One consequence of playing Magic: The Gathering is the hundreds, if not thousands, of useless cards that you inevitably collect. Here's a neat way to reuse at least one of those.
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Magic: The Gathering has been running for as long as I can remember. Even when I was young, going to the games store to pick out new Game Boy games, I could see the packs and decks hovering over me. It's always seemed interesting but daunting. Arena makes those apprehensive first toes in the water a little easier to dip.
As Magic: The Gathering approaches its 25th anniversary, head designer Mark Rosewater is perched at a crucial point between past and future. The game's next set of cards will reprise Magic's classic Dominaria setting, with the game's original creator Richard Garfield tag-teaming design with Rosewater. But while it looks back, it will also look forward, making a tweak that some players have demanded for years: Changing the player's pronoun to the gender-neutral "they" on all future cards.
Hearthstone's latest expansion Kobolds and Catacombs launched today, featuring 135 new cards. One of them is called Violet Wurm, and as some players have noticed, it's almost exactly like a Magic: The Gathering card that came out 17 years ago.
Over nearly two and a half decades, Magic: The Gathering's card sets have taken us to strange worlds, whether its ones filled with sci-fi marvels or Gothic horror. Its brand new expansion, Ixalan, is no different, but its new world is a little bit zanier than most -- mainly because it features a heady combination of pirates and dinosaurs.
Ixalan, the 76th Magic: The Gathering expansion, was released on Friday. Featuring dinosaurs and pirates, I had thought that what I'd love about this set most would be squishing my opponents while borne upon the backs of giant reptiles, and possibly wearing a jaunty tricorne hat. Yet the thing that excited me most about building my next deck was a simple rule change.