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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.


3kliksphilip claims CSGO’s Deagle doesn’t need buff despite player outrage

Published: 28/Nov/2020 3:33

by Andrew Amos


Philip ‘3kliksphilip’ Dyer has weighed into the CS:GO Desert Eagle debate, saying that the $800 hand-cannon doesn’t need a buff like players have suggested. Instead, the popular YouTuber believes the gun is well-balanced.

The Desert Eagle is one of Counter-Strike’s most iconic guns. Countless plays have been made with the hand-cannon, from Happy’s Play of the Decade Ace, to Xizt’s huge clutch way back in the 1.6 days for Fnatic.

However, recently players have gotten in an uproar over the gun feeling weaker than it ever has before. Dozens of posts have skyrocketed to the top of the /r/globaloffensive subreddit, all claiming the Deagle doesn’t live up to its former glory.

The Deagle has been put under the microscope by the community for being weaker than ever before, but 3kliksphilip believes the claims are baseless.

“The Desert Eagle is flawed. Not because it is overpowered or underpowered, but because its intention is missed by the developers. It is supposed to be a high skill, high reward type of gun. Yet that doesn’t seem to be the case,” one post by Woody_S said.

However, YouTuber 3kliksphilip has debunked these claims, saying they’re not backed by facts. They’re reliant on nostalgia, which doesn’t even really exist, to base a point that the Deagle needs a buff.

“I think it’s dangerous to see older games as to what CS:GO should aspire to imitate. Compared to any other game in existence, CS:GO’s weapons have been far more rigorously balanced to ensure they all serve some sort of purpose,” he said in a November 27 video.

“All those frags you’ve seen from pros are as much luck as anything else. There was one difference back then, and that was the second shot fired was just as precise as the first.”

He broke down the stats of the Deagle to prove his point. The gun is one of the most accurate in the game, beating out all other pistols, and even most of the rifles. While it’s never claimed to be the “most accurate,” it’s still “surprisingly accurate,” like the weapon’s description says.

“The gun has never claimed to be the most accurate in the game, not by a long shot. The Deagle does live up to its expectation of being surprisingly accurate though.”

Valve did try to fill the community niche for a sniper-like hand cannon in the R8 Revolver, but that missed the mark due to the long wind-up. Now, the community wants that ideal gun to be the Deagle, which Philip says is illogical.

“For what people want from the Deagle, you’d be better off making an entirely new weapon to fulfil these criteria. But Valve did make a new weapon ⁠— they made the Revolver, which players can opt for instead of a Deagle, but don’t because it’s a bit rubbish.”

R8 Revolver in CSGO
The R8 Revolver has failed to fill the void CS:GO players want.

There has been a decent patch proposed by community modders. The Weapon Balance Mod’s latest update, which 3kliksphilip highlighted, would decrease the Deagle’s high damage drop off, while reducing its base damage and armor penetration to reward headshots.

While these changes won’t be making it into the game properly, at least for now, 3kliks wants the community to realise that the Deagle is in a better spot than ever before. He used a side-by-side of 1.6 vs CS:GO as a comparison, and the Deagle in the 2012 release is far more accurate.

“As far as competitive Counter-Strike goes, RNG has always had a part to play with the Deagle. Those wanting less of the random element should be praising the gun for the state that it’s in right now in CS:GO in 2020.”