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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Eulogy for Magic Duels

Wizards of the Coast just announced that there will be no more new cards and expansions coming to Magic Duels. Which means that the game will be dead soon. Which is what WotC wants, because they are launching "Magic Digital Next" later this year. And by forcing players off one platform and onto another, the players will need to buy cards again!

Magic Duels in my opinion is one of the best incarnations of Magic the Gathering on a computer, because it restricts the use of rarer cards. You could get every single card in an expansion for either a fraction of what an expansion costs in the real world, or even for free if you had played enough from one expansion to the next. Magic Duels has a system where you will never find a card you don't need any more in a booster, and when you have all cards you can't spend any more. It is the least exploitative of all versions of Magic the Gathering. And of course now they are killing it!

Fuck you, Wizards of the Coast!

I feel ya, but at the same time they've been talking about MDN for quite awhile now. It was fairly obvious that it had a shelf life.

Fingers crossed for whatever comes next. I'll complain then if it winds up being an exploitive POS.
Sorry about that.

Look at WotC. Look at Hearthstone. Look at WotC. They sure seem to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

What are your thoughts on the E3 news? MMORPG?????
Cryptic Studios are making a free-to-play “action MMORPG” based on Wizards of the Coasts’ mega-hit collectible card game Magic: The Gathering.

WotC and the Cryptic division of PWE - I bet nobody is expecting monetization issues. And like everything new these days, it is "action."
For the last week I am quite hooked on Elder Scrolls Legends, a CCG set in the Elder Scrolls world. It's good fun, competition is relatively casual, and seems very non-exploitative (in the sense that you can pay plenty for convenience or story content (which has some exclusive cards, for sure, but they don't seem essential). It looks like it's completely viable to play for free, at least for the vast majority of players - maybe in the top competitive stratosphere you'd need every card.

Well worth a try, for those who like that sort of thing.
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