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Title: My thoughts on mage wars wrap up
Post by: Knabbmaster on October 06, 2020, 01:18:57 PM
There are a few cards/changes from the mage wars wrap up project ( that I am not a huge fan of, this has little to do with balance and obviously I feel much more stongly about certain issues than others.

The things that I am unhappy with are:
Alternate Wizard/Forcemaster
I think that it just makes sense to include the alternate Wizard and Forcemaster in the promo set. The artwork for these mages has been out for 5-6 years, including them would only take up 4 card slots in the expansion (so you would trade a playset of some random card for these 2 mages) and even though there isn't much time to balance them you could just make them really weak and thus make sure that they don't break the game. I certainly feel like prining weak versions of them is WAY better than not printing them at all.

Natural pandemonium (the Elementalists spawnpoitnt)
You could definitively make a good argument that this card is broken, but that is not really what I am trying to point out here. Against most spawnpoints you have 3 general stratergies: go for the mage, go for their creatures or go for the spawnpoint itself. Some spawnpoint like the Vine tree or graveyard make it HARD for the opponent to play in a certain way but not in the in the way that the Pandemonium makes it impossible for people to focus on creatures. I think it would be far less frustrating to play against if it was just really hard to kill all of the Elementalists creatures, like you don't really feel that creative about your solutions after you have decided to build a book that will try to destoy the enemy spawnpoint by round 4 for the 12th time in a row. I think you should limit the reanimation to once per round, make it cost more mana to reanimate and/or make the Pandemonium take damage whenever it brings something back. It feels good to have more options, even if they are bad.

The Natural Pandemoniums ability to get a discount based on the number of adjacent zones feels forced and unthematic imo (also this is not a huge deal). I understand why you gave it this ability, but I think it would be better if it made more thematic sense, some examples of how to make it feel better (to me): have it require something specific to actually be in those zones for it to get a discount, have it rotate 90 degrees during upkeep and only let it summon things in the zone it points to, pretend that is is massive in size and that it takes up a zone all of it's borders in order to be placed on the board, or litterally any change that helps explain the theme.

The ethereal change
I mentioned on discord that I thought it would be way better to buff incorporeal with a new card rather than a rules change. Knowing that not all rules in the rulebook apply makes it less reliable, the change makes the game slightly more complex and it could make the game feel even more different for a returning player. It should be easy to just make a card that either protects the incorporeal creatures or a card that gains a buff when they die, unless it is impossible to find artwork for such a card. Another crazy option would be to just leave incorporeal alone.

The Elementalist
Some very minor things. It feels awkward that the glyphs have different costs, I know that this might almost sound silly but it would be a lot less information to remember, probably feel smoother in a way and I don't think it would change her playstyle that much. I really think that she should have a basic melee of some sort, there really isn't any thematic explanation as to why she can't throw punches and I also think that not having a basic melee can make her harder to balance since she has so no reusable way to deal damage, which then requires compensation... and yeah. I also feel that both the monk and elementalist are slightly too complicated, I mean  I actually felt somewhat intimidated by the amount of text.

The Monk
It really didn't feel good for me to play the Monk I just felt really strangeled by not having any of the big plays that the quick cast markes offers. (IMO) There is also no good thematic explanation as to why he has 2 action markers, like if you showed me the ability without the theme I would probably guess that it had to do with time manipulation and not martial arts, I also think it is odd that he runs twice as fast as any other creature in the game and that he is the mage that has the least use for melee attack spells. The double action markers forces you to stop him from gaining melee + X which also makes no thematic sense and it is just to solve balance. He was supposed to be a solo-mage but all you really need for that to work is passive healing and burst damage.

A couple of suggestions to change him would be to: remove all ablitites aside form the once that have to do with ki, let him guard or melee attack with his qc marker (instead of removing it) or if you really want 2 action markers give him 2 mage cards (where one is a human and the other is just a spirit) so that there is no quad movement or things like that and actually makes more thematic sense.

The general philosophy
I have faced arguments such as: 'as long as it isn't more broken than the gate or melee attack spells it's fine', 'as long as it is not as frustrating to play against as mana denail it is fine', 'as long as it's matchups are not as onesided as the necromancers it is fine' and so on.
I really think it is unhealthy to use the worst possible examples as measuring sticks, A because you should try to replicate the best and not the worst things in mage wars and B because you could easily set a new bar by accident this way.
Aditionally I think that many of you value balance too much. The most important factor, even as a competetive player is that the strongest books are fun and skillful, because these are the books that you will actually be forced to sit down and play with for hours and hours.
Title: Re: My thoughts on mage wars wrap up
Post by: wtcannonjr on October 26, 2020, 06:51:13 AM
I just popped back into the forums after being away for awhile and wondered...

Is the mage wars wrap up project the same as the Mage Wars 2.0 effort that was announced months ago?

I'm just trying to catch up on any official and/or fan-based change projects for my favorite game.

Tom Cannon
Title: Re: My thoughts on mage wars wrap up
Post by: Puddnhead on October 26, 2020, 08:22:55 AM
Hey Man! Welcome Back!

The projects are not the same. There is a publicly playtested Mage Wars Wrap Up for 1.0 featuring the Elementalist and Monk for Arena as well as recently announcing the inclusion of Alt Wizard and Alt Forcemaster. Additionally, all of the promo cards will be finally in print (with some alterations) and some brand new cards as well as some printed errata cards. The set is still in the playtesting stages and you are welcome to participate on OCTGN or the Mage Wars Community Discord.

Mage Wars 2.0 has no announcements yet, but it is under development from what I gather.

Title: Re: My thoughts on mage wars wrap up
Post by: wtcannonjr on November 02, 2020, 09:10:33 PM
Awesome! Thanks for the update.

Happy testing.
Title: Re: My thoughts on mage wars wrap up
Post by: Halewijn on November 09, 2020, 06:44:44 AM

I haven't really played in more than a year, but as a previously very active player, I want to add that I agree 100% with the 2 points below:

- I miss the alternative forcemaster & wizard. With forcemaster, every time I played with her, I really miss some sort of action generator that allowed me to use her force spells without feeling it like a waste, and at the same time  use her to hit stuff. Back in the day for the academy playtesting, I suggested some belt that allowed her to quick cast a force spell for free. How it stands, she needs a forge to generate actions, which didn't really feel as fitting.

- Ethereal was balanced in the core box, with it being rare, but after all expansions, it made incorporeal utterly useless. This was discussed endlessly in the forums in the past, but as far as I know, nothing happened.

Title: Re: My thoughts on mage wars wrap up
Post by: Coshade on November 09, 2020, 02:02:43 PM
Welcome back Hale! Good to see you
If you haven't checked out the final set for Arena/Academy. Here is a link below. It's in public playtesting right now, so feel free to send us feedback at

Link to dropbox -
Title: Re: My thoughts on mage wars wrap up
Post by: Halewijn on November 18, 2020, 06:33:20 AM
Looks pretty neat! I like many of the cards and the new mages. Seams like a nice final expansion to add in my closet.

I suppose chances are small it can be added, but I keep my opinion that a card allowing more force spells to be played while attacking with galvitar would really make the forcemaster shine how it was designed.  ;)

Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: My thoughts on mage wars wrap up
Post by: iNano78 on February 09, 2021, 01:29:00 PM
Three month bump.

Any word on how playtesting is going? Or likelihood we’ll see a final Mage Wars expansion? And in what form? Latest rumour on BGG is that it might be print & play (albeit “official” - maybe can get decent-quality cards printed through Artscow or something). Would like to see comments from somebody currently representing Arcane Wonders or Arcane Duels, etc.
Title: Re: My thoughts on mage wars wrap up
Post by: Angel Of Chaos on February 09, 2021, 07:54:15 PM
You should come to the discord server to get updated about everything :D
But yes, it's going to be printed set and it is still being playtested.
Title: Re: My thoughts on mage wars wrap up
Post by: exid on February 21, 2021, 04:50:08 AM
does it mean the news don't converge here any more?
Title: Re: My thoughts on mage wars wrap up
Post by: zot on February 21, 2021, 07:28:52 PM
no, you can still come here for news. it will appear in both places.