Magic: The Gathering

Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers flaunts new Sealed Play mode

Ben Kim at

Wizards of the Coast is building excitement for the launch of Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers with a new gameplay trailer that highlights their flair for the dramatic and the addition of sealed play.

For those of you uninitiated with Magic: The Gathering, the new Sealed Play mode is a huge addition. Players will open virtual booster packs and build decks from the 84 random cards that they receive. Sealed play was previously exclusive to real-life Magic and Magic: The Gathering Online and will give you a way to experience the utter ecstasy that is opening a pack of cards—minus the new card smell.


Scrolls beta release date announced, launch trailer released by Mojang

Ian Birnbaum at

Mojang, the Swedish developer behind indie superhit Minecraft, has been teasing us with glimpses of its next game, Scrolls, for quite some time. After two years of development, a long period of alpha testing and a protracted legal battle with Bethesda, Scrolls is finally set for a beta release next Monday, June 3.


Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers — Savage Summoning card revealed

T.J. Hafer at

Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 almost has enough development mana to be summoned onto the battlefield this summer, preceding the release of the new card set in late July. We've been given the opportunity to bring you a first look at a new card that will appear both in the digital and paper-based versions of Magic 2014: Savage Summoning. It also happens to be green, which itself happens to be the best color. Dissenting opinions in the comments will be Trampled.


Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers announced, features lady with fire for hair

Tom Sykes at

Wizards of the Coast have announced the latest edition of their Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers collectible card-battling series. Named, inevitably, Magic 2014, the game boasts of "10 brand new decks, 15 new encounters, 10 new puzzle challenges", in addition to a new game mode and the chance to digitally interact with Magic's new line of cards before they're immortalised in cardboard later in the year. By the looks of it, this doesn't appear to as major an upgrade as the one between Magic 2012 and 13, unless that new mode is particularly revolutionary.


Risen 2 demo offers piratical sabbatical, Magic: The Gathering 2013 demo also available

Tom Senior at

As the bigger words just up there say, demos for pirate arrrPG Risen 2 and Magic: The Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 are now live on Steam (thanks, Blue's News). The Risen 2 demo is the portlier of the pair at 6.2 GB, but the 1.2 Magic demo packs plenty of card battles into 1.3GB. The sequel adds new decks, puzzle challenges and a moodier table. It's worth checking out to see the layer of whizz-bang they've added to make the act of moving cards from one place to another more exciting. Magic is great, but it would add a bonus layer of danger if the cards caught fire and electrocuted each other every few minutes.


Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 to be summoned June 20th

T.J. Hafer at

Wizards of the Coast have announced that the latest entry in the Duels of the Planeswalkers series, a digitized version of their highly successful Magic: the Gathering collectible card game, will be released on June 20th for the PC on Steam. The 2013 edition features all new decks, including new cards from Magic's 2013 core set. Check out the trailer below.


Magic: The Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 announced

Gavin Townsley at

When Evan and Josh demanded I join their Magic: The Gathering tournament, I knew I'd have to learn the game fast. Duels of the Planeswalker 2012, Magic's digital cousin, is the best method for learning the game quickly. The announcement of a new 2013 edition means more decks, game types, and cards to explore for new and experienced players alike.


Card Hunter, from developers of BioShock, Captain Forever and Magic: The Gathering

Graham Smith at

What do game developers do when they get tired of making immersive, big budget first-person shooters? They make digital card games. Card Hunter is being developed by Blue Manchu Games, led by Jon Chey, Ken Levine's former producing partner at Looking Glass and Irrational Games. Jon previously worked on Thief, System Shock 2, and BioShock, and he's joined by Farbs (indie developer of the Captain Forever series), fellow Looking Glass vets Dorian Hart and Ben Lee, and the creator of Magic: The Gathering.

Right now, information about how the game plays is fairly thin on the ground, and the above trailer is described as "awesomely inaccurate." We do know that it'll be free to play, primarily singleplayer, and that they're striving to avoid anything that could be described as "pay to win". There's an ongoing Card Hunter blog, if you're thirsty for more.

Thanks to Jay Kyburz - another Irrational vet who now makes similar games like Neptune's Pride and Jupiter's Folly - for pointing this game out to us.


Magic: The Gathering - Tactics developer vlog talks Planeswalkers

Lucas Sullivan at

Don't front: there's a good chance you've played Magic: The Gathering, be it in middle school or yesterday afternoon. And everyone who's ever pivoted a Magic card on their index finger and whispered "You take three damage, coward," has to wonder: how cool would it be if these creatures came to life and decked it out? Okay, well, at least I've wondered that before.

Today, Sony Online Entertainment's strategy game Magic: the Gathering - Tactics shows off its five iconic Planeswalkers, masters of their respective elements, in a vlog by SOE. "...Vlog?" We're using that as a word, now? It sounds like a more painful "flog."


Interview: planeswalking the walk in Magic: The Gathering - Tactics

Robert Hathorne at

If you've ever played the Magic: The Gathering customizable card game, you've no doubt wondered what it would look like if the creatures you cast duked it out on the table in front of you. SOE's free-to-play Magic: The Gathering - Tactics, a turn-based strategy game based on the CCG universe, renders your summoned creatures in 3D, fighting in formation on a tactical grid. We got the chance to talk about the game with Mark Tuttle, executive producer at SOE Denver, about the launch. Read on and see what it took to turn the classic tabletop card game into a grid-based battle of wits.


Magic: The Gathering - Tactics exclusive video

Robert Hathorne at

In Magic: The Gathering, the best blue players are manipulative and never show their hand. At PC Gamer, we're also manipulative, and if you won't show us your hand, we'll cut it off and post it on our website. Which is what we did with this exclusive Magic: The Gathering - Tactics video featuring some of the blue team's finest, such as Jace Beleren and a djinn with the kind of ponytail that makes real ponies reevaluate their existence as smaller and less useful horses. Poor ponies.