Tagged Magic: The Gathering

A Tour of the War of the Spark Prerelease at 3 Twin Cities Game Stores

It’s been over a month since War of the Spark (WAR) debuted to the general public. On the last weekend of April 2019, both online players through MTG Online and MTG Arena and flesh-and-blood players at their local game stores were finally able to purchase and play with the latest Magic: The Gathering expansion set for the very first time. With the fun of an event where no one knows for sure what the cards do and each pack...

Magic: The Gathering Is Coming to Netflix!

Picture a fantasy world with its own geography, history, races, and all the other worldbuilding elements that novelists and DMs alike conjure up to make their settings come alive. Now imagine that this world is but one of countless others—realities that, while separate from one another, coexist in a vast, ethereal Multiverse. Add some wizards with the rare ability to traverse that Multiverse and planeswalk between these worlds, and you’ve got the premise for Netflix’s upcoming animated series, Magic:...

Magic: The Gathering’s Planeswalkers Go to War

While Marvel fans are anticipating the theatrical premiere of Avengers: Endgame, that film is not the only superpowered showdown geeks can look forward to this weekend. April 27–28, 2019, is also the prerelease weekend for War of the Spark, the newest expansion set in the Magic: The Gathering trading card game. In a story that has been slowly unfolding over the course of several years of storytelling and gameplay, the city-plane of Ravnica becomes the battlefield for the final confrontation...

Minnetonka Modern Magic Players Raise Funds for Charity with Weirdcards

Over the weekend of February 2, 2019, the Twin Cities metro experienced a break in the dangerously freezing polar vortex temperatures that had closed schools and forced postal delivery to a halt during the week before. It was a balmy 30-some degrees outdoors, the perfect weather for a groundhog to poke its head out of its burrow as well as for 28 Magic: The Gathering players to stay indoors and raise $600 to help prevent suicide in LGBTQ teens....

The Concepts of Ravnica Brings Original Magic: The Gathering Artwork to Lodestone Coffee and Games

At the beginning of 2019, The Concepts of Ravnica launched at Lodestone Coffee and Games. This show, on display until March 1, showcases original Ravnica concept art for Magic: The Gathering. It will display a total of 75 pieces by Tomas Giorello and Wayne Reynolds over the course of its run, rotating three guilds at a time. The show is a product of the work and generosity of Magic art curator Mike Linnemann, otherwise known as Vorthos Mike. He used his personal...

A Look Back at Magic: The Gathering’s Quarter-Century Anniversary

The year 2018 was notable for many 25th anniversaries in the geek world. In the world of visual media, it was 25 years since the debut of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine TV series and the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day. Video gamers also first solved the puzzles in Myst and performed barrel rolls with Star Fox 25 years ago. And in July 1993, players at the Origins Game Fair in Dallas, Texas, tapped lands for mana for...

Role-Players Can Wander the Streets of Ravnica with the “Krenko’s Way” D&D Adventure

With 2018 being Magic: The Gathering’s 25th anniversary, fans of the long-running game have been treated to a lot of new formats, products, and events. Some have been well received, such as the Dominaria expansion. Others have been more limited in their reach, like the Battlebond draft set. One of the major changes that Wizards of the Coast made to their product release and Wizards Play Network in 2018 was to eliminate support for local game store championship tournaments,...

Twin Cities Game Stores Welcome Guilds of Ravnica

For anyone who has ever considered learning to play Magic: The Gathering (MTG), there are few ways that are better than to attend a prerelease. Every year, Wizards of the Coast releases at least two or three expansions to its 25-year-old collectible card game and sponsors events both online and in person at game stores across the globe. These events are designed to show players how to use the new mechanics that are being introduced into the set, give...

Casual Grinding Is Now Possible with Magic: The Gathering Arena

For me, it all started six years ago when a Canadian sketch comedy team called Loading Ready Run (LRR) was hired by Wizards of the Coast to produce an online web series. Called Friday Nights, the series instantly became a fan favorite with the LRR audience, even those people like me who had heard about Magic: The Gathering but never played it before. A year later, I found myself at Universe Games in Minneapolis participating in my first ever Friday...

Magic: The Gathering Celebrates Its 25th Birthday with a Year of Special Releases

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Magic: The Gathering, which was first revealed at the 1993 Origins Game Fair, held on Independence Day weekend in Fort Worth, Texas. For an entire generation, the trading-card game has kept a huge following, and now it’s time for veteran players to relive the fond memories they’ve had surrounding Magic and for new players to join the Magic community and see what all the fuss is about. It’s been known for a while now...
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