Here is this month’s MTG Arena State of the Game – Dominaria United edition. The new expansion will be released on September 1, 2022 around 8 AM PST – so make sure to finish up your Mastery, Daily Quests, Daily Wins, and your Weekly Wins before they reset!
The most exciting time of the year for MTG Arena players is also Standard rotation, where this time we will say farewell to Zendikar Rising, Kaldheim, Strixhaven: School of Mages, and Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms as they rotate out of Standard and Alchemy and be eternalized in Explorer and Historic. A fresh new metagame and hopefully a tonne of fun decks are on the horizon!
There aren’t much news otherwise other than the usual upcoming events, which you can read ahead in the MTG Arena Announcements that has been posted parallel to this article.
As always, check out the full breakdown below and make sure to catch up with our set guide if you have not already:
Dominaria is where it all began . . . and from the look of things, it’s only the beginning. A new set full of legendary cards, new mechanics alongside old favorites, a new Standard environment with renewal rewards, and a new . . . Phyrexian invasion. Uh oh.
Early this month, we enlisted the help of Matt Tabak to kick off our explanation of Dominaria United‘s mechanics, but for those of you who prefer to play in a more digital domain, here’s a look at how things will play out ahead of the release on MTG Arena.
Choose a chapter . . . something something lore counters . . . sacrifice after chapter three . . . and here’s how that works on MTG Arena. When a Saga with read ahead enters the battlefield on MTG Arena, you’ll be prompted with a browser to select just how many chapters you wish to read ahead.
. . . but seriously, we hope you didn’t miss the part where any chapters you skip over won’t trigger. As a reminder, skipped chapters will appear grayed out if you decide to read ahead.
Like exert, if you’re attacking with a creature with enlist, you’ll need to select the creature in order to pay the optional cost. If you choose to enlist, you’ll select which creatures to tap after you declare your attacks. And no need to call a judge—MTG Arena won’t let you declare more attackers with enlist than creatures you can tap to pay the optional cost.
Yes, no, maybe so. Cards with more than one kicker cost are selected one at a time, giving you the option to pay for either of them, both of them, or neither of them. If you want to kick Archangel of Wrath twice, you’ll select one of the kicker options, and then select the remaining kicker option.
Cards with domain feature a badge that will dynamically update based on the number of basic land types (Plains, Island, Swamp, Mountain, and Forest) among lands you control, including nonbasic lands with more or more of those types, such as Blood Crypt.
Cards with domain also enter the battlefield with flying colors! In addition to the badge, the visual effect(s) surrounding the card will reflect the number of basic land types.
- Auto Tap considers life to be a resource and will prefer taking damage over sacrificing another permanent (such as a Treasure token).
- Stun counters will show untap chains, with a newly updated visual effect.
- If you manage to resolve Liliana of the Veil’s -6 ability, target player’s permanents will gain a “spinner” that allows you to separate them into two piles.
Rotation and Renewal 2022
As a reminder, with the release of Dominaria United comes our yearly Standard rotation and Renewal celebration! In case you missed it, we have an entire article dedicated to 2022 Standard Rotation that covers everything and anything you need to know.
Now that the key moment is almost here, we wanted to remind you of everything happening on September 1:
- Zendikar Rising, Kaldheim, Strixhaven: School of Mages, and Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms sets will rotate out of Standard and Alchemy. Cards from these sets won’t be playable in Alchemy or Standard anymore unless they get reprinted, although they will still be allowed in Explorer and Historic formats.
- It’s time to crack open that Renewal Egg! You’ll received ten individual card rewards (ICRs), which will include one rare from each of the five non-rotating Standard and Alchemy sets, and another four rares plus one mythic rare from Dominaria United.
- Set Mastery sets you up with extra rewards—at no additional cost! The Dominaria United Set Mastery will include additional Dominaria United card rewards, boosters, and Jump In!
To be eligible for renewal rewards, you must have created an account and logged in to MTG Arena prior to the start of maintenance on September 1. If you see the egg on your profile, you’re all set!
Our favorite Planeswalker spark will be getting a quality-of-life upgrade with Dominaria United and will now auto-detect if your deck contains rebalanced cards. Just enter a bot match as usual, and Sparky will adjust accordingly.
Store Spotlight: Pet of the Month!
Dominaria is a place where past and present collide, and MTG Arena is no exception. While we didn’t find any Lost Legends in our code archives, we still decided to celebrate in our own way. Starting in September, each month we’ll be returning one previously available pet to the MTG Arena store.
And what better way to celebrate our return to Dominaria than the return of the Thopter pet? (Yes, we know this is a Kaladesh thopter, but it’s the thought that counts!). The Thopter pet will be available once more with the release of Dominaria United, and will be available until October.
Welcome to the Arena Championship
On September 24, the new pinnacle of competitive play on MTG Arena will be happening for the very first time! $200,000 and two seats at next years’ Magic World Championship await our top competitors in this two-day, invitation-only event.
Unite and Fight
Want in on the action before then? Check out our Dominaria United Early Access event, happening today on Twitch.tv!
Oh and, Ajani? It looks like you have something in your eye . . . s. Hey, wait a second . . .