Explorer Anthologies should mostly contain Pioneer playable cards. An inspirational list is attached:
I was highly disappointed with EA3 and will not be purchasing it. I would like there to be explanations given for why cards were chosen because I don't see the role many of them play. I primarily play Explorer but am considering shifting more of my play over to MTGO if it doesn't start moving closer to Pioneer as a format.
If Wizards wants to push Arena (and Explorer) as a primary means of generating interest in competitive play, then Explorer Anthologies should be a means of porting more paper decks into digital. The fact that this Anthology enables 0 new Pioneer archetypes makes me question the purpose of these sets in the first place.
Was disappointed that I've been waiting this long for pioneer. Cancelled my commander masters preorders as a result. I know those sets are unrelated but this encouraged me to scale back my magic play and focus on other games for a while.
I'd love to play the same decks in Arena that I do in paper. I think you really should include the key cards to decks that you've released as Challenger decks.
it's so simple to add the most valuable cards of the format in three anthologies instead of 5 !
Pioneer is my favourite format and it's truly disappointing that we keep getting treated this way by the Arena client.
I can understand that it might takes 3-4 years to fully get the Arena client up to date with the entire Pioneer card pool but we shouldn't have to wait 3-4 years to get the current meta decks of 2022-2023. AE3 feels like some sick joke to antagonize the pioneer/explorer player base with half-cycles and off-meta cards.
At a minimum, at least explain the card choice selection with each anthology or provide us with a roadmap because it's becoming harder and harder to justify investing in the Arena client.
I just don't get what your problem with explorer is. You add so many cards to arena and yet you fail so miserably to turn explorer to pioneer in a resonable timeframe. I get that some cards need programming and new interfaces etc but stuff like sylvan caryatid is literally just a mana dork. What do you gain by dragging this on? It just makes you seem incompetent.
There’s making a bad product and then there is whatever this disgrace is.
I love playing Pioneer in paper but I have limited opportunities to play in person. Pioneer is my first constructed format and I really enjoy it. I purchased both the previous anthology and the Shadows Over Innistrad bundle with the express purpose of elevating my explorer play. I am extremely disappointed that EA3 is missing some very basic cards that would be essential to allowing for more deck archetypes to be introduced to explorer. Please make a more concerted effort to have real, meaningful, competitive pioneer become a reality on arena.
As a Lotus Field Combo player, it really hurts to see the art from my favorite deck’s namesake card get used as the “explorer” banner art in the app when I know the card has minimal utility in the explorer format.
Please do better.
Agree that the cards chosen for EA3 could have been much better selected. The exclusion of Boros Charm is particularly baffling.
I was hugely excited when I saw the initial announcement for EA3. As a big fan of the pioneer I have long awaited many of my favorite decks to come to explorer. Unfortunately this product is so far off the mark and feels like giant let down
Hi, i'm a hardcore pioneer player and i'll been playing and paying money on arena with the hopes that Pioneer will be soon implemented. The first two EA were kinda weak, but i was ok because i saw some progreess on the format.
The last EA was an insult, has made me decide to leave magic arena and not to buy or spend any money in digital format. It's the first time since I've played magic arena that I haven't bought battle pass, and I won't buy it anymore if this is not solved.
It's not even because they haven't included the cards from my decks, it's because it's a complete insult, even from a commercial/business point of view it makes no sense, it seems like you want to lose money and fans, and you are doing it.
Sincerely, a fan of magic arena that was angry before, but now I don't know if I'm a fan anymore.
Pioneer being close to the same as Explorer is the only reason any people I play with locally are even picking up MTGA. The client would see such a huge uptick in sales if you would give players what they want. Where are your priorities really?
Mathies Jaeger#48010 commented
I have purchased the past two Explorer anthologies, but I will not be purchasing EA3. This anthology does nothing to move Explorer closer to Pioneer, which is frustrating given how the inclusion of a few key cards (delve spells for phoenix, bring to light, hidden strings) would have been all it took to make the anthology attractive.
Please support pionner!!!
Explorer is a great boon for mtg arena, as it gets me using the client, and ultimately drafting more and spending more money. Please support the format by bringing in missing pioneer staples!
After the announce that the next play-in would be Explorer I was excited for the new anthology, hoping for more Pioneer staples to be introduced to Arena. Sadly this is not the case, and instead we got cards that never saw competitive play. I felt extremely disappointed and not plan on buying this anthology.
Truly an insulting product as a player who enjoys paper pioneer. I'll be planning on playing other games if wotc isn't going to be taking my interests seriously
I bought EA2, that one was fine. EA3 is, quite frankly, overwhelmingly junk and fluff. You've wasted valuable coding time on cards that will literally never see play, and neglected your stated intent of bringing "the pioneer cards that matter" to explorer, intentionally making it but a shadow of what it could be.
I was looking forward to purchasing EA3 as well. Does the team that created the new EA3 list even play Magic? Look, I live near Denver, CO and nobody plays Pioneer anywhere, so can I play online? No, not really, especially not on Arena. In the past 6 months i've tried to create six of my favorite Pioneer format decks on Arena but I get stopped everytime because WOTC can't figure out (or won't) how to put the necessary cards onto Arena. Want to play artifact deck and run Battle at the Bridge? You can't cause that card doesn't exist. Want to play Ovalchase Daredevil? Sorry they decided not to have that card either. What about Jeskai Ascendancy? That would be tons of fun but no, sorry, thanks for being a fun killer WOTC. When will this ever change?