Just ahead of its cardboard launch, Magic: The Gathering Arena today debuts the new Jumpstart game type in digital form. Jumpstart’s an interesting one, giving both players two curated 20-card packs each containing half a deck to smash together into one. Jumpstart has 46 different pack themes too (including angels, devils, dogs, dragons, cats, pirates, unicorns, dinosaurs, minotaurs, and minions), so you end up with something a bit weird but not wholly random. You have to pay for enter, but do get to keep the cards. … [Read more...] about Magic: The Gathering Arena’s new Jumpstart mode gives players semi-random preconstructed decks
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Tim Clark: Destiny 2's season pass has 100 levels to work through which drop various cosmetics, material and armor. You also get access to a new exotic weapon for the $10 price of entry, and the depressing truth is that even though there's quite a bit of community complaint (when isn't there?) about the the value of the pass, I wish there was even more of it. While many players complain about grinding out the XP needed to complete the pass, I play so much that I'm currently sat at level 275, and have to somehow stretch the content to Beyond Light's delayed November release date. I'd gladly buy another battle pass. Hell, probably two. Give me more mindless shiny stuff to chase. Anything to fill this gaping void. … [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
A new wodge of 274 cards hits Magic: The Gathering Arena today with the launch of Core Set 2021. As ever, the annual Core set brings a mix of new and reprinted cards to build a base for the year’s expansions – and this year it brings an awful lot of cats and dogs. One card even has a cat and a dog who are best friends. Core Set 2021 doesn’t officially launch in cardboard form until July 3rd, so it’s a bit of a sneaky peeky for the digital version. … [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