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August 2017[edit source]
- 2017-08-13: The Grand Prix events in Birmingham and São Paulo are won by Loïc Le Briand and Joao Lelis, respectively.
- 2017-08-06: Steve Locke wins Grand Prix Minneapolis, defeating Corey Baumeister in the final.
- 2017-08-03: Announcement of the announcement on September 7 of Magic: The Gathering Arena, a digital Magic game, created under the umbrella of Magic Digital Next.
July 2017[edit source]
- 2017-07-30: Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa defeats Sam Pardee to win Pro Tour Hour of Devastation, simultaneously becoming the 2016–17 Player of the Year. The remaining 2017 World Championship slots are decided, and the finalists of the 2016–17 Magic Pro Tour Team Series are Genesis and Musashi.
- 2017-07-29: At Pro Tour Hour of Devastation, Martin Jůza becomes the 2016–17 Draft Master, and Sebastian Pozzo becomes the 2016–17 Standard Master, both earning invitations to the 2017 World Championship.
- 2017-07-28: Martin Jůza and Josh Utter-Leyton are voted into the Pro Tour Hall of Fame.
- 2017-07-28: Reveal of the HASCON-promos, including the Sword of Dungeons & Dragons preview card for Unstable.
- 2017-07-23: Following up on the win at Grand Prix Cleveland, William Jensen wins GP Kyoto, making it back-to-back GP victories.
- 2017-07-23: Mark Rosewater's Blogatog live at San Diego Comic-Con reveals details on Unstable. Contraptions and riggers are connected to one of the factions of the Inventor's World.
- 2017-07-20: Grand Prix schedule for the first half of 2018 is revealed.
- 2017-07-19: Introduction of the Bronze level in the Pro Players Club, and changes to the club following the 2017–18 season are announced.
- 2017-07-19: Changes to professional play and the 2018 Pro Tours are announced. Modern returns to the Pro Tour at PT Rivals of Ixalan, the specifics of how to qualify for Pro Tour 25th Anniversary are detailed, and the formats for the 2017 World Championship and the 2017 World Magic Cup are explained.
- 2017-07-16: Organized Play changes are announced, introducing the Store Championship and a change to the FNM promo: Instead of a Standard-legal card, future promos (starting in October 2017) will be double-faced tokens.
- 2017-07-14: Hour of Devastation is released.
- 2017-07-10: Egyptian style SDCC 2017 promos revealed.
June 2017[edit source]
- 2017-06-17: Thiago Saporito defeats Steve Rubin to become the champion of the Limited Grand Prix in Las Vegas.
- 2017-06-16: Andrew Calderon wins the Legacy Grand Prix in Las Vegas.
- 2017-06-16: Paul Cheon joins R&D as a member of the newly formed Play Design team.
- 2017-06-16: A complete Ixalan rare foil print sheet is leaked three months before prerelease. The blurry pictures reveal pirates, dinosaurs, vehicles, vampires, merfolk, dryads, orcs, a supertype for planeswalkers (among others Castaway Jace) and the new mechanics Explore and Tough.
- 2017-06-15: Changes to the Pro Tour are announced: Pro Tours after PT Rivals of Ixalan are no longer tied to the release of a new set, and in 2018 there will be a special 25th anniversary Pro Tour where the format is team trios.
- 2017-06-14: The Gift Pack replaces the Gift Box for the Holiday season.
- 2017-06-14: Dinosaurs will be a supported creature type with Ixalan.
- 2017-06-14: The 2018 spring set, codenamed Soup, is revealed: Dominaria will be released on April 27, 2018. This is a return to the plane of the same name, the setting for most sets until Mirrodin.
- 2017-06-14: Masters 25, a Masters series set that celebrates the 25 year history of Magic, will be released on March 16, 2018.
- 2017-06-14: The third un-set, Unstable, is announced. It is set for release on December 8, 2017.
- 2017-06-14: Several products are announced: Explorers of Ixalan, to be released on November 24, 2017; Duel Decks: Merfolk vs. Goblins, to be released on November 10, 2017; and From the Vault: Transform, to be released on November 24, 2017.
- 2017-06-13: Aetherworks Marvel is banned in Standard.
- 2017-06-12: Wizards of the Coast announces the end of the block model, the discontinuation of small expansions, and the return of summer core sets, revamped, effective in 2018 with the release of Core 2019. Non-core sets following Ixalan block (starting with "Soup") will all be large expansions.
- 2017-06-09: Release of the Commander Anthology.
- 2017-06-07: It is revealed that Cryptic Studios and Perfect World are working on a Magic: The Gathering-themed massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMO).
- 2017-06-04: The weekend's GPs, held in Manila, Amsterdam, and Omaha, are won by Ryoichi Tamada, Lukas Blohon, and Brad Nelson, respectively.
- 2017-06-01: A mix-up on the french Magicthegathering.com-site reveals three cards for Hour of Devastation: Nicol Bolas, God-Pharoh, a black sweeper related to Bontu, and planeswalker Samut.
May 2017[edit source]
- 2017-05-28: Joe Soh wins Grand Prix Kobe, and Mattia Rizzi wins Grand Prix Copenhagen.
- 2017-05-23: Possible leaks for Commander 2017 feature a multicolored tribal dragon deck with O-Kagachi, the Ur-Dragon and Wasitora. They also feature the keyword "Emminence".
- 2017-05-23: HASCON announces three silver-bordered promo cards made especially for HASCON, featuring a mashup of Magic and three of the other Hasbro brands.
- 2017-05-21: Mauro Sasso wins Grand Prix Santiago; Kevin Jones wins Grand Prix Montréal.
- 2017-05-17: The United States Patent and Trademark Office has registered Rivals of Ixalan for the second set in the Ixalan block, and a planeswalker symbol with the number 25 for the celibration of 25 years of Magic.
- 2017-05-16: Hélène Bergeot resigns from her position as director of Organized Play and trade marketing at Wizards of the Coast.
- 2017-05-14: Gerry Thompson, using Mono-Black Zombies in Standard, wins Pro Tour Amonkhet, defeating Yuuya Watanabe in the final.
- 2017-05-07: The Grand Prix events in Beijing, Bologna, and Richmond are won by Kelvin Chew, Corrado De Sio, and Michael Baraniecki, respectively.
April 2017[edit source]
- 2017-04-28: Magic Online announces the creation of new tournament play for 1v1 Commander and a seperate banned list for Magic Online Commander.
- 2017-04-28: Amonkhet is released.
- 2017-04-27: In a surprise addendum to the B&R list, Felidar Guardian is banned in Standard.
- 2017-04-24: In the most recent banned/restricted list update, Sensei's Divining Top is banned in Legacy, while Gush and Gitaxian Probe are restricted in Vintage.
- 2017-04-20: A WPN-mail sent to retailers reveals a the name of a compilation set that is to be released on November 17, 2017: Iconic Masters.
- 2017-04-18: Pro Tour Ixalan pushed back to 5 weeks after the Ixalan release.
- 2017-04-18: The 2017 fall set is named Ixalan, and will be released on September 29, 2017.
- 2017-04-18: Commander 2017 will be released on August 25, 2017. The set features four tribal-themed decks.
- 2017-04-18: 2017's Nationals will take place on September 9–10, September 16–17, and October 14–15; they will be split-format events consisting of Standard and Booster Draft.
- 2017-04-09: Andrew Cuneo, Eric Froehlich, and Ben Stark win the Team Limited Grand Prix in Mexico City.
- 2017-04-02: The team of Adam Jansen, Gregory Orange, and Andrejs Prost wins Grand Prix San Antonio after defeating the team known as Peach Garden Oath in the final.
March 2017[edit source]
- 2017-03-31: Duel Decks: Mind vs. Might is released.
- 2017-03-27: Leaks of Amonkhet cards reveal the return of Cycling.
- 2017-03-26: Joel Larsson wins Grand Prix Orlando. Chris Pikula, in his first premier event top eight in 12 years, finishes fourth.
- 2017-03-24: The Announcement Day planned for March 31st is postponed to June.
- 2017-03-19: Grand Prix events in Shizuoka and Porto Alegre are won by Ryohei Kirino and Victor Fernando Silva, respectively.
- 2017-03-17: Modern Masters 2017 is released.
- 2017-03-13: In the most recent banned/restricted list update, there are no changes to any format.
- 2017-03-12: Petr Sochůrek wins Grand Prix Barcelona; Corey Baumeister wins Grand Prix New Jersey.
- 2017-03-09: It is announced that ChannelFireball will be hosting all Grand Prix events in 2018.
- 2017-03-05: Josh Utter-Leyton defeats Lukas Blohon in the final of the 2016 Magic Online Championship, winning $25,000 and an invite to the 2017 World Championship.
February 2017[edit source]
- 2017-02-26: Samuel Vuillot wins Grand Prix Utrecht after winning the final match against Fabrizio Campanino.
- 2017-02-22: The MTG Salvation Wiki changes name to MTG Wiki.
- 2017-02-19: Oliver Oks wins Grand Prix Brisbane, and Josh Utter-Leyton wins Grand Prix Vancouver.
- 2017-02-12: Ryan Hare wins Grand Prix Pittsburgh after defeating Bronson Gervasi in the final.
- 2017-02-09: It is announced that Nationals will replace World Magic Cup Qualifiers. World Magic Cup teams are reduced to 3-man teams, with two of the players earning invitations at Nationals. Additionally, single-slot PTQs will be held on Sundays of Grand Prix weekends. Lastly, Grand Prix Trials other than the ones held on-site on the Friday of a Grand Prix are discontinued.
- 2017-02-05: Lucas Berthoud of Brazil wins Pro Tour Aether Revolt, defeating Marcio Carvalho in the final.
January 2017[edit source]
- 2017-01-29: Yusuf Kemal Vefa wins Grand Prix Prague, marking the first time a Turkish player wins a Magic premier event. Meanwhile, John Asbach wins Grand Prix San Jose.
- 2017-01-26: The Magic Pro Tour Team Series teams for the 2016–17 season are revealed.
- 2017-01-25: Reveal of a Standard Series promo action, featuring the five Battle lands with a regular card frame but Masterpiece Series' art.
- 2017-01-20: Aether Revolt is released.
- 2017-01-13: Wizards of the Coast President Chris Cocks announces the creation of the Digital Games Studio in a bid to make the digital experience of Magic: The Gathering and other games "more efficient, connected, and convenient." Worth Wollpert, who led the design of Magic Online and Duels of the Planeswalkers, leaves the company.
- 2017-01-09: The B&R update includes the introduction of an additional Banned and Restricted announcement window five weeks after each Pro Tour.
- 2017-01-09: In the most recent banned/restricted list update, Smuggler's Copter, Emrakul, the Promised End, and Reflector Mage are banned in Standard, while Golgari Grave-Troll and Gitaxian Probe are banned in Modern. The bans are effective as of January 20th.
- 2017-01-08: Reid Duke wins his fifth Grand Prix, defeating Andrew Sullano in the final of GP Louisville.
December 2016[edit source]
- 2016-12-24: All but two Aether Revolt Masterpieces are officially revealed, and the remaining two get leaked by unofficial sources.
- 2016-12-11: Steven Carter beats finals opponent Brandon Fischer to become the Grand Prix Milwaukee champion.
- 2016-12-03: Carmine D'Aniello and Matt Severa win Grand Prix Madrid and Grand Prix Denver, respectively.
November 2016[edit source]
- 2016-11-27: Kentaro Yamamoto wins Grand Prix Chiba by beating Atsuki Kihara in the final.
- 2016-11-25: Planechase Anthology is released.
- 2016-11-21: Reveal of the Kaladesh Holiday Buy-a-Box Promotion.
- 2016-11-20: Greece, captained by Bill Chronopoulos, wins the 2016 World Magic Cup after defeating Belgium in the final.
- 2016-11-14: Introduction of the Standard Showdown tournament at local stores.
- 2016-11-13: The team of Javier Dominguez, Marcio Carvalho, and Luis Salvatto wins Grand Prix Rotterdam.
- 2016-11-06: Grand Prix Dallas is won by Kevin Mackie, piloting Skred Red.
- 2016-11-03: Effective on November 16, 2016, Peregrine Drake is banned in Pauper.
- 2016-11-02: Announcement of The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Amonkhet, to be released in July 2017.
October 2016[edit source]
- 2016-10-30: Gabrielius Kaklauskas wins Grand Prix Warsaw, while John Chavarria wins Grand Prix Santiago.
- 2016-10-23: Fumiya Matsumoto wins Grand Prix Kuala Lumpur, and Wang Yichen wins Grand Prix Providence.
- 2016-10-19: Aaron Forsythe announces the reversion of the Standard Rotation.
- 2016-10-16: Shota Yasooka takes his second PT title by winning Pro Tour Kaladesh, defeating former World Champion Carlos Romão in the final.
- 2016-10-09: Marcio Carvalho wins Grand Prix London, and Carlos Romão wins Grand Prix Atlanta.
September 2016[edit source]
- 2016-09-30: Kaladesh is released.
- 2016-09-12: Reveal of Kaladesh Inventions.
- 2016-09-11: Two Team Limited Grand Prix, at Kyoto and Louisville, result with the team of Yuuki Ichikawa, Yuki Matsumoto, Kazuyuki Takimura; and the team of Sam Black, Matt Severa, and Justin Cohen winning the two events, respectively.
- 2016-09-04: Brian Braun-Duin is the 2016 World Champion after besting Marcio Carvalho in the final of the 2016 World Championship.
August 2016[edit source]
- 2016-08-31: The announcement of multiple 2017 supplementary sets: Archenemy: Nicol Bolas, Commander Anthology, and Duel Decks: Mind vs. Might.
- 2016-08-31: Modern Masters 2017, the third set of the Modern Masters compilation set series, is announced. It will be released on March 17, 2017.
- 2016-08-31: The mid-2017 block is announced. Amonkhet will be released on April 28, 2017, while Hour of Devastation releases July 14, 2017.
- 2016-08-28: Albertus Law, Meciek Berger, and Brandon Burton win Grand Prix events in Guangzhou, Lille, and Indianapolis, respectively.
- 2016-08-26: Conspiracy: Take the Crown is released.
- 2016-08-19: From the Vault: Lore is released.
- 2016-08-14: Arne Huschenbeth wins Grand Prix Rimini, while Robert Santana wins Grand Prix Portland.
- 2016-08-07: The 2015–16 season ends with Lukas Blohon winning Pro Tour Eldritch Moon by defeating Owen Turtenwald in the finals.
- 2016-08-06: By making it to the top 8 of Pro Tour Eldritch Moon, Owen Turtenwald becomes the 2015–16 Player of the Year. Oliver Tiu wins the 2015–16 Rookie of the Year title.
- 2016-08-05: The 2016 Pro Tour Hall of Fame class is revealed: its members are Yuuya Watanabe and Owen Turtenwald, to be inducted at Pro Tour Kaladesh.
- 2016-08-02: Changes to organized play are announced, and the rest of the 2016–17 Grand Prix schedule is revealed, as well as the dates for PPTQs, RPTQs, and WMCQs.
July 2016[edit source]
- 2016-07-31: Scott Lipp, Elmer Van Eegen, and Hunter Cochran win Grand Prix events in Sydney, Stockholm, and Montreal, respectively.
- 2016-07-22: Eldritch Moon is released.
- 2016-07-03: Francisco Barciella, Eloi Pattaro, and former World Champion Carlos Romão win Grand Prix São Paulo.
June 2016[edit source]
- 2016-06-26: Yuuki Ichikawa and Evan Petre win the weekend's Grand Prix events, held in Taipei and Pittsburgh respectively.
- 2016-06-12: Rodrigo Togores wins Grand Prix Prague, and Clay Spicklemire wins Grand Prix Colombus.
- 2016-06-10: Eternal Masters is released.
- 2016-06-05: Seth Manfield increases his Player of the Year lead by winning Grand Prix San Jose, Costa Rica.
- 2016-06-01: Fabrizio Anteri is suspended from the game for 18 months following an investigation after a disqualification at Grand Prix Manchester.
May 2016[edit source]
- 2016-05-29: Raphaël Lévy takes his sixth Grand Prix trophy in Manchester, while Alex Johnson wins his first in Minneapolis.
- 2016-05-22: Andreas Ganz wins Grand Prix Charlotte, and Simon Slutsky wins Grand Prix Los Angeles.
- 2016-05-16: Rechristening of the Fat pack to Bundle.
- 2016-05-16: Introduction of Planeswalker decks.
- 2016-05-16: Announcement of Duel Decks: Nissa vs. Ob Nixilis, to be released on September 2, 2016.
- 2016-05-16: Announcement of Planechase Anthology, to be released on November 25, 2016.
- 2016-05-16: Announcement of Commander 2016, to be released on November 11, 2016.
- 2016-05-16: Announcement of the two sets of the Kaladesh block: Kaladesh (releases on September 2, 2016) and Aether Revolt (releases on January 20, 2017).
- 2016-05-16: Introduction of "Announcement Day": a biannual mass product announcement by Magicthegathering.com — one in the spring and one in the fall tied to the relevant upcoming block.
- 2016-05-15: Niels Noorlander wins the annual Magic Online Championship.
- 2016-05-01: Robert Lombardi wins Grand Prix Toronto after beating Jon Stern in the final.
April 2016[edit source]
- 2016-04-27: Release of Plane Shift: Zendikar, a free supplement to The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Zendikar, designed to help create a Dungeons & Dragons-campaign set on the Magic plane.
- 2016-04-26: In response to player uproar, Wizards reverse their decision to reduce appearance fees of Platinum pros during the 2016–17 Pro Tour Season.
- 2016-04-25: Enter the Battlefield, a documentary by Nathan Holt and Shawn Kornhauser about life on the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour, premieres on the official MTG Twitch channel.
- 2016-04-24: Steve Rubin wins Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad, defeating Andrea Mengucci in the final.
- 2016-04-24: Changes to the RPTQ system: an additional RPTQ will take place in Italy each season, top eight competitors will receive invitations to the next season's RPTQs, and invitations are awarded to the top four finishing players regardless of the size of the event.
- 2016-04-24: It is announced that all Pro Tours going forward will be the Standard format.
- 2016-04-24: The 2017 Pro Tour schedule is announced: Pro Tours will take place in Dublin, Nashville, Kyoto, and Albuquerque; the 2017 World Magic Cup will be held in Nice, France.
- 2016-04-24: The World Championship prize purse is greatly increased; in exchange, appearance fees of Platinum pros and Hall of Famers are greatly reduced.
- 2016-04-17: Hironobu Sugaya, Fabrizio Anteri, and Allen Wu win the Shadows over Innistrad Limited Grand Prix events in Beijing, Barcelona, and Albuquerque respectively.
- 2016-04-08: Shadows over Innistrad is released and legal in all Constructed formats. Khans of Tarkir and Fate Reforged rotate out of Standard.
- 2016-04-04: In the most recent banned/restricted list update, Eye of Ugin is banned in Modern, while Ancestral Vision and Sword of the Meek are unbanned. Lodestone Golem is restricted in Vintage.
March 2016[edit source]
- 2016-03-20: In the last Standard Grand Prix featuring Khans of Tarkir and Fate Reforged, Petr Sochurek defeats Ben Stark in the final to win the event.
- 2016-03-13: The team of Mike Hron, Matt Severa, and Justin Cohen wins Grand Prix Washington, D.C.
- 2016-03-06: David Mines, Kayure Patel, and Ralph Betesh win Grand Prix Melbourne, Bologna, and Detroit respectively. With all the events being Modern, the Eldrazi deck takes up 14 of 24 top eight slots.
- 2016-03-02: Reveal of Arlinn Kord, a werewolf planeswalker from Innistrad.
- 2016-03-01: First appearance of The Hanweir Chronicle, a newspaper providing clues for the storyline of Shadows over Innistrad.
February 2016[edit source]
- 2016-02-29: From the Vault: Lore, the ninth set from the From the Vault series, is announced for release on August 19, 2016.
- 2016-02-28: At Grand Prix Houston, Owen Turtenwald wins his fourth Grand Prix event, defeating teammate Andrew Cuneo in the final.
- 2016-02-26: Conspiracy: Take the Crown is the new name for Conspiracy: The Empty Throne after Marchesa has taken the throne of Paliano.
- 2016-02-26: Duel Decks: Blessed vs. Cursed is released.
- 2016-02-24: Conspiracy: The Empty Throne is the name for Conspiracy: The Reign of Brago after King Brago's assassination.
- 2016-02-22: Conspiracy: The Reign of Brago, a set designed for Conspiracy Draft is announced for release on August 26, 2016.
- 2016-02-17: Twitter user "MTGDeepthroat" accused 2-3 vendors of receiving leaked card lists for Eternal Masters, prompting an investigation by Wizards of the Coast, before retracting those accusations and deleting their account.
- 2016-02-15: Eternal Masters, a supplementary product, is officially announced. It will include cards such as Force of Will and Wasteland, and will be released on June 10, 2016.
- 2016-02-08: Eldritch Moon, the second set in the Shadows over Innistrad block, is announced. It is set to be released on July 22, 2016.
- 2016-02-07: Jiachen Tao wins Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch, beating Ivan Floch in the final.
- 2016-02-07: Changes are announced to the World Magic Cup and the World Magic Cup Qualifiers; the last WMCQ is changed from Standard to Modern.
- 2016-02-06: A booster pack of Shadows over Innistrad is leaked, revealing the return of Madness and double-faced cards.
January 2016[edit source]
- 2016-01-31: Tomonori Hirami, Fabrizio Anteri, and Adam Jansen win Grand Prix Nagoya, Mexico City, and Vancouver respectively.
- 2016-01-22: Oath of the Gatewatch is released.
- 2016-01-18: Banned & Restricted Announcement: Splinter Twin and Summer Bloom banned in Modern, Cloud of Faeries banned in Pauper.
- 2016-01-18: Commander Announcement: Partial Paris mulligan and out-of-color identity mana rules removed. Prophet of Kruphix banned.
- 2016-01-17: Reid Duke wins Grand Prix Oakland, beating Ben Rubin in the final.
- 2016-01-13: Ten of the judges previously suspended for participation in leaks are pardoned.
December 2015[edit source]
- 2015-12-22: Twelve judges receive DCI suspensions following an investigation of Oath of the Gatewatch leaks.
- 2015-12-13: Italy defeats Thailand in the final to win the 2015 World Magic Cup.
November 2015[edit source]
- 2015-11-13: Commander 2015 is released.
- 2015-11-02: Duel Decks: Blessed vs. Cursed is announced. It will be released on February 26, 2016.
October 2015[edit source]
- 2015-10-31: The first large set of 2016, Shadows over Innistrad, is announced during the Grand Prix Indianapolis stream. The set is scheduled to be released in April 2016.
- 2015-10-18: Kazuyuki Takimura wins Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar, defeating countryman Ryoichi Tamada in the final.
- 2015-10-02: Battle for Zendikar is released.