“Magic: Legends”: Open Beta met with a lot of criticism

Updated March 26, 2021, 9:48 a.m.

  • The Open Beta of “Magic: Legends” has been playable on the PC since March 23rd.
  • The first impression: The action role-playing game that “Diablo” mixes with the cult trading card game has potential, but has also been criticized sharply in some cases.
  • Critics who fear Pay2Win incentives are particularly annoyed at the in-game shop.

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The action role-playing game “Magic: Legends” went into open beta on March 23rd. The PC title, which crosses the deck structure of the cult trading card game “Magic: The Gathering” with the “Diablo” mechanisms, can be played since then via the Epic Games Store or the Arc Launcher.

With the players, however, the first few hours trigger mixed feelings, as documented, among other things, reactions on Reddit and Twitter. It is positively noted that the title offers a lot of tactical potential.

The in-game shop has been criticized above all. So it is possible to purchase the Dimir Assassin as a new class, but this is only possible with a lot of gold from the auction house or via packages with random content. As with Panini collectibles (or in “FIFA” – “FUT” mode) the chance of getting exactly this desired class should be very low. YouTuber Vulkan puts the probability at 1: 250. Other users criticize the XP booster. Battle passes and cosmetic content are also available in the shop for real money.

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Still other players report technical stumbling blocks such as login problems, lags and disconnections. As far as the gameplay is concerned, some beta testers find it a test of patience to gamble until they have been able to unlock certain content.

Critical voices therefore rate “Magic: Legends” as not very beginner-friendly. The prevailing opinion is evidently: “Magic: Legends” has what it takes to be a successful Hack & Slay – but the developers still have a lot of fine-tuning to work on in order to exploit the full potential. Above all, the skeptics are calling for the in-game shop to be balanced in such a way that it does not become a Pay2Win mechanism.

In addition to the PC version, the versions for PS4 and Xbox One will also appear this year. The developers are certainly well advised to take the feedback from the open beta testers to heart – even if this could possibly delay the release a little.

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