‘MY LITTLE PONY’ ‘MAGIC: THE GATHERING’ CARD SET WILL BE SOLD TO RAISE MONEY FOR EXTRA LIFE CHARITY

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”).

MAGIC: THE GATHERING ‘BANNED AND RESTRICTED ANNOUNCEMENT’ DATE MOVED UP

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.

Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/44234/magic-the-gathering-banned-and-restricted-announcement-date-moved-up

WIZARDS OF THE COAST REVEALS ‘MAGIC: THE GATHERING’ SETS FOR 2020

Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/43973/wizards-coast-reveals-magic-the-gathering-sets-2020

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 UNVEILS ‘THRONE OF ELDRAINE HOLIDAY GIFT BUNDLE’

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.

Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/44011/wizards-coast-unveils-throne-eldraine-holiday-gift-bundle

ULTRA PRO REVEALS MORE ‘MAGIC: THE GATHERING: WAR OF THE SPARK ALTERNATE ART PLAY MATS’

Ultra PRO will release their second series of seven Magic: The Gathering: War of the Spark Alternate Art Play Mats, featuring Planeswalker art by Japanese artists, in November.
These play mats showcase the popular alternate art found on Planeswalker cards in the Japanese edition of the War of the Spark packs and in Core 2020 Edition Prize packs. These six play mats have the art for the following planeswalkers on them: Vraka, Tamiyo, Ugin, Ral Zarek, Arlinn Kord, and Ashiok. The most notable art piece in this round of play mats is the rendition of Taimyo done by well-known manga illustrator Fuzichoco (R.O.D. Rehabilitation).

Each mat is 24′ by 13.5″, has a soft fabric top, and non-slip rubber backing. The Magic: The Gathering: War of the Spark Alternate Art Play Mats will retail at $21.99.

WIZARDS OF THE COAST UNVEILS ‘THRONE OF ELDRAINE’ PRODUCT LINE

Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/43833/wizards-coast-unveils-throne-eldraine-product-line

Wizards of the Coast unveiled the product line for Magic: The Gathering – Throne of Eldraine which will be released on October 6. Here are all the listed products:

Throne of Eldraine Planeswalker Decks. Planeswalker decks are for players who want to learn basic strategies for Magic: The Gathering. There are two different Planeswalker decks that come in a display of six. Each deck comes with a foil Planeswalker card not found in booster packs, 1 ready-to-play 60-card deck, 2 Throne of Eldraine booster packs, 1 strategy insert, and 1 MTG Arena code card (code card available only in certain regions).  

Throne of Eldraine Booster Packs and Booster Displays. Standard booster packs come with 15 cards with different rarities: 1 mythic rare or rare, 4 uncommons, 8 commons, 1 land, and 1 token. Throne of Eldraine features additional borderless planeswalkers, extended art frame cards, and showcase frames as chase cards in the set. A display of boosters comes with 36 packs.

Throne of Eldraine Bundle. The Bundle, formerly called “Fat Packs,” comes with an array of Throne of Eldraine products. The newest rendition of the Bundle includes 10 Throne of Eldraine booster packs, 20 foil land pack, 20 regular land pack, 1 foil promo card, 1 oversized spindown life counter, 2 reference cards, and 1 reusable card storage box.

Throne of Eldraine Prerelease Pack. Available to retailers for prerelease events through distributors. Prerelease packs will come 18 packs per case. Each pack contains 6 Throne of Eldraine booster packs, 1 foil promo-stamped rare or mythic rare from Throne of Eldraine, 1 spindown life counter, and 1 MTG Arena code card (code card available only in certain regions).

Throne of Eldraine Theme Booster. The Theme Boosters are centered around a specific mana color of cards. There are five Theme Booster colors; two of each type come in a display. Each Theme Booster contains 35 cards from Throne of Eldraine and 1 rare or mythic rare.

Brawl Decks. This new product type is a ready-to-play deck for the Brawl format. There are four decks. Each deck has seven Standard-legal cards otherwise unavailable in Throne of Eldraine booster packs. Brawl Decks come with the following: 60-card singleton deck, the seven exclusive Throne of Eldraine cards, one foil legendary creature card, 1 Life Wheel, and 1 strategy insert.

Throne of Eldraine Collector Booster. An entirely new premium booster pack geared more toward collectors and players looking to “bling out” their decks. Each pack comes with 15 cards from Throne of Eldraine: one rare or mythic rare with extended art, one foil rare or mythic rare, nine foil commons or uncommons, three special frame cards, one ancillary card (cards not found in traditional boosters, such as the Buy-a-Box promo), and one foil token.