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The Painful Truths Podcast.

“Is a bi-weekly update on all things magic with a competitive angle.”

July 22, 2016Episode 8
Description:  SCG Columbus Primer

April 22, 2016 Episode 4
Description:  Talking about the SCG Invitation as well as an Interview with the Champion  Max Mcvety!

April 15, 2016Episode 3
Description:  Previewing the New Standard and breaking down Modern with Eldrazi.

April 8, 2016Episode 2
Description:  Reviewing the Modern Banned List and looking forward.

March 25, 2016 Episode 1
Description:  Shadows Over Innistrad Spoiler review, a quick modern update, and a farewell to Khans Standard.



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As long as we have walked this world, we have known it as a harsh and unforgiving place. We live in an angry world, and we are well acquainted with death.

—The Invokers’ Tales

Danger and adventure await in these pages, lavishly illustrated with the award-winning art of Magic: The Gathering! Explore a tumultuous world fraught with perils and join the fight for survival as the fragments of civilization confront the unnatural Eldrazi. Follow in the footsteps of heroic Planeswalkers as they overcome the greatest threats the Multiverse has ever known.

The secrets of Zendikar—its peoples, continents, and creatures—are ready for you to discover in this 244-page book featuring the art of Magic: The Gathering.

Title: The Art of Magic: The Gathering—Zendikar

Written by: James Wyatt

Cover Art: Adam Paquette

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Specifications: Hardcover 10″ x 11.25″; 244 pages; full color

MSRP: $39.99 ($45.00 CAN; £28.00 UK)

Published by:  Perfect Square, a division of Viz Media

Officially licensed by: Wizards of the Coast

Availability: Bookstores around the world

Language: English Only

The Battle Begins Here! Return to the wild plane of Zendikar, where the monstrous Eldrazi threaten the entire world with destruction!

Specially designed to be the go-to gift for shoppers looking to purchase Magic: The Gathering cards and accessories for their friends and relatives, the Magic: The Gathering Gift Box includes five Battle for Zendikar booster packs, 20 Battle for Zendikar basic lands, six illustrated plastic dividers, a sticker sheet for customizing the dividers, one Alternate Art card from the Battle for Zendikar set, and a storage box with capacity for over 2,000 Magic cards.


So, the next block name and first set in the block was announces yesterday.  There’s even a teaser trailer (see in the link) – please feel free to talk about this to your customers.  Just to be clear, I can take preorders but no physical part numbers have been given to us nor any other information than what you see below.  Also, some of the foreign language, may not be accessible to us. The do not let us know until the last few weeks of when the product releases.


Our numbers will probably be due at the end of January.  Be sure to get your numbers in before that time.  I’ll confirm later as to a precise date.




By Wizards of the Coast



Set Name

Shadows over Innistrad



Set 1 of 2 in the Shadows over Innistrad block


Number of Cards



Prerelease Events

April 2-3, 2016


Release Date

April 8, 2016


Launch Weekend

April 8–10, 2016


Game Day

April 30–May 1, 2016


Magic Online Prerelease Events

April 15-18, 2016


Magic Online Release Date

April 18, 2016


Magic Online Release Events

April 18-May 4, 2016


Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad

April 22-24, 2016


Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad Location

Madrid, Spain


Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad Formats

  • Swiss: Standard

Shadows over Innistrad Draft

  • Top 8: Standard


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Initial Concept and Game Design

Mark Gottlieb (lead)
Mark Rosewater
Ken Nagle
Gavin Verhey
Sam Stoddard
Andrew Veen
Adam Lee


Final Game Design and Development

Dave Humpherys (lead)
Tim Aten
Ethan Fleischer
Erik Lauer
Ari Levitch
Sam Stoddard
with contributions from Matt Tabak



English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish


Available in

Booster Packs, Intro Packs*, Fat Pack*, Deck Builder’s Toolkit*, Gift Box*
(*-Not available in all languages. Not all products available on Magic Online.)


Set Name

Oath of the Gatewatch


Set 2 of 2 in the Battle for Zendikar block

Number of Cards


Prerelease Events

January 16–17, 2016

Prerelease Format

Sealed (4 Oath of the Gatewatch/2 Battle for Zendikar)

Release Date

January 22, 2016

Launch Weekend

January 22–24, 2016

Game Day

February 13–14, 2016

Magic Online Prerelease Events

January 29–February 1, 2016

Magic Online Release Date

February 8, 2016

Magic Online Release Events

February 8–24, 2016

Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch

February 5–7, 2016

Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch Location

Atlanta, GA

Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch Formats

  • Swiss:


Oath of the Gatewatch/Oath of the Gatewatch/Battle for Zendikar Draft

  • Top 8:


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Initial Concept and Game Design

Ethan Fleischer (lead)
Graeme Hopkins
Ari Levitch
Ken Nagle
Adam Prosak
Mark Rosewater

Final Game Design and Development

Ian Duke (lead)
Dave Humpherys
Jackie Lee
Adam Prosak
Gavin Verhey


English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Available in

Booster Packs, Intro Packs*, Fat Pack*
(*-Not available in all languages.)



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 WOCB28720000Magic: The Gathering: 2015 Commander DisplayMany will play, one will rise. Choose your commander for this unique multiplayer Magic format. New cards offer new play options, and experience counters will make your commander grow in power during the course of each game. Two-color decks allow for surprising synergies and opportunities to devastate your foes.The set will feature five two-color – enemy pair – 100-card Commander decks, along with 55 new Magic cards legal in Eternal formats (Vintage and Legacy), but not legal in Standard, Block Constructed, or Modern. Each deck will contain fifteen new cards.Magic: The Gathering: Commander will consist of five different 100-card singleton decks, each containing:100-card Commander deck

1 Oversized Foil Commander card

10 Double-sided tokens

1 Deck storage box

1 Deck strategy insert

1 Rules reference card

Displaying image002.jpgMagic: The Gathering: Battle for Zendikar Gift Box 2015The Eldrazi are coming…for the holidays and they’re bringing a present! Gideon doesn’t look like he is intimidated, but maybe he should be. Whatever the fate of Zendikar may be, you can be prepared with the Battle for Zendikar Gift Box!The box itself can hold more than 2,000 Magic cards and is the perfect holiday gift for any Magic: The Gathering player!Contains:5 Battle for Zendikar booster packs

1 Storage Box for over 2,000 Magic cards

20 Battle for Zendikar basic lands

6 Illustrated plastic dividers

1 Sticker sheet

1 Battle for Zendikar alternate art card



Drawing on the powerful mana that surges through the roiling land, Zendikar’s forces have joined together to defend their plane.

 The Eldrazi titans, trapped for thousands of years, have broken their bonds. Now their numberless spawn begin to overrun Zendikar.

 Can Zendikar resist this onslaught? Or will the Eldrazi triumph?

 Duel Decks are a great way for two players to experience the thrill of Magic: The Gathering by facing off against each other with ready-to-play 60-card decks that contain some of the best cards in Magic history.



2 Ready-to-play 60-card decks,
2 Deck boxes,
Strategy insert,
Rules reference card.

RELEASE DATE:  8/28/15!!!