In a risk for productivity everywhere, Magic fans can now get their fix on mobile devices.
After a couple of years on PC, Magic: The Gathering Arena has made its way to iOS and Android, making it easier than ever to get a quick card game in.
MTG Arena did previously have an early access period beginning with Android in January, with the full release now out for everyone.
Free to download and play, MTG Arena features crossplay between devices, including mobile, PC, and Mac, so you shouldn’t have much trouble finding a match.
MTG Arena is also up to date with the latest card sets, including the Viking-themed Kaldheim release which Alice Clarke mentioned is “very worth your time”.
Mobile makes for a great platform to play card games, with Blizzard’s Hearthstone enduring in popularity, among The Elder Scrolls: Legends and Gwent other popular choices.
Part of why digital card games work so well on touch screen devices is the added sense of tangibility, the feeling of directly interacting with the cards using your hands.
It’s the next best thing to actually sitting down and playing with a real deck. Or, in my case, even better than the real thing thanks to not needing to worry about sorting and storing cards throughout the house.
For players already within the MTG Arena ecosystem on PC or Mac, accessing your existing collection and progression is as simple as connecting via the same Wizards Account.
As far as device support is concerned, MTG Arena works on any iOS device running iOS 13, and Android devices running 6.0 (Marshmallow) and newer.
What I really want to know, is can I get sweet Bob Ross-themed cards in MTG Arena? I don’t fancy my chances, considering their limited-print status, but a guy can dream.
With MTG Arena and the announcement of Psyonix’s cool Rocket League Sideswipe spin-off, it’s exciting times for mobile games.
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Chris is an award-nominated writer based in Adelaide who specialises in covering video games and technology. He loves Donkey Kong Country, sport, and cats. The Last Jedi is the best one, no questions asked.