10, Mar, 21

When Will In-Store Play Return for Magic The Gathering? Wizards Play Network Provides March 2021 Update

Wizards Play Network provide a fresh update for in-store play.
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Earlier today, Wizards of the Coast (WotC) provided a fresh update on in-store Magic: The Gathering play via the Wizards Play Network (WPN).

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, many states, cities, and countries implemented stay-at-home orders which forced many local games stores to close their doors to contain the spread. As a result, Wizards of the Coast have suspended in-store play since last year in an effort to flatten the curve.

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Wizards Play Network March 2021 Update

In unsurprising news, the new in-store update maintains a suspension on paper Magic: The Gathering play in North America, Latin America, Europe, Japan, and Africa.


Wizards of the Coast will continue to review the current situation every month to see whether paper Magic: The Gathering can return in some capacity. With vaccinations slowly rolling out, it may be a while until we see any changes as it’s important to contain the spread of the virus.

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However, Wizards Play Network are encouraging players and tournament organizers to play digitally through Magic Online and Magic Arena– with the option of remote play through SpellTable.

If you are itching to recreate a similar setting at home, SpellTable is a fantastic way to play the game remotely with the use of a webcam– we even created this handy guide to get you on your way.

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