2021.05.00 Patch Notes – Historic Anthology 5 Game Update

Historic Anthology 5

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

GAME UPDATE HIGHLIGHTS

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

NOTABLE BUG FIXES

  • 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

GENERAL

  • 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

GAMEPLAY

  • 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.

UPCOMING MTG ARENA EVENTS

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

STORE

NOW AVAILABLE

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!

Bundles

Historic Anthology 5

  • 4x Ancient Grudge
  • 4x Atarka’s Command
  • 4x Court Homunculus
  • 4x Dragonstorm
  • 4x Dromoka’s Command
  • 4x Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
  • 4x Grisly Salvage
  • 4x Ichor Wellspring
  • 4x Intangible Virtue
  • 4x Into the North
  • 4x Jin-Gitaxias, Core Auger
  • 4x Kolaghan’s Command
  • 4x Merfolk Looter
  • 4x Ojutai’s Command
  • 4x Ray of Revelation
  • 4x Relic of Progenitus
  • 4x Reverse Engineer
  • 4x Sheoldred, Whispering One
  • 4x Silumgar’s Command
  • 4x Stifle
  • 4x Trash for Treasure
  • 4x Urabask the Hidden
  • 4x Vault Skirge
  • 4x Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger
  • 4x Whirler Rogue

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

  • Ichor Wellspring Card Style
  • Whirler Rogue Card Style
  • Vault Skirge Card Style
  • Reverse Engineer Card Style
  • Court Homunculus Card Style
  • Stifle Card Style
  • Urabrask the Hidden Card Style

Cost: 1,500 Gems or 7,500 Gold

Grave Whispers Bundle

  • Grisly Salvage Card Style
  • Merfolk Looter Card Style
  • Sheoldred, Whispering One Card Style
  • Trash for Treasure Card Style
  • Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur Card Style
  • Ray of Revelation Card Style
  • Relic of Progenitus Card Style

Cost: 1,500 Gems or 7,500 Gold

Ancient Adversaries Bundle

  • Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger Card Style
  • Into the North Card Style
  • Dragonstorm Card Style
  • Ancient Grudge Card Style
  • Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite Card Style
  • Intangible Virtue Card Style

Cost: 1,600 Gems or 8,000 Gold

Draconic Commands Bundle

  • Atarka’s Command Card Style
  • Dromoka’s Command Card Style
  • Kolaghan’s Command Card Style
  • Ojutai’s Command Card Style
  • Silumgar’s Command Card Style

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

  • Mila, Crafty Companion Pet
  • Mila, Crafty Companion Sleeve
  • Amon-Cat Pet

BUG FIXES

  • 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.

Terence

Korean gamer in Australia. Proud owner of the DotGG and its network of websites. I especially enjoy fantasy worlds, role-playing games, and collecting things! Favorite games include World of Warcraft, Magic: The Gathering, and League of Legends.

3 Responses

  1. Stiv says:

    There are many more bugs they fixed, that were around since the STX/MA update April the 15th, and they don’t mention them!
    1) The infamous “Asset error” message at every Arena start, that caused many minutes lost every time 2) The game crashed every time someone played a Fatal Push (so Historic was pretty unplayable) 3) All the red cards in Mystical Archive were without name and text box, replaced by a black void 4) The same black void was in the text box of M21 “Teferi’s” basic Island 5) The same black void was in the art box of THB Underworld Dreams. I experienced all these bugs on PC, they weren’t there on mobile. Finally they are fixed, but now the art box of Sheperd of the Flock is replaced by the dreaded black void! I guess I’ll have to wait the next patch for this…

    • Stiv says:

      *I’m sorry, the text box of Sheperd of the Flock. To specify: in these cases just the mana cost is visible in this black void. So 1W of the adventure is floating in a black background! Have somebody experienced such bugs as these or am I the only unlucky one?