Magic: The Gathering Arena – A Quick Review


Over the years, many board and card games have been ported online, making it more convenient and easily accessible to players. Magic: The Gathering is a good example of this trend.

In September 2017, the legendary trading card game gets a digitized version called Magic: The Gathering Arena. This fantastic alternative quickly became the “go-to” game for those who are into collecting and trading cards, as well as decimating opponents.

First off, let’s talk about its gameplay. Magic: The Gathering Arena has that same addictive vibe that its old-school version is known for. From the tactile nature of the original Magic: The Gathering to challenging tactics, this digitized version can definitely satisfy your card game cravings.

The game starts with a tutorial that’ll help you understand how the whole thing works. It also offers a handful of starter decks, which eventually get you on your way to creating a better collection on your own.

Just like other games, Magic: The Gathering Arena is not as easy as it looks. You might even find yourself frustrated, especially by the losses early on the game. But this definitely makes it stand out from the rest. As you familiarize yourself with AI-controlled opponents and learn some effective strategies, the game will be more enjoyable to play.

Another noteworthy feature of Magic: The Gathering Arena is the cards itself. It has a wide selection of in-game cards taken from their real-life sets, such as the core Magic: The Gathering 2019 set, Dominaria, Guilds of Ravnica, Ixalan, and Rivals of Ixalan.

The game also lets you buy booster packs, individual cards, and more in order to build up your collection. Unlike the physical card game, booster packs in Magic: The Gathering Arena come with the so-called wild cards, which allow you to exchange them for a specific card to complete your collection.

Buying boosters and cards in this game is relatively easy as well. You can earn coins by completing various goals in the game. These coins can be spent on any in-game item you wish.

When it comes to the technical aspect of the game, Magic: The Gathering Arena definitely has gone a long way. It managed to take almost all aspects of the original version and enhance them in a way that it gives players a whole new experience of the game.

Magic: The Gathering Arena speeds things up in a massive way. From shuffling and drawing cards to tapping and uncapping, everything is done with ease.

The phase indicator at the bottom of the screen shows you which particular phase you’re in at any given time. It also highlights the cards in your hand and on the table that are eligible to be played. This makes it easier for you to strategize your next moves.

There’s also an option to “stop” on certain phases in your turn, which serves as a brake so you don’t go too fast. Basically, the game trusts you to know what exactly you’re doing and won’t slow you down unless you ask for it.

Magic: The Gathering Arena proves that a traditional, physical game can be successfully brought into the online world and compete with other modern-day titles.