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Wizards of the Coast Suffers Security Breach – "Magic: The Gathering"

On November 14th, Wizards of the Coast sent out an email blast to users of Magic: The Gathering Online and Magic: The Gathering: Arena, stating that users' data had been compromised in a security breach.

"Throne of Eldraine" Collector's Pack Quality is a Problem - "Magic: The Gathering"
Source: Wizards of the Coast

According to this email, while much data was breached (including first and last names of users, users' email addresses, and their passwords), this security breach is detailed as not malicious. So off the bat, as long as Wizards of the Coast is being genuine about this major security problem, users of Arena, et al. don't have to worry about their information being sold to spammers or the like.

However, if you are still concerned about the data you gave to Wizards of the Coast for safekeeping, you have approximately five days from today to change the password for your Arena account. After that point, if users of the digital trading card game interface haven't done so themselves, Wizards of the Coast is obliged to change their passwords manually.

So, it's interesting to note that now, on top of troubles with card stock quality, censorship, and even diversity issues of all things, Wizards of the Coast now has to contend with the troubles that having a digital platform will bring to the table for them.

If you wish to reset your password, something we definitely suggest you do, here are the ways to do it:

  • MTG
  • Magic Online: In the game client
  • DCI accounts: Players will receive an email on how to reset the password.

It's also worth noting that so far, a lot of players have not yet received notice that this breach has occurred, be it by email or any other official notice. Many people, myself included, found this information out through r/MagicTCG, or via any one of a number of YouTube Magic: The Gathering content creators such as Mike Hatcher, also known as The Magic Historian.

While The Magic Historian has a slight tendency towards blowing stories out of proportion with his clickbait-y titles and such, this is a pretty serious issue and it does need resolution on the part of Wizards of the Coast. If they don't, the ramifications may be severe.

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Joshua NelsonAbout 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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