Too long has Heathstone sat at the top of the digital TCG pile, wile we have seen a score of imitators try to take pieces of the pie, with even Valve getting in on the action. Now the biggest gun in the game is coming to play, and they arent fooling around. Wizards of the Coast has annoucned an all new Magic experience, Magic: The Gathering Arena. MTG:A as it will now be called, is a full port of the table top game to the digital world, wrapped up in a free to play model.

Magic: The Gathering Arena is the first game developed in-house by Wizards of the Coast’s newDigital Games StudioThe studio is creating a Magic experience with the full rules and ongoing content support for new card sets, just like the revered tabletop game. The game is designed and built for digital gamers without compromising Magic‘s core gameplay. Every element of the game design is focused on an engaging and dynamic experience, true to authentic Magic, to provide players and viewers fast-paced, exciting, and easy-to-follow matches.

Beginning later this year, testers will focus on the first iteration of casual Constructed play, with cards from the Ixalan release. More features and formats will be added as testing develops.

Elaine Chase, vice president of global brand strategy and marketing for Magic

“The future of Magic is about making sure we stay true to our awesome community of strategy game players, It’s making sure that they can carry that amazing Magic experience wherever they go, not only in their Friday Night Magic life, but their everyday life. As the very first game under the Magic Digital Next initiative to improve and expand digital MagicMTG Arena is an important step toward that future.”

More information on Magic: The Gathering Arena, including how to gain priority access for the Closed Beta, can be found at playmtgarena.com.

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