The End of an Era

It was almost fifteen years ago that Kelzam and a few friends first launched a small forum in a random corner of the web named MTG Salvation. It was nondescript and started only with an idea. But in early 2005, that idea caught fire and spread, leading to a massive influx of users, and MTG Salvation has never looked back.

In the past decade and a half, we have come a long way and grown exponentially - both in size and in concept. We have expanded well past being a forum, and even walked away from our days of spoiler leaks. We've gone from Wizard's black sheep that shouldn't be mentioned to even being celebrated with our own preview card.

I have been here to see all of it, having joined the site and staff only shortly after inception. In the past decade and a half, I have been constantly inspired by the dedication and effort the staff and members have put into this community. For every late night I've ever put to the grindstone, there's been a hundred others doing the same, motivating me to do more. I can never express the level of gratitude I have for all of you out there who have made this site and community what it is.

It is therefore with the heaviest of hearts that I announce the following:

MTG Salvation will be closing on July 8th, 2019.

Because of the rich history and great many resources our community has created over the years, the site will not be taken completely offline. Instead, it will be archived and enter a "read only" mode, where all of our past content can continue to be read and linked to. Threads, articles, decks, and posts will continue to all be available, but nothing new will be able to be posted or created.

The answer to the inevitable question of why is complex, but deserves a response. Our owners have expanded on to other projects, launching such epic endeavors as D&D Beyond. As these have taken off, the development team has shifted focus and simply does not have the time and resources for us that we require. They can simply no longer justify the development, infrastructure, and maintenance costs of the site compared to their other projects.

I don't want to leave anyone hanging.
So thank you to everyone who has made this place what it is.
I want to take this time to thank all of the wonderful people who have made MTG Salvation what it is. There are far too many to name, and trying would probably make this a twelve article series. From a dedicated staff who has volunteered unimaginable amounts of time and energy guiding the community, to primer writers and content creators who create only for the love of sharing. From writers and editors who have volunteered thier word prowess to rules gurus who've answered a thousand questions. It is undeniable that we are filled with an inumerable number of people who have given much to this community and site. Even after fifteen years, theres a great many of you that I've never had the chance to personally interact with, but there stands a good chance that I've read your posts and been inspired by your ideas.

For those of you who wish to continue on with our community here, the staff and I have begun building a new home. We'll announce and discuss the prospect when it is more concrete and closer to completion.

Please rest assured that the staff will be here to the end. We still have another preview season to go through, and we wouldn't miss it for the world.


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