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  • Summary: In the Magic Online game, you will be able to purchase digital cards and trade them with other players, build and customize your decks and organize your card collection right on the PC. A wide range of game rooms will allow players of different levels to find just the right environment forIn the Magic Online game, you will be able to purchase digital cards and trade them with other players, build and customize your decks and organize your card collection right on the PC. A wide range of game rooms will allow players of different levels to find just the right environment for them, from casual pick-up games to highly competitive tournaments. Players new to the Magic game will be able to observe games in the Casual Play room. Built-in tutorials and practice rooms will help get game-play under way quickly. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Computer Games Magazine
    90
    An addictive game that's quick to play, easy to learn, delightfully detailed, and almost infinitely replayable. [Oct 2002, p.72]
  2. In serious competition, it suffers from the same drawback as the real world version of the game - players with deep pockets can buy themselves more powerful decks.
  3. Graphically I was disappointed. I was hoping for a little animation.
  4. It's because of its accessible nature that Magic Online is undoubtedly the best software representation of Magic: The Gathering released thus far--quite possibly surpassing the physical card game in many respects.
  5. PC Gamer
    78
    Its aesthetics need more polish - and it needs to offer more help for newcomers. [Sept 2002, p.64]
  6. 75
    It's fun and really true to the series. Having said that, I probably won't play it too much longer, mostly because it just whet my appetite for some face-to-face play.
  7. Computer Gaming World
    40
    The brilliant game design endures, like a sweet-smelling rose atop a giant mountain of dung. [Oct 2002, p.106]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 10 out of 18
  1. Gamemasduck
    Nov 14, 2004
    10
    It is fun cuase i like magic. i like meeting other people who like the game and battling them.
  2. MarkW.
    May 18, 2006
    10
    It's fun....I am a small fish and I have over 14,000 cards ($2000 approximate value) with an initial investment of about $100.00. It's fun....I am a small fish and I have over 14,000 cards ($2000 approximate value) with an initial investment of about $100.00. It's a game for very smart people and you dont have to worry about it ever being "Dumbed Down". If you are smart you won't have to buy to many cards....you will win them or trade other people out of them. Then sell them online for cash someday before you die. The tickets used as currency in the game sell for about .90 on the dollar.....small price to pay to run your own business. Expand
  3. TharionW.
    Mar 22, 2007
    9
    Near 24x7 gameplay of MtG with friends around the world. Low system requirements and no monthly fee. If you love to play magic and want an Near 24x7 gameplay of MtG with friends around the world. Low system requirements and no monthly fee. If you love to play magic and want an average of 1,000 players online from around the world at any one moment - well MTGO is for you. Expand
  4. jhp
    Sep 23, 2014
    0
    Terrible. Play Hearthstone by Blizzard instead.

    MTGO management are a bunch of vampire cockroaches trying to suck every last dollar from
    Terrible. Play Hearthstone by Blizzard instead.

    MTGO management are a bunch of vampire cockroaches trying to suck every last dollar from the desiccated remains of what was already a skeletal base of players. One draft a day (~2 hours of entertainment) costs $10... so $3650 a year for this. Hearthstone is free. Trying this after Hearthstone was painful. Worse yet, their program is prone to bugs and crashes that result in you paying $10 and getting screwed halfway through an event. No returns either.

    Also, from reading forums, MTGO management completely disregards customer feedback. People say prize payouts used to be way higher, there didn't used to be a $2 additional entry fee for all events, and things like splitting prizes between the first and second player are intentionally impossible even though this is extremely popular in real life.

    I looked at job postings on their Careers page and it is apparent that whoever is running things is terribly misappropriating resources. They need WAY more software developers working on this. There are embarrassingly immature comments posted by many of the higher-ups on forums arguing with players. They insinuate the blame for all MTGO's problems lies on the developers but less than half the openings they have are for new development positions. Way over-managed.

    PS - I'm a huge fan of paper MTG. The core game is great. It just got destroyed in translation.
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  5. Nov 17, 2015
    0
    Log in, ready to play. Wow a set of draft tournaments specifically for new players. Wait, they don't teach you anything about draft or how toLog in, ready to play. Wow a set of draft tournaments specifically for new players. Wait, they don't teach you anything about draft or how to choose cards, oh and there is a timer, choose fast.
    Now make a deck from those cards you chose in a hurry....
    Now lose every game because,
    1. You can't make a winning deck from those cards.
    2. The other players, NOT NEW, they just have New Player Points to spend and want some cards.
    3. There is nothing about the game targeted to new players, or casual play.

    Ok lets try a casual game.
    Get beat in a hurry.
    Make a new deck.
    Get beat again.
    Try a new format.
    Ok you are on round 4 and may have the advantage.
    ...Your opponent quits because his go to starter move didn't happen.
    One more chance....
    Commander, i spent an hour or 2 making a 100 card deck.
    ... Opponent quits on round 4 because you sent his commander back to his hand.
    You go into chat to call him out, and let other players know he is a poor sport.
    There is no method of leaving feedback on a player.
    Oh you can't say anything negative in chat about another player's behavior because it is "harassment."!!!
    ... the reason being, that there is no proof to offer, even tho I can watch a replay of the game in questions, i just cant let other players watch it, because then the "poor sport" opponent would feel "harassed".

    So what do I do now??? I go download Hearthstone and forget I ever played this pile of garbage whose only goal is to bleed it's playerbase of cash.
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  6. YSS
    Nov 10, 2012
    0
    For those of you who have fond memories of playing MTG, and wanted a way to get back into the game.... RUN AWAY NOW.

    The current MTG meta
    For those of you who have fond memories of playing MTG, and wanted a way to get back into the game.... RUN AWAY NOW.

    The current MTG meta has become less about skill, and more about 'How deep can you dig into your wallet'. Thanks to the money grabbing attempts of late, decks have gone up in price, and the entire experience feels like YGO.

    Sadly MTG is no longer the bastion of fair good TCG's
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  7. Apr 14, 2013
    0
    Overpriced. Terrible mods. Terrible game. AVOID. Basically it's like playing a badly designed lottery were the only skillz tested are eitherOverpriced. Terrible mods. Terrible game. AVOID. Basically it's like playing a badly designed lottery were the only skillz tested are either luck, or your 'credit card fu'

    Seriously, just avoid.
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