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.
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Here's hoping they can pull it off!