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Historic Event

Best-of-One Historic Event Guide and Decklists

MTG Arena runs evergreen events for each available constructed format and for each game mode. These events provide a way for players to compete with each other for rewards in gems, packs, and Play-In Points. Read about the most recent change in structure to the events on April 28, 2022 here.

This guide will aim to provide complete details for each of the events, as well as decklists with proven results players can use. You can navigate every guide using the table below:

FormatGame Mode
Traditional StandardBest-of-three
Traditional AlchemyBest-of-three
Traditional ExplorerBest-of-three
Traditional HistoricBest-of-three

Event Details

Bring your Historic deck, play some games, and receive rewards based on how many games you win!

  • Duration: Evergreen
  • FormatHistoric
  • Entry Fee: 2,500 gold or 375 gems
  • Ends After: 7 wins or 3 losses, whichever comes first
  • Match Structure: Best-of-one matches (BO1)

Event Rewards

For Historic events, packs will be from sets rotated out from Standard.

WinsGemsPacksPlay-In Point
0 Wins25 gems
1 Win50 gems
2 Wins75 gems1 pack
3 Wins200 gems1 pack
4 Wins300 gems1 pack
5 Wins400 gems2 packs
6 Wins450 gems2 packs
7 Wins500 gems3 packs1 Play-In Point

Format Details

Historic is Magic: The Gathering Arena’s exclusive, digital-only constructed non-rotating format. You can use any of the cards available in the game, such as cards introduced via Historic Anthology sets, Mystical Archive, Jumpstart Horizons, and Remastered events.

This also includes cards that are digitally rebalanced, such as A-Teferi, Time Raveler which was banned initially but unbanned with its mana cost increased by one. A full list can be found here.

Our full range of resources are available for Explorer in the below sections:


One-on-one with a 60 card minimum for the main deck and up to 7 cards in their sideboard. These cards may be accessed during the game through cards such as:

Legal Sets

  • Ixalan
  • Rivals of Ixalan
  • Dominaria
  • Core Set 2019
  • Guilds of Ravnica
  • Ravnica Allegiance
  • War of the Spark
  • Core Set 2020
  • Throne of Eldraine
  • Theros Beyond Death
  • Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
  • Core Set 2021
  • Jumpstart
  • Zendikar Rising
  • Kaldheim
  • Strixhaven: School of Mages
  • Mystical Archive
  • Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
  • Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
  • Innistrad: Crimson Vow
  • Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
  • Streets of New Capenna

The following digital-only releases are legal in Historic.

  • Arena Base Set
  • Historic Anthology
  • Amonkhet Remastered
  • Kaladesh Remastered
  • Jumpstart: Historic Horizons
  • Alchemy: Innistrad
  • Alchemy: New Capenna

Banned Cards

Below is the list of cards that are currently banned in Historic. With the introduction of digital card rebalancing, no cards are currently suspended.

Historic Event Decklists

Below are some sample decklists that achieved the maximum wins required for the event. These can vary from fun brews to proven decks that are prevalent in the metagame.

You can submit your deck using our deck builder!

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