Free Magic the Gathering App Available Now

Free Magic the Gathering App Available Now

You can now carry the entire Magic library of cards in your pocket.

But you can't play a Black Lotus. At least, not in my games.

Wizards of the Coast announced today the release of the official Magic: The Gathering Toolbox for the iPhone, iPad and other official iOS devices. The application is free, and it lets you do all kinds of fun and useful things to interact with Magic card game, which I'll talk about below. Wizards hasn't finished developing the mobile application just yet. The iPad version isn't yet optimized and a version of the Toolbox for Android is going through the certification process now.

You can head over to the App Store to pick up the free app now. At the very least, you'll be able scan the new Dark Ascension cards a bit before the set officially launches this Friday. For all the latest on Dark Ascension, Josh's Hexproof this week has got you covered.

The good news is that Wizards isn't charging anything for the app now, but when new sets come out, you might have to pay a nominal fee ($.99) to get the latest cards into the database. For a company that charges $3.99 for 15 pieces of cardboard, that's not a bad deal, honestly.

I use my various polyhedral dice for life counters when I play Magic in the office, but the Toolbox makes sure that I keep track of my life totals with the Life Tracker - as a double bonus, the app handles Poison/Infect counters and Commander life totals easily. You can also browse the 10,000+ library of Magic cards and build decks from all of them. Finding a local gaming store to play Friday Night Magic is a cinch with the app's use of GPS. Finally, the app has a built-in connection with the Magic website for weekly articles and columns about the game that you can read on the go - or while on the commode. That last one is more likely.

It took some time for Wizards to embrace the mobile app platform, but I'm glad that they've entered the fray. There will be some competition from the third-party apps out there that basically have the same features, but the official Magic: The Gathering Toolbox should be pretty popular.

Now they just need to get it out for Android. An maybe make an official D&D app that keeps track of my character's various buffs and spells. Also, a pony would be nice.

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If only I still played Magic :(

As for D&D apps, there are plenty of D&D/Pathfinder apps out there I am pretty sure. Would be nice to have an official one though. Would be really handy for high level casters and all their spells.

Knowing Wizard they'd publish one for 4.0e... which I don't play. Poo.

If only android got a good Magic the Gathering app every now and then...

EDIT: Aha! Apparently it is coming out on Android, just not until a little later

Please come out for the Kindle Fire as well.

As a complete and total Magic addict, I must say that I am quite pleased.

I will have to look into it when the Android version comes out, should be really handy.

I don't play much Magic (I dabble in it a bit, but I'm more of a Yu-Gi-Oh! fan), but I'm definitely siding with you on the D&D side of things, Greg. I'd love to have my character sheet in my pocket, so to speak. For me, though, that would require a 2nd edition version. I don't play 4th, unfortunately.

Fappy:
If only I still played Magic :(

As for D&D apps, there are plenty of D&D/Pathfinder apps out there I am pretty sure. Would be nice to have an official one though. Would be really handy for high level casters and all their spells.

Knowing Wizard they'd publish one for 4.0e... which I don't play. Poo.

Hey, Fappy, are you me from an alternate universe? Because aside from the "still played Magic" part, that describes my thoughts to a T.

Toombs just got back into magic, and for the first time Toombs is saddened that Toombs has no I-phone.

:(

Zen Toombs:
Toombs just got back into magic, and for the first time Toombs is saddened that Toombs has no I-phone.

:(

CM156 wonders why Toombs talks in the third person.

OT: I summon Pikachu in defensive mode!

...

Wait. Wrong game

I know nothing about magic, sadly.

CM156:

Zen Toombs:
Toombs just got back into magic, and for the first time Toombs is saddened that Toombs has no I-phone.

:(

CM156 wonders why Toombs talks in the third person.

Toombs refers to Toombs in the third person for fun and profit.

Obviously. :p

I would never buy this, honestly. Money for digital cards? No thank you.

Apparently it doesn't do the only thing that would make it better then Decked Builder/Drafter, and that is show me what cards I have in my MTGO account.

Out soon for android my arse... also, where's my pony!

Hey, nice post.

The official WoTC app has been taken off the store a while ago. I'd say it's been gone for at least a month now, wonder what's up with that. Anyhow, for now I'm not complaining as my friends and I have developed a life counter which seems to be really picking up :-)

As far as I recall the official app did not offer most of the functionality we do - especially for multi-player games and EDH. We actually found a very clever way to track these types of games when the commander damage matrix becomes very complex - we managed to keep it simple and clean. Really useful.

If you'd like to check us out we're on www.MTGLH.com

Hope you like it

 

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