Magic: The Gathering Arena
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, 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 happened on December 4, 2017
First mentioned on on August 3, 2017, its reveal was on September 7, 2017. 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.
There will be two in-game currencies forming the basis of the MTG Arena economy.
- Gold — by winning games, completing quests, and wins in events.
- Gems — purchased for real money from the in-game store.
Both gold and gems can be used to unlock packs, events, and more. While there will be some cosmetic items that can only be purchased with gems, there won't be any gameplay content that can only be unlocked with real money.
Draft packs will contain 14 cards mirroring tabletop drafts (the basic land has been removed). Drafting will also add cards to your collection, as any card you draft will be automatically added to your collection.
Individual cards will also be earnable through play. Wizards of the Coast is curently testing a system where for every match win, players will receive one card, up to 30 per day.
Wildcards are special cards that have a chance to appear in the place of each card at any rarity in every booster you open. Wildcards have their own rarity of common, uncommon, rare, and mythic rare. You can redeem a Wildcard one-to-one for a card at that same rarity.
Every time you open a booster, you earn progress toward unlocking The Vault. When you would collect a fifth copy (or more) of a card, you earn vault progress instead of adding that card to your collection. Wizards of the Coast is testing the rewards you can earn each time you open The Vault, starting by awarding a number of Wildcards. The exact mix over time and during testing to get the balance correct and keep things exciting.
- Jeffrey Steefel. (June 13, 2017.) “Magic Digital Next Update”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Chris Cao. (October 25, 2017.) “MTG Arena Closed Beta Incoming”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Chris Cao. (November 21, 2017.) “MTG Arena Closed Beta Starts December 4”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Twitter announcement
- Jeffrey Steefel. (September 7, 2017.) “Everything You Need to Know About Magic: The Gathering Arena”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Chris Clay. (January 17, 2018.) “Developing the MTG Arena Economy”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.