Magic 2015 for Android

Magic: The Gathering fans will be able to get in on card-by-card deck customization in the latest iteration of the classic strategy card game. Magic 2015 launched on Android today and brings familiar one-on-one card duels in either single-serving practice games, long-term campaign, or online multiplayer matches. Check out our hands-on with the iPad version at E3 for a closer look.

As usual, players put on their robe and wizard hat as an elementally-attuned planeswalker. They duel against other interdimensional mages by summoning allies, hurling spells, and wielding ancient artifacts. Five colors of spells represent different elements, each with their own play style and themes. In addition to the new deck customization options, Magic 2015 also hosts cards tailor-made by big names in geekdom, like the Avarice Amulet from the guys at Penny Arcade, Aggressive Mining by Minecraft's Markus Persson (a.k.a. Notch), and Shield of the Avatar by Richard Garriott from Ultima fame.

The game is free for the first few stages, then a $9.99 upgrade to continue, and optional in-app purchases if you want to fast-track your card collection or get early access to additional planes. All in all, Magic 2015 is a great option for those looking for a deep strategy game.

How many of you guys have played Magic in the past? Are microtransactions in a premium game a turn-off for you, or are they being implemented here in a reasonable way?


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Magic 2015 brings dueling wizards to Android


They did the same thing last year make the tutorial free (witch i personally think is vital on mobile) then you pay to open up the rest of the game then you can pay to unlock decks (witch i never do). It will be fun lets see where they take it

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yea i was really impressed with last year's game. i can only imagine this one will be just as good.

i just have a million other games i have to knock out of the way first.

Color me unimpressed. I'll be impressed when they integrate it with MTGO so we can play with other folks in tournaments and such. This current game is about as advanced as the desktop arcade game from 15+ years ago.

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I haven't played Magic: The Gathering since about 5th Edition. May end up checking this out as I have a $15 Google Play card

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Loved playing the 2014 edition. Looking forward to playing the new edition.

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It's only compatible with Tablets. Though last year managed to download 2014 on my S3 from the Amazon App Store. It was playable on a phone, but it wasn't perfect. Hard to read the cards. Much better experience on the tablet.

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The newest iteration is pretty great. However, I was disappointed that there wasn't a revenge campaign after completing the main. Also, since unlike in previous versions where you'd unlock decks and then play those decks to unlock additional cards, there seems a lack or replayability.

Will the big point on this year's version is building your own decks so they give you a deck to start off with but in the end they want you to build that killer deck. Works fine on my Note 3 by the way

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Pity they seem to be restricting it to Tablets. Guess there's no point even sideloading an APK because I probably can't pay to unlock it.