When Magic: Legends arrives on PC, you’ll have your alternative of planeswalkers with whom to start the sport. Thus far we’ve seen the Geomancer, the Thoughts Mage, and the Beastcaller. Developer Cryptic has spoken with us concerning the fourth planeswalker class, the Sanctifier, a ranged assault class with an affinity for white magic.
Every of the courses revealed to date is related to one in all Magic: the Gathering’s 5 magic colors. The Geomancer is particularly effective with destructive red magic, whereas the Beastcaller’s pure synergy is with inexperienced. The Sanctifier is primarily tied to white magic, and as you would possibly anticipate, he’s a robust priest whose specialties embody a Divine Bolt major potential and a secondary potential known as Wave of Radiance, which sends out an increasing wave of sunshine across the caster that hurts enemies and heals allies.
Adam Hetenyi, Magic: Legends’ principal lead designer, spoke with us about how the Sanctifier will work in fight, and it sounds as if he’ll be highly effective healer on any workforce, however – relying on the deck you construct for him – he can match into numerous roles.
“The starter deck is, in fact, mono white – that’s how we’ve performed all of our starter courses, the place they begin with a deck that’s fairly proper down the center, actually on theme,” Hetenyi mentioned. “Nevertheless it builds rather well. I’ve been taking part in lots of white-red, for example, as a result of you may make it a bit extra aggressive. I play an entire bunch of little minion dudes after which maintain them alive, and that’s actually efficient.”
The Sanctifier’s utility potential is named Salvation, which has its personal distinctive mechanic. It’s a useful spell in nearly any scenario, because it regenerates the caster’s well being and heals summoned minions. However every time you employ the flexibility, you’ll additionally acquire a stack of Devotion. Whenever you’ve constructed up 4 of those stacks, you’ll be joined on the battlefield by an Angel, linked to you by a Lifelink.
As within the tabletop recreation, Lifelink heals your character because the linked character does injury, underscoring how useful it’s having angels preventing in your aspect and making the Sanctifier extra survivable in close-in fight.
Magic: Legends remains to be in alpha, and Cryptic has been gathering information on how gamers react to its distinctive mix of CCG and action-RPG mechanics. Hetenyi says it’s been gratifying to see gamers internalise the randomly-drawn talents of their ‘fingers’ whereas taking part in what appears extra like a standard motion RPG like Diablo, however that the alpha has helped the event workforce discover methods to make the tutorialisation and onboarding course of as easy as potential.
With the reveal of the Sanctifier, we nonetheless have one large query mark on the board for when Magic: Legends heads into beta later this yr: what is going to the black mana planeswalker be? We’re eager to search out out. It’s vital to recollect, nonetheless, that each one Planewalker courses could be paired with any Magic: Legends deck you create.
On PC, Magic: Legends will likely be accessible in open beta by the top of the yr, with a full launch set for a while in 2021.