Wizards of the Coast announced that it has helped raise $1.4 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through donations to its Extra Life 2020 campaign.
WotC has raised a sizeable chunk of money for CNM Hospitals through donations to the Extra Life charity organization. Donations came from a number of different communities related to WotC products, such as Magic: The Gathering and D&D.
The largest donations came from Magic: The Gathering community team who raised over $900,000 through donations and sales of the most recent Secret Lair drop set (see “Wizards of the Coast Reveals ‘Magic: The Gathering’ ‘Secret Lair: Extra Life 2020’“). Each Secret Lair set sold racked up a $30 donation and each Ultra PRO playmat sold resulted in a $16 donation for CNM Hospitals. The D&D community team also raised over $426,000 in donations.
Wizards of the Coast announced the Secret Lair: Secretversary Superdrop, drop sets featuring popular Magic: The Gathering artists, for direct sale from November 30 to December 14. It’s been about one year since WotC headed down the road of releasing drop sets (see “The Mystery of The ‘Secret Lair Drop Series’ Revealed”). Now, WotC is planning a Superdrop of Secret Lair sets to mark the one year anniversary of this product line. Details on the Superdrop are scarce, but they will feature cards with work from popular Magic: The Gathering artists. The only set spoiled thus far showcases the work of Seb McKinnon on cards such as Swamp, Sower of Temptation, Damnation, and Enchanted Evening.
Thus far, no official MSRP has been released for this product.
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Mana rocks are the foundation (see what we did there?) of many games of Magic, but we never really see them get used in-world. This drop explores strange and uncanny wizards from across the Multiverse using rocks we all know and love in an atypical pop-art style. This drop contains totally rockin’ art by Caramelaw, Mab Graves, Dani Pendergast, Theodoru, and Yosuke Ueno. May your fixing be as powerful as it is plentiful!
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Welcome to the first of (hopefully many!) Secret Lair‘s Artist Series drops where we let some of Magic‘s greatest artists run wild. This time, we worked with Seb McKinnon to select four cards on which he wanted to leave his mark. We then got out of his way and let him illustrate them however he wanted. After a month of radio silence, Seb emerged from the woods near Wizards HQ—clothing ragged, hair immaculate—and handed us four unbelievable pieces of art. The pieces tell the story of a knight’s chance encounter with a faerie, and they are accompanied by a poem written by Seb’s brother Liam McKinnon. Don’t mind us, we’re just going to stare at that Damnation art for a little while longer . . .
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This is a real special treat we have today. This drop includes ten different basic lands: that’s two Plains, two Islands, two Swamps, two Mountains, and two Forests—each one with a unique piece of art by Bob Ross. That’s ten different pieces by the patient and soft-spoken legend himself. Whether you use them to add some joy to your deck or put them on display, we know these happy little cards will be right at home in your collection.
“But what about the other five Bob Ross lands?” you ask. “How do I get them in MTG Arena?!” Oh, don’t you worry. We’ll be making those available to everyone via limited-time universal codes! Stay tuned to @MTGSecretLair for more info very soon!
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Here it is: the heaviest, crushingest, most brutal Secret Lair drop of all time. We picked five cards with the most metal names possible and turned them into hand-drawn breakdowns. These cards are so incomparably sick that the mere thought of Thraximundar makes our feet unconsciously start to air double bass. This drop would not have been possible without a supergroup of talented artists: Scott Buoncristiano, Illustranesia, Vance Kelly, Robbie Trevino, and Rafal Wechterowicz (Too Many Skulls).
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They said we were mad. They said we were spouting nonsense. Spreading fear, hysteria, paranoia! But the squirrels, you see, the squirrels are planning something. Don’t believe us? Look at these cards! You think these are soft, fuzzy, friendly creatures? Sure, they might look cute, but it’s all an act to get us to let our guards down. (Between you and us, we think that illustrators Puffygator, Joy Ang, Carl Critchlow, Ivan Shavrin, Rudy Siswanto, and Ron Spencer might be on their side. Look how awesome this art is; they’re clearly double agents!) We just hope that the next time you see one of these cards across the table from you, you don’t underestimate it. We only hope that it isn’t too late .
1x No Foils, No Nonsense Bundle
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1x non-foil Artist Series: Seb McKinnon
1x non-foil Happy Little Gathering
1x non-foil Party Hard, Shred Harder
1x Foils Forever Bundle
1x foil A Box of Rocks
1x foil Artist Series: Seb McKinnon
1x foil Happy Little Gathering
1x foil We Hope You Like Squirrels
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**MTG Arena redemption is not available in the following regions: China, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
WizKids revealed its next wave of Magic: The Gathering Unpainted Miniatures, which contained two of the names of new Gods that will be featured in upcoming Magic lore, for release in March. It looks like WizKids may have given Magic: The Gathering fans a small preview into the upcoming lore for 2021. The new wave of Magic: The Gathering miniatures has two characters that stand out a not being found in previous lore associated with the game: Alrund, God of Wisdom and Reidane, Goddess of Justice. It can be speculated, based on the release date and the theme of the miniatures, that these characters may be associated with the upcoming Kaldheim set (see “‘Magic: The Gathering’ Release Calendar for 2020/2021”).
The wave contains the following miniature packs:
Magic the Gathering Unpainted Miniatures: Alrund, God of Wisdom
Magic the Gathering Unpainted Miniatures: Reidane, Goddess of Justice
Magic the Gathering Unpainted Miniatures: Jace
Magic the Gathering Unpainted Miniatures: Nahiri
Magic the Gathering Unpainted Miniatures: Kaya
Magic the Gathering Unpainted Miniatures: Cosmo Wolf
Magic the Gathering Unpainted Miniatures: Cosmo Serpent
Magic the Gathering Unpainted Miniatures: Elf Fighter & Elf Cleric
Magic the Gathering Unpainted Miniatures: Shapeshifters
Magic the Gathering Unpainted Miniatures: Dwarf Fighter & Dwarf Cleric
Magic the Gathering Unpainted Miniatures: Human Berserkers
The new miniature packs will retail for $4.99, except for the Cosmo Wolf and Cosmo Serpent, which will retail for $14.99 each.
The TCG has released a video with information regarding upcoming Phantom Rage reveals. A schedule for collaborations with various yugitubers over the next week will spoil some of the set contents. All of these collaborations with go up at 8 AM PDT (GMT-7 after factoring for Daylight Savings in the US, at the time of writing).
Day 1 (Oct16) : Phantom Knights & Raidraptors – TeamSamuraiX1
Day 2 (Oct 17): Dual Avatar – RevzCards
Day 3 (Oct 18): Tri-Brigade – Nyhmnim
Day 4 (Oct 19): Virtual World – MST.TV
Day 5 (Oct 20): “Free Agents” – Dzeeff
Day 6 (Oct 21): Myutants – Ruggles
“Free Agents” seem to be assorted generic power cards in the set, such as Negalogia AA-Zeus and Zoo King Alpha.
Myutants are a World Premier theme in Phantom Rage that with debut with 14 new cards.
Wizards of the Coast announced Mythic Odysseys of Theros, a new sourcebook for Dungeons & Dragons, for release on June 2, 2020. D&D campaigns can now enter another plane of Magic: The Gathering with Mythic Odysseys of Theros. This book features a variety of new rules, races, gods, and monsters found in the plane of Theros. Players can now use satyrs or leonin as races, and the new rules introduce supernatural gifts as well as five signature artifacts wielded by the deities of Theros. It also has Magic: The Gathering-inspired subclasses like the College of Eloquence for Bards and Oath of Heroism for Paladins.
The Fourth Set of Archon Decks for ‘KeyForge’ Card Game
antasy Flight Games revealed Mass Mutation, the fourth set of Archon Decks for the KeyForge card game. Mass Mutation draws from a card pool of 422 cards with 250 cards being entirely new. The general theme of the set revolves around dark AEmber and mutation creating strange, new versions of old characters. There are also massive single creatures that encompass more than one card and the return of House Sanctum.
The Mass Mutation release has three product types attached to it. The first product type is the Mass Mutation Two-Player Starter Set which contains two ready-to-play 36-card decks. Each deck features a unique mix of cards, contains all the tokens needed for a two-player game, and will retail for $24.95.
The Mass Mutation Archon Deck and Deluxe Deck are both single decks which are the core of KeyForge products. Both products contains a unique pre-constructed 36-cards with new cards mixed in, and Archon Decks carry an MSRP of $9.95. The Deluxe Deck comes with tokens as well as the deck, and runs $14.95.
Fantasy Flight Games also will release Secrets of the Crucible, a sourcebook for the Genesys Roleplaying System, in Q2 2020 (see “‘KeyForge’ Universe Comes to ‘Genesys RPG’ System.”).
Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner told analysts in the earnings conference call Tuesday that the company’s Magic: The Gathering revenues increased 30% in 2019, behind “double-digit growth in tabletop play” and the first year of Magic: The Gathering Arena digital revenues, which grew “several-fold.” Magic sales growth contributed to Hasbro’s 6% increase in total gaming revenue to $1.53 billion for the year, up from $1.44 billion in 2018. Monopoly also had double-digit growth.
In fact, Hasbro gaming sales without franchise brands Magic: The Gathering and Monopoly were down 10% for the quarter, with Dungeons & Dragons and classic game sales increases unable to offset declines in sales of novelty games Pie Face and Speak Out.
D&D sales continue to be driven by video views; 150 million hours of D&D video content were viewed in 2019, up nearly 50% year on year. With those kinds of increases, it seems unlikely that the growth of D&D will flag any time soon.
The increase in total gaming revenues for the year was despite a decline of 7.7% in Q4, with Magic sales undoubtedly part of that decline due to the tough comparisons with the Ultimate Masters release in Q4 2018.
Despite tariff-related impacts on sales and earnings earlier in the year (see “Tariffs Hit Hasbro Sales, Earnings”), Hasbro ended the year with total revenues up 3% to $4.72 billion from $4.58 billion in 2018. Earnings more than doubled, from $220.4 million in 2018 to $520.5 million last year.
Wizards of the Coast has revealed decklists for the four new Magic: The Gathering 2020 Challenger Decks planned for release on April 3, 2020 (see “WotC Will Release new ‘Magic Challenger Decks'”). The contents of each deck is listed below with notes about cards that hold significant secondary market value (*$10 or more based on TCGPlayer market value at time of this article’s publication):
Main Deck: 3 Sarkhan the Masterless, 1 Ugin, the Ineffable, 3 Kasmina, Enigmatic Mentor, 4 Narset, Parter of Veils, 2 Saheeli, Sublime Artificer, 1 Kenrith, the Returned King, 2 Fae of Wishes, 3 Deafening Clarion, 2 Drawn from Dreams, 2 Time Wipe, 4 Fires of Invention, 2 Banishing Light, 4 Omen of the Sea, 1 Steam Vents* (Market Price $12.89), 1 Temple of Enlightenment, 1 Temple of Epiphany, 1 Temple of Triumph, 4 Interplanar Beacon, 3 Swiftwater Cliffs, 3 Tranquil Cove, 4 Wind-Scarred Crag, 5 Island, 2 Mountain, 2 Plains
Sideboard: 1 Sarkhan the Masterless, 1 Time Wipe, 1 Mass Manipulation, 1 Ashiok, Dream Render, 2 Devout Decree, 1 Dovin, Hand of Control, 1 Dovin’s Veto, 2 Fry, 2 Revoke Existence, 3 Thirst for Meaning
Pre-Constructed Themed Boosters Let Players Skip Deck-Building, Shuffle Two Boosters, and Play
Wizards of the Coast just unveiled Jumpstart Booster Packs and Booster Boxes for Magic: The Gathering trading card game which will release on July 3, 2020. Jumpstart is a new way to play Magic: The Gathering that fuses the best parts of limited and constructed into a quick-to-play experience. Each pack contains 20 cards, all of which fit a specific deck construction theme, and each player can take two of these packs, shuffle them together, and play a game of Magic right out of the pack. There are 121 possible 20-card lists inside any given pack, and basic lands are included, some with new art.
This set introduces 37 new cards to Magic: The Gathering, has almost 500 reprints, and all of the cards in this set are legal in Legacy, Vintage, and Commander formats. One out of every three boosters has an extra rare card, and some packs have unique “Mythic Rare” themes. Boosters come with 20 cards and a Pack Summary card, and Booster Boxes come with 20 Jumpstart packs.
Ultra PRO announced Magic: The Gathering Mythic Edition Accessories, deck boxes and binders for Magic: The Gathering cards, for release in May 2020. Mythic Edition Alcove Flip for Magic: The Gathering and Mythic Edition Alcove Tower for Magic: The Gathering. These two products are a solid storage device for organizing and protecting Magic cards. They both hold 100+ double-sleeved cards, and have a magnetic locking mechanism. The Alcove Flip Box, which will retail for $24.99, is a little smaller, and its lid can be undone on both sides of the box for easy access to the deck. The Alcove Tower, which has a MSRP of $34.99, features a modular interior for storing dice, tokens, and other accessories.
Mythic Edition Alcove Vault for Magic: The Gathering. The Alcove Vault stores and protects up to three separate decks of cards in Deck Protector sleeves. Each compartment of this storage box can store up to 100 double-sleeved Magic cards and it will retail for $54.99.
Mythic Edition 4-Pocket, 9-Pocket, and 12-Pocket Zippered PRO-Binder for Magic: The Gathering. Each portfolio comes with archival safe pages. The 4-Pocket version can hold up to 160 sleeved cards, the 9-Pocket version holds up to 360 sleeved cards, and the 9-Pocket version holds up to 480 sleeved cards. The pages are designed to fit standard-sized TCG cards, and will retail $29.99, $39.99, and $49.99, respectively.