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  1. Magic Arena's Upcoming Events Include Commander-Like 100-Card Historic Brawl

    With the next big set release still a month away, Magic: The Gathering Arena players are in waiting mode for the next update to the Standard and Historic formats. While there was a significant banning of the blue extra-turn spell Time Warp this week in Historic, the meta is still settling. However, there’s a lot to do leading up to the release of the next Standard set, Dungeons and Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms. Wizards of the Coast dropped a blog post today about their short-term roadmap for events in Magic Arena in the coming weeks.

    Leading off the post is the introduction of a completely new format that is being tested for Arena. This week’s Friday Night Magic theme on June 18 will be a 100-card Historic Brawl event. Yep, that’s a full Commander-sized deck using any card currently available in MTG Arena minus those on the ban list which you can find here. From June 19 until June 25, 100-card Historic Brawl will transition to having it’s own event with an entry fee of 2,500 gold or 500 gems. Any losses will not matter as the event is set for unlimited play and will reward players with gorgeous Japanese Mystical Archives card styles for their first five wins. The card styles available here include: Gods Willing, Brainstorm, Doom Blade, Faithless Looting, and Regrowth.

    Paired with the news of this new format, WotC has announced it has taken two popular Commanders off the Historic Brawl ban list: Golos, Tireless Trackers and Winota, Joiner of Forces. Releasing these legendary creatures back into these casual formats comes with a change in style of how Wizards is handling banning cards while utilizing a power weighting system. “Our goal has been to better match players with similarly weighted commanders, keeping the challenge for competitive players while ensuring the formats remain hospitable to casual players,” Wizards explains regarding the reason for weighting these cards in the blog post. Regarding WotC’s approach to banning cards in Brawl the blog says, “With this system in place, we are now more likely to use weighting rather than banning as a tool for managing very powerful commanders. Players who still really enjoy the experience of playing with those commanders may continue to do so, and players who don't want that high-powered experience can be free from it.”

    While Historic Brawl was the biggest news, there are a few other events happening to keep Magic players busy. Jumpstart is still active in Arena until July 8 for 2,000 gold or 400 gems. This simplified draft experience has players choose two booster pack themes that are shuffled together and ready to play. All cards from these packs are added to your collection, and up to two wins will give rewards of rare or mythic rare cards from Jumpstart.

    Premier Draft will switch to the Dominaria format from June 18-25. This fan-favorite set from 2018 is a celebration of Magic’s first plane, Dominaria, and features card mechanics revolving around history and legends. Finally, a “Chromatic Cube” event will be running from June 25-July 8, but nothing is known about which cards will be included in this draft-able format.

    Considering the dates given in this update, Wizards will be moving into Adventures in the Forgotten Realms preview season and set release soon after. For other Magic news, check out the recently announced Secret Lair featuring a new Universes Beyond destination.

  2. Mortal Kombat Legends Sequel Drops This Summer

    Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge came out last April and chronicles the journey(s) of its titular protagonist. A sequel, calledBattle of the Realms,  is set to drop this summer, and while news about what the movie will focus on is practically nonexistent, we do have casting information by way ofThe Hollywood Reporter.

    Many of the voices fromScorpion’s Revenge are returning. Some of the voice actors listed here will reprise multiple roles in the film: 

    Joel McHale (Johnny Cage)
    Jennifer Carpenter (Sonya Blade)
    Jordan Rodrigues (Liu Kang)
    Patrick Seitz (Scorpion)
    Artt Butler (Shang Tsung)
    Robin Atkin Downes (Shinnok)
    Dave B. Mitchell (Raiden)
    Ikè Amadi (Jax)
    Grey Griffin (Kitana and Mileena)
    Fred Tatasciore (Shao Kahn)

    New actors will be joining the team, of course. Matthew Mercer, of video game acting fame (Overwatch’s McCree and Persona 5’s Yusuke Kitagawa), will play Stryker and Smoke. Bayardo De Murguia (Tiny Pretty Things) will be Sub-Zero. Matt Yang King (Numbers) plays Kung Lao, Paul Nakuchi (Overwatch’s Hanzo) is Lin Kuei Grandmaster, Emily O’Brien (Death Stranding) is Jade, and Debra Wilson (The Boondocks) stars as D’Vorah. 

    Although it’s not an animated film likeLegends, the live-actionMortal Kombat dropped earlier this year. Senior editor Brian Shea enjoyed the movie and ultimately gave it an 8, concluding, “Those who go intoMortal Kombat wanting a fun exploration of the loose lore surrounding the first game will not be disappointed. The fight scenes are terrific, the characters a well-represented throughout, and newcomer Cole Young is a solid addition to the cast of recognizable characters. While some of the writing is a little on-the-nose and the plot feels rushed at times, I'm excited to see how the teases sprinkled throughout the end of the movie come to fruition in subsequent installments." 

    Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms, drops towards the end of the summer.

    [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

  3. Rockstar Is Shutting Down GTA Online On PS3 And Xbox 360 In December

    Rockstar Games announced that it will shut down the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of its wildly successful Grand Theft Auto Online. If you’re a GTA Online player tearing up Los Santos on those platforms, mark December 16 as the final day you can log in.

    The shutdown also means that stat tracking for those versions of the game will disappear from the Rockstar Games Social Club. Additionally, Shark Cash cards can no longer be sold for PS3 and Xbox 360 after September 15. Rockstar's FAQ explains that players will not be able to transfer character progress to current versions of GTA Online before the shutdown since no such feature exists. You also cannot transfer or refund virtual currency/goods since those are platform-specific. Rockstar stressed that the shutdown will not impact players' ability to play Grand Theft Auto V’s story mode or effect their existing progress there. 

    In the Rockstar Newswire blog post, the publisher explains that the decision has to do with the company’s increased focus on updating and supporting the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions of GTA Online. Rockstar is also busy prepping for the launch of the enhanced versions of GTA V and GTA Online for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S this fall.

    Furthermore, website stat tracking for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Max Payne 3 and L.A. Noire also cease on September 16. Rockstar is also shutting down online multiplayer and leaderboards for those versions of Max Payne 3. Again, this will not affect players’ ability to play the story modes in either version of those games. 

    This marks the end of an era of sorts. GTA Online began life on PS3 and Xbox 360 in October 2013, serving as the launch pads for the mode’s meteoric rise. I don’t know how active the player bases on those platforms is at this point, but it’s always a bummer to see an online service close its doors. 

    What do you think of GTA Online’s shutdown on PS3 and Xbox 360, as well as the related news regarding Max Payne 3 and L.A. Noire? Share your thoughts and memories in the comments!

    [Source: Rockstar Newswire]

  4. Breath Of The Wild 2 Fan Theory Suggests We Play As Ganondorf

    We all knew that the minute more Breath of the Wild 2 footage was shown, the community would take to YouTube to unearth all the little secrets hidden in the latest trailer. And, of course, those trailer breakdowns did happen. Moreover, of all the interesting theories out there, one has soared above the rest because of how downright compelling it is: what if we’ll actually be playing as Ganondorf the whole time in Breath of the Wild 2?

    Barret Courtney fromKindaFunny took to Twitter not only to postKindaFunny’s Breath of the Wild 2 trailer analysis, but to offer his own 2 cents. You can see the beginning of his Twitter thread above. He mentions playing as Ganondorf, offers solid lore to back up that theory, and even posits what the Breath of the Wild 2 official title will be; this is something that hasn’t been announced just yet because Nintendo doesn’t want to reveal the full name until the time is right.

    “This game will be learning about the fall of Ganondorf the man and then saving him from the evil that has been ruling over him for generations,” Courtney starts. “And in doing so, we’ll break the cycle started by Demise. Whether we do that as Zelda or Link, I’m still unsure.” Courtney continues to say that the Skyward Sword port is also indicative of Zelda writer and director Hidemaro Fujibayashi’s larger goal of tethering all three of his major games, “Getting Skyward to Switch will give first timers the back story they need before BOTW2.”

    You might also be wondering what Courtney thinks the game will be called. Well, here you go: Demise of the Wild. Courtney thinks that the “hero from 10,000 years ago” is actually Ganondorf: “‘Ganondorf is ALWAYS a Gerudo!’ There’s a huge gap between Skyward and Ocarina y’all. And Gerudo didn’t exist in Skyward. Whether it’s asset replacement rn or his hair turns red once he finds the sword with Demise inside of it - that’s dehydrated boy hydrated.”

    What do you think about this theory? Do you think playing as Ganondorf could shake up the future of the Legend of Zelda franchise in positive ways?

  5. Nintendo Won’t Reveal Breath Of The Wild 2’s Official Title Just Yet

    We finally got a more comprehensive look at Breath of the Wild 2 yesterday during Nintendo’s E3 Direct. A montage of aerial combat, skydiving/gliding, and new and improved rune abilities set the sequel apart from the beloved original. In the next chapter of Link’s story, we know that Zelda will continue to play a big role (despite her gaping absence from the latest gameplay trailer) and that the narrative will take place at high altitudes. Apparently, the official title of Breath of the Wild 2 could tell us even more, so Nintendo has decided to keep it a secret until it's ready to divulge more details with the general public.

    Nintendo Treehouse’s Bill Trinen and Nate Bihldorff talked with IGN about Nintendo’s decision. There is definitely a subtitle that has already been agreed upon but it might be too early for all of us to know. “As for why we’re holding back on the name, you’ll just have to stay tuned because, obviously, Zelda names are kind of important,” Trinen said during the interview. “Those subtitles… they start to give little bits of hints about maybe what’s going to happen.”

    It’s true that older Legend of Zelda installments have names that directly correlate with the story: Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, and Twilight Princess to name a few. So, it’s only natural that Breath of the Wild would follow suit. We’ve been waiting for more news about the sequel for two years. As of right now, we know that it’ll be released at some point in 2022 for Nintendo Switch. Our very own Liana Ruppert compiled a list of cool features and mechanics that she’d love to see in the upcoming game, so be sure to check that out to fuel your excitement.

    What do you think Breath of the Wild 2’s official name is? Throw down your wacky and/or serious title ideas in the comments section.

    [Source: IGN]


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