Jumpstart has 46 themes for packs, most of which have several variants so you won’t always get the same cards from the same themed pack. In Arena, playing Jumpstart will offer you a choice of three for each half, so you can have a little influence over what you get. But broadly, you’ll get two packs then bosh, there’s your deck. It’s somewhere between regular Constructed decks, booster drafts, and preconstructed decks? Fairly accessible, bit random, maybe interesting? For new players, hey, you have a new, functional, and vaguely themed deck ready to go. For veterans, hey, here’s a deck you’ve never seen before, make it work. … [Read more...] about Magic: The Gathering Arena’s new Jumpstart mode gives players semi-random preconstructed decks
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But yeah: most of the battle passes I've bought into are ultimately underwhelming, and I don't complete most of them. Of the games I've bought them for (Apex Legends, Valorant), I've only completed Rainbow Six Siege's. I'm mostly comfortable with the idea that this is the homogeneous system that all competitive games will adopt, but I do wish that modern competitive games, which record absolutely loads of user data anyway for the purpose of balancing and understanding us (someone at Blizzard once told me that it records "every bullet" in a game like Overwatch), fed back that information to players in ways that helped us better understand our aggregate performance. That's one of the missing details in all of this. Rainbow Six Siege is one of the few games that at least makes a display page out of some of this data, but FPSes haven't followed-through on what Halo 3 and other games initiated more than a decade ago with web-based match data. … [Read more...] about Do you buy battle passes, and do you complete them?
Alex Wiltshire writes about videogames and design, is a former editor of Edge, is author of Minecraft Blockopedia and Mobestiary, and edited Britsoft: An Oral History. … [Read more...] about Magic: The Gathering Jumpstart packs revealed: Minions and Rainbow
Next month, MTG Arena will launch a new way to play with Jumpstart, a mode which gives you two 20-card half-decks to smash together into one. With 46 themed Jumpstart packs in total, it’ll be able to spit out a good number of random decks that ssshould be playable. … [Read more...] about Magic: The Gathering Arena adds loads of cards with Core Set 2021 today
“It’s about reaching deep into your closet and pulling out that deck you made ten years ago that felt revolutionary because all your creatures had Trample or Merfolk. So Jumpstart is by design all over the place; we can reach around and hit themes and topics, some of which we’re also hitting in our current story and also, to our delight, we’re hitting stuff we haven’t had a chance to dust off in a long time because we love it and it’s hilarious or impressive. So Jumpstart is a true grab bag.” … [Read more...] about You might finally have time for Magic: The Gathering thanks to Jumpstart