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Wizards of the Coast discontinues 'Kaijudo'

Photo courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, used with permission.

Today Aug. 21, 2014 Wizards of the Coast, makers of the popular trading card game Magic: The Gathering, announced that they would discontinue one of its other trading card games: Kaijudo.

According to a Tweet from the official Kaijudo Twitter account @wizards_kaijudo:

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Vortex will be the final paper set for Kaijudo.

Vortex will be the game's last printed expansion and releases on Aug. 29, 2014. You can view the full card set here. The company will run Duel Day events through October and still hold the Winter Championship. Attendees will leave with a digital copy of what was to be the game's next set Eye of the Storm.

According to a statement by Wizards of the Coast Brand Director R.E. Dalrymple:

“This turn of events is truly heart-breaking for all those involved with Kaijudo at Wizards of the Coast because of our own love of Kaijudo, and the passion we see and feel from our community. We can’t be more grateful to our fans, retailers, and distributors for the enthusiasm they brought to the game and their participation in making Kaijudo a great experience for all.“

Kaijudo was a reimagination of one of the company's previous games Duel Masters. Both games featured accompanying animated television shows. Kaijudo aired on Wizards of the Coast's parent company's Hasbro television channel The Hub.

Kaijudo may have served as an easy crossover for younger audiences between other card games such as Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokemon to Magic: The Gathering, however the game featured enough depth and distinct differences to make it stand on its own. There are no lands in Kaijudo. Any card could be played from your hand to generate its civilization's colors.

Many early adopters of Kaijudo feared the game might go the way of Duel Masters. Sadly, it has.

Readers, what would you do if Wizards of the Coast stopped printing paper Magic: The Gathering cards and only created new sets for Magic Online?

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