Wizards of the Coast Issues Statement Regarding Coronavirus

During trying times such as these, with the spread of COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus) many gamers, and tabletop gamers in particular, are affected heavily by the social distancing tactics taken in response to the pandemic. Wizards of the Coast is one of many tabletop gaming companies to provide a response to this pandemic outbreak.

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According to a statement made by Wizards of the Coast on their associated websites:

COVID-19 is changing the daily lives of many of us in the Wizards of the Coast community and the world at large. The health and safety of our employees, fans and partners is our top priority and first responsibility.

As the situation continues to evolve, we'll be paying close attention and continue working on new initiatives that will help our communities stay connected to their local stores, increase opportunities and formats for online play, and offer support to the stores in our Wizards Play Network who are bearing the brunt of the restrictions on social gatherings.

We know this is a difficult time and we are hopeful that maintaining some normalcy around our streaming shows, competitions and games can offer some comfort and togetherness in the coming weeks.

Read more below on specific steps we are taking. We'll continue to update this page as new information becomes available, and we will be recapping this news on our weekly Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering streaming shows.

There will be changes to events:

In the past weeks we've followed official guidance from the CDC and health advisories of local governments and cancelled in-person events. We are working on providing new and updated solutions for our organized play.

There will be ways to keep connected:

As city governments take unprecedented steps to protect public health and increase social distancing, we recognize the toll this isolation has on our vibrant gaming communities around the world. We're working diligently to address the impact this has had on our local game stores and players.

Magic: The Gathering

Dungeons & Dragons

There will be ways to play various Wizards of the Coast games while stuck at home:

With health and safety as our top priority, we also are working to limit the disruptions to our games and play patterns across all of our franchises. This includes delivering on our current Dungeons & Dragons adventure, altering our policies on Magic: The Gathering pre-release events for Ikoria: Lair of the Behemoths, and transitioning many organized play opportunities to online. You can read more about our individual efforts on each title below.

Magic: The Gathering

Dungeons & Dragons

Free online resources are available now, including:

Finally, Wizards has made mention of some support they're giving to those involved in the Wizards Play Network:

The Wizards Play Network plays a vital role as local hubs that connect our global community around the table each week. As the global health crisis continues, many stores are feeling economic strain and impact, as well as the psychological toll that social distancing is having on their community of players. Wizards of the Coast is committed to finding creative solutions to help lessen the burden on our stores and players around the world, you can read more about the steps we're taking for retailers.

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About Joshua Nelson

Josh Nelson is a Magic: The Gathering deckbuilding savant, a self-proclaimed scholar of all things Sweeney Todd, and, of course, a writer for Bleeding Cool. In their downtime, Josh can be found painting models, playing Magic, or possibly preaching about the horrors and merits of anthropophagy. You can find them on Twitter at @Burning_Inquiry for all your burning inquiries.
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