Last updated on November 20, 2020
Honor’s Reward | Illustration by Izzy
At the beginning of each month, the new ranked season starts. You get your new rank, grind back up, and at the end of it all, you get rewards. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today.
I’m going to break down each aspect of the ranked seasonal reward program, how it works, what’s up for grabs, and how long you have to do it. It’s also worth mentioning that these are in addition to your daily and weekly rewards. They may not be much on their own, but they all add up.
Qualifying for Season Rewards
Unlicensed Disintegration | Illustration by Izzy
First things first. What events and formats even qualify you for season rewards? Well, there’s a couple different options.
If you wanna get an idea of when certain events are happening, like drafting specific sets, check out our MTG Arena calendar.
You can rank up and qualify for season rewards by playing either premier draft or quick draft. These two formats will affect your one and only limited rank, not matter which you’re playing. Traditional drafts and sealed events, on the other hand, aren’t ranked.
MTG Arena doesn’t make it super clear which formats are ranked and which aren’t, but if you click on the event and it shows your rank in the top left, then it’s a ranked format. If it doesn’t, then it’s not ranked. Take a look:
These are a little easier to recognize because they have the word “ranked” in the event title. As long as it’s titled “ranked,” you’re working toward rewards. If it doesn’t, then you’re not. Simple as that.
Both the Standard ranked environment and the Historic ranked environment affect your one and only Constructed rank. They’re not separate. If you grind to Platinum in ranked Standard, that means you’re also Platinum in ranked Historic.
How Long Does the Season Last?
Time Sieve | Illustration by Franz Vohwinkel
A ranked season on MTG Arena lasts about one month. This applies to both the Limited and Constructed formats. It typically starts and stops on the last day of each month.
Officially, you have until 12:00 P.M. PT on the last day of the month to get the highest rank you can. Then, your rank resets and the new season starts that same day at 12:05 P.M. PT for you to do it all over again. The season is short, but the higher rank you get each month, the higher your rank is when the reset happens.
The Seasonal Reset
Although the season is short, you can give yourself an advantage by maintaining a high rank. This’ll allow you to get a better starting point when the season resets. These resets apply to both Limited and Constructed. Here’s what you’ll be looking at when the reset occurs:
All in all, it’s not a mountain of rewards. If you’re really putting in the time, though, it does add up.
Ranked Season Rewards
When the ranked season resets and the rewards come your way, what are you looking at getting? Well, there are packs, card styles, and gold up for grabs. The higher your rank, the more rewards you get.
You’re also rewarded with the appropriate set of rewards for both your rank in Limited and your rank in Constructed. Basically, if you’re Gold tier in both Limited and Constructed, you’ll receive rewards from both ranks. So, if you like to play on both sides of the court, it could pay off.
Rewards Based on Ranking
As I already mentioned, the higher your rank the more rewards you’ll be looking at. This breakdown applies to both Limited and Constructed. Here’s the rundown:
It can be a tough grind, even with the love of the game on your side. And although the season rewards aren’t much on their own, if you’re playing enough to hit Platinum or higher, that means you’re probably also completing your daily and weekly rewards as well. It’s not a gold mine, but it’s always nice to get extra rewards along the way.
Setting on the Season
It’s nice to know the specifics of how these systems work, where you’re getting your rewards from, and how much you’re going to receive. Now you can grind the ladder with all the info you need to get the most out of your time. And be sure to use our app Arena Tutor to track your progress as you do it.
Whether you’re testing a new deck, fine tuning a new one, or on the grind with a meta deck, you get a little something back for the time your put in. Have fun on the grind and may the shuffler be ever in your favor!
Leave No Trace | Illustration by Pat Lee