Quote from Xcric »Quote from Flamebuster »Magic is merely adapting, that's what's going on here. Is it kind of tacky? Yeah I guess so. Maybe they're doing that to create a separate experience between paper and digital so that players can stick to one versus feeling unintentionally obligated to purchase paper cards to keep up in that manner and vice versa. I don't believe Historic is a big format in paper Magic as is, say Modern.
While MTGSally is but a blip in the Magic community, according to Rudy the Taco Man, Magic enjoyed some of its highest revenues in 2020. So whether MTGSally says so otherwise, people are liking this, minus the occasional uproar. According to The Professor and CGB, among others, there's a big sentiment of discontent by the MTG community but we all know people will participate in it.
Freedom of choice is a ***** ain't it?
Take what you want from it.
this keeps getting touted. that they made so much money during 2020 that everyone must love these decisions. normally that might be true... but
hobby spending saw a massive increase across the board, every single hobby, in 2020. we had nothing else to do. every single gaming hobby saw massive surges. i think its disingenuous for these companies to have made major decisions during that period and then to tout them as major successes based solely on sales data. regardless of what they did they were going to sell. its just the nature of hobbies during 2020. people were stuck at home and dumped a lot of money into those aspects of their lives. i think more time will really show us if these decisions were true successes or not.
if player backlash increases, or if bubbles suddenly burst, then it becomes very obvious that it was a poor decision that was not healthy for the game. that's another thing too, just because you're making money like gangbusters doesn't necessarily mean the game is healthy. these hobbies, especially this one, is also a game. its not just collecting, its not just hoarding, but we actively play. you can sell product hand over fist, but if no one wants to play the game that will catch up to you and your business model will collapse. under normal circumstances everything would be different, but 2020 was a mess. so... we'll see. right now there's a lot of vocal backlash, but we just keep spending anyway.
they're also decisions designed to drive hype, designed to drive you to buy packs without thinking long term, to fear missing out on new stuff or the next hot thing. they're changes to exploit you, to compel you to spend more. that's not long term sustainable - especially as the EV of a pack decreases and the cost of that pack increases (that's coming soon).
i'm wagering this'll all run out sooner rather than later, and then we'll all be saying what the **** happened like it hasn't been obvious.
From Hasbro reports magic has been growing (aka making more money) in a steady growth pattern for years now. And as much as you claim everyone was stuck inside and had nothing to do man of those people became a lot less finically stable and couldn't spend as much as they normally do on magic, as well as not having pre-released or other events which will drive players into buying cards. So hard to tell how the game will look as the pandemic lessens but that can be said about most thing currently.