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Jaya, Fiery Negotiator

MTG Arena Announcements: August 18, 2022

In this week’s MTG Arena Announcements, we prepare for the release of Dominaria United on September 1 to MTG Arena as preorders become available! Notably, Liliana’s card name is not revealed at all here, so we could be getting a reprint of Liliana of the Veilas teased by Mark Rosewater. The other planeswalker is Jaya, Fiery Negotiator as previously revealed.

Along with that, the official preview season kicks off on August 18, 2022 at 9 AM PST with the Wizards Presents broadcast. It is set to announce a new cards, host of new products ahead of the rest of the year and beyond to 2023, and more. To go to the expansion hub where you can see all the information including new cards, check it out below:

Furthermore, August 2022’s Qualifier events start this week (be sure to check out PVDDR’s recommendations for his take on the Alchemy meta!), as well as further information on the upcoming Early Access event for Dominaria United, Arena Championship 1, Arena Open, and more. As always, check out the full post by Wizards of the Coast below!

Preorders for Dominaria United Start Tomorrow!

The bundles for Dominaria United arrive in the MTG Arena Store tomorrow, August 18, and they’re packing in lots of goodies—some we can’t even reveal yet!

Liliana Pack Bundle


Available at Purchase

  • Liliana card sleeve

Available at Release (September 1, 2022)

  • 50x Dominaria United packs
  • 5x Dominaria United Mythic Boosters (bonus!)
  • 1x Liliana card
  • 1x Liliana depth art card style

Jaya Play Bundle


Available at Purchase

  • Jaya card sleeve
  • New pet

Available at Release (September 1, 2022)

  • Dominaria United Mastery Pass
  • +10 Mastery levels (bonus!)
  • 3x Player Draft tokens
  • 1x Sealed token
  • 1x Jaya card
  • 1x Jaya depth art card style

Dominaria United Previews Thursday, August 18

Tomorrow will be bursting with previews with the first Wizards Presents set to begin at 9 a.m. PT on the official Magic: The Gathering YouTube channel and

Tune in for an oracle’s-eye view of what’s coming up in Magic and Dungeons & Dragons, and then hang out for a deep dive into the set that has the Magic world abuzz with speculation and excitement, Dominaria United! We’ll have card reveals, a look at mechanics, and more as we close in on the MTG Arena release on September 1.

You can also keep track of cards in the set by returning to the Dominaria United Card Image Gallery for the latest additions!

Qualifier Play-In Best-of-Three This Friday, August 19!

Want to get into the August Qualifier Weekend so you can play your way into Arena Championship 1? If you haven’t already qualified, this Friday’s Best-of-Three Play-In event is your last chance to step onto that path to Magic glory!

Friday, August 19, beginning at 6 a.m. PT (13:00 UTC), you can enter the Best-of-Three Play-In and compete in Alchemy matches. But don’t wait, because entry closes on August 20, at 3 a.m. PT (10:00 UTC).

Perform well in the Play-In and you can earn an invitation to the August Qualifier Weekend, which kicks off right after the Play-In event ends, on August 20 at 6 a.m. PT (13:00 UTC)!

Qualifier Weekend Begins This Saturday, August 20!

This is the final Qualifier Weekend in which you can earn the coveted invitation to the first Arena Championship in September, where competition is fierce, players are top-tier, and the prizes are serious!

The August Qualifier Weekend is this weekend, with Day One entry opening on Saturday, August 20, at 6 a.m. PT (13:00 UTC) and closing two hours later at 8 a.m. PT (15:00 UTC)—don’t be late! Get the maximum wins, and you’ll receive an invitation to the Day Two event.

The Day Two event opens to entries on Sunday, August 21, at 6 a.m. PT (13:00 UTC), and closes two hours later at 8 a.m. PT (15:00 UTC).

The format for both days is Traditional Alchemy, so you’ll be facing opponents in Best-of-Three matches.

Not yet qualified for the August Qualifier Weekend? You’re in luck, because you can still squeeze into the running by entering the Best-of-Three Qualifier Play-In happening this weekend, immediately preceding the August Qualifier Weekend event!

Arena Championship 1, September 24–25

This is it! You’ve faced down your competition and scaled the Premier Play mountain to reach the peak, where the air is rarified and the playing field is arrayed with the very best players in MTG Arena!

September 24 and 25, the game is on during Arena Championship 1. This invitation-only, two-day event features major bragging rights, a massive total prize pool of $200,000, and a shot at an invitation to the Magic: The Gathering World Championship in 2023!

Check out the current leaderboard and invitation list for Arena Championship 1 to see who’s qualified to compete, and then prepare for the fiercest showdown in MTG Arena!

Early Access Returns for Dominaria United

Early Access returns to the plane where Magic: The Gathering began. Join your favorite streamers and content creators in the first experience of Dominaria United in MTG Arena (and in the first attempts at cracking a new meta with the start of this year’s rotation)!

The Early Access event starts August 30 at 10 a.m. PT and runs through August 31 at 10 a.m. PT.

Early Access information splash

Are you a streamer or creator interested in Early Access for Dominaria United? We may have room for you to join in the fun. Here are a few ways to get in touch with the right folks for your location to let them know you’re available for Early Access:

Event Schedule

Events open at 8 a.m. PT (UTC 15:00) and close to new entries at 8 a.m. PT (UTC 15:00) on the dates shown unless otherwise noted.

  • August 12–September 1: Arena Cube (Best-of-One and Best-of-Three)
  • September 9–12: Standard Metagame Challenge

Quick Draft

  • August 19–September 2: Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate
  • September 2–15: Streets of New Capenna
  • September 16–30: Dominaria United
  • September 30–October 14: Innistrad: Midnight Hunt

Additional Premier Drafts

  • August 7–12: Streets of New Capenna
  • August 22–27: Kaladesh Remastered Premier Draft
  • August 27–September 1: Amonkhet Remastered Premier Draft

Midweek Magic

Midweek Magic events open on Tuesdays at 8 a.m. PT and close to new entries on Thursdays at 8 a.m. PT.

  • August 23–25: Future Alchemy (All Access)
  • August 30–September 1: Last Call (All Access)
  • September 6–8: Dominaria United Phantom Sealed
  • September 13–15: Artisan

Premier Play Schedule

All times listed are Pacific time (UTC -7).

Qualifier Play-In Events

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


  • Best-of-Three Qualifier Play-In
    August 19, 6 a.m.–August 20, 3 a.m.
    • Format: Alchemy


  • Best-of-One Qualifier Play-In
    September 9, 6 a.m.–September 10, 6 a.m.
    • Format: Dominaria United Phantom Sealed (Best-of-One)
  • Best-of-Three Qualifier Play-In
    September 16, 6 a.m.–September 17, 6 a.m.
    • Format: Dominaria United Phantom Sealed (Best-of-Three)

Qualifier Weekend Events

Qualifier Weekend events are two-day events in which eligible players compete for invitations to the Arena Championship 1 held in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Qualifier Weekend Day One and Day Two events open to entries at 6 a.m. PT (13:00 UTC) and close to new entries at 8 a.m. PT (UTC 15:00) each day. You must enter within this two-hour window—late entries cannot be accommodated.



  • Qualifier Weekend
    September 17, 6 a.m.–September 18, 4 p.m.
    • Format: Dominaria United Phantom Sealed (Best-of-Three)
    • The first Qualifier Weekend for Arena Championship 2 in early 2023
    • The first Qualifier Weekend for the Tabletop Pro Tour!

Arena Championship Event

Arena Championships are invitation-only, virtual two-day events for players who qualify during one of the four Qualifier Weekend events.

  • Arena Championship 1 Weekend
    September 24–25
    Stay tuned for more details as we approach the date of the event!

Arena Open

Arena Open Day 1 entry window begins at 6 a.m. PT (13:00 UTC) and closes to new entries the following day at 3 a.m. PT (10:00 UTC).

Day 2 entry window is two hours only, from 6 a.m. PT (13:00 UTC) until 8 a.m. PT (15:00 UTC).

  • October 1–2
    • Day 1, October 1: Dominaria United Sealed
      Best-of-One and Best-of-Three
    • Day 2, October 2, Draft One and Draft Two: Dominaria United Player Draft
      Best-of-Three only
      Note: There are two drafts for the Day 2 Arena Open, with three wins or one loss.

August 2022 Ranked Season

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

  • Bronze Reward: 1 Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate pack
  • Silver Reward: 1 Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate pack + 500 gold
  • Gold Reward: 2 Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate packs + 1,000 gold + Ambition's Cost card style
  • Platinum Reward: 3 Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate packs + 1,000 gold + Ambition's Cost card style + Thayan Evokers card style
  • Diamond Reward: 4 Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate packs + 1,000 gold + Ambition's Cost card style + Thayan Evokers card style
  • Mythic Reward: 5 Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate packs + 1,000 gold + Ambition's Cost card style + Thayan Evokers card style

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