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Dungeons & Dragons: Guildmasters Guide to Ravnica

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Dungeons & Dragons: Guildmasters Guide to Ravnica

With Dungeons & Dragons' Dragon Heist adventure on the horizon in September, followed shortly by their November release of the Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica, it seems that adventuring parties from around the world will be leaving the far reaches of Faerun in favor of that good, good urban life!

While Dragon Heist is set to feature a deep dive into Waterdhavian society, Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica ups the ante by crossing the streams with Wizards of the Coast legend Magic: The Gathering for the first time and allowing heroes to explore the fan favorite world spanning urban sprawl of Ravnica. 

With the huge surge in popularity of D&D and Magic’s commitment to bring the lore and storytelling to life, the timing seemed perfect. Ravnica is full of adventure possibilities and I can’t wait for fans to jump in to embody a member of one the iconic guilds. I will personally be making a new character for Rakdos.
— Nathan Stewart, director of D&D
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In perfect synergy, Magic the Gathering is set to release the Guilds of Ravnica set for the TCG which promises to create a great bridge for fans of both games to deep dive into lore and experience new game play. Wizards of the Coast also teased that we may be visiting other Planes in 2019 so this is likely the first of many collaborations between these powerhouse design teams.

In addition, fans of the Eberron campaign setting will be delighted to note that the Wayfinders Guide to Eberron is available now via the Dungeon Master's Guild as it is updated by Keith Baker, the original writer, and the Dungeons & Dragons team. For those new to the Eberron setting, it features a magic-heavy, fantasy noir vibe with undertones of Steampunk. It boasts classes like the Artificer, best known for creating magical items and drafts as a control/support class, and races like Changelings - a player friendly version of the Doppleganger monster - and Warforged - large sentient constructs molded by magic. 

It’s been sixteen years since I planted the first seeds that would become Eberron, and watching it grow has been an amazing journey. So many good people have been involved in creating the world we see today, and it’s been wonderful to see it come to life. I can’t wait to see what people do with the world!
— Keith Baker, creator of the Eberron setting.

They will be adapting the setting for 5th edition with all sorts of "adjusted races, dragon marks, new backgrounds and more" according to D&D site. My guess would be that we are likely to see a hardcover book release in the future, but for now we'll have to be patient. 

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Magic the Gathering: Guilds of Ravnica Events at Your FLGS!

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Magic the Gathering: Guilds of Ravnica Events at Your FLGS!

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Back in mid-May we got some exciting news about the next steps for Magic: the Gathering and yesterday, we learned that not only would we be throwing cards in the epic TCG, but we would be granted entrance to Ravnica through the new D&D title, Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica, marking the first collaboration between the two Wizards of the Coast powerhouse titles. 

We are super thirsty for this new set and all the FLGS events that will open the gateway to Ravnica and send us careening into new battles. Get ready to mark your calendars and let your shop know you're interested in playing during one of these events because they only have until August 13th to confirm that they'd like to host them. 

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  • Prerelease Party: Guilds of Ravnica - 9/29/2018-9/30/2018

    • These events are great for new and beginner players or for veterans to bring new friends to. They feature Sealed Decks, Two-headed Giant Sealed Deck, no rounds, and two person or group play. 

  • Ravnica Weekend: Guilds of Ravnica - 11/9/2018-11/11/2018

    • This is a great mid season event for draft play and Guild Kit battles. It also features a coordinated Dungeons & Dragons event with a Ravnica setting adventure module. This is a great opportunity for new players, but is primarily a fantastic setting for engaged super fans to bring their best battle face to the table. 

  • Standard Showdown: Guilds of Ravnica 10/14/2018-12/29/2018
    • These weekends feature standard format and three round ranked games. These are typically the most competitive events and are typically well suited to experienced players. It's also your chance to acquire with rares, mythics, and foils from Guilds of Ravnica and other recent sets.

If you haven't found your favorite FLGS hang-out yet, find a shop near you so you can join in the fun!

If you're late to the game when it comes to Ravnica, have no fear! We've got you covered with more details for the season and the setting with this awesome announcement video from Wizards of the Coast.

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Magic Core Set 2019 Draft Weekend: July 14th-15th 2018

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Magic Core Set 2019 Draft Weekend: July 14th-15th 2018

Magic: The Gathering from Wizards of the Coast constructed play starts this Friday July 13th for Core Set 2019! We'll start seeing all sorts of new decks being played after that point featuring the cards for the season. Constructed decks take a lot of thought and typically require a larger monetary investment, so it can be an intimidating place to start for new players. Don't worry. We've got you covered with an event that's perfect to help you get started!

We are chomping at the bit for Draft Weekend which runs July 14th and 15th! One of the great things about a Draft is that everyone is on equal footing. You don't need to spend $1000 to build the perfect competition deck to enjoy the game at a draft. All you need to do is head to your local shop, pay a nominal fee for your draft entry (usually the cost of ~3 booster packs), and build decks from the ground up with other people at the table. Tables at a draft are typically made up of 8 players. You can see what they're building as they go and stick to a few colors yourself so you can fuel your spells with mana and counter the decks that others have built during the draft. 

You can expect your FLGS to be full to bursting with Magic players  this weekend so this should be a great event to jump into whether you're new to the game or a seasoned player who's chomping at the bit to get the new cards in hand. To find an FLGS near you that's running a Draft Weekend event, click here

If you've never been to a Draft Weekend and want to know what to expect, Wizards of the Coast released a great video that should get you up to speed.

Are you going to Draft Weekend? Have any advice for new players who might want to try Magic starting with Core Set 2019? Leave your tips and tricks in the comments!

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