While many existing Magic: The Gathering players are perfectly happy with the classic paper game, or the nuances of the infamous MODO client, some will no doubt be interested to take a look at Magic: The Gathering Arena when it enters ‘Open Beta’ on Friday the 28th of September. For those really keen it will unlock at 6am AEST.
While I’ve personally heard mixed responses from those who enjoy the physical game, I have no doubt that new, long time returning and casual players are going to absolutely love Arena, and that makes sense. Wizards of the Coast continue to make physical product for their existing player base; I see Arena as an opportunity to tap into the digital TCG market made famous by titles such as Blizzard’s Hearthstone.
If you’ve never played Magic: The Gathering before you’ve got absolutely nothing to lose by downloading the client on the 28th; Arena is completely free to install and play. There is a reason MTG is the longest running (and most popular) trading card game in the world.
So firstly, download yourself the client from the official website here – https://magic.wizards.com/en/mtgarena
Currently Arena is only for PC but it’s believe that WotC have plans to bring it to portable devices and hopefully consoles too down the road.
One of the key features that we learnt today is that Arena will feature the integration of physical and digital MTG via redeemable codes, which will be found in upcoming ‘Guilds of Ravnica’ products.
- Every Guilds of Ravnica Planeswalker deck will contain a unique code to unlock the same deck on Arena.
- Every Prerelease pack will contain a unique code to unlock entry to 1 sealed event on Arena
- Players can open Boosters and try and unlock 3 FREE boosters on Arena
Even if you’ve never played the physical game before the smart player here is going to pop down to their local gaming store (Which you can find here) and meet their local MTG players. Being that the amount of codes you can use per Arena account is limited, you might find friendly players prepared to share their codes with you. Free loot? Free loot. While you are there it probably wouldn’t hurt to watch (or even play) a few games and learn some tips to take back to your Arena matches.
For those who have already played the Beta and are looking for a reason to come back, Arena will be receiving a number of upgrades at the same time –
- New Music, New Art, New Battlefields
- New Game Mode: Sealed Events
- New Card Set: Guilds of Ravnica
- Free Singleton Event Entry For All Players Until October 2!
So whether you’re a long time player of the physical card game, someone who has spent some time with the beta, or have never played a game of Magic: The Gathering in your life, at an entry fee of FREE there’s no reason not to take a look at Magic: The Gathering Arena on or after the 28th of this month. I’d also urge you to take a look at the lengthy preview piece Connor did on the closed Beta, it covers a lot of the games mechanics and nuances (and a short video cracking digital packs).
If you find you enjoy the game and would like to natter about it with like minded folk, head on over to our MTG Arena Australia Facebook Group and join the conversation.
We’ll see you on the battlefield later this month!