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Minecraft, Plants vs. Zombies, Street Fighter vets and more designing Magic 2015 cards

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Several video game developers are creating cards for the upcoming 2015 edition of Magic: The Gathering, according to Wizards of the Coast.

Designers of the 14 cards and the games they're best known for include:

  • Isaiah Cartwright, lead game designer for Guild Wars 2
  • James Ernest, owner and lead designer for Cheapass Games, designer of Kill Doctor Lucky
  • George Fan, designer of Plants vs Zombies, whose "Genesis Hydra" card appears below
  • Brian Fargo, founder and CEO of InXile Entertainment, director of Bard's Tale, Wasteland, executive producer of Fallout
  • Richard "Lord British" Garriot, creator of the Ultima series
  • Justin Gary, designer of Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer and Solforge
  • Mike "Gabe" Krahulik and Jerry "Tycho" Holkins, creators of Penny Arcade
  • Stone Librande, lead designer at Riot Games, designer of Diablo 3, creative director of SimCity
  • 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
  • Mike Neumann. Gearbox Software, creative director on Borderlands
  • Rob Pardo, chief creative officer at Blizzard, lead designer of World of Warcraft
  • Markus "Notch" Persson, creator of Minecraft and founder of Mojang
  • David Sirlin. designer on Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix, Yomi

The Magic 2015 Core Set that includes the cards will be released July 18, 2014.

The series' next video game, Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers, will launch this summer on Android, iOS, Kindle, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Twentieth Century Fox is reportedly adapting the trading card game for a theatrical film.

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