Earlier ManaNation broke the news that Upper Deck would no longer be retaining the license to Blizzard's World of Warcraft TCG. This was confirmed by multiple sources, and will mean that Upper Deck will no longer any World of Warcraft TCG products.

This is most likely tied to the legal issues Upper Deck Enter­tain­ment is hav­ing after their recent set­tle­ment with Kon­ami over the phony Yu-Gi-Oh cards, and more the recent law­suit with Major League Baseball.

It is highly unlikely that Bliz­zard will let the game die, though it was doing well enough to sup­port the Pro Series. We’ll keep you all up to date on this as we learn more.

Most early speculation suggested that Blizzard would license the game to a different producer in the near future. This was later confirmed by Zarhym on the World of Warcraft forums:

As some of you may already be aware, we will not be renewing the World of Warcraft: The Trading Card Game license with Upper Deck. We want to assure you that we are committed to supporting the TCG, and players can look forward to new content and strong organized play support in the near future. We will share additional details about the game’s transition to a new partner as soon as possible. For those awaiting tournament prizes, we will ensure you receive them.

The popular concensus is that Wizards of the Coast is the most likely organization to succeed Upper Deck in TCG production. Wizards of the Coast currently produce the Magic card game, and own the rights to Dungeons & Dragons, so they have eminent experience in the industry.

The level of change that will be involved in this transition is largely predicated on unknowns, such as how much of TCG is done in-house by Blizzard, and how much is directed by forces outside the company. We will keep you posted as developments occur.

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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016