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Yargle and Multani Art from March of the Machine by Lisa Heidhoff

MTG Arena Announcements – May 1, 2023

The weekly MTG Arena Announcement post has been published by Wizards of the Coast! This week has the usual upcoming event schedule, with a second Arena Open for March of the Machine announced for the month that may include March of the Machine: Aftermath. Check out the original source post here or the transcript below. On a related note, you can now check out our newly updated set release and event schedule (specifically for MTG Arena).

In this edition:

Celebrate March of the Machine in Two New Festival Events

The Multiverse is making its last stand, and everyone from legends to common folk across the planes are teaming up against the Phyrexians in historic battles for survival. Play out the struggles in two new events that can earn you sweet card styles for victories!

Festival: Historic Artisan

May 1–6, rally your commons and uncommons in a 60-card deck to face your opponents in Historic Artisan matches and score team-up card styles.

Festival: Historic Brawl

May 6–10, it’s time to marshal your forces in a 100-card Historic Brawl deck led by your favorite legendary creature or Planeswalker. Take on challengers in matches to claim even more team-up card styles.

Visit Us at MagicCon in Minneapolis and Watch the Pro Tour May 5–7 

MagicCon logo

MagicCon: Minneapolis is coming up May 5–7, and we’ll be there! If you’re attending, stop by the MTG Arena area to say hi, meet team members and Magic content creators, and play MTG Arena on available iPads—maybe even against popular Magic influencers. Plus, we might even have a gift for you!

This is also the Pro Tour Minneapolis weekend where $500,000 in prizes are up for grabs. Even if you can’t attend in person, you can watch the Pro Tour action live at

We’ll see you there!

Qualifier Play-In Best-of-One, Saturday, May 6

Qualifier Play-In May events

On Saturday, May 6, you’ll have a chance to claim your place in the next Qualifier Weekend by competing in the Qualifier Play-In Best-of-One event. The format is March of the Machine Sealed. If you didn’t hit your April Ranked Season target to get your invitation, this is an event that’ll get you on the competitive play path toward the Arena Championship—and possibly beyond.

Your next opportunity to secure a place in this month’s Qualifier Weekend event follows on Friday, May 12, when you can enter the Qualifier Play-In Best-of-Three event. The format is also March of the Machine Sealed but in Best-of-Three matches.

This is also your last opportunity to step onto May’s competitive play path, because right after this Play-In ends on May 13 at 3 a.m. PT, the Qualifier Weekend event begins Saturday, May 13, at 6 a.m. PT! You’ll face some of MTG Arena‘s best players over two days in Best-of-Three March of the Machine Sealed matches. Perform well, and you could claim your place in the Arena Championship!


Events open on the starting date at 8 a.m. PT (excluding Midweek Magic) and close to entries at 8 a.m. PT (UTC-07:00) on the ending date shown unless otherwise noted.

Midweek Magic

Midweek Magic events open on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. PT and close to new entries on Thursdays at 2 p.m. PT (UTC-07:00).

  • May 2—4: March of the Machine Constructed
  • May 9—11: Explorer
  • May 16—18: On the Edge
  • May 23—25: Singleton
  • May 30—June 1: Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Phantom Sealed


  • April 28—May 12: March of the Machine
  • May 12—26: Dominaria United
  • May 26—June 6: March of the Machine


  • May 1—6: Historic Artisan Festival
  • May 6—11: Historic Brawl Festival
  • May 26—29: Historic Metagame Challenge
  • May 26—June 3: Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Premier Draft
  • June 2—5: Treasured Festival: Historic Singleton
  • June 3—11: Innistrad: Crimson Vow Premier Draft


All times listed are Pacific time (UTC-07:00).


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

Qualifier Weekend events are two-day events in which eligible players compete for invitations to upcoming Arena Championship events.

Qualifier tokens are delivered in your MTG Arena inbox. Remember to claim them before the event starts!


  • Qualifier Play-In (Best-of-One)
    May 6, 6 a.m. PT
    • Format: March of the Machine Limited
  • Qualifier Play-In (Best-of-Three)
    May 12, 6 a.m. PT—May 13, 3 a.m. PT
    • Format: March of the Machine Limited
  • Qualifier Weekend
    May 13, 6 a.m. PT—May 14, 4 p.m. PT
    • Format: March of the Machine Limited (Best-of-Three)


  • Qualifier Play-In (Best-of-One)
    June 3, 6 a.m. PT
    • Format: Historic
  • Qualifier Play-In (Best-of-Three)
    June 9, 6 a.m. PT—June 10, 3 a.m. PT
    • Format: Historic
  • Qualifier Weekend
    June 10, 6 a.m. PT—June 11, 4 p.m. PT
    • Format: Historic (Best-of-Three)

Arena Open

The Arena Open Day One entry window begins at 6 a.m. PT and closes to new entries the following day at 3 a.m. PT (UTC-07:00). The Day Two entry window is 2 hours only, from 6 a.m. PT until 8 a.m. PT (UTC-07:00).

  • Arena Open: March of the Machine Limited
    May 20—21
    • May 20: Day One, March of the Machine Sealed (Best-of-One and Best-of-Three)
    • May 21: Day Two, March of the Machine Player Draft (Best-of-Three)
      There are two Player Draft events on Day Two.

Arena Championship 3

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

  • Arena Championship 3
    May 27—28
    More details to come!

May 2023 Ranked Season

The May 2023 Ranked Season begins April 30 at 12:05 p.m. PT and ends on May 31 at 12 p.m. PT (UTC-07:00)

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