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Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Launches the Weatherlight
Latest Magic: The Gathering Expansion Introduces
Advanced Game Mechanics and New Story Line
March 19, 1997 (Renton, Wash.)--Wizards of the Coast, Inc. today announced
that WeatherlightTM, the latest
expansion for its best-selling trading card game Magic: The Gathering®,
will be released in June. Developed for intermediate to advanced Magic
players, Weatherlight will be released on the same day as Magic:
The Gathering--PortalTM, an
introductory set designed for game enthusiasts as well as those interested
in learning to play Magic for the first time.
With more than 160 new cards, Weatherlight can be played with
the basic Magic: The Gathering set, as well as with stand-alone
expansions such as MirageTM and
Ice AgeTM. Weatherlight introduces
an advanced story line involving the journey of the flying ship Weatherlight.
From the port of imperial Benalia to the mysterious forests of Llanowar
to the volcanic heart of Bogardan, fantastic adventure awaits the crew
and Magic players all over the world.
Weatherlight will also introduce several exciting new game concepts
and rules, including expanded use of the discard pile, more cumulative
upkeep, new versions of "cantrip" cards, and more flanking and
phasing, originally introduced in Magic's most recent stand-alone
"In the past, players could only tinker with effects that dealt
with cards coming in and out of play," said Dan Cervelli, a designer
of Weatherlight. "We [the designers] felt that the concept
of using the discard pile as a resource had not yet been fully explored.
The discard pile will no longer be looked upon as used resources with little
value. Now it will be a fresh source of magic with which to cast powerful
Magic players will have the opportunity to get an exclusive preview
of Weatherlight during a special Prerelease tournament the weekend
of May 31. The expansion set will be released simultaneously in more than
75 cities worldwide. Weatherlight is a limited-edition expansion
and will be sold in fifteen-card booster packs that will retail for $2.95.
Considered by many to be the new intellectual sport of the '90s, Magic
was developed by a math professor and contains elements similar to bridge
and chess. The strategic card game is often played in tournament settings
where amateur and professional players compete to receive rankings and
Wizards of the Coast is a privately held game company best known for
the trading card game Magic: The Gathering. Since Magic was
released in 1993, more than two billion cards have sold worldwide, and
the game is available in nine languages: French, Spanish, German, Portuguese,
Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and English. Wizards of the Coast has
offices in Renton, Washington; Glasgow, United Kingdom; Antwerp, Belgium;
and Paris, France. For more information on Wizards of the Coast, visit
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