Update – March 26th, 2020: Today Wizards of the Coast announced a series of changes to the Ikoria: Lair of Behemoth’s release schedule as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Citing the safety of those working in shipping and distribution, as well as the varied situations around the globe, Wizards has announced this schedule, subject to change as the situation evolves:
- April 2nd – Preview season beginfs
- April 10th – Last day of previews.
- April 16th: Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths released on Magic Online and MTG Arena
- April 17th: Prerelease and release events for Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong
- May 15th: Prerelease and release events for North America, Europe, Latin America, and Australia/New Zealand
Understanding this is a blow to local game stores, Wizards will also be be sending registered stores a free shipment of reprinted Mystery Boosters. As these are coming at no cost to game stores, each box sold will be 100% profit. Wizards is also allowing local game stores to run events on MTG Arena and take up to $10 of admission fees from these events.
Today Wizards of the Coast released a series of announcements intended to keep the Gathering in Magic: The Gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has collected their various announcements and updates on this site and we here at ChannelFireball will continue to keep you updated.
Starting today, there will be weekly updates about special events designed to keep players engaged with Magic and the community during these unprecedented times. First, Wizards will be introducing FNM at Home. These free Arena events will run for 24 hours – midnight Thursday to midnight Friday – starting on March 27th. Players can get a reward code from their local store to receive a special card sleeve in Arena. Wizards is also working with stores to help them build up an online community, allowing players to remain connected to their friendly neighborhood play space.
Magic Online is also getting in on the fun with Super Qualifiers. These massive tournaments are open to all and are available in a wide variety of formats. The Super Qualifiers will award both finalists with an invitation to the Players Tour Series 2.
These are the first steps Wizards of the Coast is taking to help Magic players whether the storm of the pandemic. According to both announcements more options will be coming in the future.