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MTG Arena Announcements: January 9, 2023

Now that the team is back from their winter break, we get to see all the new stuff they have in store for us in January!

Arena Decathlon Happening Now!

While we are thoroughly in the midst of the Arena Decathlon, there’s still time to participate! There’s still one more day of events 5 and 6, but even if you miss those, you only need 3 tokens to enter the grand finals! If you’re curious what events are left, we have a smattering of cool ones!

January 7–10

  • Decathlon 5The Brothers’ War Traditional Draft*
  • Decathlon 6 – Alchemy

January 10–13

  • Decathlon 7Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Bot Draft*
  • Decathlon 8 – Traditional Explorer

January 13–16

  • Decathlon 9 – Omniscience Draft*
  • Decathlon 10 – On the Edge

* denotes Phantom event

For more information, be sure to check out the Arena announcement page!

Phyrexia: All Will Be One Presale Starting January 17th!

With Phyrexia: All Will Be One, Wizards is increasing the number of preorder bundles to three, two of the bundles being at lower prices: the Jace Pack Bundle, the Koth Play Bundle, and the Elesh Norn Pass Bundle. Let’s break down the contents of each!

Jace Pack Bundle*

*The art for this bundle has not been previewed yet, perhaps for story reasons!


Available at purchase:

  • Jace sleeve

Available at release (February 7, 2023):

  • 50x Phyrexia: All Will Be One packs
  • 5x Golden Packs
  • Jace card
  • Jace depth art card style

Koth Play Bundle


Available at purchase:

  • Koth, Fire of Resistance sleeve
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Available at release (February 7, 2023):

  • 2x Player Draft tokens
  • 1x Sealed token
  • 5x Play-In Points
  • Koth, Fire of Resistance card
    Koth, [card name=
  • Koth, Fire of Resistance depth art card style

Elesh Norn Pass Bundle


Available at purchase:

Available at release (February 7, 2023):

MTG Arena End-of-Year Stats

If you are interested in account statistics such as the top Mythic Rare crafted by the community for each color or the total number of packs opened opened by every player on Arena for the year, you can join the MTG Arena email list here!

Alchemy Qualifier Play In On January 13th

Looking to play some competitive magic this weekend? If you aren’t yet qualified for this qualifier weekend, check out the Qualifier Play In! If you get four wins in this event, you’ll be able to play in the Qualifier weekend the next day!

Alchemy Qualifier Weekend On January 14th

As just stated, if you qualified for this weekend on the Bo1 qualifier last week or the Bo3 qualifier this week, you’ll be able to play in the Qualifier weekend!

Arena Open: Kaldheim, January 21-22

Starting on Saturday, January 21, this month’s Arena Open calls us back to Kaldheim for Sealed Day One and Draft Day Two. If you want the full details on the event, you can check it out here!


Events open at 8 a.m. PT and close to new entries at 8 a.m. PT (UTC-08:00) on the dates shown unless otherwise noted.

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 (UTC-08:00).

  • January 10–12: Alchemy All Access
  • January 17–19: Kaldheim Phantom Draft
  • January 24–26: Momir
  • January 31–February 2: Artisan
  • February 7–9: Historic Singleton All Access

Quick Draft

  • January 7–20: Dominaria United
  • January 20–February 7: The Brothers’ War
  • February 7–17: Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
  • February 17–March 2: Phyrexia: All Will Be One

Other Events

Arena Decathlon Preliminaries

  • January 7–10
    Decathlon 5: Traditional Draft*
    Decathlon 6: Alchemy
  • January 10–13
    Decathlon 7: Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Bot Draft*
    Decathlon 8: Traditional Explorer
  • January 13–16
    Decathlon 9: Omniscience Draft*
    Decathlon 10: On the Edge

Arena Decathlon Finals

  • January 21
    Finals: Traditional Phantom Duplicate Sealed*

* Phantom events: cards in these events are not added to your collection.

  • January 16–31: Flashback Kaldheim Premier Draft
  • January 31–February 7: Flashback Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Premier Draft

Premier Play Schedule

All times listed are Pacific time (UTC-08:00).

Qualifier Play-Ins

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
    January 13, 6 a.m. PT–January 14, 3 a.m. PT (UTC-08:00)
    • Format: Alchemy


  • Best-of-One Qualifier Play-In
    February 18, 6 a.m. PT–February 19, 3 a.m. PT (UTC-08:00)
    • Format: Phyrexia: All Will Be One Phantom Sealed
  • Best-of-Three Qualifier Play-In
    February 24, 6 a.m. PT–February 25, 3 a.m. PT (UTC-08:00)
    • Format: Phyrexia: All Will Be One Phantom Sealed

Qualifier Weekends

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 and close to new entries at 8 a.m. PT (UTC-08:00) each day. You must enter within this 2-hour window—late entries cannot be accommodated.


  • Qualifier Weekend
    January 14, 6 a.m. PT–January 16, 4 p.m. PT (UTC-08:00)
    • Format: Alchemy (Best-of-Three)


  • Qualifier Weekend
    February 25, 6 a.m. PT–February 26, 4 p.m. PT (UTC-08:00)
    • Format: Phyrexia: All Will Be One Phantom Sealed

Arena Open

The Arena Open Day 1 entry window begins at 6 a.m. PT and closes to new entries the following day at 3 a.m. PT (UTC-08:00).  Day 2 entry window is 2 hours only, from 6 a.m. PT until 8 a.m. PT (UTC-08:00). 

  • Arena Open January 21–22
    • Day 1, January 21: Kaldheim Sealed Best-of-One and Best-of-Three
      All participants will receive the Memory Lapse sleeve.
    • Day 2, January 22: Kaldheim Player Draft 
      There are two Player Draft events on Day 2.

Arena Championship 2

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


The January 2023 Ranked Season begins December 31 at 12:05 p.m. PT and ends on January 31 at 12 p.m. PT (UTC-08:00)


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Robert "DoggertQBones" Lee is the content manager of MTGAZone and a high ranked Arena player. He has one GP Top 8 and pioneered popular archetypes like UB 8 Shark, UB Yorion, and GW Company in Historic. Beyond Magic, his passions are writing and coaching! Join our community on
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