Esports star and Twitch streamer Sean “Day9” Plott has recently streamed the Open Beta for Magic: Legends, the new free-to-play action role-playing game from Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios. After playing for three hours during his Twitch stream, Day9 decided to quit Magic: Legends, and shares his harsh take on the game’s system.
“It’s not that the game lacks interesting decisions, it lacks decisions,” Day9 said. “I hit my buttons on cool-down. I do not manage mana. There was no point in the first three hours that I managed mana, period. I really think that the current implementation of the deck and how that works in combat feels like an anti-system. It feels like it hurts the gameplay rather than creating something new and cool and fun.”
Day9 went on to say that he gives Magic: Legends “either a zero or a one” out of ten based on his gameplay experience.
Watch Day9’s criticism on Magic: Legends:
It’s clearly not a great start for Magic: Legends with players expressing their complaints in the first few days since the Open Beta launched last week: problems with monetization as well as design and technical complaints. In the video, Day9 also compared the game to other popular ARPGs like Diablo 3 and Path of Exile, explaining how the combat and gameplay mechanics in those games are more fun than what he experienced in Magic: Legends. He said that the game’s unique component, which is the card-drawing mechanic of Magic: The Gathering, doesn’t work at all, and that he doesn’t sense a deep progression system like Path of Exile’s. Day9 also mentioned how a random enemy health bar suddenly ticked down in an overworld void of enemies, and he hears that the enemy “has been slain”. When a fan asked him about the loot system, Day9 said that he just found one tunic during his three-hour gameplay.
Here’s the offical descriptions for Magic: Legends:
An ancient force moves in the darkness, requiring adventurers to traverse various planes of the Magic: The Gathering Multiverse and gather the power needed to fight this evil. Developed by Cryptic Studios and published by Perfect World Entertainment, players will choose their path through the planes while collecting and upgrading a multitude of spells to create a powerful spell library. Players control the chaos of spell-slinging combat as they fight to save the Multiverse from its greatest threats yet.
Magic: Legends Open Beta is now available on PC. Don’t forget to check out more details about the Open Beta