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Historic Anthology 5

2021.05.00 Patch Notes – Historic Anthology 5 Game Update

MTG Arena’s major game update for May 2021 brings us Historic Anthology 5 that adds 25 new cards to the Historic format, but more importantly there a lot of gameplay and bug fixes that has been lingering on for a while now! Check out the full scope of the patch below:

MAY 27 – 2021.05.00 Patch Notes


  • Historic Anthology 5 is now available, with Praetors, Commands, and more!
  • Jumpstart returns starting June 4!
  • Extensive bugfixes and improvements throughout the game


  • Fixed multiple bugs around social and Friend Challenges, especially on iOS
  • Improved several cases where login or app start could hang, leaving the player stuck at a black screen or loading spinner
  • Fixed a bug on mobile that prevented users from targeting offscreen cards – sliding a row will no longer select anything
    • NOTE: As a result of this bugfix, on mobile you can no longer drag blockers to assign them. You need to tap the blocker, then tap the creature you want them to block.
  • Fixed multiple bugs on mobile around permanents not unstacking when they should, especially around distribute damage and activating abilities
  • Fixed a bug that was making companions in Brawl decks cause deck validation problems
  • Fixed a bug that made Historic Tournament Match direct challenges use the wrong sideboard settings


  • Emblems on mobile are now placed similarly to how they are on desktop (along the left edge of the screen)
  • Android “back” button support has been extensively improved throughout the client
  • Pressing ‘return’ / ‘newline’ on the mobile keyboard will now send messages when chatting with friends.
  • The Black Lotus pet will not start in its second form. You can still change forms as normal.
  • Added hangers to clarify which cards are banned in Historic Brawl


  • We’ve updated the Mana Wheel UI for manually adding mana from sources that can produce multiple types of mana. You’ll also see how many mana you’ll be able to choose.
  • We now add additional time to your turn when you make choices during resolution. Tainted Pact should be less difficult to use.
  • We now wait for a confirmation on any selection from a group of your opponent’s cards. No more misclicking after an Emergent Ultimatum.
  • Adjusted the UX for scroll bars in browsers to make them more clear and easier to use
  • Creature rows will no longer scroll on their own while the user is assigning attackers or blockers.
  • We’ve shifted the number on count badges to be centered under the icon.
  • Modes that don’t have Timeouts no longer display Timeouts on the UI.
  • Right clicking a card that shows a modified cost in hand now displays the base cost.


Additional events added to MTG Arena. Read the MTG Arena Weekly Announcements to learn more!



Historic Anthology 5 has arrived! Get your hands on the new cards and styles, along with the return of Unsanctioned and Unstable full art basic lands!


Historic Anthology 5

Cost: 4,000 Gems or 25,000 Gold

Unsanctioned Basic Lands

  • Unsanctioned Full Art Plains
  • Unsanctioned Full Art Island
  • Unsanctioned Full Art Swamp
  • Unsanctioned Full Art Mountain
  • Unsanctioned Full Art Forest

Cost: 2,500 Gems or 12,500 Gold

Unstable Basic Lands

  • Unstable Full Art Plains
  • Unstable Full Art Island
  • Unstable Full Art Swamp
  • Unstable Full Art Mountain
  • Unstable Full Art Forest

Cost: 2,500 Gems or 12,500 Gold

Infernal Instruments Bundle

Cost: 1,500 Gems or 7,500 Gold

Grave Whispers Bundle

Cost: 1,500 Gems or 7,500 Gold

Ancient Adversaries Bundle

Cost: 1,600 Gems or 8,000 Gold

Draconic Commands Bundle

Cost: 1,700 Gems or 8,500 Gold

Card Styles

Now available for purchase through the Deckbuilder:

Depth Art:

Weathered Runestone
Runeforge Champion

Leaving Soon


  • Fixed an issue where, after selecting targets, Magma Opus would sometimes get stuck.
  • Back faces of TDFCs no longer use the front face’s Mana Cost to determine devotion.
  • Fixed a bug where the companion filter would be turned on by default while sideboarding for decks with companions
  • Storm cards on the stack now correctly show their count.
  • Yidaro’s post-cycling mini-CDC now correctly shows the number of times Yidaro has been cycled.
  • Autotap now has a better understanding of lands enchanted with multiple Glittering Frosts.
  • Fixed an issue where Nicol Bolas, God Pharaoh’s -4 could target cards in the wrong zones.
  • Fixed an issue with Inspiring Statuary not giving improvise to modal spells.
  • Sacrificing a creature you don’t own with Deadly Brew now draws a card, as it should.
  • Fixed a bug where the Theros full art lands would display incorrectly when turned into creatures with Emergent Sequence
  • Improved the performance of scrolling card rows on the battlefield (on mobile and desktop)
  • Improved performance when a card or VFX is shown on screen for the first time.
  • Nailed down an extremely elusive bug where, when regaining focus during the Mulligan screen, players would occasionally commit to a choice accidentally.
  • Fixed an issue where reconnecting mid-match could leave cards displaying that were no longer in the game.
  • Fixed a bug on mobile that prevented the user from viewing the battlefield during sideboarding
  • Fixed a bug with the mastery web UI on some mobile devices where placing certain orbs could not be confirmed
  • Fixed some cases where cards & pets could overlap on mobile
  • Fixed a bug where “New” & “First” tags could stop showing on cards
  • Blood on the Snow now displays the correct description for the number of cards the player can return.
  • The browser for Chapter 1 of King Narfi’s Betrayal now correctly shows both graveyards.
  • Fixed a bug that would cause the daily & weekly win trackers to show “10/25” when completed
  • Fixed a bug where Depth Art versions of certain Planeswalkers was set too low on the cards
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Direct Challenge history dropdown to be missing on wider mobile devices
  • Magecraft VFX no longer cover the sacrifice button when cards are on the stack.
  • Escape graveyard chains now appear once for each card exiled.
  • Foretell VFX now play on the stack when casting a foretold card.
  • Fixed an issue with Toho style cards showing the wrong name on the battlefield.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the stereo channels to be reversed during gameplay
  • MDFC Hint Bar mana cost is back in the correct font.
  • Fixed an issue where Stained Glass style Planeswalkers briefly appeared with no art
  • Cleaned up highlight VFX for split-cards that are near hand castables.
  • Fixed the Furigana for Thraben Inspector and Declaration in Stone.
  • Fixed an issue where the VFX for the second Planeswalker played on the Strixhaven battlefield clipped through the battlefield.
  • Cards that have foretell, and have been exiled, and can be cast, but weren’t ever actually foretold, no longer display foretell VFX.
  • Fixed multiple bugs with STX planeswalker VO
  • Fixed the SP translation of Memory Lapse
  • Fixed he PT translations of Beledros Witherbloom.
  • Updated the German flavor text for Square Up.

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