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MTG: Arena Announcements, November 17, 2021

Another Wednesday, and another set of MTG Arena announcements has been released by Wizards of the Coast. A lot of the content in this week’s announcements are reminders from last week and reiteration of information from the State of the Game.

We’ll give you a brief summary of these reminders and then launch into the new announcements. The full announcements from Wizards is embedded for your convenience at the bottom of the page. Additionally, you can find lots more content on the new set Innistrad: Crimson Vow at our hub below:

Reminders: Crimson Vow Packs and Cosmetic Bundles Now Avaialable

Innstrad: Crimson Vow has arrived on MTG Arena! Packs, drafts, and the two new cosmetic bundles are available for purchase in the store at any time. There is one bundle which contains new Crimson Vow-themed stickers and another that consists of all five card styles for the new Crimson Vow dual lands. You can read all about it in last week’s announcements.

Midweek Magic and the Upcoming Standard Metagame Challenge

Midweek Magic is live, and this time around, it features the “Phantom Quick Draft” format. Phantom Quick Draft is a free-entry event that allows players to test out the Crimson Vow draft environment without paying an entry fee and drafting against bots. However, you won’t get to keep any of the cards you draft, so it’s just for fun and practice.

Coming later this month running from November 19-22, the Standard Metagame Challenge returns to MTG Arena! Crimson Vow has shaken up the Standard format, and the Metagame Challenge is a great way for players to put their new and improved decks to the test for prizes. The Metagame Challenge is a single elimination best-of-three event. The entry fee with be 2,000 gold or 400 gems. Check out the rewards table below:

7 wins5,000 gold + 30 packs
6 wins4,000 gold + 20 packs
5 wins3,000 gold + 10 packs
4 wins2,500 gold + 5 packs
3 wins2,000 gold + 3 packs
2 wins1,500 gold + 1 pack
1 win1,000 gold
0 wins500 gold

The Gathering: an All-Access, Free Entry Singleton Event

“The Gathering” event will be taking place right after, running from November 24-28. The Gathering will be an All-Access event, meaning participants can play with whatever cards they like even if they don’t have them in their collection, and the format is to be 60-card Standard singleton. There will be no entry fee and you will be able to play for as long as you like until the end of the event.

Wrapping Up

That covers just about everything from today. As always, the original post from Wizards is included in its entirety down below. In addition to the information covered above, you can also find a schedule of upcoming events at the bottom of the page. See you back here next week!

MTG Arena Announcements, November 17, 2021

Innistrad: Crimson Vow Is Here!

Innistrad: Crimson Vow has arrived on MTG Arena. Read up on all the set’s details and explore the new cards in these articles:

Also, jump down to see the new bundles available in the MTG Arena Store!

Midweek Magic: Phantom Quick Draft

Want to try out drafting in a chill environment without entry costs or time pressures? Try out this week’s Phantom Quick Draft in Midweek Magic.

In this event, you get to draft Innistrad: Crimson Vow cards to see what the Draft format is like against bots who don’t mind if you want to take your time to read every card multiple times before selecting one and passing on the pack, and won’t slow you down if you’re a fast picker.

Matches are played against real players once you’ve finished drafting and assembled your deck. You only draft once, but you can play as many games as you want with the deck you drafted, and since this is a Phantom draft, the cards you pick aren’t added to your collection.

Standard Metagame Challenge: November 19–22

Now that Innistrad: Crimson Vow has swept into the Standard game with a bloodthirsty flourish, it’s time for the return of the Standard Metagame Challenge!

Standard Metagame Challenge Event Details

Dates: November 19–22

Format: Traditional Standard

Structure: Best-of-Three matches, single elimination with up to seven wins

Entry: 2,000 gold or 400 gems


7 wins5,000 gold + 30 packs
6 wins4,000 gold + 20 packs
5 wins3,000 gold + 10 packs
4 wins2,500 gold + 5 packs
3 wins2,000 gold + 3 packs
2 wins1,500 gold + 1 pack
1 win1,000 gold
0 wins500 gold

Enjoy The Gathering, November 24–28

The holidays are a time to relax and take part in gatherings that are fun and make you happy. And gatherings can happen in most any place—or any plane. In MTG Arena‘s The Gathering, running November 24–28, you’ll find a place for the kind of gathering we all enjoy—the Magic kind!

The Gathering is an All-Access Singleton event with no entry! Build a 60-card Standard deck—regardless of whether you have the cards in your collection—but with no more than one copy of the cards you choose. Play as much as you want until the event ends!

Innistrad: Crimson Vow Available Now in the Store

Store packs are available now for Innistrad: Crimson Vow, plus these bundles:

Innistrad: Crimson Vow Sticker Bundle

5,000 gold or 1,000 gems

  • Three Innistrad: Crimson Vow stickers
Animated Sorin toasting with a glass of blood
Olivia Voldaren throwing open her arms with blood petals behind her
Voldaren wedding invitation exploding into GG, for good game

Innistrad: Crimson Vow Borderless Dual Land Card Styles Bundle

5,000 gold or 1,000 gems

  • Five borderless dual land card styles
Five Innistrad: Crimson Vow dual lands borderless card styles

Event Schedule

Midweek Magic

  • November 16–18: Phantom Quick Draft
  • November 23–25: Artisan

Quick Draft

  • November 12–26: Zendikar Rising
  • November 26–December 10: Innistrad: Crimson Vow

Arena Open

  • December 4: Day 1 (open to all players)
    • Format: Innistrad: Crimson Vow Draft, Best-of-One and Best-of-Three matches
  • December 5: Day 2 (must qualify during Day 1 to participate)
    • Format: Innistrad: Crimson Vow Traditional Draft, Best-of-Three matches

Other Events

  • November 19–22: Standard Metagame Challenge
  • November 24–28: The Gathering
  • November 26–29: Innistrad: Crimson Vow Constructed
  • November 29–December 9: Wedding Crashers

November 2021 Ranked Season

The November 2021 Ranked Season begins October 31 at 12:05 p.m. PT (19:05 UTC) and ends on November 30 at 12 p.m. PT (19:00 UTC).

  • Bronze reward: 1 Innistrad: Midnight Hunt pack
  • Silver reward: 1 Innistrad: Midnight Hunt pack + 500 gold
  • Gold reward: 2 Innistrad: Midnight Hunt packs + 1,000 gold + Dissipate card style
  • Platinum reward: 3 Innistrad: Midnight Hunt packs + 1,000 gold + Dissipate card style + Fateful Absence card style
  • Diamond reward: 4 Innistrad: Midnight Hunt packs + 1,000 gold + Dissipate card style + Fateful Absence card style
  • Mythic reward: 5 Innistrad: Midnight Hunt packs + 1,000 gold + Dissipate card style + Fateful Absence card style

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