Apparently the closed beta is going very well, they seem to have high expectations for this year in Magic.
Due to the results ($5.3 Million net loss for the quarter) $HAS was down 5% in premarket trading... before immediately jumping to +7% during regular trading hours +9.5% by the end of the day. Miss on revenues, beat on earnings, also increased dividends.
Edit: Someone asked where I got the info about Arena news coming next week.
One quote at 35 minutes of the call audio is
"We come into the year with great franchise brand growth, a very strong games business, and great performance for Magic: the Gathering in fourth quarter and just slightly below a year ago in revenues. We have Magic Arena that had a very successful closed beta, andwe will launch Arena in 2018... and we'll talk more about that at Toy Fair."
There was another mention of it, but that's the most important one.
Well...the whole market doodoo'd itself on Friday/Monday so that could also play a role.
D&D is doing VERY well nowadays. Partially due to Critical Role and whatnot, but probably mostly due to Stranger Things, right?
I'm stunned they project Arena for 2018. I assumed it would be a mid-2019 release. The beta is very much a beta and not a fancy pre-release like many "betas" are nowadays. It's not even feature-complete yet. Huh.
Angrath laughed heartily. He stood and glared at every person in the room.
"I HATE THIS PLANE, I HATE THIS CITY, AND I WISH YOU ALL A VISCERALLY PAINFUL DEATH!" His body glowed a warm and vivid orange, and he called out, "SEE YOU NEVER, PATHETIC FOOLS!" as he planeswalked away.
Angrath is a fun guy
Another member of Tamiyo's story circle!
That raised a lot of interesting points and then failed to have a satisfying conclusion. I'd have much rather seen Huatli go before everyone for the ceremony, tell the story despite the Emperor's refusal, backed by Zacama (because who's going to tell Zacama no) and then planeswalk out of there like it was Bilbo Baggins' Birthday.
Two stories ago-
But most wonderful of all, she perceived five immense heartbeats, one at each corner of the city.
The Elder Dinosaurs have awoken, Huatli thought, and a tear ran down her cheek.
Literally no mention of Zacama before this. Huatli just rides her fucking PRIMAL CALAMITY that just appeared out of nowhere into the city like nothing happened. Wtf?
Quickest u-turn since the change to a quicker rotation in standard?
Well when you get that much flak for it, plus a noticeable decline in FNM interest...
I'm surprised it wasn't sooner.
Tokens could be cool participation prize for FNMs in addition to actual promos to winners though.
Thank god. Tokens were such a lame idea
Marshall with that 8-Rack eating grin on his face
It's just that non-American people are more relaxed about it.
8 rack has more of a chance beating lantern so I understand him saying that.
It looks like Martin Muller opened the floodgates of people swearing on coverage... I think I'm okay with that.
Congratulations to the winner of Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan!
Luis Salvatto (Lantern Control) defeats Gerry Thompson (Mardu Pyromancer) 3-0!
Pretty crazy to see Latern Control come from a message board brewer's pipe dream to winning a Pro Tour. What a great weekend.
People complaining that lantern is boring or not magic sound like the only “acceptable” way to win is by attacking with edgy creatures or flashy burn spells. Magic is far more complex and nuanced then that. This deck is incredibly difficult with a ton of decision making, and I say this as someone who does not own this deck. Congrats to Luis, that was super exciting to watch.
Edit: also shoutout to myself for literally winning the pro tour.
When you see a deck your friend was playing five years ago for shits and giggles win a pro tour
In the interest of competitive diversity, 8th edition has been banned from modern
Thank you Terese Nielsen
Just saw her interview on the stream and that end part made me cry. Just wanted to say thank you for everything, and for always being part of our community!
Man, if you gonna talk about how many strings it pulled for you, share the source for the americans waking up.
I disagree on the computer art being souless. Art is a skill that require years of practice, regardless of the median. all artists pour heart and soul into their craft, not to mention those that stands out and managed to make a living off of their art, especially magic art.
You may dislike some certain art because it doesn't fit your taste, or perhaps you got tired of certain art style, but they are definitely not souless.
One of the best artist to ever paint for the game alongside Rebecca Guay, most of these classic artist wont get that much work nowadays in the rise of realistic computer art that is, in my opinion, souless compared with the kind of art Terese puts sadly.
She has a store too, if you really want to thank her! http://www.tnielsen.com/
MaRo is a treasure of this community
I hope one day I can be as passionate and excited about something the way MaRo is about Magic.
He's the only grown man I've ever known to interrupt himself talking about dinosaurs to say "Rawr! It's a dinosaur!".
It's great to see how much fun he has doing his job. Especially how hard of a time the community is giving him sometimes.
I think that drawing comparison to the commander products is perfect. As much as I love the idea of pauper and having pauper side events and the like, I do think that trying to make pauper a major competitive format like standard, modern and limited isn't something that WOTC would ever do.
This is a great idea. It allows Wizards of the Coast to make profit, it allows players to play the game easily, all while bringing accessibility and affordability.
It is providing a valuable product at a fair price and as the Professor says, "Everybody wins here."
WotC will NEVER EVER do it. They'd rather sell you two free sample decks for $9.99. Why would they want to make it easy for people to play actual Magic?
For anyone interested, stop on by /sub/pauper. Tell us what you like to play in other formats and we will give you a deck suggestion
Didn't you see Prof's review here:
They SELL them for 10 bucks now. Prof was pretty pissed.
They are on the same team
To be 100% accurate, he realized it himself and went to get the judge of his own volition.
Lantern player locked the game out and the Humans player has basically no chance of winning. The Humans player asks "Do I have a chance of winning?". The Lantern player responds "No.", which prompts the Humans player to concede.
The Lantern player was right.
Hooray. I hope this makes mono-B devotion budget again.
I was browsing through Letgo in Saint Louis, MO and came across this... no idea how this got out!
With how little competitive play it sees, it seems like exactly the kind of card to lose value quickly with a reprint.
Jesus, the set hasn't even been released yet and the foils are already curving...