Wizards of the Coast has introduced it’s ceasing the printing of Magic: The Gathering playing cards in three languages, beginning with September’s Dominaria United.
Russian, Korean, and Traditional Chinese playing cards will not be printed beginning with the set, though native game shops in all three areas will proceed to be equipped with English-language product and promo playing cards.
In a statement released on the official Magic blog, no causes for the cancellation of those languages was given apart from it being a part of Wizards’ aim to “continually evaluate [their] product lineup”.
This isn’t the primary discount of Korean and Traditional Chinese Magic merchandise. Starting with Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty earlier this 12 months, it was introduced that Draft boosters would not be printed within the languages, and solely Set boosters would stay. With this variation, all merchandise will now be in English.
The information that Russian WPN (Wizards Play Network) shops will probably be receiving English-language promotional playing cards (which are sometimes given as prizes for occasions at game shops) may very well be considerably excellent news for the native scene. Ever since a minimum of 2020’s Commander Legends, Russian game shops have complained in regards to the lack of promos they’ve acquired from Wizards, prompting the neighborhood to start out the #Russianeedspromos marketing campaign in February. Notably, neither Hasbro nor Wizards of the Coast pulled gross sales from the area following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine later that month.
Despite tabletop play not being printed in these languages, it was confirmed that Magic: The Gathering Arena would nonetheless help Russian and Korean digitally. This means Traditional Chinese would be the solely one in every of these three languages to not have any Magic in any respect launched for it.
Dominaria United marks the beginning of Magic’s calendar, which runs from Autumn to Autumn. This implies that will probably be introducing quite a few different adjustments to the game on high of the elimination of those three languages, such because the previously-announced value improve and new Jumpstart booster packs.
As of Dominaria United, the official language line-up will probably be English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Though not all merchandise will probably be printed in all languages, ‘premiere sets and other ancillary releases’ (IE the 4 important Standard-legal units every year, in addition to tie-in merchandise like their Commander decks) will probably be printed in all eight.
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