September 29, 2020

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The Walking Dead’s Negan Is Now A Magic The Gathering Card

The Walking Dead’s Negan Is Now A Magic The Gathering Card
Wizards of the Coast is collaborating with AMC's The Walking Dead for a Magic The Gathering Secret Lair drop. Earlier this year, MTG players got to see their first look at the Zombie token card, and now Wizards is revealing that Negan is coming to play for the upcoming limited time set.The Walking Dead Secret…

Wizards of the Coast is collaborating with AMC’s The Walking Dead for a Magic The Gathering Secret Lair drop. Earlier this year, MTG players got to see their first look at the Zombie token card, and now Wizards is revealing that Negan is coming to play for the upcoming limited time set.

The Walking Dead Secret Lair drop will feature brand-new cards for MTG, and will be available for pre-order during a limited window between October 4 and 12–starting at 11:30 PM ET on October 4. One of the new cards is none other than Negan, the infamous villain from the series who has no problem bashing in heads with a baseball bat, tat’s played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan on the show. Check out the card below.

Negan is a 4/3 Legendary Creature with a very fitting ability. When the card is put onto the battlefield, you and a target player each pick a creature that player controls, and then that creature–or creatures–is sacrificed, and you get a Treasure token. That Treasure Token gives you one colorless mana when you tap then sacrifice it.

“The game design team really nailed expressing these rich characters with just a few numbers and a couple lines of rules text,” Wizards product architect Mark Heggen told GameSpot. “Negan is one of my favorite examples; when he hits the battlefield he has a unique rule that forces one of your opponents to play this sick mind game where they have to choose and sacrifice one of their own creatures, but you can also get into their head and trick them into sacrificing more than they had to! It’s a fun moment in the game, and it feels exactly like something the real Negan would do.”

Putting The Walking Dead characters into MTG makes sense, as zombies have been a part of the card game for decades. “When we at Wizards first started thinking about teaming up with an outside partner, we made a big list of worlds and characters that we thought would be natural and exciting fits,” said Heggen. “The Walking Dead is a force of nature when it comes to modern horror storytelling, so that immediately jumped out to us as an amazing opportunity. I knew the team over at AMC would be great partners, so we gave them a call and everything just clicked into place.”

If you want to get a hold of these cards yourself, you’ll have to order it from the Secret Lair site between October 4 and 12, and if you miss out, you will not be able to get it from Wizards of the Coast in the future. It’s a one-time deal.

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