New base set will feature cards picked by players and help mark Magic's 10th anniversary
RENTON, WA, AUGUST 14, 2002 - Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a division of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), today announced that the Eighth Edition of the premier trading card game, Magic: The Gathering
Magic: The Gathering Eighth Edition Coming July 28, 2003
While most of the cards remain unknown at this time, the following cards garnered enough votes from players to earn a definite place in the Eighth Edition and Magic history:
- Birds of Paradise + Vine Trellis (edged out Llanowar Elves + Utopia Tree)
- Obliterate (got more votes than Jokulhaups)
- Nekrataal (beat Dark Hatchling)
- Two-Headed Dragon (bested Crimson Hellkite)
- Rewind (instead of Dismiss)
- Ensnaring Bridge (not Static Orb)
- Noble Purpose (over Orim's Prayer)
- Worship (beat both Kismet and Pariah)
The Eighth Edition player polls continue through September 6. Players should visit www.magicthegathering.com and look for the "Spend Your Summer On Eighth Edition" promotion for more information and to participate.
Wizards of the Coast will mark the 10th Anniversary of Magic: The Gathering with special events at next summer's GenCon and 2003 Magic: The Gathering World Championship, among other 10th Anniversary activities. "With the release of Eighth Edition and the 10th Anniversary, 2003 promises to be an exciting year for Magic fans," Hauck remarked.
The Magic: The Gathering game, invented by Richard Garfield and first released in 1993, is the most widely played trading card game, with an active base of more than seven million players in 52 countries. Magic: The Gathering trading card games are available in nine languages. More than 100,000 official tournaments are held annually, hosted by the DCI
Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro Inc. (NYSE:HAS), is the worldwide market share leader in the trading card game and tabletop roleplaying game categories. A leading developer and publisher of game-based entertainment products, the company holds an exclusive patent on the play mechanic of trading card games (TCGs). For more information on Wizards of the Coast, visit www.wizards.com.
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