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Anyone here play MTG Arena? I'm surprised there isn't a thread.

How do you feel about MTG Arena?


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"Magic the Gathering: the official game of virgins" - Pewdiepie

Arena is really smooth now and I never get disconnects like it had a couple months back, but I wish they'd fix the rng shenanigans with starting turn order, the auto-shuffler and starting hand draw that heavily favors decks with mathematically unsound mana bases that in no way matches what is possible in paper magic.

I only bother with ranked matches to grind daily rewards since the upper meta is pretty monotonous at the moment. I'm currently building janky dragons/walls tribal. The upcoming War of the Spark set looks kind of terrifying in terms of power level but will include some neat tech like a board wipe that just leaves creatures with weaker attack than toughness and a planeswalker that creates wall tokens. Tinkering with deck concepts is one of the most entertaining aspects of Magic.


It's a really well made game. It just isn't for me. I get too frustrated with people who take forever to play for no reason so I uninstalled.


I usually work on something else that requires low concentration while I'm playing. Or I put a documentary or talk show up on my other monitor to mainly listen to.

I actually kind of like that about MTG. I rarely play any video games and even when I do I like turn-based stuff where I can take my time.


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Well they did finally ban nexus of fate so I don't think there are any decks that can just sit around recurring forever and the timer is rather brutal if you compare it to paper. IMO the longer people take for their turn the more they overthink it and it's easier to trick them into a mistake.


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Is MTG: Arena still free to play? How closely does it follow the new card sets?


>Is MTG: Arena still free to play?
Yes, but you have to grind around 2 months for the cheapest bo3 competitive deck or get insanely lucky opening pack for the cards you want. You can also play draft and theoretically go infinite if you're a really good draft player.
>How closely does it follow the new card sets?
Standard is completely integrated as well as all of the upcoming Standard sets will be available to play as soon as if not sooner than the cardboard prerelease. Modern and new Modern sets like "Modern Horizons" are unavailable.


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It's f2p but you get so few of the competitive staples that it can be tough to take off with. Luckily you don't have to win consistently to get rewards, you just have to meet daily goals which can be as braindead as casting or killing creatures. IIRC there's a green precon deck that has two copies of carnage tyrant so that's a solid core of a stompy deck.

Here's some promo codes you can type in for free stuff. These ones are good until July 1


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I feel like this game is harmful to my mental health.

>playing ranked

>1 win away from Mythic


>mana screwed

>going 2nd every time
>bad matchups
>opponent getting nut draws
>all until I'm down to Diamond 4
>smash my mouse and smash my keyboard so hard I cut my finger

I don't know how pros do it.


Thanks for those codes. 10 free packs would take a while to get just playing regularly.


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Why does Arcanis have a hourglass figure? Haha.
I'll be busy for a while, so no MtgArena this month.


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M20 core set reviews coming out next week.


The meta feels, so fucking awful right now. I know that it's diverse compared to what we had in closed beta with Amonkhet and Kaladesh, but it's just not as fun and cards are less "cool" for a lack of better term, both aesthetically and in terms of what they do. I'm just doing dalies while hoarding wilcards and gold even though I could craft literally any deck, just because there's just nothing that I'd like to play. I had fun with Red, U/W control and BG Constrictor before rotation, so I'm not really someone who hates a specific archetype. Just really sick of seeing the same cards being played over and over again, rotation can't come soon enough.


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The only thing I hate right now is Esper control. And especially because TEFERINIGGER never got banned.

So it looks like their solution to insane control isn't to ban the centralizing cards, just to add more things that can't be countered. Too bad control can just whip out Duress, Toll of the Invasion and Thought Erasure.


Agreed, I hate Esper the most. Thought Erasure and Teferi are disgusting to play against.
I like Black as a color in Magic probably my first or second most liked one, but I dislike almost all decks with both White and Black together, so I'll never play Esper myself, no matter how broken it gets.


Made a wizard deck for wizards only. Its probably not that good because I don't have that many cards, but its a lot of fun and probably annoying to play against.

14 Island (RIX) 193
4 Vodalian Arcanist (DAR) 73
10 Mountain (RIX) 195
3 Murmuring Mystic (GRN) 45
4 Goblin Electromancer (GRN) 174
3 Sleep (M19) 74
1 Role Reversal (WAR) 214
1 Erratic Cyclops (GRN) 98
2 Banefire (M19) 130
2 Fight with Fire (DAR) 119
2 Opt (DAR) 60
3 Verity Circle (RNA) 58
1 River's Rebuke (XLN) 71
3 Watertrap Weaver (XLN) 87
1 Sarkhan's Catharsis (WAR) 144
1 Chandra, Fire Artisan (WAR) 119
1 Narset, Parter of Veils (WAR) 61
3 Sift (M19) 72
1 Naru Meha, Master Wizard (DAR) 59


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Fire-mages are the best.


git gud


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I refuse to seriesly get into MTG because out of all the card games I have ever played it has some of the most frustrating dead draw possibilities.


I feel the same. Even pokemon TCG isn't as bad because it has so many cards that can turn around a shitty hand, and less potential to have one bad turn due to a brick hand losing you the whole match. And I still hate pokemon TCG.


You can always play the standard mode if it bothers you a lot. That format has always been the standard for competitive play for a reason. Being able to utilize a sideboard and just having the matches be best of 3 instead of just one game smooths things out a lot and adds a lot to the strategy I think. Even then its not perfect and it would be nice if everything just worked better.


MTG has at least been improving on mitigating bad draws. Opening hand has increasingly forgiving mulligan rules. Then there are multiple mechanics that help you draw what you need.
>draw engines in multiple colors
>scry (look at top card of library, you may put it on the bottom)
>surveil (scry but you can put it in your graveyard)
>exile top card of library, until next turn you may cast (this is red's thing)
>deck thinning (creatures that tutor creatures, lands that tutor lands)

I think it's gotten a lot more fair over time. Of course the more consistent your strategy can be, the more that decks can play rigidly and assemble some insane combos will become the norm. A certain amount of chaos is healthy.


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I'm a new player and man does the meta suck.

Esper Control prevents you from having any fun with their cheap removal for anything.

Because of that the decks that do good are super fast aggro decks that win before you can do anything.

Or unfair decks that have way better late game spells than any other deck.

It's just all so joyless.


me spending more time at the club


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Black really likes killing creatures especially the weenies…


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More creatures for M:tG.


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Nah, Modern players still cling to that antiquated thing because they want turn 4 games.

>made it to Platinum 2 with this deck

4x Dive Down
3x Arboreal Grazer
1x Kraul Harpooner
4x Paradise Druid
3x Neoform
1x Goblin Chainwhirler
4x Gift of Paradise
2x Reclamation Sage
2x Mana Geode
4x Rekindling Phoenix
3x Prime Speaker Vannifar
4x Biogenic Ooze
2x Finale of Revelation
1x Island
2x Mountain
2x Forest
4x Rootbound Crag
4x Stomping Ground
3x Breeding Pool
4x Hinterland Harbor
3x Evolving Wilds

This is like the non gay version of aristocrats


Thanks wiz. I installed the game yesterday so not one day too late.


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I played 10 games in a row. 9 of the opponents were running black. Most of those were black/blue. Fucking annoying decks too. I stated putting 4 vine mares in my deck. Its actually super good even when you aren't playing against black.


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Me again. Already lucked myself to Platinum 4.


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Hammer time


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And this is what the pile of trash currently looks like. I kind of regret spending wildcards on Nissa and Dreadhorde Invasion. They are not so good after all.

Some codes if you don't have them yet:


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I was in tier 1 diamond for a while, had like a 50% winrate lmao, then literally won 6 games in a row

(last post I promise)


Magic: The Gathering is always evolving…


Uninstalled it again. Not sure why I reinstalled it in the first place. Its just a waste of time that also makes me mad.


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I've only ever played MTG for the solo "campaign" (series of PvE battles against AI with light story attached), and the additional challenge/puzzle battles, both of which can be found in the once yearly versions of MTG (2012-2015 + Duels). A shame there isn't a really good solo oriented card game, based around exploring a fantasy world (such as the one found in MTG itself), expanding/upgrading your deck, while also following a story and developing your character along the way. MTG as a strictly PvE focused RPG would be wonderful and is all I've ever wanted it to be. All the competitive nonsense against other contemptible humans that MTG is actually based around can be flushed down the toilet forever, please & thank you.


I can't stand planeswalkers or any of the game mechanics relating to them


I hate how planeswalkers make basically every deck better.


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Characters should be legendary creatures. Planeswalkers is a nice idea but a mistake in its execution.


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Volrath hated Gerrard.


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Adventure Time


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Is Mtg:Arena going to update the same time as the cardboard version?

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