On today’s Minute: Head Designer Mark Rosewater released his State of Design for 2017.

Yesterday, Head Designer Mark Rosewater published his 2017 State of Design article, in which he reflects upon the successes and failures of the last year in Magic design. Overall, Rosewater said, the design team did a good job with Kaladesh and Amonkhet—the mechanics were innovative, well-received, and fit the flavor of the planes extremely well. However, the design of both blocks suffered by including excessive complexity and by placing too much emphasis on the story when designing cards, leading to the overexposure of the Gatewatch.

Another failure Rosewater mentioned is that the artifact theme of Kaladesh caused more problems than they had anticipated—much like the previous artifact blocks, Urza’s Saga and Mirrodin. He claims that the problem isn’t inherent to artifacts themselves but is instead a design and development issue, though the fact that every artifact set to date has had unintended consequences would seem to indicate otherwise.

In other news, Ixalan previews continue this week, so follow us on Twitter @hotcblog for the latest new cards. And stay tuned for tomorrow’s Magic Story Podcast—the first look we’ll get the story of Ixalan.


The Magic Minute is the best way to quickly catch up on the day’s Magic: the Gathering news. Only have a few minutes to pay attention to MTG today? We’ve got you covered. You can find us wherever you get your podcasts

Listen on Google Play Music

Listen on Stitcher

Find Us On Here, Too!

We have an Anchor.fm station as well, a YouTube channel, and a SoundCloud feed. Check them out!

Listen on Anchor.fm

Listen on YouTube

Listen on SoundCloud


Our logo features art from the very talented Matt Jones. You can find more of his work here: www.studiomattjones.com.

You can read Mark Rosewater’s 2017 State of Design article here.

Don't Miss Out!

Sign up for the Hipsters Newsletter for weekly updates.