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On March 23rd the Magic: Legends open beta. The Free2Play action RPG is set in the universe of Magic: The Gathering. Similar to Diablo and Co. you slice your way through hordes of monsters with different skills and are on the hunt for better equipment. But it also contains elements of the card game Magic: The Gathering. The special thing about it is that you don't have all your magic available all the time. Instead, you assemble a deck of cards in advance. In battle, you randomly draw cards from your deck. The cards can be powerful spells. Or you summon servants to support you in battle.

As in a real card game, your cards in Magic: Legends should be well coordinated. This includes choosing cards with both cheap and high mana costs. But your cards should also have a strategy. You will encounter well-known archetypes from Magic: The Gathering. "Spellslinger" decks use powerful spells that instantly turn your opponents to dust. With black cards you can summon a horde of zombies that gradually overrun your enemies. How the deck construction works is summarized in the following video.

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Magic: Legends – Trailer introduces the basics of deck building

A big feature in Magic: Legends is the equipment system. The equipment you loot in the course of the game not only offers generic effects such as increased damage or more health. Instead, they grant unique abilities. You are therefore looking for loot that goes well with your strategy of the deck of cards. You can find out more details about the equipment system in the following video from the developers.

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Magic: Legends – New Trailer Introduces Equipment System

Exclusively for buffed.de, those responsible at Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios present you a powerful artifact that rewards you if you have a lot of zombie cards in your deck.






Magic book by Gisa



Magic book by Gisa

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Spellbook of Gisa (artifact)

Whenever you cast a zombie creature spell, summon an additional 2/2 black zombie creature token for 10.5 seconds. He gains Great Quickness for 2.5 seconds.

What's better than a dangerous zombie? Well, two dangerous zombies! This artifact occupies one of the two large artifact slots. You should therefore choose your artifacts wisely. If you have a lot of cheap zombies in your deck, the artifact is perfect! So you can quickly build up a powerful zombie army that will keep your opponents at bay.
You can earn the artifact Spellbook of Gisa as a reputation reward in the Gaven area. By the way, there you will find the characters Gisa and Geralf to meet. Geralf Sesani is a talented "corpse tinker". Unsurprisingly, this area is where you get equipment and artifacts that power up your zombies.

Strong gear for the zombie deck

It's not just the artifacts that have a big influence on the way you play. The equipment also strengthens your spells and summoned servants. The developers recommend the following pieces of equipment if you want to wreak havoc as a zombie summoner.






Face of the champion



Face of the champion

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Champion's face (head)

Whenever you activate Mana Surge, there is a 24 percent chance of generating a 2/2 white Human Soldier creature token with "Whenever you cast a creature spell, that creature gets + 1 / + 1" for 30 seconds.

This gear is actually intended for "white weenie" decks that bet on cheap white creatures. But this helmet is also perfect for the zombie deck. Because you can summon a lot of cheap zombies. Thereby you strengthen your summoned human-soldier, who supports you in the fight for 30 seconds. You loot this piece of equipment in Benalia.






Apron from Cecani's legacy



Apron from Cecani's legacy

Source: Perfect World / Cryptic Studios




Apron of Cecani's Legacy (Body)

Whenever you activate Mana Surge, there is an 8 percent chance of generating a 2/3 black zombie creature token with "Get your other zombies + 1 / + 1" for 30 seconds.

In the storyline about Geralf Cecani and his sister Gisa, you can unlock the individual parts of the Cecani's legacy equipment set as a reputation reward. All parts of the set improve your zombies and are therefore the ideal choice if you have equipped the artifact Spellbook of Gisa. The chest armor gives you a chance to summon a zombie that reinforces your other zombies.






Boots from Cecani's legacy



Boots from Cecani's legacy

Source: Perfect World / Cryptic Studios




Boots of Cecani's Legacy (Feet)

Whenever you pick up a spark ball, there is a 42 percent chance of creating a 2/2 black zombie creature token for 30 seconds.

The second part of Cecani's legacy set gives you a chance to summon additional zombies. The bigger your army, the better – especially if you wear the apron of Cecani's legacy and improve every zombie! In addition to this unique effect, you can choose other skills in the optional module. The developers have revealed to us that especially with the boots from Cecani's legacy there is the possibility to sacrifice your weakest creature in order to regenerate life. So you can not only summon zombies, but then also sacrifice your army to give yourself advantages!






Arm wrap of putrefaction



Arm wrap of putrefaction

Source: Perfect World / Cryptic Studios




Armwraps of Putrefaction (Arms)

Whenever you activate Mana Surge, there is a 27 percent chance of generating a 2/2 green mud creature token with home numbers for 20 seconds.

You don't have to play your zombie cards in an exclusively black zombie deck. For example, you can also build a black and green deck that relies on the summoning of creature tokens. Then the Arm Wraps of Putrefaction are a great choice! This will give you a green mud creature token on a regular basis. Paying back means that the creature deals damage equal to its strength to the attackers. As an optional module, you can then choose to have your summoned black creatures become stronger when you use your secondary ability. Other modules of these gloves increase the recharge rate of your auxiliary ability and your blue mana resistance. The Armwraps of Putrefaction can be looted at random in the game world.

Open questions for the open beta

To get hold of the various pieces of equipment, you will travel to different worlds such as Benalia, Tolaria or Gaven in Magic: Legends. It is still unclear whether the different worlds are linked by a framework plot. It is certain, however, that you are familiar Planeswalkers like Nissa Revane or Ral Zarek will meet. There are also four levels of difficulty that reward you with stronger items.

Also, not much is known yet what the Magic: Legends shop will look like, which in a Free2Play game will have a major impact on the fun of the game. But we don't have to wait long until the open beta starts on March 23rd. Who himself want to register for the beta now, can do this here.

What about: Are you going to try the Magic: Legends beta? And which colors do you particularly like to play in Magic: The Gathering?

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