The Countdown to MagicCon: Philadelphia Begins!

Jan 19, 2023

The Countdown to MagicCon: Philadelphia Begins!

Tomorrow marks four weeks until the doors open at MagicCon: Philadelphia; we can almost taste the Philly cheesesteak now! Below you’ll find some important information to keep in mind as you plan your perfect schedule.


Panelists? Revealed! Schedule? Detailed below! Community led panel details? We’ve got them!


  • All Will Be Art︱12:00 – 13:00 
    • Evocative, distinctive, terrifying, cool - we go behind the canvas of Phyrexia: All Will Be One, chatting with Sam Gaglio, Ovidio Cartagena, Alyana Lemmer-Danner, Marta Nael, and Jose Vega about their quest for Phyrexian perfection.
  • Phyrexian Phylology in Phylly︱13:30 – 14:30
    • Riley Knight, Mary Kathryn Amiotte and Bella Guo are taking to the Mainstage to talk about the Phyrexian language. Compleat your education in the company of leading linguists as we explore the culture, sounds, and symbols of what will eventually be everyone's favorite language!
  • Game Knights Live︱15:00 – 19:00
    • Jimmy Wong and Josh Lee Kwai bring Game Knights back to the live stage, building off the thrilling experience they started at Magic 30 in Las Vegas! Will Jimmy defend his title, or will someone rise up to take over the coveted Game Knights Live title belt? Celebrity players to be announced.


  • I've Got a Secret (Lair)︱12:00 – 13:00
    •  Let's keep this one between ourselves, shall we? Exclusive reveals, previews, insight, and truly stunning art combine for an hour of top-secret entertainment. Presented by Steve Sunu, Emily Floyd, Tom Jenkot, Justine Jones, Wizard of Barge
  • The Spirit of Kitchen Table Magic: The Past, Present and Future of Cube︱13:30 – 14:30
    • A panel of seasoned Cube experts discuss the past, present, and future of the format. What began as singleton collections of the most powerful cards in the game has grown into one of the deepest and most creative ways to engage with Magic. Listen in as our panelists make the case that we are living in a Cube renaissance. This panel is brought to you by Andy Mangold, Justin Parnell, Gwen Dekker, Anthony Mattox, Parker LaMascus. 
  • Magic Words Game Show︱15:00 – 16:00
    • You like Magic. You like games. You like shows. This panel brings you all three, with two teams battling it out for championship bragging rights. Expect big names, big facts, and extremely big wrong answers! Panelists to be announced.
  • Cosplay Contest︱16:30 – 17:30
    • Our incredible contestants are the stars of the show as our Cosplay Contest returns! Across Novice, Journeyman, and Masters categories, come and marvel at the ingenuity, creativity, and crafting excellence on display. Co-hosted by Riley Knight and Holly Conrad, judged by Holly Conrad, Vic Ochoa and Taalia Vess.


  • The Road to March of the Machine︱12:00 – 13:00
    • Magic's longest running story podcast "The Vorthos Cast" is live covering the last few years of story on the road to March of the Machine, from the end of War of the Spark through Phyrexia: All Will Be One. If you've fallen off of Magic's Story in the last couple years this is the panel for you to catch up with the stories, characters and events that are about to collide in Magic's biggest event yet! Brought to you by Jay Annelli, Loreley Weisel-Librizzi, Chris Delano, Brian Dawes and Cary Thomas.
  • WeeklyMTG Live : First Look at March of the Machine︱13:30 – 14:30
    • First Look at March of the Machine: All the way from Seattle, the WeeklyMTG crew (Blake Rasmussen, Dave Humpherys, Emily Teng and Roy Graham) comes to town with a live First Look at the next piece of the Phyrexian puzzle.
  • Pro Tour Top 8 Stream︱14:30 – 18:30
    • Watch the thrilling conclusion of the first Pro Tour of the season, picking up the Top 8 in progress. Find out how the best players in the world have tackled the Pioneer metagame, with a total prize purse of $500,000 up for grabs!

There is something for everyone taking place on the Mainstage at MagicCon: Philadelphia, so make sure you get there before each panel to secure your spot.

If you require special assistance to enjoy all the Main Stage has to offer, please click here for details about MagicCon’s ADA Assistance Program. The deadline to submit a request for ASL service is Friday, January 27.


MagicCon: Philadelphia will host some of the most amazing exhibitors from across every plane. At the show you’ll find a slew of featured exhibitors such as Amazing Discoveries, Coolstuffinc, Journey’s End Games, Laughing Dragon MTG, Strike Zone, and TOAMagic; each exhibitor will be buying and selling cards all weekend long. Joining in on the action will be renowned community favorites like Ultra Pro and Beadle & Grimm’s who are bringing some rare and new exclusives to MagicCon: Philadelphia.


The official MagicCon Store will have a wide variety of merch available throughout the show, from t-shirts, sweaters, jackets and more, below are some previews of what will be available throughout the weekend! 


Last week we announced that two new Cosplayers have joined the lineup – Dark Pact Cosplay and Zbexx! You may recognize Dark Pact Cosplay from their Best in Show, award-winning, Ashiok, the Nightmare Weaver costume from the Magic 30 Cosplay Contest! ZBexx (who has created more than 35 MTG cosplays!) was also a contestant in the contest and wowed our Judges and fans with their incredible Serra the Benevolent costume! 

These talented Cosplayers have been tasked with bringing two very specific characters from the Multiverse to life in Philadelphia, and we can’t wait for you to see them alongside Taalia Vess as Elspeth, Olivia Gobert-Hicks as Professor Onyx, Tappy Toe Claws as Chandra, TeferiMagic as Teferi and Roman Pivec as Garruk.


Saturday, Sunday and Weekend Command Zone Add-On passes are now sold out! There are very limited Friday passes available, we encourage you to get yours as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We are also 90% sold out of Saturday single-day badges for MagicCon: Philadelphia! If you’re planning on joining us for a full day dedicated to the Gathering, be sure to grab your badge soon.

Looking for more information on what play opportunities are available at the show? Check out the tournament schedule here! Don’t forget you can register for events ahead of time.If you haven’t booked your accommodation, the reservation deadline for the MagicCon hotel block is January 22nd.  

We will be releasing more details on a weekly basis as we continue counting down to our epic gathering – stay tuned and we will see you in Philadelphia!

The MagicCon Crew