Quote from lukey52 »Quote from the n00b king »Quote from BB84Prez »Cool. Now when will the Arena Mac client be released? No mention of MTGO which doesn't bode well for its future IMO. This is a very significant change for WotC to throw millions behind Arena for real tournaments.
MTGO is awful for the e-sports community.
It's obvious that Arena is tailored made for this type of tournament.
Additionally, it's no secret that MTGO will eventually be phased out. I think it's going to happen more quickly than what most people think.
I'm curious to know how they gauge who the 32 top players will be for both paper and MTGA. Will these be the same players? Or two separate groups? Will it be based on ratings or whatever?
Looking forward to seeing more details on this.
Until WotC has a way for people to play vintage, legacy, modern, pauper and commander on arena (which will likely be years if ever) MTGO will exist. The amount of people might only be a small percentage of the playerbase but the negative PR if they abandoned those formats online would hurt far more than the cost of just keeping MTGO online.
Quote from RxPhantom »So is Arena more of a priority than paper Magic now?
Seems likely, far cheaper to do digital than paper, especially when there's no way to actually cash out once you've put money into arena. Wizards are the only winners every time someone buys off there.
You know...I would actually love to see the numbers for these formats. Wish WOTC was more transparent with that.
Excluding modern, I would actually think that the number of players for the other eternal formats is actually relatively small. And the majority of these players already play paper magic anyways. No one can complain about the price entry of pauper you know.
I don't think WOTC cares at all whatsoever about Vintage or Legacy. These are not formats it supports (or they are on life support). It's a healthy community that organizes their own tournaments.
Additionally, WotC doesn't see a penny from the secondary market and thus, have even less reason to support it - let's not forget that these are NOT the people that are putting money into the game anyways.
From a purely business perspective, WotC has all the reasons to continue to focus on both e-sports via arena and standard. That's their cash cow.
Porting older formats might be in the plans only because it will allow them to take in even more money for all the wild cards you'll need to put together to get a deck. The economy of mtga might actually have to shift in order to support these formats.
I've had this opinion for a while now, but I think WotC absolutely wants to kill paper magic. Mtga is way more profitable for them. And the logistics, don't get me started.
I predict that paper magic is no longer supported within 10 years, based on how things are moving currently.
MTGA will move to mobile and you'll get "fire gatherings" like hearthstone to play in.
Magic is getting turned into a video game. The end of days of the TCG are near us my fellow friends.