If you want to see what the closed beta for Magic: The Gathering Arena holds, head over to the official Twitch channel right now to watch the first closed beta stream. During this stream, the developers will talk about what the early stages of the beta look like and will also test out some special decks, which should be fun. I don't know who's in the closed beta or not (since no one can talk about it yet), but I do know that the closed beta will feel more like a game compared to the alpha because it will stick around and allow players to build a collection, play around with getting and opening packs, and in general give a better idea of what we're getting with this game.

From what I've heard so far, the game is a better version of Duels and brings to PC (and mobile in the future) a client that will finally let Magic players enjoy their favorite game online without having to deal with the issues of Magic Online. So, head over to Twitch to hear more about Magic: The Gathering Arena closed beta.

  • skipgamer

    It's going to be just another cash grab... expect another new and improved and "long term" version to be out in another 2-3 years and to have to start your collection all over again...

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      That *really* does not seem to be the way they're going with this, at least from everything Blizzard has said. I think they realized how bad they screwed up Magic Duels and there's probably going to be a lot of people who won't hop over to Arena because of it without them proving it's going to actually be a well supported thing. If you look at the Hasbro investor presentations that have circulated, they're telling investors this is a long term property... So, we'll see.

      • http://twitter.com/booch138 Booch138

        I want to believe this. I do. And I believe they will. But I agree it sucks /a lot/ that we heard this same talk with Duels. I recently got hard back into MtG (missed a trillion sets as I quit at Kamigowa and picked back up at Tarkir), the paper stuffs, and I was slightly-miffed-but-played-anyways because... MtG. I’m actually glad I spent no money on it, because it wasn’t too long after that they announced they’ll be dropping support by it. I get entirely that they needed to rework things to finally deliver a product worthy of a digital MtG format. I also understand that they will always prefer people playing paper magics over digi magics. But the whole thing has left me incredibly leery of having anything do with this simply because of how much they’ve just... butchered the prospect. I won’t lie, I’m interested and will probably play a bit. But this is a valid worry.

      • Hibernia86

        I suppose a compromise would be to allow Duels players to transfer their cards over to Arena. Has this been mentioned to Wizards yet?

      • Hibernia86

        I suppose the good thing about this is that if I continue to play Duels, I will eventually complete my collection of all the cards offered. I didn't spend enough time in the game to do that while new cards were being added every three months and I didn't want to spend money on Duels, but now that no more cards will be added, I can actually get all of the cards available if I wanted to keep playing.

    • Hibernia86

      Duels was free, so you can't be too mad when Wizards decides to switch to supporting a different free game.

  • AlwaysRight

    Watch my beta stream after midnight

  • Jesse Low

    Their too late. By like three years. Was an mtgo customer and quit because it was such a bad app. Said I'd come back when they turned the entire thing over to Blizzard. Well Blizzard came out with their own (Hearthstone) and I'm not. Probably not coming back. It looks like a hearthstone ripoff to me even down to the deck builder screen! so sad.