MTG: Arena Announcements, July 28, 2021

This afternoon, Wizards of the Coast published their regular MTG Arena announcements bulletin with some new details about upcoming events. There are three main points of interest for Arena players in this week’s announcement:

The Arena Open takes place this weekend. The Arena Open is a two day, open entry tournament that gives players a chance to compete for cash and gem prizes. Day one will feature both best-of-one and best-of-three play. 7 wins in Bo1 or 4 match wins in Bo3 during day 1 will reward 2,000 gem rewards in addition to a qualification for day two.

Day two of the Arena Open will only feature best-of-three. Players who are able to win 7 matches before 2 losses will win $2,000, as well as an invitation to compete in the upcoming Qualifier Weekend. Find more information about the Arena Open here.

Jumpstart: Historic Horizons – Last Monday, Wizards announced a new, Arena-only set that will bring cards from both Modern Horizons sets to Historic, along with 31 cards that are new to Magic and designed specifically for digital play. Historic Horizons will function much the same as the original Jumpstart- two packs with different themes are selected and combined to build a functional deck. See here for details on all of the pack contents that have been revealed so far.

The Yawning Portal event: More details have been revealed for the upcoming Yawning Portal event on Arena, running from July 30 through August 10. The event will feature a Standard Singleton format where each player has an “On a Quest!” emblem that reads “Whenever you cast your second spell each turn, venture into the dungeon.” The event can be entered as many times as you like, and for each entry you will earn rulebook card style rewards from Adventures in the Forgotten Realms (even with zero wins). Check out more details on our Yawning Portal event page.

Lastly, this week’s Midweek Magic features Standard All Access, a format where everyone gets temporary access to all cards in the Standard format to build decks with.

The full text of the announcement and a complete event schedule for MTG Arena are posted below.

MTG Arena Announcements, July 28, 2021

Arena Open This Weekend!

Enjoy a weekend of MTG Arena with the opportunity to win rewards—up to $2,000! The two-day Arena Open event begins on Saturday, July 31, and runs through Sunday, August 1, and features matches in Standard and Traditional Standard formats.

Plus, claim the Lair of the Hydra card sleeve just for participating!

Lair of the Hydra card sleeve

Day 1, Saturday July 31: Best-of-One and Best-of-Three matches with rewards, including a qualification token for entry to the Day 2 event.

Day 2, Sunday, August 1: Best-of-Three matches where the competition gets fiercer and the rewards get bigger, but you’ll need a qualification token earned from Day 1 competition to enter.

Note: for those who qualify for Day 2, you must join the Day 2 event between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. PT on Sunday to participate!

Check out the July 2021 Arena Open page for all the details!

Jumpstart: Historic Horizons

Arriving August 12 on MTG Arena, Jumpstart: Historic Horizons adds hundreds of cards from Modern Horizons, Modern Horizons 2, and more, including 31 new-to-Magic cards in this digital release.

Get the scoop on IGN from Vice President of Design Aaron Forsythe and MTG Arena Game Director Jay Parker. Then stop back in tomorrow for the State of the Game article covering the upcoming August 10 release to find out what’s coming in MTG Arena.

Plus, tune in tomorrow for the MTG Arena-focused “Weekly MTG” starting at 2 p.m. PT at

Welcome to the Yawning Portal

Visit the Yawning Portal tavern from July 30 through August 10 and explore the dungeon of Undermountain to earn rulebook card styles from Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms!

This Standard Singleton event features the On a Quest! emblem with the text: “Whenever you cast your second spell each turn, venture into the dungeon.” You can enter this event as many times as you like, with each run awarding new styles until you’ve earned them all!

Read more on the Yawning Portal event details page!

Midweek Magic Standard All Access

Midweek Magic continues with this week’s format: Standard All Access.

Standard All Access gives you a chance to build decks using any cards legal in the Standard format and available in MTG Arena—even if they’re not in your collection! Have some dream decks you want to try out? This is a great time to do it! Cards not in your collection are only available during this event and are not added to your collection.

Midweek Magic events run weekly from Tuesday at 8 a.m. PT through Thursday at 8 a.m. PT with a different format each week. There is no entry fee, and you can earn two rare individual card rewards—just like FNM at Home.

Event Schedule

Midweek Magic

Quick Draft

  • August 10–August 27: Kaldheim
  • July 23–August 10: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
  • August 27–September 10: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms

Other Events

  • July 30–August 10: The Yawning Portal: Singleton
  • July 31–August 1: Arena Open
    • Day 1: Standard or Traditional Standard
    • Day 2: Traditional Standard (must qualify for entry during Day 1)
  • August 7–8: Qualifier Weekend
  • August 7–August 10: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Draft Challenge

July Ranked Season

The July 2021 Ranked Season begins June 30 at 12:05 p.m. PT (1905 UTC) and ends on July 31 at 12 p.m. PT (1900 UTC).

  • Bronze reward: 1 Strixhaven pack
  • Silver reward: 1 Strixhaven pack + 500 gold
  • Gold reward: 2 Strixhaven packs + 1,000 gold + Flunk card style
  • Platinum reward: 3 Strixhaven packs + 1,000 gold + Flunk depth art card style + Academic Probation depth art card style
  • Diamond reward: 4 Strixhaven packs + 1,000 gold + Flunk depth art card style + Academic Probation depth art card style
  • Mythic reward: 5 Strixhaven packs + 1,000 gold + Flunk depth art card style + Academic Probation depth art card style

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