Magic 2015 coming July 16

Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 is coming July 16. Pre-purchases are now available on Steam, with extra loot for those who pay more.

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Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers, the next iteration of Wizards of the Coast's annual digital collectible card game, is coming on July 16. Pre-purchases have opened on Steam as well, with different tiers of prices that include different goodies.

The Steam page lists three packs. The base level is $9.99, for the game and one Premium Booster pack. A Special Edition for $19.99 includes a soundtrack, wallpapers, and the eBook Theros; Godsend, Part 1. The Complete Bundle for $34.99 grants you 300 foil stickers and five card collections: Innistrad, Theros, Ravnica, Shandalar, and Zendikar.

We were pretty impressed by some of the ways Magic is trying to take on Hearthstone this year, most notably with a deck building helper that seems much smarter than the one in Blizzard's CCG. Soon we'll be able to see how it stacks up.

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    July 2, 2014 12:29 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Magic 2015 coming July 16.

    Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 is coming July 16. Pre-purchases are now available on Steam, with extra loot for those who pay more.

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      July 2, 2014 1:01 PM

      Foil stickers?

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      July 2, 2014 1:02 PM

      What is a premium booster pack? Which do I buy just to get all the game content? I don't need to buy unlocks or special foils or anything.

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        July 2, 2014 1:08 PM

        I am wondering the same thing. Normally it's just the game and $1 instant deck unlocks or you just play to unlock them.

        This year seems confusing.

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        July 2, 2014 1:48 PM

        I was confused also. I found this post which was helpful:

        http://steamcommunity.com/app/255420/discussions/0/46476144719777334/

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          July 2, 2014 1:57 PM

          This just lost them my sale:

          Q: What is this "premium booster pack" that comes with the pre-purchase?
          A: A portion of the ~300 card pool is locked behind a microtransaction paywall. These cards (totalling to about 35 or so) can only be obtained through purchasing premium booster packs with real money. Pre-purchasing the game comes with a 10-card pack of these premium cards.

          Fuck that noise, and fuck it hard. Give me a real Magic game if you want me to be buying packs of cards. Otherwise, keep it simple, and include everything, plus occasional DLC packs, like before.

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            July 2, 2014 2:18 PM

            Yea, this is horse shit. I have bought every iteration of this game on Steam and iPad (and sometimes XBL).

            If this is true, I am skipping this one.

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            July 2, 2014 2:47 PM

            Yeah, they are planning to take the microtransactions to the next level with this version. If they aren't going to let you build completely custom decks, I'd suggest you not waste your money.

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            July 2, 2014 3:22 PM

            Magic the Gathering Online is the real magic game where you buy cards/packs... it's just not for the people that want the flashy/easy DotP gameplay.

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              July 3, 2014 5:34 AM

              Yeah, that's my issue. I think the gameplay of DotP is the best iteration of Magic available digitally, but ideally, it'd be how Magic Online worked.

              But I valued DotP as-is. A self-contained version of Magic each year with some new cards and some old ones, and a few fun decks to play with. I don't think the way they seem to be steering it now, where it's neither as satisfying as the full game (nor functional, since at least MTGO has the option for collecting full sets and redeeming them for real cards), but is no longer the simple and enjoyable package it was in previous years.

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      July 2, 2014 2:02 PM

      They can't fool me a third time with these games, can they?

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      July 2, 2014 2:10 PM

      Any word on an iPad version?

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      July 2, 2014 2:19 PM

      I have played a *ton* of magic on the iPad. (I unlocked every card for every deck, for every expansion for each year it has come out, even before it came out on the iPad).

      EVERY YEAR IT HAS GOTTEN WORSE. Slower, more crashes, dumb AI, weird UI changes that make absolutely no sense, money grabbing tactics (sealed deck last year was ridiculous).

      I am rooting for hearthstone with everything I have, and if this new version is as bad as last years, I'll skip it entirely. I really dislike Hasbro's management of Wizards digital products (MTGO as the prime example).

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      July 3, 2014 5:17 AM

      I want to play this IRL, but I keep getting intimidated by the nerds in the store when I go in.

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        July 3, 2014 6:19 AM

        I have the same problem. I found one shop I believe may be okay. I have no desire to play with ultra nerds.

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          July 3, 2014 6:46 AM

          I was talking to some about it the first time I went. I mentioned beer. Or something like beer and MTG would be a good time...and they both seemed speechless. Beer?! The devil's juice! :(

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