Penny Arcade nostradams Blizzard TCG

Without claiming much ownership for the word “nostradaming”, this one made me chuckle and shiver at the same time. As early as August 2005, Penny Arcade accurately predicted Satan’s involvement in Blizzard’s next endeavor:


Fast forward to May 2006: Blizzard announces its cooperation with Upper Deck Entertainment to puplish the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game. The features, as described in this month’s WoW Insider mail:

Heroes will be made. Legends will be written. Heed the Call!

  • Amazing original art from today’s top creators gives you a fresh look at the World of Warcraft universe
  • Uniquely coded rare Lootâ„¢ Cards feature cosmetic upgrades for your World of Warcraft online character
  • Play as your favorite class and race and experience all the depth of World of Warcraft in the TCG
  • Compete in a robust World of Warcraft TCG Organized Play program and win amazing prizes
  • And, not surprisingly, but as always a bit on the “strong reaction” side, the community is upset. No link, unfortunately, since Blizzard’s GMs deleted the first two threads about this topic in WoW General.

    6 Comments so far

    1. phoenix (unregistered) on May 17th, 2006 @ 7:20 am

      No. Way.

      Oh wow, when life imitates art, things get creepy. :(

    2. Josh (unregistered) on May 17th, 2006 @ 8:08 am

      Considering that the murloc from Blizzcon still sells for around $200 on ebay, I can see these loot cards going for a ton of cash.

    3. Sabocat (unregistered) on May 17th, 2006 @ 8:25 am

      They didn’t actually predict that they did the comic the day AFTER Blizzard announced it on the the front page of the WoW site.

    4. Sabocat (unregistered) on May 17th, 2006 @ 8:30 am

      Fri, August 26 2005 – 04:30 AM
      by: Tycho
      We are not merely suggesting that the World of Warcraft CCG is satanic – we are suggesting that it was literally designed by Satan.

      GenCon 2005: More Details on WOW TCG – Cards to Interact with MMORPG Characters
      Posted 2005-08-18 22:40:04 by DanSivils

      Dan Sivils Reports: I did a follow-up with Upper Deck on The World of Warcraft TCG we broke the news on early this morning and learned more details on the game itself and how it will interact with Blizzards’ Online version. Upper Deck is committed to making the game the best it possibly can be, working with Blizzard developers throughout the development process. To this end, the game is expected to be released mid year, around

      Look at the dates. :)

      I loved the guys from Penny Arcade but I do doubt thier power of prescience.

    5. Thomas (unregistered) on May 17th, 2006 @ 10:05 am

      Prescient or not, this development still reeks of brimstone.

    6. Squiggle (unregistered) on May 18th, 2006 @ 3:03 am

      Doesn’t surprise me in the least. You have to admit this, Blizzard have created one lean, mean, evil money-making machine. The most evil thing of all is that people will still fork over the cash.

      Has anyone discovered what treats were in this years E3 goody bag?

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