Last updated on December 17, 2021
Research Assistant | Illustration by Svetlin Velinov
WotC has introduced themselves to the digital scene over the last few years, first with MTGO and more recently with MTG Arena. Now new players that don’t have access to paper Magic can still enjoy their most beloved game in the comfort of their own house.
I don’t own a physical collection anymore, so Arena and MTGO are my bread and butter when it comes to playing Magic. While both have minor issues like bugs or scheduled maintenances, they still make for decent play experiences. That being said, there are some key elements that these platforms don’t have, like tracking statistics, game records, or nice-to-have stats that you can share with your online community.
Third-party applications have popped up to cover these gaps and more. Today I’ll discuss the importance of MTG Arena “assistants” and how Arena Tutor is the best among them!
Without further delay, let’s get started.
Hauken’s Insight | Illustration by Aurore Folny
An MTGA assistant is a third-party app that tracks in-game and historical stats on Arena.
Their primary purpose is to provide users with visible in-game data so you have it available firsthand. No need to take notes anymore, these apps take care of it for you.
But MTGA trackers offer more than just that. They also have access to public logs generated by the app thanks to their awesome developers. This means they can give you a complete history of data, whether it’s real-time or historical.
Let’s find out what other uses these third-party apps have!
Why Should I Use an MTGA Assistant?
One of the great things about MTGA trackers is that they have access to your entire play history. This means it can determine your win rate, most played cards, favorite colors, best win streak, and lots of other stats you didn’t even know you had!
For example, I was surprised at how well I did at the beginning of the format. I didn’t realize that until I looked at my stats on Arena Tutor. I was willing to share this with my community and friends, since I was happy about it, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the app’s help.
Testing your deck is very common when preparing for a tournament or an in-game event. But keeping track of changes is a whole different story. In theory, you can make copies of your deck to create a makeshift “history,” but eventually you’ll just end up with a bunch of decks that are very similar with a couple cards in and out and nothing else to show for it.
But with a tracker you can quickly pinpoint what changes you’ve made to your deck. You can also go back and forth between different versions to see how much the deck has improved (or hasn’t).
One of the significant benefits of using an MTGA assistant is that some of them (like Arena Tutor) help you draft in real-time! Maybe you’re doubting which card to take because you don’t know how good it is overall, or maybe you just undervalue a card and overvalue another.
Luckily, Arena Tutor considers statistics from thousands of other users to determine which pick is best suited for your deck to help you get the best version of it.
This data is also dynamic, meaning it changes between picks and adjusts based on what you drafted so far.
I strongly recommend using this as a tie-breaker utility since experienced players usually use it like that. This is an excellent tool to help new players draft a good deck and avoid being crushed with a not-so-great one because they don’t know the format.
Along with helping you while drafting, these apps also give you an idea of what the best version of your deck would be based on the picks you made.
Arena Tutor in particular provides an excellent feature that not only suggests your best possible deck but can also give you a “sample hand” to check things like curve and mana distribution.
Another reason to use MTGA trackers is that they keep track of your past draft decks.
Sometimes you forget to take a screenshot of that busted deck you had or you want to show off your previous draft or best decks against other players on Arena. This is where the draft history comes in handy; you can just copy and paste your previous deck with a single click!
One of the biggest appeals of these apps for competitive players is the ability to determine the best play or craft a strategy based on your future draws.
You’d usually need to start taking notes at the start of the game or have a photographic memory, but the vast majority of us are too focused on the match itself so we forget useful details.
MTGA assistants provide you with this info right away. They’re excellent when you’re in a tough spot because they’ll help you decide what’s your best course of action.
Here are a few examples of when this could come in handy:
- You need to draw a land in the next couple of turns. What’s the probability of you drawing one based on the cards left in your library?
- Your opponent played their bomb. How many removal spells or answers do you have left in your deck to deal with it?
- Should you keep a hand with four lands? What’s the possibility you keep drawing lands and flood?
- Should you keep this hand with everything except one color and, if so, what’s the possibility of drawing the missing color based on your deck’s mana sources?
There’s a fair share of luck involved in Magic, but exploiting the data available is an excellent way to get the upper hand.
One of the best ways to get better is to go back and look at what plays you made in a game to figure out where you need to improve. Maybe you developed your mana in the wrong order, or you sequenced wrong because a card is new to you or you aren’t used to playing the deck.
Luckily, Arena Tutor lets you look at your replays too so you can figure out if you’re making any mistakes so you can learn from them and do better next time. This is also perfect for MTG coaches since you can send them this data and they can analyze your patterns before your session starts so you can work on your improvement areas right away.
Simply put, Arena Tutor stands out from other MTGA assistants because it keeps everything in one place and is intuitive to use. Let’s take a look at it with a little more depth, shall we?
If you’re a constructed player, your data is available to you right away. You’re able to filter through to see your best games, which matches you need to practice the most, and what deck performed the best for you.
You’re also less prone to make mistakes during a game since you can access your real-time log. But there are situations where you just don’t remember if you played a land and you have to decide based on a play you made.
Statistics also come in handy to decide sideboard options for your current match and future matches against similar decks.
There are times when you might just be curious to know how lucky you are, and Arena Tutor can help with this by showing you who won the die roll at the beginning of the match. Not particularly useful, but a fun tidbit to know!
Limited players have access to all of the same features that Arena Tutor offers for constructed matches plus the draft helper and the draft deck builder to help you improve.
If you happen to install the app now and have an already-drafted deck, the app still shows you with the best possible build, even if you didn’t use it while you were picking. Arena Tutor’s limited ratings are updated frequently, providing you with better and more accurate suggestions as time goes by.
Arena Tutor provides some other cool features that stand out from other MTGA trackers, particularly when it comes to customization. You can tweak your settings so that your overlay doesn’t interfere with your gameplay.
You can also look at other valuable stats like spells played, lands played, and life totals to figure out if your deck is struggling in any of those areas.
Some of these issues can be resolved by adding lands or trimming your non-interactive spells and adding a couple more creatures, but the key here is to find the issue. The statistics definitely make it easier for you.
Last but not least, Arena Tutor has a unique “Achievements” section where you can see some of your most impressive stats.
In my case, I got three unique ones for this match:
- Unstoppable: 10+ victories in a row
- Marathon Victory: Win a game in 15+ turns or more
- Schnope: Counter 2 or more spells during a game
There are plenty of other fun achievements you can unlock by making impressive plays or just getting incredibly lucky.
Fairgrounds Warden | Illustration by Izzy
The simple answer is no, though it certainly gives you an advantage against other players. The detailed answer is that while it’s significantly helpful to have access to an assistant, in reality it’s just information that’s presented to the player. All of is the stats shown are already available in the game. As far as WotC is concerned, it’s not cheating if the info is already available.
You know the cards in your deck during a match. You just need to look at your lands, hand, graveyard, and other game zones to figure out what’s in it. The same goes when it comes to what cards your opponent played. You’d just need to take notes to keep track of it. All MTGA trackers do is make this info easily accessible.
The same applies with the drafting utility. Experienced players may already know which cards are better in their decks from playtesting, and the app provides you with the same knowledge they have.
Finally, as I already mentioned, all of the information available is detailed in the game logs, meaning it’s publicly accessible and can be used to enhance the game experience.
Yes, the main functionality of Arena Tutor, like stats and the draft helper, will always be free. But with a small catch; you’ll have to look at in-app ads.
This can be annoying for some, but the ads aren’t too invasive. Still, if you want to remove them and access other cool features like graphs and extra UI improvements, you can definitely get rid of them!
Demonic Bargain | Illustration by Sam Guay
Hopefully I’ve already convinced you that MTGA assistants are great and that Arena Tutor is the best option out there! But if you’re having trouble getting it to work for you, I’ve got you covered.
First you should double-check the app’s settings. You may have to change them if you’re using it within or outside of the overlay.
Some options like “auto-launch” are necessary to ensure that Arena Tutor automatically tracks your games. Otherwise you’d have to start it manually before playing to make sure it’s running.
Draft Helper & Game Helper Windows
It’s also worth noting that the draft helper and the game helper can be two separate windows if you detach them from the overlay. If you’ve done this, the draft helper tab probably won’t show up right away and you’ll need to hit “Alt + Tab” to check it or use it on a second monitor.
Syncing your data to Arena Tutor is very easy. All you need to do is to enable detailed logging in MTG Arena. Here’s how to do that:
1. Open MTG Arena’s Options menu in the top right.
2. Click Account on the bottom left of the Options menu.
Odric, Blood-Cursed | Illustration by Chris Rallis
The digital era has arrived and WotC is stepping forward. Assistant apps are now the bread and butter for many for play this newest digital Magic platform. Arena Tutor in particular has proved to be very good at presenting the data most players look for. And its design is immaculate, so I 100% recommend it to maximize your play experience.
What do you think? Did I pique your interest in the app? What changes would you make to it to make it better? What features would you like to see added? Please let us know in the comments down below.
As always, take care and enjoy your day!