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MTG Arena Announcements: April 17th, 2023

Arena announcements are here again, and this week, we have a bunch of great announcements! March of the Machine comes to Arena tomorrow, a Standard Metagame Challenge this weekend, and much more!

March of the Machine Out Tomorrow!

March of the Machine logo

The end is nigh!

Realmbreaker, Elesh Norn’s twisted version of Kaldheim’s World Tree, has breached the planes, and Phyrexian forces are swarming. Tomorrow, its loathsome limbs deposit March of the Machine in MTG Arena, bringing new cards, new mechanics, new Store offerings, and new March of the Machine Sealed and Draft events—including the Standard Metagame Challenge happening this weekend!

New Store Offerings

We have new goodies coming to the Store tomorrow alongside the release of March of the Machine:

  • Full-art lands
  • New Praetor card styles
  • Sticker bundle, featuring Chandra, Borborygmos & Fblthp, and Yargle & Multani stickers
Chandra sticker, with Chandra, hair and finger aflame, blowing out her finger and her hair goes out at the same time
Borborygmos & Fblthmp sticker, with Fblthp popping up on Borborygmos's head, waving
Yargle & Multani sticker, with Multani clinging to Yargle while Yargle slaps away a spiky metallic Phyrexian sphere

Visit the MTG Arena Store in game tomorrow to pick up these and more!

Standard Metagame Challenge April 21–24

Sharpen your Standard metagame skills with the latest set! March of the Machine enters the Standard format on MTG Arena tomorrow, and this weekend in the Standard Metagame Challenge.

Play Traditional Standard (Best-of-Three) matches starting this Friday, April 21, at 8 a.m. PT, until Monday, April 24, 8 a.m. PT, to earn rewards for wins:

7 wins5,000 gold30 packs
6 wins4,000 gold20 packs
5 wins3,000 gold10 packs
4 wins2,500 gold5 packs
3 wins2,000 gold3 packs
2 wins1,500 gold1 pack
1 win1,000 gold
0 wins500 gold

Packs awarded are from March of the Machine.

Arena Open: March of the Machine April 29–30

Arena Open: March of the Machine happening April 29–30

Get your Sealed and Draft skills limbered up, because the next Arena Open is coming up fast! April 29–30, compete over two days in March of the Machine Sealed (Best-of-One and Best-of-Three) and March of the Machine Traditional Draft matches for up to $2,000 and an invitation to the May 13 Qualifier Weekend event.

Every participant in this Arena Open will receive the Atraxa avatar!

Atraxa avatar entry reward for Arena Open: March of the Machine


Events open on the starting date at 8 a.m. PT (excluding Midweek Magic) and close to entries at 8 a.m. PT (UTC-07:00) on the ending date shown unless otherwise noted.

Midweek Magic

Midweek Magic events open on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. PT and close to new entries on Thursdays at 2 p.m. PT (UTC-07:00).

  • April 18–20: Jump In!
  • April 25–27: March of the Machine Phantom Sealed
  • May 2–4: March of the Machine Constructed
  • May 9–11: Explorer
  • May 16–18: On the Edge


  • April 14–28: Phyrexia: All Will Be One
  • April 28–May 12: March of the Machine
  • May 12–26: Dominaria United
  • May 26–June 6: March of the Machine



All times listed are Pacific time (UTC-07:00).


Qualifier Play-In events are single-day tournaments in which players compete to earn invitations to that month’s Qualifier Weekend events.

Qualifier Weekend events are two-day events in which eligible players compete for invitations to upcoming Arena Championship events.

Qualifier tokens are delivered in your MTG Arena inbox. Remember to claim them before the event starts!


  • Qualifier Play-In– Best-of-One
    May 6, 6 a.m. PT
    • Format: March of the Machine Limited
  • Qualifier Play-In– Best-of-Three
    May 12, 6 a.m. PT–May 13, 3 a.m. PT
    • Format: March of the Machine Limited
  • Qualifier Weekend
    May 13, 6 a.m. PT–May 14, 4 p.m. PT
    • Format: March of the Machine Limited (Best-of-Three)

Arena Championship 3

The Arena Championship is an invitation-only, two-day virtual event for players who earn invitations through Qualifier Weekend events. 

  • Arena Championship 3
    May 27–28
    More details to come!

Arena Open

The Arena Open Day One entry window begins at 6 a.m. PT and closes to new entries the following day at 3 a.m. PT (UTC-07:00). The Day Two entry window is 2 hours only, from 6 a.m. PT until 8 a.m. PT (UTC-07:00).

  • Arena Open: March of the Machine
    April 29–30
    • April 29: Day One, March of the MachineSealed (Best-of-One and Best-of-Three)
    • April 30: Day Two, March of the Machine Player Draft (Best-of-Three)
      There are two Player Draft events on Day Two.
    • Entry reward: Atraxa avatar

April 2023 Ranked Season

The April 2023 Ranked Season begins March 31 at 12:05 p.m. PT and ends on April 30 at 12 p.m. PT (UTC-07:00)

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