Surely I can't be the only one here, who dreams of a full-fledged MtG RPG game, right?
Konami has made several very succesful Yugioh games, where the player is given a starter deck, and is then send on some quest to become the best player in the world (or something to that effect).
The world is littered with AI opponent, each with his/her own style and deck. This is complimented with a great in-game currency system, where you gain coins from winninng games, and these coins can then be spend on booster packs (note, no real money is involved, although it probably could be). The cardpool is around the 3000 mark (if I remember corrcetly).
This is the kind of game Magic the Gathering needs.
A base game with a starter plane, a starter deck and an open world in front of you.
Additional planes could be bought with actual money, and each would come with a new adventure. Booster packs could be bought with in-game currency or actual money.
This would of course come with full deck customization and the option to save multiple decks.
I know Wizards may be scared that such a game would ruin their business, but keep in mind that Konami is already runnig Yugioh Online and the actual card games next to all these digital games, and they're are apparently outselling MtG, and have bigger tournaments.
wizards_sean inn you role as a community manager could you relay this to the top-brass? (although I suspect the thought have crossed their mind)?