Wizards of the Coast (WotC) issued a statement to clarify that the substance known as Halo from Streets of New Capenna is not a drug.
The statement was made in response to negative feedback on Twitter and Reddit regarding a section in an article for Wizards Play Network stores running Streets of New Capenna prereleases to offer attendees their own version of Halo in the form of rock candy or fruity punch. The part of the article that mentions Halo is an ethereal substance that comes in many forms such as crystals, liquids, and vapors can be read below:
Criticism of the concept of handing out fake drugs at prereleases came from many interpreting the line of “sought after by all for its magic-enhancing qualities. It comes in many forms, such as crystals, liquids, and vapors” as a reskinned MTG crystal meth. On top of the potential drug references, more backlash came from the idea of being fine with promoting the use of fake drugs while making sure it can’t be seen as drinking fake alcohol by specifically mentioning not to serve Halo in beverageware commonly associated with alcoholic beverages.
WotC’s response came about three and a half hours after the thread on Reddit “New Capenna is ruled by a drug called ‘Halo'” was posted. The WOTC_CommunityTeam account posted their response in the thread:
When SCG asked for an official response, we received the same message just missing the first two introductory sentences. The statement makes it pretty clear Halo isn’t a drug but is “powerful” and that no matter how “pure and good” something is, criminal elements will seek to control it.
Many players responded with takes that they didn’t see Halo as a drug while some did and didn’t care if it was or not.
Mark Rosewater, the head designer for Magic, reiterated on his blog that Halo wasn’t a drug but a substance that enhances magic use. Players will learn more about it when the Streets of New Capenna story is released and preview cards roll out.
What do you think of Halo? What do you think it will do in the next MTG set? Let us know in the comments.