Magic: The Gathering Arena launches with training montage starring Carl Weathers

The new digital version of the original collectible card game, Magic: The Gathering Arena has just left beta. To celebrate there's a video in which Sophia Lillis from It receives a training montage starring Carl Weathers, aka Dillon from Predator. 

The montage is packed with Magic references, from Carl saying Sophia punches "like a beeble" to a chalkboard full of Easter eggs such as a declaration that "Homelands = best set ever made" and a quote from the Armadillo Cloak card: "Don't laugh. It works!"

Magic: The Gathering Arena can be downloaded directly from Wizards of the Coast and is free-to-play. Its launch from beta coincides with the launch of the new fairytale-themed set, Throne of Eldraine. 

This new version of Magic improves over Magic: The Gathering Online in a bunch of ways, including the fact that it only prompts you to interrupt your opponent's turn to play instants and flash summons when you actually have them in your hand. Which is still often enough to become annoying, but certainly not as annoying.

PS: I am aware Carl Weathers was in things other than Predator, thank you.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.