The Truth about MTGO?

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Hope everyone had a great holidays (whatever they may be for you)!

Anyway, while you were sipping eggnogs and receiving magical gifts, Magic Online continued to disappoint. The Holiday Cube has been great, but technical problems have caused problems along the way.

But does it really matter?

One person, at least, doesn't think so.


This, as I see it, is the problem with all the "boycott MTGO" calls. At the end of the day, Magic is awesome and we want to play it however we can, whatever the tradeoffs.

At least, that's the take many people have. What do you think? Is a boycott of MTGO actually feasible or even worth it? Would it really change anything with WOTC? After all, they know they have problems and they are working to fix them.

So, what do you think?

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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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4 thoughts on “The Truth about MTGO?

  1. As the editor of ChannelFireball and a MTG professional/commentator, it’s no surprise that LSV, whose entire livelihood revolves around Magic and its well being, isn’t going to poop on MTGO.

  2. are they? trying to fix them i mean? because the current state of mtgo is sad. hearthstone is a much inferior game that is stealing playerbase because its not running off the same code from 1996 that mtgo is. at this point just like the chicago bears the entire mtgo team needs fired and replaced. it’s pretty apparent that whatever they have going on over there just isn’t working.

  3. I don’t advocate for an organized boycott for MTGO; the program is trash, but if someone wants to play it, then they should.

    Personally, I don’t spend money on MTGO anymore because I just don’t find it worth the time. Playing online from home certainly sounds appealing, but the clunky interface and the ever present risk of servers dropping dead just makes it a poor alternative to other online games that stable, intuitive, and don’t feel like a waste of time.

    I love Magic a hell of a lot, and thankfully there are many good shops within a reasonable driving distance. It’s just that I really don’t Magic Online an enjoyable way to spend time and money. Maybe one day they’ll bring it up to snuff, but who knows. Until then, it’s paper Magic for my Magic fix, and stable online games for my video gaming fix.

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