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Wizards of the Coast Releases May's "State of Arena" Address

Wizards Of The Coast Releases MTG's May State Of Arena Address

Wizards of the Coast, creator of the Magic: The Gathering trading card game, has released their notes on Magic: The Gathering: Arena, the game's online interface, for May. Their article includes not only notes on reception and bug reports but also serves as an official slew of announcements for new and continuing events such as Brawlers' […]

"Klothys, God of Destiny" Card Revealed - "Magic: The Gathering"

"Klothys, God of Destiny" Card Revealed – "Magic: The Gathering"

Well, I'm back, everyone! After a massive bout dealing with Nicol Bolas, I'm back and ready to write up some more news for you. Yesterday (December 24th, 2019 – Christmas Eve for many!), Wizards of the Coast's Twitter page for their digital  Magic: The Gathering interface, Magic: The Gathering: Arena, spoiled a new card for the […]

On the Pioneer Format (and Early Financial Spikes) - "Magic: The Gathering"

Opinion: No Pioneer Bans? This Early? – "Magic: The Gathering"

Let's talk for a second about Pioneer in the context of Magic: The Gathering formats that have come before it. In this article, I'm inclined to discuss what older formats have had banned from them from the get-go, and how this early in the life of Pioneer, the relative lack of bans is preposterous. So, as […]

"Bontu the Glorified" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

Yikes! Many Bans in Standard, Others – "Magic: The Gathering"

Today (November 18th), Wizards of the Coast has announced a smattering of additions to their Banned and Restricted List for Magic: The Gathering. The additions are as follows: Standard: Oko, Thief of Crowns is banned. Once Upon a Time is banned. Veil of Summer is banned. Brawl: Oko, Thief of Crowns is banned. Legacy: Wrenn and Six is banned. Vintage: Narset, […]

Javier Dominguez Wins Mythic Championship V! - "Magic: The Gathering"

How "Arena" Is Treating Me (November Edition) – "Magic: The Gathering"

Hey all! Today, I would like to continue my ongoing monthly segment where I check in on how Magic: The Gathering: Arena is from a player perspective. Before I do that, however, I was given a few confirmed clarifications to my last article, directly from the mouth of  Wizards of the Coast (two points, to […]

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

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. According to this email, while much data was breached (including first and last names of users, users' email addresses, and their passwords), […]

Improving "Merciless Rage" - "Magic: The Gathering"

Commander May Be Most Played Format – "Magic: The Gathering"

In news which may absolutely floor a ton of Magic: The Gathering players while being completely predictable to a good many others, Commander may be the most played Magic format. According to Magic: The Gathering Head Designer Mark Rosewater in an answer to a question posed on his Tumblr blog Blogatog, data suggests that save for extremely […]

"Magic: The Gathering" Pro Player Censored

"Magic: The Gathering" Pro Player Censored

Last night (Friday night, November 8th) at MagicFest Richmond, professional Magic: The Gathering player Autumn Burchett purportedly was instructed to remove two cards from their deck after the cards were found to have potentially divisive messages written on them. The messages included "No TERFs[…]" and "Trans Rights are Human Rights", which, while to some are […]

Antoine Lagarde takes MagicFest Lyon! - "Magic: The Gathering"

Antoine Lagarde takes MagicFest Lyon! – "Magic: The Gathering"

The winner of MagicFest Lyon has been decided! In news that should surprise absolutely nobody, MagicFest Lyon, lasting from November 1st to November 3rd, was dominated by players who used "Food"-based decks. Five of the decks in the Top Eight were based on Food, to be precise. There were other deck archetypes representing the Top […]

"Sorin, Lord of Innistrad" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

Opinion: Why We Should Support "Magic: The Gathering"

Yesterday, an article was posted on Bleeding Cool's "Comics" hub about how Magic: The Gathering is becoming an institution that isn't supporting its player base. In this article, I intend to rebuke this as well as I can, because I feel strongly that Wizards of the Coast is doing their sincere best in accommodating their players. On […]

"Sorin, Lord of Innistrad" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

Opinion: Finding My Way Through "Magic: The Gathering: Arena"

Or, "A Love Letter to Magic Esports". A couple of months ago, sometime before I was hired by Bleeding Cool, I never would have guessed that I'd be playing Magic: The Gathering: Arena. I was vehemently opposed to Magic: The Gathering Online and felt very strongly about my stance. How could I even think about paying for digital cards when […]

On the Pioneer Format (and Early Financial Spikes) - "Magic: The Gathering"

On the Pioneer Format (and Early Price Spikes) – "Magic: The Gathering"

Magic: The Gathering has announced a new format! It's called Pioneer, and it comes with some rather interesting parameters – and some very interesting baggage. Pioneer, the format Pioneer, as indicated from the infographic above, is going to support sets from 2012's Return to Ravnica all the way to the present. Masters sets and supplemental […]

"Magic: The Gathering" Bans Cards From Standard, Pauper

"Magic: The Gathering" Bans Cards From Standard, Pauper

Hey folks! Do you all remember that ban list announcement that Wizards pushed from November 18th to October 21st? Well, it's October 21st, so I guess it's time that some cards were put on the chopping block. Hot on the heels of Mythic Championship V, despite not being won by a deck that used it […]

Javier Dominguez Wins Mythic Championship V! - "Magic: The Gathering"

Javier Dominguez Wins Mythic Championship V! – "Magic: The Gathering"

Congratulations to Javier Dominguez for winning Magic: The Gathering: Arena's fifth Mythic Championship! Javier ran a Gruul (red-green) Aggro deck throughout the event, and bested a multitude of other professional players, including Stanislav "StanCifka" Cifka (whose rise and return to Magic we have covered before), Gabriel Nassif (a veteran pro-player from when I was just starting out), […]

Enjoying Arena, and How You Should Too - "Magic: The Gathering"

Wizards' October "State Of The Game" For "Magic: The Gathering: Arena"

Wizards of the Coast, hot on the heels of the glaring success of Magic: The Gathering: Arena, has issued another "State of the Game" article for the software. They did the same in September, and it seems that it was a much more triumphant article than this month's piece. The first thing that was addressed by […]

"Oathbreaker" Ban List Updated - "Magic: The Gathering"

Mythic Championship V Decklists Publicly Unveiled – "Magic: The Gathering"

The biggest tournament in Magic: The Gathering: Arena, the Mythic Championship, is reaching its fifth go-around, and will be conducted this coming weekend. 68 players from across the globe are set to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes at that time, in Los Angeles, California at Thunder Studios. With that, Wizards of the Coast […]

Stanislav Cifka Returns to "Magic: The Gathering"

Stanislav Cifka, "Hearthstone" Champ, Returns to "Magic: The Gathering"

This coming weekend of October 18th-20th, Magic: The Gathering will host their fifth Mythic Championship tournament. During those three days, 68 players will compete for $750,000 in prizes. Players will be facing off in Long Beach, California at Thunder Studios, via the Magic: The Gathering: Arena interface. And among those 68 players stands 31-year-old Czech former Hearthstone […]

"Magic: The Gathering: Arena" to Make Ban Announcement

"Magic: The Gathering: Arena" To Make Emergency Ban Announcement

Hang onto your hats for the next few weeks, folks – Magic: The Gathering: Arena speculation is about to get a bit hectic. Twitter page @MagicEsports, the account that manages the Twitter page for Magic: The Gathering: Arena, has posted a tweet as of yesterday (October 9th) stating that the next Banned and Restricted List […]

Enjoying Arena, and How You Should Too - "Magic: The Gathering"

"Throne of Eldraine" Released for "Magic: The Gathering: Arena"

Today, Wizards of the Coast released their newest expansion set for Magic: The Gathering, Throne of Eldraine, onto their gameplay interface software, Magic: The Gathering: Arena. This release marks the 82nd full expansion set that Wizards has fully designed and developed for the game, but it also marks the sixth time that a set has been released […]

"Magic: The Gathering Arena" Planning New Innovations for 2020

"Magic: The Gathering: Arena" Added to Collegiate Starleague Roster

Starting this year, Collegiate Starleague, the world's premier collegiate esports organization, is bringing Magic: The Gathering: Arena into its roster of league games. According to CSL, "For the first time, Magic: The Gathering Arena will be among CSL's offerings with a scholarship prize pool of $50,000 up for grabs, the largest in CSL this year." Magic: […]