12, Mar, 24

MTG Fallout Digital Absence Angers Players

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Magic’s newest Universes Beyond crossover has a lot going on. Four new Fallout-themed Commander decks hit the scene last weekend, with Collector Boosters harboring some surprisingly expensive reprints. Initial reception for the set has been generally positive. Sure, there are some misprint issues, but Commander players are excited about this new product, as demonstrated by all the price shifts MTG Fallout has caused.

Even though MTG Fallout was intended for Commander, it does remain legal in a few other MTG sets. Players also have the opportunity to try these cards in Legacy and Vintage. While many of the new cards in this crossover are likely too weak to compete with these powerful eternal formats, there will always be some corner cases that will get players excited to try them out.

Unfortunately, despite the MTG set being a hit for paper Commander players, MTG Fallout hasn’t made its way online, which has seriously angered the eternal format playerbase.

Paper Only

MTG Arena Fallout Cosmetics

Despite MTG Fallout hitting shelves last weekend, it appears that MTG Fallout cards will not be getting on any online MTG clients.

That said, MTG Arena did get a nod to the Fallout expansion. There are some cosmetic options available for players to celebrate the release. While these are a nice touch, they’re hardly a substitute for 154 brand new richly themed MTG cards.

Past this point, MTG Arena could have used MTG Fallout as an interesting expansion to their online-only formats. Alchemy, Historic, and even Timeless could have been shaken up by these novel cards. While we believe that their absence is a missed opportunity on Magic Arena, players are a lot more frustrated with MTG Fallout’s absence on Magic Online.

Another Miss for Eternal Formats

Around the release of MTG Fallout, Magic Online’s official Twitter page revealed a disappointing statement: MTG Fallout is not currently planned for MTGO.

MTG Fallout’s absence on MTGO, or Magic Online, has a much larger impact than its absence on MTG Arena. Even though the MTG Fallout set is primarily meant for Commander, as mentioned earlier, the set is also legal for play in Legacy and Vintage. On MTGO, these Eternal formats thrive thanks to the lack of a reserved list.

In case you’re unfamiliar, the reserved list contains many of the oldest, and best, MTG cards ever printed. Thanks to this, a competitive Vintage deck can easily set you back nearly $20,000. On MTGO, however, the same deck costs only $625. While this still isn’t a small amount of money, the two price points are obviously leagues apart.

As if this price point wasn’t a compelling enough factor, MTGO also brings players together from across the world. This allows players to actually find games with one another, something which is exceptionally difficult on paper. Outside of MagicCons and major events, firing a Vintage tournament is a pipe dream in most areas, so it’s no wonder many players turn to online play.

Since MTGO is the haven for Legacy and Vintage, the platform really needs every single Eternal-legal card. Should a few cards, or heaven forbid a whole set, be missing, players could lack valuable tools that those on paper enjoy. Just like Explorer and Pioneer, this can cause a huge disparity between formats, annihilating the overall appeal.

Sadly, this hypothetical divide may very well become a reality thanks to the Fallout Commander decks. Thanks to a handful of new cards that could potentially impact Legacy and Vintage, we may soon see a major divide on MTGO.

Not the First Time

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Shard of the Void Dragon | Warhammer 40,000 Commander Decks

Unfortunately, while MTGO’s lack of Fallout Commander decks is disappointing, this isn’t the first time this has happened. Back in 2022, MTGO didn’t immediately receive the Warhammer 40,000 Commander decks when they launched. Thankfully, this was corrected in 2024, however, this delay was far from perfect, to say the least.

Just like the Fallout decks, the Warhammer Commander decks featured a few insane cards that broke the meta. Triumph of Saint Katherine is the best example of this, as this card won the American Eternal Weekend in 2023. Unfortunately, despite being the go-to place for Legacy and Vintage, this card was not available on MTGO for over a year.

Unsurprisingly, this massive delay in adding Triumph of Saint Katherine caused a huge divide between paper and online Eternal play. While this has now been fixed, much to the delight of many players, the situation is still far from ideal. Hopefully, since it’s theoretically an option, the Fallout decks will continue this trend and eventually be added to MTGO.

Sadly, while we’d like to be hopeful for the future, there’s no telling when, or if, this will happen. Looking back at past precedent, we may be waiting for an awful long time before every card is playable on the platform. Ideally, should a new Fallout card break the Legacy or Vintage meta, Wizards and Daybreak will make sure it’s added expediently.

Player Commentary

Needless to say, fans of the Legacy and Vintage formats are annoyed that yet another MTG expansion seems to have not made its way to Magic Online. Considering the massive problems that missing cards can cause, this is completely unsurprising, understandable, and justified.

One alarming quote from Twitter user romarioneto3 points out that Magic Online’s Twitter statement is a bit different from past Universes Beyond ones that got delayed. As he pointed out, “At least with 40K and unfinity they said those cards would eventually be on MTGO. Hopefully, this isn’t the new norm.”

With this announcement, there is no promise that MTG Fallout will ever get onto Magic Online. In theory, there is the opportunity that this could change in the future, but there’s no guarantee of that for now. If you ask us, the most likely cause for Fallout cards being added is if they break the meta, but there’s sadly no guarantee of that.

Beyond initial concerns, many other players call into question the lack of support for Legacy and Vintage overall. Considering these formats primarily exist on Magic Online, it seems odd that the platform would be an afterthought. On top of this, many players are seriously questioning whether MTG Fallout should even be Legacy or Vintage legal.

“I know you don’t support Legacy and Vintage at the same level you do for other formats, and, well, we accepted that. Yet, it seems unbearable to continue to see Legacy legal sets printed without MTGO release. Legacy and Vintage exist mainly on MTGO.”

MTG_Oni

“At some point you gotta ask why even make these legal in Legacy/Vintage if we don’t get to play with them in the most price accessible and official way of interacting with these eternal formats.”

MiseGomes

Further Impacts

While many players may forget that Magic Online has Commander, the client is fully capable of supporting four-player Commander play as well. While the client is certainly more popular for two-player constructed formats, players who do enjoy engaging in Commander games on Magic Online will not be able to experience MTG Fallout.

Otherwise, MTG Fallout is already beginning to make smaller impacts in Legacy. Pre-War Formalwear already looks like a promising inclusion for Death and Taxes decks. That said, judging from recent events, it doesn’t seem that MTG Fallout’s impact is too great in Legacy yet. Ultimately, it is too early to judge to be sure, but for the sake of uniformity between paper and online, hopefully, MTG Fallout’s impact is not too great.

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