Magic the Gathering: Arena is a digital adaptation of the world-famous card game, currently in closed beta. We spoke to the game’s executive producer, Chris Cao, about balancing the game’s economy, as well as the challenges of converting the tabletop game into a “unique digital experience.”
Why do packs in Arena have eight cards rather than 15?
There's actually two kinds of packs we have. We have 14 card packs for Draft, because Draft requires them - it's not legitimate Draft unless you have those cards to make the Limited format. The difference there is that Draft packs don't have Wildcards because Limited would be really squirrely if you could get any card you wanted, so we wanted to maintain the Draft experience.