And the preview season for Dominaria Remastered has been reduced from eight days to just one.
Magic’s first full game of 2023, Phyrexia: All Will Be One, has been slightly delayed. During today’s weekly MTG stream, Wizards of the Coast confirmed that Phyrexia: All Will Be One will now release on February 10, a week after its previous release date.
The full schedule of events was broken down in today’s stream. Pre-launch events will take place from February 3-9, with the digital release on February 7. Launch Party events will run from the February 10 desktop launch to February 12. The first look at Phyrexia: All Will Be One cards will take place on December 13, while full previews will begin on January 17.
In addition to the slight delay for the first full set of 2023, Wizards confirmed that Dominaria Remastered previews will be shortened from the usual one-week show to a single day. The MTG weekly stream previewed a collection of the new cards, including their “new” retro frames, while the full preview list will go online on December 7.
Wizards called Dominaria Remastered the “quickest preview season we’ve ever done”, citing a desire to “give a little more breathing room between releases”. Fans have long complained of preview fatigue thanks to Magic: The Gathering’s increased product release cycle and many re-release sets, of which Dominaria Remastered is a prime example. With cards drawn from throughout Magic history, including 27 sets that focus on Magic’s plane of origin, Dominaria Remastered is a trip down memory lane.
Hasbro has been criticized by fans and financial analysts alike for over-monetizing Magic with too many product releases, many of which rely on nostalgia to appeal to established fans. The Brothers’ War is another great example. A set that focuses on the climactic conflict between Urza and Mishra, The Brothers’ War tells the same story that has been told since the beginning of Magic: the Gathering and also reprints many classic cards.
Expect previews for Dominaria Remastered to drop tomorrow, and you can get a good idea of the set’s mini-themes in a post from Magic designer Mark Rosewater here.
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