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Magic: Legends – a free online action RPG based on the long-running trading card game Magic: The Gathering (MTG) is now available playable in the open beta on the PC.
The setting and story of the game will likely appeal to any hardcore MTG fan, but those with little to no PC gaming experience will find the game’s Diablo-like action a bit strange at first glance. Fortunately, the aspects of Magic: Legends gameplay will be familiar to MTG veterans, and resources are available to help interested newbies learn the fast-paced action of Legends a little easier.
What is magic: legends?
Magic: Legends is set in the same fictional universe as the MTG card game and a series of novels with recognizable locations, characters and lore.
Players take control of one of the game’s six playable planeswalkers. You explore dungeons and kill monsters for prey and experience points that improve your statistics and unlock new skills. Then you take on these new skills to defeat tougher enemies who drop better prey … and repeat ad nauseum.
It’s a standard action RPG loop, but Magic: Legends adapts the set of rules for creating card games of the MTG card game to the fast-paced gameplay and offers a unique take on the genre.
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How the MTG card game fits in Magic: Legends
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Instead of using static attacks and abilities such as Diablo or Path of Exile, each character in Magic: Legends draws their actions from a deck of 12 cards. Cards are used to attack enemies, summon creatures, cast healing spells – pretty much anything you would expect from an MTG card.
You are playing with a “hand” of four cards, which represent the skills you can use at any given time. New cards are drawn randomly from the deck to replace the ones you rolled.
In contrast to the MTG card game, played cards are not “discarded” but returned to your deck so that they can be drawn again later. That way, you will never run out of actions to take in combat, but the specific actions available are always changing.
Players can also customize their decks, just like in the tabletop game. Legends starts out with pre-made decks based on MTG’s classic colors – red, blue, green, white, black, and even multi-colored decks – but you earn new cards and gear as you play (or by buying cards in-game packs ) that can be swapped out to create new combos, summon stronger enemies, or cast better spells.
Helpful resources for beginners
There’s a lot more to Magic: Legends gameplay, but these are the elements MTG veterans are likely to resonate with the most. If you choose Magic: Legends, I recommend playing alone for a few hours to get a feel for the controls and the flow of the game.
There are also lots of helpful video tutorials on the official Magic: Legends YouTube channelThis includes the basics of the game’s six playable characters, lore and instructions for the many game systems.
Once you understand the basics, try to focus on the game official forums, Wiki, and subreddit for deck building and character customization strategies, finding others to play with, and more.
Don’t worry if it takes some time to learn to play. Magic: Legends is a different experience than playing cards, but it’s worth a try if you’re interested in a new twist on the MTG formula. Besides, it is free to download and playSo it doesn’t hurt to try the game out.