Magic the Gathering Goes the Hearthstone Route

Magic: the Gathering might finally be doing something right here: Release what looks to be a very similar model to Hearthstone.

Magic: The Gathering Arena is currently in closed beta under development by a new studio created specifically for the game: Magic Digital Studio.

Check out some gameplay:

I think it looks pretty good. Their goal is to create a game that mirrors closely the experience actually playing tabletop MTG.

I'm not a hardcore tabletop player anymore, but I did play from the time I was 10 through high school. My friends and I could organize tournaments at our school, play in classrooms during lunch hour, and host MTG slumber parties.

What got me out of MTG was actually video games. I simply enjoy my entertainment in this medium more. 

If MTG -- which I consider superior to Hearthstone in every way -- can pull off an engine and gameplay experience that matches the polish and presentation of Hearthstone, I'll happily play.

Talking point highlights:

  • F2P (think Hearthstone here)
  • Accurate to the Magic rule set
  • Every card in standard format
  • Card sets release alongside tabletop Magic
  • Around 1,000 new cards added each year
  • Ranked matches and casual constructed
  • PC only "to start"
  • Made for the future of MTG

Here's hoping they can pull it off!

  • Izlain says:

    To be fair, Magic Duels (not to be confused with the prior Duels of the Planeswalker titles) was already a MTG version of Hearthstone. But then they decided to pull the plug on it and have developed this game instead. It appears that it will have a better backbone to support future expansions (and perhaps add in older sets). They don’t want to pull the plug on MTGO though, so I doubt it will ever be as full featured with all cards and game modes available. I signed up for the beta and look forward to trying it, but I still play paper magic so I wouldn’t want to have to pay twice for the same cards if that makes sense.

    Fingers crossed it’s still fun. Duels had its moments but felt convoluted at times. I’d like a get into the action quick style game (like hearthstone) that is based on Magic. Would also be nice to get an Android version (Duels was only on PC/iOS).

  • Proximo says:

    Have you tried Elder scrolls Legends the card game? I find it a very nice hybrid between HS and MTG.

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