Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!
Tonight we played Magic 2015–Duels of the Planeswalkers from Wizards of the Coast and Stainless Games. Magic 2015 is the best (and only) collectible card game for Xbox One. We even gave out tons of Xbox One and Steam codes for the game and its 'Garruk's Revenge' expansion!
The stream has ended, but the fun lives on. Continue reading for quick magic 2015 impressions, the contest winners, and a full replay of the stream in YouTube format!
Magic 2015–Duels of the Planeswalkers
The long-running Duels of the Planeswalkers series adapts the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering card game in videogame form. A complex game like Magic can be tough to learn in real life, but Magic 2015 makes it easy. Not only are the controls simple and intuitive, the 2015 game even adds a full tutorial mode that explains the rules in detail.
In standard Magic: the Gathering games, two players compete against each other with their uniquely constructed decks. Each turn, the player will draw a card and then play a mana card if available. The more mana accumulated, the more powerful creatures and spell cards can be played during a turn.
Turns end with an attack phase in which the player can attack with some or all of his creature cards. If the opposing player has creatures or defense spells of her own, she can defend against the attack. The game continues until one player runs out of life.
Much of the fun in games like this comes from collecting cards and customizing one's own decks. For the first time in the series, Magic 2015 adds proper deck building functionality. Unfortunately, the deck building interface leaves something to be desired. On the plus side, online multiplayer is as fun as ever.
Watch our stream tonight for your chance to win Magic 2015!
We'll be streaming Magic 2015 for ~90 minutes tonight, starting at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT). During that time, we'll be giving out a total of 19 code bundles:
- 9 Magic 2015 + 'Garruk's Revenge' expansion for Xbox One
- 10 Magic 2015 + 'Garruk's Revenge' expansion for Steam
To enter, just follow us at Twitch.tv/WindowsCentral (making sure to enable email notifications!) and tune in during the stream. You can watch the stream right here in this post, but you need to actually participate in the stream chat to have a chance at winning. We'll deliver codes to the winners via Twitch message (PM) during the stream. No code begging!
Feel free to stick around in chat before and after the stream if you have any questions or just want to say hi. If you enjoy the stream, be sure to check our schedule and come back for more!
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Want to know what's next for Windows Central's Twitch programming? Here are the next few games that we plan to give away during our weekend streams (in no particular order). The stream always starts at the same time: 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT).
- Quiplash from Jackbox Games (Viewers will be able to play along!)
- PayDay 2: Crimewave Edition from 505 Games (Just waiting on a patch before we stream this one.)
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams from Black Forest Games
We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.
Of course these dudes were going to win. It was in the cards!
Thanks to Wizards of the Coast for providing tonight's prizes. Thanks also to our Twitch stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!