ManaStrike (previously known as Magic: The Gathering M or Project M) is a video game in the Magic: the Gathering franchise. It was developed by Netmarble Games, and is a mobile-centric real-time multiplayer battle game. It was released in January, 2020.
Description of the game[edit | edit source]
ManaStrike is what’s known as a tower rush game, popularized by the highly successful Clash Royale. Players build a deck with creatures, buildings, and spells as well as a planeswalker commander. Each card has a mana cost and your mana builds up over time. You spend mana to play cards which puts your creatures or buildings on the board or casts spells.
Each player has three towers, two small towers that each defend a single lane (top or bottom) and a third tower which can only be accessed by destroying one of the smaller towers. You get a point for destroying a small tower, and if you destroy the large tower in the back you win 3 points automatically.
ManaStrike takes place in Nicol Bolas’s Meditation Realm and is largely a simulation. That’s why you can see Jace battling Jace, for example. This conceit allows the game to do some “what if” character skins like the "Heart of the Aether" Gideon skin (a robotic version of the the deceased hero). You’ll see more “what if” character skins in the future.
History[edit | edit source]
On January 23, 2018, WOTC filed two new trademarks: "Manastrike" and "Planesiege". Both trademarks specifically referred to electronic, online multiplayer gaming.
On February 5, 2018, Wizards of the Coast and South Korean mobile phone giant Netmarble Games announced they were working on Project M, the codename for a new game for smartphones coming sometime in that year. The game was termed a “multiplayer battling game” in which “players show off their creativity and strategy as they battle across the planes of the "Magic: The Gathering Multiverse", and “game avatars will be fully animated as they race across the battlefield to defeat their opponent.” The released video and images looked like a multiplayer online battle arena, or MOBA.
ManaStrike officially launched globally on January 30, 2020.
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References[edit | edit source]
- Rich Stein (January 14, 2020). "An Early Review of Magic’s Upcoming Mobile Game ManaStrike". Hipsters of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (February 16, 2020). "I am suspicious about you being not allowed to seriously comment about "Heart of the Aether" Gideon. I am right?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- New WOTC Trademarks and Domain Registrations
- Project M (YouTube)
- Jason Wilson (February 5, 2018). "Magic: The Gathering and Netmarble announce ‘Project M’ for mobile", Venturebeat.com
- Gary Catig (January 30, 2020). "Magic: ManaStrike Globally Launched And Available Now". ComicCon.com.
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- Official site
- Wizards of the Coast (February 4, 2020). "ManaStrike: Bringing the Art of Magic to Life". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.