Magic: The Gathering’s digital history, from first build to end step

published 28.06.2020 15:16

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Arena is the latest in a long line of digital Magic products that have attempted to bring the gameplay of the original paper game to computers, game consoles, and phones.

Dig through time “I’ve played way more digital Magic over the years than paper Magic,” Saffron Olive told me when I asked him about his history with the game.

Unlike most of Magic’s future digital offerings, Shandalar wanted to do more than mimic tabletop gameplay, instead borrowing many elements from role-playing and adventure games.

Shandalar earned a special place in the hearts of Magic players as the first attempt to emulate the paper game in a digital format.

Sideboard: BattleMage, Armageddon, and Sega VIDEO Released alongside MTGO in 1997, Magic: The Gathering: BattleMage (PC and PlayStation) took Shandalar’s concept even further, with combat playing out like a real time strategy game with cards representing playable units and abilities.