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MTG Arena Beginner’s Guide

This is your complete, unabridged beginner’s guide to Magic: The Gathering Arena hosted by MTG Arena Zone. Written by /u/localghost, Heffalump#3697, in 2020 – 2021. This guide builds on the...

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Major MTG Arena Change Timeline

Here are the important MTG Arena changes timeline, latest at the top. August 24, 2021 An important patch with a large-scale change to backend systems was applied (moved forward from...

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Improving at MTG

Disclaimer This part of the guide contains an unusually high amount of personal experience and opinions. Consider to be sort of the point of it. You can also view our...

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Common MTG Slangs

The corpus of Magic slang is formidable (and that list isn’t full either). So, here’s a somewhat more digestible arbitrary selection of terms considering the focus of this guide on...

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Introduction to MTG

A very basic yet verbose introduction to Magic: The Gathering. NB: if you want a more official introduction, it can be found here. Table of Contents The Golden Rule Game...

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Inner Workings of Arena

Common misconceptions and questioned rules Here are clarifications on some of the most common points where new players get confused about Arena and Magic. This section will repeat many of...

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Arena Economy in Detail

Details on obtaining cards and duplicate protection Packs By far not all cards on Arena can be opened in packs, whether Store or Limited ones, or obtained as ICRs. Regular...

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Playing a Match

Most of the in-match interface does not require commentary or is explained in the tutorial. Read on for some non-trivial details. Turn time and the rope You have limited time...

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Using Arena: Interface and Add-ons

General Interface Overview Tabs along the top left Home tab has an overview of your quests and daily/weekly win rewards progress at the bottom, while the main space is taken...

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Quick Start Guide

Table of Contents I just started. What to do? How to get cards? A brief overview How to get resources and craft cards? I got the basics and free decks...

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Advanced Search

General Notes In addition to common filters at the top and advanced filters that open via the last “three sliders” icon, there the search field — a fairly powerful tool...

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Formats, Queues, Events

Magic: The Gathering is played in a variety of formats and modes that differ by rules, allowed card pools, and deck building principles and restrictions. Two main ways of playing...