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"MTG Spellslingers": Starting Guide

I've been playing Magic: The Gathering for some time, and today I want to share my tricks.

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MTG Spellslinger is the new way to play Magic: The Gathering, and it is available for Android and IOS. It is also available on Steam.

Officially released on August 10, 2022, MTG Spellslinger is a mobile game for a more casual audience than the regular paper game we're all used to. Matches are usually the best of one and have an average duration of around 10-15 minutes.

They are therefore suitable for leisure time or as a pastime for long journeys.

The game takes place at the Kylem arena and is presented as a sports tournament open to all planeswalkers in the multiverse to be able to make friends or to test their skills. Kylem's plane has already been represented in the world of MTG with Battlebond.

The game allows us to start with a "Spellslinger" and a basic set of cards. Spellslinger is the name given to planeswalkers who competed in the arena. By completing the daily missions or through the ranking objectives, we will have the possibility to add new cards to our deck and unlock other spell slingers.

The decks consist of a land card and a total of 30 other cards. The land will allow us to add mana to each of our turns or, on certain occasions, will allow us particular advantages such as gaining life points or being able to obtain/draw additional cards.

The remaining 30 cards will be composed of Creatures, Artifacts and Spells and will be essential to ensure victory. It will be possible to play up to two copies of the same card except for legendary cards, which will be playable in one copy.

The deck follows the colour identity of the spellslinger playing it except for single-coloured Planeswalkers who can add up to six cards as Splash. All six cards must be of the same secondary colour.

Graphics and Gameplay

As you can see from the introductory video, the graphics and the general tone are meant to be less serious and slightly more cartoonish. Much more like other mobile games such as Clash Royale or Hearthstone.

The target audience for the game is inspired by these titles as they are more casual. MTG Spellslinger, therefore, joins MTG Arena in an attempt to increase the player base towards a less "hardcore" target and as a way to help the growth of the Brand by approaching new markets.

Spellslingers features gameplay derived from that of Magic: The Gathering but adapted for faster games. Among the changes made we have already highlighted, the reduction of the size of the deck from 60 to 30 cards also added permanent damage to creatures and the creation of trap cards. Trap cards activate on your turn and trigger on your opponent's turn if certain prerequisites such as being attacked or casting spells are met.

To facilitate interaction, most spells are cast at sorcery speed and there are no activatable abilities such as mana sink. You can not control more than five creatures at the same time.

Creatures will no longer need to tap to attack and will be available for defence during the opponent's turn if they are still on the board. Essentially it's like they have vigilance.

Other keywords are present exactly like in the paper game such as haste or trample. In some cases, other keywords have been added for the most common activities such as for example for the entry into the game of a creature, to shorten and simplify the set of rules as much as possible.

The available cards are remakes of important cards from the recent past of Magic and recall the most beautiful game environments such as Innistrad or Ravnica. There are for example Raging Goblin, Dark Confidant, Tarmogoyf, the complete cycle of Titans, and so on.

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Meet the Spellslingers!

Each spellslinger will have access to up to three decks and will be unlockable through the use of keys, obtained by collecting cards and filling a special progress bar. The more cards we collect and packs we open, the more spell slingers we can add to our collection.

At launch there are 16 Spellslingers available:

  • Chandra Nalaar

Chandra will be our first SpellSlinger and will guide us through the tutorial. Her power is based on direct damage and she favours an aggressive and fast playing style.

  • Gideon Jura

Gideon is a strategist who does not disdain fighting alongside his men. His power allows him to attack if there are three other attacking creatures. Traps can give armour to his creatures.

  • Nissa Revane

Nissa focuses on mana generation and gains life every turn. She prefers a more midrange style of play than the previous ones with ramp elements.

  • Jace Beleren

Jace can use his incredible knowledge of the multiverse to nullify opposing spells or cast his own at a fraction of the cost. He usually favours a more long-term style of play with tempo elements.

  • Liliana Vess

Necromancer Liliana can revive creatures from the graveyard and gains life each time a creature returns from the graveyard to the battlefield. Favourite style? Reanimator!

  • Ashiok

The nightmare weaver focuses on creating nightmare cards that are placed in the opponent's deck. If drawn, they drain life. He prefers a Control style of play.

  • Teferi

Teferi focuses on creating traps to prevent opponent plays while gaining card advantage. He prefers a more Midrange-Control playing style with Tempo elements.

  • Kiora

Kiora focuses on the Ramp and Tempo mechanics typical of Green-Blue decks. Upon reaching 10, 15 and 20 mana she gets a free leviathan card to help her win the game.

  • Nahiri

Nahiri's approach is extremely fast and risky, all based on the offensive. He can forge a blade to give to his creatures to increase the damage dealt. Glass Cannon.

  • Domri

Domri has embraced the wildest spirit of Red-Green based decks. For every 5 creatures you cast, you get a boar card for free to continue the offensive. Aggro-Midrange.

  • Ral Zarek

A master of the arts of the Izzet, his knowledge of witchcraft is unrivalled. He is accompanied by creatures that can change shape and become stronger with the casting of other spells.

  • Vivien Reid

Vivien Reid is an expert shaman who focuses on the ability to summon and empower the creatures of nature. Her favourite style of hers is based on the midrange. You can play with creatures of other colours as well.

  • Kaya

Kaya is on a mission and completing each mission allows her to get spirits to fight alongside her. She is very efficient at removing opposing creatures and protecting her own.

  • Angrath

Angrath and his crew of pirates are in constant search of the greatest treasure. They won't hesitate to go over your corpse to get it. Whenever he deals damage, he can empower creatures cast that turn.

  • Ajani Goldmane

As a spellslinger Ajani focuses on the colours White and Green. His main focus is on the mechanics of empowering her creatures in order to protect them and win the battle at the same time. Mentor of Heroes!

  • Vraska

Gorgon Vraska focuses on sacrifice and doubling the death effects of her creatures. It is based on the concept of partial card advantage typical of Golgari decks. Midrange to late game.


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