Cryptic Studios has released a new trailer for Magic: Legends in which lead designer Adam Hetenyi walks you through on how to build your spell deck in the action role-playing game set in the multiverse of Wizards of the Coast's popular card game, Magic: The Gathering.
Watch it here:
In Magic: Legends, your deck is composed of 12 unique spells that your planeswalker can cast during combat with four of these spells available at a time, cycling randomly after use. The spells are chosen from Magic's five colors of mana each with their own distinctive characteristics and mechanics, so if you're familiar with the kind of spells blue, white, green, red, and black colors do in Magic, you'd probably have an idea what kind of spells you can unleash for each color in this ARPG.
When you begin Magic: Legends, you will start with a preconstructed deck, and as you progress to the multiverse, you'll find and earn spell pages of specific spells. When you collect enough spell pages, you harvest enough ether for mission content, then you'll be able to upgrade your spell's rank and effectiveness.
There are three categories of spells: creature spells, enchantment spells, and sorcery spells. Creature spells are the army of Magic creatures that you can summon during battle; enchantment spells create an ongoing effect for a set amount of time, which can synergize with other spells you cast; and sorcery spells are single-use powers that can turn the tides of battle to your favor.
Spells come in four different rarities: common, uncommon, rare, and mythic rare. The video also explains the restrictions in the game: your decks are limited to one or two colors at a time. Creature summon spells are restricted to a total of 12 creature points in your deck, so that means you decide on whether you want to focus on fewer tougher summons or more numerous but individually weaker ones.
It looks like Magic: Legends gives you a lot of freedom to customize how you approach the battlefield, and it's exciting to see how this Diablo-like game combines the mechanics of Magic: The Gathering to give us an epic ARPG experience.
The official description of Magic: Legends reads:
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 will be available for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 this year. Open Beta begins in March 2021.