WOW TCG Reborn 9/22 Ban & Balance UpdateWOW TCG Reborn

Source: https://www.wowtcgreborn.com/news/2022/9/ban-list-and-balance-update

Mazu’kon will be added to the Contemporary Banlist, and some Reborn cards will be changed, effective 9/25/22. The following cards remain banned in these formats:

Classic:


Nerfed Card Changes

  • Dreamwalking: Added activation cost to Rediscover power.
  • Nether Attunement: Changed cost from 2 to 3.
  • Overcook!: Changed damage from 50 to 10. Plus a new alternate art!
  • Chi Wave: Changed cost from 4 to 5. Text changed slightly to fit rules syntax.
  • Ring of Peace: Added cost of 1 to activation power.
  • Aura of Bravery: Cost changed from 3 to 4.
  • Greater Judgement: Changed cost from 4 to 5. Text changed slightly to fit rules syntax.
  • Spiritbinding Totem: Changed graveyard effect to no longer target itself or other cards of the same name.
  • Storm Blast: Changed cost from X to 1+X.
  • Profane Gateway: Changed cost from 2 to 3.
  • Mana Tea: Changed cost from 1 to 2.
  • Hot Streak: Changed cost from 2 to 3. Now only triggers when [Fire] allies enter play.
  • Shadowfae Madcap: Changed ATK from 3 to 1.
  • Battleplate of the Holy Warrior: Changed second activation power’s cost to remove at least 1 counter.
  • Vestements of the Haunted Forest: Changed second activation power’s cost to remove at least 1 counter and added “on your turn” restriction. Now only one token of the same name can be put into play from the collection.
  • Xing-Ho, Breath of Yu’lon: Changed cost from 3 to 4; now only affects non-combat magical damage; Unpreventable damage modifier turned into activation power; Armor value changed from 1 to 0.
  • Ski’thik’s Rod of Ambershaping: Now does not trigger from adding counters to other cards with the same name.
  • Storm-Stave of Antonidas: Strike changed from 4 to 5.
  • Wu Lai, Bladed Fan of the Consorts: Now only triggers while attacking. Changed Strike from 0 to 1.
  • Tiger’s Peak: Changed activation power to friendly target and combat damage.

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Rules and Superficial Changes

  • Blessing of the Emperor: Reworked design to differ from Blessing of Trials.
  • Sanctity of Battle: Renamed from Templar’s Verdict. (T.V. will return!)
  • Cascade: Reworked powers, thank you @Timmir!
  • Hammer-Fist Frenzy: Characters targeted do not have to be exhausted by H.F.F to not be able to ready.
  • Zhi the Harmonious: Better bigger better art!
  • Warpelt of the Howling Beast: Corrected armor type typo from Plate to Mail.
  • Taoren, the Soul Burner: Better cooler better art!
  • Mogu’shan Palace: Reworked first activation power.

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Buffed Card Changes

  • Legacy of the Last Emperor: Adds 4 +1 / +1 counters, up from 2.
  • Forgotten Corruption: Adds additional corruption counters for Sha controlled.
  • Lorewalker Fu: Now also triggers when he enters play.
  • Garb of the Silent Assassin: Removed “Once on each of your turns:” from first counter power.
  • Massacre Greatsword: Changed ATK and Strike from 2 to 1; Now also gains counters for allies discarded or milled during the turn.
  • Siegecrafter’s Forge Hammer: Changed strike cost from 2 to 1. (Good call, @Bel’akor!)
  • Starshatter: Strike cost changed from 3 to 2.
  • Dalaran: Added second activation power, changed damage boost to non-combat damage.

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ULTRA PRO WILL RELEASE ‘MAGIC: THE GATHERING – THE BROTHERS’ WAR SCHEMATIC PLAYMATS’

New Playmats Feature the Schematic Artwork for the Retro Frame Artifacts Included in New Set

Ultra PRO will release Magic: The Gathering – The Brothers’ War Schematic Playmats into retail on December 2, 2022.
These playmats feature the popular schematic artwork for the retro frame artifacts from Magic: The Gathering – The Brothers’ War (see “‘Magic: The Gathering – The Brothers’ War’ Product Line”). The mats are made with a soft fabric top and a non-slip rubber backing to keep the playmat from shifting on a tabletop. These playmats measure approximately 24″ by 13.5″ and also make a good oversize mousepad for home or office.

WIZARDS OF THE COAST UNVEILS 2022 ‘MAGIC: THE GATHERING’ HOLIDAY CARD PROMO

izards of the Coast unveiled its 2022 Magic: The Gathering holiday promo, “Chaos Wrap,” as well as teased an incoming Transformers-themed Secret Lair.
It’s once again that time of year where WotC sends out a holiday promo to various partners and retail stores. This year the promo is a riff on the “Chaos Warp” card entitled “Chaos Wrap”:

Chaos Wrap (2R)

Instant

The owner of target permanent shuffles it into their library. Then they look at the top card of their library and may wrap it. If it’s a permanent card, they may put it onto the battlefield. Otherwise, they put it onto the battlefield face down as a 4/4 red Present creature. (To wrap a card, put it inside lots of sleeves. If it would be dealt damage or destroyed, remove a sleeve from it instead.)

WotC also teased a new Transformers-themed drop set release via the Secret Lair twitter account (see below). The tweet features a shadowy picture of Optimus Prime with the phrase “Till All Are Won 12.05.2022.”

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH NEW DRAGON SHIELD ACCESSORIES

Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/52776/celebrate-valentines-day-new-dragon-shield-accessories

Arcane Tinmen unveiled the Dragon Shield Valentines Dragons 2023 accessories for release into retail on January 13, 2023.
The new standard-sized sleeves feature new brushed art depicting the marriage of a dragon couple. The standard-sized sleeves come 100-count in boxes that have a writing field on them for organizational purposes. They will retail for $14.99. The Japanese-sized sleeves come in 60 to a box for $9.49.

The Dragon Shield Valentines Dragons 2023 playmat features a soft fabric surface and rubber, nonslip back. Edges of the playmat are stitched and rounded to prevent fraying. This playmat will retail for $20.99.

WIZARDS OF THE COAST REVEALS NEW DEETS ON ‘MAGIC: THE GATHERING: DOMINARIA REMASTERED’ PRODUCT LINE

Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/52779/wizards-coast-reveals-new-deets-magic-the-gathering-dominaria-remastered-product-line

Wizards of the Coast revealed new product line details for Dominaria Remastered, a new limited run reprint set, which will release on January 13, 2023.
This reprint set was announced back in August 2022 as part of larger drop of product announcements (see “‘Dominaria Remastered'”). The set will offer players reprints of cards from Magic’s three decades of previous sets. These cards will be printed with new card treatments and artwork themed after the Dominaria setting.

There are two product configurations for this set: Draft Boosters and Collector Boosters. The Draft Booster displays come with 36 Dominaria Remastered Draft Boosters, which contain 15 Magic cards and an ad/token that are optimized for drafting. The rarity breakdown is as follows: 1 card of rarity rare or higher, 2 to 4 uncommons, 9 to 11 commons, and a Retro Land card. Traditional foils replace a common in 33% of boosters, and every pack has a retro-frame card of any rarity. A traditional foil retro-frame mythic rare appears in less than 1% of boosters.

Dominaria Remastered Collector Booster Boxes come with 12 packs, and each pack contains a 15 Magic: The Gathering cards and traditional double-sided foil token. Each pack contains 11 foil cards. The pack rarity breakdown is as follows: 3 to 4 cards of rarity rare or higher, 2 to 6 uncommons, 5 to 9 commons, and a foil Retro Land card. A traditional foil retro-frame mythic rare appears in 9% of Collector Boosters.

ALTA FOX PROXY FIGHT FAILS

Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/51364/alta-fox-proxy-fight-fails

The Hasbro Board of Directors has been re-elected, defeating the effort by Alta Fox Capital Management to shake up its roster, Hasbro announced today, pending final ratification of the election results. After making a splash as it urged Hasbro to spin off Wizards of the Coast in February (see “Hedge Fund Urging Hasbro to Spin Off WotC”), Alta Fox proposed five of its directors for the board, then cut that to three (see “Funds Urge Compromise”), and finally to one, who was defeated in the shareholder vote announced today.

Although Alta Fox was able to pick up some support for its efforts, the win of the existing board slate was by “a substantial margin,” according to the company. “As the vote indicates, our highly skilled and recently refreshed Board possesses experience and expertise directly relevant to overseeing Hasbro’s world class portfolio of assets across multiple play and entertainment categories,” the company said in a statement accompanying the announcement. “Our directors will be instrumental to [current Hasbro CEO, former WotC president] Chris [Cocks] as he undertakes a strategic review of the business and outlines our go-forward strategy to position Hasbro for long-term success and delivery of shareholder value.”

WIZARDS OF THE COAST UNVEILED THE ‘SECRET LAIR JUNE 2022 SUPERDROP’

Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/51402/wizards-coast-unveiled-secret-lair-june-2022-superdrop

Wizards of the Coast unveiled Secret Lair June 2022 Superdrop, the next wave of Secret Lair sets for Magic: The Gathering, now on direct-to-consumer preorder.

This wave of Secret Lair sets showcases some cards that Commander players will want to get their hands on. The Special Guest: Kelogsloops has a Mystic Remora in it, a Commander staple card that has never been reprinted. Also of note, Artist Series: Livia Prima features a Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, which is a card that is a part of multiple game-winning combos.

The following sets will be offered in the June 2022 Superdrop:
Special Guest: Kelogsloops (MSRP $29.99; Traditional Foil $39.99): Set comes with a Borderless Mystic Remora, a Borderless Retreat to Coralhelm, a Borderless Burgeoning, a Borderless Utopia Sprawl, and a MTG Redemption code.

Rule the Room (MSRP $29.99; Traditional Foil $39.99): This set features a Borderless Brimaz, King of Oreskos, a Borderless Arcanis the Omnipotent, a Borderless Queen Marchesa, and a Borderless Savra, Queen of the Golgari.

The Tokyo Lands (MSRP $29.99; Foil Etched $39.99): Set highlights the scenes of Tokyo with a Full-art Plains, a Full-art Island, a Full-art Swamp, a Full-art Mountain, and a Full-art Forest.

Artist Series: Livia Prima (MSRP $29.99; Traditional Foil $39.99): Comes with an Akroma, Angel of Wrath, a Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, a Glissa Sunseeker, an Olivia, Mobilized for War, and a MTG Redemption code.

Artist Series: Chris Rahn (MSRP $29.99; Traditional Foil $39.99): Set contains a Kozilek, the Great Distortion, a Primeval Titan, a Huntmaster of the Fells, a Platinum Angel, and a MTG Redemption code.

Artist Series: Volkan Baga (MSRP $29.99; Traditional Foil $39.99): This set has an Elspeth, Knight-Errant, a Patron Wizard, a Berserk, and a Verduran Enchantress.
This drop also can be purchased in three different bundles. The Non-Stop, Non-Foil Bundle comes with one of each of the entirely non-foil sets (6 total) for $148.99, and the Full-of-Foils Bundle comes with one of each of the entirely foil ones (6 total) for $198.99. The Bundle Bundle comes with all the sets in the drop for $328.99.

WIZARDS OF THE COAST PARTNERS WITH REEDPOP FOR MAGIC 30

Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/51414/wizards-coast-partners-reedpop-magic-30

Wizards of the Coast has partnered with ReedPop for Magic 30, an event to kick off Magic: The Gathering’s 30th anniversary celebration, which will happen from October 28-30, 2022 at the EXPO at World Market Center in Las Vegas, NV.


Magic: The Gathering is approaching the 30th anniversary of its general release, which happened in 1993. They are kicking the celebration off a little early by launching a both in-person and virtual event in Las Vegas during Halloween weekend. The in-person event, run by ReedPop (see “ICv2 Interview”), will include a Modern tournament that finishes with a Top 8 draft where players will draft Beta edition cards and the Magic World Championship XXVIII event. There will also be Unfinity events hosted by lead designer Mark Rosewater, panel events, cosplay, and more. This event will also feature its own exclusive Secret Lair set.

WIZARDS OF THE COAST ANNOUNCES ‘MAGIC: THE GATHERING’ ‘DOUBLE MASTERS 2022’ DELAYS

Source: https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/51426/wizards-coast-announces-magic-the-gathering-double-masters-2022-delays

Wizards of the Coast announced that a portion of the Double Masters 2022 product line will be delayed.
Delays strike again (see “Product Delays”) as WotC says that a portion of Double Masters 2022 Collector Boosters will be delayed in North America for one to two weeks after the set release. The delays were blamed both on production challenges and the ongoing global supply issues. As a result, Collectors Booster will likely have a limited availability initially.

This could potentially be a major blow or boon for this product line. The Collector Booster displays for this set have only four packs each (see “‘Double Masters 2022′”), and are clearly aimed at customers with significant amounts of disposable income. A glut in supply lasting a week or more could put a damper on sales of this set as the FOMO on new Magic products tends to fade progressively after a set’s release.

Conversely, if the reprints and cards treatments in this set are desirable enough, a lack of product could also make card prices on the secondary market soar temporarily based on the rarity of Collector Boosters in the marketplace. This type of price action could create a second wave of enthusiasm for the boxes from singles card resellers and vest pocket singles sellers looking to flip the cards for profit.