MTGA Arena official release September, 26: coming out from BETA!

The official launch of Magic: The Gathering Arena is happening on September 26. 

To celebrate this moment, devs are going to roll out the red mythic orange carpet and hold a special MTG Arena Launch Celebration event, where you can build and play with any deck in Standard.

For this event, we’ll be giving you access to playsets of every card in Standard whether they’re in your collection or not. All you need to do is brew, build, and play! You’ll be able to do this for up to twelve games, so be sure to take advantage of your ability to build as many decks as you like and swap them between matches, because the following weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to earn a copy of every card in Standard.

On October 6, we’ll be holding a 36-hour follow-up event where you can also build and play with any deck in Standard. If you manage to earn twelve wins before receiving two losses, you’ll walk away with a prize that includes one copy of every Standard card for your collection (and yes, this includes Throne of Eldraine). Be warned, you only have one shot (or one opportunity!) to participate in both events.

Play Any Deck – Standard

Event Details: We’ll provide access to playsets (four copies) of every card in Standard, which you can use to build and play any deck in Standard. You can build as many decks as you like, and you can change them between matches.
Event Dates: September 26 at 8 a.m. PT (3 p.m. UTC) to October 1 at 8 a.m. PT (3 p.m. UTC)
Entry Fee: None, but you can only participate once.
Format: Standard Best-of-One
Event Record: Up to 12 games (win or lose)

Win Every Card Challenge – Standard

Event Details: We’ll provide access to playsets (four copies) of every card in Standard, which you can use to build and play any deck in Standard. You can build as many decks as you like, and you can change them between matches.
Event Date: October 5 at 8 p.m. PT (3 a.m. UTC) to October 7 at 8 a.m. PT (3 p.m. UTC)
Entry Fee: None, but you can only compete once.
Format: Standard Best-of-One
Event Record: 12 wins or 2 losses (whichever comes first)
Event Rewards:

  • 12 Wins: 1 Copy of every card in Standard + 1 Sealed Event Token + Golden Egg card sleeve
  • 11 Wins: 1 Copy of every card in Throne of Eldraine + 1 Sealed Event Token + Golden Egg card sleeve
  • 9–10 Wins: 1 Sealed Event Token + 5 Throne of Eldraine Rare ICRs + Golden Egg card sleeve
  • 8 Wins: 5 Throne of Eldraine Rare ICRs + Golden Egg card sleeve
  • 6–7 Wins: 4 Throne of Eldraine Rare ICRs + Golden Egg card sleeve
  • 4–5 Wins: 3 Throne of Eldraine Rare ICRs + Golden Egg card sleeve
  • 2–3 Wins: 2 Throne of Eldraine Rare ICRs + Golden Egg card sleeve
  • 0–1 Wins: 1 Throne of Eldraine Rare ICR + Golden Egg card sleeve

Future planes of MTGA

While this marks the official start of our story, it’s just one beginning—and we’d like to give you a sneak peak at some of the other adventures we already have planned:

  • Coming Soon: Clean, shine, and polish. Features listed here are going through the final stages of development as our quality assurance team puts them to the test. This is when things are “close enough” to release that we can start talking about timelines and release dates.
  • In Development: Turning ideas into reality. Items listed here are in active development, with dedicated developer resources and task lists to complete.
  • In Concept: Putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards). This is our planning stage, where we decide which ideas become features, but also which ideas must stay ideas for now. Once decided, features are scoped out, iterated on, reworked, and reiterated as we start to figure out exactly how to bring ideas to digital life.
Dev Roadmap

As you can see, there are plenty of stories we still want to tell! Our next chapter brings us to the month of October, where we will bring some of our most requested features to the Realm—Friends List and Constructed Brawl.

Friends List will be the first iteration of our social features and will provide an easier way for you to see whether your friends are online as well as challenge them to games of Magic. More features are already in development (such as the ability to message your friends in-game between matches), and we’re beginning to concept even more ways we can show the Magic of friendship in MTG Arena—such as sharing decks in your collection with your friends to play with during Direct Challenge matches.

And if you’re looking for a reason to try out our new Friends List, October will also bring Constructed Brawl to MTG Arena. For those of you who participated in the Eldraine Courtside Brawl earlier this month, that was just a taste of what’s to come! October will bring a reason to brew, bake, and amuse-bouche this format with the ability to build your own decks for play in our once-per-week Brawl events or all the time in Direct Challenge matches.

And with our plan for upcoming cardsets out in the Wilds, you can see that many of them are already being worked on for MTG Arena. Our next cardset will bring us beyond death and back to Theros . . . but there’s still lots to live for before we start talking about that.

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