Magic: The Gathering Arena arrived last March 25 for Mobile

On Thursday, March 25, the final edition of Magic: The Gathering Arena has been released on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Since 2019, the wireless adaptation of the original Magic: The Gathering card game has been available on PC platforms, with Android devices receiving early access in January of this year.

MTG: Arena is a hefty 1.9GB download, with in-app sales ranging from $5 to $50 for decks and other accouterments. The game has over half a million Android downloads, so it's obvious that there are a lot of people enjoying it, even though the 3.9 review score is a little poor.

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Arena is a true recreation of the original card game, complete with many of the complexities and combinations that contribute to the game's depth and difficulty. The card sets in this digital edition of the game correlate to the physical card sets issued. That means players can use the same tricks, traps, and powerful minions from the tabletop version in their digital decks. Players compile their decks from sets of cards provided to all players in the free-to-play game, then augment them with booster packs purchased in-app.

The difference with Magic the Gathering Arena is that it uses a shuffling mechanic rather than the traditional mathematic random, so the game’s algorithm decides which cards you get among several variants. It’s not only Magic that lets you play cards online. Pokémon has a TCG app as well as the Yu-Gi-Oh card game.

Despite the loss of certain strong spells, Strixhaven's Magical Archive still retains a lot of influence for Historic MTG Arena players. Storm is a notoriously broken mechanic that can be used by cunning players to cast several copies of a valuable Moment. Players can also build decks around cards like Tainted Pact, which was first printed in 2001. Here is the complete list of Strixhaven Mystical Archive spells that will be available when the package launches in April.

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  • Approach of the Second Sun
  • Day of Judgement
  • Defiant Strike
  • Divine Gambit
  • Ephemerate
  • Gift of Estates
  • Gods Willing
  • Mana Tithe
  • Revitalize
  • Teferi's Protection
  • Blue Sun's Zenith
  • Brainstorm
  • Compulsive Research
  • Memory Lapse
  • Mind's Desire
  • Negate
  • Opt
  • Strategic Planning
  • Tezzeret's Gambit
  • Time Warp
  • Whirlwind Denial
  • Agonizing Remorse
  • Crux of Fate
  • Doom Blade
  • Duress
  • Eliminate
  • Inquisition of Kozilek
  • Sign in Blood
  • Tainted Pact
  • Tendrils of Agony
  • Village Rites
  • Chaos Warp
  • Claim the Firstborn
  • Faithless Looting
  • Grapeshot
  • Increasing Vengeance
  • Infuriate
  • Mizzix's Mastery
Arena's smartphone version, of course, has touch buttons, but it's otherwise similar to the PC and Mac models. It can, above all, support cross-play with some other platforms. Arena has become the new digital host of Friday Night Magic — a long-standing tradition in which fans assemble in local game shops for casual games or more formal tournaments — which has become an invaluable way to hold small groups of players together during the pandemic.


MTG Arena is free to play but offers in-app purchases, such as card packs, gems, and more. You can download the game on the App Store
 

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