Pro Tour Dragon's Maze was simply an amazing weekend of Magic, with five players getting to the Top 8 with previous Pro Tour Top 8 experience, two players getting there on their debut performance, and one longtime veteran getting as far as the finals in the best finish of his career. But you can read all about that and go see them play on Sunday in the coverage. What I like to do after a Pro Tour is acknowledge the players who had a great weekend but came up just short of the Top 8.
Last month, we introduced a new process for making you all aware of upcoming promos at Friday Night Magic. We'll be doing it each month to remind you what's coming up and share the next promo. So first up, here are the next two promos (which we've already shared).
Adding more to do in the Limited environment to create different synergies.
Pre-orders have now officially opened for Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle. This exclusive Gen Con 2013 D&D Next preview will only be available to Gen Con attendees -- but don’t wait until the convention. When you pre-order your copy of Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle you will also receive a free collectible D&D miniature designed by Gale Force Nine.
You might not have noticed and, well, that's actually kind of the point. There's been a puzzle hidden inside Return to Ravnica, Gatecrash, and Dragon's Maze. A puzzle not unlike the one Jace has been unraveling. But this puzzle lives in the flavor text of the Guildgates.
Paul Jenkins is the kind of guy that likes to tinker with things. He’ll fill a race car with jet fuel, and take it for a spin to see if the speedometer becomes irrelevant. Thus, Tomorrowland was born as Paul drives very fast, and paved roads no longer float his boat.
By Andrew Wheeler
Since taking on the mantle of Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers has worked hard to prove herself as one of the premiere super heroes in the Marvel Universe. In the Enemy Within storyline weaving between CAPTAIN MARVEL and AVENGERS ASSEMBLE by writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artists Scott Hepburn and Matteo Buffagni, Carol finds her confidence tested like never before as she faces a lesion on her brain that could see her permanently grounded even while facing torment at the hands of an old foe.
The Enemy Within launched earlier this month and continues in June’s AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #16 and CAPTAIN MARVEL #13. According to DeConnick, the title has a triple meaning:
“[It refers to] Carol fighting her own worst tendencies [and] her own insecurities; the actual lesion in her brain and the enemy who's ‘gotten in her head.’”
The external threat comes from Kree officer Yon-Rogg, a rival of the original Captain Marvel who seemingly died in the accident that gave Carol her powers. He's been taunting the new Captain from the sidelines for a little while now, but he's not quite the man that Carol remembers.
“Without spoiling too much, I can tell you that he's Yon-Rogg's next evolution,” shares DeConnick. “He's someone who's been in Carol's life before, and someone who holds her up as a symbolic representation of everyone and everything that has wronged him and robbed him of the life and honors he feels he has earned.
“I have some sympathy for him too. He's a man who's been separated from everything that had any meaning for him. He's a man without a home.”
The story features art from two rising stars. According to DeConnick, the artists represent two sides of the coin.
“Scott brings grit. Dirty ink washes; brawn,” she explains. “Matteo counters that with grace, elegance. They dance.”
The Avengers side of the story brings in a roster of heroes to help Captain Marvel in her fight, including Spider-Woman, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Wasp, Falcon, Wolverine, Captain America and Hulk, but she'll also have help from her own supporting cast, including Dakota North, Wendy Kawasaki, and Chewie the cat. She may need all the help she can get.
“[The Enemy Within] ties together a lot of what we've been doing with Carol, plot-wise and thematically,” continues DeConnick. “It challenges her and gives her the opportunity to really put herself on the line as a hero—to really make a bold sacrifice—and then gives me some really fertile ground to spring out of, too.”
For new readers, it's a great opportunity to discover why CAPTAIN MARVEL has inspired such a passionate following among fans who call themselves the Carol Corps. DeConnick finds no mystery in the character's appeal.
“I think people identify with her struggles, honestly,” she says. “She's flawed; she's both insecure and arrogant, she has a short fuse and a giant heart. I think people see themselves in her anger and her mistakes as much as they see themselves in her love and loyalty, you know? We all want to be heroes in our own way. I think her tenacity is as inspiring as her ass-kicking.
“Too cheesy? Feels true to me.”
The Enemy Within continues in AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #16-17 and CAPTAIN MARVEL #13-14.
Luckily, he allowed a camera crew to follow him on his visit, and now we've got the first video from his trip! The Merc With a Mouth looks to see what opportunities are available with the Vice President of Human Resources, Mary Sprowls.
See what happens in the video directly below, and stay tuned for even more of Deadpool's visit to Marvel headquarters soon!
Next month, get ready to welcome the New Guardians.
We often get told that all good things must come to an end—because otherwise we’d be happy all the time and dang if the universe is going to have any of that malarkey.