Historic Updates Here and More Big Things Coming


game update hits Magic: The Gathering Arena, and it’s bringing both new cards and new ways to play. Trust us, if the cards in Historic Anthology III don’t give you flashbacks to some of the most iconic cards and creatures in MTG’s history 


If you happened to miss both our announcement stream as well as the card previews, here’s a quick summary of everything you need to know about the latest Historic anthology coming to MTG Arena later this week: Historic Anthology III introduces 27 new cards to both MTG Arena and Historic play. It’s got Shrines! It’s got Flashback! It’s got creatures you control have flying, first strike, vigilance, trample, haste, and protection from red and black (yes, all your creatures all those things).

Purchasing the Historic Anthology III bundle will add playsets of all 27 cards to your collection and will be available for 4,000 gems or 25,000 gold. You’ll also have the option to craft individual cards using Wildcards of the appropriate rarity (1:1)


For you Historic fans out there, perhaps just as exciting as the introduction of new cards is the return of the Historic Ranked queue—and this time for good. Starting with the May Game Update (so like, two days from now) both Historic Ranked and Historic Traditional Ranked queues will be available on MTG Arena, and we have no intention of turning them off again.

And before you ask—you’ll receive full play rewards for Historic Ranked, including quest progress as well as daily and weekly win rewards.


Now that Player Draft is so last month’s game update, it’s time to bring another fan-favorite format to MTG Arena—Cube Draft!

Our cube consists of 555 cards pulled from everything that’s available in MTG Arena—including both Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths and Historic Anthology III cards. You’ll open three “booster packs” that contain 15 cards and draft them against your fellow players. Each pack may contain multiple exciting rares and mythic rares, so don’t let the card on the top left distract you from the rest of the pack! It’s also important to note that like Cube Sealed, Cube Draft will be a “phantom” event, which means the cards will not be added to your collection.

There’s some exciting strategies and synergies we built into this cube, and drafting against players should help ensure that each draft is a fun and unique experience. Our first event is arriving on June 12 and, as we did with Ikoria, we’ll be letting you get a taste of this format—on us! Your first Cube Draft will have no entry fee, and both the complimentary entry and the event itself will be available until the release of Core Set 2021 


In the April State of the Game, we briefly mentioned a new type of competitive experience with a short duration and high skill cap, providing ways to win significant rewards beyond gold, gems, and booster packs in MTG Arena. We also mentioned that, given the circumstances surrounding us, this is something we’ve decided to fast track a bit to provide even more ways for you to compete from the safety of your home. We are now ready to share more about it, as we prepare for the (first) Arena Open!

Before we get started, there are a few very important legal things we need to cover first.


  • 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.
  • Refer to the official Terms and Conditions for complete details.

As you can probably tell already, we’re doing something very different with these events. The Arena Open is going to be a two-day competitive event where the top players will be able to receive monetary rewards (like . . . real world, monetary rewards in USD). Outside of the eligibility requirements listed in the Terms and Conditions, there are no other prerequisites to participate.

Check here for more rules and information

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