WIZARDS OF THE COAST’S ‘UNIVERSES BEYOND’ ANNOUNCEMENT REVEALS THEIR LICENSING PLANS FOR ‘MAGIC: THE GATHERING’

They Will Make ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Sets Featuring ‘Warhammer 40,000’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’

Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/47694/wizards-coasts-universes-beyond-announcement-reveals-their-licensing-plans-magic-the-gathering

Wizards of the Coast announced Universes Beyond, a sub-brand series for Magic: The Gathering, that will include Magic expansions featuring Lord of the Rings and Warhammer 40,000. Products for this sub-brand series are slated to begin releasing in 2022.
Last fall’s Secret Lair X The Walking Dead (see “Preview: ‘Magic: The Gathering’ ‘Secret Lair X The Walking Dead’ Contents and Images”) was apparently only a test run for what WotC has in store for fans of Magic: The Gathering in 2022. Universes Beyond allows fans of Magic to play a game of Magic featuring characters, worlds, and stories outside the traditional Multiverse of Magic: The Gathering. These Universes Beyond sets will still have traditional Magic cards, but the cards will be branded slightly differently with a unique holofoil stamp and are not legal for Standard play.

The first two licenses WotC will explore with this new Magic sub-brand are Lord of the Rings and Warhammer 40,000, which had both been CCGs in the past (see ” Warhammer 40k CCG at Printer”, and also “LOTR Starter Decks Sell Out”). They will make Commander Decks for Warhammer 40K, Lord of the Rings product in an unspecified format. [note: corrected from an earlier version that said both would be Commander Decks – 2/28/21, 5:30 CT – ed.]

The adoption of Universes Beyond opens Magic sets up to several possibilities for license collaborations, as their parent company Hasbro has toy licenses for Disney brands as well as a healthy catalogue of in-house licenses such as My Little Pony, Transformers, and G.I. Joe, some of which have already appeared on Magic cards (see “‘My Little Pony’ ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Card Set Will Be Sold To Raise Money For Extra Life Charity”).

Wizards of the Coast also left the door open for producing re-skinned treatments of Magic: The Gathering cards featuring licenses, like the Godzilla cards found in Ikoria (see “Godzilla Pantheon to Appear in ‘Magic: The Gathering – Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths'”). They will default to letting the cards “stand on their own”, but if a “charming re-skin opportunity” comes up, they may take advantage of it. On another related note, the upcoming Adventures in Forgotten Realms set will not be part of Universes Beyond; it will still be a Standard set (see “Wizards of the Coast Drops ‘Magic: The Gathering’s’ Release Schedule For 2021”), although as of the publication of this article, Forgotten Realms has not been canonized as part of the Magic Multiverse (although WotC did say they may do so in the future). [Note: This was corrected from a statement that Forgotten Realms was slated to be canonized 2/28/2021 2 CT, ed.]

WIZARDS OF THE COAST UNVEILS SPELLTABLE BETA

An Online Platform to Help Stores to Stream Paper ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Events Via Webcam

Source https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/47728/wizards-coast-unveils-spelltable-beta

Wizards of the Coast unveiled SpellTable beta, a new online platform for stores to stream paper Magic: The Gathering events on.
With the in-person Magic: The Gathering scene in stasis, WotC has come up with a new online platform for players and retailers to host paper Magic games on. This platform utilizes webcams for the sole purpose of playing paper Magic events remotely. To use this platform, players position their webcams or phones above their play space and they can play remotely. The major features that make this site a better platform to host events on than others are that it has built-in card identification software and can support multiple video layouts to accommodate multiplayer Commander games. It also keeps track of life totals, has turn indicator, and a clock.

The site requires players have a webcam with 1280×720 streaming capability or an updated version of a Chrome web browser to stream games; Apple and Android phones also work for streaming instead of a webcam. SpellTable beta can currently support up to four players, and it has built-in audio which is in an early stage of development. The developers’ FAQ suggested streaming audio through Discord while they work out the bugs in the site.

Wizards of the Coast recently announced that they will remove stores from the WPN if they do not switch to their Wizards EventLink system from Wizards Event Reporter

KONAMI UNVEILS A NEW BOOSTER SET FOR ‘YU-GI-OH! TCG’

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Konami Digital Entertainment unveiled King’s Court, for Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, which will release on June 25.
This new 60-card booster set features World Premiere cards. These cards can be played in decks on their own or synergistically with the engine of an Egyptian God Card strategy. The rarity breakdown for this set is as follows: 10 Ultra Rares, 15 Super Rares, 35 Rares, and 15 cards in the set are also available as Collector’s Rares. Boosters come with 7 cards which include a foil card and 6 rares.

Packs will retail for $3.99, and the name and contents of this set is subject to change.

Konami Digital Entertainment also announced the Yu-Gi-Oh! Egyptian God Decks, featuring Slifer the Sky Dragon and Obelisk the Tormentor, for release on June 11

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