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MTG Arena Announcements: May 18, 2022

This week’s of MTG Arena Announcements are mostly reminders of the upcoming events that were covered in the previous weeks, but we do have some further details on the Turf Brawl event that caps off the Rise of the Five Families Festival on starting on May 27.

Currently, the Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate spoilers are happening, which you can check out. The associated Alchemy Horizons set is due to be released on MTG Arena on July 7, with 250 cards (some new and rebalanced), and in the meantime we can speculate on what cards will be transferred over!


MTG Arena Announcements, May 18, 2022

GET READY FOR THE NEW CAPENNA CHAMPIONSHIP!

The quest to earn an invitation to Magic World Championship XXVIII culminates in the New Capenna Championship May 20–22! Top players face off in Standard and Historic competitions for $450,000 in prizes and to determine who gets the remaining invitations to Magic World Championship XXVIII later this year.

Get all the details on how to watch in the New Capenna Championship Viewers Guide, and then tune in to the broadcasts live May 20–22 on twitch.tv/magic beginning at 9 a.m. PT (16:00 UTC; 1 a.m. JST) each day.

MTG ARENA‘S FIRST PLAY-IN EVENT IS MAY 21

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 invitation 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.

NEXT PLAY-IN EVENT: MAY 27

Following the first Play-In event (covered above) comes another Play-In event on May 27! This will be a Best-of-Three Phantom Streets of New Capenna Sealed competition with prizes. Get four wins, and you’ll earn an invitation to the May 28–29 Qualifier Weekend!

STREETS OF NEW CAPENNA FAMILY FESTIVALS CONTINUE!

The Rise of the Five Families Festival is in full swing, with the Cabaretti poised to show the power of a good party May 18–21.

What’s in these festival events for you? Well, 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.

Plus, for these events only, as long as you participate in an event, you’ll be granted all card styles for that event—even if you don’t make it to five wins. This is only for the Rise of the Five Families Festival events.

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 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.”

Golden age card styles:

Rise of the Riveteers: May 21–24

  • Emblem: “Whenever you sacrifice a creature, you may return target creature card with lesser mana value from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped.”

Golden age card styles:

Rise of the Brokers: May 24–27

  • Emblem: “You may cast spells from the top of your library by removing a counter from a creature you control in addition to paying their other costs.”

Golden age card styles:

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

TURF BRAWLS CAPS OFF THE RISE OF THE FIVE FAMILIES FESTIVAL

Simmering tensions between the families boil over into the final Festival event: Turf Brawls! May 27–June 2, compete in Best-of-One Brawl matches using preconstructed decks unique to each family and claim skyscraper showcase card styles!

Check out the Turf Brawls event page for complete details!

MAY 11 BANNED AND RESTRICTED UPDATE

The banned list for Explorer was updated on May 12. Winota, Joiner of Forces and Tibalt's Trickery were banned in the Explorer format. Our banned and restricted announcement has all the details for the change.

EVENT SCHEDULE

MIDWEEK MAGIC

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

  • May 24–26: On the Edge
  • May 31–June 2: Historic Pauper
  • June 7–9: Future Precons
  • June 14–16: Historic Shakeup

QUICK DRAFT

  • 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

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 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
  • May 20–23: Streets of New Capenna Constructed
  • May 27–30: Standard Metagame Challenge

PREMIER PLAY SCHEDULE

QUALIFIER PLAY-INS

  • May 21: Qualifier Play-In Best-of-One event
    • Play 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: Qualifier Play-In Best-of-Three event
    • Play 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 2829: Qualifier Weekend
    • Day 1: Play Streets of New Capenna Best-of-Three Phantom Sealed (cards are not added to your collection).
    • Day 2: Play 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.

MAY 2022 RANKED SEASON

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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