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News Round Up: Week of April 24

While college students in America are in the midst of finals, the world of Magic is starting their enrollment in Strixhaven. This week lacked major news stories but instead contained lots of interesting tidbits.

Perhaps one of the most interesting developments from this week is the advent of The Great Strixhaven College Clash. A game show featuring five personalities, paired up with folks well known in the world of Magic, in an effort to learn about the world of Strixhaven and Magic. Hosted by Alasdair Beckett-King and narrated by Sue Perkins, the three-part series debuted on April 29.

On the Arena side of things the Strixhaven update has been pushed. Just in time too as the next Sealed Open is slated to take place next weekend, featuring Strixhaven Sealed. Players can choose either best-of-one or best-of-three for Day One play, but all those who make the cut for Day Two will find themselves playing best-of-three.

Magic Online got in on the action as well. The headline this week is the introduction of the Pioneer Cube in the Spotlight Cube Series. Designed by Tom LaPille, this Cube will be available until May 5th. While not as souped up as the Vintage or Legacy Cubes, LaPille has sought to provide more straightforward gameplay. LaPille is a former Wizards of the Coast employee who came up writing articles on Cube design.

Finally, Hasbro made news this week in an investor call. After discussing Wizards of the Coast’s growth the subject of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) came up. Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner said that given the collectible nature of Hasbro properties, including Magic, Goldner said that the company is looking into the possibility of NFTs as part of their product portfolio. This created a backlash from members of the Magic community who expressed concerns about the potential environmental impact of NFTs.

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