The Next Arena Open and Strixhaven Qualifier Weekend Format is Kaldheim Sealed

The Arena Open

Wizards of the Coast has announced the formats for the next two major competitive events in MTG Arena: The Arena Open and the March Strixhaven Qualifier Weekend. For the first time, we will be having limited tournaments in the form of Sealed! For now, Draft looks to be still in discussion and development but is not ruled out.

To summarize:

  • The Arena Open will be held on the weekend starting February 20th – format being Kaldheim Sealed!
  • Entry fee is 22,500 Gold or 4,500 Gems per event. You get to keep the cards as with a normal event, and the reward for entering is the Phyrexian Vorniclex, Monstrous Raider card style.
  • Doing well in this event (finishing Day 2 with five or more wins) will also allow you to enter the March Strixhaven Qualifier Weekend (details below).

Let’s have a look at the full details below:

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ANNOUNCING THE FEBRUARY 2021 ARENA OPEN

THE ARENA OPEN 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.)
  • Refer to the official Terms and Conditions for complete details.

YOUR FATE IS SEALED

For the first Arena Open in 2021, we wanted to open our play opportunities by scheduling, for the first time ever, a Limited event. We have done both Historic and Standard Constructed Arena Open events in the past but have yet to challenge players to strive for glory using a limited card pool.

Today, we’re excited to announce that the Arena Open scheduled for February 20–21 will be featuring the Kaldheim Sealed format.

We’ll get to more of the fine details in just a bit, but before you ask—why Sealed, and why not Player Draft?

The biggest hurdle with doing player drafts for competitive events on MTG Arena is that an in-game draft table requires exactly eight participants: no more, no less. Given the large-scale, open nature of the Arena Open (see, it’s even in the name), we can’t guarantee the number of interested participants is going to be divisible by eight. While we are exploring potential solutions to this problem, there are technical, logistical, and philosophical hurdles we need to overcome first.

Beyond that, we also have a responsibility to ensure competitive integrity. While this is true for all Arena Open events, we recognize gameplay disruption during a draft can be particularly devastating, whether it’s an issue within the client itself or an insufficient number of players available to begin a draft.

While we consider solutions to some of these issues, we do have a Limited format that scales to any number of players over an event period: Sealed.

We hope the introduction of this format gives our Limited fans a new opportunity to show their stuff and our competitive Constructed players a new challenge to overcome. And for those of you who have been keeping an eye on the MTG Arena event calendar—we will be offering Best-of-Three Sealed for the first time ever, both leading up to the Arena Open, as well as for the Arena Open itself.

Additionally, this Arena Open will qualify eligible players who finish Day 2 with five or more wins to the March Strixhaven Qualifier Weekend, which will feature the Kaldheim Phantom Sealed format. More details will be available on the Qualifier Weekend Information page on Magic.gg.

Okay, so now for all the frigid facts.

DAY 1

Format: Best-of-One or Best-of-Three Kaldheim Sealed

Deck Building: Open

  • Players do not have to register and submit one specific deck for the whole event. They only need a deck with at least 40 cards (including basic lands) for participating in each match.
  • Players will be able to make changes to their deck in between matches using cards opened in their sealed pool.
  • Reminder that only the snow lands opened in your pool will be available for deck building.

Start: February 20, 2021 at 6 a.m. PT

Signups End: February 21, 2021 at 3 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: February 21, 2021 at 6 a.m. PT

Entry Fee: 22,500 Gold or 4,500 Gems (both Best-of-One and Best-of-Three)

  • Cards from the sealed pool will be added to the player’s respective collection.
  • Players receive a new sealed pool with each entry.

Entry Reward: Phyrexian Vorniclex, Monstrous Raider card style

BEST-OF-ONEBEST-OF-THREE
Event Record: 7 wins or 3 LossesEvent Record: 4 wins or 1 Loss
7 Wins: 2,000 Gems, Qualification for Day 24 Wins: 5,000 Gems, Qualification for Day 2
6 Wins: 1,600 Gems3 Wins: 5,000 Gems
5 Wins: 1,200 Gems2 Wins: 2,500 Gems
4 Wins: 800 Gems1 Win: 1,000 Gems
3 Wins: 400 Gems0 Wins: No Reward
0–2 Wins: No Reward 

DAY 2

Start: February 21, 2021 at 6 a.m. PT

Signups End: February 21, 2021 at 8 a.m. PT—you’ll have until the event ends to complete your matches, but you must join during this 2-hour window.

Event Ends: February 21, 2021 at 5 p.m. PT

Format: Best-of-Three Kaldheim Sealed

  • Players will receive a new sealed card pool for Day 2.
  • Cards from the sealed pool will be added to the player’s respective collection.

Deck Building: Open

  • Players do not have to register and submit one specific deck for the whole event. They only need a deck with at least 40 cards (including basic lands) for participating in each match.
  • Players will be able to make changes to their deck in between matches using cards opened in their sealed pool.
  • Reminder that only the snow lands opened in your pool will be available for deck building.

Event Record: 7 wins or 2 losses

Entry Fee: None—previous qualification from Day 1 required.

Q&A

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.

Can I qualify for Day 2 multiple times?

Players may qualify for Day 2 by earning enough wins in the Day 1 Best-of-One or Best-of-Three events. Qualifying multiple times (i.e. through both Day 1 events) will not grant you additional Tokens for Day 2 participation. On a related note, it is not required to qualify in both events to receive a Token for Day 2; qualifying in a single event is sufficient.

Is the Arena Open a part of the MPL/Magic Esports?

Top finishers on Day 2 will be eligible to compete in an upcoming Qualifier Weekend event.

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 Customer Service—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 “Qualifier Weekend/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.

For more information on reward fulfilments, please refer to the full Terms and Conditions and our general Event Prize Support FAQ.

Reaching the top 1200 of Mythic players in the February 2020 ranked season will qualify you for the March Strixhaven Qualifier Weekend and the format is also Kaldheim Sealed. The caveat here is that it’s a “phantom” event, meaning you do not get to keep the cards you opened.

MARCH STRIXHAVEN QUALIFIER WEEKEND FORMATS

With the February 2021 MTG Arena Open featuring the debut of competitive Sealed Deck as a format for MTG Arena, we’re continuing the opportunity to qualify for an upcoming Championship event at the March Strixhaven Qualifier Weekend, taking place March 13–14, 2021.

Competitors earning entry to the Qualifier Weekend from the Arena Open continue with Kaldheim Sealed as the format as the top-performing players of MTG Arena join the challenge in a new format.

However, there are a few important differences and overlaps between this month’s Arena Open and the March Strixhaven Qualifier Weekend:

  • Like previous Qualifier Weekends, entry to the March Strixhaven Qualifier Weekend must be earned through a strong finish in the previous Qualifier Weekend (the February Kaldheim Qualifier Weekend can unlock entry in March), a strong finish (at least five wins on Day 2) in the February 2021 Arena Open, or ending the previous MTG Arena ranked season in the top 1,200 Mythic-ranked players in either Constructed or Limited. (The February 2021 Ranked Season ends February 28 at 12:00 p.m. PT.) There is no gem or gold cost of entry for the Qualifier Weekend event.
  • The format is Best-of-Three (Bo3) Kaldheim “Phantom” Sealed, meaning the cards players open for the event will not be added to their account—but will be available to use inside the event.
  • Similar to February’s Arena Open, players will have a pool of six Kaldheim Limited boosters to build a minimum 40-card deck from. All cards not part of a person’s 40-card deck will be part of that player’s sideboard. Players may modify their 40-card deck between matches so long as they are active in the event.
  • And, like previous Qualifier Weekends, players are limited to one entry on Day 1 through the token provided to their account. Players will not have multiple opportunities to attempt the event course with different Kaldheim Sealed pools.

If you’re ready to brush up and put your Kaldheim Sealed skills to the test against the best, the Arena Open February 20–21 will be your first chance to prove it. For more March Strixhaven Qualifier Weekend details, please visit the Qualifier Weekend information page or review the complete Strixhaven Qualifier Weekend rules.

Good luck—and we’ll see you at the March Strixhaven Qualifier Weekend!

Terence

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