The Arena Open Event Guide
All players should now see the in-game event countdown for the first Arena Open, with the first day of the tournament starting on May 30, at 8 AM Pacific Time! The major talking points have been the monetary rewards involved and the use of the best-of-one game mode. Below is an official transcript from Wizards of the Coast detailing the specifics of the event (terms and conditions, eligibility, rewards, and so on), as well as some helpful resources for those contemplating in participating in the event.
Expected Value (EV)
One of the first things to keep in mind is that this event is rather pricey for an Arena event, at $20-25, depending on whether you buy gems in bulk. If you’re someone who has accumulated a lot of gold, it may appear to cost next to nothing, but 20,000 gold still translates to 20 packs or two premier drafts. Personally, I think the cost is worthwhile; it’s more than you would spend at Friday Night Magic, but the ability to play anywhere from 3-14 games in a competitive environment at my leisure for potentially great prizes is worth it in my book. That said, the cost will keep some players away. At this point, official competitive Bo1 tournaments are too new to guess exactly how the participant pool will shake out, but given the intense level of advertising, I would expect it to be abundantly popular.
Additionally, keep in mind that this is an event you can enter multiple times. While the cost may keep many people from doing so, there are players who have accumulated huge hoards of gold who may opt into this event over and over, perhaps starting with a pet deck that’s way off the metagame in the hopes of making a name for themselves by qualifying for Day 2 with something new. The strategy here of going wild early then playing something more established later to qualify for Day 2, if the earlier deck or decks didn’t make it, could be fairly common. Alternatively, some players may do the opposite: opt to go established early, check the box for Day 2, and then dump gold into those off-meta decks later in the day. If you’ve got the gold and the desire, both approaches work.
Helpful Links for Best-of-One
Be sure to check out our new Metagame page for the latest tier list on all the top decks in Standard at the moment! You can also toggle between BO1 and BO3 decks while browsing our deck sections under “Mode”.
- Coming soon: Our picks for the day 1 of the tournament!
- Best-of-One (BO1) Standard Decks for The Arena Open from Pros, Streamers and Mythic Players
- Best-of-One (BO1) Game Mode Guide: Prepare for Day 1 of The Arena Open Tournament!
- Building a “Wishboard” for Best-of-One Standard: Fae of Wishes, Karn and Vivien
- MTG Arena Standard Decks – Best-of-One (BO1) Metagame Tier List – May 2020
- MTG Arena’s Opening Hand Algorithm and Smoothing – Some Real Outcomes
- MTG Arena’s Opening Hand Algorithm and Smoothing: Finding the Ideal Land Count for BO1
- Best-of-One (BO1) Aggro Deck Building with Hand Smoothing
- To Best-of-One or To Best-of-Three? An In-Depth Comparison & Contrast of Arena’s Modes
The inaugural Arena Open is only a day away, so no time like the present to remind our players-in-waiting of all the important dates and details between them and the opportunity to win monetary rewards from the convenience of home—no ladder climb or Mythic Rank required!
THE FINE PRINT
- You must be 18 years or older to participate.
- Regional eligibility restrictions apply, void where prohibited.
- Receiving monetary rewards requires having or creating Wizards, DCI, and i-Payout accounts (iPayout accounts cannot be created in advance, for more info, please refer to our Event Prize Support FAQ).
- Refer to the official Terms and Conditions for complete details.
Start: May 30, 2020 at 8 a.m. PT
Sign-Ups End: May 31, 2020 at 4 a.m. PT—you’ll still have a few hours to complete your current run, but you won’t be able to join after this deadline.
Event End: May 31, 7 a.m. PT
Format: Best-of-One Standard Constructed, with Match Clock*
Event Record: 7 wins or 3 losses (whichever comes first)
Entry Fee: 20,000 Gold or 4,000 Gems
You’ll be able to enter Day 1 multiple times, which means you’ll have more than one opportunity to qualify for Day 2.
*For the Arena Open, we are enforcing a 30-minute match clock for each player in both Best-of-One and Best-of-Three matches. As a general reminder, in Best-of-Three matches, this clock is shared across all three games and counts down whenever a player has priority.
DAY 1 DECK SUBMISSION
- Players will submit one (1) 60-card Standard Constructed deck per event run, with optional sideboard*.
- You may not change your deck between matches.
- You may change your decks in-between event runs (e.g. if Deck 1 doesn’t work out, you can re-enter and choose Deck 2).
- Your Day 1 deck has no bearing on your deck choice for Day 2. You may choose the same deck or an entirely new one if you so desire!
*Though sideboarding doesn’t happen in a Best-of-One match structure, it may be relevant for companion cards or abilities that refer to cards you own “outside of the game.”
Special Entry Reward: The Godzilla Lands
- 7 Wins: 2,000 Gems, Qualification for Day 2
- 6 Wins: 1,600 Gems
- 5 Wins: 1,200 Gems
- 4 Wins: 800 Gems
- 3 Wins: 400 Gems
- 0–2 Wins: No Reward
In addition to the rewards outlined above, every participant will receive the special Godzilla Lands to add to their collection as part of their entry. Like the Godzilla Series Monster card styles, these special rewards will unlock as soon as you join the event, so you’ll be able to use them during your matches if you wish to further emphasize your goal of stomping through the competition.
Start: May 31, 2020 at 8 a.m. PT
Sign-Ups End: May 31, 2020 at 10 a.m. PT—you’ll have until the event ends to complete your matches, but you must join during this 2-hour window.
Event End: May 31, 6 p.m. PT
Format: Best-of-Three Standard Constructed
Event Record: 7 wins or 2 losses (whichever comes first)
Entry Fee: None—previous qualification from Day 1 required
For those who qualify for Day 2, you’ll only have one opportunity to compete. Once you complete your Day 2 matches—that’s it! You’ll receive rewards based on your event record, culminating with $2,000 USD if you manage to earn seven wins.
DAY 2 DECK SUBMISSION
- Players will submit one (1) 60-card Standard Constructed deck, with optional sideboard.
- It does not have to be the same deck you played during Day 1 to qualify. You may choose the same deck or an entirely new one if you so desire!
- You may not change your deck or sideboard after submission—you will play the decklist you submit for every one of your Day 2 matches.
- 7 Wins: $2,000 USD
- 6 Wins: $1,000 USD
- 5 Wins: 20,000 Gems
- 4 Wins: 10,000 Gems
- 3 Wins: 6,000 Gems
- 2 Wins: 4,000 Gems
- 1 Win: 2,000 Gems
- 0 Wins: No Reward
How many players can earn the monetary rewards on Day 2?
As many as qualify! All players on Day 2 who earn six or seven wins will be eligible to receive the monetary rewards.
Is the Arena Open a part of the MPL/Magic esports?
Not at this time. The Arena Open is currently separate from Magic esports (you will not earn Mythic Points, it won’t qualify you for a Mythic Championship/Invitational, etc.)
What should I do if I encounter an issue during the Arena Open?
If you encounter an issue or need further assistance with the Arena Open, you will need to contact Game Support—we are unable to provide support for in-game issues over social media (other than telling you to submit a ticket). Please ensure you select “Mythic Events/Arena Open Issues” as the reason you are contacting our support team.
I reached six/seven wins on Day 2 and earned a monetary reward . . . now what?
If you receive a monetary reward, we will contact you via the email listed in your Wizards account to obtain your DCI Account and with instructions for activating your eWallet account with our partner i-Payout (or notifying you of your prize if you have already created an account). Please check your email regularly after the Arena Open to ensure that you respond to our inquiry in a timely manner. If you win a monetary reward and do not receive a reward email within 72 hours of completion of the Arena Open, please contact customer service.