MODO Beta: Still Broken?

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Look, it's no secret that Magic Online has had its share of problems. In fact, it's had way more of them than most.

But that's all supposed to change. Wizards has been hard at work with a new client that should not only solve some of the major technical issues like crashing tournaments, but also make the game easier to access and a more enjoyable experience overall.


Well, maybe not.

Magic Online went into "wide beta" again this week with the new client. What that means is that the old client was temporarily disabled and everyone was forced to use the new one. The idea is that Wizards can get feedback from this process and find any of the few flaws left in the system and have them fixed by July, the date they want to officially launch it.

Turns out they have their work cut out for them.

I've been told this is the loading art for Magic Online... and it's a good fit.
I've been told this is the loading art for Magic Online... and it's a good fit.

Look, I'm not here to pile on about the issues Magic Online faces. Rather, I want to direct you to this post by Brian Kibler, where I think he does a very good (and fair) job of addressing those issues and what Wizards needs to do to fix them.

Let's hope someone's listening.

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Corbin Hosler

Corbin Hosler is a journalist living in Norman, Oklahoma (also known as the hotbed of Magic). He started playing in Shadowmoor and chased the Pro Tour dream for a few years, culminating in a Star City Games Legacy Open finals appearance in 2011 before deciding to turn to trading and speculation full-time. He writes weekly at and biweekly for LegitMTG. He also cohosts Brainstorm Brewery, the only financial podcast on the net. He can best be reached @Chosler88 on Twitter.

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3 thoughts on “MODO Beta: Still Broken?

  1. Yellow journalism at its finest. As someone who exclusively plays in the Beta, let me try and be the voice of reason here. There is nothing wrong with the Beta. Kibler ‘ s article shows what a dummy he is- he says he has no experience using the Beta and then blames Wotc for his blundering about, when the blame rests on him for not poking about the Beta enough to familiarize himself with it. I play both modern and Draft using the beta and have no problems figuring out how big a goyf is or what is being targeted. Additionally the beta has the added bonus of a better drafting experience- your deck is ready to go by the end of pack 3.

    Yes there are differences between the two clients, but this is nothing to be upset about.

    1. Coming from a journalist, I don’t think you’re familiar with what “yellow journalism” actually is. There are far too many people upset – with valid claims – for it to be as rosy as you paint it.

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