Open main menu (also referred to as and by fans as the Mothership) is the official website for the game of Magic: The Gathering and a subpage of, the official homepage of Wizards of the Coast. It features columns by R&D members and prominent Magic players.[1][2]



StartEdit followed up on Duelist Online. It went online in early 2000, but the first page was not Magic specific (May 30, 2000 edition). The first Magic specific page went online in early 2001 around the time of 7th Edition (April 30, 2001). The site moved to a column format (ala newspaper looking) in early 2002. When web editor Aaron Forsythe left in 2003 to become part of R&D, it was considered to merge the site with Magic Online and the Sideboard website.[3] This was effectuated in early 2004, when Scott Johns took over.[4][5][6][7]


Further facelifts and updates followed in August 2005,[8][9] July 2006 [10] and September 2006.[11] A complete overhaul of the site was achieved in August 2008.[12][13] After Scott Johns, Kelly Digges managed the site. Since 2012, Trick Jarrett and Mike McArtor were the content managers.[14][15][16]

Rasmussen eraEdit

In 2014, Blake Rasmussen became copy editor-in-chief and the site was completely revamped, again. Changes included a responsive design for an improved browsing experience on any web-connected device, a rich and interconnected story section, a new calendar, improved search functionality, and a more robust experience for visitors reading in non-English languages.[17] The revamped site wasn't functioning very well in the first weeks and met with a lot of criticism. This led to another complete redesign, only six months later.[18] In January 2016 Rasmussen let go of the strict weekly format of the site. The roster of authors and the range of content were expanded, and the site now could be updated several times a day at irregular intervals. Rasmussen introduced the Daily Magic Update, retired Magic Arcana and rechristened Uncharted Realms to the rather bland "Official Magic Fiction" (later Magic Story).[19] "Daily Magic Update" was expanded upon in the November 2017 update, "making use of the newest web design technology".[20][21] As it turned out, this meant that the site experienced a serious decline in original content, actuality and updates.

Notable contentEdit



  • State of Design, Mark Rosewater, as Head Designer, examines the current state of Magic design by looking back at the previous year to appraise what went right and wrong with Magic design (August).
  • Announcement Day. Originally planned as a biannual mass product announcement — one in the spring and one in the fall.[23] As of November 2018, WotC was rethinking how and when they announced products.[24] Announcements were more spread out. For 2020, the most important upcoming sets were announced on September 4, 2019.[25]


  • Magic Digital
  • Top Decks by Mike Flores and later Luis Scott-Vargas.
  • Magic Online Weekly Announcements Blog.
  • Magic Online Bug Blog.
  • How to Play....
  • Ways to Play.
  • Magic Lifestyle.
  • Magic Podcast.
  • Walking the Planes. Video series hosted by Nathan Holt, Walking the Planes documents various large tournaments (such as Grand Prix or Pro Tour) and the overall Magic scene in a light-hearted fashion. It often includes interviews with pro players. The series also features small sketches about the misadventures of an unnamed necromancer planeswalker (played by Holt).
  • Friday Nights. Video series produced by the Canadian sketch comedy group LoadingReadyRun, the series documents the group's own experience in playing Magic and its contact with the culture surrounding the game (e.g. a road trip to Grand Prix Calgary 2013), exaggerated for humorous effect.

Retired contentEdit

Magic ArcanaEdit

Magic Arcana was a section of the site that provided readers with sneak peeks of future products and revelations of little-known factoids about the game's past.[26] It used to be updated daily, but after 2014 it wasn't updated on Fridays anymore. In 2016 it was incorporated in the Daily Magic Update.

Magic Arcana made its debut on January 2, 2002. Mark Rosewater wrote:

“  Each day we will tell you or show you something you’ve never heard or seen before. News of an upcoming set, original sketches, alternative packaging, playtest cards, uncropped artwork, style guide images, etc. "Magic Arcana" will go where no Magic site has gone before.[27]  ”

Every Friday until 2014, Magic Arcana had a "Wallpaper of the Week", which is a card artwork that is downloadable at 1280 x 960 pixels, 1280 x 1024 pixels, 1024 x 768 pixels, and 800 x 600 pixels. Magic Arcana kept an archive of Wallpapers of the Week.

The Lexicon was another regular part of Magic Arcana. The Lexicons were articles that defined words used in card titles. For instance, the last entry lists a caldera noun as "A large crater formed by volcanic explosion or by the collapse of a volcanic cone."

The 1000th Magic Arcana was updated on January 25, 2006.[26]

Ask WizardsEdit

Ask Wizards is a section of the site that answers sent-in questions of the public. It changed from daily, to weekly (allowing for staff holidays.) [27][28] In 2014 it became a monthly feature.[29] Later it disappeared altogether.

Card of the DayEdit

Every weekday day, Card of the Day was updated with a Magic card with an interesting factoid or two; this feature provided readers with "inside" scoops and Easter Eggs.[30] The chosen card often related to the theme of the week, if there was one, or the other cards that are chosen during that week.


The FlavOracle was a pendant of the Oracle, a document that housed the official flavor text for every Magic card (basic sets, expansion sets, and promotional cards).[31][32] In addition, ran an ongoing feature that allowed readers to submit flavor text for older cards. After a screening process, a popular vote would determine the eventual winner for each card, and the winning text would be added into the FlavOracle.[33] The FlavOracle was introduced in March, 2002.[34] and used to provide flavor text for six cards in Eighth Edition.[35][36] It was already retired by December 2004, because of lack of interest.[37][38]

Orb of InsightEdit

The Orb of Insight was a recurrent feature that was available prior to a set's release. It was a JavaScript-based object that, when available, one could type in a term, word, or number, and the Orb would return with the number of mentions of such term in the forthcoming expansion. Although it did not take flavor text into consideration, it did consider card names and rules text.

Mark Rosewater wrote of the Orb of Insight:

“  You enter any word, and the Orb will tell you how many times that word appears in [a given set]. It counts all text on the cards with the exception of flavor text. What can you figure out with this little tool? To be honest, I’m not sure. But I plan to have fun watching all of you learn what you can.[27]  ”

Mistform Ultimus WatchEdit

The Mistform Ultimus Watch was a recurring sub-feature that kept track of what creature types Mistform Ultimus had become, and in effect, what new creature types recently had been added to Magic.[39]

Theme weeksEdit

In the early days, the site would have theme weeks to fill the gaps between the releases of new products.[40][41]


Regular columns used to be:[42]



  1. Mark Rosewater (January 02, 2012). "Turning Ten". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Trick Jarrett (February 27, 2012). "I'm Just an Article". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Daniel Stahl (October 08, 2003). "The Future of". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Scott Johns (January 19, 2004). "A New Chapter". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Doug Beyer (February 16, 2004). "The New Magic The". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Doug Beyer (February 16, 2004). "Site Redesign Follow-Up". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Scott Johns (March 21, 2005). "Past, Present, Future". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Doug Beyer (August 08, 2005). "Ten Reasons for a Facelift". Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Wizards of the Coast (August, 2007). "Ask Wizards - August, 2008". Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Scott Johns (July 08, 2006). "Taking You To The Beginning, At Last". Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Scott Johns (September 13, 2006). "Change On The Horizon". Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Scott Johns (August 18, 2008). "The New". Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Scott Johns (August 25, 2008). "Gone Today, New Site Shortly". Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Trick Jarrett (March 26, 2012). "Editor's Notes—Changing the Lineup". Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Trick Jarrett (June 25, 2012). "Perilous Realms and More". Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Trick Jarrett (December 14, 2012). "Four New Faces". Wizards of the Coast.
  17. Trick Jarrett (June 17, 2014). "Welcome to the New Magic Site!". Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Trick Jarrett (December 11, 2014). "A New Look; A New Feel". Wizards of the Coast.
  19. Blake Rasmussen (January 11, 2016). "A New Year, a New DailyMTG". Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Blake Rasmussen (November 9, 2017). "The New DailyMTG". Wizards of the Coast.
  21. Blake Rasmussen (November 29, 2017). "Welcome to the New DailyMTG". Wizards of the Coast.
  22. Mark Rosewater (December 4, 2006). "Making "Making Magic"". Wizards of the Coast.
  23. Wizards of the Coast (May 16, 2016). "Announcement Day". Wizards of the Coast.
  24. Rich Stein (November 7, 2018), "Some Ultimate Masters Questions with Blake Rasmussen",
  25. Magic Announcement Stream (Video). Magic: the Gathering. YouTube (September 4, 2019).
  26. a b Wizards of the Coast (January 25, 2006). "Magic Arcana #1000". Wizards of the Coast.
  27. a b c Mark Rosewater (January 2, 2002). "In the Beginning...". Wizards of the Coast.
  28. Magic Arcana (November 13, 2008). "Ask Wizards?". Wizards of the Coast.
  29. Mike McArtor (June 17, 2014). "Ask Wizards - Tuesday, June 17". Wizards of the Coast.
  30. Mark Rosewater (December 11, 2006). "Hidden Treasures". Wizards of the Coast.
  31. Wizards of the Coast (March 21, 2002). "The FlavOracle". Wizards of the Coast.
  32. Wizards of the Coast (March 22, 2002). "FlavOracle Legal Text". Wizards of the Coast.
  33. The Ferrett (July 11, 2002). "Playing Checkers with Superman". Wizards of the Coast.
  34. Mark Rosewater (March 22, 2002). "The FlavOracle". Wizards of the Coast.
  35. Aaron Forsythe (July 12, 2002). "Selecting Eighth Edition". Wizards of the Coast.
  36. Aaron Forsythe (November 25, 2002). "Selecting Eighth Edition Wrapup". Wizards of the Coast.
  37. Jay Moldenhauer-Salazar (December 27, 2004). "Perspectives of a Writing Grunt". Wizards of the Coast.
  38. Mark Rosewater (November 02, 2012). "What ever happened to the Flavoracle?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  39. Magic Arcana (June 28, 2004). "Mistform Ultimus Watch: Mirrodin Block". Wizards of the Coast.
  40. Wizards of the Coast (June 2, 2008). "Ask Wizards, June 2008". Wizards of the Coast.
  41. Wizards of the Coast (March, 2007). "Ask Wizards - March 2007". Wizards of the Coast.
  42. Mark Rosewater (October 15, 2010). "The Design Test". Wizards of the Coast.
  43. 2001 Grand Prix Brisbane Coverage — Interview: Head Judge Rune Horvik, by Yaro Starak,
  44. Rune Horvik, by David Vogin,
  45. Reading the Rune: Tapping the Mind of Rune Horvik, by Jeff Vondruska,, 31 July 2003.
  46. Reid Duke (October 5, 2015). "Level One: The Full Course". Wizards of the Coast.