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MTG: Arena Announcements, April 13, 2022

Another week means another MTG Arena Announcements blog from Wizards of the Coast. As always, we’ll be providing a summary of all of this week’s information – although this time, nearly everything Wizards had for us amounts to a review of information that was first given to us in last week’s announcements.

We’ll get started by covering anything new from this week, and then we’ll quickly go over all of the previously known details that Wizards wanted to reinforce.

Just for Fun: Streets of New Capenna Quiz

As we draw closer to the release of Streets of New Capenna, the new mobster-themed set coming at the end of April, Wizards of the Coast is looking to continue building the hype. In this week’s announcements, they included a notice about a Streets of New Capenna quiz available now on their official website.

The quiz is meant to determine which of New Capenna’s crime families you belong to, and completing it will also earn you a special card sleeve for whichever family your results align with.

Reminder: Streets of New Capenna Preorders Available Now

Last week, Wizards introduced the Streets of New Capenna “Pack” and “Play” preorder bundles for the first time. Both bundles are now available for purchase on Arena for $49.99. The contents of the bundles are as follows:

Pack Bundle:

Elspeth Resplendent sleeve

Play Bundle:

Ob Nixilis standing proudly over his defeated enemy, Xander
Blue griffon-like construct pet holding a glowing yellow orb

Reminder: New Options for Deck Cosmetics

Last week’s update also added a feature to Arena that allows players to select a particular Avatar and Pet to be associated with individual decks instead of just the card sleeves as before. The functionality to add a favorite basic land type hasn’t been added yet, but Wizards says their team is actively working on it.

Deck Details scene with options to add an avatar, a pet, and a card sleeve to a deck

Reminder: Alchemy Balancing

Last Thursday, Wizards also implemented the latest set of balancing changes for the Alchemy format. Wizards included a reminder of these changes in today’s announcements; you can find a detailed breakdown of these changes at the link below:

Upcoming Events: Arena Open, Tinkerer’s Cube

Lastly, Wizards provided a reminder of two major events coming to Arena: The Tinkerer’s Cube, a limited “Phantom Draft” event that will be running from April 15-28, and the Arena Open beginning this Saturday, April 16.

Looking for more information about the Tinkerer’s Cube? We have a draft guide available here:

Meanwhile, the Arena Open will be featuring the Historic format, and will take place on April 16-17. More details about this month’s Open can be found on the official event page.

That covers everything from this week – things are pretty quiet for now while we wait for Streets of New Capenna, but they’ll no doubt be heating up soon as Wizards preps for the set’s release. In the meantime, you can find the full text of today’s announcements from Wizards embedded below, which includes an updated schedule of events on Arena and details on the ongoing April ranked season.

MTG Arena Announcements, April 13, 2022

Available Now: Streets of New Capenna Preorder Bundles

Whether you’re a competitive or casual player, don’t miss your opportunity to get a head start on collecting the new set by grabbing one—or both!—of these preorder bundles for Streets of New Capenna:

Elspeth Pack Bundle


Elspeth Resplendent sleeve

Ob Nixilis Play Bundle


Ob Nixilis standing proudly over his defeated enemy, Xander
Blue griffon-like construct pet holding a glowing yellow orb

The Latest Alchemy Rebalances

April 7 saw the rebalancing of several cards in the Alchemy format. See what’s been tweaked and why in the Alchemy rebalancing rundown.

Family Means Business: Which Is Yours?

Find the family that fits your style by taking the Streets of New Capenna quiz and score yourself the family’s card sleeve, too, delivered to your inbox!

Decked-Out Decks

Express yourself with a full cosmetic outfitting of your decks by associating avatars, pets, and sleeves with them! Now you can have a complete ensemble when you take a deck into battle.

Assign an avatar, pet, and card sleeve to a deck by going to Decks and picking your deck. Select Edit Deck and look for the bar graph in the upper right. Select it to enter Deck Details and you’re there!

Deck Details scene with options to add an avatar, a pet, and a card sleeve to a deck

This Weekend: Arena Open Historic

The next Arena Open kicks off this Saturday, April 16. This two-day event will feature competition in the Historic format, and all participants will receive the Neon Samurai card sleeve:

Check out the Arena Open page details!

Tinkerer’s Cube April 15–28

The Tinkerer’s Cube is back beginning Friday, April 15, and continuing through April 28. Draft three 14-card packs for Best-of-One and Best-of-Three matches with a chance to win gold and Historic individual card rewards! This is a Phantom event, so drafted cards are not added to your collection.

Find out more, including the full card list and updates, in the Tinkerer’s Cube article.

Midweek Magic

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

  • April 19–21: What Was Written
    • This event will use all cards available in MTG Arena from Standard sets Return to Ravnica forward.
  • April 26–28: Historic Brawl
  • May 3–5: Streets of New Capenna Phantom Bot Draft
  • May 10–12: Standard

Quick Draft

  • April 8–22: Zendikar Rising
  • April 22–29: Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
  • April 29–May 13: Kaldheim
  • May 13–27: Streets of New Capenna
  • May 27–June 10: Strixhaven: School of Mages
  • June 10–24: Streets of New Capenna

Arena Opens

  • April 16–17: Historic
  • May 14–15: Mixed Limited Streets of New Capenna
    • Day 1: Sealed, Day 2: Traditional Draft

Other Events

  • April 8–15: Sealed Ravnica Mixer
    • This event will offer an entry of 12,000 gold in addition to the gem entry. We are trying this with older sets; it will not be an option for the Streets of New Capenna launch.
  • April 15–28: Tinkerer’s Cube
  • April 28–May 20: Sealed Streets of New Capenna
  • Beginning May 12: Streets of New Capenna festivals—details coming soon!

April 2022 Ranked Season

The April 2022 Ranked Season begins March 31 at 12:05 p.m. PT (19:05 UTC) and ends on April 30 at 12 p.m. PT (19:00 UTC).

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