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Patch goes live on July 25th. This new content patch will include a series of special events called the Plane-cation Chronicles spanning over five weeks, improvements to the game installer and update process, and more.

Please note: This news article will be updated with more detail once the official patch or the patch notes go live, which ever comes first.

Patch Notes

Click here for the State of the Beta article for this update, and click here for Wizard of the Coast’s detailed official patch notes.

Plane-cation Chronicles

Beginning on July 28th, players will be travelling across the Multiverse! Similar to the War of the Spark Chronicles series of events:

  • One event per week over five weeks, featuring special formats with different rules (see below for more details)
  • Free entry to the events
  • Unique rewards for up to 6 cumulative wins per event. The first win will grant 1000 Mastery XP, and each win will reward a full art Basic Land of each type with the art corresponding to the Plane that we are on for that week.

Plane-cation Chronicles Event Schedule

Each event will start on Sunday at 8 AM PT (15:00 UTC) and end on the following Tuesday at 11 AM PT (18:00 UTC). Players will have until 8 AM PT Tuesday to join the event. Event details and order are yet to be confirmed and will be updated once they are released.

  • July 28 to July 30: Ravnica – Guild Wars
  • August 4 to August 6: ?
  • August 11 to August 13: ?
  • August 18 to August 20: ?
  • August 25 to August 27: ?

Ravnica – Guild Battle

Pick from one of ten preconstructed decks each representing one of the ten guilds of Ravnica:

  • Golgari Swarm (Black/Green)
  • Cult of Rakdos (Red/Black)
  • Simic Combine (Green/Blue)
  • Selesnya Conclave (Green/White)
  • Gruul Clans (Red/Green)
  • Boros Legion (Red/White)
  • House Dimir (Blue/Black)
  • Izzet League (Blue/Red)
  • Orzhov Syndicate (Black/White)
  • Azorious Senate (White/Blue)

You’ll be able to preview the decks before selecting which one to begin with, and if you decide to swap allegiances, you’ll be able to pick a different deck between matches. The decks and the cards you use for this event will not be added to your collection.

Standard Shake-Up

This event encourages players to brew new decks and have fun, rather than use a highly competitive metagame deck. Players can build a Standard deck with the following cards banned for this event only:

Zendikar – Landfall

For this event, each player will start with an emblem that reads:

“Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, exile the top card of your library. If that card is a land card, put it into your hand. If that card is a creature card, put that card on the bottom of your library and create a 1/1 green Plant creature token. If that card is a noncreature, nonland card, put that card on the bottom of your library, each opponent loses 1 life, and you gain 1 life.”

Treasure Constructed

Treasure Constructed makes its return. For this event, each player creates an artifact Treasure token (which you can sacrifice to create one mana of any color) at the beginning of their upkeep phase.


Pauper also makes its return for Plane-cation Chronicles (no Singleton, unfortunately), which is a format where players can build decks with only cards of the common rarity. We covered the War of the Spark Chronicles Pauper event here, and we will be updating our decklists for this event as well.

Game Installer and Update Improvements

First, you’ll no longer be required to download and reinstall the entire game client with most (some updates may require complete reinstall) updates. Secondly, the game will also be able to “pre-download” certain files and assets prior to the game update going live, which means come patch day, the only thing you should have to download are those changes to the client. These two changes should greatly improve both the time and the bandwidth needed to update MTG Arena. This update will be effective going forward after the July 25 update.

These changes to the game client combined with other improvements to game performance mean that log outputs will be changing with this update. For those of you who use tracking tools or software that rely on game logs, this may require you to update some things on your end. To help get you started, here is an example output ( .pdf .txt ) of what a log file will look like after the July 25 game update.

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