveiled its Throne of Eldraine Holiday Gift Bundle, a holiday gift package, to hit retail stores on November 15. This will be the second time in three years that Wizards of the Coast has repackaged its holiday product since doing away with the Holiday Gift Boxes during the Kaladesh cycle (see “Rolling for Initiative–‘Magic: The Gift Pack’ – Why the Change?”).
The new Throne of Eldraine Holiday Gift Bundle comes with the following: 20 regular basic lands, 20 foil basic lands, 10 Throne of Eldraine Draft Booster packs, a foil alt-art bundle promo card, an oversized Spindown life counter, and a Collector Booster. This product will also feature ‘special packaging’, which has not been revealed.
The biggest sales point for the Throne of Eldraine Holiday Gift Bundle for brick-and-mortar stores is that each bundle will come with a Collector Booster. The Collector Boosters are aimed at Magic players who want higher-end cards for their decks, and these boosters come loaded with collectible special frame and foil cards (see “Wizards of the Coast Unveils ‘Throne of Eldraine’ Product Line”). Collector Boosters are intended to be high demand products, and their inclusion in the Bundle is designed to drive sales over the Holiday season.