Magic the Gathering Arena is the new online version of MTG that seeks to compete with other popular online card games like Hearthstone, Gwent, and Shadowverse. This guide will walk you through all you need to know about this exciting new version of Magic!
- Announcement Date: September 7th, 2017
- Closed Beta: December 4th, 2017 (As of March 22nd, 2018 the NDA is now over. The game can freely be discussed and streamed.)
- Open Beta: Unknown
MTG Arena Closed Beta, Access Key Codes
The MTG Arena Closed Beta is underway and the NDA has been lifted so people can freely talk, make videos, and stream the game. We currently do not know how long the closed beta period will last.
How-to Get Into The MTG Arena Closed Beta
The traditional way to do this is to sign up via the official website right here. If you are hoping to jump in right away, however, you will need a code to play. One way to find these is to follow MTG Arena's Twitter where they are sending out codes here and there. Once you have received an invite via e-mail or have gotten yourself a code, you will want to download the client right here.
If you are trying to snag a key quickly, be sure to download the client and have your account nearly registered. At the end of the process it asks you for a key, slap it into the field once you have one so you can quickly jump into the beta.
When you start out in closed beta you get 12 packs (3x of Rivals of Ixalan, Ixalan, Hour of Devastation, and Amonkhet). Along with this you get 10 starter decks to choose from of various color combinations.
As a way to make it less difficult to get the cards you want you can get Wildcards. You get these from packs in place of a card, they allow you to create one card of the wildcard rarity you received. So if you get a Mythic Rare wildcard, you can create any Mythic Rare card you want with it.
Opening packs and collecting cards adds to your Vault percentage (4% for each pack). Once you get to 100% you are rewarded with a mix of Wildcards and individual card rewards.
There are currently four sets in MTG Arena which you can purchase packs from: Rivals of Ixalan, Ixalan, Hour of Devastation, and Amonkhet. Each pack costs 1,000 gold, and has 8 cards in them.
You can have three quests at a time. Each day you will get a new quest (very similar to Hearthstone). You can swap one quest each day for a new one if you get something you don't want to complete.
For your first win of the day you get 200 gold and a card, after that you get 50 gold and a card for each win. You also get a weekly reward for 5, 10, and 15 wins (packs, gold, etc).
MTG Arena Currencies
With every online card game comes forms of currency. MTG currently has two versions: Gold & Gems.
Gold can be used to purchase packs of cards. You can earn gold by completing quests.
This will be currency you can purchase with real money (you can't currently purchase them yet). You will be able to purchase packs and anything else you will be able to use gold with. As far as we know, everything you'll be able to purchase with gold you can purchase with gems and vice versa.