MODO be buggin’

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Recently, there have been a rash of screenshots posted online where people have been able to use their opponent's tapped creatures as blockers. While that's obviously a great way to win a game of Magic, it's not a great way to have your digital product function.

Anyone else encounter any weird bugs lately?

Redditer /u/Herkyavello may have found the cause of the confusion.

Clearly Masako is gumming up the works with her quirky set of abilities.

While this is a humorous exchange, it points to a larger problem within Magic online, and it's come to a head recently with many Magic pros expressing their abject frustration with the unsuitability of the platform. Even pros like Brian Kibler who are paid to produce MODO video content aren't doing so because MODO is untenable to use. What about you? Are you staying away? Soldiering on? Taking a break until it's less terrible? Leave it in the comments.

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6 thoughts on “MODO be buggin’

  1. I refuse to use the program as long as its so inferior. I’m the type of player that SHOULD be using MODO on a regular basis- I enjoy playing a lot but I don’t know many people that play and I don’t have time to hang out at the LGS. Nevertheless, I’d rather not play than try to play on a system that is guaranteed to do nothing but frustrate me with constant glitches. I can find better things to do w/ my time and money that support a program that’s garbage.

  2. Magic Online continues to be the laughingstock of Wizards of the Coast. It is a never-ending carousel of poor design, poor management, and poor execution.

    It remains beyond me how Wizards can be so very, very, very good at designing and developing Magic the Gathering as a game, and so very, very, very bad at literally everything else they do.

  3. The only way to get WotC’s attention is for the community to discontinue using MTGO.

    So long as the vast majority of players pay into the program and use it, why should they spend countless amounts of money to appease the vocal minority. The community has to hit WotC where it hurts regarding MTGO: their wallet.

  4. A similar thing happened to me, resulting me quitting mtgo until they reimburse me, which will likely never happen. I tapped my opponent’s Spire Spine then attacked. It somehow force on me saying I must block with my opoinent’s tapped Spire Spine. I timed out because I couldn’t block with it because it was tapped. Fun game.

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