Magic: The Gathering Returns to Comics in April 2021

A new Magic saga begins with (attempted) murder most foul.

If you enjoy the lore and characters of Magic: The Gathering as much as the game itself, then you’ll be pleased to hear the long-running franchise is returning to the comic book arena in 2021. Publisher BOOM! Studios has struck a new deal with Wizards of the Coast and parent company Hasbro to produce a new line of Magic: The Gathering comics, beginning with an ongoing monthly series simply titled Magic.
Magic’s creative team includes writer Jed MacKay (Black Cat), artist Ig Guara (Ghost-Spider), colorist Arianna Consonni and letterer Ed Dukeshire. You can get an exclusive first look at the covers to Magic #1 and Guara’s character designs in the slideshow gallery below:

Magic: The Gathering Returns to Comics in April 2021

The series opens in the realm of Ravnica, whose planet-sized city is rocked by assassination attempts against three Guildmasters, Ral Zarek, Vraska, and Kaya. The trio will be forced to put aside their differences and travel to the plane of Zendikar to hunt the assassins. Boom is teasing a climactic showdown with a major Magic: The Gathering character.

“Twenty-five years ago when I was digging through the commons and uncommons bin to build my first deck, I would never have thought that one day I would be handed the reins to the Magic: The Gathering comic, but here we are!” said MacKay in the publisher’s press release. “I’m extremely psyched to be digging into the world of MAGIC and all that entails, and can’t wait for all of you to see what we’ve been cooking up for you!”

“It is amazing to be able to tell a story in the universe of a game I have been playing for over 20 years! I battled the Affinity deck and watched the Phyrexian take over Mirrodin,” said Guara. “I was actually finishing a new Commander deck when the proposal came so you can imagine just how excited I am to be working on this series, and bringing this world alive for fans everywhere!”

The Magic franchise has made its home at several different comic book publishers over the years. Most recently, IDW Publishing released several Magic: The Gathering limited series between 2011 and 2018.

Magic #1 will release in April 2021. The issue features cover art by Matteo Scalera (Black Science), with variant covers by Guara, InHyuk Lee (Miles Morales: Spider-Man), and Junggeun Yoon (Seven Secrets). The first issue also features a series of Hidden Planeswalker variant covers by artists Miguel Mercado (Mighty Morphin), Taj Tenfold (Abbott), and Magdalena Pagowska (The Library of Esoterica), each spotlighting a different iconic Magic character. Additionally, Boom will offer a “Magic pack” collector bundle that includes the main cover, an exclusive variant by Mirka Andolfo (Mercy). one of the Hidden Planeswalker covers and a blank sketch cover.

This is just the latest big release in the Magic: The Gathering line. Recently we learned Wizards of the Coast is releasing a series of cards painted by none other than PBS mainstay Bob Ross, and those cards may be added to Magic: The Gathering Arena in the near future. We also learned Dungeons & Dragons will be getting its own Magic the Gathering set in Q3 2021.

Beyond the card game itself, Magic is also headed to Netflix, as Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo are overseeing a new animated series. Several Magic players among the IGN staff weighed in on why this adaptation is such a big deal.

Source https://www.ign.com/articles/magic-the-gathering-comic-boom-studios-ravnica-zendikar

Kaldheim Commander decklists

Phantom Premonition

COMMANDER: Ranar the Ever-Watchful

Creature (24)
1 Angel of Serenity
1 Angel of Finality
1 Geist-Honored Monk
1 Restoration Angel
1 Sun Titan
1 Arcane Artisan
1 Brago, King Eternal
1 Cloudgoat Ranger
1 Evangel of Heliod
1 Flickerwisp
1 Goldnight Commander
1 Kor Cartographer
1 Wall of Omens
1 Mist Raven
1 Mulldrifter
1 Sea Gate Oracle
1 Whirler Rogue
1 Cloudblazer
1 Empyrean Eagle
1 Mistmeadow Witch
1 Soulherder
1 Thunderclap Wyvern
1 Burnished Hart
1 Meteor Golem
Sorcery (5)
1 Cleansing Nova
1 Storm Herd
1 Curse of the Swine
1 Windfall
1 Migratory Route
Instant (5)
1 Eerie Interlude
1 Synthetic Destiny
1 Momentary Blink
1 Return to Dust
1 Ghostly Flicker
Artifact (8)
1 Arcane Signet
1 Azorius Signet
1 Commander’s Sphere
1 Marble Diamond
1 Mind Stone
1 Sky Diamond
1 Sol Ring
1 Swiftfoot Boots
Enchantment (4)
1 Marshal’s Anthem
1 Day of the Dragons
1 Banishing Light
1 Ghostly Prison
Land (34)
1 Azorius Chancery
1 Azorius Guildgate
1 Command Tower
1 Cryptic Caves
1 Meandering River
1 Myriad Landscape
1 Opal Palace
1 Sejiri Refuge
1 Tranquil Cove
13 Plains
12 Island
Other (19)
1 Cosmic Intervention
1 Hero of Bretagard
1 Stoic Farmer
1 Sage of the Beyond
1 Spectral Deluge
1 Surtland Elementalist
1 Tales of the Ancestors
1 Ethereal Valkyrie
1 Inspired Sphinx
1 Iron Verdict
1 Warhorn Blast
1 Behold the Multiverse
1 Ravenform
1 Saw It Coming
1 Niko Defies Destiny
1 Vega, the Watcher
1 Replicating Ring
1 Gates of Istfell
1 Glacial Floodplain
99 Cards

Elven Empire

COMMANDER: Lathril, Blade of the Elves
Creature (33)
1 Beast Whisperer
1 Cultivator of Blades
1 Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen
1 Elvish Archdruid
1 End-Raze Forerunners
1 Imperious Perfect
1 Marwyn, the Nurturer
1 Masked Admirers
1 Rhys the Exiled
1 Voice of the Woods
1 Eyeblight Cullers
1 Lys Alana Scarblade
1 Miara, Thorn of the Glade
1 Elvish Mystic
1 Elvish Rejuvenator
1 Farhaven Elf
1 Jagged-Scar Archers
1 Llanowar Tribe
1 Lys Alana Huntmaster
1 Nullmage Shepherd
1 Numa, Joraga Chieftain
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Springbloom Druid
1 Sylvan Messenger
1 Timberwatch Elf
1 Voice of Many
1 Wirewood Channeler
1 Wood Elves
1 Abomination of Llanowar
1 Golgari Findbroker
1 Poison-Tip Archer
1 Shaman of the Pack
1 Twinblade Assassins
Sorcery (5)
1 Harvest Season
1 Casualties of War
1 Ambition’s Cost
1 Eyeblight Massacre
1 Elvish Promenade
Instant (1)
1 Putrefy
Artifact (2)
1 Arcane Signet
1 Sol Ring
Enchantment (3)
1 Pride of the Perfect
1 Prowess of the Fair
1 Moldervine Reclamation
Land (36)
1 Command Tower
1 Foul Orchard
1 Golgari Guildgate
1 Golgari Rot Farm
1 Jungle Hollow
1 Myriad Landscape
1 Path of Ancestry
13 Swamp
16 Forest
Other (19)
1 Pact of the Serpent
1 Ruthless Winnower
1 Serpent’s Soul-Jar
1 Bounty of Skemfar
1 Canopy Tactician
1 Crown of Skemfar
1 Wolverine Riders
1 Elderfang Venom
1 Elderfang Ritualist
1 Poison the Cup
1 Return Upon the Tide
1 Skemfar Shadowsage
1 Tergrid’s Shadow
1 Elven Ambush
1 Jaspera Sentinel
1 Roots of Wisdom
1 Binding the Old Gods
1 Harald, King of Skemfar
1 Skemfar Elderhall
99 Cards

Source: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/kaldheim-commander-decklists-2021-01-20

Katy Perry headlines ‘POKEMON’ 25TH Anniversary

The Pokemon Company Gears Up for Big Year

The Pokemon Company is launching a major celebration of the brand’s 25th anniversary, including multiple music partnerships headlined by Katy Perry, video games, mobile apps, animation, merchandise, and more.

The music collaborations come via an overall deal with Universal Music Group, and will include additional artists in addition to Perry, who touted her Pokemon cred. “Pokémon has been a constant in my life from playing the original video games on my Game Boy, to trading Pokémon TCG cards at lunch, to the adventures of catching Pokémon on the street with Pokémon GO,” she said in a statement accompanying the announcement.

For the Pokémon TCG, the company promised “special 25th anniversary-themed collections” later in TCG. It has already announced a series of First Partner Packs to be released throughout the year (see “’Pokemon First Partner Packs’”).

Other progams include a journey through the regions of the Pokémon video games, beginning with the Galar region and ending with the classic Kanto region; collaborations with Build-a-Bear workshop, General Mills, Levi’s, and McDonald’s; and special merchandise from Jazwares, Scholastic, Mattel, Funko, PowerA, the Wand Company, and others to be announced.

This adds up to substantially more throw-weight than even the massive push for the 20th anniversary, which helped move the entire TCG category up 20% in 2016 (see “Pro: Hobby Games Market over $1.4 Billion”). The visibility of the brand, which is already red-hot in the TCG category, is only going to go up this year.

Source https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/47368/katy-perry-headlines-pokemon-25th-anniversary

WWE Raw Deal Virtual 11: Undisputed cards

Source: http://teamcanadaonline.net///index.php/topic,5753.0.html

General Cards

The Fiend, Shayna Baszler

Roode, Aleister Black

The IIconics

Undispute Era, Cole, Strong, Fish, O’Reilly

Superstar Support, Pt. 1

Superstar Support, Pt. 2

Superstar Support, Pt. 3

Superstar Support, Pt. 4

Superstar Support, Pt. 5

Virtual 11A Card Fixes

SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES NEW ‘FINAL FANTASY TCG’ SET

Square Enix announced Opus XIII: Crystal Radiance, an expansion for Final Fantasy TCG, to release in March 26, 2021.
This new set features brand-new Multi-Element combinations as well as a return of Multi-Element Forwards which first appeared in Opus XII: Crystal Awakening (see ” ‘Final Fantasy TCG: Opus XII – Crystal Awakening’ Detailed”). There are a also new cards with elemental combinations that differ from those of the Multi-Element cards from previous sets. Also, this set includes three powerful cards from past expansions are included as legacy cards: Vivi [3-017L], Fina [8-060L], and Fusoya [9-094L].

These boxes come in a case count of 12, and MSRP per booster box is $144.00.

Source https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/47254/square-enix-announces-new-final-fantasy-tcg-set

WIZARDS OF THE COAST UNVEILS A BUY-A-BOX PROMO AND A RELEASE DATE FOR ‘TIME SPIRAL: REMASTERED’

Wizards of the Coast unveiled the Lotus Bloom Buy-a-Box promo as well as the March 19, 2021 release date for Time Spiral: Remastered.
On January 1, WotC dropped a preview card for their upcoming Time Spiral: Remastered set on their Twitter feed (see “‘Magic: The Gathering’ Release Calendar for 2020/2021”). This release promo, Lotus Bloom, features a retro-90s Magic: The Gathering foil card frame similar to the ones used on early foils in sets like Urza’s Saga block, Invasion block, and Odyssey block. The promo is meant to be given away as a either a Buy-a-Box or Launch Party promo on March 19-21, and is not available in booster packs.

WotC also mentioned that the Time Spiral: Remastered product line will feature Draft Boosters that come 36 packs to a box. Additionally, they are dedicating their launch weekend entirely to Limited play with in-store play featuring Booster Draft or 4-Pack Sealed tournaments. Stores can also opt to host Webcam Launch Parties via Discord in place of their in-store events.

Source https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/47264/wizards-coast-unveils-buy-box-promo-release-date-time-spiral-remastered

WIZARDS OF THE COAST RELEASES NEW INFORMATION ON ‘MAGIC: THE GATHERING’ ‘KALDHEIM’ PACKS

Rarity Configurations for ‘Collector Boosters’, ‘Set Boosters’, and More!

Wizards of the Coast released new information on the rarity configuration of Magic: The Gathering packs for the upcoming Kaldheim set.
The Kaldheim booster configurations had been kept a well-guarded secret, even with set being less than a month away from release (see ” ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Release Calendar for 2020/2021″). Once WotC revealed that this set will include Snow Lands, the information for the booster rarity configurations was made public. Starting with the basics, a Kaldheim Draft Booster will contain 15 Magic cards: an ad/token or MDFC Helper, a Rare or Mythic Rare, 3 Uncommons, 10 Commons, and a Snow Land (basic or tapped dual). The changes to the Draft Booster pack are the addition of the Snow Land in the basic land slot and that every one-in-three Kaldheim Draft Boosters from a sealed box will contain a foil card.

The Kaldheim Set Booster gets a little bit more interesting because WotC switched up the configurations since their first run of this type of booster in Zendikar Rising (see “‘Magic: The Gathering’ ‘Zendikar Rising’ Product Line Revealed!”). The major changes here are the addition of a Wild Card, the basic land is not full-art, and that the commons and uncommons included are no longer “connected”, but instead, “assorted”. These packs contain an Art Card, an Ad or special card from Magic’s history (“The List” card replaces the Ad card in 25% of Set Boosters), a Snow Land (15% chance of foil), 7 assorted Commons and Uncommons, a Snow Common/Uncommon or Showcase Uncommon or Theme Booster Rare not found in Kaldheim Draft Boosters, a Wild Card of any rarity, a Rare or Mythic Rare, and a Foil of any rarity. For the Art Cards, a foil-stamped Signature Art card replaces the Art card in 5% of Set Boosters.

Kaldheim Collector Boosters have more or less panned out to have a similar configuration to previous sets with the exception of the addition of Snow lands in various rarity slots. Kaldheim Collector Booster packs contain 15 cards and 1 foil token: 5 foil Commons or tapped Snow Dual Lands, 2 Foil Uncommons, a Foil Snow Basic Land, a Rare Saga or special Rare or Mythic Rare not found in Kaldheim Draft Boosters, an Extended-Art Rare or Mythic Rare, a Foil Rare or Mythic Rare (Single or Double-Faced), a Non-foil Showcase Uncommon, a Non-foil Showcase or Borderless Rare or Mythic Rare (Single or Double-Faced), a Foil Showcase Uncommon, and a Foil Alternate-Frame Rare or Mythic Rare (Single or Double-Faced—Showcase, Borderless, or Extended-Art).

Kaldheim Theme Boosters contain an ad card and 35 Magic cards that revolve around one of the following six themes: White, Blue, Black, Red, Green, or Vikings. These boosters can include Showcase Legends and 20 cards not found in Kaldheim Draft Boosters. The Kaldheim Bundle has a similar configuration to previous bundles, and it contains an exclusive Reflections of Littjara promo.

Source https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/47303/wizards-coast-releases-new-information-magic-the-gathering-kaldheim-packs

TWO BELOVED MONSTERS WILL BE FEATURED IN THE NEXT ‘YU-GI-OH!’ TCG BOOSTER SET

Number 39: Utopia and Black Rose Dragon Cards Included in ‘Lightning Overdrive’

Konami Digital Entertainment announced Lightning Overdrive, a new booster set for Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, which will release into retail stores on May 14.
This new set brings Number 39: Utopia, from Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, back as Number C39: Utopia Ray, and upgrades Akiza’s Black Rose Dragon. Both monsters will be accompanied by a series of support cards in the set as well as a brand-new strategy revolving around a monster-themed amusement park. Additionally, the story of the Fallen of Albaz continues in this set.

Lightning Overdrive booster set features 100 new cards, broken down in the following rarities: 50 Commons, 26 Super Rares, 14 Ultra Rares, and 10 Secret Rares. Booster packs will retail for $3.99

Source https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/47314/two-beloved-monsters-will-be-featured-next-yu-gi-oh-tcg-booster-set