Guides

Welcome to MTG Arena Zone’s guide section. This set of articles aims to help players from complete beginners with all that they need to start playing Magic: The Gathering, to experts on how to improve their gameplay. You will also find the latest premium deck guides that show you how to sideboard against common matchups!

Mephit's Enthusiasm Art by Kim Sokol

Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate Removal Guide

Limited formats are defined by removal. Its quantity and quality determines which strategies are valid. In some sets, large quantities of unconditional removal will make large creatures without any abilities practically unplayable. In others, availability of cheaply costed removal spells…

Sword Coast Serpent Art by Caio Monteiro

Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate Sealed Guide

Get out your machetes, because we’re in uncharted territory now! After the Wise Wizards of the Waterfront dipped our toes into the harsh, unforgiving waters of Streets of New Capenna + Alchemy (it sucked), we are ready to get our…

Champions of Tyr Art by Fajareka Setiawan

Double Team Mechanic

Reminder Text When a creature with double team attacks, if it’s not a token, conjure a duplicate of the original into your hand, and then both cards lose double team. Description Double Team is a digital-only, Magic: the Gathering Arena…

Tenacious Pup Art by Brian Valeza

Boon Mechanic

Reminder Text A new-to-MTG Arena mechanic, not exclusive to the Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate set, boon is a way to represent delayed triggers, similar to an emblem, but once they trigger, they disappear. Description Boon is a digital-only, Magic: the Gathering Arena exclusive…

Specialize Mechanic

Reminder Text Pay mana and discard a color/land type of your choice to change your card to that new card with its effects (the change depends on which color you discarded). Description Specialize is a digital-only, Magic: the Gathering Arena…

Alchemy and Standard Rotation

MTG Standard Rotation Guide

What is Standard Rotation? With the advent of MTG Arena, Standard is the most accessible and widely played constructed format in Magic: The Gathering. Four Magic sets are released (one approximately every three months) and added to Standard each year, and subsequently…