So MTG Arena has entered its open beta phase with the new rotation of Guilds of Ravnica, and there doesn’t seem to be a thread about it, so let’s bring it up.
MTG Arena is Magic: The Gathering, fully functional (with phases and passing priority and whatnot), quite pretty, and with the current set of standard cards. New players get 5 precon decks right off the bat, and can earn 10 more over the course of the next week.
Sealed and Draft are present, even if they’re pricy as hell (I had to grind for almost a week to make my first draft, but it’s not hard to go infinite).
You can earn cards by buying boosters with gold you get from playing. Additionally, the game has a wildcard system - sometimes instead of a card of a given rarity, a booster will give you a “wildcard” which you can redeem for a card of its own rarity (you also unlock these naturally after opening a certain number of boosters). This factor feels unnecessarily stingy to me, and it means that unless you’re really good at limited or spend a lot of money, building more than one competitive deck is going to be very slow going - I’ve been playing for two weeks pretty obsessively and I used every rare wildcard I got to build a mono-red aggro deck and am still missing several copies of choice rares.
Overall though, I am playing this obsessively. Because it’s really, really fun! And absolutely worth playing even though it’s still in beta. Give it a look!