A King­dom of Cards

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1993 Magic: The Gath­er­ing is first re­leased by games pub­lisher Wizards of the Coast

1995 The trad­ing-card game is printed in Ital­ian; it’s avail­able today in 11 lan­guages

1996 The Magic Pro Tour event is in­au­gu­rated in New York; today there are five Pro Tour events each year, plus a World Magic Cup with teams from more than 70 coun­tries

1997 The first Magic Grand Prix opens in Am­s­ter­dam; more than 50 a year are now held world­wide

1999 Has­bro buys Wizards of the Coast

2002 A dig­i­tal ver­sion, Magic On­line, de­buts

2013 Black Lo­tus, the most fa­mous MTG card, sells for $27,302

2015 As Magic marks seven con­sec­u­tive years of sales growth, it adds a trans­gen­der char­ac­ter: Ale­sha, Who Smiles at Death

April 8, 2016 The new­est card col­lec­tion, Shad­ows Over In­nistrad, goes on sale; packs of 15 cards re­tail for about $4 each

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