Magic 2015, the annual core set for the long-running collectible card game, will be out next month. As is customary, Wizards of the Coast has been slowly revealing the set. What is unusual, is that a number of video game luminaries are playing a role designing some of the cards.

We were fortunate enough to bring you the reveal of Blizzard chief creative officer Rob Pardo’s contribution, Xathrid Slyblade. In addition to Pardo, Magic 2015 will feature a who’s who of the gaming world.

  • George Fan: designer of Plants vs Zombies
  • Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins: Gabe and Tycho, creators of Penny Arcade
  • Markus Persson: "Notch," creator of Minecraft and founder of Mojang
  • Richard Garriot: "Lord British," creator of the Ultima series
  • David Sirlin: designer on Super Street Figher II Turbo HD Remix, Yomi
  • Rob Pardo: chief creative officer at Blizzard, lead designer of World of Warcraft
  • Isaiah Cartwright: lead game designer for Guild Wars 2
  • Justin Gary: designer of Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer and Solforge
  • Stone Librande: lead designer at Riot Games, designer of Diablo 3, creative director of SimCity
  • Brian Fargo: founder and CEO of inXile Entertainment, director of Bard’s Tale, Wasteland, executive producer of Fallout
  • Mike Neumann: Gearbox Software, creative director on Borderlands
  • James Ernest: owner and lead designer for Cheapass Games, designer of Kill Doctor Lucky
  • Edmund McMillen: indie designer of Super Meat Boy, featured in Indie Game: The Movie
  • Brad Muir: game designer at Double Fine Productions leading Massive Chalice, project lead on Iron Brigade
  • Magic: The Gathering Community

A number of these cards have been revealed, and we’ve put them into the gallery below. We’re getting our first look at Notch’s “Aggressive Mining,” Brian Fargo’s “Yisan, The Wanderer Bard,” and Mikey Neumann’s “Chasm Skulker” today. 

In addition to Magic 2015, Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 is due out this summer. For more on that, check out our preview from PAX East. For more cards from the upcoming set, head over to Magic Spoiler.

[Source: Magic: The Gathering Forums]


Our Take
Magic 2015 is going to pull me right in, and I definitely want a full set of the designer cards. Some of them might never get decked, but the concept is so cool that I’d love to have them.