Beginners

New to Magic: The Gathering and MTG Arena? Start here! We’ll walk you through options that introduce and teach the game for beginners, and help get you started!

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Challenger Decks 2022

Challenger Decks 2022

Challenger Decks 2022 are a set of preconstructed decks designed for tabletop players that wish to start competitive tournament play right out of the box for the Standard format. Released on April 1, 2022, there are four decks in total, containing…

Kiora, the Tide's Fury Art by Magali Villeneuve

Conjure Mechanic

Reminder Text A conjured card is added to the game. Description Conjure is a digital-only, Magic: The Gathering Arena exclusive keyword action mechanic first introduced in Jumpstart: Historic Horizons. Conjure creates cards out of thin air as a digital object that acts just like a…

Skyshroud Lookout Art by Olena Richards

Seek Mechanic

Reminder Text To seek a card, put one at random from your library into your hand. Description Seek is a digital-only, Magic: The Gathering Arena exclusive keyword action mechanic first introduced in Jumpstart: Historic Horizons. A card with this mechanic will have the game randomly…

MTG Color Naming Guide

MTG Color Combination Name Guide

One of the ways in which Magic: The Gathering (a.k.a. MTG or simply “Magic”) can be a hard game for new players to learn are the specialized names and terms that are frequently used by the playerbase at large. Among…

MTG Deck Archetype Naming Guide

MTG Deck Archetype Name Guide

Magic: The Gathering is known as a complex game that can often be difficult for new players to fully learn. This reputation has been earned not only because of the gameplay itself, but also because of the terms and jargon…

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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 massive effort of other members of the community and wouldn’t…

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Major MTG Arena Change Timeline

Here are the important MTG Arena changes timeline, latest at the top. December 9, 2021 A new digital-only format called Alchemy is introduced to Arena. It’s a Standard alternative, featuring rebalanced cards that also exist in paper, and special additions.…

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Improving at MTG

Disclaimer This part of the guide contains an unusually high amount of personal experience and opinions. to be sort of the point of it. You can also view our entire range of strategy articles here. 1. Understanding Magic: a collection…

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Common MTG Slang

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 Arena. 1. Colors and color combinations in deck naming Five…

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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 Overview Turn Structure Battle Setup Card Structure Core Card Types…

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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 the things said in other parts of the guide. Arena-specific:…

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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 for a turn, which is extended for every action you…

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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 by news and three game modes currently advertised by the…

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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 are coming. What next? I stopped playing and now got…

Advanced Search Terms

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 even if it falls behind the one at Scryfall. Hovering…

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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 Magic are Constructed and Limited. In Constructed you prepare your…