MTG Wiki:Magic News Archive
January 2021[edit source]
- 2021-01-14: In the latest banned/restricted list update, Fall from Favor is banned in Pauper.
- 2021-01-07: MTG Arena gains a mobile version with Android early access on January 28, with additional Android device and iOS support coming later this year.
- 2021-01-07: Kaldheim foretells a return to New Phyrexia with a surprise appearance of Vorinclex as Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider (the first card ever to feature the Phyrexian creature type).
- 2021-01-07: Although leaked previously, Kaldheim’s mechanics are now officially revealed. Returning Snow and Sagas are joined by two brand new mechanics, Foretell and Boast.
- 2021-01-01: The release date for Time Spiral Remastered is revealed to be March 19, 2021. The release promo is Lotus Bloom in the pre-Modern card frame.
December 2020[edit source]
- 2020-12-31: Gavin Verhey reveals that there will be no Signature Spellbook release in 2021.
- 2020-12-11: Introduction of two new planeswalkers in the Kaldheim storyline: Niko Aris and Tyvar Kell.
- 2020-12-11: Both Jessica Estephan and Emma Handy resign from the 2020-21 Rivals League to pursue their careers.
- 2020-12-06: Brad Barclay wins the Zendikar Rising Championship.
- 2020-12-04: Release of Commander Collection: Green.
- 2020-12-03: Announcement of the release of Secret Lair: Ultimate Edition 2 with alternate art pathway lands, to become available in WPN stores in Spring, 2021.
- 2020-12-02: Release of the inaugural wave of unpainted Magic miniatures by WizKids.
November 2020[edit source]
- 2020-11-30: Release of Secret Lair Drop Series: Secretversary.
- 2020-11-20: Release of Commander Legends.
- 2020-11-15: Michael Jacob wins the 2019 Magic Online Championship
- 2020-11-13: Eleven lands illustrated by Bob Ross are found on MTG Arena, seemingly confirming the release of Secret Lair Drop Series: Happy Little Gathering.
- 2020-11-13: Release of the Zendikar Rising Bundle Gift Edition.
- 2020-11-12: Release of Kaladesh Remastered on MTG Arena.
- 2020-11-06: Release of Secret Lair Drop Series: Extra Life 2020.
- 2020-11-06: Less than a year after its launch, Netmarble terminates the Magic ManaStrike game.
October 2020[edit source]
- 2020-10-27: Release of the Magic: The Gathering - Legends visual guide.
- 2020-10-24: Start of the 2020–21 Players Tour Season (Esports only).
- 2020-10-19: Announcement of Secret Lair Drop Series: Extra Life 2020; to be released on November 6, 2020.
- 2020-10-18: An early advertisement for Magic the Gathering Unpainted Miniatures reveals some details about Kaldheim and its eponymous set: Gods: Reidane, Goddess of Justice and Alrund, God of Wisdom. Creatures: Cosmo Serpent, Cosmo Wolf, Human Berserkers, Dwarves, Elves and Shapeshifters.
- 2020-10-13: Release of The Art of Magic: The Gathering - War of the Spark. This is the final release in the The Art of Magic: The Gathering series.
- 2020-10-12: In yet another banned/restricted list update, Omnath, Locus of Creation, Lucky Clover and Escape to the Wilds are banned in Standard. Omnath is also suspended in Historic and banned in Brawl. In addition, Teferi, Time Raveler and Wilderness Reclamation are banned in Historic, while Burning-Tree Emissary is unsuspended.
- 2020-10-11: Austin Bursavich wins the 2020 Players Tour Season Grand Finals.
- 2020-10-04: release of Secret Lair Drop Series: The Walking Dead. The black-bordered cards included in this drop are completely new to Magic; Eternal legal, but non-canon.
September 2020[edit source]
- 2020-09-28: In the latest banned/restricted list update, Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath is banned in Standard.
- 2020-09-28: Secret Lair Drop Series: The Walking Dead announced for release on October 4-12, 2020.
- 2020-09-25: Release of Zendikar Rising and Secret Lair Drop Series: Showcase: Zendikar Revisited.
- 2020-09-25: Standard Rotation: Guilds of Ravnica, Ravnica Allegiance, War of the Spark and Core Set 2020 leave the format.
- 2020-09-15: Kaladesh Remastered replaces Pioneer Masters in the release schedule for MTG Arena this year. Pioneer Masters is moved to 2021.
- 2020-09-14: Zendikar Rising Set Boosters will feature minigames.
- 2020-09-14: Seth Manfield wins the Mythic Invitational 2020.
- 2020-09-13: Secret Lair Drop Series: Showcase: Zendikar Revisited was to be announced on the failed Mythic Invitational 2020 stream but was leaked anyway. It releases on September 25, 2020.
- 2020-09-13: Technical difficulties prevent the fourth and final day of the Mythic Invitational 2020 from being broadcast.
- 2020-09-11: Small numbers of Secret Lair Drop Series: April Fools are released via WPN locations.
- 2020-09-03: Happy Yargle Day!.
- 2020-09-02: Small numbers of Secret Lair Drop Series: April Fools are allocated to all WPN locations (1 for each regular WPN shop, 5 for WPN Premium shops).
- 2020-09-01: A mobile version of Magic: The Gathering Arena is announced to be upcoming.
- 2020-09-01: Secret Lair Drop Series: Happy Yargle Day! will be released on September 3rd. Secret Lair Drop Series: The Walking Dead will release later on.
- 2020-09-01: Zendikar Rising sees the return of all-land Expeditions, functioning as Box toppers. This Masterpiece Series includes all fetch lands. The cards may also appear in Collector Boosters.
- 2020-09-01: Magic Story returns for Zendikar Rising on Magicthegathering.com.
- 2020-09-01: Zendikar Rising sees the return of Kicker and Landfall. New mechanics are Party and modal double-faced cards.
- 2020-09-01: Announcement Day: upcoming sets are: Kaldheim, Strixhaven: School of Mages, Time Spiral Remastered, Innistrad: Werewolves, Innistrad: Vampires and Modern Horizons 2. Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms replaces the Core Set 2022.
August 2020[edit source]
- 2020-08-27: It is announced that there will be no Class of 2020 for the Hall of Fame. Going forward the Magic Hall of Fame will not only feature competitive players, but also innovators, contributors, and longtime stewards.
- 2020-08-24: In the latest banned/restricted list update, Field of the Dead is banned in Historic.
- 2020-08-22: Ari Nieh reveals the contents of Commander Collection: Green.
- 2020-08-22: At CommandFest online. Gavin Verhey provides a Commander Legends sneak peak (Halana and Alena, Partner, Bond lands).
- 2020-08-20: Unannounced primer release for Secret Lair Drop Series: Every Dog Has Its Day.
- 2020-08-17: Unannounced release of Secret Lair Drop Series: Prime Slime.
- 2020-08-13: Introduction of Amonkhet Remastered to Historic on MTG Arena.
- 2020-08-12: Release of D&D Icons of the Realms: Mythic Odysseys of Theros, a range of Magic-inspired painted miniatures.
- 2020-08-07: Release of Double Masters.
- 2020-08-04: In an update to the bannings of the previous day, Runed Halo is banned in Brawl, and Gideon's Intervention additionally in Historic Brawl.
- 2020-08-03: In a massive unannounced banned/restricted list update, Wilderness Reclamation, Growth Spiral, Teferi, Time Raveler and Cauldron Familiar are banned in Standard. Wilderness Reclamation and Teferi are also suspended in Historic and the latter is also banned in Brawl. In Pioneer, Inverter of Truth, Kethis, the Hidden Hand, Walking Balista and Underworld Breach are banned.
- 2020-08-02: Kristof Prinz from Germany wins the Top 8 playoffs from the Players Tour Series 2 Finals.
July 2020[edit source]
- 2020-07-25: At the Magic panel online for Comic-Con@Home, Mark Rosewater gives a first look at Zendikar Rising and introduces 12-card Set Boosters and The List. Art cards return.
- 2020-07-21: Paper release of D&D Mythic Odysseys of Theros
- 2020-07-17: Release of Jumpstart.
- 2020-07-15: Official launch of the Magic: The Gathering Companion app.
- 2020-07-15: Amonkhet Remastered will be introduced to Historic (MTG Arena) on August 12, 2020. In addition, Pioneer Masters will be released on the same platform at the end of 2020.
- 2020-07-14: Magic esports announce their plans for the 2020-21 Magic Pro League and Rivals League, introducing the League Weekend, Split Championships and the Rivals Gauntlet.
- 2020-07-13: In the most recent banned/restricted list update, Nexus of Fate is banned in Historic, Burning-Tree Emissary is suspended in Historic, Oath of Nissa is unbanned in Pioneer, Arcum's Astrolabe is banned in Modern and Expedition Map and Mystic Sanctuary are banned in Pauper.
- 2020-07-03: Release of Core Set 2021
June 2020[edit source]
- 2020-06-30: WizKids reveal the miniature line of D&D Icons of the Realms: Mythic Odysseys of Theros, to be released in August 2020.
- 2020-06-26: Release of Signature Spellbook: Chandra
- 2020-06-21: William Craddock from the US and Akira Asahara from Japan are the winners of the third and fourth online tournaments in the Players Tour Series 2.
- 2020-06-14: Elias Watsfeldt from Sweden and Ryuji Murae from Japan are the winners of the first two online tournaments in the Players Tour Series 2.
- 2020-06-12: Release of Secret Lair: Ultimate Edition
- 2020-06-10: Invoke Prejudice, Cleanse, Stone-Throwing Devils, Pradesh Gypsies, Jihad, Imprison, and Crusade are removed from Gatherer's card database and banned from sanctioned tournament play, amidst racism concerns.
- 2020-06-08: Winota, Joiner of Forces is suspended in Historic.
- 2020-06-01: Agent of Treachery and Fires of Invention are both Banned in Standard and Suspended in Historic. The rules for Companion are changed.
- 2020-06-01: Release of the Secret Lair Drop Series: Summer Superdrop
May 2020[edit source]
- 2020-05-29: Elaine Chase announces that all outstanding 2020 in-person high-level Magic events, including MagicFests, are cancelled. The new professional seasons will be shifting to online, set-based seasons.
- 2020-05-29: Websites advertising Double Masters VIP Edition reveal that it is a package of 35 cards (21 premium cards, 10 full-art basic lands, 2 full-art premium lands and 2 tokens) sold for $92.
- 2020-05-25: Reveal of the cards in the Secret Lair Drop Series: Summer Superdrop. Tattoos, mechs, alternate planeswalkers, bolts, and birds.
- 2020-05-21: Announcement of Double Masters, to be released on August 7, 2020.
- 2020-05-20: The Mythic Invitationals for Core Set 2021 and Zendikar Rising are exchanged for a singular Mythic Invitational on August 28-30, 2020.
- 2020-05-20: Players Tour Series 2 changes dates and is moved to MTG Arena.
- 2020-05-19: Introduction of the Arena Open, an irregular tournament with a short duration, high skill cap and monetary rewards featured on Magic: The Gathering Arena.
- 2020-05-18: Drannith Magistrate and Winota, Joiner of Forces are banned in Brawl, Zirda, the Dawnwaker is banned in Legacy, and Lurrus of the Dream-Den is banned in both Legacy and Vintage (but not in Commander).
- 2020-05-15: Delayed release of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths and Commander 2020 on continents other than Asia.
- 2020-05-14: The release date of Secret Lair: Ultimate Edition is pushed back to June 12, 2020, because of a delay in manufacturing.
- 2020-05-07: Release of Secret Lair Drop Series: The Godzilla Lands
April 2020[edit source]
- 2020-04-30: Historic Anthology 3 (including Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger and Phyrexian Obliterator) is coming to MTG Arena on May 21, 2020.
- 2020-04-30: Core Set 2021 comes with the Arena Starter Kit, which is a renamed Spellslinger Starter Kit.
- 2020-04-27: Planeswalker Points and DCI numbers are retired.
- 2020-04-20: Jumpstart's release is pushed back to July 17.
- 2020-04-20: Flash is banned in Commander.
- 2020-04-17: Release of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths in Asia.
- 2020-04-17: Release of Commander 2020 in Asia.
- 2020-04-17: An Instagram account leaks the upcoming Secret Lair Drop Series: The Godzilla Lands.
- 2020-04-13: Lutri, the Spellchaser is banned in Brawl.
- 2020-04-11: Netflix is reported to work on a live-action Magic movie, besides the animated series. Angelina Jolie is reportedly considered for the role of Liliana Vess.
- 2020-04-07: Release of the e-book Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths — Sundered Bond
- 2020-04-01: Announcement of Secret Lair Drop Series: April Fools.
- 2020-04-01: The remainder of the partial 2020 Players Tour Season is now completedly canceled.
March 2020[edit source]
- 2020-03-27: Early release of Challenger Decks 2020.
- 2020-03-24: It is revealed on Amazon that the Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths e-book will be published on April 7, 2020
- 2020-03-13: Yet another Secret Lair, Secret Lair: Ultimate Edition, is to be released on May 29, 2020.
- 2020-03-13: Announcement of Signature Spellbook: Chandra, which will be released on June 26, 2020.
- 2020-03-13: Release of Mystery Booster (Retail Edition).
- 2020-03-12: Wizards of the Coast also cancels the Players Tour Finals Houston (Series 1) and the Mythic Invitational – Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths.
- 2020-03-12: Release of Secret Lair Drop Series: Thalia - Beyond the Helvault.
- 2020-03-12: Wizards of the Coast, StarCityGames and Nerd Rage Gaming cancel gaming events due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- 2020-03-08: Release of Secret Lair Drop Series: International Women's Day.
February 2020[edit source]
- 2020-02-28: Yet another Secret Lair, Secret Lair Drop Series: Thalia - Beyond the Helvault, is to be released on March 12, 2020.
- 2020-02-28: An accidental leak from Penguin Random House reveals D&D Mythic Odysseys of Theros, a D&D sourcebook to be released on May 19, 2020.
- 2020-02-28: Release of Unsanctioned.
- 2020-02-25: Secret Lair Drop Series: International Women's Day is to be released on March 8, 2020.
- 2020-02-20: Box toppers will return for Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths.
- 2020-02-20: Announcement of Jumpstart, a supplemental booster set that will be released in conjunction with Core Set 2021 on July 3, 2020.
- 2020-02-16: Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa wins World Championship XXVI.
- 2020-02-15: VIZ Media announces The Art of Magic: The Gathering - War of the Spark, to be released in Fall 2020.
- 2020-02-14: Release of Secret Lair Drop Series: Theros Stargazing.
- 2020-02-09: Corey Burkhart wins Players Tour Phoenix, USA.
- 2020-02-07: It is announced that five new Secret Lairs will drop during World Championship XXVI.
- 2020-02-02: In Players Tour Series 1, Joel Larsson wins Players Tour Europe at Brussels, Belgium, and Kenta Harane wins Players Tour Asia-Pacific at Nagoya, Japan.
January 2020[edit source]
- 2020-01-27: release of Secret Lair Drop Series: Year of the Rat
- 2020-01-24: release of Theros Beyond Death.
- 2020-01-16: Announcement of Secret Lair Drop Series: Year of the Rat. This continuation of the original Secret Lair Drop Series becomes available for 24 hours on January 27, 2020.
- 2020-01-14: Hipsters of the Coast releases a review of ManaStrike, an upcoming tower rush game in the Magic: the Gathering franchise.
- 2020-01-13: Oko, Thief of Crowns, Mox Opal, and Mycosynth Lattice are banned in Modern.
December 2019[edit source]
- 2019-12-18: Announcement of Challenger Decks 2020, a set of four individual preconstructed 75-card challenger decks that will become available on April 3, 2020.
- 2019-12-18: Amazon features details on Magic: The Gathering - Legends, a book written by Jay Annelli, that is to be published on July 7, 2020.
- 2019-12-12: Introduction of Magic: Legends, a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) created by Wizards of the Coast, Cryptic Studios and Perfect World. It is in its beta phase.
- 2019-12-10: MTG Arena introduces suspended cards for the Historic format.
- 2019-12-09: All 24 slots in the 2020 Magic Pro League season have been filled, along with 28 of the 32 slots in the Rivals League.
- 2019-12-09: Piotr Glogowski Wins Mythic Championship VII.
- 2019-12-05: Introduction of the Magic Online Premier Play Program, replacing the Magic Online Championship Series.
- 2019-12-03: Reveal of the first 2020 Judge Academy promo cards
- 2019-12-02 through 2019-12-09: Release of the Secret Lair Drop Series.
November 2019[edit source]
- 2019-11-25: Reveal of the Secret Lair Drop Series, a series of cards in the Secret Lair product range that will be available in small packages for purchase from Wizards of the Coast, starting December 2, 2019. Each drop lasts for 24 hours.
- 2019-11-21: the 2019 Holiday Promo Card is Decorated Knight
- 2019-11-18: In the most recent banned/restricted list update, Oko, Thief of Crowns, Once Upon a Time and Veil of Summer are banned in Standard.
- 2019-11-15: Release of Game Night 2019.
- 2019-11-15: Release of the Throne of Eldraine Gift Edition.
- 2019-11-10: Ondřej Stráský wins Mythic Championship VI Richmond.
- 2019-11-08: Release of Challenger Decks 2019 Japan.
- 2019-11-07: Reveal of the Mystery Booster, a booster product containing cards from earlier sets that can be used for Chaos Draft. The packs also contain "test cards" that are not meant for Constructed play. They feature various new mechanics.
- 2019-11-05: Release of the War of the Spark: Forsaken novel by Greg Weisman.
- 2019-11-05: Oko, Thief of Crowns is banned in Brawl.
- 2019-11-04: Felidar Guardian, Leyline of Abundance, and Oath of Nissa are banned in Pioneer.
October 2019[edit source]
- 2019-10-30: Gavin Verhey announces a series of new Commander products: Commander 2020 (released with Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths), Zendikar Rising Commander decks, Commander Collection: Green and Commander Legends (which is designed to be drafted).
- 2019-10-30: A major leak for Theros Beyond Death hits the social media.
- 2019-10-23: Release of the final chapter of the The Gathering Storm by Django Wexler
- 2019-10-22: Release of Ponies: The Galloping
- 2019-10-21: Introduction of Pioneer for tabletop Magic: The Gathering and Magic Online, a constructed format that allows expansion sets and core sets from Return to Ravnica forward.
- 2019-10-21: In the most recent banned/restricted list update, Field of the Dead is banned in Standard, and Arcum's Astrolabe is banned in Pauper.
- 2019-10-11: The release date for Theros Beyond Death is set on January 24, 2020. For Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths it is April 24, 2020.
- 2019-10-10: A special Throne of Eldraine Gift Edition will be released for the holidays on November 15.
- 2019-10-10: Blake Rasmussen teases Mystery boosters, which will remain unexplained until MagicFest Richmond, November 7.
- 2019-10-10: Reveal of the Game Night 2019 exclusive cards.
- 2019-10-10: Announcement of Unsanctioned, an Un-set to be released in on February 29, 2020.
- 2019-10-04: Release of Throne of Eldraine.
- 2019-10-04: Reveal of Ponies: The Galloping, is a three-card charity promotional card set is a crossover with Hasbro's My Little Pony franchise.
September 2019[edit source]
- 2019-09-24: MtG Japan announces a set of Japanese exclusive Challenger Decks, to be released in November 2019.
- 2019-09-15: Reid Duke is chosen as the only member of the 2019 class of the Hall of Fame.
- 2019-09-04: The WPN website features an announcement of Game Night 2019, to be released on November 15, 2019.
- 2019-09-04: Announcement of the 2020 sets: Theros Beyond Death, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, Core Set 2021 and Zendikar Rising.
August 2019[edit source]
- 2019-08-23: Release of Commander 2019.
- 2019-08-19: Wizards of the Coast launches the open beta of the Magic: The Gathering Companion app, a home tournament organizer. The Magic: The Gathering Portal app is consequently cancelled.
- 2019-08-14: Starting in August 2020, Magic: the Gathering’s Organized Play calendar will be moving back to seasons that are split over multiple calendar years. In order to fill the gap, the 2020 Magic Pro League season will be shortened to seven months. There will be no 2020 World Championship.
- 2019-08-14: Elaine Chase announces several improvements to the Organized Play structure, including the creation of the Rivals League, the MPL Gauntlet, the Players Tour and Player Points for tabletop gaming.
July 2019[edit source]
- 2019-07-28: The Mythic Championship IV in Barcelona, Spain, is won by Thoralf Severin.
- 2019-07-27: The Judge Program is ending, to be replaced with a Judge Academy that will require a yearly subscription fee.
- 2019-07-25: The e-book Throne of Eldraine: The Wildered Quest will be published on September 4, 2019. This will be the only way to read the full Throne of Eldraine story.
- 2019-07-25: Wizards of the Coast announce that going forward the Magic story will be told through e-books rather than weekly episodic stories.
- 2019-07-23: Release of the Magic: The Gathering - Rise of the Gatewatch visual guide.
- 2019-07-20: Throne of Eldraine is announced to be inspired by the romantic Arthurian legend of Camelot and Grimms' Fairy Tales.
- 2019-07-18: The fall set is revealed to be named Throne of Eldraine.
- 2019-07-17: Commander 2019 decks are rumored to each have a returning keyword ability as its main theme. The four featured abilities are populate, flashback, morph, and madness.
- 2019-07-12: Official release of Core Set 2020.
- 2019-07-04: New comic series announced by IDW: Magic: The Gathering - Chandra – Trials of Alara.
June 2019[edit source]
- 2019-06-28: The Pauper format gains official tabletop support.
- 2019-06-28: Official release of Signature Spellbook: Gideon.
- 2019-06-27: Release of Ravnica Inquisition, a social deduction game set on Ravnica.
- 2019-06-27: Reveal of the San Diego Comic-Con 2019 promos, featuring Nicol Bolas and his four God-Eternals.
- 2019-06-23: The Mythic Championship III is won by the Argentinian challenger Matias Leveratto, who defeats MPL member Brad Nelson in the finals.
- 2019-06-14: Official release of Modern Horizons.
- 2019-06-13: It is revealed that 1:45 cards in Core Set 2020 are foil, instead of the usual 1:67.
- 2019-06-13: Instead of closing, it is announced that the MTG Salvation forums are sold to the "Magic Find" website. However, the current staff are already working on their own site: MTGNexus.
- 2019-06-03: Netflix announces the production of an upcoming animated Magic: The Gathering TV series.
May 2019[edit source]
- 2019-05-29: The MTG Salvation forums announce that they will be closing on July 8th, 2019. The owner has made it known that it no longer can justify the development, infrastructure, and maintenance costs of the site compared to their other projects. Admins and mods are working on a replacement.
- 2019-05-23: Blake Rasmussen introduces the Modern Horizons Art Series, a series of 54 art cards that can be found as a bonus in Modern Horizons booster packs.
- 2019-05-13: Gerry Thompson quits the MPL, because of the lack of transparency in the organization and the unwillingness of Wizards of the Coast to listen to feedback.
- 2019-05-09: Following up on Yuuya Watanabe's disqualification for marked sleeves at Mythic Championship II, he is banned from DCI-sanctioned events for 30 months, is removed from the MPL, and is removed from the Magic Hall of Fame.
- 2019-05-09: Anyone who had their War of the Spark Mythic Edition order cancelled, receives an uncut foil print sheet of Mythic and Rare cards from War of the Spark.
- 2019-05-03: Official release of War of the Spark.
- 2019-05-02: Sales of the War of the Spark Mythic Edition break down the eBay Hasbro Store. All 12,000 units sell out within five minutes, causing various problems.
April 2019[edit source]
- 2019-04-25: Eli Loveman wins Mythic Championship London 2019. Yuuya Watanabe is disqualified after Round 16 for having marked cards.
- 2019-04-25: Magic esports announce without explanation that Autumn Burchett is joining the MPL. In effect, they replace Owen Turtenwald who has been removed without an official reason given.
- 2019-04-23: Release of the War of the Spark: Ravnica novel by Greg Weisman.
- 2019-04-22: All 36 planeswalker have a 50% chance that the regular artwork of the planeswalker card will be replaced by an anime-style alternate art card in Japanese-language War of the Spark boosters only. The Japanese boosters are made available to retailers around the world.
- 2019-04-18: Reveal of the War of the Spark Mythic Edition.
- 2019-04-18: Announcement of Signature Spellbook: Gideon, to be released on April 28, 2019.
- 2019-04-15: It is revealed that War of the Spark: Forsaken, the second Ravnica novel by Greg Weisman, will be released on November 5, 2019.
- 2019-04-12: Release of the Challenger Decks 2019.
March 2019[edit source]
- 2019-03-31: Official spoilers reveal uncommon and rare planeswalkers in War of the Spark. The main mechanics are proliferate and amass.
- 2019-03-31: Andrea Mengucci wins the Magic Invitational.
- 2019-03-27: Magic Esports Twitter announces that Owen Turtenwald is not participating in the Mythic Invitational and is replaced with Brian David-Marshall. No reason is given.
- 2019-03-27: Release of the Relic Tokens#Legendary Collection by UltraPro
- 2019-03-25: Soft launch of Valor's Reach, a Magic inspired mobile game developed by Seismic Games.
- 2019-03-15: It is revealed at the Emerald City Comic-Con (ECCC) that Django Wexler will write a 20 chapter prequel ‘novel’ to War of the Spark: Ravnica that will become available through the website of publisher Del Rey (part of Random House) instead of at Magicthegathering.com.
- 2019-03-15: Sam Stoddard and Mark Globus leave Wizards of the Coast.
- 2019-03-12: Introduction of WPN Premium, excellent stores that earn exclusive events, priority and recognition in the Store and Event Locator, upgraded promo materials, etc.
- 2019-03-12: Beginning with Core Set 2020, the four-level system of classifying WPN-shops and the support they receive is replaced by a system based on Tickets and Engaged Players. The first is meant to measure quantity, the second is an attempt to measure quality.
- 2019-03-12: Wizards of the Coast announces WPN promo packs to replace dedicated promo cards for FNM, Draft Weekend and Magic Weekend, starting with Core Set 2020.
- 2019-03-11: Banned and restricted list update: No changes.
- 2019-03-08: It is confirmed that War of the Spark will feature 36 all-new planeswalker cards.
February 2019[edit source]
- 2019-02-28: Wizards of the Coast announces a new product called Modern Horizons, a Modern-legal set that will not be legal in Standard.
- 2019-02-24: The Mythic Championship Cleveland 2019 is won by Autumn Burchett, the first non-male player to have won a Pro Tour, as well as the first English Pro Tour champion.
- 2019-02-21: It is announced that a new mulligan rule will be tested at the Mythic Championship II in London, England.
- 2019-02-20: Details are revealed about the 2019 World Championship, how Challengers can qualify for Mythic Championships through Mythic Championship Qualifiers and about the Mythic Qualifier Weekend.
- 2019-02-17: Yves Sele wins Grand Prix Strasbourg, and Jody Keith wins Grand Prix Memphis.
- 2019-02-15: WPN announces that Magic League will be omitted from War of the Spark and all seasons for the foreseeable future.
- 2019-02-15: Release of the Ravnica Allegiance Guild Kits.
- 2019-02-14: An advertisement shows up for Ravnica Inquisition, an original Magic board game published by WizKids. It is expected to be released in June 2019.
- 2019-02-14: In addition to the traditional ban list, Nexus of Fate is banned from Arena Standard.
- 2019-02-11: Controversially, a War of the Spark prerelease event is revealed to take place at the MagicFest London on April 26–28, including the Grand Prix main event, heavily competing with local events.
- 2019-02-10: Michael Rapp wins Grand Prix Toronto.
- 2019-02-03: Jarron Puszet wins Grand Prix Sydney.
January 2019[edit source]
- 2019-01-31: Details of the Mythic Invitational taking place at PAX East, featuring 64 players competing for a prize pool of $1,000,000, are announced.
- 2019-01-27: Max Williams wins Grand Prix New Jersey.
- 2019-01-25: Release of Ravnica Allegiance.
- 2019-01-21: In the most recent banned/restricted list update, Krark-Clan Ironworks is banned in Modern.
- 2019-01-13: Pascal Vieren wins Grand Prix Prague.
- 2019-01-12: Gavin Verhey discloses that a new Signature Spellbook is lined up for release.
- 2019-01-12: Gavin Verhey reveals the return of the Challenger Deck series. The 2019 version releases on April 12.
- 2019-01-10: Magicthegathering.com reveals the name of third set in "Guilds of Ravnica block": War of the Spark.
- 2019-01-09: Alex Bertoncini receives a lifetime DCI ban.
- 2019-01-06: Eli Kassis wins Grand Prix Oakland.
- 2019-01-01: Release of The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Ravnica by VIZ Media.
December 2018[edit source]
- 2018-12-30: Jason Fleurant wins Grand Prix Vancouver.
- 2018-12-16: France wins the 2018 World Magic Cup.
- 2018-12-12: Release of the first issue of the Magic: The Gathering - Chandra comic by IDW.
- 2018-12-12: Release of Brandon Sanderson’s novella, Magic: Children of the Nameless. Written in collaboration with the Magic’s story team at Wizards of the Coast, and featuring a mysterious new planeswalker named Davriel.
- 2018-12-09: The Mexican World Magic Cup team (Daniel Becerra, Marcelino Freeman, and Dagoberto Silva) wins Grand Prix Liverpool. Tyler Putnam wins Grand Prix Portland.
- 2018-12-07: Release of Ultimate Masters.
- 2018-12-06: Announcement that there will be four Pro Tours in 2019, instead of the previously mentioned six. They are rebranded as Mythic Championships. Mythic Championships will also be featured on MTG Arena.
- 2018-12-06: Announcement of the introduction of Magic esports. Also introducing the Magic Pro League (MPL), consisting of 32 pro players.
- 2018-12-06: Wizards of the Coast announces the termination of Nationals, Pro Points, the Pro Players Club in present form, and the World Magic Cup.
- 2018-12-03: Release of the Heroes of Dominaria board game by WizKids.
- 2018-12-02: Atsushi Nakashima wins the Standard Grand Prix in Shizuoka.
- 2018-12-01: Teruya Kakumae wins the Legacy Grand Prix in Shizuoka.
November 2018[edit source]
- 2018-11-28: Release of D&D Icons of the Realms: Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica
- 2018-11-25: Eduardo Sajgalik wins Grand Prix Warsaw.
- 2018-11-20: Release of D&D Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica
- 2018-11-18: Taiga Tsujikawa wins Grand Prix Melbourne, and Adrian Sullivan wins Grand Prix Milwaukee.
- 2018-11-16: Release of Magic Game Night and the seasonal Gift Pack
- 2018-11-11: In a top eight dominated by aggressive white decks, Andrew Elenbogen wins Pro Tour Guilds of Ravnica after defeating Luis Scott-Vargas in the final.
- 2018-11-03: Preview cards appear online for a promotional Magic set of 40 full-art foil cards, later to be revealed a box topper set that comes with Ultimate Masters that is to be released on December 7, 2018.
- 2018-11-02: Release of the Guilds of Ravnica Guild Kits.
October 2018[edit source]
- 2018-10-28: Etienne Busson wins Grand Prix after defeating Gabriel Nassif in the final.
- 2018-10-27: It is announced that for Ravnica Allegiance, Wizards of the Coast will be selling "Collector's Boosters" that contain 15 cards for $12.99: 2 foils of any rarity, 3 rares/mythic rares and 10 uncommons. This is a very limited experimental test run. Collector's Boosters will only be available in Japan and North America, and even there won't be widely available.
- 2018-10-26: This year's Happy Holidays card is Bog Humbugs
- 2018-10-23: Release of Magic: The Gathering - Concepts and Legends by VIZ Media.
- 2018-10-14: The team of Ken Yukuhiro, Rei Sato, and Kentaro Yamamoto wins Grand Prix Nagoya, and the team of Jack Dobbin, Jacob Baugh, and Andrew Tenjum wins Grand Prix Denver.
- 2018-10-07: Christopher Leonard wins Grand Prix Montreal, and Mark Jacobson wins Grand Prix Mexico City.
- 2018-10-05: Release of the main Guilds of Ravnica set and the Spellslinger Starter Kit.
- 2018-10-04: Grand Prix get a new look and a new name: MagicFest. These weekends play host to the Grand Prix main event but also include side events, artists, panels, qualifying tournaments, etc. Each Pro Tour in 2019 will be hosted at a MagicFest.
- 2018-10-03: Release of the Guilds of Ravnica Mythic Edition
- 2018-10-01: Daniel Ward is suspended for 6 months following the disqualification at Pro Tour 25th Anniversary.
September 2018[edit source]
- 2018-09-23: The 2018 World Championship concludes with Javier Dominguez defeating Grzegorz Kowalski in the final to become the new World Champion.
- 2018-09-23: The Ultimate Guard Pro Team, consisting of Reid Duke, Owen Turtenwald, William Jensen, Jon Finkel, Andrew Cuneo, and Paul Rietzl, defeats Hareruya Latin in the final of the Pro Tour Team Series.
- 2018-09-21: The 2018 class of the Hall of Fame is announced: Seth Manfield and Lee Shi Tian.
- 2018-09-21: The 2018 World Championship begins, and Gerry Thompson protests the state of professional Magic by refusing to participate.
- 2018-09-19: Release of the Creature Forge: Overwhelming Swarm miniatures line by WizKids.
- 2018-09-16: After the former finished eighth at Grand Prix Stockholm, the 2017–18 Pro Tour Season concludes with a tie in the Player of the Year race between Luis Salvatto and Seth Manfield. The tie is to be settled in a future playoff. Meanwhile, Samuel Ihlenfeldt becomes the 2017–18 Rookie of the Year.
- 2018-09-16: Grand Prix Hong Kong is won by Xu Fei, and Grand Prix Stockholm is won by Ondřej Stráský.
- 2018-09-09: The team of William Courson, Antonio Perez, and Andrew Koko Lopez wins Grand Prix Detroit.
- 2018-09-06: The 2019 Pro Tour schedule is revealed to include six Pro Tours, two more than the previous custom. Pro Tours going forward are also no longer tied to set releases, and will each be smaller (200-300 players) than current events (400-500 players).
- 2018-09-02: Alex Hon wins the Standard Grand Prix in Richmond after defeating Mike Sigrist in the final. Jose Alvarez, in third-place, becomes the first player from the Dominican Republic to finish in the top eight of a Grand Prix.
- 2018-09-01: Guilds of Ravnica is revealed to feature a Mythic Edition, a special draft-sized booster box exclusively sold in the U.S and Canada. It contains eight masterpieces.
- 2018-09-01: War of the Spark: Ravnica, a novel written by Greg Weisman, is announced to be released in April 2019. This is the first major Magic novel after an eight year break.
- 2018-09-01: The inclusion of shock lands in Guilds of Ravnica is revealed at PAX West.
- 2018-09-01: Andrew Cuneo wins the Legacy Grand Prix in Richmond after beating Lucien Longlais in the final.
August 2018[edit source]
- 2018-08-28: Announcement of Game Night, an introductory box set designed for multiplayer play with 5 exclusive new cards. It is to be released on November 16, 2018. The same announcement provides details about the seasonal [[Gift Pack, to be released on the same day. This product also contains 5 exclusive new cards.
- 2018-08-26: Lauri Pispa wins Grand Prix Prague after defeating Theau Mery in the finals.
- 2018-08-19: Daniel Duffee wins Grand Prix Providence, and Logan Nettles wins Grand Prix Los Angeles.
- 2018-08-16: An update to Premier Play details changes to the new cycle system in the Pro Players Club, changes in the Magic Pro Tour Team Series, and the introduction of pro player advisers.
- 2018-08-13: Blake Rasmussen announces the Spellslinger Starter Kit, a 2-Player Starter Set that is to be released on October 5, 2018.
- 2018-08-12: Jérémy Dezani wins Grand Prix Brussels, and Gabriel Joglar wins Grand Prix Orlando.
- 2018-08-12: Amazon reveals the planned publication of Magic: The Gathering - Rise of the Gatewatch, a visual guide to the Gatewatch that is to be published on April 2, 2019.
- 2018-08-08: Wizards of the Coast and IDW Publishing announce the release of a new comics series called Magic: The Gathering - Chandra, to be started in November 2018.
- 2018-08-05: Pro Tour 25th Anniversary concludes with the team of Allen Wu, Ben Hull, and Gregory Orange winning the event after defeating Josh Utter-Leyton, Ben Stark, and Martin Jůza in the finals.
- 2018-08-05: The Silver Showcase exhibition event is won by Stanislav Cifka, who won the final against Jason Chan, also known as Amaz.
July 2018[edit source]
- 2018-07-27: Announcement of the D&D Icons of the Realms: Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica miniatures line, to be released by WizKids in November, 2018.
- 2018-07-22: Guillem Salvador Arnal wins Grand Prix Chiba, and Richard Liu wins Grand Prix Sacramento.
- 2018-07-22: Amazon leaks the release of the D&D Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica (November 20, 2018). This is the first official crossover between Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, both owned by Wizards of the Coast.
- 2018-07-19: Announcement of The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Ravnica, to be released in January 2019.
- 2018-07-13: Reveal of the Magic: The Gathering Arena exclusive cards
- 2018-07-13: Release of Core Set 2019.
- 2018-07-08: Grand Prix São Paulo is won by Jose Luis Echeverria Paredes.
- 2018-07-03: Release of The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Dominaria.
- 2018-07-01: Matti Kuisma becomes the first Finnish Grand Prix champion after taking down GP Barcelona, defeating Louis Deltour in the finals.
June 2018[edit source]
- 2018-06-28: The announcement of the Silver Showcase, a $150,000 tournament to take place at Pro Tour 25th Anniversary.
- 2018-06-24: Yuuki Ichikawa wins Grand Prix Singapore, while Braham Thomas wins Grand Prix Pittsburgh.
- 2018-06-22: Release of Global Series: Jiang Yanggu & Mu Yanling.
- 2018-06-17: Michael Bernat wins the Limited Grand Prix in Las Vegas.
- 2018-06-17: A live streamed triple Beta Rochester draft is hosted at Grand Prix Las Vegas. Two pieces of Power 9 and three dual lands are opened in the event that was ultimately won by Tim Revera, who claimed the prize of $2500 and a Starter deck of Alpha.
- 2018-06-16: Matt Nass wins the Modern Grand Prix at Las Vegas, the second time in 2018 Nass wins a Grand Prix with Krark-Clan Ironworks combo. Martin Jůza, who finished 3rd, becomes the first player to get 30 Grand Prix top eights.
- 2018-06-15: Release of Signature Spellbook: Jace.
- 2018-06-10: Tobias Maurer defeats Francisco Sanchez to become the champion of Grand Prix Copenhagen.
- 2018-06-08: Release of Commander Anthology Volume II and Battlebond.
- 2018-06-08: Ari Nieh wins The Great Designer Search 3.
- 2018-06-03: Wyatt Darby wins Pro Tour Dominaria after a top 8 playoff dominated by decks featuring Goblin Chainwhirler, defeating Gonçalo Pinto in the final.
- 2018-06-02: The Draft Master and Constructed Master races for the 2018 World Championship are decided, with Elias Watsfeldt taking the Draft Master slot and Matt Severa taking the Constructed Master slot.
May 2018[edit source]
- 2018-05-27: Grand Prix Washington, D.C. is won by the team of Peter Ingram, Petr Sochůrek, and Andrew Tenjum.
- 2018-05-20: The team of Morgan McLaughlin, Chris Harabas, and Lucas Siow wins Grand Prix Toronto.
- 2018-05-18: Wizards of the Coast announces three new Ravnica sets: Guilds of Ravnica (October 5th, 2018), Ravnica Allegiance (January 2019) and an unnamed third set (presumably April 2019). The storyline gears up for the final showdown with Nicol Bolas.
- 2018-05-13: Simon Nielsen wins Grand Prix Birmingham (Standard) after beating Leo Lahonen in the final.
- 2018-05-12: Gary Campbell defeats Grzegorz Kowalski in the final of Grand Prix Birmingham (Legacy) and becomes the oldest-ever Grand Prix champion at 52 years of age.
- 2018-05-10: The banned list for Brawl is seperated from the Standard banned list. Baral, Chief of Compliance and Sorcerous Spyglass are banned.
- 2018-05-06: Grand Prix events in Beijing and Dallas/Fort Worth are won by Zhiyang Zhang and Robert Brown, respectively.
- 2018-05-05: Core Set 2019 commons discovered in Dominaria booster packs.
April 2018[edit source]
- 2018-04-29: Antonio Pinto, Davide Miani, and Usama Sajjad win Grand Prix Bologna. Meanwhile, David Goldfarb, Edgar Magalhaes, and Jacob Baugh win Grand Prix Colombus.
- 2018-04-27: Wizards of the Coast and VIZ Media announce the publication of Magic: The Gathering - Concepts and Legends (Fall 2018).
- 2018-04-27: Release of Dominaria.
- 2018-04-18: The MTG Wiki implements Scryfall card links.
- 2018-04-16: Banned and restricted list update: No changes.
- 2018-04-15: Matt Nass wins Grand Prix Hartford, beating Michael Mapson in the final.
- 2018-04-15: Grand Prix Sydney is won by the team of Jessica Estephan, Ryan Lewis-Jonns, and Lachlan Saunders, with Estephan becoming the first female Grand Prix champion in the history of the game.
- 2018-04-08: Gan Yan wins the Standard Grand Prix in Seattle, and in doing so, completing the first ever 18–0 at the Grand Prix level.
- 2018-04-07: Daniel Duterte wins the Legacy Grand Prix in Seattle, defeating Jérémy Dezani in the final.
- 2018-04-06: Release of last Duel Decks, Elves vs. Inventors, and the first series of Challenger Decks.
- 2018-04-01: Jeroen Kreijne, Simon Geurts, and Pim Heijne win Grand Prix Amsterdam.
March 2018[edit source]
- 2018-03-25: Ryouichi Yamamoto, Yuusuke Matsubara, and Kazuki Takamura win Grand Prix Kyoto.
- 2018-03-21: The release of an exclusive Buy-a-Box promo for Dominaria sparks fierce criticism.
- 2018-03-18: Steve Locke claims his second Grand Prix trophy of the season after defeating Pierson Laughlin in the final of Grand Prix Phoenix.
- 2018-03-16: Release of Masters 25.
- 2018-03-11: The team of Christoph Green, Ben Jones, and Charles Eliatamby defeat Michael Bonde, Andreas Petersen, and Thomas Enevoldsen to become the champions of Grand Prix Madrid. Meanwhile, Grand Prix Santiago is won by Sebastian Pozzo, Luis Salvatto, and Lucas Berthoud, who took down Willy Edel, Juliano Gennari Souza, and Thiago Saporito in the final.
- 2018-03-09: Wizards of the Coast China accidently publishes the Dominaria Release Notes.
- 2018-03-04: Dmitriy Butakov becomes the first repeat champion of the Magic Online Championship Series after besting Steve Rubin in the final.
February 2018[edit source]
- 2018-02-25: Tyler Schroeder wins Grand Prix Memphis.
- 2018-02-18: Grzegorz Kowalski becomes the Grand Prix Lyon champion after defeating Marcio Carvalho in the final.
- 2018-02-18: Pictures from Toy Fair 2018 reveal Dominaria packaging, Core Set 2019 Bolas key art and the upcoming board game Heroes of Dominaria.
- 2018-02-14: Global Series: Jiang Yanggu & Mu Yanling (June 22nd) will be two 60-card decks, designed by a team of Chinese artists, writers, and folklorists to explore a new branch of Magic lore rooted in Chinese aesthetics and mythology.
- 2018-02-14: Signature Spellbook: Jace (June 15th) will be the first installment of a new series, themed around Planeswalkers and the spells that define them.
- 2018-02-14: Also announcing Commander Anthology Volume II (June 8th) and Commander 2018 (August 10th).
- 2018-02-14: Announcement of Battlebond, designed specifically for Two-Headed Giant play. To be released on June 8th.
- 2018-02-14: Valentine's Announcement Day introducing the Magic: The Gathering Portal app, to be released in 2018.
- 2018-02-12: Banned and restricted list update: Bloodbraid Elf and Jace, the Mind Sculptor are unbanned in Modern.
- 2018-02-11: Daniel Ward wins Grand Prix Toronto after beating Jon Stern in the final.
- 2018-02-05: Blake Rasmussen announces the return of nontoken Friday Night Magic promo cards, starting with Dominaria.
- 2018-02-04: Luis Salvatto, equipped with Lantern Control, defeats Gerry Thompson to become the champion of Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan.
January 2018[edit source]
- 2018-01-28: Mexican players win both of the weekend's Grand Prix events as Marcelino Freeman wins GP London while Axel Martinez wins GP Houston.
- 2018-01-23: Wizards of the Coast files two new trademarks: Manastrike and Planesiege, both referring to electronic, online multiplayer gaming.
- 2018-01-21: The team of Xinyu Fei, Chih-Cheng Yeh, and Zirui Zhou win Grand Prix Indianapolis.
- 2018-01-19: Release of Rivals of Ixalan.
- 2018-01-16: Start of the The Great Designer Search 3.
- 2018-01-15: Banned and restricted list update: Attune with Aether, Rogue Refiner, Rampaging Ferocidon, and Ramunap Ruins are banned in Standard.
- 2018-01-07: The first Grand Prix of the year, GP Santa Clara, is won by the team of William Ho, John Martin, and Jeremy Frye.
December 2017[edit source]
- 2017-12-25: Reveal of Dominaria's tagline: "Gather Legends"; Jhoira, Teferi and Karn confirmed as returning characters.
- 2017-12-18: Aaron Forsythe previews City's Blessing for Rivals of Ixalan.
- 2017-12-18: Blake Rasmussen announces the final Duel Decks that are to be released in April, 2018: Elves vs. Inventors. The Challenger Deck series will be replacing the Duel Decks.
- 2017-12-17: Grand Prix events in Singapore and New Jersey are won by Lim Zhong Yi and Kale Thompson, respectively.
- 2017-12-10: The team of Rodrigo Togores, Cristian Ortiz Ros, and Adrian Ramiro Cano wins Grand Prix Madrid, while Larry Li wins Grand Prix Oklahoma City.
- 2017-12-08: Release of Unstable.
- 2017-12-07: A number of players involved with a Facebook group called "Magic for bad", including content producer Jeremy Hambly and professional player Travis Woo, are suspended from the game.
- 2017-12-04: Wizards of the Coast announces The Great Designer Search 3, starting in January 2018.
- 2017-12-03: The Japanese team of Yuuya Watanabe, Kenta Harane, and Shōta Yasooka wins the 2017 World Magic Cup, defeating Poland in the finals.
November 2017[edit source]
- 2017-11-26: The team of Thomas Enevoldsen, Christoffer Enggaard Larsen, and Michael Bonde wins Grand Prix Lyon in an all-Danish final.
- 2017-11-24: Release of From the Vault: Transform and Explorers of Ixalan.
- 2017-11-19: Shahar Shenhar wins his fourth Grand Prix trophy at Grand Prix Portland, defeating Brandon Goe in the final.
- 2017-11-17: At PAX Unplugged, Chris Cocks teases Dominaria with pictures of a Benalish Knight, Llanowar Elves, a Mage at Tolaria West, and an older pyromancer.
- 2017-11-17: Release of Iconic Masters.
- 2017-11-12: Song Huachao wins Grand Prix Shanghai, Jean-Emmanuel Depraz wins Grand Prix Warsaw, and Alex Lloyd wins Grand Prix Atlanta.
- 2017-11-05: Release of Duel Decks: Merfolk vs. Goblins.
- 2017-11-05: Seth Manfield wins Pro Tour Ixalan after defeating Pascal Maynard in the final.
October 2017[edit source]
- 2017-10-29: Grand Prix events in Hong Kong, Liverpool, and Phoenix are won by Rei Sato, Marc Purvis, and Sean Miller, respectively.
- 2017-10-17: Reveal of the 2017 Holiday card: Some Disassembly Required
- 2017-10-17: Banned and restricted list update: no changes.
- 2017-10-16: Decklists for Duel Decks: Merfolk vs. Goblins leaked on the French Magicthegathering.com site.
- 2017-10-08: William Jensen becomes the 2017 World Champion after defeating Javier Dominguez three games to one in the final of the 2017 World Championship.
- 2017-10-08: The Pro Tour Team Series is decided, with Team Musashi defeating Team Genesis in the final.
- 2017-10-01: Michio Abe, Syo Hayakawa, and Kentarou Tachibana win Grand Prix Shizuoka; and Andrew Baeckstrom, Martin Jůza, and Corey Burkhart win Grand Prix Providence.
September 2017[edit source]
- 2017-09-29: Release of Ixalan.
- 2017-09-09: Reveal of Iconic Masters at HASCON.
- 2017-09-09: Reveal of Unstable Borderless basic lands on Blogatog live.
- 2017-09-07: Premiere of Magic: The Gathering Arena, a Magic Online-like game, but more fast-paced and with more emphasis on visuals so as to make the game more viewer friendly.
- 2017-09-03: Robin Dolar wins Grand Prix Turin; Matt Severa wins Grand Prix Washington, D.C.
August 2017[edit source]
- 2017-08-28: In Vintage, Thorn of Amethyst and Monastery Mentor are restricted, and Yawgmoth's Bargain is unrestricted.
- 2017-08-27: Francesco Fritto Hugony wins Grand Prix Metz, and Andrew Cuneo wins Grand Prix Indianapolis.
- 2017-08-25: Release of Commander 2017.
- 2017-08-20: Brad Nelson wins Grand Prix Denver after beating Brian Braun-Duin in the final.
- 2017-08-13: The Grand Prix events in Birmingham and São Paulo are won by Loïc Le Briand and Joao Lelis, respectively.
- 2017-08-06: Steve Locke wins Grand Prix Minneapolis, defeating Corey Baumeister in the final.
- 2017-08-03: Announcement of the announcement on September 7 of Magic: The Gathering Arena, a digital Magic game, created under the umbrella of Magic Digital Next.
July 2017[edit source]
- 2017-07-30: Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa defeats Sam Pardee to win Pro Tour Hour of Devastation, simultaneously becoming the 2016–17 Player of the Year. The remaining 2017 World Championship slots are decided, and the finalists of the 2016–17 Magic Pro Tour Team Series are Genesis and Musashi.
- 2017-07-29: At Pro Tour Hour of Devastation, Martin Jůza becomes the 2016–17 Draft Master, and Sebastian Pozzo becomes the 2016–17 Standard Master, both earning invitations to the 2017 World Championship.
- 2017-07-28: Martin Jůza and Josh Utter-Leyton are voted into the Hall of Fame.
- 2017-07-28: Reveal of the HASCON-promos, including the Sword of Dungeons & Dragons preview card for Unstable.
- 2017-07-23: Following up on the win at Grand Prix Cleveland, William Jensen wins GP Kyoto, making it back-to-back GP victories.
- 2017-07-23: Mark Rosewater's Blogatog live at San Diego Comic-Con reveals details on Unstable. Contraptions and riggers are connected to one of the factions of the Inventor's World.
- 2017-07-20: Grand Prix schedule for the first half of 2018 is revealed.
- 2017-07-19: Introduction of the Bronze level in the Pro Players Club, and changes to the club following the 2017–18 season are announced.
- 2017-07-19: Changes to professional play and the 2018 Pro Tours are announced. Modern returns to the Pro Tour at PT Rivals of Ixalan, the specifics of how to qualify for Pro Tour 25th Anniversary are detailed, and the formats for the 2017 World Championship and the 2017 World Magic Cup are explained.
- 2017-07-16: Organized Play changes are announced, introducing the Store Championship and a change to the FNM promo: Instead of a Standard-legal card, future promos (starting in October 2017) will be double-faced tokens.
- 2017-07-14: Hour of Devastation is released.
- 2017-07-10: Egyptian style SDCC 2017 promos revealed.
June 2017[edit source]
- 2017-06-17: Thiago Saporito defeats Steve Rubin to become the champion of the Limited Grand Prix in Las Vegas.
- 2017-06-16: Andrew Calderon wins the Legacy Grand Prix in Las Vegas.
- 2017-06-16: Paul Cheon joins R&D as a member of the newly formed Play Design team.
- 2017-06-16: A complete Ixalan rare foil print sheet is leaked three months before prerelease. The blurry pictures reveal Pirates, Dinosaurs, Vehicles, Vampires, Merfolk, Dryads, Orcs, a supertype for planeswalkers (among others Castaway Jace) and the new mechanics Explore and Enrage.
- 2017-06-15: Changes to the Pro Tour are announced: Pro Tours after PT Rivals of Ixalan are no longer tied to the release of a new set, and in 2018 there will be a special 25th anniversary Pro Tour where the format is team trios.
- 2017-06-14: The Gift Pack replaces the Gift Box for the Holiday season.
- 2017-06-14: Dinosaurs will be a supported creature type with Ixalan.
- 2017-06-14: The 2018 spring set, codenamed Soup, is revealed: Dominaria will be released on April 27, 2018. This is a return to the plane of the same name, the setting for most sets until Mirrodin.
- 2017-06-14: Masters 25, a Masters series set that celebrates the 25 year history of Magic, will be released on March 16, 2018.
- 2017-06-14: The third un-set, Unstable, is announced. It is set for release on December 8, 2017.
- 2017-06-14: Several products are announced: Explorers of Ixalan, to be released on November 24, 2017; Duel Decks: Merfolk vs. Goblins, to be released on November 10, 2017; and From the Vault: Transform, to be released on November 24, 2017.
- 2017-06-13: Aetherworks Marvel is banned in Standard.
- 2017-06-12: Wizards of the Coast announces the end of the block model, the discontinuation of small expansions, and the return of summer core sets, revamped, effective in 2018 with the release of Core 2019. Non-core sets following Ixalan block (starting with "Soup") will all be large expansions.
- 2017-06-09: Release of the Commander Anthology.
- 2017-06-07: It is revealed that Cryptic Studios and Perfect World are working on a Magic: The Gathering-themed massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMO).
- 2017-06-04: The weekend's GPs, held in Manila, Amsterdam, and Omaha, are won by Ryoichi Tamada, Lukas Blohon, and Brad Nelson, respectively.
- 2017-06-01: A mix-up on the french Magicthegathering.com-site reveals three cards for Hour of Devastation: Nicol Bolas, God-Pharoh, a black sweeper related to Bontu, and planeswalker Samut.
May 2017[edit source]
- 2017-05-28: Joe Soh wins Grand Prix Kobe, and Mattia Rizzi wins Grand Prix Copenhagen.
- 2017-05-23: Possible leaks for Commander 2017 feature a multicolored tribal dragon deck with O-Kagachi, the Ur-Dragon and Wasitora. They also feature the keyword "Emminence".
- 2017-05-23: HASCON announces three silver-bordered promo cards made especially for HASCON, featuring a mashup of Magic and three of the other Hasbro brands.
- 2017-05-21: Mauro Sasso wins Grand Prix Santiago; Kevin Jones wins Grand Prix Montréal.
- 2017-05-17: The United States Patent and Trademark Office has registered Rivals of Ixalan for the second set in the Ixalan block, and a planeswalker symbol with the number 25 for the celibration of 25 years of Magic.
- 2017-05-16: Hélène Bergeot resigns from her position as director of Organized Play and trade marketing at Wizards of the Coast.
- 2017-05-14: Gerry Thompson, using Mono-Black Zombies in Standard, wins Pro Tour Amonkhet, defeating Yuuya Watanabe in the final.
- 2017-05-07: The Grand Prix events in Beijing, Bologna, and Richmond are won by Kelvin Chew, Corrado De Sio, and Michael Baraniecki, respectively.
April 2017[edit source]
- 2017-04-28: Magic Online announces the creation of new tournament play for 1v1 Commander and a seperate banned list for Magic Online Commander.
- 2017-04-28: Amonkhet is released.
- 2017-04-27: In a surprise addendum to the B&R list, Felidar Guardian is banned in Standard.
- 2017-04-24: In the most recent banned/restricted list update, Sensei's Divining Top is banned in Legacy, while Gush and Gitaxian Probe are restricted in Vintage.
- 2017-04-20: A WPN-mail sent to retailers reveals a the name of a compilation set that is to be released on November 17, 2017: Iconic Masters.
- 2017-04-18: Pro Tour Ixalan pushed back to 5 weeks after the Ixalan release.
- 2017-04-18: The 2017 fall set is named Ixalan, and will be released on September 29, 2017.
- 2017-04-18: Commander 2017 will be released on August 25, 2017. The set features four tribal-themed decks.
- 2017-04-18: 2017's Nationals will take place on September 9–10, September 16–17, and October 14–15; they will be split-format events consisting of Standard and Booster Draft.
- 2017-04-09: Andrew Cuneo, Eric Froehlich, and Ben Stark win the Team Limited Grand Prix in Mexico City.
- 2017-04-02: The team of Adam Jansen, Gregory Orange, and Andrejs Prost wins Grand Prix San Antonio after defeating the team known as Peach Garden Oath in the final.
March 2017[edit source]
- 2017-03-31: Duel Decks: Mind vs. Might is released.
- 2017-03-27: Leaks of Amonkhet cards reveal the return of Cycling.
- 2017-03-26: Joel Larsson wins Grand Prix Orlando. Chris Pikula, in his first premier event top eight in 12 years, finishes fourth.
- 2017-03-24: The Announcement Day planned for March 31st is postponed to June.
- 2017-03-19: Grand Prix events in Shizuoka and Porto Alegre are won by Ryohei Kirino and Victor Fernando Silva, respectively.
- 2017-03-17: Modern Masters 2017 is released.
- 2017-03-13: In the most recent banned/restricted list update, there are no changes to any format.
- 2017-03-12: Petr Sochůrek wins Grand Prix Barcelona; Corey Baumeister wins Grand Prix New Jersey.
- 2017-03-09: It is announced that ChannelFireball will be hosting all Grand Prix events in 2018.
- 2017-03-05: Josh Utter-Leyton defeats Lukas Blohon in the final of the 2016 Magic Online Championship, winning $25,000 and an invite to the 2017 World Championship.
February 2017[edit source]
- 2017-02-26: Samuel Vuillot wins Grand Prix Utrecht after winning the final match against Fabrizio Campanino.
- 2017-02-22: The MTG Salvation Wiki changes name to MTG Wiki.
- 2017-02-19: Oliver Oks wins Grand Prix Brisbane, and Josh Utter-Leyton wins Grand Prix Vancouver.
- 2017-02-12: Ryan Hare wins Grand Prix Pittsburgh after defeating Bronson Gervasi in the final.
- 2017-02-09: It is announced that Nationals will replace World Magic Cup Qualifiers. World Magic Cup teams are reduced to 3-man teams, with two of the players earning invitations at Nationals. Additionally, single-slot PTQs will be held on Sundays of Grand Prix weekends. Lastly, Grand Prix Trials other than the ones held on-site on the Friday of a Grand Prix are discontinued.
- 2017-02-05: Lucas Berthoud of Brazil wins Pro Tour Aether Revolt, defeating Marcio Carvalho in the final.
January 2017[edit source]
- 2017-01-29: Yusuf Kemal Vefa wins Grand Prix Prague, marking the first time a Turkish player wins a Magic premier event. Meanwhile, John Asbach wins Grand Prix San Jose.
- 2017-01-26: The Magic Pro Tour Team Series teams for the 2016–17 season are revealed.
- 2017-01-25: Reveal of a Standard Series promo action, featuring the five Battle lands with a regular card frame but Masterpiece Series' art.
- 2017-01-20: Aether Revolt is released.
- 2017-01-13: Wizards of the Coast President Chris Cocks announces the creation of the Digital Games Studio in a bid to make the digital experience of Magic: The Gathering and other games "more efficient, connected, and convenient." Worth Wollpert, who led the design of Magic Online and Duels of the Planeswalkers, leaves the company.
- 2017-01-09: The B&R update includes the introduction of an additional Banned and Restricted announcement window five weeks after each Pro Tour.
- 2017-01-09: In the most recent banned/restricted list update, Smuggler's Copter, Emrakul, the Promised End, and Reflector Mage are banned in Standard, while Golgari Grave-Troll and Gitaxian Probe are banned in Modern. The bans are effective as of January 20th.
- 2017-01-08: Reid Duke wins his fifth Grand Prix, defeating Andrew Sullano in the final of GP Louisville.
December 2016[edit source]
- 2016-12-24: All but two Aether Revolt Masterpieces are officially revealed, and the remaining two get leaked by unofficial sources.
- 2016-12-11: Steven Carter beats finals opponent Brandon Fischer to become the Grand Prix Milwaukee champion.
- 2016-12-03: Carmine D'Aniello and Matt Severa win Grand Prix Madrid and Grand Prix Denver, respectively.
November 2016[edit source]
- 2016-11-27: Kentaro Yamamoto wins Grand Prix Chiba by beating Atsuki Kihara in the final.
- 2016-11-25: Planechase Anthology is released.
- 2016-11-21: Reveal of the Kaladesh Holiday Buy-a-Box Promotion.
- 2016-11-20: Greece, captained by Bill Chronopoulos, wins the 2016 World Magic Cup after defeating Belgium in the final.
- 2016-11-14: Introduction of the Standard Showdown tournament at local stores.
- 2016-11-13: The team of Javier Dominguez, Marcio Carvalho, and Luis Salvatto wins Grand Prix Rotterdam.
- 2016-11-06: Grand Prix Dallas is won by Kevin Mackie, piloting Skred Red.
- 2016-11-03: Effective on November 16, 2016, Peregrine Drake is banned in Pauper.
- 2016-11-02: Announcement of The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Amonkhet, to be released in July 2017.
October 2016[edit source]
- 2016-10-30: Gabrielius Kaklauskas wins Grand Prix Warsaw, while John Chavarria wins Grand Prix Santiago.
- 2016-10-23: Fumiya Matsumoto wins Grand Prix Kuala Lumpur, and Wang Yichen wins Grand Prix Providence.
- 2016-10-19: Aaron Forsythe announces the reversion of the Standard Rotation.
- 2016-10-16: Shota Yasooka takes his second PT title by winning Pro Tour Kaladesh, defeating former World Champion Carlos Romão in the final.
- 2016-10-09: Marcio Carvalho wins Grand Prix London, and Carlos Romão wins Grand Prix Atlanta.
September 2016[edit source]
- 2016-09-30: Kaladesh is released.
- 2016-09-12: Reveal of Kaladesh Inventions.
- 2016-09-11: Two Team Limited Grand Prix, at Kyoto and Louisville, result with the team of Yuuki Ichikawa, Yuki Matsumoto, Kazuyuki Takimura; and the team of Sam Black, Matt Severa, and Justin Cohen winning the two events, respectively.
- 2016-09-04: Brian Braun-Duin is the 2016 World Champion after besting Marcio Carvalho in the final of the 2016 World Championship.
August 2016[edit source]
- 2016-08-31: The announcement of multiple 2017 supplementary sets: Archenemy: Nicol Bolas, Commander Anthology, and Duel Decks: Mind vs. Might.
- 2016-08-31: Modern Masters 2017, the third set of the Modern Masters compilation set series, is announced. It will be released on March 17, 2017.
- 2016-08-31: The mid-2017 block is announced. Amonkhet will be released on April 28, 2017, while Hour of Devastation releases July 14, 2017.
- 2016-08-28: Albertus Law, Meciek Berger, and Brandon Burton win Grand Prix events in Guangzhou, Lille, and Indianapolis, respectively.
- 2016-08-26: Conspiracy: Take the Crown is released.
- 2016-08-19: From the Vault: Lore is released.
- 2016-08-14: Arne Huschenbeth wins Grand Prix Rimini, while Robert Santana wins Grand Prix Portland.
- 2016-08-07: The 2015–16 season ends with Lukas Blohon winning Pro Tour Eldritch Moon by defeating Owen Turtenwald in the finals.
- 2016-08-06: By making it to the top 8 of Pro Tour Eldritch Moon, Owen Turtenwald becomes the 2015–16 Player of the Year. Oliver Tiu wins the 2015–16 Rookie of the Year title.
- 2016-08-05: The 2016 Hall of Fame class is revealed: its members are Yuuya Watanabe and Owen Turtenwald, to be inducted at Pro Tour Kaladesh.
- 2016-08-02: Changes to organized play are announced, and the rest of the 2016–17 Grand Prix schedule is revealed, as well as the dates for PPTQs, RPTQs, and WMCQs.
July 2016[edit source]
- 2016-07-31: Scott Lipp, Elmer Van Eegen, and Hunter Cochran win Grand Prix events in Sydney, Stockholm, and Montreal, respectively.
- 2016-07-22: Eldritch Moon is released.
- 2016-07-03: Francisco Barciella, Eloi Pattaro, and former World Champion Carlos Romão win Grand Prix São Paulo.
June 2016[edit source]
- 2016-06-26: Yuuki Ichikawa and Evan Petre win the weekend's Grand Prix events, held in Taipei and Pittsburgh respectively.
- 2016-06-12: Rodrigo Togores wins Grand Prix Prague, and Clay Spicklemire wins Grand Prix Colombus.
- 2016-06-10: Eternal Masters is released.
- 2016-06-05: Seth Manfield increases his Player of the Year lead by winning Grand Prix San Jose, Costa Rica.
- 2016-06-01: Fabrizio Anteri is suspended from the game for 18 months following an investigation after a disqualification at Grand Prix Manchester.
May 2016[edit source]
- 2016-05-29: Raphaël Lévy takes his sixth Grand Prix trophy in Manchester, while Alex Johnson wins his first in Minneapolis.
- 2016-05-22: Andreas Ganz wins Grand Prix Charlotte, and Simon Slutsky wins Grand Prix Los Angeles.
- 2016-05-16: Rechristening of the Fat pack to Bundle.
- 2016-05-16: Introduction of Planeswalker decks.
- 2016-05-16: Announcement of Duel Decks: Nissa vs. Ob Nixilis, to be released on September 2, 2016.
- 2016-05-16: Announcement of Planechase Anthology, to be released on November 25, 2016.
- 2016-05-16: Announcement of Commander 2016, to be released on November 11, 2016.
- 2016-05-16: Announcement of the two sets of the Kaladesh block: Kaladesh (releases on September 2, 2016) and Aether Revolt (releases on January 20, 2017).
- 2016-05-16: Introduction of "Announcement Day": a biannual mass product announcement by Magicthegathering.com — one in the spring and one in the fall tied to the relevant upcoming block.
- 2016-05-15: Niels Noorlander wins the annual Magic Online Championship.
- 2016-05-01: Robert Lombardi wins Grand Prix Toronto after beating Jon Stern in the final.
April 2016[edit source]
- 2016-04-27: Release of Plane Shift: Zendikar, a free supplement to The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Zendikar, designed to help create a Dungeons & Dragons-campaign set on the Magic plane.
- 2016-04-26: In response to player uproar, Wizards reverse their decision to reduce appearance fees of Platinum pros during the 2016–17 Pro Tour Season.
- 2016-04-25: Enter the Battlefield, a documentary by Nathan Holt and Shawn Kornhauser about life on the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour, premieres on the official MTG Twitch channel.
- 2016-04-24: Steve Rubin wins Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad, defeating Andrea Mengucci in the final.
- 2016-04-24: Changes to the RPTQ system: an additional RPTQ will take place in Italy each season, top eight competitors will receive invitations to the next season's RPTQs, and invitations are awarded to the top four finishing players regardless of the size of the event.
- 2016-04-24: It is announced that all Pro Tours going forward will be the Standard format.
- 2016-04-24: The 2017 Pro Tour schedule is announced: Pro Tours will take place in Dublin, Nashville, Kyoto, and Albuquerque; the 2017 World Magic Cup will be held in Nice, France.
- 2016-04-24: The World Championship prize purse is greatly increased; in exchange, appearance fees of Platinum pros and Hall of Famers are greatly reduced.
- 2016-04-17: Hironobu Sugaya, Fabrizio Anteri, and Allen Wu win the Shadows over Innistrad Limited Grand Prix events in Beijing, Barcelona, and Albuquerque respectively.
- 2016-04-08: Shadows over Innistrad is released and legal in all Constructed formats. Khans of Tarkir and Fate Reforged rotate out of Standard.
- 2016-04-04: In the most recent banned/restricted list update, Eye of Ugin is banned in Modern, while Ancestral Vision and Sword of the Meek are unbanned. Lodestone Golem is restricted in Vintage.
March 2016[edit source]
- 2016-03-20: In the last Standard Grand Prix featuring Khans of Tarkir and Fate Reforged, Petr Sochurek defeats Ben Stark in the final to win the event.
- 2016-03-13: The team of Mike Hron, Matt Severa, and Justin Cohen wins Grand Prix Washington, D.C.
- 2016-03-06: David Mines, Kayure Patel, and Ralph Betesh win Grand Prix Melbourne, Bologna, and Detroit respectively. With all the events being Modern, the Eldrazi deck takes up 14 of 24 top eight slots.
- 2016-03-02: Reveal of Arlinn Kord, a werewolf planeswalker from Innistrad.
- 2016-03-01: First appearance of The Hanweir Chronicle, a newspaper providing clues for the storyline of Shadows over Innistrad.
February 2016[edit source]
- 2016-02-29: From the Vault: Lore, the ninth set from the From the Vault series, is announced for release on August 19, 2016.
- 2016-02-28: At Grand Prix Houston, Owen Turtenwald wins his fourth Grand Prix event, defeating teammate Andrew Cuneo in the final.
- 2016-02-26: Conspiracy: Take the Crown is the new name for Conspiracy: The Empty Throne after Marchesa has taken the throne of Paliano.
- 2016-02-26: Duel Decks: Blessed vs. Cursed is released.
- 2016-02-24: Conspiracy: The Empty Throne is the name for Conspiracy: The Reign of Brago after King Brago's assassination.
- 2016-02-22: Conspiracy: The Reign of Brago, a set designed for Conspiracy Draft is announced for release on August 26, 2016.
- 2016-02-17: Twitter user "MTGDeepthroat" accused 2-3 vendors of receiving leaked card lists for Eternal Masters, prompting an investigation by Wizards of the Coast, before retracting those accusations and deleting their account.
- 2016-02-15: Eternal Masters, a supplementary product, is officially announced. It will include cards such as Force of Will and Wasteland, and will be released on June 10, 2016.
- 2016-02-08: Eldritch Moon, the second set in the Shadows over Innistrad block, is announced. It is set to be released on July 22, 2016.
- 2016-02-07: Jiachen Tao wins Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch, beating Ivan Floch in the final.
- 2016-02-07: Changes are announced to the World Magic Cup and the World Magic Cup Qualifiers; the last WMCQ is changed from Standard to Modern.
- 2016-02-06: A booster pack of Shadows over Innistrad is leaked, revealing the return of Madness and double-faced cards.
January 2016[edit source]
- 2016-01-31: Tomonori Hirami, Fabrizio Anteri, and Adam Jansen win Grand Prix Nagoya, Mexico City, and Vancouver respectively.
- 2016-01-22: Oath of the Gatewatch is released.
- 2016-01-18: Banned & Restricted Announcement: Splinter Twin and Summer Bloom banned in Modern, Cloud of Faeries banned in Pauper.
- 2016-01-18: Commander Announcement: Partial Paris mulligan and out-of-color identity mana rules removed. Prophet of Kruphix banned.
- 2016-01-17: Reid Duke wins Grand Prix Oakland, beating Ben Rubin in the final.
- 2016-01-13: Ten of the judges previously suspended for participation in leaks are pardoned.
December 2015[edit source]
- 2015-12-22: Twelve judges receive DCI suspensions following an investigation of Oath of the Gatewatch leaks.
- 2015-12-13: Italy defeats Thailand in the final to win the 2015 World Magic Cup.
November 2015[edit source]
- 2015-11-13: Commander 2015 is released.
- 2015-11-02: Duel Decks: Blessed vs. Cursed is announced. It will be released on February 26, 2016.
October 2015[edit source]
- 2015-10-31: The first large set of 2016, Shadows over Innistrad, is announced during the Grand Prix Indianapolis stream. The set is scheduled to be released in April 2016.
- 2015-10-18: Kazuyuki Takimura wins Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar, defeating countryman Ryoichi Tamada in the final.
- 2015-10-02: Battle for Zendikar is released.