UPDATE: We reached out to Wizards of the Coast to see if we could get some early information about the Economy Stream next week. They weren’t able to give us any details, but they did set up some expectations. We shouldn’t expect any “earth shattering news”.
The stream will discuss the current economy situation, issues that the team is aware of with it, and some mid-term features / changes that are in the works. They said to think of this stream as the start to a bigger conversation, rather than a big announcement. Hopefully, this is the start to a discussion between the developers and the players to really hone in on a perfect economy model for Arena.
If you’re a Magic: the Gathering player, there’s a few topics surrounding the game that you either have opinions on, have heard opinions on, or are waiting for information about. Those are the Economy on Magic Arena, and the State of Organized Play. Both of these are definitely hot button topics and both have been left in limbo for a while.
The Arena Economy
The MTG Arena Economy is unanimously the biggest complaint that players have with the game. We’ve gone into deep discussion around the economy. It’s widely accepted that it’s a pretty anti-player / anti consumer system, and there’s many vocal critics of it.
At the same time, there’s plenty of examples of games out there where there are a growing number of games out there that have fantastic digital economies, which we also talked about as well. While this has been a long time coming, it makes sense for the team to reveal more details now. With the potential of Pioneer making it’s way to the game soon, the economy needs to change.
The stream talking about the economy is TODAY at 2:30 PM PST!
The other big topic in the community is the state of Organized Play. With the failings of Magic Esports and the Magic Pro League and Rivals League shutting down, Organized Play was left in limbo. For what feels like a year, Organized Play has had no direction.
While Wizards has shown their “Grass Roots” method of rebuilding Organized Play, high level and professional level play had no answers. Late last year, William “Huey” Jensen announced that he was going to be taking up the role as Director of Play Programs at Wizards. This meant that he would be overseeing all matter of Play, including high level Organized Play.
Jensen will be on the upcoming stream to talk about Organized Play, and while we don’t know the extent of what will be discussed, it’s very exciting! This stream will take place on March 31st 2022.
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What are your thoughts on this? What would you want to see in both streams? Let us know in the comments! Make sure to stay tuned, as we’ll be bringing you all the details of both of these major announcements!