I’ve been playing Magic Duels [Free] non-stop since it was released this morning at around 8:00 AM Eastern, and even streamed the game a bit on Mobcrush. Overall, I dig it, but that’s coming from a someone who can’t get enough Magic the Gathering and has played the game most of his life. I’m the guy who puts up with how remarkably jank Magic Online has been forever simply because I love playing Magic. Maybe I let my imagination run a little too wild following our E3 preview, but instead of releasing something incredibly awesome, Wizards once again didn’t go all the way.
The best way to describe how I feel about Magic Duels on day zero of release is the end of Mike Ehrmantraut’s monologue about half measures from Breaking Bad:
To back things up a bit, we need to acknowledge that Hearthstone [Free] is the current 10 billion pound elephant in the free to play card game world. What started as a silly side project at Blizzard has since exploded into a proper eSport, a staple in online game streaming, and the free to play card game that seemingly everyone is …read more