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How Magic: The Gathering card sets are designed

“It’s hungry mother. It’s trip to the fair. It’s bad trade. Magic beans. Jack’s cow, angry mother. It’s surprise beanstalk. It’s climbing the beanstalk, giant’s castle, giant’s wife, golden goose, self-playing harp, escape with the goose, chop down the beanstalk.” Mark Rosewater has been head designer on Magic: The Gathering since 2003, overseeing the creation of thousands of new cards in the collectible card game…

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MTG Arena codes – free card packs and card styles

With Magic the Gathering: Arena coming out of its early access period and a brand new set being released at the same time, there's no better time to learn Magic the Gathering. But you'll likely want some free packs and other cool goodies to start you off and who are we not to bring you a collection of the MTG Arena codes currently available.

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Magic: The Gathering Arena review

Even though there’s been a digital version of Magic: The Gathering in some form for more than seventeen years, it’s not the game that I, a casual but long-term devotee of the physical game, am recommended on a near-monthly basis. By now, I’ve lost count of the number of friends who have approached me with wide-eyed enthusiasm and told me ‘mate, you need to play…

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Magic: The Gathering Arena’s new Throne Of Eldraine set is a big fairytale food fight

On my third or fourth game with Throne Of Eldraine, I realised I was going to lose if my opponent just kept stuffing his own damn cat into an oven again and again. Throne Of Eldraine is the newest Magic: The Gathering set, coming to both the physical game and, more importantly for our purposes, Magic: The Gathering Arena. It's a mix of Arthurian high…

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Magic: The Gathering enters the free-to-play Arena today

I've always been a little terrified of Magic: The Gathering. Not the game itself, mind. The lifestyle. I've never been in the home of a Magic player where old cards weren't spilling from every drawer, scattered on every floor. In one, they had enough dud cards to make a beautiful tree collage right up the side of the living room wall. Beautifully horrifying, that. I'll…

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Magic: The Gathering Arena launches this month with new set

The new digital version of the game police are referring to as 'Teenbane', Magic: The Gathering Arena, is almost ready to launch in full after a year in open beta. Wizards of the Coast have announced a launch date of September 26th for both the free-to-play card game and its latest expansion, Throne Of Eldraine. Its new cards will send wizards off to a new…

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Magic: The Gathering Arena is MtG at its most approachable

Imagine it’s 1993. You were up late last night working on your ongoing Dungeons & Dragons campaign. You’re sitting behind a DM screen, waiting for your players to show up, miniatures and maps and notes arrayed in front of you. Then they come in, sit down, and all they want to do is play this weird new card game they’re suddenly obsessed with. It’s all…

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Magic: The Gathering Arena wants digital MTG to be “as much fun to watch as it is to play

In the manner of a bodyguard hurling themselves in front of a bullet, I am hurling myself in front of a story about Magic: The Gathering's digital free-to-play card game, Magic: The Gathering Arena [official site] in order to protect Alice and Brendan from it. SAVE YOURSELVES, FRIENDS!

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Cryptic are making a Magic: The Gathering MMORPG

Cryptic Studios, the creators of superhero MMORPG City of Heroes, are making a free-to-play "action MMORPG" [official site] based on Wizards of the Coasts' mega-hit collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Publishers Perfect World Entertainment, who announced the game this week, don't have a name for it yet, they don't have anything to show of it (all the artwork in this post is from cards),…

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Tap that wiz: Magic Duels adds Aether Revolt expansion

Magic: The Gathering launches today its latest expansion, Aether Revolt (the 73rd, if you're counting), and it's already out in Magic Duels [official site]. Continuing to lark about with artifacts, energy counters, and vehicles on the pretty plane of Kaladesh, the expansion adds 124 cards to Magic Duels. The streamlined free-to-play take on the wonderful collectible card game has largely kept up with its cardboard…

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Magic Duels’ Eldritch Moon Expansion Rising Next Week

Now that the Duels of the Planeswalkers series has gone free-to-play, new sets are being released for the video games alongside their cardboard launches. That's nice. Magic's Eldritch Moon expansion will hit tabletops on July 22nd but Wizards of the Coast have announced we'll actually see it early on desktops and laptops in Magic Duels [official site] on July 20th. It'll continue the Shadows over…

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Magic Duels Deals Out Shadows Over Innistrad Update

Wizards always have room for more tricks up their sleeves. That joke's better than me. It deserves better. It could've been told so much better. Could someone better than me pick it up and run with it? Thanks. Point is, the free-to-play wizard 'em up Magic Duels [official site] has launched its 'Shadows over Innistrad' update with 304 new cards to collect and cast. It's…

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Circle Of Protection: Hex And Magic Settle Lawsuit

Magic: The Gathering has been such a popular collectible card game that it's no surprise to see traces of it in many modern CCGs, but Hex: Shards of Fate [official site] looked more like Magic than any digital CCG I've seen. Magic makers Wizards of the Coast noticed the similarities too, and in 2014 sued the Kickstarted CCG's makers for allegedly infringing their intellectual property…

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Free To Planeswalk: Magic Duels Released

After the stonking success of Hearthstone and other free-to-play collectible card games, it was inevitable that Magic: The Gathering would follow suit (this pun was unintentional, but I'm leaving it in). Magic may be head honch of the cardboard scene, but its offerings on virtual tabletops have been relatively disappointing. The Duels of the Planeswalkers games only added proper deckbuilding - a huge draw of…

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Impressions: Magic Duels – Origins

I've been playing Magic regularly for the past five years, and the blame for all that lost time and money is the first Duels of the Planeswalkers [official site]. During that time, the game grew from gateway drug for its cardboard cousin into a full series in its own right, and one looked forward to by long-time fans and new players alike. Unfortunately last year's edition…

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Stoned: New Magic The Gathering Game Goes Fully F2P

Ah, Magic, my particular brand of cardboard narcotic. The first game in the Duels of the Planeswalkers series is what got me into it, while the last nearly got me out with its terribly designed interface, boring grind of unlocks and poorly thought out battles. Which way will the newly announced Magic Duels: Origins [official site] point me? It marks a switch from a yearly release…

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Free For Some: Magic 2015’s Garruk Expansion Out

Hey gang, it's your pal Alice or, as you can call me, Part of the Problem. Magic 2015's mini-expansion Garruk's Revenge launched this week and I bought it without thinking, like the compulsive wizard I try desperately not to be. I had known that it added a new mini-campaign and extra cards but didn't really look into it before forking out £3.99. That's me: Part…

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Wizardly: Magic 2015 Reworking Microtransactions

Oh, what a rare and wonderful day when Wizards of the Coast admit their pricing is wonky! Well, perhaps they haven't admitted Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers was a bit of a mess in as many words, but they're changing it all the same. 2015 brought to DotP the long-awaited ability to truly build your own decks from scratch. The problem was, players…

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Magic 2015 Summoning Ritual Complete In Two Weeks

14 days. That's all. Another two weeks and then Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers will be out, Wizards of the Coast have announced, and I can get my fill of card games for the next year. It's been difficult, as someone with a history of growing worryingly fond of card games, to avoid the rise of Netrunner and Hearthstone. Everyone's having so much…

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Oi, That’s Mine! Wizards of the Coast Sues Cryptozoic

Uh-oh. It seems like only almost exactly a month since I was musing on the existence of Hex: Shards of Fate and its similarities to Magic: The Gathering. Well, it turns out that a month before that Wizards of the Coast (or, more accurately, their lawyers) were doing a little more than raising an eyebrow. They've gone whole hog, taking Cryptozoic and sub-company Hex Entertainment…

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