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Magic: The Gathering Arena Review

By BwwDtt | 11 November 2019
Average: 10 (1 vote)

Magic: The Gathering Arena is a free-to-play digital card game, developed and published by Wizards of the Coast in 2019. This game is a digital version of the famous Magic: The Gathering card game.

  • A unique opportunity to play famous MTG game online
  • Lots of unusual game styles and tricky strategies
  • Constant major updates with challenging events
  • Deep lore in every aspect of the game

Magic: The Gathering Arena Gameplay

As in a board version of MtG, your goal in this game is to obtain cards, build decks and battle with other players. The cards could be gained by completing in-game achievements, opening booster packs or purchasing it by microtransactions.

When you create an account in Magic: The Gathering Arena, you will receive the five basic decks for completing a tutorial. After that, you can also battle with game AI until you level up, and unlock additional colour decks. With the cards, you can summon creatures, artefacts and enchantments, cast spells and produce the resources with the help of the land carts.

Magic The Gathering: Arena Colours

There are five 'factions' in the game, with different play styles and card strategies. It's represented with the different colours of cards. When you start the game for the very first time, you'll have to choose your colour.

  • White colour — peace, law, equality. This colour puts a value on a group and community. The base mechanics of this colour are protection and damage prevention. The white cards are well balanced.
  • Blue colour — knowledge, inaction, omniscience. This colour is about gaining an understanding of the world and acquiring knowledge. The use of blue cards costs the cheapest in mana. These cards also can mimicry and trick the opponents.
  • Black colour — selfishness, death, sacrifice. The cards of this colour have no limits or morals. Basic mechanics of black cards are creature destruction, malaise, parasitism and necromancy.
  • Red colour — freedom, action, emotion. These cards value impulsivity and liberty. The basic mechanics of the red colour are direct damage dealing, land destruction, aggressive creatures and randomness.
  • Green colour — naive, growth, nature. The ideology of this colour is that everybody was born with a unique role and that nature is self-sufficient. The basic mechanics of the green cards are natural blessings and mana fixing. It also has the strongest creatures.

There are also multicoloured cards in the game. This type requires more mana to use than usual ones.

Once you have chosen the colour of your cards and your playstyle, you will have to gather your play deck, and then you can start playing.

Magic The Gathering: Arena Game Modes

The Magic: The Gathering Arena has game modes. There are usual modes and temporary events.

The Practice play mode allows players to understand basic mechanics and train their skills in battle with the game AI called Sparky. This bot also comments the board actions and replies on player's emotes.

Play mode is a ranked match against other players.

Traditional play is a best-of-three match with the constructed rank progression. This mode also has the sideboard decks.

Events are competitive battles with the afterwards rewards for a number of wins. There are regular events and limited-time temporary events. You will have to pay an entry fee to join this game mode. Here, for the participation in the battles, you will receive unique cards.

In addition to different play modes, there are also daily challenges for players. For completing the daily quest, you will receive the gold coins that you can use to buy new cards.

Magic: The Gathering Arena System Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 8800 or equal
  • CPU: Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5600 or equal
  • File Size: 2.5 GB
  • OS: Windows 7

Recommended Requirements

  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 560
  • CPU: Intel Core2 Quad Q9300 2.50GHz
  • File Size: 2.5 GB
  • OS: Windows 10