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The Week in Magic: November 10, 2023


The Lost Caverns of Ixalan Prelease Looms

Prereleases begin this weekend for The Lost Caverns of Ixalan! Hop over to your local game store Friday, Saturday, or maybe even Sunday to get your hands on the news Magic: the Gathering expansion. All new cards from the set become tournament legal as of prerelease weekend, so starting today, you'll be able to play whatever's got you most excited to play in your local events. If you're looking for something specific, you can also pick up some cards right here on CoolStuffInc.com and get them in for your first event post prerelease.

If you want some ideas for what to play at your local prerelease, might I suggest checking out LoadingReadyRun's Pre-Prerelease video or Gavin Verhey's video on building a Prerelease deck? They're great resources that'll be sure to help up your game!

Noteworthy Card Updates Coming in December

In keeping with Wizards' commitment to upping their standards for representation , inclusivity, and sensitivity, the company announced a few new changes beginning with the release of Khans of Tarkir on MTG Arena in December. With that set, all Rakshasa creatures will be dropping the Cat subtype and will be receiving new art on the digital client, as well as all future paper printings. In addition, the following terminology changes have been announced for all future sets going forward:

  • "Umbra armor" replaces "totem armor" as a keyword ability.
  • "Kindred" replaces "tribal" as a card type (the mechanical term replacement for "tribal" has been noted by members of WotC staff to be "typal" going forward as well)
  • "Snake" replaces "Naga" as a creature type.

Tolarian Community College Celebrates 10 Years and 900,000 Subscribers

Many Magic: the Gathering players love The Professor and Tolarian Community College! The most prolific MTG Youtube channel turned 10 years old this year and though, as stated in the video, that he was about six weeks late in doing so, Prof put out a video this week in celebration of this milestone. Not only that, but he also marked the crossing of 900,000 subscribers, becoming the first MTG channel to do so. Here's to an outstanding ten years and to an incoming one million subscribers! Congratulations, Professor!

Murders At Karlov Manor Release Date Announced

In a fairly simple announcement, Wizards of the Coast noted on Wednesday that the next Standard-legal expansion, Murders at Karlov Manor, would be released on February 9th, 2024. The announcement noted the set would be available in game stores on this date, so it's unclear at this time if this is the date for prerelease or for big box stores with prerelease starting instead on February 2nd. All of these questions and more will be answered on December 5 during the WeeklyMTG stream where we will be getting our first proper look at the set including art, setting and basic story discussion, product images, and even a handful of previews.

The Battle of Wits Has Begun!


If you've hung out around Magic Twitter over the last couple of years, chances are you've run into Robert Taylor, aka @fireshoes. Robert is currently raising money for Extra Life, a well-known charity organization helping children, by building a Modern deck based around the beloved card Battle of Wits. For every $20, you can make him add one card to his deck, and give to a worthwhile cause. Helping the kids and having some fun in the process? Inconceivable!

Decklist of the Week

Oh, it's time for a new Standard set? This must mean there's a new Yoman5 set of brews out as well! Sure enough, the man himself is back with 50 new decks built with the latest cards from The Lost Caverns of Ixalan in mind. I've highlighted one here, centered around the fun new build-around win condition of The Millennium Calendar! The goal here is to play the Calendar, follow it up with a lot of ramp cards to tap down for mana to fuel the Calendar and make big plays, and kill your opponents quickly with the namesake card of the deck. You can check out all 50 of Yoman5's brews on Twitter now and try them out yourself!

Paige Smith

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