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Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Release Date, Story Details & Cast

Warning! SPOILERS ahead for 3Below: Tales of Arcadia season 2.

The next installment in Netflix’s Tales of Arcadia is Wizards – here’s everything we know about the upcoming series. The first two series in the animated anthology from Guillermo del Toro and DreamWorks Animation, Trollhunters and 3Below, establish the town of Arcadia and the strange happenings that take place there. With Wizards, the anthology series will come to a close, bringing together characters from both prior shows for a grand finale.

Trollhunters introduces Jim Lake, the first human Trollhunter who along with his friends must protect both the humans and trolls of Arcadia from an ancient evil. In 3Below, two alien royals, Aja and Krel, crash land in Arcadia and must work alongside their human (and one troll) friends to protect their new home from invasion. Now in Wizards, the characters of these two shows will come together in order to defeat some as-of-yet unknown enemy that is threatening to destroy not just Arcadia, but the whole world!

Related: Will There Be A 3Below Season 3? Here’s What’s Next For Netflix’s Tales of Arcadia

Here’s everything we know and expect for Wizards: Tales of Arcadia.

Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Release Date

Neither Netflix nor DreamWorks Animation has announced a premiere date for Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, but the series is expected to debut on the streaming service in Fall 2019. As the concluding chapter in Tales of Arcadia, it isn’t yet known whether the series will have more than one season. However, given that Trollhunters ran for three seasons, 3Below for two, and with Wizards being the culmination of the entire anthology, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if Wizards is just a one season show.

The Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Cast

As the final chapter in Tales of Arcadia, Wizards is expected to reunite most if not all the characters introduced on 3Below and Trollhunters. This would include Aja (Tatiana Maslany), Krel (Diego Luna), and Varvatos Vex (Nick Offerman) as well as Jim (Emile Hirsch), Claire (Lexi Medrano), Toby (Charlie Saxton), Blinky (Kelsey Grammer), and AAARRRGGHH!!! (Fred Tatasciore). Additionally, the many residents of Arcadia who have had minor roles on both series will likely also appear in Wizards.

As for cast members we know will return for Wizards, only Steve Palchuk (Steven Yeun) and Eli Pepperjack (Cole Sand) are confirmed to appear – making them the only characters to have been in all three Tales of Arcadia series. Also expected to return is Merlin (David Bradley), which makes perfect sense seeing as he’s the only actual wizard to have been so far introduced.

The Story of Wizards: Tales of Arcadia

Specific details about Wizards: Tales of Arcadia‘s story have not been released, but the final scene in 3Below season 2 does hint at what’s to come. In that scene, Toby, Steve, and AAARRRGGHH!!! run into a talking black cat who warns them that the world as they know it is about to end. By now, a world-ending threat in Arcadia is nothing new, but being forewarned about it by a wizard’s familiar doesn’t bode well. Also, the only known wizard is Merlin, and he didn’t have a familiar in Trollhunters let alone a black cat familiar. So who is the cat working for? That’s a question Wizards is sure to answer, possibly even revealing more magic-users in the process.

In addition to that teasing final scene, an earlier moment in 3Below season 2 may provide more clues about what will happen in Wizards. During season 2, episode 11, “Race to Trollmarket”, Toby reaches out to Jim and Blinky for help, and during their conversation (relayed over video) Jim is seen fighting a mysterious figure clad head to toe in white armor. There’s no character who fits that description, but the armor looks reminiscent of the armor worn by both Merlin and Morgana – the evil enchantress and primary villain of Trollhunters. If Morgana has returned, this white knight might be working for her, and it may be she who is threatening to (again) end the world.

Along with these more overt hints at what may be in store on Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, another scene in 3Below season 2 reveals that the Akiridians and trolls actually first met hundreds of years ago. With Del Toro suggesting that Wizards will tie together the mythology of both Trollhunters and 3Below, it seems likely that there are some bigger secrets to still be revealed.

More: 3Below Season 2’s Ending Sets Up New Arcadia Show Wizards


2019-07-14 05:07:15

Sarah Moran

Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Release Date, Story Details & Cast

Warning! SPOILERS ahead for 3Below: Tales of Arcadia season 2.

The next installment in Netflix’s Tales of Arcadia is Wizards – here’s everything we know about the upcoming series. The first two series in the animated anthology from Guillermo del Toro and DreamWorks Animation, Trollhunters and 3Below, establish the town of Arcadia and the strange happenings that take place there. With Wizards, the anthology series will come to a close, bringing together characters from both prior shows for a grand finale.

Trollhunters introduces Jim Lake, the first human Trollhunter who along with his friends must protect both the humans and trolls of Arcadia from an ancient evil. In 3Below, two alien royals, Aja and Krel, crash land in Arcadia and must work alongside their human (and one troll) friends to protect their new home from invasion. Now in Wizards, the characters of these two shows will come together in order to defeat some as-of-yet unknown enemy that is threatening to destroy not just Arcadia, but the whole world!

Related: Will There Be A 3Below Season 3? Here’s What’s Next For Netflix’s Tales of Arcadia

Here’s everything we know and expect for Wizards: Tales of Arcadia.

Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Release Date

Neither Netflix nor DreamWorks Animation has announced a premiere date for Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, but the series is expected to debut on the streaming service in Fall 2019. As the concluding chapter in Tales of Arcadia, it isn’t yet known whether the series will have more than one season. However, given that Trollhunters ran for three seasons, 3Below for two, and with Wizards being the culmination of the entire anthology, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if Wizards is just a one season show.

The Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Cast

As the final chapter in Tales of Arcadia, Wizards is expected to reunite most if not all the characters introduced on 3Below and Trollhunters. This would include Aja (Tatiana Maslany), Krel (Diego Luna), and Varvatos Vex (Nick Offerman) as well as Jim (Emile Hirsch), Claire (Lexi Medrano), Toby (Charlie Saxton), Blinky (Kelsey Grammer), and AAARRRGGHH!!! (Fred Tatasciore). Additionally, the many residents of Arcadia who have had minor roles on both series will likely also appear in Wizards.

As for cast members we know will return for Wizards, only Steve Palchuk (Steven Yeun) and Eli Pepperjack (Cole Sand) are confirmed to appear – making them the only characters to have been in all three Tales of Arcadia series. Also expected to return is Merlin (David Bradley), which makes perfect sense seeing as he’s the only actual wizard to have been so far introduced.

The Story of Wizards: Tales of Arcadia

Specific details about Wizards: Tales of Arcadia‘s story have not been released, but the final scene in 3Below season 2 does hint at what’s to come. In that scene, Toby, Steve, and AAARRRGGHH!!! run into a talking black cat who warns them that the world as they know it is about to end. By now, a world-ending threat in Arcadia is nothing new, but being forewarned about it by a wizard’s familiar doesn’t bode well. Also, the only known wizard is Merlin, and he didn’t have a familiar in Trollhunters let alone a black cat familiar. So who is the cat working for? That’s a question Wizards is sure to answer, possibly even revealing more magic-users in the process.

In addition to that teasing final scene, an earlier moment in 3Below season 2 may provide more clues about what will happen in Wizards. During season 2, episode 11, “Race to Trollmarket”, Toby reaches out to Jim and Blinky for help, and during their conversation (relayed over video) Jim is seen fighting a mysterious figure clad head to toe in white armor. There’s no character who fits that description, but the armor looks reminiscent of the armor worn by both Merlin and Morgana – the evil enchantress and primary villain of Trollhunters. If Morgana has returned, this white knight might be working for her, and it may be she who is threatening to (again) end the world.

Along with these more overt hints at what may be in store on Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, another scene in 3Below season 2 reveals that the Akiridians and trolls actually first met hundreds of years ago. With Del Toro suggesting that Wizards will tie together the mythology of both Trollhunters and 3Below, it seems likely that there are some bigger secrets to still be revealed.

More: 3Below Season 2’s Ending Sets Up New Arcadia Show Wizards


2019-07-14 05:07:15

Sarah Moran

3Below Season 2’s Ending Sets Up New Arcadia Show Wizards

Warning! SPOILERS ahead for 3Below: Tales of Arcadia season 2

3Below season 2 is the end for the series, and as such, it neatly wraps up the show. But it also sets up the next and final installment in the Tales of Arcadia anthology – Wizards. Created by Guillermo del Toro with DreamWorks Animation, Tales of Arcadia is an animated anthology series about the town of Arcadia and all strange creatures who crop up there – and in the case of 3Below, that means aliens.

Since 3Below season 1, Aja and Krel have continued to live among the humans of Arcadia while also fighting harder than ever to protect their new home from General Morando. In season 2, that fight gets all the more difficult when Morando himself arrives on Earth and Aja, Krel, Varvatos Vex, and all their allies – be they alien, human, or troll – must band together to stop him. 3Below season 2 is an action-packed season like those of Trollhunters before it, still finding time for hilarious asides and heartfelt moments.

Related: 3Below Season 2 Exclusive Clip: Toby Holds Auditions

3Below‘s season 2 finale provides a strong closure for Aja and Krel, wrapping up nearly ever major plot introduced on the show and setting the young royals on the next phase of their journey. It also teases the final series in the Tales of Arcadia anthology – Wizards – because while Arcadia may have been saved, there’s another threat that’s coming to end the whole world.

3Below Ends With The Aliens Introducing Themselves To Arcadia

From the beginning, Aja and Krel set out to revive their parents, King Fialkov and Queen Coranda, and defeat Morando. In 3Below season 2’s two-part finale, “A Glorious End”, they accomplish both. It’s an all-out war in Arcadia as Morando and his Omen robots hunt down Aja and Krel, looking to finish off House Tarron for good. Having used Gaylen’s core to become as powerful as a god, the only weapon capable of killing Morando is Seklos’ cannon – a device which they’ve managed to construct, but requires immense energy to power.

Aja and Krel decide to sacrifice their cores to power the cannon, even though it means killing themselves in the process. However, just as they’re about to do exactly that, their parents return to consciousness, and upon seeing what their children are about to do, decide to power the cannon with their own cores instead. In a heartbreaking scene, Aja and Krel are briefly reunited with their parents before the King and Queen give their lives to end Morando once and for all. As a result, the young royals are now the new King and Queen of Akiridian-5, assuming the roles they were destined to have from the very start.

Following the battle, Aja uses the premiere of Toby’s film to reveal to Arcadia the truth about them being aliens. Unsurprisingly, no one really seems to mind. After all, Arcadia has already been home to trolls, why should a few aliens be of any concern? In the end, Aja, Varvatos, Zadra, and Eli – who somehow convinces Aja to let him tag along – all travel back to Akiridian-5, where Aja will take her place as Queen. Krel, however, decides to remain on Earth, realizing that he now thinks of Arcadia as his true home. The siblings share a tearful goodbye, and while they may be apart from one another now, it likely won’t be long before something brings the Akiridians (and Eli) back to Arcadia.

Related: 3Below: Tales of Arcadia: Voice Cast & Character Guide

How 3Below’s Ending Sets Up Wizards

We don’t yet know specific details about Wizards, but 3Below‘s season 2 finale hints at what’s to come. In the episode’s final scene, Toby, Steve, and AAARRRGGHH!!! happen upon a talking black cat wearing glasses who warns them that they are in great danger. The cat – who is actually a wizard’s familiar, though which wizard’s is unclear – explains they must come with him, otherwise the world as they know it will end. Just who is this familiar, who is their wizard, and what, exactly, is this latest world-ending threat are all mysteries that Wizards is sure to explore.

Along with that final teaser of a scene, there’s an earlier moment in 3Below season 2 which may also hint at what will happen in Wizards. The short scene checks in with Jim and Blinky, who after the destruction of Trollmarket’s Heartstone, left with Merlin and the rest of the trolls for Hoboken, New Jersey. It shows them engaged in battle with some mysterious new foe clad head to toe in white armor. No additional information is given, and even Blinky seems unsure of just who this new enemy is, but surely, they must be connected with the world-ending threat the wizard’s familiar warns Toby, Steve, and AAARRRGGHH!!! about.

Does 3Below Season 2 Overlap With Wizards?

The final scene of 3Below season 2 with the wizard’s familiar suggests that Wizards: Tales of Arcadia‘s story will begin immediately following the conclusion of 3Below. However, that earlier moment of Jim fighting with the mysterious knight suggests something else – 3Below season 2 and the first season of Wizards may take place simultaneously. Or, if they aren’t set at the exact same time, then the two seasons may at the very least overlap.

The reasoning for this is two-fold. First, the scene of Jim fighting the knight purposefully reveals very little, which implies that the full scene will be shown later, most likely in Wizards. If that happens, then it’s possible the scene will be presented in such a way as to offer the other side of the video call, this time from Blinky’s perspective. Just such a scene wouldn’t only better highlight what’s happening – potentially even revealing exactly who Jim is fighting – but it would also confirm that some of Wizards season 1 will occur concurrently to 3Below season 2.

The other reason that 3Below and Wizards may overlap is because that’s exactly what happens in Trollhunters season 3 and 3Below season 1. The entire first season of 3Below is happening at the same time as the final season of Trollhunters, with both show’s climaxes coinciding. 3Below season 2 and Wizards season 1 may do something similar, with at the least the first part of Wizards season 1 happening while 3Below season 2 is still winding down.

What Is the Final Threat To Arcadia?

As the culminating series in the anthology, Wizards: Tales of Arcadia will see the characters from both Trollhunters and 3Below unite to defeat this final threat. But just what is it? The wizard’s familiar’s warning and the mysterious foe in white armor are clues, but they don’t reveal the full picture. Our best guess, though, is that the world-ending threat teased for Wizards is none other than Morgana – the evil sorceress who was the main antagonist in Trollhunters. In the Trollhunters season 3 finale, Morgana isn’t destroyed but rather trapped in the Shadow Realm, which leaves it open for her to eventually return.

Ages ago, Morgana was an apprentice of Merlin’s, but she betrayed him and has since been his sworn enemy. Morgana’s goals are to sow chaos in the world, and previously during Trollhunters, she was stopped from enacting an Eternal Night that would have shrouded the world in darkness. It’s likely, then, that if freed from the Shadow Realm, Morgana would seek revenge against Merlin and all his allies – namely, Jim, Claire, and Toby, since they were responsible for locking her away.

With a title like Wizards, it only stands to reason that this Tales of Arcadia series will explore the origins of wizards and possibly even introduce a few more in addition to Merlin and Morgana. In fact, chances are good that the black cat is a familiar of a wizard or witch who is a new character that will be introduced in Wizards. And if the Pale Lady truly has returned, then the trolls, aliens, and humans of Arcadia are going to need all the help they can get in order to stop her.

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2019-07-13 02:07:16

Sarah Moran

KOTOR & Dragon Age Lead Designer To Head New Wizards Of The Coast Studio

Wizards of the Coast announced earlier today that the company would be launching a brand new studio in Austin, Texas, that will be headed by industry veteran James Ohlen. Ohlen is famous for a 22-year career at BioWare that saw him garner design and writing credits for Dragon Age: Origins, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire, Neverwinter Nights, and the Baldur’s Gate series.

Ohlen stated when he left BioWare that he wanted to get back to Dungeons & Dragons, a game he loved, launching Arcanum Worlds, a publishing venture he co-founded and one that will release a new adventure book called Odyssey of the Dragonlords. Ohlen has a pedigree in role-playing games, and Wizards of the Coast has made a push to digitize its tabletop offerings, with the recent Magic: Arena online game garnering hundreds of thousands of views on Twitch and generating an esports tournament series that will award $10 million in 2019 alone.

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Wizards of the Coast’s new studio will have a strong start with Ohlen at the helm, a lead designer who can draw on decades of role-playing game experience to craft whatever venture will be the first project for the Austin-based company. Ohlen himself stated he was a little taken back by returning to gaming so quickly after he’d publicly stated his wishes to depart for a while to pursue other ventures, but in a quote released during the announcement, he also acknowledged it was an opportunity he was intrigued by:

I didn’t think that I would be coming back to the game industry so soon but working with Wizards is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Our mutual love of RPGs, world-building, and interactive storytelling is a perfect match.”

It’s unclear exactly what that match will end up producing, but it will involve something new, as the press release also stated that the studio will focus on creating an “original IP outside of the Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons’ brand.” It’s a curious decision given the resurgent popularity of both those franchises, but clearly Wizards of the Coast is looking to expand its offerings beyond its already successful IPs. Chris Cocks, the president of Wizards of the Coast, gave a vague clue as to the direction of the studio:

James [Ohlen] brings experience in creative direction and studio leadership that will prove important as we look to develop compelling new experiences that engage gamers all over the world.

Whatever the compelling new experience that the Austin-based Wizards of the Coast studio will offer, it’s going to be helmed by someone who is very capable in delivering premium RPG content to gamers. While the new IP will definitively not be based on an existing Wizards of the Coast property, there’s still a chance we’ll see a few crossovers, and with a company like Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast behind it, Ohlen’s new studio has immediately established itself as one to watch as time passes. Given that Ohlen wanted to leave the game industry for longer than he’s been away, there must have been something very tempting on offer with the new studio, which should excite fans just as much as it’s seemed to excite Ohlen’s creative side.

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2019-04-24 02:04:22

Cody Gravelle

9 Things We Know So Far About Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

When Niantic released Pokémon Go, lovers of the franchise everywhere were thrilled. For those who grew up on the game, holding a Gameboy in their hands and only ever able to interact with others by using a now seemingly ancient cable to connect the consoles, this was revolutionary. A dream come true.

RELATED: Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Trailer From Pokemon GO Maker

Although the hype has somewhat depleted in the years that have gone by since its released, it was overall a smash success, encouraging Niantic to announce the release of the Harry Potter version. Scheduled to be released into the world in late 2019, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is becoming an anticipated and buzz-worthy mobile RPG.

9 It Will Be Available On Android And iOS

Niantic have confirmed that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be available on both Android and iOS, so no need to rush for that upgrade to change your phone system — unless you aren’t already part of one of these major softwares. There’s been no mention of anything outwith the two cell phone giants, so people operating a something less notorious may not be able to jump in and play. At least not right away.

8 The Gaming Mechanics Will Be Similar To Pokémon Go

The first thing that Niantic were clear about was that the mechanics of the game will be similar to Pokémon Go. The game will require the player to go outside, roam around, and discover locations. It’s not something that can be played by sitting inside, hunched over a cell phone and tapping away to progress. This game is going to be dependent on real world locations, although they haven’t yet specified if the amount the player walks will matter as much as where they are. Pokémon Go, for example, counts steps even if the player isn’t near a notable location and uses them to hatch eggs or provide buddy candies.

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Hopefully, their Harry Potter RPG will have something similar, or those who live far away from the locations used in-game won’t feel particularly encouraged to join in.

7 It Presumably Won’t Feature Harry Potter Canons

Although Niantic haven’t actually said this, word for word, it can be assumed at this stage that the game won’t feature the Harry Potter canons the fandom knows and loves. It seems to be focused more on the world and plot and, in terms of characters, the other users: no player is going to be walking down the street and stumble across Minerva McGonagall perched on their garden wall.

6 The Goal Is To Keep The Magical World Hidden From Muggles

Only the basics of the plot have been released. The game revolves around something known as “the Calamity”. Although Niantic have been vague enough to keep the excited fandom guessing, the premise seems to be that the wizarding world is in danger of being revealed to the Muggle one. Beasts, objects, and other magical things have been scattered across the globe and need to be contained by the players. They’ll be surrounded by confounding magic, and the player will have to dispel this and retrieve whatever needs retrieving before a Muggle can catch sight of it.

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The Ministry of Magic seem to be the ones in charge of directing the player, which would make sense considering it’s their Statue of Secrecy that keeps the worlds separate. It’s unclear yet if Niantic will differentiate the different ruling bodies of the wizarding world based on the country the player is in, or if it’ll just be the British Ministry overseeing all.

5 The Player Will Choose From Three Professions

There will be three professions available to choose from in-game: Magizoologist, Auror, or Professor. These have been chosen pretty well, since Auror was the profession Harry Potter himself went on to pursue, Professor is what a lot of the beloved canons from the books chose as a career path, and Magizoologist was made popular by the Fantastic Beasts movies. There should be a pretty even split in what people choose.

Each profession will have its own strengths and weaknesses, and one of the player’s goals will be to progress in their area of expertise.

4 Hogwarts Houses, Sadly, Will Not Be Part Of The Game

We can assume that Hogwarts houses won’t be a part of the game (or Ilvermorny’s, or any of the other schools). Since the player is choosing a profession, they’re starting out on the basis of being an adult. This will disappoint a lot of fans, who love to take the quizzes and self-assign themselves a personality box, but it’s understandable to leave this out in what seems to be an adult-geared game. At least to an extent.

3 Inns Will Provide Energy To Use For Combat

Inns: one of the important landmarks that will be dotted around. These are where players will be able to gather food, and this food can be used to replenish magical energy. They can be used every five minutes, and different dishes (picked at random) will provide different levels of energy.

The energy, since it’s used in combat, and the five minute wait time suggest that inns are this game’s version of Pokéstops and they’ll need to be visited on the regular to play effectively.

2 Fortresses Will Be Home To Challenges

So if inns are Pokéstops, what are fortresses?

Fortresses seem to be the equivalent of gyms. Or, more accurately, raids. Fortresses seem to be the place to go to team up with other players, as the challenges can’t be completed in single player mode. Players will use rune stones to enter the fortress, and will then be able to take on the tasks. Each fortress has ten layers, and has to be fought right to be the end to be beaten.

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What exactly these challenges will entail is still a mystery.

1 Portkeys Will Exist In This Game

Portkeys can be found within the game! When located, the player can step into an AR portal and will then be transported to a memorable wizarding world location. Dumbledore’s office is rumored to be one of them, but a complete list is not yet available. These portkeys will not be able to physically take the player to somewhere else in the world (i.e., if you’re in London hoping to remotely play in New York City, that won’t be a thing). They’ll only create a virtual environment somewhere in the wizarding world.

No date has been specified for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, but with the developers guaranteeing it in 2019, it’s only a matter of time before fans can immerse themselves in the wizarding world in yet another fashion. Please hurry, Niantic!

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2019-03-19 01:03:36

Staci Miller

Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast Announce Magic esports

Magic: The Gathering Arena will be a major part of the esports scene in 2019, as parent company Hasbro and developer Wizards of the Coast teamed up during The Game Awards broadcast to announce Magic esports. Wizards of the Coast also announced that the company would be introducing a $10 million prize pool for 2019 alone across both Magic: The Gathering Arena and the tabletop version of the card game.

Magic: The Gathering Arena isn’t the first online adaptation of the world’s most popular trading card game, but it appears to be the most palpable iteration thus far. A combination of the game’s aesthetics, easy-to-follow gameplay and faithful recreation of Magic: The Gathering’s entire Standard format has revitalized the property’s online presence while also fuelling a resurgence in interest in Magic’s paper tournaments as well. As more Magic: The Gathering pro players transition to Arena, its becoming clear that Wizards of the Coast has finally found a way to translate the immense success of paper Magic into a significant online presence as well.

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Magic esports is a game-changer in the same vein of Magic: The Gathering Arena. Magic esports will consist of a ten tournament series called Mythic Championships alongside partner-run events, and will include $5 million in prizes dedicated to Magic: The Gathering Arena and $5 million for traditional tabletop Magic. The fledgling esports program will begin in a big way with a $1 Million Invitational Mythic Championship that will take place at PAX East 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Magic esports will also bring about major changes for a professional scene that had started to lag significantly behind competitors. Wizards of the Coast will introduce the Magic Pro League, which will include the 32 top ranked Magic: The Gathering players. Players who are in the Magic Pro League will be automatically qualified for each of the Mythic Championships, and, perhaps most significantly, will receive pro contracts that might make Magic: The Gathering a legitimate full-time job for the first time in its 25 year history. The pro contracts will be for $75,000 USD in 2019, an enormous leap from the support pro players have received in the past.

Some details – like how other plays can qualify for Mythic Championships – will be revealed later in 2019, and the full scope of Magic esports has yet to be fully demonstrated. What’s obvious, though, is that this is Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast making a significant investment into the future of Magic: The Gathering. With esports a greater presence in global culture now more than ever, and with other online card games making their presence known, now seems like one of the last chances Wizards had to act before risking bleeding players to potentially more lucrative properties. Magic: The Gathering Arena seems poised to make a run at one of the most important online games in 2019, and we’ll see how the player base reacts – and if it expands significantly – as the year carries on.

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