Players of the free to play Magic: The Gathering video game Magic Duels will be delighted to hear that the long awaited Battle for Zendikar update has finally launched. Players can now collect an additional 168 unique cards to use in the deck builder. Additionally, the game also received a new story update. More importantly though, the newest update fixed many of the issues that have been plaguing players. The issues were so bad that we had to to alter our review of the game.
Among the new cards added are several of the set’s marquee rares and mythics such as Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, and Ulamog, the Ceasless Hunger. Players can also now manually tap lands to cast their spells and activate abilities of their permanents. Previously players might cast a spell and the game would prevent you from being able to play all of spells or activate all the abilities they wanted despite the option to cycle through the way the game chose which mana was used. According to Stainless Games, the bugs fixed in the Battle for Zendikar update include:
• Fixed crash during the duel with The Roil in Nissa’s story campaign.
• Fixed some issues with “Fatal Error/ Unknown Error” that users were seeing when the game fails to launch.
• Fixed issue with when a user casts Jace’s Mindseeker, where an appropriate instant or sorcery card has been sent to the graveyard and the user is unable to cast it.
• Fixed issue where a player joins a multiplayer match and the opponent concedes or disconnects from the duel, then the player receives the “opponent quit” message and the mulligan phase is skipped.
• Fixed Willbreaker not triggering when Goblin Arsonist’s ability targets a creature.
• Fixed Willbreaker interactions that affect creatures on the stack.
• Fixed Pia and Kiran Nalaar issue where the card was only able to be activated once per turn.
Two-Headed Giant-specific fixes:
• Fixed desync issue when Sigiled Starfish’s activated ability is used.
• Fixed desync issue with Two-Headed Giant when attacking with Archangel of Tithes.
• Fixed issue with Erebos’s Titan treating your partner as an opponent instead of being on the player’s team.
• Improved the ability for a player to invite another player to a Two-Headed Giant game.
• Players are now able to invite a friend to play on the same side.
• Fixed issue where if opponent concedes during the activation of Evolutionary Leap, players are unable to continue with the match.
• Fixed visual issue with the player’s view of an opponent’s concealed hand.
• Fixed issue with some customers not receiving coins after purchase.
• Fixed some issues with users getting a black background in-game.
• Fixed issue with decks having quotation marks in their names.
• Non-functional archetype quests have been replaced.
• Fixes added for localized text in the Japanese version.
That’s a lot of fixes. There’s no doubt that the 168 new cards will introduce plenty of new strategies and we’re eager to explore them all. We’ll see you in game.
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