So how do I feel about this personally?
- It's going to change how I host. While the new client mostly has the same functionality, it works quite differently in some regards. Some of the methods I use to host will have to change accordingly. As a result I will be trying different things until I figure out the best system moving forward.
- It's disappointing. When Wizards announced they were starting work on the new client, I was happy to hear it. Version 3 is far from perfect, especially in its visuals. Once Wizards had something usable, I equally supported their decision to run both the old and the new side-by-side. But now, with the new version far from perfect, Wizards is pulling the plug. I understand their decision, but ultimately it's disappointing that more progress wasn't made prior to this point.
- It's frustrating. I will be the first to admit that the new client is better in many ways to the old. But some things changed without any real improvement; it's not better, just different. Many players, including myself, have to adapt to new ways of doing things. This is inevitable, understandable, but at the end of the day, it's also frustrating.
- It's necessary. For months now, the word from development has been that any new features for Magic Online would have to wait until the old client was turned off. The only way that Magic Online will continue to improve is if Wizards only has to focus on one version of the client. No matter how bumpy the process, turning off the old is necessary if the new is ever going to live up to expectations.
What do you think of the transition? How are you planning on dealing with the changes? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading.