Be a Hero. Play Magic for Extra Life!

Posted in Feature on October 2, 2015

By Sean Gibbons

Born in a dimension of pure cake, Sean Gibbons was quickly sent into exile after leading a rebellion opposing The Great Margarine Edict. Arriving on Earth, he saved a school bus full of Mulldrifters from being evoked and was instantly adopted by Wizards of the Coast to serve as their associate community manager. Those Mulldrifters later died to removal.

Extra Life's Tabletop Appreciation Weekend is this Saturday and Sunday, October 3–4, and the Magic: The Gathering team is celebrating with its first ever 24-hour live Twitch stream featuring Magic Online's nummiest Twitch streamer (and recent Community Cup champion), Kenji Egashira! The action starts October 3 at 8:00 a.m. PT on the Magic Twitch channel!

Extra Life is all about helping kids in need. As humble Planeswalkers, we struggle against foes like the Eldrazi in the Battle for Zendikar, but that's a walk in the park compared to the thousands of hospitalized children who face far scarier challenges in life. Through the donations of our players, Magic's goal is to raise as much money as possible in support of the Children's Miracle Network hospitals and their mission to help kids. If that weren't enough incentive to help the cause, we're throwing in some sweet Magic-themed rewards for our most generous donors. Including . . .

. . . uncut premium foil sheets for our top donors! We've also got full sets from the original Zendikar block, Duel Decks Anthologies, Premium Duel Decks, San Diego Comic-Con exclusives, and more!

For more details, see the Magic Extra Life team page.

Kenji will be joined by host Matt Tabak (Magic Rules Manager), plus a plethora of other guests from the Magic team at Wizards of the Coast. Join the fun right now by making an Extra Life profile of your own and joining the Magic team, or click the following links to donate to a member of our 24-hour stream and the Children's Miracle Network hospital of their choice:

The Wizards Stream Team

Scion Crew—Saturday, 8:00 a.m.–11:59 a.m.

Ulamog Crew—Saturday, 12:00 p.m.–3:59 p.m.

Kor Crew—Saturday, 4:00 p.m.–7:59 p.m.

Kozilek Crew—Saturday, 8:00 p.m.–11:59 p.m.

Gideon Crew—Sunday, 12:00 a.m. (midnight)–3:59 a.m.

Ally Crew—Sunday, 4:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.

*All times are Pacific

Want to raise money for the Magic team? Anyone can join! Make an Extra Life profile, sign up for the Magic team, and encourage your friends and family to donate by pledging to do fun things over Tabletop Appreciation Weekend! Some examples:

  • Pledge to wear a silly hat to your next Friday Night Magic.
  • Everybody needs an Eldrazi name. Let a donor choose yours for the right price! You'll pledge to refer to yourself by that name during the entire weekend.
  • Pledge to stay awake for 24 hours straight during the Magic team's Twitch stream.
  • Pledge to make and wear pants made entirely of Magic cards.
  • Pledge to eat only cottage cheese for 24 hours straight. What's the worst that could happen?!

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