When Will My New Cards Become New?
Posted On July 11, 2021
It’s been a busy year for the world of card game cards.
In January, the first retail store in North America opened in Los Angeles.
This fall, the game’s first major brand and major publisher, Wizards of the Coast, released new cards that debuted in September.
And now, in December, we’re going to get a look at a new set of cards.
This is the first time in nearly a decade that the card game has seen a brand new set debut, but not a card that has been in the game for a long time.
“The new card sets, for us, are more about the game, and about the characters that are going to be coming to it, and the design process,” says Brian Littman, senior vice president of strategy at Magic: The Gathering.
The newest set is called Theros.
This sets is the seventh expansion for Theros, which was released in late 2015.
“It was kind of a bit of a surprise to the team,” says Eric Froehlich, a game designer and designer of the set.
“We knew we wanted a new card, but we didn’t really know what it was yet.”
Littmans team is making a big effort to bring a new take to Theros cards.
He’s spent much of the year trying to figure out how to make a new look for each of the new sets.
He spent time playing with the new art in Theros sets.
In addition to creating new art for each set, he’s also been trying to find a way to make the new cards look like what the card will look like in the future.
“I think the first thing that we were trying to do is to really figure out where the card was in its design, what the characters were like,” says Littsons lead game designer, Eric Frode.
“Where was the design coming from?”
Theros is a new addition to the Theros set.
There are seven cards from Theros in this set, which is designed to be the second-most expensive set ever.
These cards come in a variety of colors and sizes.
Theros contains all of the cards from the set, but there’s also new art from the new set, and a new art set called The New Lands, which brings new cards from all of Theros and new cards to Theron.
“What we really want to do here is try to be as transparent as possible,” says Frode, “so that people can really look at it and see the card and understand the character.”
He hopes people can also feel a sense of accomplishment.
“One of the things we really wanted to do was bring that new feel, that new flavor,” says Frost.
“Because you see cards that are new to the game that are just new in design, but they’re also iconic, so that people who played the game before this can say, ‘This is a card from the old set that I love.'”
Theros has some of the most exciting new cards in the set right now.
Frode says the new designs for each card are “really exciting,” and the art of the sets is “very special.”
He says the goal is to make each set feel unique.
“When you see a card, and you see the art, and it’s unique, it feels very different from any other set in the world,” says Rastus.
“And that’s something that is very hard to do in the current game, is that feel of uniqueness.”
In the new Theros art, the cards all have different types of art that can be found in Thero art.
Some cards have the same color and background, and others have a different color and style.
Some have different art for cards that have abilities that are tied to cards, like +1/+1 counters or +1 armor.
“There’s a lot of fun that goes into those cards, and they all have their own identity,” says Rob Pettit, art director at Wizards of Thero.
In a way, Theros makes up the story for the entire set.
In this set’s art, you can see a scene where a powerful, new god appears and takes control of a city.
The gods of Theresos, the land, have also created a new civilization.
This city is being rebuilt from scratch and they want to know what kind of magic this new god brings to the city.
Each card in Thereso has its own backstory.
Froders team is also working to bring some of that new story to Theresoes new cards.
They want to make sure that the cards have a feel that’s familiar to the players, but something that’s different and fresh.
“A lot of our favorite stories, like the original Journey into Nyx, have their characters and their motivations very familiar to us, and we want to try to bring that back,” says Pettit. In