Magic the Gathering Toolbox APP & Dark Ascension

Okay, first thing’s first.. Wizard’s has released the new Magic: The Gathering Toolbox app for the iphone. You can download it for free (yep, I said FREE as in F-R-E-E) at the app store. What all does it do? Wow, that’s a loaded question, you can use it as a life counter, a deck builder, you can add players to keep track of everyone’s life totals, you can search every damn card made (tho you do have to be connected to 3g or wifi to download the card art – but you can still be offline to read the card text). It will even tell you where the closest store is that carries Magic! It also updates itself with new Magic events that you can even push to your own calendar. If you like playing the game, I highly recommend this app!

Now.. yes, there is a small thing you gotta pay, when a new set comes out you have to pay a small price to download the new card set. I’ve not been able to determine that cost yet, however. OOOH! You can also download wallpaper! Who knows what else they will do with this one! All in all, go grab it and check it out!

Okay, now for Dark Ascension:

Prerelease Events: January 28-29, 2012
Release Date: February 3, 2012
Launch Parties: February 3-6, 2012
Game Day: February 25-26, 2012 March 3-4, 2012
Twitter Hashtag: #MTGDKA
Design Team: Mark Rosewater (lead), Jenna Helland, Zac Hill, Graeme Hopkins, Matt Tabak
Development Team: Tom LaPille (lead), Mark L. Gottlieb, Zac Hill, David Humpherys, Ken Troop

It breaks down like this:
158 card set.
White (26)
Blue (27)
Black (27)
Red (27)
Green (27)
Multicolor (9)
Artifact (11)
Land (4)

The coolest part is the new double sided cards. Yep, cards with two sides. Transforming cards.

But.. How do I play them in a deck, won’t it be considered a ‘marked card’? Is this going to force me to play with sleeves?

Nope! In most booster packs there is 1 transforming card. There is also a proxy card that has the proper Magic backed Back that you can place into your deck. On that card you mark which Transforming card you have selected and when you draw it, and cast it just put the other card into play.

Magic is in a state of constant change and as such is continuously needing to reinvent itself. This new one of being able to transform may take some getting used to, but here at GameMasters we have already embraced the Dark Ascension!

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