Thought you’d be interested in the following announcement regarding the new Magic: The Gathering game and Magic’s 10th anniversary…


www.magicthegathering.com offers sneak-peek

June 9, 2003 (Renton, Wash.) – Magic: The Gathering® players will get to relive some of the greatest moments in the trading card game’s 10-year history with this summer’s release of the new Magic: The Gathering—Eighth Edition™ Core Set. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of its premier trading card game, Wizards of the Coast today announced that the new core set will include one never-before-reprinted card from every expansion since the Magic® game was first published, in 1993.

Wizards of the Coast has selected one card from every Magic set beginning with the originally released Magic: The Gathering base set, called Alpha™, all the way through and including the latest Magic expansion, Scourge. For those keeping track, this includes (from most recent to oldest): Scourge™, Legions™, Onslaught™, Judgment™, Torment™, Odyssey™, Apocalypse™, Planeshift™, Invasion™, Prophecy™, Nemesis™, Mercadian Masques™, Starter 99™, Urza’s Destiny™, Portal Three Kingdoms™, Urza’s Legacy™, Urza’s Saga™, Portal Second Age™, Exodus™, Stronghold™, Tempest™, Portal™, Weatherlight™, Visions™, Mirage™, Alliances™, Homeland™, Ice Age™, Fallen Empires™, The Dark™, Legends™, Antiquities™, Arabian Nights™ and Alpha.

In all, 350 cards will be reprised in the new core set. Some of the cards will be those nominated by fans in last summer’s “Selecting Eighth Edition” promotion.

Coinciding with today’s announcement, Wizards of the Coast will launch the “Unveiling Eighth Edition” promotion on www.magicthegathering.com. Each day between June 9 and July 28, when the new core set officially release worldwide, Wizards will reveal a selection of Eighth Edition cards on magicthegathering.com.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2003, the Magic: The Gathering game was created by award-winning game designer Richard Garfield and is published by Wizards of the Coast. Over the past 10 years, more than 6,000 distinct Magic cards have been created. The Magic game is available in 52 countries and nine languages, with more than 100,000 official tournaments sanctioned each year by the DCI® players’ organization.

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. For more information visit www.magicthegathering.com or www.wizards.com.

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