Popular Posts


Dominaria Promos

Happy Wednesday (again) peeps,

This is our second post for today, and likely not our last.  We do expect Wizards of the Coast to post the first of several Official Magic Story installments, penned by Martha Wells in under an hour from the time of this post.

For now we have to post about the upcoming Dominaria set - specifically the promo cards associated with it.  We have yet another spoiler and it is getting kind of tiresome.  As everyone is now talking about it, we might as well get to it.  It appears that a Spanish gaming store may have posted eight Dominaria promo cards.  Please note that these are unofficial and some things may be lost in translation to English - 

• Shanna, Sisay's Legacy, FNM Promo, illus. Magali Villeneuve
"I'm the heir of many treasures, but none as prized as the knowledge of how my ancestor lived."

• Firesong and Sunspeaker, Buy-a-Box Promo, Illus. Zoltan Boros
Hurloon's summits are never silent.

• Champion of Steel Leaf (?), Store Championship Promo, illus. Simon Dominic

• Llanowar Elves, Open House Promo, illus. Vitor Adame Minguez

• Opt, FNM Promo, illus. Tyler Jacobson
The crystal pulsated with the power of Teferi's planeswalker spark. Was what Jhoira had given them a blessing or a curse?

• Zhalfirin Void, League Promo, illus. John Avon
"The wind whispers 'Come back home', but I can't."  - Teferi

• Fade into Oblivion, PNM Promo, Illus. Bastien L. Deharme
"Your life is over, your name lost and your deeds forgotten. It is as if Mazeura had never existed." - Chainer's Torment

• Zahid, Djinn of the Lamp, Draft Weekend Promo, illus. Tyler Jacobson

"I do as I wish, insignificant mortal. However, do tell me of your wishes; I find them exceedingly entertaining."


Return to Dominaria

Happy Wednesday MTG peeps,

We are tremendously pumped this week.  Wizards of the Coast has two special Official Magic: the Gathering stories to be posted later today (Wednesday) with another one following tomorrow.  Author Martha Wells has been engaged to produce fiction for the upcoming set Dominaria.  Here is a sneak peek of the awesomeness to come with this nibble which was posted over at The Comics Beat, linked right here.

“Return to Dominaria” excerpt
By Martha Wells

Sadage, cleric of the Cabal, made his way to the doors of the high-vaulted worship hall of the Stronghold. Smoke from torches and incense burners formed a cloud above the cultists sprawled on the stone floor. They begged for entrance to the hall, begged for the favor of the Scion of Darkness within.

A group of dark-robed disciples approached from the other direction, picking their way around the moaning supplicants to meet Sadage. He recognized the leader as Needle, an agent of the Cabal tasked with infiltrating New Argive. As the group reached him, they dropped to their knees. “You’ve returned,” said Sadage, “I hope for a worthwhile reason.”

In answer, Needle unwrapped a large, black sword, holding it up for acceptance. “I bring you a gift for the Scion of Darkness.”

art by Chris Rahn

Continue the excerpt of this story over at The Comics Beat.


Signature Spellbook: Jace

Happy Tuesday MTG peeps,

Here at MTG Realm, we are counting down the time until tomorrow (Wednesday, 21st March) when Wizards of the Coast will be posting the first installment of the Dominaria story.  The highly anticipated set has Magic: the Gathering fans holding their breath as to how WotC and contracted story-writer Martha Wells approaches this complex and intricately interwoven Plane in the Multiverse, as it has such a detailed history already.

For today, we do want to bring to your attention the full reveal of the first of what is anticipated to be several stand-alone Magic: the Gathering products, which appear to be centered on iconic Planeswalkers.  The first is Jace's all-Blue Spellbook, and today's preview of the packaging and contents look amazing.  Here is the blurb now -

Signature Spellbook: Jace is a collection of eight cards plus one random premium foil version of one of those eight cards for the serious blue mage. Each card has Jace-flavored art and special frames just for this set.

For a suggested retail price of twenty clams (USD), here are the following 'spells' in this spellbook -

Jace Beleren, illus. Aleski Briclot.

Blue Elemental Blast, illus. Slawomir Maniak.  "Contrary to popular wisdom, I find it's best to fight fire with its opposite."

Brainstorm, illus. Daarken.  "I have a plan. Actually, I have three."

Counterspell, illus. Jason Chan.

Gifts Ungiven, illus. Chris Rallis.

Mystical Tutor, illus. Yongjae Choi.  "It's not just what you know. It's knowing where to find what you don't."

Negate, illus. Jason Rainville.  Centered rules text, no flavour text.

Threads of Disloyalty, illus. Tyler Jacobson.  "Every thought is a string. You just have to find the right ones to pull."

From the description, it appears that one of these spells is to be duplicated in foil form.  Our first rough assessment is that the price of this does indeed approximate the cost should one purchase each (previously printed card) as a single, but this is certainly a poor metric to employ for this.   The new frame, as well as some of the new card arts are bundled in what appears to be a very aesthetic box, and for that, we suspect Collectors would consider this an excellent purchase at MSRP, and even a bit beyond that figure.

We are certainly looking very forward to seeing other Spellbooks in this series, and would likely buy into our favourite colours, should Wizards be following a colour model.  One interesting item we have noted, is that this appears to be listed (at the time of this post) as a WPN distributed product, with no release to 'Big Box' stores, such as Walmart or Target.  We wonder if this is a strategy to provide support for local gaming stores.  

Signature Spellbook: Jace releases June 15, 2018.


Friday Miscellaney

Happy Friday MTG peeps,

Masters 25 draft weekend is upon us - shake off your late-winter blahs and get out to a gaming store.  We are off to our local store, OMG! Games, here in Barrie, Ontario to see if B/W Vampires is able to take top spot again.

For today's post, we are rounding up a bunch of miscellaneous items of Magic: the Gathering interest - let's dive in -

Magic: the Gathering - Mana Pool

Right here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada-Land
The place is cozy, with warm undertones and the game selection area is neat but crammed with top-name games, including the classics as well as such faves as Scythe (Stonemaier Games), Forbidden Island (Gamewright), Magic The Gathering (Hasbro) and more.
Wi-fi’s included and even the tables have a story: “They were specifically made from reclaimed wood,” said Bradley as a nod to the brothers’ respect for environmental issues. “We want this place to become a community space, where people can come, sit and enjoy,” say the two.
MANA POOL, 2100 Bloor St. W. Unit 5A, Toronto, Tuesday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. To 10 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m. To 11 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. To 10 p.m., closed Mondays.


Magic: the Gathering - A Match made in Heaven

… or by Wizards.
I am dusting off my Captain Sisay Commander deck in anticipation for Dominaria, which is PACKED with legendary spells.
When the Release Notes document was leaked, Commander Sisay prices jumped from approximately $18 to $38 within 24 hours.

Magic: the Gathering - Canadian Cookies
From Alicia Bakes Cookies, here in Toronto, Ontario

We have been making and posting quite a few Magic: the Gathering memes on our Tumblr and Facebook accounts.  Some are hits, while others miss the mark - here is one which seemed popular to fans -

Magic: the Gathering - Not just a Phase
Psychiatrists and Proctologists deal with odds and ends.



Heroes of Dominaria

Happy Tuesday MTG peeps,

Some very cool news for MTG fans coming out of the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) 2018 annual trade show being held at the Peppermill Resort, Reno, Nevada this week.  WizKids revealed yesterday a themed board game - Magic: The Gathering Heroes of Dominaria Board Game, to be released later this year.  Specifically, there are to be two separate releases, a standard game in August, 2018, followed by a premium version in September, 2018. 

In this game, designed for two to four players, ages 14 and up, will have participants take the roles of powerful heroes traveling the ancient lands of Dominaria such as Llanowar, Urborg, and Keld to o build sites, rediscover lost artifacts, and confront the sinister Cabal in order to gain the resources needed to save the multiverse before rival Heroes do.  Just like the iconic card game, players draw mana from the world to power abilities and recruit heroes to aid in quests. 

The Standard set is to include 28 miniature tokens spanning well known creature types from Magic’s 25-year history such as Angels, Soldiers, Goblins, Zombies, Bears, Dragons, Dinosaurs, and more.  The highly detailed miniature, standing approximately 55 millimeters tall will include translucent parts some some of the tokens.

The standard version will (tentatively) include a game board, 4 player mats, 16 hero tokens, 24 site tokens, 32 leyline tokens, 150 mana tokens, 1 turn tracker token, 20 cabal tokens, 15 artifact tokens, 20 site mana tokens, 50 card Dominaria deck, 45 card quest deck, 10 public quest tiles, 20 card artifact deck, rulebook, and two-part organizational tray.  

Anticipated MSRP is $59.99.  The Premium Edition of this game would (again tentativley) include 4 exclusive pre-painted miniatures with an anticipated MSRP of $79.99.



Dominaria Leak - Release Notes

Happy Friday MTG Peeps,

Perhaps the biggest Magic: the Gathering news so far this year - the unfortunate / accidental leak of the Release Notes for Dominaria.  Here's what you may need to know -

Yesterday evening, Thursday 8th March, an anonymous user, logged in as 'guest' posted the full Dominaria Release Notes in Chinese to Pastebin.  This website is popular with software programmers (posting code), students, and anyone else who may wish to post simple text to retrieve at a later time.  In fact, this website is popular with some Magic: the Gathering players who post decklists for easy access later.  In this case, the community picked up on this and went to work translating.  There is also a possibility that this document was originally posted to the Hong Kong based Gamelives Magic: the Gathering community forum.

In an unprecedented move a short time later, Wizards of the Coast staffer Blake Rasmussen had posted an article about this leak and provided the official release notes.  This article is linked right here and contains a number of items of interest beyond that of the Dominaria Release Notes.

For the moment, here is a brief summary of the forward -

The Dominaria set contains 269 cards (20 basic land, 101 common, 80 uncommon, 53 rare, and 15 mythic rare) that appear in booster packs, plus 10 cards available only in Dominaria Planeswalker Decks and 1 unique promotional card (available as part of the Dominaria in-store Buy-a-Box promotion).

The Dominaria set becomes legal for sanctioned Constructed play on its official release date: Friday, April 27, 2018. At that time, the following card sets will be permitted in the Standard format: Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, Amonkhet, Hour of Devastation, Ixalan, Rivals of Ixalan, and Dominaria. Cards from Welcome Decks (and other ancillary products) with the W17 set identification code are also permitted in the Standard format.

Dominaria Story Spotlight Cards
There are many important moments in the Dominaria story, but some of the most crucial—called "story spotlights"—are shown on cards. You can read more about these events in the official Magic fiction at
Story Spotlight 1: Broken Bond
Story Spotlight 2: Final Parting
Story Spotlight 3: Settle the Score
Story Spotlight 4: In Bolas's Clutches
The story spotlight cards in this set feature a Planeswalker symbol icon in their text boxes. The icon has no effect on gameplay. The printed cards also include the URL and a number indicating the sequence of the cards in the story.

New Mechanic: Saga Cards
The Dominaria set introduces a new kind of enchantment: Sagas. Each Saga tells the story of a key event from the past as it unfolds during each of your turns.  

Major Theme: Legendary Permanents
Legendary characters new and old have risen to prominence across the plane. In every Dominaria booster pack, you'll find at least one legendary creature. Beyond just creatures, the set also features a significant number of other legendary cards.

New Mechanic: Legendary Sorceries
Dominaria debuts legendary sorcery cards that capture extraordinary moments from our characters' pasts. These powerful spells can be unleashed only with the assistance of a legendary creature or planeswalker on your side of the battlefield.

New Term: Historic
If you look at this set's Saga cards, legendary cards, and artifact cards, you'll see a broad swath of Dominaria's extensive and mysterious history. Some cards celebrate the plane's storied past by rewarding you for playing these historic cards. Historic is a game term that refers to a card that has the legendary supertype, the artifact card type, or the Saga enchantment type.

Returning Keyword: Kicker
Kicker is a returning keyword that lets you pay a little more to give your spells some "oomph."

Rules Change: Damage Can't Be Redirected to Planeswalkers
Previously, you could redirect noncombat damage that a source you control would deal to an opponent, having that source instead deal that damage to one of their planeswalkers. With the release of the Dominaria set, this rule is being removed from the game. A large number of cards that dealt a certain amount of damage to "target player" are receiving errata.

Cycle: "Check Lands"
The Dominaria set features a cycle of enemy-color dual lands to help you make sure you always have the mana that you need. These cards were first printed in the Innistrad set, and their allied counterparts were recently printed in the Ixalan set.

CARD-SPECIFIC NOTES - See the Dominaria Release Notes document linked here.

LIST of cards unfortunately named in the Leak :

Baird, Steward of Argive 
Benalish Marshal 
Dauntless Bodyguard 
Evra, Halcyon Witness 
Fall of the Thran 
Healing Grace 
History of Benalia 
Invoke the Divine 
Knight of Grace 
Kwende, Pride of Femeref 
Lyra Dawnbringer 
On Serra's Wings 
Seal Away 
Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle 
Triumph of Gerrard 
Urza's Ruinous Blast 
Academy Journeymage 

Blink of an Eye 
Curator's Ward 
Deep Freeze 
Blink of an Eye 
Curator's Ward 
Deep Freeze 
Homarid Explorer 
In Bolas's Clutches 
Karn's Temporal Sundering 
Merfolk Trickster 
Naban, Dean of Iteration 
Naru Meha, Master Wizard 
Precognition Field 
Sentinel of the Pearl Trident 
Tempest Djinn 
Temporal Machinations 
Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive 
The Antiquities War 
The Mirari Conjecture Time of Ice 
Wizard's Retort 

Chainer's Torment 
Dark Bargain 
Demonic Vigor 
Demonlord Belzenlok 
Drudge Sentinel 
Demonic Vigor 
Demonlord Belzenlok 
Drudge Sentinel 
Fungal Infection 
Kazarov, Sengir Pureblood 
Knight of Malice 
Lich's Mastery 
Phyrexian Scriptures 
Rat Colony 
Settle the Score 
Thallid Soothsayer 
The Eldest Reborn 
Torgaar, Famine Incarnate 
Urgoros, the Empty One 
Whisper, Blood Liturgist 

Bloodstone Goblin 
Chandra, Bold Pyromancer 
Fight with Fire 
Firefist Adept 
Ghitu Journeymage 
Ghitu Lavarunner 
Goblin Barrage 
Goblin Chainwhirler 
Goblin Warchief 
Haphazard Bombardment 
Jaya Ballard 
Jaya's Immolating Inferno 
Keldon Overseer 
Keldon Warcaller 
Radiating Lightning 
Rampaging Cyclops 
Siege-Gang Commander 
Squee, the Immortal 
The First Eruption 
The Flame of Keld Valduk, Keeper of the Flame 
Verix Bladewing 
Warcry Phoenix 
Warlord's Fury 
Wizard's Lightning 

Ancient Animus 
Baloth Gorger 
Broken Bond 
Corrosive Ooze 
Gaea's Blessing 
Gaea's Protector 
Gift of Growth 
Grunn, the Lonely King 
Kamahl's Druidic Vow 
Llanowar Elves 
Llanowar Scout 
Marwyn, the Nurturer 
Multani, Yavimaya's Avatar 
Song of Freyalise 
Sporecrown Thallid 
Steel Leaf Champion 
Sylvan Awakening 
Territorial Allosaurus 
Thorn Elemental Verdant Force 

Oath of Teferi 
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria 
Rona, Disciple of Gix 
Garna, the Bloodflame 
Grand Warlord Radha 
Hallar, the Firefletcher 
Shanna, Sisay's Legacy 
Arvad the Cursed 
Aryel, Knight of Windgrace 
Primevals' Glorious Rebirth 
Adeliz, the Cinder Wind 
Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain 
Slimefoot, the Stowaway 
Firesong and Sunspeaker 
Tiana, Ship's Caretaker 
Darigaaz Reincarnated 
Jodah, Archmage Eternal 
Muldrotha, the Gravetide 

Blackblade Reforged 
Damping Sphere 
Forebear's Blade 
Helm of the Host 
Howling Golem Icy Manipulator 
Jhoira's Familiar 
Karn, Scion of Urza 
Mishra's Self-Replicator 
Mox Amber 
Navigator's Compass 
Powerstone Shard 
Shield of the Realm 
Sorcerer's Wand 
Sparring Construct 
Urza's Tome 
Voltaic Servant 

Isolated Chapel 
Sulfur Falls 
Woodland Cemetery 
Clifftop Retreat 

Hinterland Harbor 



Global Series: Jiang Yanggu vs. Mu Yanling

Happy Thursday MTG peeps,

We wanted to take a look back at the Valentine's Day Mini–Announcement Day, posted by Blake Rasmussen to pick up on a product announcement which was folded into the article.  Specifically, Global Series: Jiang Yanggu vs. Mu Yanling, aka "GS1".  Here is the original text -

Finally, we're trying something a little new with a pair of Chinese-market-specific Planeswalker Decks featuring new Planeswalkers created particularly for China. Now, don't worry, you'll have an opportunity to get a similar English version of the same product created for international audiences. Both will release on June 22, 2018.

Wizards of the Coast had brought together a team of Chinese artists, writers, and folklorists to craft a brand-new branch of Magic story and play, rooted in Chinese aesthetics and mythology, culminating in two  60-card decks that feature two new Planeswalkers Jiang Yanggu and Mu Yangling, their themes and story.  For an MSRP of $30, here is what you get -

• Two 60-card decks, with 2 foil Planeswalker cards
• One foil double-sided token
• Informational insert

Magic: the Gathering fans speculation to date have focused on themes and stories in line with that provided within Portal Three Kingdoms, released in the Spring of 1999.  This set was designed specifically for the Asian market in mind and focused on the historical tumultuous period of conflict of Wei, Wu, and Shu kingdoms near the end of the Han Dynasty in 184 AD.  Real events such as the Yellow-Scarf Rebellion and Battle of Red Cliffs as well as a host of characters such as Cao Cao, Lord of Wei, Liu Bei, Lord of Shu, and Sun Quan, Lord of Wu, were adapted to cards.

Our personal speculation is that although there may be a nod to Portal Three Kingdoms, we do not expect any reprints (Imperial Recruiter, Imperial Seal, Borrowing 100,000 Arrows, etc.), but would rather see popular myths and stories adapted to the set.  Some fokelore we speculate that may see representation in this set :

•  Sun Wukong - the Monkey King ! Should such a card see print, consider us head over heels with our socks knocked off.

• Moonfolk - not the Kamigawa block, but perhaps something along the line of an immortal Hou Yi and his evil student Feng Meng.

• Nian - A monster with mountain walk or island walk.

• Dragons (a full cycle), Lions (Rui Shi), and a white serpent from Hangzhou.

• A full cycle of 12 Zodiac creatures.

Looking very much forward to the start of previews for Jiang Yanggu vs. Mu Yanling, and even more to any storyline Wizards of the Coast hopefully will have.


Fblthp’s Big Day

Happy Monday MTG peeps,

Something a bit new for us here on MTG Realm - a short fan fiction piece.  Wizards of the Coast had invited Magic: the Gathering fans to chime in with an offering - here is ours.

The sound of the bird crowing announcing daybreak jolted Fblthp fully awake.  That noisy animal’s pen may have been on the far side of the Magister's Gardens, but it could have been just on the other side of the (rather thin) wall given the voluminous pitch and tone.  Fblthp, now sitting up could see the handful of Homunculus he shared the garden shed with now in motion and getting ready for another day working in the Garden.  Oh to be working alone in the serene solitude of the garden.  But that was not his duty today.

The evening before, at dinner time, one of the Magister’s servants had interrupted the gardener’s vittles to bring Fblthp the highly disturbing news that would require him to leave his garden. This requirement would be his third such errand which involved travelling to the far end of the Guild-controlled neighbourhood to fetch a stupid scroll for the Magister.

“Do you remember the way?” the servant asked in his annoying tone.  Fblthp nodded.

“Ask for Tosmaz, the Jelenn scribe and he will give you the scroll.” the servant said in slow cadence.

Fblthp may have been inarticulate but did have a knack for directions, both verbal and compass.  He nodded, and hoped the irritating man would go away soon.  He did and Fblthp rejoined the other Homunculus over the almost empty pot. 

“Great, and only half a dinner now too.”  If only Fblthp’s ‘cousin’ returned from the errand and not wound up as some Rakdos showstopper, Fblthp could still be enjoying the peace of the garden.

The same servant who interrupted his dinner last evening was waiting for Fblthp at the garden gate leading out to the busy street beyond.  He tossed Fblthp a small medallion with the Azorious Guild symbol on it.  This token gave the bearer unhindered passage through the handful of checkpoints to the Jelenn scriptorium where never ending Azorious proclamations, by-laws, and decrees were recorded.  Fblthp picked the token up and slipped out of the garden gate onto the crowded thoroughfare. Nine blocks.  Just nine blocks and back home.  He should even make it back just before dinner time by his reckoning.  

 Totally Lost, illustrated by David Palumbo

A seemingly serpentine matrix of alleyways running parallel to the main street was the safest way.  Not too busy and a lot less doorways where big people stepping out might not see Fblthp and squash him underfoot.  The first three blocks went by quickly enough without incident but ahead on the street gave Fblthp some concern.  It looked like debris from a structure littered the way.  A few paces on, Fblthp could now see a number of Azorious Lawmages and Borros Wojek enforcers talking heatedly over what looked like a very large dead Cyclops.  The Cyclops had a Gruul Scab Clan symbol roughly painted on its back.  Fblthp reacted quickly and moved over to another alley to avoid that chaos.

Turning the corner on the street, Fblthp was knocked backwards by a blast of heated air.  Quite fortunately, he landed in a window well, which provided shelter from whatever was going on.  He peeked over the lip in time to see an Azorious Aethermage casting a counterspell against another he could not yet see.  Perhaps this was connected to demolished building the next street over.  Fblthp did not wait any more and scrambled out of window well and darted down the street.  An unfamiliar street.  He could not go back the way he came and going forward, he would become totally lost.  More importantly than that, this street was crowded.  Too crowded.  In fact unusually crowded.

Fblthp found salvation in the form of a series of stone steps up and away from the dangerous thong of very large shoes and boots.  He had barely caught his breath at the top of the step when shouts went up from the crowd.  It now appeared from his improved viewpoint that these were mostly Unguilded folk, and the mood was hostile.  Seeming to fan this hostile flame was the motion of a mounted Boros Sunhome Enforcer.  Some within the rabble started throwing stones at the Knight which had no effect other than bouncing off the heavy armor and making the rider increasingly more irritated.  Escape!  Flee!

Fblthp clamored up a downspout to the roof and skittered over to the other side of the building.  Likewise, seeing the street nearly empty below, he slid down another downspout (very useful things) and looking around, could not believe his luck - the Jelenn scriptorium !  In front of the building were a few guards and the very scribe he needed to see.  Apparently Tosmaz must have seen Fblthp as well for he walked quickly across the street and stopped, giving him a stern look.

“You are an hour late” said Tosmaz, and then started into a tirade of why Homunculus were inappropriate for use as intra-guild couriers.  Tosmaz continued on, and were it not for the interruption of an Azorious Lyev Arrestor (by the look of the insignia), the scribe may have gone on forever.  Without a word Tomaz turned and gave a small scroll to the tall armored woman, and went back inside the Scriptorium.

“My name is Lavinia and I am to take you and scroll back to the Magister” she said.  “Would you care to travel with me in my saddlebag?”

Perhaps the best idea today Fblthp thought and nodded his approval.  Lavinia extended a hand which Fblthp grasped and was then lifted up and into a rather comfortable and thankfully empty bag on Lavinia’s steed.  Together they trotted off and down the cobbled street, and even though rhythmic jostle, Fblthp slipped into sleep with a dream of his sun-filled garden.