Ghirapur Guide MTG card art by Scott Murphy

Ghirapur Guide | Illustration by Scott Murphy

Just getting into Arena and want to know where to start? After you look through the articles in this guide, we’ll have you up to speed in no time.

Or if you have a specific part of your game you’re looking to improve, jump ahead to the section where you need the most help.

To start with, if you’re not using Arena Tutor while you play MTGA, what are you waiting for? You should be.

It’s made by Draftsim, is completely free, and it comes with tracking capabilities and AI to help you play better. You can download it here.

Arena Tutor screenshot

If you want to win more in MTGA, just get Arena Tutor, ok?

Getting Started With MTGA

Ajani's Welcome MTG card art by Eric Deschamps

Ajani’s Welcome | Illustration by Eric Deschamps

The basics: what kind of computer/OS do you need and how do you get the software working on your computer? How do you use the basic functions of the program?

Magic Online vs. MTG Arena

Before you even dive into Arena, are you sure it’s the right program for you? It depends on the formats you’re planning on playing.

System Requirements

What kind of computer do you need to run MTGA? How can you improve its speed while you play?

Downloading MTG Arena

Everything you need to know about the different places you can download MTGA, which operating systems and platforms it’s available on, and how to deal with problems while downloading and updating the client. You can also find out why it’s not available on Steam.

MTG Arena on Mac OS

It might have taken forever, but MTGA is available for Mac! Get all the details here and get info on workarounds if for some reason you can’t get it to work.

MTG Arena on Android

And the same goes for mobile devices – there are a few workarounds available until it is released on mobile.

MTG Arena on PlayStation

Unfortunately there are no workarounds for playing MTGA on your PS4. However, this article shines ray of hope on the chances of seeing the game on PlayStation eventually.

MTGA Patch Notes

Keep track of the latest updates and changes to the game and its economy.

Updating MTG Arena

Sometimes the game updates automatically. Other times you run into errors and need a little help…

The MTGA Color Challenges

All you need to know about Arena’s “New Player Experience,” the starter decks you’ll get, and how to skip the challenges if you already know what you’re doing.

The MTGA Friends List

Play against your friends anywhere, or use it to play Brawl with strangers for free.

How to Report a Player in MTGA

What constitutes bad behavior and what do you do when your opponent amps up the salt and starts roping you?

Tips and Tricks: Become a Power User

If you want to save time while you play, this guide is incredibly useful for teaching you the shortcuts and super-secret tricks hidden inside MTGA.

Importing a Deck

Importing a new deck to MTGA can be surprisingly tricky. We show you how to copy a deck from various sources and how to troubleshoot common issues with importing.

What Can I Play on MTGA?

Midnight Clock MTG card art by Alexander Forssberg

Midnight Clock | Illustration by Alexander Forssberg

What can you play and when can you play it?

MTG Arena Calendar/Schedule

Draftsim maintains a usable and useful calendar so you always know what events are running on MTGA.

MTG Standard Rotation

Keep track of when your cards are going to rotate out of Standard and what sets will be coming out next.

Ultimate Guide to Draft

In this massive guide, we tell you how draft works, how to best spend your gems and gold on it in Arena, and give you some basic strategy tips. If you’re interested in draft, also be sure to check out Draftsim’s namesake draft simulator.

Brawl Format Guide

Learn how to play this format that is like Commander – but with Standard cards only.

Historic Format Guide

Details about this Arena-only format that uses all the cards from MTGA’s past, plus special additions from Wizards of the Coast.

Historic Brawl Format Guide

Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. A Frankenstein’s Monster mashup of the two formats above. But the early reviews are in and it’s pretty fun.

Pauper Format Overview

Learn how to play this more accessible (read: cheaper) constructed format.

Cube Overview and Guide

Cube is now on MTGA! Read about this wild limited format that combines the best of limited and constructed together in one place.

MTGA Economy

Market Festival MTG card art by Ryan Barger

Market Festival | Illustration by Ryan Barger

Learn how to get the most out of the game and get as much free stuff as possible!

MTG Arena Codes

Speaking of free stuff, if you haven’t immediately redeemed all of these codes, you’re leaving free value on the table.

MTG Arena Welcome Bundle

Learn about the best value available to you from the MTGA store.

Which Packs Should I Buy in MTG Arena?

Demystify which packs to spend your precious gold on. This article teaches you some methods for answering that question and getting the most out of your limited resources.

What Ways Can You Get Cards in MTGA?

There are actually a half dozen different ways to get new cards for your collection in Arena. We outline the best — and it depends on your objectives.

The Best MTGA Starter Decks Ranked

Learn how to most efficiently spend your time by playing with only the best starter decks.

How Do Gems Work and How Much Are They Worth?

Pretty soon you’ll start noticing that everything you want to do costs gems — ie, money. We calculate how much gems are worth and what you can do to optimize your usage of them.

MTG Arena Wildcards

Once you start opening packs you’ll get wildcards. Here’s how they work and how to use them.

The Daily Rewards and Quests System

Find out how to optimize the free gold and rewards you get through MTGA. You can also see a complete list of all the quests available.

Is the Mastery Pass Worth It?

A breakdown of set mastery vs. the paid mastery pass. And an economic analysis of whether the mastery pass is worth the price in gems.

MTGA Rewards and Win Resets

How to make sense of all the quests, mastery progression, rewards, and XP that permeate the game. And how you can maximize your earnings.

The Vault in MTGA

There is a hidden mechanism in Arena to give you some duplicate protection for cards, this article explains how and when you’ll get any rewards.

Gift Cards and Their Alternatives

For some reason, gift cards are not a purchase option in MTGA. But we came up with some other creative choices you can buy your friends/family.

Going Competitive

Sarkhan's Triumph MTG card art by Chris Rahn

Sarkhan’s Triumph | Illustration by Chris Rahn

How to make your way up the MTG Arena ladder in constructed and limited.

MTGA Ranking System

If the ranked play modes confuse you, you’re not alone! We break down how to progress up the ladder.

Mythic Qualifying Weekend

Want to make Mythic rank and play in larger tournaments? Here’s how you do it.

The MTG Arena Open

Anyone can enter this series of tournaments from Magic eSports — even without being a ranked player. You can win up to $2,000, among other prizes.

Traditional Play vs. Ranked Play

What’s the difference between these play modes and should you spend your time trying to climb the ladder or playing Magic the “real way”?

Matchmaking in MTGA

The pairing system is pretty weird, but we break down all the nitty-gritty of how it works in this article.

Community Resources and Tools

Festival of the Guildpact | Illustration by Alex Horley-Orlandelli

Festival of the Guildpact | Illustration by Alex Horley-Orlandelli

The Best Subreddits for MTGA

A not-so-serious look at what subs on Reddit you should be following to get the latest tech (and complaints) about the program.

Is the MTGA Shuffler Broken?

No, it’s not. And here’s why…

That’s All, Folks!

We’re constantly writing more articles about Arena, so be sure to check the blog regularly and follow Draftsim on Facebook and Twitter for more!