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Magic 2014 – Duels of the Planeswalkers: No Longer Relevant?

I’m so committed to this review thing, I’m reviewing a four year old card game simulator…

I really like Magic The Gathering, and Magic 2014 is – other than my friends – the thing that got me into playing the card game. I’m a huge fan of the ‘lore’ of that various settings in MTG and the overall style of the game. That being said: Magic 2014 is a great way to get into the game, as it automates a lot of the harder to conceptualize components of the game, like the “stack”.

The problem is that this game is on the cusp of being four years old at this point. So the question becomes, is it even relevant? Well, I think the answer is: “Yes, with an if. No, with a but.”

Yes this game is relevant if you don’t particularly care about having the cards be from the most recent blocks. Which to me doesn’t particularly matter, because I find myself gravitating towards some of the older releases anyway; like Return to Ravnica (2012), Innistrad (2011) or Scars of Mirrodin (2010).

And…

No, it’s not relevant… But unless you’re only interested in playing with the most recent cards then that’s not super important… However you will be missing out on some great new cards and mechanics that have come out in the years since this was released.

Really what it comes down to is, would you be okay with spending $9.99 on a card game from 2013? That’s up to you… The biggest part of this game that is a turn off is that you’re limited to the decks that come with it, with only a small amount of customization available to you.
For $10 you get ten decks of varying amounts of power, and you can play online with randos, or with your friends. There are also single player challenges and a “campaign” that you can play through.

Basically, for me, the main draw is that this is basically a way to play MTG solo. It is the “solitaire” of the MTG world – which has great appeal. Sometimes I just want to throw out some big monsters, and sling some fireballs – without organizing a get together.

The biggest knock I have against this game is that there is a more recent version released in 2014… As well as a free to play version called “Magic Duels” released in 2015… But there seems to be some resentment with those releases… So it seems like your best bet is to just play the actual card game! Except that you’re gonna probably drop a bunch of money if you get into actual MTG… Although there are online alternatives you could look into… Though that are a bit unwieldy – even if they offer more freedom of card choice than what you would find with playing the real game. Considering you could use a Black Lotus without dropping several thousand on one… But I’m getting away from myself here.

Basically, if you want to play Magic you have a lot of options and you could do worse than dropping $9.99 on Magic 2014 – Duels of the Planeswalkers. Check it out!

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