MTG Arena Announcements, July 7, 2021: AFR Launch Details, Standard 2022, and More

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Previews for the upcoming set Adventures in the Forgotten Realms have finished, and this morning Wizards of the Coast provided details about the set release on Magic: Arena. The MTG Arena Announcements page lays out the cosmetic bundles, launch events, and some information about the Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Mastery Pass- details are included below. The MTGA update launches tomorrow, July 8 at around 8 AM PST, and Adventures in the Forgotten Realm will be live on the client.

In addition, Standard 2022 queues will be available to play, featuring an early look at what the Standard format will look like after rotation happens in the fall. Only cards printed in Zendikar Rising, Kaldheim, Strixhaven, and AFR will be legal in the Standard 2022 queues which include both ranked and unranked options for best-of-one. No best-of-three queues will be available for this format for now.

Next week will also be the first week that Arena’s FNM mode will be changed to Midweek Magic and moved to Tuesday-Thursday of each week. The rewards and event structure is to stay the same as before. In addition, the release of AFR and upcoming rotation means that all Standard-based Individual Card Rewards (ICRs) will contain only cards from Zendikar Rising forward, and cards from Eldraine, Theros, Ikoria, and Core 2021 will be joining the Historic ICR pool.

Read below for full details from Wizards of the Coast, along with an updated event schedule and reward details for the July ranked season.

ADVENTURES IN THE FORGOTTEN REALMS RELEASES ON ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS THURSDAY, JULY 8!

Ready for a Magic adventure unlike any before? Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms comes out Thursday, July 8, on all digital platforms! Get details on the new set plus everything coming to MTG Arena in the latest State of the Game article.

MAXIMIZE YOUR REWARDS WITH MASTERY PASS FOR ADVENTURES IN THE FORGOTTEN REALMS

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms brings new Set Mastery rewards to MTG Arena players. Sign up for the Mastery Pass and get access to even greater rewards for playing! A Mastery Pass can be purchased for 3,400 gems in MTG Arena, so log on July 8 to start earning experience and rewards!

ADVENTURES IN THE FORGOTTEN REALMS PACKS IN THE MTG ARENA STORE

Start expanding your collection with cards from the new set! You’ll find Store Packs for Adventures in the Forgotten Realms available starting July 8 in the MTG Arena Store.

ADVENTURES IN THE FORGOTTEN REALMS LAUNCH EVENTS

These new events come to MTG Arena with the release of Adventures in the Forgotten Realms:

  • July 8 until Innistrad: Midnight Hunt release: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Premier Draft
  • July 8 until Innistrad: Midnight Hunt release: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Traditional Draft
  • July 8–31: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Sealed
  • July 8–31: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Traditional Sealed

GET A HEAD START ON STANDARD 2022

Prepare for the upcoming Standard format by playing in Standard 2022 queues. These will include only the sets that will still be in Standard after the rotationZendikar Rising, Kaldheim, Strixhaven: School of Mages, and Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms.

You’ll find be a Ranked version and Play version, both of which will be Best-of-One, and these queues will begin with the Adventures in the Forgotten Realms release on July 8.

ADVENTURES IN THE FORGOTTEN REALMS COSMETIC BUNDLES ON SALE JULY 8

These cosmetic bundles will be available July 8 in the MTG Arena Store:

MODULE TREATMENT LAND BUNDLE

Cost: 1,800 gems or 8,000 gold

Get awesome land card styles featuring the module treatments in Adventures in the Forgotten Realms! This bundle includes:

  • Cave of the Frost Dragon module card style
  • Den of the Bugbear module card style
  • Hall of Storm Giants module card style
  • Hive of the Eye Tyrant module card style
  • Lair of the Hydra module card style
  • Temple of the Dragon Queen module card style
  • Dungeon Descent module card style
  • Evolving Wilds module card style

STICKER BUNDLE

Cost: 1,000 gems or 5,000 gold

New stickers to express yourself during matches:

  • Ellywick stickerEllywick sticker
  • Beholder stickerBeholder sticker
  • Mindflayer stickerMindflayer sticker

BEHOLDER BUNDLE

Cost: 3,000 gems or 15,000 gold

  • Beholder pet
  • Xanathar card sleeve

Plus, look for more bundles in the Store, including card styles for borderless planeswalkers and borderless Dragons!

FNM AT HOME IS NOW MIDWEEK MAGIC!

Midweek Magic takes up the mantle of the popular FNM at Home event beginning July 13–15! Running weekly from Tuesday at 8 a.m. PT through Thursday at 8 a.m. PT, Midweek Magic has no entry and two rare individual card rewards—just like FNM at Home.

Codes for an MTG Arena cosmetic are still available from your local game store (in person, if pandemic restrictions allow in your area, or online).

CHANGES TO ICRS

These changes are taking effect for individual card rewards (ICRs) in MTG Arena:

  • Daily win, Midweek Magic, and Standard-based event ICRs are now only Zendikar Rising, KaldheimStrixhaven, and Adventures in the Forgotten Realms.
  • Throne of EldraineTheros Beyond DeathIkoria: Lair of Behemoths, and Core Set 2021 are now part of Historic ICRs.

UPCOMING EVENTS

MIDWEEK MAGIC

  • July 13–15: Future Precons
  • July 20–22: Artisan
  • July 27–29: Standard All Access

QUICK DRAFT

  • June 25–July 9: Strixhaven: School of Mages
  • July 9–23: Zendikar Rising
  • July 23–August 10: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms

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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6 Responses

  1. Pnam says:

    Hmm, July 23–August 10: Strixhaven: School of Mages and not AFR.

    That’s new and unfortunate. In Quick draft, there’s less at stake. Thus Quick Draft of the current set after two weeks is nice for new players to try drafting.

  2. VonKopf says:

    Agree!
    That’s a shame… 🙁

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