Last updated on August 16, 2022
Jeweled Lotus | Illustration by Alayna Danner
MTG Arena has had an emergence of different overlays and assistants over its lifetime.
What each of these do varies across platforms, but they all originated from one that brought over a lot of the successful features from other digital collectible card games. It allowed the ecosystem to hit the ground running with what was provided once the digital client’s user base grew exponentially over the last three years.
But what happened to that precursor? It’s odd that a tracker that set the tone for the rest isn’t around anymore. That tracker was the MTG Arena Lotus Valley.
Let’s take a look!
PS: If you don’t want to learn the whole history and just want a replacement, skip ahead to downloading Draftsim’s tracker Arena Tutor.
What Was the MTG Arena Lotus Valley Tracker?
Gilded Lotus | Illustration by Volkan Baga
The MTG Arena Lotus Valley tracker was an MTG Arena add-on overlay application made by Édipo Souza. It was based on the Hearthstone tracker, Track-o-Bot.
The MTGA Lotus tracker worked as an overlay across platforms (only Windows and Mac at the time) that kept track of your deck, what cards were drawn, your deck’s draw statistics, your deck’s win rate, and the cards your opponent played. The tracker would also guess your opponent’s archetype and even help with Draft rankings. It also allowed for hovering to see the full card, which was eventually introduced in Arena itself.
Courtesy of The Wayback Machine
This tracker was announced back in 2018 along with MTGLotusValley.com as a place for Arena news, deck information about the current meta, and a way to store and share your decks.
What Happened to the Lotus Tracker?
Lotus Valley was bought by Untapped.gg and HearthSim in May 2019.
Although the now very out-of-date GitHub of the once independent Lotus Tracker is still available and a quick Google search away, MTGLotusValley.com now redirects to Untapped.gg. If you want to follow and see what Souza is up to nowadays, he’s still active on Twitter and isn’t employed by HearthSim.
Arena Tutor: Alternative to Lotus Valley Tracker
Since the Lotus Valley tracker isn’t available anymore, you should try out Draftsim’s very own Arena Tutor.
MTG Arena Overlay and Deck Tracker
Arena Tutor works as an expandable overlay with MTGA. It displays the cards that you have selected for your deck and that of your opponents, and the odds of you drawing any specific card.
The overlay switches gears to help you make the best picks of the packs when you draft by showing you the best rating based on where it lies in the Draftsim rankings. It also goes by the colors that you previously picked. It also gives you deckbuilding suggestions for the cards that you picked when the picks are done.
Another feature Lotus Valley tracker had that Arena Tutor continues is the personal collection tracker. This does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin.
The one bit I like is that it keeps track not only by set but also by rarity. It also lets you know the top sets you have the most of and the sets that you’re lacking. You also get an AI-predicted number of wins using Draftsim’s win predictor algorithm.
After everything is said and done, you can backtrack into your game history to see how you’ve done over time by format, and in what color combinations.
You’re able to dive deeper into each game, see your life total, the number of spells and lands played, and compare them against those same stats for your opponent that game.
Profane Tutor | Illustration by Richard Kane Ferguson
While Lotus Valley tracker was an amazing original tool for Arena, it was quickly joined by others in the field. Each came in and offered different bits of functionality. They’ve grown each in their own ways.
But Draftsim’s Arena Tutor has consistently brought tools forward that the community wanted. Not retreating from our roots we use our own homegrown rankings to allow you to easily transfer what you practiced on Draftsim into your MTG Arena Draft play.
Are there features of functionality that you want to be see added in Arena Tutor? Is there another MTG Arena assistant that you prefer? Let me know in the comments below or over on the Draftsim Discord.
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