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Magic the Gathering Arena

Discussion in 'The Gazebo' started by Berekän, Sep 8, 2017.

  1. Frusciante Arbiter

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    hey guys I just got into the beta. How am I supposed to start playing? All the formats cost gems and I have to pay for the gems? Can I not play without paying?
     
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  2. spectre Arcane

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    The entry fee for most of the stuff can be paid with either Gems or Gold (apart from iirc Competitive Draft which is gems only).

    You should be spending most of your early time in the ladder (it's there, hit the play button and it should bring up a list, swear to dog, the interface on this thing is atrocious), it's a single Bo1 match with no entry fee, it lets you earn geld from quests and win rewards, should be possible to earn about 1k per day and a bunch of cards, depends on the quest and how well you do.
    That's enough for a booster, two runs in Quick Constructed or one run of Competitive Constructed, so pick your poison. Ive yet to try draft myslef, so you'll have to see that one for yourself, but the entry is quite steep.

    I wouldn't touch the stuff with entry fee until you get yourself a deck that can reliably win at least 60% of the time. With all the free giveaways, you should have a bunch of staples for mono red, UW control and a BG ballista constrictor deck,
    it pretty much depends on what you pulled from the starters and packs. Unfortunately, every yokel out there seems to be playing just those three decks.
     
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  3. Scruffy The janitor Patron

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    or do like i did and play a muldrotha deck and actually have fun!
     
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  4. Scruffy The janitor Patron

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    My control deck plays 26 lands. I am constantly stuck on 3. My goblin deck plays 22 lands. I never see less than 5 in the first turns.
     
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  5. zerotol Arcane Patron

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    where the fuck is the free to play option:mad:
     
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  6. spectre Arcane

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    Fucking ladder constructed under the fucking play button.
     
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  7. zerotol Arcane Patron

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    fuck yeah just won my first match with the explore deck (terrible btw doesnt even have constrictors in the build)
     
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  8. zerotol Arcane Patron

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    on the play - opponent plays a llanowar elves - i push it, instant GG :lol:
     
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  9. zerotol Arcane Patron

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    why the fuck am i constantly getting duressed in a BO1? Is this arena meta?
     
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  10. Scruffy The janitor Patron

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    yup
    lots of control decks, so people play duress
     
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  11. spectre Arcane

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    Half the meta is UW and UB control, people preside like motherfuckers.
    Also, people want quick wins in the ladder, so an early Durex tells you if you should just concede and move on with your life.
     
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  12. Scruffy The janitor Patron

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    Codex 2012 Torment: Tides of Numenera Codex USB, 2014
    If anyone wants access to the beta:

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    these are access codes
     
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  13. FeelTheRads Arcane Patron

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    Here you go, fags, even more:

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  14. v1rus Arcane

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    v1rus rolled 6-sided di(c)e: Total: 48
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  15. Grunker RPG Codex Ghost Patron

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    Codex 2012 Dead State Divinity: Original Sin Torment: Tides of Numenera Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
    "closed" beta

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  16. catfood AGAIN

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    I already gave one to a friend but I see there's way too many to go around anyway.
     
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  17. DakaSha V Self-Ejected

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    True bros
     
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  18. DakaSha V Self-Ejected

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    What is the cheapest and most viable way to play the game?
     
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  19. Hevnknekt Educated

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    Your 5 Closed Beta Access Codes:
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  20. spectre Arcane

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    People get good results with draft if you're any good at that, it levels the playing field somewhat because you're no longer facing guys with complete netdecks.
    I think the entry fee also got discounted recently for stress testing so it's worth a shot. Competitive draft is not free, so stay away from that.

    The standard way of playing is working your way up - start with free play, once you get comfortable, try your hand at quick constructed and see if it's viable for you to break even,
    then try competitive constructed if you're comfortable with sideboarding.

    Of course, you'll need a good tier deck to make that happen, check your starter cards, there were plenty of giveaways for you to bild some form of aggro or control.
    Generally speaking, just pick a play mode that lets you break even consistently and stick with it.
     
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  21. Theldaran Scholar

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    I think you can play Hearthstone for free and still get somewhere. Plus they do some giveouts of gold (like the current Fire Festival) and sometimes boosters. Is really WOTC more miserly than Activision Blizzard itself?

    Because I think that climbing from zero to hero in Arena would be tougher.
     
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  22. Monocause Arcane

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    This is the deck I'm running with, give it a shot. The game's a blast! Thanks for the beta key.

    2 Anticipate (M19) 44
    9 Island (RIX) 193
    11 Swamp (RIX) 194
    2 Night Market Lookout (KLD) 95
    2 Disperse (M19) 50
    2 Contraband Kingpin (KLD) 177
    2 Shielded Aether Thief (AER) 44
    2 Essence Extraction (KLD) 80
    2 Yahenni, Undying Partisan (AER) 74
    2 Dukhara Peafowl (KLD) 207
    1 Air Elemental (W17) 7
    1 Air Elemental (XLN) 45
    1 Tezzeret the Schemer (AER) 137
    2 Aether Swooper (AER) 26
    2 Disallow (AER) 31
    2 Gifted Aetherborn (AER) 61
    2 Aether Poisoner (AER) 51
    2 Murder (M19) 110
    2 Vengeful Rebel (AER) 73
    3 Submerged Boneyard (M19) 257
    2 Syndicate Trafficker (KLD) 101
    2 Tezzeret's Touch (AER) 138
    2 Ornithopter (AER) 167

    I think if you select the deck above and CTRL+C plus click 'import' in the deck menu it should do it automatically. Also working on a red/green deck but it's still in early stages of refining.
     
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  23. Jason Liang Cipher

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    I installed it and fiddled around. Played through the two tutorial games fine. Interace is decent although I wouldn't mind a bit more animation. Opened the 3 core packs and got a Liliana hur hur hur.

    - The deckbuilder could use more sorting options, like cmc, creature type etc...
    - The wildcards seem like a good substitute for trading, although I would suggest being able to cash in unwanted cards for more wildcards as well.
    - Standard environment card pool. A little intimidating to jump right in with 3 blocks worth of cards + core + Dominaria. Not sure how fun Standard is right now- I don't see many "inspiring" cards like Collected Company. Seems like Red is pretty good with 3 blocks worth of burn + Goblin Chainwelder... Looking at the cards you start with in the beta I think red will be very popular.
    - Is it just me or not many good mythics to chase or cash in the wildcards for.
    - They should implement pauper constructed, would be a good newbie format.
    - Starting with Gearhulks is pretty nice...

    Going to do some research on which packs to open, more later. I'm tempted to say fuck it and wildcard a set of Vinemares at this point. Shroud's been good since Deadly Insects.

    Hm. Is it just me or they haven't implemented all the cards yet.


    Game says I have 4 Chandras in my collection (lolz) but I can't add them... just checked the standard banned list and she isn't banned, so not sure if it's a bug or if Arena is using a different or older banned list.

    UPDATE: Found the cmc filter, and the inventory issues went away after I closed and restarted. My goodness you start with a lot of booty already.
     
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  24. zerotol Arcane Patron

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    Please break our servers in the stress test.

    1 second it took.
     
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  25. DakaSha V Self-Ejected

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    I guess what i need to know now, is how to best go about building a good constructed deck. I dont know what packs to buy, what to turn my wildcards in for etc. Should I just be able to look up a budget netdeck and build it fairly easily?

    I have a lot of experience playing magic online but ONLY pauper. So my understanding of the standard meta is non existent

    Btw there will be another wipe eventually yeah? Its my understanding that you lose anything you got with gold, and dont get any gold refunds after the wipe, but your gems are refunded. What about this welcome back for 5 bucks. It gives you 5 booster packs. Would I get those booster packs back after the wipe? (Im assuming yes, but making sure)
     
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