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MTG Arena devs defend Historic crafting costs amid player backlash

Published: 30/Aug/2019 0:20 Updated: 30/Aug/2019 3:39

by Isaac McIntyre


Magic the Gathering Arena developers have revealed their potential solutions to newly announced format Historic’s crafting costs, after players slammed Wizard of the Coast’s plans to hike how much older cards cost to build with in-game resources.

The long-lasting trading card game is set to undergo another rotation in the near future with the release of new expansion Throne of Eldraine, meaning cards from old sets like Rivals of Ixalan, Dominaria, and Core Set 2019 will move into eternal formats.

For the beta Arena platform, that means these sets will move into the newly announced ‘Historic’. The format – similar to paper Magic’s Modern – has already drawn criticism in regards to pricing and accessible, and developers have attempted to address concerns.

Magic the Gathering, TwitchMegan O’Malley and Chris Cao addressed questions on Historic live on stream.

Player outrage over the format is due to the fact that any card crafted for Historic will cost two wildcards instead of just one. Arena executive producer Chris Cao believes the chance will keep Arena “fun,” and offered alternatives to crafting to collect the eternal-format cards.

“We have definitely heard the feedback from the community, and want to explain the other ways players can get Historic cards,” Cao said on Weekly MTG. “We want our players to log in, and think it’s fun to play. Our two-cost strategy is part of that.”

“As Historic matures, we’re also looking at how we bring draft experiences that bring a [new] bunch of Historic cards. We have a kind of way to acquire cards in our game already, we’re just figuring out where that timing makes sense.”

Wizards of the CoastMTG Arena is preparing for it’s first major rotation with the release of Throne of Eldraine.

One of the reasons the crafting cost will be higher than usual, community manager Megan O’Malley added, is because the format will also see the addition of powerful old paper-based classics like Brainstorm, Firebolt, and Dark Confidant.

“Historic should feel distinct to Standard, and a big part of that is adding in old cards that aren’t in Standard. It’s about adding cards that will be distinctly ‘Historic’ and defining,” said O’Malley. “Historic isn’t just old Standard. We want to make it feel different.”

While the Arena developers may be happy releasing the new crafting costs come the release of Historic, there are still plenty of Magic players eager to see it removed. Some have even taken to social media begging Wizards to reconsider the impending cost-hike.

“Charging double for cards in Historic is deeply unfair, and puts a huge barrier for new players to get involved,” one player said on Twitter. “[The high cost] is not something similar games like Hearthstone have ever done. Please change this before launch.”

Magic the Gathering Online’s upcoming set Throne of Eldraine will be available for preorder from September 4. Spoilers for the new cards are expected to begin in mid-September ahead of the expansion’s October 4 release date.

Call of Duty

Black Ops Cold War Season 1 teaser all but confirms Rebirth Island map

Published: 5/Dec/2020 0:31

by Tanner Pierce


During the announcement that Black Ops Cold War Season 1 and it’s subsequent Warzone integration would be slightly delayed by six days, the developers released a teaser image that all but confirms that the new map will involve Rebirth Island.

Earlier today, the CoD community was taken aback by the fact that the first post-launch content season for Black Ops Cold War had been officially delayed by six days.

While the delay isn’t long by any stretch of the imagination, many fans have been eager for more content, including the integration with Warzone, which so far we didn’t have many official details on.

But during the news, Treyarch dropped a teaser image for the season which at first glance might not show off much but if you look closely pretty much confirms all of the leaks that have come out over the last month or so.

Rebirth Island was originally teased in the Season 1 roadmap for Black Ops Cold War.

At the top of the teaser image, which says that Season 1 is coming on December 16, fans can see that a few phrases in red blurred out in varying degrees. Upping the brightness of the image in Photoshop reveals a few cool, interesting details.

The first is a set of coordinates at the very top of the image. Inputting that latitude and longitude into Google Maps will take you to the real-life Vozrozhdeniya Island in Uzbekistan, otherwise known as Rebirth Island. Beyond that, the phrase “Rebirth Island” can actually be seen in the image as well.

While both of these can be seen normally in the base image, they are way easier to see after it’s been brightened.

Brighting the teaser image in Photoshop reveals coordinates for the real-life Rebirth Island.

This all but confirms the leaks that Rebirth Island will be coming to the game when the integration happens and given the fact that the developers have already confirmed a new map for the season, it’s almost certainly this one.

As with with any other rumor or speculation, take this with a grain of salt, however, fans will likely be getting their first look at Rebirth Island sometime within the next week or two so keep an eye out for that.

Until then, keep it locked to Dexerto for more about Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.