Mark Heggen: How R&D Transformed M19 Planeswalker Decks

Nicholas JonesMagic the Gathering

Banned, restricted, ban

May 14, 2018 | 3 min to read Hello from R&D. My name is Mark Heggen, the Product Architect on Core Set 2019 (M19), and I’m excited to talk to you about M19 Planeswalker Decks. We’re doing some new things with this release that are going to help you onboard new players, so let’s go through what’s changed and why. … Read More

Brawl: A Quick Guide to Magic’s New Format

Nicholas JonesMagic the Gathering, MTG Prerelease

With the release of Dominaria, we unveiled a new way to play Magic. Allow me to introduce Brawl. What Standard is to Legacy, Brawl is to Commander. It’s got the same novel interactions without the broken combos; the same way of rewarding curiosity without the daunting card pool. It’s accessible, its pivotal cards are available, and it uses all front-list product. Brawl—the TL;DR … Read More


Nicholas JonesMagic the Gathering

Good news, Planeswalker! Things didn’t exactly go according to plan on Ixalan, but you didn’t die and now you have time to regroup. There’s no better place than Dominaria, the setting for many of the early adventures that shaped the Multiverse. It’s only fitting than as we celebrate 25 years of our favorite game, we head back to where it … Read More

The NEW Magic the Gathering Banned and Restricted List

Nicholas JonesMagic the Gathering

Banned, restricted, ban

One key to the continued health of Magic is diversity. It is vitally important to ensure that there are multiple competitive decks for the tournament player to choose from. Why? If there were only a single viable deck to play, tournaments would quickly stagnate as players were forced to either play that deck or a deck built specifically to beat it. In … Read More

Preparing for Ixalan Prerelease!

Samantha LCard Games, Magic the Gathering, MTG Prerelease

So, it’s coming! The world of dinosaurs, pirates, and Meso-American warrior princesses is here, and it’s my job to make sure you’re all prepared for our prerelease events! First things first–Check our schedule for the start times! Our events are hosted at our Overland location, and you can always get a quick response from our Facebook page! Each event is … Read More

Nicholas JonesCard Games, Magic the Gathering, MTG Prerelease

All About Games

  The new Amonkhet set welcomes us to the opulent world of the same name. The might and majesty of the God-Pharaoh is all around. Most residents of Amonkhet have one mission in life: prepare for a glorious afterlife. Death is all the rage here, and the new abilities in this set put the graveyard in the spotlight. To undergo … Read More

What to Know About Modern Masters 3

Nicholas JonesMagic the Gathering

Modern Masters 3 — All About Games

What to Know about MM3 March 14, 2017 | 1 min to read Modern Masters 2017 Edition takes players back to some of the most remarkable planes from recent history, including Innistrad, Ravnica, Zendikar, Mirrodin, Lorwyn, and Alara. Players will have the opportunity to relive the excitement of these past sets and enjoy a fresh Limited experience that combines some … Read More

Making Commander 2016 — Straight from the Wizards

Robbie RiceMagic the Gathering

Magic the Gathering — Commander 2016

We have 90 decks coming your way. Are you ready? Listen to all that went into making commander. This whole mess started when I loudly declared, in the middle of the R&D Pit, that if I lead anotherCommander design team, I would make four-color legendary creatures. Someone threw a stapler at my head and said, “You’re crazy!” “Nah, it’ll be a … Read More