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MTG: Arena Announcements and State of the Game, March 16, 2022

Another Wednesday means Wizards of the Coast has released their latest news bulletin, the MTG Arena Announcements. These once-weekly blog posts are where Wizards keeps the playerbase up-to-date on all of the upcoming events and happenings on the Arena client.

This week, Wizards has also published a State of the Game article alongside the announcements because of tomorrow’s impending release of Kamigawa: Alchemy, the newest expansion to Arena’s newest format. Much of the information in the State of the Game is a reiteration of what’s found in the Arena Announcements, so we’ve compiled everything you need to know from both posts here in one article for your convenience.

We’ll give you the quick rundown on everything Wizards wants us to know about Arena below. You can also check out the full text of either of the original posts on Wizards’ website here:


MTG Arena Economy Stream Happening Tomorrow

During Wizards’ regular Weekly MTG stream, hosted by WotC PR guy Blake Rasmussen over at twitch.tv/magic, players have been repeatedly asking question about MTG Arena’s economy – particularly since Alchemy was added to the game. Although the questions have gone unanswered up to now, Rasmussen has been promising an entire stream dedicated to tackling these issues for months.

Tomorrow, Rasmussen will be following through with that promise: on Weekly MTG, Thursday, March 17 at 2:30 PST, he will be spending the lion’s share of the stream on a discussion of the game’s economy. Wizards says they “wanted to acknowledge some of the feedback we’ve received, give some insight on our design philosophies and intentions, as well as open it up for a live Q&A.”

There will also be a companion article published on Wizards’ website, although they encourage players to tune in. We’ll have coverage of the stream here on MTG Arena Zone as well, so check back with us tomorrow evening to learn more.

Alchemy: Kamigawa Launches Tomorrow, March 17

In addition, tomorrow is when we’ll be getting our hands on the first expansion to Alchemy since the format was launched – Alchemy: Kamigawa, the Alchemy companion to Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty. These small, 30-card expansion sets are expected to continue to release alongside each Premier Set going forward.

The set will utilize the previous digital-only mechanics from Jumpstart: Historic Horizons and Alchemy: Innistrad, including Seek, Conjure, and Perpetual. We’re also getting a new mechanic called Intensity, and the card Static Discharge from J:HH is being modified to incorporate the new mechanic. You can find more information about the new mechanic, along with card previews for all 30 of the Alchemy: Kamigawa cards, over on our Set Guide:

Continuing Tweaks to the New Play Blade

In December of 2021, Wizards redesigned the play blade on MTG Arena in an attempt to reduce visual clutter and make it easier to navigate the many different ways to play on the client. Since then, Wizards has been making changes and tweaks to the new system to further increase its user friendliness.

With the update tomorrow, there are two significant changes coming to the blade. Firstly, the Events tab will now have filters to help sort events: All, In Progress, New, Limited, and Constructed.

Secondly, the Last Played tab will now include some of the other events and queues that you have recently played besides just the one that was most recent:

Neon Arcade Ending, The Unbroken Blade Launching, and Out of the Shadows on March 25-April 1

The second of the three events offering the different Neon Dynasty card styles, The Unbroken Blade, will be getting started this Friday as the first event, Neon Arcade, comes to a close. These three events are all based on Singleton Alchemy, each with a unique emblem that both players will start the game with.

We’ve covered the full details of the events and their potential rewards extensively in the last two weeks of announcements; read more about it below:

The Unbroken Blade is your way to earn the Samurai showcase card styles on Arena, and the event will be running until the Ninja cardstyle event, Out of the Shadows, launches on March 25.

Arena’s First Alchemy Metagame Challenge Runs March 25-28

The Metagame Challenges have become a staple of the events that are offered on MTG Arena, and while we’ve seen these challenges for both Standard and Historic, we have yet to see one for Alchemy – until now. As a part of Wizards’ ongoing effort to increase the appeal of the Alchemy format to players, the first Alchemy Metagame Challenge will be taking place on the weekend of March 25th.

The competition will take the form of Alchemy best-of-three matches, and as with other Metagame Challenges, participants will play until they reach 7 wins or 1 loss. The entry fee for the event is set at 2000 gold or 400 gems. The reward structure is as follows:

WinsRewards
7 wins5,000 gold + 30 packs
6 wins4,000 gold + 20 packs
5 wins3,000 gold + 10 packs
4 wins2,500 gold + 5 packs
3 wins2,000 gold + 3 packs
2 wins1,500 gold + 1 pack
1 win1,000 gold
0 wins500 gold

And with that, we’ve touched the bases on all of the important information that Wizards has shared with us through both the weekly Announcements and also the most recent State of the Game. We’ve embedded the original text of today’s announcements as it includes a link to the State of the Game as well as a fully-updated schedule of MTG Arena events at the bottom. See you again next week!

MTG Arena Announcements, March 16, 2022

State of the Game – Alchemy: Kamigawa

Alchemy: Kamigawa arrives in MTG Arena this Thursday, March 17, and Jay Parker gives us a look at the 30-card set, improvements coming to MTG Arena, and lots more in the Alchemy: Kamigawa State of the Game article.

Alchemy: Kamigawa Arrives March 17!

The MTG Arena Store will have Alchemy: Kamigawa packs and bundles available this Thursday, March 17. Check out new cards from Alchemy: Kamigawa you can add to your collection!

  • 1x Alchemy: Kamigawa pack for 1,000 gold
  • 15x Alchemy: Kamigawa packs for 3,000 gems

Also, look for new bundles available in the Store, including the Tamiyo Compleat Bundle, Koi Pet Bundle, Spirited Companion Bundle, and several depth-art bundles!

Read the Alchemy: Kamigawa State of the Game article for details on the release and what’s coming in MTG Arena.

MTG Arena Economy Discussion on Weekly MTG

Tune in to Weekly MTG on Twitch this Thursday, March 17, at 2:30 p.m. PT for a discussion of the MTG Arena economy—how it works, the whys behind its design, and goals driving it. There will also be a Q&A session, so get your questions ready!

The Unbroken Blade Begins This Friday

Master the ways of the samurai in The Unbroken Blade event coming March 18–25. The Studying the Blade emblem you receive will keep your solitary attackers strong and slicing through the competition, giving +1/+1 to creatures that attack alone (or a +1/+1 counter if you pay the additional life cost).

Prizes include twelve showcase Samurai card styles from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty, such as this one:

Showcase Samurai card style

Collect all twelve card styles before the event ends on March 25!

Out of the Shadows, March 25–April 1

After The Unbroken Blade ends, jump into the Out of the Shadows event to continue adding to your card styles collection—this time with Ninja card styles. From March 25 to April 1, enter the streets of Towashi with the Out of the Shadows emblem that can strengthen your creatures and let them spring from the shadows in surprise attacks on your opponents!

Prizes include twelve showcase Ninja card styles from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty, like this one:

Showcase Ninja card style

Play in the First Alchemy Metagame Challenge March 25–28!

Bring your Alchemy deck and compete in the first Alchemy Metagame Challenge the weekend of March 25–28! These will be Best-of-Three matches with prizes based on the number of matches you win:

WinsRewards
7 wins5,000 gold + 30 packs
6 wins4,000 gold + 20 packs
5 wins3,000 gold + 10 packs
4 wins2,500 gold + 5 packs
3 wins2,000 gold + 3 packs
2 wins1,500 gold + 1 pack
1 win1,000 gold
0 wins500 gold

Plus, all players who enter will receive the Ogre Mask sleeve!

Neon Ogre Mask sleeve

Event Schedule

Midweek Magic

Midweek Magic events begin on Tuesdays at 8 a.m. PT and end on Thursdays at 11 a.m. PT.

  • March 15–17: Standard Shakeup
  • March 22–24: What Was Written
    • This event uses all MTG Arena‘s cards from Standard format releases starting with Return to Ravnica.
  • March 29–31: On the Edge
  • April 5–7: Challenger Showcase
  • April 12–14: Blast from the Past
    • This event uses all MTG Arena‘s cards from Standard format releases from Ixalan to Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty.

Quick Draft

  • March 11–25: Innistrad: Crimson Vow
  • March 25–April 8: Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
  • April 8–22: Zendikar Rising
  • April 22–29: Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
  • April 29–May 12: Kaldheim

Arena Open

  • April 16–17: Historic

Other Events

  • March 4–17: Neon Arcade (earn Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty card styles!)
  • March 17–26: Traditional Sealed Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
    • Developer’s Note: We’ve put Traditional Sealed Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty back on our event schedule based on feedback we received from players who were hoping to have more opportunities to practice for the upcoming Qualifier Weekend. While there may be times when we won’t be able to make these kinds of adjustments, if we can, we will!
  • March 18–25: The Unbroken Blade
  • March 25–April 1: Out of the Shadows
  • March 25–28: Alchemy Metagame Challenge
  • April 1–8: Dominaria Premier Draft
  • April 8–15: Sealed Ravnica Mixer

March 2022 Ranked Season

The March 2022 Ranked Season begins February 28 at 12:05 p.m. PT (20:05 UTC) and ends on March 31 at 12 p.m. PT (20:00 UTC).

  • Bronze Reward: 1 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty pack
  • Silver Reward: 1 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty pack + 500 gold
  • Gold Reward: 2 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty packs + 1,000 gold + Hotshot Mechanic card style
  • Platinum Reward: 3 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty packs + 1,000 gold + Hotshot Mechanic card style + Mindlink Mech card style
  • Diamond Reward: 4 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty packs + 1,000 gold + Hotshot Mechanic card style + Mindlink Mech card style
  • Mythic Reward: 5 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty packs + 1,000 gold + Hotshot Mechanic card style + Mindlink Mech card style

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