Magic: The Gathering Arena

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Magic: The Gathering Arena or MTG Arena is a digital Magic game, created under the umbrella of Magic Digital Next by the Digital Games Studio. Though it is stated that is it not considered to be the successor of Magic Duels[1], it fills the same product space. The game will exist independently from Magic Online. It is currently under Closed Beta development. The Closed Beta Kickoff is expected around November 30, 2017.[2]

First mentioned on on August 3, 2017[3], its reveal was on September 7, 2017.[4] The sound effects, colors and overall design of the battlefield are similar to the competing Hearthstone video game. MTG Arena will be available to download with no fee and is a free-to-play game. Players looking to enhance their game experience will have the opportunity to do so through play rewards and in-game purchases, but purchases are not required to access the full depth of authentic Magic gameplay.

Unlike Magic Online, MTG Arena will only focus on the newest cards and game modes. It will feature the full card sets in Standard, with around 1,000 new cards added every year. Wizards of the Coast is exploring opportunities to connect real-world in-store play with digital play — for instance, giving rewards in MTG Arena for attending a Prerelease.

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  1. Jeffrey Steefel. (June 13, 2017.) “Magic Digital Next Update”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Chris Cao. (October 25, 2017.) “MTG Arena Closed Beta Incoming”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Twitter announcement
  4. Jeffrey Steefel. (September 7, 2017.) “Everything You Need to Know About Magic: The Gathering Arena”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

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