Sunday, August 20, 2017

Magic RPG

Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios announced the development of a brand new RPG based on Magic: The Gathering. MtG has been adapted for PC and consoles several times. So far, however, the main concept of the game - playing card games, was brought into the digital world. The newest game, a big-budget AAA RPG, based on the Magic universe is supposed to be totally different.

“It’s Magic: The Gathering like you’ve never experienced before,” said Bryan Huang, CEO of Perfect World Entertainment. “We are ecstatic about the direction of the game Cryptic has been shaping. It’s always been a dream of ours to bring Magic’s Planeswalkers to a modern RPG.”

Publishers Perfect World, developers Cryptic and Wizards of the Coast have teamed up before for Neverwinter, a game that now boasts over 15 million players.

 And while it's unclear what character the game will be, whether it's going to be massively multiplayer, Neverwinter-style or just going to be more like in old-fashioned RPG style. One thing is certain - fans of the most popular card game have got something to look foward to.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Unstable

After 13 years of waiting, we are finally returning to the world of Silver-bordered cards. Unstable, which is a new Unset, will be released on December 8. It is worth mentioning, that Unhinged had been considered as a commercial failure. However, Mark Rosewater argues this wasn't because of poor sales, but because of overprinting. We must hope, that Wizards will not do the same mistake and Unstable will boost their sales, because next chance may not be given.

What do we know about Unstable so far?
- the expansion symbol is a a wrench with an acorn shaped hole. Not accidentally, because a non-legendary Squirrel lord and enough support to build a deck around the acorn-loving tribe will be in.
- full-art black-bordered lands, like its predecessors they will be amazing. Who knows maybe they will be the most popular basic land arts seen in tournament play.
- Steamflogger Boss will be printed on the land sheet to retain its black border. Contraptions, an artifact subtype, are part of the set. All creatures that make them are Riggers.
- foil tokens, even for popular tribes which do not appear in this set
- five ally-colored factions:
UW: Order of the Widget; cyborgs that use technology to constantly improve themselves with nonsensical inventions. They have no self control.
UB: Agents of S.N.E.A.K.; really bad spies with cool toys.
BR: League of Dastardly Doom; super villains scheming to take over the world. Rosewater describes the members of this faction as your typical death ray building, weather control device wielding, Saturday morning cartoon villains.
RG: Goblin Explosioneers; steamfloggers and tinkerers that experiment with lots of crazy ideas, many of which explode. They breed fast enough to not wipe out their race.
WG: Crossbreed Labs; fraction that believe true harmony can be found by altering biology and embodying the concept of unity.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

MOPR changes

Every month, Magic Online players who have opted in to Magic Online Player Rewards (MOPR) can receive promo cards based on their participation in events and their purchases in the Magic Online store. Starting with August 30, a promo cards given to participants will be replaced by Player Reward Packs, which can be traded or opened. They contain a single promo card.

If you've participated in at least one League, scheduled event you play in, or 8+ player queue, you'll receive a Player Rewards Pack. If you've played in five qualifying events, you'll get two more Player Rewards Packs, so you can earn up to three through event participation. Additonally, if you've spent $20 or more (excluding coupons, shipping fees, or taxes) in the Magic Online Store, you'll receive a Player Rewards Pack. If you've spend $40 (with the same exclusions), you'll get two more Player Rewards Packs, so you can earn up to three through store purchases. This means you can earn up to six Player Rewards packs each month. What can be found? For instance, Cuombajj Witches, Path to Exile, Stoneforge Mystic and many, many more.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Wizards restricting metagame data

By now, ten of the top-performing decklists from Leagues were chosen at random and revealed to the public. However, Wizards decided to reduce the total number of decklists being presented per day from ten to five, and each of these decklists will be randomly selected with the caveat that each list will be at least ten cards different from every other list. In fact you will see five different archetypes, it does not even matter if a deck is the most popular in a league — it will show up a maximum of one time.

Wizards cited a couple of reasons for this change. First and foremost, Wizards believes that publishing too many deck lists from Magic Online causes the format to become stale and solved too quickly. Wizards stated: "Under this system, new and unique decks are far more likely to appear, and it is W goal to foster that creativity and innovation rather than stifle it." and added: "Since we have been presenting a random selection of top-performing decks, even if a deck doesn't have a particularly high win rate, it can appear to be extremely dominant if it's widely played. With only this information, it's not possible to disentangle win percentage and metagame percentage. This can lead, and at times has led, to feedback cycles where a deck appears more dominant than it would otherwise, which leads to an even greater percentage of play."

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Changes

Some changes:

  • No more Game Days. We get a Store Championship at the end of the set's season, instead. Each participant will receive a promo card from next set. Additionally, store champion playmats and program-exclusive deck boxes await those who emerge victorious.
  • FNM promos are replaced with foil double-sided tokens from the current set.
  • Starting with Ixalan, the Standard Showdown booster prizes now come with a foil promo land in each booster. Those lands will feature new or highly desirable art from Magic's history.
  • A new event - Magic Open House, you will get a foil full-art promo card from the upcoming set there. For instance, you will get an Ixalan card a week prior to the Prerelease, on September 16–17.
  • Promo cards given to participants of Leagues. First one along with Ixalan.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Hour of Devastation: draft archetypes

U/R Spells
Bloodwater Entity, Enigma Drake, Cryptic Serpent, Warfire Javelineer, Firebrand Archer, Blur of Blades, Unsummon, Spellweaver Eternal, Aerial Guide, Riddleform, Thormed Moloch, Magmaroth, Strategic Planning, Supreme Will, Tragic Lesson, Crash Through, Kindled Fury, Galestrike, Magma Spray, Winds of Rebuke, Censor, Essence Scatter, Hieroglyphic Illumination,

B/G -1/-1 counters
Obelisk Spider, Decimator Beetle, Lethal Sting, Torment of Venom, Ifnir Deadlands, Baleful Ammit, Soulstinger, Cartouche of Ambition, Festering Mummy, Ruthless Sniper, Splendid Agony, Crocodile of the Crossing, Defiant Greatmaw, Exemplar of Strength, Ornery Kudu, Stinging Shot, Grasping Dunes, Banewhip Punisher, Tenacious Hunter, Nest of Scarabs, Hapatra's Mark, Quarry Hauler, Shed Weakness

R/W Aggro Exert
Honored Crop-Captain, Resolute Survivors, Gust Walker, Rhet-Crop Spearmaster, Tah-Crop Elite, Ahn-Crop Crasher, Battlefield Scavenger, Emberhorn Minotaur, Nef-Crop Entangler, Trueheart Twins, Dauntless Aven, Mummy Paramount, Burning-Fist Minotaur, Defiant Khenra, Firebrand Archer, Bloodrage Brawler, Act of Heroism, Djeru's Renunciation, Blur of Blades, Kindled Fury, Might Leap, Trial of Solidarity.

U/G Ramp
River Hoopoe, Weaver of Currents, ramp spells, Bitterbow Sharpshooters, Devotee of Strength, Quarry Beetle, Rampaging Hippo, Sifter Wurm, Ominous Sphinx, Striped Riverwidner,
in a ramp deck you easilly may splash third color if you opened a bomb

W/B Zombies
Unravelling Mummy, Wayward Servant, Accursed Horde, Marauding Boneslasher, Mummy Paramount, Unconventional Tactics, Binding Mummy, In Okertra's Name, Time to Reflect, Lord of Accursed, Embalmer's Tools, Merciless Eternal, Lurking Rotbeast, Khenra Eternal, Carrion Screecher, Sunscourge Champion, Disposal Mummy, Dutiful Servants, Wretched Camel, Blighted Bat, Cursed Minotaur, Doomed Dissenter, Festering Mummy, Gravedigger, Stir the Sands, Fan Bearer,

UW Embalm/Eternalize
Aven Wind Guide, Farm/Market, Steadfast Sentinel, Sunscourge Champion, Proven Combatant, Sinuous Striker, Oketra's Attendant, Sacred Cat, Trueheart Duelist, Unwavering Initiate, Aven Initiate, Tah-Crop Skrimisher, Labyrinth Guardian,


U/B Cycling/Prowess
Shadowstorm Vizier, Vile Manifestation, Consign/Manifestation, Cunning Survivor, Ominous Sphinx, Grisly Survivor, Faith of the Devouted, Horror of the Broken Lands, Pitiless Vizier, Ruthless Sniper, Hekma Sentinels, Sacred Excavation, Zenith Seeker, Countervalling Winds, Imaginery Threats, Sinuous Striker, Striped Riverwinder, Tragic Lesson, Lurching Rotbeast, Merciless Eternal, Razeketh's Rite, Scarab Feast, Stir the Sands, Unburden, Wander in Death, Censor, Wasteland Scorpion, Compelling Argument, Floodwaters, Lay Claim, Shimmerscale Drake, Vizier of Trumbling Sands, River Serpent

B/R Discard
Merciless Javelineer, Claim/Fame, Grisly Sruvivor, Faith of the Devouted, Horror of the Broken Lands, Pitiless Vizier, Grim Strider, Ruthless Sniper, Flameblade Adept, Thresher Lizard, Miasmic Mummy, Scarab Feast, Stir the Sands, Unburden, Wander in Death, Battlefield Scavenger, Bloodrage Brawler, Deem Worthy, Wasteland Scorpion, Desert Cerodon, Limits of Solidarity, Pursue Glory, Hazoret's Monument

W/G Aggro
Ahn-Crop Champion, Appeal/Authority, Oketra's Avenger, Steward of Solidarity, Vizier of the True, Rhona's Stalwart, Oasis Ritualist, Hope Tender, Bitterblade Warrior, Hooded Brawler, Watchful Naga, Devoted Crop-Mate, Gust Walker, Rhet-Crop Spearmaster, Tah-Crop Elitte, Act of Heroism, Dauntless Aven, Djeru's Resolve, Sparring Mummy, Trial of Solidarity, Initiate's Champion, Spidery Grasp, Synchronized Strike,

R/G Aggro
Khenra Charioteer, Strugle/Survive, Burning-Fire Minotaur, Defiant Khenra, Firebrand Archer, Khenra's Scrapper, Ferwent Paincaster, Frilled Sandwalla, Harrier Naga, Hope Tender, Rhona's Stalwart, Granitic Titan, Manticore Eternal, Bitterbow Sharpshooter, Quarry Beetle, Rampaging Hippo, Sifter Wurm, Dune Diviner, Sidewinder Naga, Gilded Cerodon, Sand Strangler.

Friday, July 7, 2017

How to draft Hour of Devestation?

I'm going to present you the list of cards, starting from the best pick during the draft and ending on the least desirable card. For instance, if you don't have any card from "2nd pick" card pool you look for cards in "3rd pick". Cards not mentioned below shouldn't rather appear in your deck.

1st pick:
black: -
red: -
whiteAngel of Condemnation
blueKefnet's Last Word
greenPride Sovereign
multiThe Locust God,The Scarab God, The Scorpion God
artifact: -

2nd pick:
black: -
redChaos Maw
white: -
blueOminous Sphinx, Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign
greenMajestic Myriarch, Overcome, Ramunap Hydra,Rhonas’s Last Stand
multiObelisk Spider, Grind // Dust
artifact: -

3rd pick:
black: Accursed Horde, Ammit Eternal, Banewhip Punisher, Bontu’s Last Reckoning, Doomfall, Dreamstealer, Hour of Glory, Lethal Sting, Liliana’s Defeat, Marauding Boneslasher, Merciless Eternal, Torment of Venom
redAbradeBurning-Fist Minotaur, Chandra's Defeat, Earthshaker Khenra, Fervent Paincaster, Frontline Devastator, Hour of Devastation, Khenra Scrapper, Manticore Eternal, Neheb, the Eternal, Open Fire, Puncturing Blow, Sand Strangler, Wildfire Eternal
whiteAngel of the God-Pharaoh, Aven of Enduring Hope, Crested Sunmare, Dauntless Aven, Desert’s Hold, Gideon’s Defeat, Oketra’s Avenger, Steward of Solidarity, Sunscourge Champion, Vizier of the True
blueAerial Guide, Champion of Wits, Imaginary Threats, Nimble Obstructionist, Sinuous Striker, Supreme Will, Unsummon, Vizier of the Anointed
greenAmbuscade, Bitterbow Sharpshooters, Devotee of Strength, Harrier Naga, Hope Tender, Resilient Khenra, Rhonas’s Stalwart, Sifter Wurm, Tenacious Hunter
multiNicol Bolas, God-Pharoah, Resolute Survivors, River Hoopoe, Samut, the Tested, Unraveling Mummy, Farm // Table, Consign // Oblivion, Struggle // Survive, God-Pharaoh’s Gift
artifact: -