Explorer Anthologies should mostly contain Pioneer playable cards. An inspirational list is attached:
Please consider sticking to your word of "our priority on card implementation will be driven by what we see in the Pioneer Constructed meta."
WOTC, please consider sticking to your word of "our priority on card implementation will be driven by what we see in the Pioneer Constructed meta." It's okay to add fun pet cards in these anthologies as long as the main focus is adding cards that are relevant to the meta. Explorer anthology 3 absolutely does not stick with your own words.
Incredibly disappointed with the selections for explorer anthology 3 as pioneer is my favorite format. This is making me reconsider investing my money and time into arena
Kinda disappointed at the lack of Pioneer Staples in the most recent Explorer set. I was planning to purchase this set upon originally hearing about it as I’ve been on a big explorer kick recently. With this being mostly bulk, I think I’ll refrain from purchasing.
The first two Explorer anthologies were decent buys. They opened the door to some new decks. The most recent one is uninspired and frankly not worth the cost. I'm going to skip this one.
It seems like it would have been trivial to make this one a slam dunk like the previous two (not to mention the Historic anthology coming out at the same time. Please use the first two EAs as your metric when compiling future products like this. Thank you.
I’m just astonished that this collection was offered with a straight face. It’s so insulting.
I love arena, and I’ll keep playing. But, I will only be redeeming wild cards i earn free during game play for two cards out of this set. Gotta vote with my wallet, won’t be buying EA3.
Sad Panda#01889 commented
We want Soulflayer and the Delve spells!
I might also suggest a brawl anthology for all the fun Commander enjoyers a good place to get singleton copies of fun (albeit, not "competitive") legendaries, the face cards from all the sweet set commander decks, and other commander staples.
Explorer Anthology 3 was a complete disappointment with only two relevant cards. Additionally the introduction of 4/5 enemy colored guild charms while skipping the 5th and most important one (regardless of color combination) is ridiculous and an obvious move to hold back a card important to not just to Explorer but Historic as well.
At least explain your decisions or be transparent about the process….
If you’re just releasing “Brawl Anthologies”, do that!
We’ll welcome it!
Managing player expectations is important for player retention.
If you put lipstick on a chicken, it’s still a chicken.
Toasty Tony#28390 commented
I’ve purchased every Anthology from 3 on. Once Historic started using Alchemy cards, Explorer was my main format. But this Anthology is a solid pass for me. There are only 2 cards here that are relevant to the current Pioneer meta and this set isn’t worth the cash to own them.
This anthology was absolutely a miss when it comes to meeting player expectations. I acknowledge that each anthology aims to introduce staples as well as a few fun, notable, and interesting cards to the format. This release falls short in both those regards. I really hope the next anthology is absolutely stellar and brings much much better cards to explorer than this one.
I really think that since the end goal is to bring all of pioneer into arena the important thing is to import more played and competitive cards, those that make more decks playable at a competitive level
This anthology is a joke, a bad one. 0 mana equipment I've literally never heard of and I've been playing since 2014. This'll be the first one that I don't purchase, I'm not even sure there's anything worth crafting.
I am very disappointed in this Anthology. I play mostly Explorer and have no interest in purchasing this Anthology. I have most of the tier 1 and 1.5 decks built for Explorer with the exception of Angels. So I would be the target audience for an Explorer Anthology but this is an easy pass for me. The most disappointing thing about this Anthology isn’t the lack of cards that interest me specifically but rather the lack of cards that will propel the format forward. There will be no new Pioneer deck available after this set release. They added key pieces to Creativity decks but won’t definitively make that deck better. And key pieces to Lotus Control which may propel that deck from tier 2 up to tier 1.5.
25 more cards in EA3: thespian stage and syòva scrying are good ones, xenagos + worldspine wurm WAS a good combo re’laced by atraxa and the other 21 are almost useless…. That was really disappointing… no bring to light no soulflayer no chained no delve spells no oath of nissa… really tis anthology seems a joke…. Think about it cause this way a lot of players will lose hope to see a "real" piooner on arena…. Going so slow (2-3 cards every anthology so less than 10 good cards by year) we will need 3 years to get a piooner lite format….. too much time guys….
As someone who is limited to Arena now, but been playing Magic for like 2 decades I was very disappointed in this anthology.
My only paper deck is Pioneer Izzet Phoenix and unfortunately I've been unable to play a real version on arena because of the lack of delve spells. Every anthology announcement I was super excited that this would be the one to add Treasure Cruise, and I've been consistently disappointed. Recently I started playing on MTGO and although the UI is extremely clunky, being able to play real pioneer is a game changer. I anticipate that I'll primarily be playing MTGO until Arena can make Explorer more accurately represent pioneer.