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Advertisement (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]

History[ | ]

Start[ | ] 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 Seventh 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]

Facelifts[ | ]

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 era[ | ]

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 less idiosyncratic "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] However, the site experienced a subsequent decline in original content and updates - eventually, the site mostly served as a hub advertising popular content from other creators rather than a site that published works itself.

MPL era[ | ]

When the Magic Pro League was established, a new site under was started. Initially, the site only held the event pages for the major tournaments, but once the Rivals League was up and running much of the articles regarding competitive play, the event archives, and most of the Arena update news was migrated here as well. League play weekend information and Arena decklists also started to be published here.

While the Leagues themselves were retired mid-2022, the site remained as the main source for tournament information.

2023 Revamp[ | ]

On November 10th, DailyMTG was overhauled to use the backend system for ease of editing. In the process, many older DailyMTG articles were retired due to technology and compatibility issues.[22]

Notable content[ | ]

Weekly[ | ]

Nowadays, Mark Rosewater's Making Magic on Mondays[23] is the only regular article series. The Magic Online Weekly Announcements Blog and MTG Arena Announcements are weekly bulletins on upcoming digital events. That said, two weekly video series are present, but are published on other sites and promoted on Daily MTG: Good Morning Magic by Gavin Verhey on YouTube, and Weekly MTG on with Blake Rasmussen and guests.

In the week of 8th of August, 2022, two new weekly article series were introduced: the return of The Week That Was under Corbin Hosler, and Metagame Mentor, under Frank Karsten. Both were published on the subsite.[24][25]

Standard set release cycle[ | ]

  • Card Previews, by various authors, for three weeks before set release.
  • Magic Story on Wednesdays, by the Magic Creative Team. Previously released at the start of preview season, the full story is now published before preview season to avoid the spoilers on story spotlight cards.
  • Prerelease Primer, by Gavin Verhey.
  • Oracle and Comprehensive Rules update, by the current Rules Manager.

Annual[ | ]

  • 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.[26] As of November 2018, WotC was rethinking how and when they announced products,[27] and announcements were more spread out. For 2020, the annual Announcement Day was reinstated with the most important upcoming sets revealed on September 4, 2019.[28]. Announcement Day 2020 was September 1, while Announcement Day 2021 ("Magic Showcase 2021") was on August 24.
    • In 2022, Global Marketing Manager Light Humphreys added monthly announcement days.[29] The annual Announcement Day (August 18, 2022) was now called "Wizards Presents".[30]
    • In 2023, monthly announcements were abandoned again. The annual Announcement Day took place on Magic: The Gathering's 30th birthday (August 5th), and took the form of a panel at GenCon.[31]

Irregular[ | ]

  • Magic Digital
  • Magic Online Bug Blog.

Retired content[ | ]

Magic Arcana[ | ]

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.[32] 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.[33]  ”

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 uploaded on January 25, 2006.[32]

Ask Wizards[ | ]

Ask Wizards was a section of the site that answers sent-in questions of the public. It changed from daily, to weekly (allowing for staff holidays.) [33][34] In 2014 it became a monthly feature.[35]

Card of the Day[ | ]

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.[36] 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.

FlavOracle[ | ]

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).[37][38] 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.[39] The FlavOracle was introduced in March, 2002.[40] and used to provide flavor text for six cards in Eighth Edition.[41][42] It was already retired by December 2004, because of lack of interest.[43][44]

Orb of Insight[ | ]

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.[33]  ”

As it turned out, players could find out an extremely large amount of information. Through data-mining key word frequencies to figure out set structure with preview set data, like nonbasic lands, multicolored cards, proper terms (Legendaries and named references) and mechanical relevance. Methods used in preview season were successful enough to retire the Orb.[45]

Mistform Ultimus Watch[ | ]

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.[46]

Theme weeks[ | ]

In the early days, the site would have theme weeks to fill the gaps between the releases of new products.[47][48] Subtypes, mechanics, and lore topics were all on the table, with various levels of contribution through the week's authors.

Columns[ | ]

Regular columns used to be:[49]

  • Limited Information by Steve Sadin and guests
  • Serious Fun by Adam Styborski
    • Ways to Play.
    • Magic Lifestyle.
  • Building on a Budget by Jacob Van Lunen, a deckbuilding column, usually using Magic Online, aimed for the aspiring competitor.
  • From the Lab by Noel deCordova, a deckbuilding column on unusual build-arounds.
  • The Week That Was by Brian David-Marshall, in the GP/PT era, which wrote various news-clipping styled tidbits collected off the Pro Tour.
  • Uncommon Knowledge was a history column that ran from January 2, 2002, to August 15, 2003, with a single column on November 29, 2006, during the Time Spiral nostalgia period. It was authored by Ben Bleiweiss with one guest article by Aaron Forsythe on November 6, 2002.
  • Daily Magic Update by Blake Rasmussen.
    • Magic Arcana, a daily trivia column with curiosities in art, flavor, mechanics or players.
    • Saturday School was a question and answer column that ran from October 2002 to July 2006. It was first authored by Norwegian Rune Horvik,[50][51][52] then John Carter.
  • Taste the Magic by Matt Cavotta, dedicated to flavor
  • Latest Developments on Fridays, by Aaron Forsythe, Tom LaPille and later by Sam Stoddard.
  • Top Decks by Mike Flores and later Luis Scott-Vargas, looking at the highest performing decks in recent GP and PTs.
    • Perilous Research by Jacob Van Lunen, looking at Magic Online decklists for metagame evolution.
  • How to Play...
  • Magic Podcast.
  • Walking the Planes. Video series hosted by Nathan Holt and Shawn Kornhauser, 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).
    • Enter the Battlefield. A more conventional documentary series covering Magic scenes of countries, lives of individual pro players, artists and content creators. The series is also created by Holt and Kornhauser.
  • 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.

Gallery[ | ]

References[ | ]

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  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. Blake Rasmussen (November 8, 2022). "A New Daly(MTG)".
  23. Mark Rosewater (December 4, 2006). "Making "Making Magic"". Wizards of the Coast.
  24. Corbin Hosler (August 12, 2022). "The Week That Was: With a Cherryxman on Top".
  25. Frank Karsten (August 12, 2022). "Metagame Mentor: Pioneer Metagame Roundup - August 2022".
  26. Wizards of the Coast (May 16, 2016). "Announcement Day". Wizards of the Coast.
  27. Rich Stein (November 7, 2018), "Some Ultimate Masters Questions with Blake Rasmussen",
  28. Magic Announcement Stream (Video). Magic: the Gathering. YouTube (September 4, 2019).
  29. Light Humphreys (February 25, 2022). "For those who missed it, today was the first of our “Monthly MTG Announcements.”". Twitter.
  30. Wizards of the Coast (May 12, 2022). "Your Sneak Peek at Double Masters 2022, Dominaria United, and Beyond". Wizards of the Coast.
  31. Wizards of the Coast (August 5, 2023). "Look into the Future with our Magic at 30 Gen Con Panel". Wizards of the Coast.
  32. a b Wizards of the Coast (January 25, 2006). "Magic Arcana #1000". Wizards of the Coast.
  33. a b c Mark Rosewater (January 2, 2002). "In the Beginning...". Wizards of the Coast.
  34. Magic Arcana (November 13, 2008). "Ask Wizards?". Wizards of the Coast.
  35. Mike McArtor (June 17, 2014). "Ask Wizards - Tuesday, June 17". Wizards of the Coast.
  36. Mark Rosewater (December 11, 2006). "Hidden Treasures". Wizards of the Coast.
  37. Wizards of the Coast (March 21, 2002). "The FlavOracle". Wizards of the Coast.
  38. Wizards of the Coast (March 22, 2002). "FlavOracle Legal Text". Wizards of the Coast.
  39. The Ferrett (July 11, 2002). "Playing Checkers with Superman". Wizards of the Coast.
  40. Mark Rosewater (March 22, 2002). "The FlavOracle". Wizards of the Coast.
  41. Aaron Forsythe (July 12, 2002). "Selecting Eighth Edition". Wizards of the Coast.
  42. Aaron Forsythe (November 25, 2002). "Selecting Eighth Edition Wrapup". Wizards of the Coast.
  43. Jay Moldenhauer-Salazar (December 27, 2004). "Perspectives of a Writing Grunt". Wizards of the Coast.
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  45. Mark Rosewater (May 14, 2021). "Could we get a non exploitable version of orb of...". Blogatog. Tumblr.
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  50. 2001 Grand Prix Brisbane Coverage — Interview: Head Judge Rune Horvik, by Yaro Starak,
  51. Rune Horvik, by David Vogin,
  52. Reading the Rune: Tapping the Mind of Rune Horvik, by Jeff Vondruska,, 31 July 2003.
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