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Wizards of the Coast is pulling out all the stops for Magic: The Gathering’s April 25 expansion, Ravnica: War of the Spark. The latest is a beautifully animated cinematic lore trailer that launched at PAX East over the weekend. In it, a brooding, sinister take on Linkin Park’s “In The End” plays while Planeswalker Liliana Vess turns her army against Nicol Bolas, an Elder Dragon and one of the game’s most popular characters.

As Wizards of the Coast gears up to rejuvenate the series with some ambitious and controversial moves, the trailer nods at one of the expansion’s most surprising features: War of the Spark features the game’s largest collection of Planeswalker cards to date.

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Announced officially during The Game Awards earlier today, Wizards of the Coast is investing $US10 million into a global esports circuit for Magic: The Gathering that will be equally split across the digital and tabletop versions of the competitive card game.

More money into M:TG is a good thing. But for Australians, it's not all gravy: the Sydney Pro Tour will not be returning for 2019.

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I spent the better part of a decade with my head deep in Magic: The Gathering. I spent all my spare money on M:TG cards, I went to tournaments, I crafted decks, and I woke up in the middle of the night with ideas about possible combos.

I never did particularly well. Although I'm a competent player, I was an ordinary deck-builder, and stubborn enough not to net-deck everything. And even though it's been more than ten years since I "retired", there are life lessons Magic: The Gathering has taught me that have nothing to do with gaming and everything to do with living.

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Similarities between a new Shadowverse illustration and an older Magic: The Gathering card had fans wondering about artistic infringement. Yesterday, the makers of Shadowverse issued an apology, explaining that the art in their new Holy Purebomb card was indeed taken from Magic: The Gathering.

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Revealed yesterday via live stream, Magic: The Gathering Arena is a new way to play Wizards of the Coast's trading card game online. Built with streaming and spectating in mind, it's much prettier than tired old Magic Online, which it totally isn't replacing.