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Hello there.

I'm what I'd call an enthusiast. I have no time to play a lot in loco, but if I had I'd play every FNM. I won some small tounaments and reached top 8 in a pro tour qualifier a long time ago (a long time indeed, Ice Ages was the last Magic expansion). I like to feel my decks are competitive against everyono I play.

I believe every way to play with and against our friends is a must. I think some format like MTG's 2 headed giant is very relevant, because when I have a single friend online I prefer to team up with him and play against strangers in ladder-type events.

I also feel some tool to organize our own tournaments (without affecting rating on the ladder, of course), would be neat – something that worked like a real world draft between a small group of friends (everyone pay for the boosters, draft them and some are reserved as a prize).

It would be extra cool if there was some way to make us feel it's a good business, if it's not asking too much. I.E. a bonus booster – added to the prize –  for each X boosters in a closed draft event. I believe that would make more people play draft events, AKA more sales to keep the game running and lucrative.

Other than that, I think the list on the OP is quite satisfactory. Campaign is cool, don't have to be huge but story matters there. A coop campaign would be greast too (or if the campaign was adjustable to co-op). The idea or raids is very nice, I just hope they don't require 25 coordinated players, because one of the reasons I stopped playing WoW was the need to stop my real social life to attent to guild events XD

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I tend to skew toward being more competitive because I get the most enjoyment out of the smaller aspects of strategy: tempo, incremental advantages, maximizing options, etc.  I enjoy playing a game of inches more than a game of Doing Big Things, and I think that's because the former is more interactive/engaging (it's fun to have lots of lines of play available and always being trying to eke out advantages and adapt to what your opponent is doing… it's like playing multiple tiny games in one!) 

 

I also really enjoy deck-building, and I can't wait to build my first SolForge deck. 

 

I feel a bit silly talking about being competitive before I've even had the chance to play much SolForge (I borrowed an iPad for a few glorious days, but that's been the extent of it), but even if I'm not the best at something, I still have fun trying to be as competitive as possible. It's the process of learning new things and improving as a player that does it for me. 

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I am a competitive gamer in all aspects. I play MTG on the Pro Tour, Dota at the top levels, and use to play poker for a living.

For me, live opponents are the most important aspect of a game. I do love playing with friends live, and so the hot seat feature is awesome, so would a linked play version for those of us who all have iPhones/iPads (look in to SpaceTeam for iOs, it has  the link feature down pact)

Campaigns are fine, it's fun to do once but certainly not mandatory for me. I do like the idea of the energy though, even though I would want to rush to end-game I don't mind having to go through the process once. It was like levelling in WoW was fine the first time, but as long as I don't have to do it every time I want to change decks or something.

Tournaments are also very important to me. I know it may sound greedy but if there isn't any real insentive for me to devote a lot of time in to a game, I probably won't. That said, I have played the SolForge demo hundreds and hundreds of times, taught my cousin how to play during christmas break (and played a TON with him) as well as when I go to do money drafts we will have 1 on 1's going on with the iPad. We bet on it, which adds that incentive (same with ascension we would play a game and whoever lost payed the bill at the meal after, etc) so there is certainly a reasonable chance you would have me playing even if there was no huge world championships or pro events. 

Hope this helps!

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I actually have a question about trying to start OP ourselves.

 

What kinds of support would we have if we wanted to start our own tournaments? Something like DCI numbers or would it be something integrated into the game itself? Would we have a matchmaking system or would we have to use a 3rd party one?

 

In a nutshell kinda like what SCG does for with Magic with their IQs. :)

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I'm a very competitive person. I'm probably too competitive for my own good. I thrive in any environment where I can compete and/or compare my progress against others in order to see how I match up compared to other players.

 

I gave up console gaming around 10-12 years ago because as soon as I got a taste of Online PC gaming, I couldn't go back. There is too much variability and intelligence that real player's give that an AI simply can't do. Competing with real players in any form (side by side, on a team, against one another, etc) adds such an element to a game that cannot be achieved through other means.

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My primary gaming kick is puzzles and challenges, so the aspect of Solforge to which I'm most looking forwards is the campaign mode. I'm really excited by the the idea of brewing a deck to defeat a particular rules-skewed challenge – the more masochistic and 'unfair'-feeling the challenge, the better! My dream would be write the first entry on a wiki page, with a decklist to beat a newly-added challenge – the boss whose 5-card deck levels up every turn, the boss who gains 20 life every turn, the boss against whom you only play one card a turn, etc, etc…

 

I'm sure I'll enjoy the more competitive modes as well, but as a 'Johnny' I imagine I'll be brewing my own decks and then winning a lot less than 50% of the time! 

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I started playing Magic almost 20 years ago in high school. I competed in tons of local tournaments and several regional ones usually doing quite well. Much of that is thanks to email exchanges I was having with George Baxter and Brian Weissman 2 of the best magic players out there(and almost nobody was using email at the time). They really helped tune ideas I was having and put them into successful tournament play. I loved talking deck mechanics and strategy in the early days. However Magic became too expensive for me to maintain and the last tournament I played in was the first New York pro tour qualifier. Since then I've played every non collectible card game I could get my hands on, my favorite of course being Ascension. I look forward to a mix of competitive play when I can fit it in.

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For PT:NY 96?

That was my first tournament. Mirage/Visions sealed. I actually kept my deck. It looks alright, although god knows why I played Sisay's Ring and not Goblin Scouts.

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I want to see fancy formats that can only be done online. Something that would remind me of Mark Rosewater's quirky Invitational formats for Magic the Gathering. Something like Choose Your Own Block (once the card pool is big enough and enough sets have been released) or something that reminds me of the Momir Vig games on Magic Online.

Or how about a Level Up tournament to mirror the level up of cards. You build three decks. One of only commons, one that can use uncommons and commons, and one that can use all rarities. The three decks have to share X percent of the same cards. In an eight man tournament, each round you get to level up to your better deck. Adjust for larger tournaments.

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Or how about a Level Up tournament to mirror the level up of cards. You build three decks. One of only commons, one that can use uncommons and commons, and one that can use all rarities. The three decks have to share X percent of the same cards. In an eight man tournament, each round you get to level up to your better deck. Adjust for larger tournaments.

This sounds really interesting.  I doubt that SBE would do it tho.  More like something that we as a community would do on our own.  Then again, I guess I should never say never. Wink

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Hi guys new to the forums and loving solforge!

 

I would love to see leagues and also round the clock competition as I work 3rd shift.  One of my favorite MTG pastimes was friday night magic so I love the competetive/casual_masa_halfhand events!  Also a way to contact players that you have played against.  There isnt any way to get hold of game center friends.  So maybe a friends list?

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• Rich, varied campaign mode vs AI
• Multiplayer raids
• Leagues
• The ability to play/challenge friends
• Ways for less competitive players to find and/or get paired up against fair matchups
• Competitive events (both live and asynchronous)

• DRAFTS

 

I agree to all this

 

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So far the game looks good. It's challenging, but in a different way than what I was expecting. Anyway, one thing I'd like to suggest is a match replay feature. I'd just really like to be able to rewatch some games and learn from my mistakes. If this has been suggested already, awesome. I agree with the Drafts suggestion above as well.

 

I'm having fun with Solforge, but kind of getting bored with only the two decks on the PC beta right now. Normal difficulty isn't absolutely wrecking me anymore which is a nice change of pace. I tend towards whatever games just happen to be fun. I like open-world games, sandboxes, puzzles, card games. Really, I'll try most things once and sometimes I'll really like it (GTA: San Andreas, Saints Row 2). Sometimes, not so much (Binding of Isaac, Trine). 

 

Keep up the good work. I'm looking forward to the PC client updates and the release of the game.

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Here is a couple of features I would love in Solforge:

 

- View other on-going matches…a spectator mode

- View completed matches…especially for tournaments, drafts and such

- 2vs2 tournaments and casual games

 

Looking forward to the game!

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I know this may sound odd considering Solforge is an online game, an one of its main appeals is being able to play without depending on other people to physically show up, but I'd love occasional physical meetup tournaments so that we can meet other Solforge players in our area. If they could be organized by clubs, but get some sort of official support that would be really great for building a community and keeping my interest in the game high for social reasons.

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I would love to see some sort of LAN tournament support down the line!  It would probably make running those convention tournaments a lot easier, too… *hinthint* ;)


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Just bought the early release on Steam, and it is a lot of fun.  I've been a casual gamer since I was a teenager and carried over onto online gaming since the internet was created by Al Gore so many years ago.  My store recently joined the Ascension Play network in Montgomery, AL.  Just wanted to add a note to voice my support for pretty much everything you said in your opening post, but with added emphasis on PvP play.  Playing against the computer is OK, and does a fair job of highlighting the game and its timing and rules and whatnot.  However, it would be much more fun if I could hook up with friends and play against them online.  It would also give my friends some incentive to pay for the early release like I did.  Many of the people I know (including myself) were part of the Magic Online beta way back when, and a couple of them went on to be Adepts, with one of them continuing to work for WotC to this day, so we might have some good input if you can give them the incentive to join in.

 

 

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The ability to spectate a match would be great.  For a good example of this, http://www.duelingnetwork.com is an online Yugioh site that did their spectating mode well.  You can browse which games you want to watch (based on players' names), it shows how many spectators are already watching (which is a nice little feature), and the spectators even have their own chat to type into.  The actual players can also see how many spectators are watching, which can raise the intensity of the match knowing that so many people are watching…which I think is pretty exciting.

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Used to be competitive TCG player, now that I have a job/family I became casual.

My top priority is to be able to play with my friends without loosing too much compared to the rewards people would get in ranked games.

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Long-time lurker, starting to get more involved here and on FB.

 

Played Yugioh hardcore for years, also played MTG.  I'm more mid-core in gaming these days due to wife, son, and work.

 

Is there a Facebook group or something (other than the official one)?

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