MTG Arena screenshot of an angel being played

If you ever wanted to give MTG Arena a try, now would be the perfect time to do so. Not only has it entered Open Beta so it's available to everyone for free, but the transition has also reset everyone's progress, meaning that whether you're a veteran or a complete beginner, you'll be starting off on the same foot.

Besides the arrival of the Open Beta itself, this update has also been marked with the release of the new Guilds of Ravnica set which brings with it a variety of new cards and mechanics to play around with. While it's not the most elegant viewer around, you can get a good look at all of the new cards over at the official website.

As for whether it's actually worth giving MTG Arena a try, I would say the answer is a cautious yes. Given that it's all based around Magic: The Gathering, the gameplay is about as complex and engaging as you might expect. There are some bugs, especially once a lot of creatures start getting involved, but for the most part it's a faithful adaptation of Magic's gameplay and something I've had a great deal of fun with.

The real problems arise, however, when you start looking at the in-game economy. This is because unless you're willing to spend money, you will need to lock yourself into a deck or two for a considerable amount of time before you can really expand. Whether that is an actual deal-breaker or not, that I'll leave for you to decide as everyone's tolerance of grinding is different.

To learn more about MTG Arena, as well as give it a try for yourself, you should head on over to the MTG Arena website. And as a final note, I'll leave you with the recently posted trailer. Enjoy!

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