"Magic: The Gathering" Nominated for "Toy Hall of Fame"

“Magic: The Gathering” Nominated for “Toy Hall of Fame”

The Strong Museum of Play, located in Rochester, New York, boasts one of the largest single collection of toys and games in the world. They are also home to the Toy Hall of Fame, where the most renowned and popular games and toys from across history are noted for posterity. Magic: the Gathering, a collectible trading […]

"Throne of Eldraine" is a Storybook Fantasy - "Magic: The Gathering"

“Throne of Eldraine” Is A Fairytale Fantasy – “Magic: The Gathering”

Magic: The Gathering‘s 82nd expansion set, Throne of Eldraine, has a plentitude of fantasy tropes, making it one of the biggest, most ambitious crossovers in childhood fairytale history (Dreamworks’ movie Shrek also coming to mind). While Throne of Eldraine is chock-full of Arthurian and Grimm tropes alike, between the two it’s obvious that unless the references […]

How To Properly Assess Threats In Commander - "Magic: The Gathering"

How To Properly Assess Threats In Commander – “Magic: The Gathering”

Hey all! I wanted to write a piece on proper threat assessment in Magic: The Gathering multiplayer formats, namely Commander. The research I did made me reconsider a few personal opinions I had about my own level of play as a result. It seems to me that, in my playgroups, I might be the problem! Let’s explore […]

Playing In A New Golden Age of "Magic: The Gathering"

Playing In A New Golden Age of “Magic: The Gathering”

Magic: The Gathering has undergone a large number of overhauls to their Modern format lately. From banning Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis and Faithless Looting to including the infamous Stoneforge Mystic, Modern has been shaken up to a degree that… Might be beneficial to Magic as a whole? Hear me out, just for a second or two. […]

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Wizards Showcases More “Throne Of Eldraine” – “Magic: The Gathering”

Yesterday, Wizards of the Coast, the company behind Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, and other games, teased that they were going to host a stream of new information for Magic‘s 82nd expansion set “Throne of Eldraine”. This teaser itself included a few card spoilers for the Arthurian/Grimm-themed set. Today, the Twitch stream started with a […]

"Marisi, Breaker of the Coil" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

“Marisi, Breaker of the Coil” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

Magic: The Gathering has been a powerhouse of a game for the past 26 years. There are millions of players of this game at tables across the globe, and their newest venture, Arena, already has members numbering in the thousands. Wizards of the Coast is still making cards for an ever-growing, ever-hungry tabletop presence. And […]

Magic: the Gathering Planeswalker line-up

New Planeswalker, “Oko”, Unveiled for “Magic: The Gathering”

Brace yourselves, Magic fandom, for Oko, the newest planeswalker to grace the Blind Eternities! According to, Oko, full name to be determined, is the newest Planeswalker character for the Magic: the Gathering trading card game. Oko is explained in a Forbes interview with Nic Kelman, Head of Story and Entertainment at Wizards of the […]

"Pramikon, Sky Rampart" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

“Pramikon, Sky Rampart” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

Once again, the annual Commander product for Magic: The Gathering proves to be a great success for the format at large. From the first reveal of the set’s themes, players knew to expect amazing things from this release, and when it came around, it did not disappoint. The mechanics expanded on include Morph, Flashback, Populate, and […]

It's "Morph"ing Time For Magic: the Gathering - draft

“Volrath, the Shapestealer” Deck Tech – “Magic: The Gathering”

Magic: The Gathering has outdone themselves yet again with their yearly Commander product. The four Magic preconstructed decks in this release each have coherent mechanical themes and do not pull too many punches when it comes to power level. As it stands, the decks as constructed revolve around four mechanics: Morph, Flashback, Populate, and Madness. […]

Improving "Merciless Rage" - "Magic: The Gathering"

Improving “Merciless Rage” – “Magic: The Gathering”

The card game Magic: The Gathering is arguably the most complex game known to humankind so far. It continues to baffle AI seeking to determine an algorithm able to declare a winner early in any given game. Artificial intelligence can do that with chess, with hardly any difficulty at all! Seeing how intricate chess is, and how […]

Improving "Primal Genesis" - "Magic: The Gathering"

Improving “Primal Genesis” – “Magic: The Gathering”

With over 19,000 cards in the game, Magic: the Gathering has cemented itself as the most complex game known to humankind so far. Deckbuilding is as much an art form as it is a science, and many players look at their decks are labors of love and art. This is very true of Commander players especially, […]

“Yu-Gi-Oh!” TCG Dragon Duel Tournaments Receive An Age-Limit Change

This week, Konami issued a new change to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Dragon Duel tournaments age limit that will change who can enter tournaments. We have the finer details below, but the shorthand is that people born in 2006 or later can officially enter. You can find more info in the FAQs for the game, or […]

Improving "Faceless Menace" - "Magic: The Gathering"

Improving “Mystic Intellect” – “Magic: The Gathering”

Magic: The Gathering is an extremely complex game. With so many ways to improve a deck, deckbuilding can be sen as almost as much of a competition as the gameplay itself. On Tuesday, August 13th, we went over the Faceless Menace deck for Commander 2019, and made twenty changes to its contents. Today, Bleeding Cool goes […]

"Magic: The Gathering Arena" Planning New Innovations for 2020

“Magic: The Gathering Arena” Planning New Innovations for 2020

Magic: the Gathering has been a worldwide phenomenon, with the card game debuting at GenCon in 1993 and only growing in scope from there. It’s a game with over 35 million players. So, when the digital age began and e-sports emerged as a major form of entertainment, Wizards of the Coast got on the bandwagon with Magic: […]

Improving "Faceless Menace" - "Magic: The Gathering"

Improving “Faceless Menace” – “Magic: The Gathering”

Magic: the Gathering is an immensely multifaceted game, and according to studies is the most complex game currently known to man. There is no necessary algorithm that can predict a winner out of a two-player game of Magic, largely due to the sheer amount of different individual cards in the game. So, it suffices to say […]

"Arisen Necropolis" Takes MagicFest Minneapolis - "Magic: The Gathering"

“Arisen Necropolis” Takes MagicFest Minneapolis – “Magic: The Gathering”

The more things in the Magic: the Gathering tournament scene change, the more it seems they stay the same. Justin Plocher defeated Jonathan Corzo in the Modern finals at MagicFest Minneapolis on Sunday, August 11th. Both players used variants of the infuriatingly-popular Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis decklist. Plocher used a variant that manages to power out […]

Konami Reveals Remaining 2019 “Yu-Gi-Oh!” TCG Tournament Season

Konami has revealed the remaining Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game YCS tournament dates in North America for the rest of 2019. We now know they’ll be headed to Portland from August 24-25, Niagara Falls, Ontario from September 21-22, Guadalajara, Mexico from September 28 – 29, and Fort Worth from October 5-6. Players will be vying for, […]

"Magic: the Gathering" "Populate"s Commander 2019

Commander 2019 Descends Into “Madness” – “Magic: The Gathering”

During GenCon 2019 last weekend, Wizards of the Coast unveiled their newest Commander deck themes for Magic: The Gathering. What’s more, they revealed that on each day from August 5th-8th, they are revealing a new decklist. The themes are Morph, Madness, Populate, and Flashback, themes that are very popular for many players. Today, Wizards of […]