MTG: Arena Announcements, January 12, 2022

The MTG Arena Announcements Return

Today’s Announcements blog from Wizards of the Coast is the first since the series went on a holiday hiatus back on December 22. There are a couple of highly anticipated topics that are touched on in today’s post, so let’s get straight to it!

Alchemy Rebalancing?

Last week, Wizards made the controversial announcement that they would be waiting to make any changes to Alchemy until after two upcoming tournaments featuring the format had completed: the Arena Open and the January Qualifier Weekend.

The original tweet from the @MTG_Arena Twitter.

The revelation that balancing changes would be waiting until the end of the month drew the ire of many players who feel that the format is already largely solved, and that it would make for better competition at those tournaments if the balancing happened first.

Wizards also said in the Twitter announcement that “More details will be provided on January 12th with our upcoming weekly blog.” However, that blog post is here, and while there is a section that addresses Alchemy rebalancing, it’s pretty light on the details.

In the post, Wizards mostly just reiterates that the rebalancing will not take place until after the two Arena tournaments. They confirm that after the Qualifier Weekend, changes will be made to some cards on Alchemy, but that’s about it.

The only new information regarding the rebalancing comes from this statement: “There will be boosts to some fun cards that aren’t getting much love right now, as well as adjustments for some current strategies.”

It’s a bit of a non-answer, and so it seems we’ll all have to wait until after the Arena tournaments wrap up to learn anything else about the future of Magic’s newest format.

The January Arena Open

Speaking of the Arena Open, Wizards also provided us with the full details on this month’s iteration of the continuing tournament series, which takes place over January 15-16 and has a maximum cash prize of $2,500 US.

The January Open will be based on the Alchemy format, and follows roughly the same outline as the previous Arena Open events. Players can enter Day 1 of the event, which will feature both best-of-one and best-of-three play options, as many times as they like (the entry fee must be paid each time) in an attempt to qualify for Bo3-only Day 2 competition.

For those interested in learning more about the Arena Open, you can find the full details over on the official event page that was published alongside today’s announcements.

The Ongoing Arena Cube

As many already know, Wizards reminds us that the Arena Cube event is ongoing on the client, featuring powerful cards from Magic’s historic in a chaotic draft environment for both best-of-one and best-of-three. The event will be ongoing until January 20. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our excellent guide to the Cube by DoggertQBones:

Mad Science Event Starts January 21

Meanwhile, a new event, Mad Science, will be coming to the Arena client starting January 21 and running through February 1. The event is based on best-of-one Alchemy, but players will have the “Zombies!” emblem that reads “Whenever you cast an instant of [sic] sorcery spell, amass X, where X is that spell’s mana value.”

Mad Science will cost 2,000 gold or 400 gems for each entry, and will reward Eternal Night card style prizes in addition to the usual gold rewards. The reward structure is as follows:

WinsRewards
4 wins2,500 gold + 3 card styles
3 wins1,500 gold + 3 card styles
2 wins1,000 gold + 2 card styles
1 win500 gold + 2 card styles
0 win1 card style

You can find more details about Mad Science over at Wizard’s official event page.


That’s just about everything from today’s announcements! The weekly posting will presumably be continuing next Wednesday and beyond, so we’ll keep you posted on all of the latest. You can also find a fully updated schedule of events on MTG Arena included with the full text of Wizard’s original post, which is embedded below.

MTG Arena Announcements, January 12, 2022

Alchemy Rebalance News

It’s been a month since the release of Alchemy, and we’ve enjoyed seeing the format grow and take its first steps over the holiday season. And now, two of our first competitive Alchemy events are almost here: the Arena Open this weekend, and the Qualifier Weekend next weekend. We know many players are preparing hard for these events, and we will not be making any late-breaking changes to the format before they occur.

After the Qualifier Weekend, you can look forward to Alchemy’s next phase, with a new handful of rebalanced cards coming your way. There will be boosts to some fun cards that aren’t getting much love right now, as well as adjustments for some current strategies. We’re excited for it, and we hope you are, too.

January 2022 Arena Open

Put your skills with the new Alchemy format to the test for a chance to win up to $2,500 in the first Arena Open of 2022!

The two-day Arena Open begins this Saturday, January 15, with Day 1 Best-of-One and Best-of-Three events. Perform well in these to secure an invitation to Day 2 where competition heats up for top prizes that will get your new year off to a lucrative start!

Get all the event and prize details on the January 2022 Arena Open page.

Arena Cube Happening Now

Draft with the best cards in Magic‘s history and play Best-of-One and Best-of-Three matches in the Arena Cube available right now! Check out the full Arena Cube card list!

Don’t miss out—the Arena Cube will be available until January 20.

Mad Science Starts Next Weekend

Want to add Innistrad: Crimson Vow eternal night card styles to your collection? Here’s an opportunity to score some! Mad Science is an Alchemy event featuring the Zombies! special emblem with the text: “Whenever you cast an instant of sorcery spell, amass X, where X is that spell’s mana value.”

Mad Science begins January 21 at 8 a.m. PT and runs until February 1, 8 a.m. PT. Check out the complete details on the Mad Science event page.

Event Schedule

Midweek Magic

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

  • January 11–13: Alchemy
  • January 18–20: Momir
  • January 25–27: Slow Start
  • February 1–3: Historic All Access
  • February 8–10: Cascade

Quick Draft

  • January 7–21: Strixhaven: School of Mages
  • January 21–February 4: Innistrad: Crimson Vow
  • February 4–11: Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures of the Forgotten Realms

Qualifier Weekend

Learn more on the Qualifier Weekend information page.

  • January 22: Day 1 (must qualify through previous play)
    • Format: Traditional Alchemy (Best-of-Three)
  • January 23: Day 2 (must qualify during Day 1 to participate)
    • Format: Traditional Alchemy (Best-of-Three)

Arena Open

Learn more about the January 2022 Arena Open.

  • January 15: Day 1 (open to all players)
    • Format: Alchemy, Best-of-One and Best-of-Three matches
  • January 16: Day 2 (must qualify during Day 1 to participate)
    • Format: Traditional Alchemy (Best-of-Three) matches

Other Events

  • January 6–21: Arena Cube Draft
  • January 6–21: Arena Cube Traditional Draft
  • January 21–February 1: Mad Science
    • Format: Alchemy with a special gameplay emblem
    • Note: This event will reward eternal night card styles from Innistrad: Crimson Vow.
  • January 28–February 10: Innistrad: Double Feature Draft
    • (This draft format combines cards from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt and Innistrad: Crimson Vow.)
    • Note: Each entry into this event will award a Dracula card style!

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1 Response

  1. Riffler says:

    There have been Standard bans quicker than this Alchemy rebalance. Wizards being Wizards as usual