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Magic the Gathering gets War of the Spark event

Wizards of the Coast has unveiled details for War of the Spark Chronicles, a free multi-week event where players can explore the history of Magic: The Gathering and earn exclusive cosmetic rewards in the process.

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Taking place from May 23 to June 28, War of the Spark Chronicles will provide MTG Arena players the opportunity to play through five key moments in Magic, each with a specific play format. As players secure wins, they’ll unlock beautiful, exclusive stained-glass card style variations of Planeswalkers from War of the Spark, while others will be available in the game’s store. And, for fans and followers of Magic lore and history, each Planeswalker card will provide additional story and background.

Below are the details for the War of the Spark Chronicles event, broken down by week, dates, event name, and per-week playing format.

Week 1

May 23-31

Event Name: Part I: Ravnica at War

Format: Momir (Momir is a format that makes use of the “Momir” avatar  which allows you to pay X and discard a card to make a random creature with the converted mana cost of X, but only as a sorcery and only once each turn). Momir is also a special 96-card deck that includes 1 of each Planeswalker from War of the Spark.

Week 2

May 31-June 7

Event Name: Part II: No escape

Format: Pauper (Pauper is a format in which all cards used must have been printed at the common rarity in a Magic set or product. Other than that, the usual rules for constructed decks apply)

Week 3

June 7-June 14

Event Name: Part III: Storm the Citadel

Format: Singleton (Singleton, also known as highlander, is a constructed variant where each deck is restricted to only one copy of a given card, sans basic land)

Week 4

June 14-June 21

Event Name: Part IV: Commence the Endgame

Format: Counters (Counters (includes an emblem that puts an extra +1/+1 counter on anything with one on it already, an extra loyalty counter on Planeswalkers, and Amass 1)

Week 5

June 21-June 28

Event Name: Part V: Gideon’s Sacrifice

Format: Ravnica Block (Play done via Ravnica block of cards)

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The Outer Worlds to launch on 25 October

Hero? Villain? Lunatic? Your decisions drive the outcome in The Outer Worlds, an immersive single-player sci-fi RPG from Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division. Along with the release date, a new trailer has also been released.

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From the renowned RPG (role-playing game) developer, Obsidian Entertainment, comes The Outer Worlds, a dark and witty player-driven story set in a colony at the farthest reaches of the galaxy. As the cold, firm grasp of corporate bureaucracy starts to unravel due to one unknown visitor – the player – the character the player decides to become – will determine how the story unfolds. Their choices will affect the way the story develops, as well as their character progression, companion stories, and endgame scenarios.

“When I found myself contractually obligated to work with Leonard, we decided to make the game we always wanted,” said Tim Cain, co-game director at Obsidian. “A game where player agency matters, and allows you to approach any situation however you’d like. Because it’s your story. And, because we haven’t figured out how to contractually oblige you to play how we want you to. Yet.”

The Outer Worlds presents its players with a variety of options to play through the game. With an array of ranged and melee sci-fi weaponry at a player’s disposal, they can also solve issues with good, old-fashioned spoken diplomacy, or even leadership-driven delegation to their companions.

“All kidding aside,” said Leonard Boyarsky, co-game director at Obsidian, “Tim is truly honored to be working with me again on a game that focuses not only on a player-driven story, but also on establishing a new universe that is fun for players to explore with depth, humor, and corporate approved action.”

“Obsidian has such a great history when it comes to creating exceptional single-player RPGs,” said Allen Murray, VP of Production. “The Outer Worlds is unmistakably an Obsidian game, delivering an experience rich with dark humor, interesting characters, and plenty of player agency.”

The game is set to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on 25 October.

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Tom Clancy’s Rainbox Six Siege reveals Operation Phantom Sight

Rediscover the glitz and glamour of Kafe Dostoyevsky in a major map rework alongside two new eye-opening Operators in the second season of Rainbox Six Siege Year 4.

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Ubisoft has announced the full details of the second season of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Year 4 content. Operation Phantom Sight introduces a new Attacker and Defender, Nøkk and Warden, as well as a major map rework of Kafe Dostoyevsky, situated at the heart of Moscow. It will also introduce changes to the recently implemented feature, Reverse Friendly Fire, as well as updates to the Rainbow Six Siege storefront and the Ranked playlist.

In this new season, Nøkk and Warden will redefine how intel is gathered as the newest additions to the Rainbow Six Siege Operator line-up. Armed with her FMG-9 and SIX12-SD, Nøkk uses her high-tech HEL Presence Reduction gadget to quietly navigate behind enemy lines, invisible to cameras and drones alike. Warden uses his Glance Smartglasses to enhance his vision, providing him with better visibility in smoke as well as immunity to flashes while remaining still. His M590A1 and MPX makes him a powerful anchor in defence.

In addition to these two new Rainbow recruits, players will be able to explore the map rework of Kafe Dostoyevsky, which incorporates significant changes to the current map in order to open up and diversify gameplay: the first floor has been redesigned, new Bomb sites appear on the second floor, and there are many other updates to gameplay opportunities. Other features that will be introduced in the upcoming season include further updates to Reverse Friendly Fire based on data and community feedback, a reworked Ranked playlist and a new in-game storefront.

The Test Server for Operation Phantom Sight is live now. The Test Server is an alternative version of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, allowing players to test upcoming gameplay features that will make their way into the main game itself. Since this is a testing environment, a consistent gameplay experience is not guaranteed on the Test Server. 

For more information about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, please visit: https://rainbow6.ubisoft.com.

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