Explorer Anthologies should mostly contain Pioneer playable cards. An inspirational list is attached:
I understand that you’re trying to wait for mechanics to come back before programming those cards, Delve cards for example. Then you also post articles about how developers are given extra free time to work on passion projects like emrakul. I find it had to believe no one has offered to knock out some of these pioneer cards with that time allotment. You guys appear to be lost in the weeds and are prioritizing non pioneer players. Just create a separate product for them.
Marc Russell#66909 commented
I Hope Nobody will buy IT untol they Release relevant cards
I mean some AAA games get made in the amount of time it's taking to port the Pioneer format to Arena. It should honestly not take this long or be done this callously if you want to port even just the meta decks of the format.
EA 3 is actually a joke. Are you releasing parody anthologies now? Thanks so much for the sheild and a cycle of lands that don't get played in pioneer.
It is very, very disappointing that you continue to drag your feet in bringing Pioneer-playable cards to Arena, and an anthology like this containing one fringe playable card and a very average land instead of implementing the top 25/50/100 Pioneer cards that are missing to make nearly the entire meta playable is a complete slap in the face to your playerbase. I've stopped playing arena after EA2 took too long to come out and was also mostly a dud, and EA3 has confirmed that there is no real commitment at all from Wizards to getting Pioneer playable - we've been waiting *years* for this; and you continue to roll out Alchemy and other formats that nobody really cares about instead of just implementing the cards that are actually needed.
being able to play pioneer on arena would be a huge deal. This trickle of cards is way too slow.
Please we are asking for so little, we are only few cards from being able to play the paper format, it would be amazing if you could commit to having at least 10 playable staples in every anthology.
Please fix this, I want to play Pioneer in Arena.
It feels like the goals of ea3 are unknowable when there were so many easy ways to continue making explorer closer to pioneer.
Choosing to include these cards instead of competitive Pioneer cards like Treasure Cruise, Bring to Light or Thespian's Stage just shows that WotC doesn't care at all about actually bringing Explorer closer to Pioneer. There are entire decks that are extremely popular in the Pioneer metagame that are just missing a handful of cards to be playable in Explorer. It would be so, so easy to make this happen, it's honestly baffling that it's not being done.
It's kinda a slap in the face when wotc gives us cards like orzhov charm when the charms that's actually see play like boros or azorious aren't included . And the fact that they included 5 charms in the first place feels so ******* stupid
Here's how much closer we got to Explorer looking like Pioneer with 25 whole cards:
1. Xenagos/Wurm win condition for your Creativity deck
2. You can put Prairie Stream in your UW Lay Down Arms deck
Obviously Wizards thinks we're pretty stupid or they just don't care. I've been defending Arena for a while but this is getting ridiculous.
Please made the EA3 worth it. The mediocrity of several chosen cards is disgusting.
Please add hidden strings, maybe a reprint in next set would be a good way to say sorry, and maybe make the set like 15k or something
o-qua tangin wann#71909 commented
Explorer anthology 3 is just offensive.
I recently switched to MTGO instead of Arena as my primary online platform because of this. I want to like Arena but the Explorer format just continues to disappoint. As a competitive player I don’t want to invest time and money unless I can actually build and play real Pioneer decks. I will not be putting any more money into Arena until Explorer is truly comparable to Pioneer. Right now it just isn’t, and this anthology did nothing to close that gap.
Don't worry, you guys will make enough money if all the cards are good. You won't run out of cards to release. Make these Anthologies count, 0 drop artifact, so silly - it undermines your public image with players. Stop focusing the quick buck and focus the long term health of the game - Paper AND Arena.
Explorer Anthology 3 is an incredibly disappointing product, using 25 cards to bring one fringe Pioneer archetype into the Explorer barn. Cold_Hellfire's list is a much better representation of what a good-faith list would look like if you are actually trying to bring Pioneer to Arena.
There's nothing more disappointing in this game this year than EA3...
Multiple pioneer decks are not playable missing only a few cards. I want to buy anthologies, but they have not been great overall. This new one though is the most frustrating they have been.