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MTG Arena Announcements: May 25, 2022

In this week’s MTG Arena Announcements, we are focusing on the big update coming next Thursday on June 2, 2022! This includes:

  • Various improvements to the client user interface and player experience, such as Mythic Packs for all Standard sets, event navigation, automatic swapping of rebalanced cards, new icons, a special folder for Starter Decks, and more.
  • A new Alchemy set for Streets of New Capenna will be a 30-card set, and this time will have more uncommons and less rares, as well as its own Premier Draft event with a slight twist – one common card from the pack will be replaced by an Alchemy: New Capenna card! Into the Future and the Alchemy Metagame Challenge also returns.
  • The schedule for MTG Arena’s June 2022 events are now revealed.

Below is the full announcement from Wizards of the Coast for further details.


MTG Arena Announcements, May 25, 2022

JUNE 2 UPDATES AND IMPROVEMENTS

Next week’s update will introduce new looks and some improvements to player experience:

PACKS

Mythic Packs for all Standard-legal sets will be available in the Store under the Packs tab (located at the bottom of the Store scene). Plus, all packs will be purchasable with gems or gold!

EVENT NAVIGATION

When browsing an event from the Play blade, you won’t have to take the extra step of navigating to Home to get back to the events list in the Play blade—just click the back arrow and you’re there!

Back arrow when browsing events in MTG Arena

HOTSWAPPING REBALANCED CARDS

Starting with the June 2 update, you won’t have to manually swap rebalanced cards when using a deck in different formats; this will happen automatically.

For example, if you enter a Standard event with a deck that includes rebalanced Alchemy cards, those will be swapped to their Standard-legal versions for you, making the deck legal for that event. Note that this doesn’t apply to digital-only cards with no corresponding Standard versions. Those cards will be marked as illegal in a Standard event.

The same swapping will happen when entering an Alchemy event with a Standard card that has a rebalanced Alchemy version.

RESTYLED CRAFT ALL AND DELETE BUTTONS

To help prevent accidents when selecting Craft All and Delete buttons, we’ve restyled and rearranged these.

Redesigned and rearranged Craft All and Delete buttons

STARTER DECK FOLDER

There will be two folders in the Decks scene beginning with the June 2 update: My Decks and Starter Decks.

My Decks and Starter Decks folders

The Starter Decks folder holds the decks you receive when you first start playing and for completing tasks like the Color Challenge. This folder will keep these starter decks separate from the decks you’ve created or modified (these are stored in the My Decks folder). The folder includes fifteen starter decks (multicolor decks will appear when they are earned during the Color Challenge). These can be played like any other deck in your collection.

Decks in the Starter Decks folder will not take up the 100 deck slots you have for your own decks. They will also appear in your My Decks folder where they can be deleted or modified; decks in the Starter Decks folder cannot be deleted or modified.

ALCHEMY: NEW CAPENNA ARRIVES JUNE 2!

The 30-card Alchemy: New Capenna set hits MTG Arena June 2, and beyond extending the themes and flavor of Streets of New Capenna for both Alchemy and Historic players, this Alchemy set brings a few differences from previous Alchemy releases:

  • The distribution of rarities in Alchemy: New Capenna has changed with more uncommons and fewer rares.
  • Alchemy cards get a fresh look to make the “A” for Alchemy visually distinct from the MTG Arena “A” logo.
New Alchemy logo on the front of an Alchemy pack
  • There will be two Alchemy events that accompany the release!

SPECIAL ALCHEMY EVENTS

Premier Draft New Capenna Alchemy: June 2–6

This special event, held through release weekend, gives players the opportunity to acquire Alchemy cards through drafting. Players draft three packs of Streets of New Capenna, but one common card in each pack is replaced with a card from Alchemy: New Capenna. This card can be any rarity, so some packs will have multiple rares!

Each draft pack contains one card from Alchemy: New Capenna.

  • 55% of packs contain an uncommon card.
  • 38.57% of packs contain a rare card.
  • 6.43% of packs contain a mythic card.
  • Each rare appears twice as often as each mythic.

Premier Draft New Capenna Alchemy has the same entry and payouts as the familiar Premier Draft events and awards Alchemy: New Capenna packs. The usual Premier Draft New Capenna event will remain available throughout the weekend as well.

Alchemy: New Capenna packs will also now be awarded by Alchemy events, traditional Alchemy events, and the upcoming Alchemy Metagame Challenge for those who want to stick to Constructed play

Into the Future: June 2–4

Into the Future returns June 2–4 with preconstructed decks that spotlight new cards and their capabilities. This event has no entry fee, awards Alchemy: New Capenna packs, and earns you 1,000 Mastery XP for participating!

Into the Future will be available next Thursday and Friday, so try out the latest additions to MTG Arena!

BEST-OF-THREE PLAY-IN EVENT: MAY 27

The next Play-In event is set for this Friday, May 27! This will be a Best-of-Three Phantom Streets of New Capenna Sealed competition with prizes—plus, rack up four wins and earn an invitation to the May 28–29 Qualifier Weekend!

THE BROKERS STREETS OF NEW CAPENNA FAMILY FESTIVALS!

The clock is ticking on the Rise of the Five Families Festival, and we’re down to the last event running May 24–27 where the Brokers prove just how powerful the stroke of a pen can be!

The format is Alchemy Singleton with Best-of-One matches, and each player starts with an emblem with the text: “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.”

You can add these golden age card styles to your collection for playing:

For these events only, as long as you participate in an event, you’ll be granted all golden age 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.

Find complete details on the Rise of the Five 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!

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 31–June 2: Historic Pauper
  • June 7–9: Future Precons
  • June 14–16: Historic Shakeup
  • June 21–23: Alchemy

QUICK DRAFT

  • 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

  • Streets of New Capenna Rise of the Five Families Festival
    • May 24–27: Rise of the Brokers
    • May 27–June 2: Turf Brawls
  • May 27–30: Standard Metagame Challenge
  • June 2–4: Into the Future
  • June 2–5: Premier Draft New Capenna Alchemy
  • June 10–12: Alchemy Metagame Challenge

PREMIER PLAY SCHEDULE

QUALIFIER PLAY-INS

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

  • May 27: Qualifier Play-In Best-of-Three event (Streets of New Capenna Phantom Sealed)
    • Earn all four wins in this Play-In event to secure a seat at the May Qualifier Weekend!
    • Cards are not added to your collection in Phantom events.
  • June 11: Qualifier Play-In Best-of-One event (Explorer format)
  • June 17: Qualifier Play-In Best-of-Three event (Explorer format)

QUALIFIER WEEKEND

Qualifier Weekend events are two-day in which eligible players compete for invitations to the Arena Championship held in the fourth quarter of 2022.

  • May 28–29: Qualifier Weekend
    • Day 1: Streets of New Capenna Best-of-Three Phantom Sealed (cards not added to collection)
    • Day 2: Streets of New Capenna Best-of-Three Phantom Player Draft (cards not added to collection)
  • June 18–19: Qualifier Weekend

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).

JUNE 2022 RANKED SEASON

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

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