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MTG: Arena Announcements, April 6, 2022

Another Wednesday means that Wizards of the Coast has published another installment of the MTG Arena Announcements, where the company reveals and details many new events, product offerings, and upcoming features for Arena. This week’s blog is centered around two major events that are upcoming in the world of MTGA: the Alchemy rebalancing that was announced last week and goes into effect tomorrow, April 7, and the upcoming Standard MTG set Streets of New Capenna.

We’ll get to take our first look at the Streets of New Capenna preorder bundles today, along with another additional change to tomorrow’s Alchemy balancing. Besides that, there are a few other changes coming to the client and a handful of other bits of news. In the following, we’ll give you a summary of all of this week’s important information. You’ll also find Wizard’s original post embedded in full at the bottom of the page.


Streets of New Capenna Preorders Going Live Tomorrow, April 7

Tomorrow will be bringing a significant client update for MTG Arena, which will include the addition of the usual two set preorder bundles, the “Pack Bundle” and the “Play Bundle,” for Streets of New Capenna.

This time around, the Pack Bundle – which is intended more for Constructed players looking to get some Streets of New Capenna in their collection – is themed around the planeswalker Elspeth. For $49.99, the Play Bundle will include 50 SNC packs, one copy of Elspeth Resplendent, and a depth art card style for Elspeth.

The cards and card style will unlock when the set releases, but in the meantime, you’ll also receive an Elspeth card sleeve that can be used right away:

Elspeth Resplendent sleeve

The Play Bundle, which is catered more towards limited players, will also be offered for $49.99. It includes three player draft tokens, one sealed token, the premium Set Mastery Pass for SNC, and one copy of Ob Nixilis, the Adversary with a depth card art style. Like the Play Bundle, these products will be unlocked for those who purchased the bundle upon the set’s release.

Similarly, the Play Bundle also includes a card sleeve, featuring Ob Nixilis art, that will be available to use from the time of purchase. However, the Play Bundle comes with the Construct pet from the time of purchase as well.

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

Streets of New Capenna will be released on MTG Arena at the end of the month on April 29.

Deck Cosmetics Get an Update

One of the more unexpected announcements from today’s post is an overhaul of cosmetics for decks on Arena. With tomorrow’s update, players will be able to assign a unique avatar and pet to each of their decks in addition to the card sleeves.

This should allow for a bit more customization for each individual deck while also giving players an easier way to use their multiple different pets and avatars. Check out the screenshot that Wizards shared below:

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

Wizards also noted that their team continues to work on the feature that will allow players to “favorite” basic lands to automatically apply them to their decks, but it’s not yet ready and won’t be coming with tomorrow’s update.

Alchemy Balancing

Last week, Wizards of the Coast unveiled another sweeping set of buffs for cards in Alchemy. You can read about it and take a look at the full list of changes on last week’s announcement post, and you can also find a full review of the changes written by our own DoggertQBones:

The short version is that many cards from the Warrior and Elf tribes are being buffed in Alchemy and Historic along with a handful of other individual changes starting with the update tomorrow, April 7. All of the changes this time around amount to buffs, with no cards getting cut back in power level.

Wizards did add one amendment to last week’s list of changes: Blood Artist, frequently conjured on the client through the card Sanguine Brushstroke, is receiving a tweak to its text that will drastically cut back on the amount of clicking required. The creature’s ability currently reads “Whenever Blood Artist or another creature dies, target player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.” The revised text will change “target player” to “target opponent” so that Arena will automatically target the only opponent in play.

Rebalanced Blood Artist

It’s interesting to note that this change does run somewhat contrary to Alchemy’s stated policy that refrains from making changes to cards that are considered iconic to Magic. However, this is only a minor adjustment and should drastically improve how the card plays on the client. It seems likely that most who have experienced the clumsiness of clicking dozens of times with Blood Artist will have no objection to this change.

The Pro Tour Returns

Last week, Wizards made waves in the community by announcing the return of MTG’s classic competitive circuit, the Pro Tour. The first details we learned have all been focused on tabletop play for now, but Wizards stressed that there will still be digital paths to the Pro Tour, including Arena.

You can read up on all the details we have so far about the new Pro Tour below. Wizards says that we’ll be learning more about how the Pro Tour will be integrated with Arena later this month, so stay tuned.

Upcoming Events: Arena Open, Tinkerer’s Cube, and Try the Latest Changes

Starting on April 7 and running through the 9th, the Alchemy rebalancing will also bring a “Try the Latest Changes” event to the client. The event will be all-access, meaning players can play any cards they like regardless of whether they have them in their collection. Wizards does warn that a visual bug will show cards that you don’t own as missing in your deck for the event, but they stress that the decks will still be playable regardless of the visual warning.

Additionally, Wizards reminds us that the next Arena Open, featuring the Historic format, will be taking place on April 16-17. More details about this month’s Open can be found on the official event page.

The Tinkerer’s Cube draft event will also be returning to Arena and running from April 15-28. You can find more details about the Tinkerer’s Cube and Arena Open in last week’s announcements, and you can also check out our event guide for Tinkerer’s Cube here.

New Products: Mythic Boosters and Alchemy: Kamigawa Bundle

Finally, Wizards also included a reminder of two new products for MTG Arena: Firstly, there’s the somewhat divisive Mythic Booster packs, which include a guaranteed Mythic or wildcard in the rare slot and are available for 1,300 gold each. These are available now, but are currently only being offered for Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty.

Secondly, Alchemy: Kamigawa is here, and the set’s 20-pack bundle has replaced the similar Alchemy: Innistrad bundle that was previously offered. The bundle can only be purchased once per account, but offers 20 Alchemy: Kamigawa packs for 15,000 gold or 3,000 gems.


And with that, we’ve covered everything that Wizards had for us in the MTG Arena Announcements this week! We’ve summarized all of the major points for you above, but if you like, you can read the full post from Wizards below.

MTG Arena Announcements, April 6, 2022

Streets of New Capenna Preorder Bundles Available on April 7!

Get a jump on collecting the new set with these bundles available for preorder beginning April 7:

Elspeth Pack Bundle

$49.99/€49.99

Elspeth Resplendent sleeve

Ob Nixilis Play Bundle

$49.99/€49.99

Ob Nixilis standing proudly over his defeated enemy, Xander
  • Construct pet (available at purchase)
Blue griffon-like construct pet holding a glowing yellow orb

Tabletop Pro Tour Returns

Tabletop Magic competitions are back with the return of the Pro Tour ! No matter your experience, you can try your hand at qualifying (within eligibility requirements)—this is about proving who is the best Magic player.

You can qualify for the Pro Tour in MTG Arena, too—we’ll have details on how coming later this month, so stay tuned!

Decked-Out Decks

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

By default, these three are set to the selections made in your Profile. You can assign a specific avatar, pet, and card sleeve to a deck by editing it in the deck builder and entering the Deck Details scene.

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

We do want to call out that favoriting basic lands, although not included in this feature update, is someone we’re working towards.

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Mythic Booster Packs Now in the Store

The Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Mythic Booster packs are now available in the Store:

  • 1 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Mythic Booster pack for 1,300 gold
  • 10 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Mythic Booster packs for 2,600 gems

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Mythic Booster packs ensure that the card in the rare or mythic rare slot is always a mythic rare (unless it is replaced by a wildcard). These should help collectors who have completed their collection of rares for this set but are still missing mythic rare cards.

20-Pack Alchemy: Kamigawa Bundle Available Now

You can now find a single-purchase 20-pack Alchemy: Kamigawa bundle for 15,000 gold or 3,000 gems in the Store. This bundle will give you a boost as you add Alchemy: Kamigawa cards to your collection, but it can only be purchased once.

Check out the new Alchemy: Kamigawa cards to see what you can get!

Upcoming Alchemy Balance Changes

As part of the April 7 game update, we are planning to rebalance several cards in Alchemy. Since this is very close to a Qualifier Weekend, we want to give players as much notice as possible. Check out the latest rebalancing changes coming on Thursday, April 7 .

There is one additional minor card change coming on April 7, too:

Blood Artist

Changed “target player” to “target opponent”

Rebalanced Blood Artist

This is a quality-of-life improvement, making it so players don’t have to select a target each time Blood Artist triggers.

Try the Latest Changes Event

You’ll also find a new event, Try the Latest Changes, that runs April 7–9. This is an All-Access event so you can try out cards and decks even if you don’t have them in your collection.

There is a visual bug to note: If you import a deck to your deck builder that contains cards you don’t own and submit the deck for the event, it will appear as if those cards are still missing. This is not the case since this is an All-Access event—you can still play with the deck!

Arena Open Returns April 16–17

The next Arena Open kicks off on 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, plus check out a full card list, in the Tinkerer’s Cube article .

Event Schedule

Midweek Magic

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

  • April 12–14: Historic Pauper
  • 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

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

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 1–8: Dominaria Premier Draft
  • April 7–9: Alchemy: Try the Latest Changes
  • 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

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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