Multiplayer Will Still Be Playable
Wizards of the Coast and Stainless Games have announced that official support for the Magic: The Gathering spin-off videogame Magic: Duels has ended and all in-game purchases removed. Those who possess the game after the end of support will still be able to access multiplayer matches, all single-player content, and will be given the ability to use the game's entire library of cards. In addition, online multiplayer matchmaking will continue for the foreseeable future.
First released for PC in 2015, Magic: Duels served as a successor of sorts to Wizards of the Coasts' previous Magic: The Gathering videogame title Duel of the Planeswalkers, which received yearly updates between 2009 and 2014. Duels featured gameplay lifted directly from the real-life trading card game and featured a variety of expansion sets for players to buy during its lifespan. These include cards and packs from The Battle of Zendikar, Oath of the Gatewatch, Shadows Over Innistrad, Eldritch Moon, Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, and Amonkhet expansions.
With support for Magic: Duels ending, Wizards of the Coast has seemed to switch their focus for Magic digital content entirely to the in-house developed Magic: The Gathering Arena. Arena, which was released in September of 2018, allows players to take part in the TCG's standard format, which encompasses the most recent expansions and cards and obtain cards packs both by saving up in-game currency or purchasing them directly with real-world money. Arena also allows players to take part in large, official tournaments, in which they can earn the right to take part in large tournaments and other events.
Did you play Duels when it was still supported, and have you moved onto other online card games with its passing? Let us know in the comments below what you think and maybe even what your favorite deck was when you were playing.