Magic the Gathering: San Diego Comicon 2017 Promos

Here are the planeswalkers cards one woudl get if they were lucky enough to be going to this year’s San Diego Comicon:



Available at the Hasbro Toy Shop, the exclusive features:


“Magic: The Gathering 2017 Planeswalker Pack”  – $180.00

  • Includes a 24” x 36” screen print of Nicol Bolas illustrated by Brandon Holt. Produced in collaboration with Mondo. Printed by D&L on Magic: The Gathering card stock. Nicol Bolas is an iconic Magic character who first made an appearance in the game in 1994 and has been a powerful fan favorite since.
  • 6 Planeswalker cards with exclusive artwork by illustrator, Vincent Proce
  • Characters include Gideon Jura™, Jace Beleren®, Liliana Vess®, Chandra Nalaar®, Nissa Revane™ & Nicol Bolas™



Yugi-Oh: Circuit Breaker next set to release in Halloween

Just in time for Halloween, Konami Degital Entertainment will release the Circuit Break Booster Box for its perennial favorite Yu-Gi-Oh!  Trading Card Game, scheduled for October 20.

The new set draws on themes familiar to the holiday, with mad scientists, vengeful spirits, and marionettes moving under their own power.  A new Dragon with brainwashing powers, new Link Monsters, insect-like Mekkstrosities, and a variety of new Traps also put in horrific appearances.  A number of old favorites are also lurking about, including the Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys.

The complete Circuit Break set includes 100 cards, with 8 Secret Rares, 10 Ultra Rares, 14 Super Rares, 20 Rares, and 48 Commons.  Cards are packaged in 9-card booster packs, which have an MSRP of $3.99 each.  Boosters will come in 24 pack display boxes.

Konami will also release a set of dragon-themed decks in October (see “Dragons Rule in ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!  TCG:  Legendary Dragon Decks’”).



Nicol Bolas the Deceiver

In case you missed it from the 25th anniversary Announcement video:



+3 Each opponent loses 3 life unless that player sacrifices a nonland permanent or discards a card

-3 Destroy target creature. Draw a card.

-11 Nicol Bolas, the Deceiver deals 7 damage to each opponent. You draw 7 cards.

Looks like a planeswalker deck shown at the end of the 25th anniversary video.

Couldn’t see the starting loyalty, let me know if any one else finds its

25th Anniversary Announcements

Happy Announcement Day!

We have a big year planned to celebrate Magic‘s 25th anniversary. From new in-store play programs to new digital offerings to a slate of celebratory products, we’re not letting this anniversary go unmarked.

You can watch the full announcement below, but this article is meant to show off the products coming to you during our 25th anniversary celebration. As these sets don’t release until later in the year—or even next year!—expect some of the information (primarily images, logos, and the like) to be filled in in the coming months.

Now the exciting part—what’s coming up as part of our celebration of 25 years of Magic: The Gathering! Watch the video below for more information!

  • Brave the Unknown as you venture to the new world of Ixalan, where all we know so far is that Pirate Vraska battles Dinosaurs. But do you need anything more? Find out when Ixalan releases September 29.
  • Stake Your Claim on January 19, 2018, as the second set in Ixalan block releases with Rivals of Ixalan.
  • Explorers of Ixalan is an out-of-the-box multiplayer Magic experience that challenges you to defeat your opponents along the way as you search for the lost city. Begin your exploration on November 24, 2017.
  • The Art of Magic: The Gathering—Ixalan will be available January 2, 2018. Set sail for the uncharted jungles of Ixalan, where dangerous beasts, magnificent ruins, and lost treasures lie waiting to be discovered. Saddle up your Dinosaur mount and brave the unknown as you search the plane for a prize forgotten by history . . . until now!
  • Duel Decks: Merfolk vs. Goblins, which releases November 10, 2017, pits two of the most recognizable tribes in the history of Magic against one another with two ready-to-play 60-card decks. Will you side with the reckless and wily Goblins or the graceful and cunning Merfolk?
  • From the Vault: Transform takes the From the Vault series and, well, flips it. From the Vault: Transform, which releases November 24, 2017, collects fifteen of our favorite transforming cards, each with its own story to tell.
  • On April 28, 2018, we look to the past to move forward as we return to Dominaria with our next large set!
  • As part of our celebration of our 25th anniversary, we will be releasing a 25th anniversary–edition Masters set on March 16, 2018. The product will contain 249 cards from across Magic‘s entire history and will provide a drafting experience like previous Masters products. Available in English, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese.
  • On July 20, 2018, we once again will be introducing core sets back into Magic. We’ve got some tweaks to the formula prepared, so look for more information as we get closer.
  • We’re (finally) traveling back to the wacky world of silver-bordered cards when Unstable releases December 8, 2017.

We’ll be officially kicking off our 25th anniversary celebration at HASCON in Providence, Rhode Island, September 8–10, 2017. That event will be filled with games, previews of upcoming products, and fun events everyone can enjoy—including an early Prerelease for Iconic Masters that will be the world’s first look at that set. For more information on HASCON, visit



This is definitely a lot of awesome news in addition to what news we got earlier this week:

June 13th Banned and Restricted Announcement

Metamorphosis 2.0

UFS: Mini State of the Game – Post Worlds 2017

Worlds Recap

This year, 40 Teams and 125 singles participants joined us for our largest World Championships in the Jasco Games era! We have seen positive growth every year since we have been publishing UFS, and we only expect our numbers to keep growing.

We’d like to start by congratulating our new World Champions, Tim Keefe and Team Black Bear Diner (William Bryan, Bryce Gross and Jayce Fuentebella) on their first place finishes! You can check out the finals matches on Twitch (and soon YouTube) to see our champions as they make their way onto cardboard.

Overall, we are very happy with our Worlds results. We had an excellent venue, great exposure to new players and local Vegas con-goers, and we were able to give out some of the best participation prize support we have ever handed out! Thanks again to Dex Protection for providing all of our players with premium deck boxes! If you did not get a chance to thank them for supporting our players, please be sure to message them on Facebook, Twitter and their website.



There are still a few things that need settled in the format as we continue our transition in game design. Rotation will have a definite impact on the game as well as some of the defensive pieces added to the card pool with Street Fighter, but there are still a few characters and decks that are not what we intend for the format. We will not be announcing the bans immediately as we need time to test the cards in mind, but you can expect there will be some cards to go in the next couple of weeks.


Street Fighter Updates & Partial Delay

We hope you are all enjoying the new Street Fighter cards after this Pre-Release weekend! We feel this is one of the best select format (“Draft”) sets, ever to come out in UFS. If you haven’t drafted the set yet, we highly recommend you give it a shot. The more you draft, the better you get, and the more you learn new deck types in the set.

The Street Fighter booster cards will all be tournament legal as of May 26th! Please keep this in mind if you are looking to attend the upcoming PTC event in San Antonio.

Also note, the Street Fighter 2-Player Turbo Decks will be legal immediately upon their release in stores.

That having been said, there will be a slight delay on the release of the 2-Player Turbo Boxes. Our US manufacturer has had some difficulties getting these new boxes assembled in a timely manner. They expect them to be finished in the next week, but that means we are looking at a few more weeks until they get through distribution and to your stores. In the mean time, the booster cards will all still be legal for tournament play and your stores will be able to re-stock them until the official release. Upon official release, of the 2-Player Turbo Boxes, your stores can continue to stock boosters but will also be able to get the Chun Li and Ryu Turbo Decks!

We do our best to avoid delays but there are often issues that are out of our hands such as this one, so we appreciate your patience!


Standard Legality List

The Standard legality list has been updated with the upcoming release of Street Fighter.

Standard Legality List – May 26th

Please note that The King of Fighters XIII has rotated into “Jasco Legacy” (working title). KOF Ruler of Time will rotate with Cowboy Bebop, and KOF NeoMax will rotate with Street Fighter vs Darkstalkers. Mortal Kombat is now scheduled for an early 2018 release.


Player of the Year Ranking

The 2017 Player of the Year Ranking will be updated soon with results from both Teams and Singles from the World Championship.



New pictures and details on Commander Anthology

Wizards of the Coast has shared the official artwork and more details on the upcoming Commander Anthology for Magic: The Gathering.

The four decks included in Commander Anthology are “Heavenly Inferno,” ‘Evasive Maneuvers,” “Guided by Nature,” and “Plunder the Graves.” The decks will include all cards released with the original decks. The box will also include four specialized life counters and tokens.

Commander is a multiplayer format for Magic where players use 100-card singleton decks, including one Legendary Creature which acts as “Commander” for the deck, influencing the way the deck is built and the player’s strategy in the game. MSRP is $164.99. Commander Anthology releases on June 9.

The Commander Anthology gathers together popular Magic: Commander decks from previous releases, similar to what was done for the Duel Deck: Anthology and Planechase Anthology. The release was announced last summer with several other high profile Magic: The Gathering products (see “Plethora of ‘Magic’ Announcements from PAX”).



Pokemon New expansion

Pokemon USA will release the new Pokemon: Sun & Moon – Burning Shadows expansion set for the Pokemon TCG on August 4.

The set will introduce new Pokemon like Necrozma-GX and Tapu Fini-GX, as well as including Machamp-GX, Charizard-GX, Darkai-GX and Ho-Oh-GX. The set includes more than 140 cards, 12 new Pokemon-GX, and 6 full-art Supporter cards featuring human characters.

The Burning Shadows Launch Display will include 8 Sun & Moon – Burning Shadows Theme Decks, 72 Sun & Moon – Burning Shadows Booster Packs, 16 foil cards (8 each of 2 designs), 16 promo deck boxes featuring Ho-Oh and Necrozmal, and a shelf display to hold the new products.

The Burning Shadows Booster Box will include 36 Booster Packs which include 10 cards each.

The Burning Shadows Prerelease Box will include a 22-card Evolution pack with key cards from current and prior sets, 4 Sun & Moon – Burning Shadows Booster Packs, 1 of 4 alternate-art promo cards, and a deck building tip sheet.

The Burning Shadows Elite Trainer Box includes 8 Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon-Burning Shadows Booster Packs, 65 card sleeves featuring Necrozma, 45 Pokemon TCG Energy cards, 6 damage-counter dice, 1 competition-legal coin-flip die, 2 acrylic condition markers and 1 acrylic GX marker, a collector’s box to hold everything, with 4 dividers to keep it organized,  player’s guide to the Sun & Moon-Burning Shadows expansion, and a code card for the online game.

The Burning Shadows 3-Pack Booster will also be available.

This expansion follows the Sun & Moon: Guardians Rising expansion that released in May (see “New Pokemon Rise this Spring”). Additional new products will be released in July (see “More GX ‘Pokemon’ Arriving”).