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MTG Arena Announcements: May 11, 2022

This week’s MTG Arena Announcements was mostly covered in last week’s announcement (other than the addition of Innistrad: Crimson Vow Quick Draft on July 8 – 22), and no confirmation yet on the upcoming Alchemy: Baldur’s Gate set which should be released around that time.

Explorer Bans

Winota, Joiner of Forces and Tibalt's Trickery are to be banned in Explorer with the May 12 game update. Read the full details in the announcement article:

As a reminder, the Arena Open and Rise of the Five Families events are starting this week also, so keep an eye out for our guides on those!

MTG Arena Announcements, May 11, 2022


The banned list for Explorer updates to remove both Winota, Joiner of Forces and Tibalt's Trickery from Explorer. Our full banned and restricted announcement has all the details for the change arriving to MTG Arena tomorrow.


The next Arena Open is almost here, featuring Streets of New Capenna Sealed and Player Draft. You can practice now with the new cards to prepare for the event, which will feature two formats:

  • Day 1 – Streets of New Capenna Sealed (Best-of-One and Best-of-Three)
  • Day 2 – Streets of New Capenna Player Draft (Best-of-Three)

For this Arena Open, we’ve adjusted some of the gem rewards from Day 2 to Day 1, giving more players more rewards even sooner:

  • Gem rewards on Day 2 for earning 0–5 wins have all been reduced by 5,000 gems.
  • Earning seven wins on Day 1 in Best-of-One now also awards 5,000 gems in addition to Day 2 access.
  • Earning four wins on Day 1 in Best-of-Three now also awards 6,000 gems in addition to Day 2 access.
  • Earning one win on Day 1 in Best-of-Three now awards 1,500 gems, up from 1,000.

Check out the May 2022 Arena Open article for full event details to be ready!


Our first Qualifier Play-In event, which can earn you an invitation to this month’s Qualifier Weekend, is set for May 21! Compete in Best-of-One Phantom Streets of New Capenna Sealed matches for prizes and reach six wins for an invite to the May 28–29 Qualifier Weekend!

What can you qualify for? Learn about the $200,000 Arena Championship with our MTG Arena Premier Play announcement to see all the ways you can secure a seat at a Qualifier Weekend.


The newest Alchemy rebalancing changes arrived on May 5. If you missed the adjustments, the complete rebalancing announcement shares all the updated cards you’ll find in Alchemy and Historic.


Get ready to fete the five crime families of Streets of New Capenna! The Rise of the Five Families Festival explores each family’s particular way of doing business and exposes how they ascended to the ritzy heights of New Capenna’s upper crust.

What’s in it for you? Here’s the deal: you can score golden age showcase card styles that’ll prove you’re a big shot and not some chump with a lot of chin music.

Each event’s format is Alchemy Singleton with Best-of-One matches, but with a unique emblem twist inspired by each family!

Rise of the Maestros: May 12–15

  • Emblem: “Once during each of your turns, you may cast an instant or sorcery spell from your graveyard by sacrificing a creature in addition to paying its other costs. If a spell cast this way would be put into your graveyard, exile it instead.”

Card styles:

Rise of the Obscura: May 15–18

  • Emblem: “Whenever you attack, target attacking creature connives.”

Card styles:

Rise of the Cabaretti: May 18–21

  • Emblem: “Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, scry 1. If this is the second time this ability has resolved this turn, draw a card instead.”

Card styles:

Find complete details on the Rise of the Families Festival events page!



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

  • May 10–12: Standard
  • May 17–19: Artisan
  • May 24–26: On the Edge
  • May 31–June 2: Historic Pauper
  • June 7–9: Future Precons


  • April 29–May 13: Kaldheim
  • May 13–27: Streets of New Capenna
  • May 27–June 10: Strixhaven: School of Mages
  • June 10–24: Streets of New Capenna
  • June 24–July 8: Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
  • July 8–22: Innistrad: Crimson Vow


  • April 28–May 20: Streets of New Capenna Sealed
  • Streets of New Capenna Rise of the Five Families Festival
    • May 12–15: Rise of the Maestros
    • May 15–18: Rise of the Obscura
    • May 18–21: Rise of the Cabaretti
    • May 21–24: Rise of the Riveteers
    • May 24–27: Rise of the Brokers
    • May 27–June 2: Turf Brawls (details coming soon!)
  • May 20–23: Streets of New Capenna Constructed
  • May 27–30: Standard Metagame Challenge



Qualifier Play-Ins:

  • May 21–22: Qualifier Play-In Best-of-One event
    • Streets of New Capenna Phantom Sealed (Cards are not added to your collection.)
    • Earn all six wins in this Play-In event to secure a seat at the May Qualifier Weekend!
  • May 27–28: Qualifier Play-In Best-of-Three event
    • Streets of New Capenna Phantom Sealed (Cards are not added to your collection.)
    • Earn all four wins in this Play-In event to secure a seat at the May Qualifier Weekend!

Qualifier Weekend:

  • May 28–30: Qualifier Weekend
    • Day 1: Streets of New Capenna Best-of-Three Phantom Sealed (Cards are not added to your collection.)
    • Day 2: Streets of New Capenna Best-of-Three Player Draft (Cards are not added to your collection.)
    • Check out the May 2022 Qualifier Weekend event and entry details to learn more.


The May 2022 Ranked Season began April 30 at 12:05 p.m. PT (19:05 UTC) and ends on May 31 at 12 p.m. PT (19:00 UTC).

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