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Finally out of beta, MTG Arena has launched with new events and features so quickly that it can be confusing for players to keep track of all the things going on. With the release of Throne of Eldraine right out of the gate, MTG underwent its yearly rotation (don’t worry, we’ll talk about it later), announced that new formats will be available for MTGA, and much more. Don’t worry though, we’re here for you! If you bookmark this page and check back every once in a while, we’ll keep you updated on events, formats, and rotation so that you can plan what to do ahead of time.

MTG Arena Events and Formats: Current, Upcoming, and Past

There are lots of events to take part in in MTGA and they come up with new ones pretty often. While WotC has a calendar on their website with events, not everything is there and the general consensus is that it’s not the easiest or the most user-friendly experience. That’s why we’ve compiled that information here in one easy spot, that’s hopefully a lot easier to digest!

You might be asking yourself, ‘why bother’? Well, the reason is simple: unless you spend a lot of money, you’ll have to manage your gold carefully while playing different game modes. The cost of these events varies, but if we take the Ranked Draft as an example, you’ll have to spend 5000 gold to participate. For a casual player who won around 3 to 4 games every day, it would take about 3 to 4 days to save up 5000 gold even if you got 750 gold quests all the time.

If you’re trying to climb the ranked ladder, it’s important to have cards that have synergy. The best way to do this is to join the right drafts that have the cards you need to add to your collection. It’s also wise to think ahead while building your decks, because there’s something called “Standard Rotation” (soon, very soon) that you should keep in mind.

Once Upon a Time MTG card art by Matt Stewart

Once Upon a Time

This might sound like too much of a hassle, but you’ll have to manage your resources if you want to expand your collection. Granted, most of the events don’t cost that much. They’re usually around either 1000 gold or 100 to 200 gems and if you can manage to get some wins, you’ll have the chance to add more cards to your collection.

You should also be aware of the match structure: traditional drafts are played in best of three (BO3) format, so you’ll have to spend a much longer time on those compared to ranked drafts which are best of one (BO1). Take a look at our Ultimate Guide to Drafting for a more in-depth analysis.

For now, take a look at what’s going on now and what’s coming up so that you can save up your gold and gems to participate:

Current Events (December 2019)

TitleEvent DatesEntry FeeMax Wins/LossesMax RewardsMatch Structure
Traditional Draft: Throne of Eldraine

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Nov. 1 to Dec. 311500 gems5 / 2All the cards you picked + 2100 gems + 6 packsBO3
Ranked Draft: Throne of Eldraine

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Nov. 1 to Dec. 315000 gold or 750 gems7 / 3All the cards you picked + 950 gems + 2 packsBO1
Ranked Draft: Ravnica Allegiance

Practice Now | Tier Lists

Nov. 22 to Dec. 65000 gold or 750 gems7 / 3All the cards you picked + 950 gems + 2 packsBO1
Ranked Draft: Core Set 2020
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Dec. 6 to 20 5000 gold or 750 gems 7 / 3 All the cards you picked + 950 gems + 2 packs BO1

Upcoming Events (January 2020)

TitleEvent DatesEntry FeeMax Wins/LossesMax RewardsMatch Structure

Awaiting Wizards of the Coast announcement of 2020 schedule

Past Events

TitleEvent DatesEntry FeeMax Wins/LossesMax RewardsMatch Structure
Ranked Draft: War of the Spark

Practice Now | Tier Lists

Nov. 1 to 85000 gold or 750 gems7 / 3All the cards you picked + 950 gems + 2 packsBO1
Omniscience Draft

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Nov. 7 to 115000 gold or 750 gems7 / 3950 gems + 2 packsBO1
Ranked Draft: Guilds of Ravnica

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Nov. 8 to 225000 gold or 750 gems7 / 3All the cards you picked + 950 gems + 2 packsBO1
Historic Anthology EventNov. 21 to 251000 gold or 200 gems5 wins, losses not counted1 card style per winBO1
Wednesday BrawlEvery WednesdayN/AN/AN/ABO1

Currently Available MTG Arena Formats

Before we jump into Standard Rotation, we’ve compiled all of the MTGA formats that are currently available, along with the cost, max wins/losses, max awards, and match structure associated with the format when it comes to events. If you’re a bit confused or just want some more info, jump over to the Formats Explained section for more details. For now, take a look:

FormatCostMax Wins/LossesMax RewardsMatch Structure
Traditional Draft1500 gems5 / 2All the cards you picked + 2100 gems + 6 packsBO3
Sealed2000 gems7 / 3All the cards you picked + 2200 gems + 3 packsBO1
Ranked Draft5000 gold or 750 gems7 / 3All the cards you picked + 950 gems + 2 packsBO1
Traditional Constructed1000 gold or 190 gems5 / 22100 gold + one uncommon or higher card + two rare or higher cardsBO3
Constructed Event500 gold or 95 gems7 / 31000 gold + one uncommon or higher card + two rare or higher cardsBO1
Singleton250 gold or 50 gems7 / 31000 gold + one uncommon + two rare or higher cardsBO1
Omniscience Draft5000 gold or 750 gems7 / 3 950 gems + 2 packsBO1
Competitive metagame challenge2000 gold or 400 gems7 / 15000 gold and 30 packs BO2

What is MTG Arena Standard Rotation?

If you played MTGA during the beta, you were probably surprised when a warning popped up with the release of the Throne of Eldraine, saying that you weren’t allowed to add some of the cards you had to your deck while playing standard. This was because of a concept called Standard Rotation. Simply put, it defines the sets you’re allowed to use while playing competitively.

Every year, new sets are added to MTG and previous sets are excluded from standard play when the last set is comes out in the fall. Ixalan, Rivals of Ixalan, Dominaria, and M19 were rotated out with the release of the Throne of Eldraine set in early October, 2019 and are currently only playable in non-standard games. Some of these sets have reprinted cards—such as Opt or Fling—which are considered exceptions that you can still use even if the sets that they belong were rotated out.

Narset, Parter of Veils MTG card art by Magali Villeneuve

Narset, Parter of Veils

The next rotation will take place in one year (check out Next Rotation below to see what sets will be released). You should also keep in mind that some cards may be banned in Standard for other reasons. For example, the Field of the Dead non-basic land is currently banned in the Standard format because of a lack of ways to remove the card.

Current Rotation

  • Core Set 2020
  • Guilds of Ravnica
  • Ravnica Allegiance
  • Throne of Eldraine
  • War of the Spark

Next Rotation

  • Throne of Eldraine
  • Theros: Beyond Death
  • Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
  • Core Set 2021
  • Zendikar Rising

Formats Explained

We all love playing MTG Arena, but every player wants to take things easy sometimes and try alternative game modes, especially after a series of long games. Since we’re still a long way away from custom games or lobbies for creating chaotic 4-player free-for-all mayhem (Commander, anyone?), we have to make do with the alternative events that occasionally appear at the main page.

During the beta, our options were somewhat limited. But MTGA has geared up since its release and now consistently launches various new events for its player base. Here are just some of the repeating game formats available right now:

Singleton

One of our all-time favorites, Singleton is a constructed format that forces you to build a deck without any duplicates (i.e., you can only use one copy of each card in your deck, except for basic lands). Since you can’t stack the same cards, you’ll need either a lot of synergy or a lot of brute force (ie power).

Omniscience Draft

In this mode, you’ll draft a 40-card pack and begin the game with an “omniscience”emblem, which has the following effects:

  •  You may cast spells from your hand without paying their mana costs.
  •  0: Add WUBRG. Activate this ability only once each turn.

Aside from these effects, you also have a maximum hand size of three instead of seven.

Competitive Metagame Challenge

This is a high-risk, high-reward game mode. It offers the highest award of any other game mode with 5000 gold and 30 packs if you can manage to win seven BO3 games. Greed may not always be good, so take care.

Brawl

Brawl can be considered similar to the Commander format. You pick a legendary creature or planeswalker card as a commander from Standard and build your deck around it. While building your deck, you’re limited to the color(s) of your chosen commander (this goes by something known as “color identity”, which includes any activated or triggered abilities on the card as well as its mana cost). Essentially, cards in your Brawl deck can only use mana symbols that also appear on your commander. Colorless cards can, of course, be used in any deck. You’re also limited to one copy of all cards except basic lands.

Wrenn and Six MTG card art by Chase Stone

Wrenn and Six

Each commander starts the game face up in its controller’s command zone, and it can be cast from here for its normal cost (plus an additional two mana for each time it’s been cast from the command zone) as though it were in your hand. In addition, the list of banned cards in Standard doesn’t apply here. As of now, only Sorcerous Spyglass and Oko, Thief of Crowns are banned in Brawl.

Next up

As an MTGA user, you’re probably interested in free stuff so be sure to check out our list of codes for MTGA that get you free packs and cards.

We also have a free MTGA tracker and draft assistant that tells you what to pick during booster draft and what cards your opponent has played during the match. You’ll love it, trust us.

And finally, be sure to check out Draftsim’s namesake draft simulator to practice drafting before you battle with the bots on MTGA.

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