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Go Head-to-Head w/Friends as Magic: The Gathering Arena adds Direct Challenge Play!

Magic: The Gathering Arena game director Chris Clay literally shouted it from the rooftops via Twitter last Wednesday. Now, Direct Challenge play is LIVE in the game’s Open Beta build! With this update, casual and serious Magic players can challenge their friends (and enemies) to settle longtime feuds, test deck strategies, or have friendly deckbuilding challenges through Magic: The Gathering Arena.

Here’s how Direct Challenge works:

  1. You and your friend open the Direct Challenge option
  2. Type in one another’s username and five-digit code
  3. Hit “Battle”
  4. Play!

Magic: The Gathering Arena Announces Custom Streamer Events and Direct Challenge with Friends

Wizards of the Coast has a new series of in-game events built around creators in the Magic: The Gathering Arena community—Streamer Events—and they start tomorrow!

Since the launch of Open Beta of Magic: The Gathering Arena less than a month ago, 100 Million games have been played! During that time an incredible amount of creator content has been made by the Magic: The Gathering Arena community. Magic players have been teaching, competing, entertaining, deckbuilding, and sharing these experiences online. The Magic: The Gathering Arena team wants to continue to encourage these talented creators to make and enjoy great content in a way that is unique to Magic.

To create Streamer Events, the Magic: The Gathering Arena team is working closely with different creators in the community to build customized in-game events around their unique personality and play style. These events will be recurring and will feature a variety of awesome content creators and wildly different game modes.

To top it all off, we are adding in a major feature, Direct Challenge. Direct Challenge will allow players to jump into games against their friends by searching their in-game name before going into battle. We are excited to announce that Direct Challenge will be coming in the next November update with more robust friend features on the way!

First Streamer Event Details – October 26-29

Day[9]’s Insta-Ban

We’re giving Constructed new house rules with Day[9]. Day[9] has always had a burning displeasure for counters and tricks. So together we created INSTA-BAN, where you bring a 60-card deck with zero instant spells in it. Instant speed effects such as flash or activated abilities are permitted, but if the spell is an instant, it is BANNED.

Gaby’s Greedy Dominaria Draft

We’re giving Draft new house rules with Gaby Spartz. Gaby loves drafting and building ambitious decks. So together we are running a GREEDY DOMINARIA DRAFT. Draft 3 packs of Dominaria around a few unique rules in this game of Magic. Everyone can play two lands per turn, start with 9 cards, and has no maximum hand size.

Magic: The Gathering Arena Officially Enters Open Beta!

Wizards of the Coast has announced its highly anticipated digital game Magic: The Gathering Arena is now free to download in Open Beta. Today all players in North America, Europe, Australia, and South America can download the latest digital version of the legendary collectible card game and play the all-new Magic experience on Windows PC.

Developed in-house by Wizards of the Coast’s Digital Games Studio, Magic: The Gathering Arena brings the same rich strategy and gameplay of the beloved tabletop game to PC in quick, intense, head to head battles. In Magic: The Gathering Arena players can jump right into Quick and Competitive Play using one of the five carefully crafted pre-built decks earned in the tutorial and can customize their own decks from an expansive library of current Magic cards. The game is free to download and lets players battle for rewards including in-game currency, cards, and booster packs. Players can also earn an additional five pre-built decks by completing daily quests.

At the start of Open Beta players can look forward to the following:

  • GUILDS OF RAVNICA  Magic: The Gathering’s latest card set will be available on Sept. 27 at Open Beta release.
  • SPECIAL IN-GAME SINGLETON EVENT – All Open Beta players will have access to a special Singleton constructed event on us (it won’t cost gold or gems to enter) from September 27 through October 1.
  • SEALED FORMAT – Magic: The Gathering’s format where players build a 40-card deck from six unopened booster packs, is introduced to Magic: The Gathering Arena.
  • REDEEMABLE CODES – Starting with Guilds of Ravnica’s physical release, retail product from the tabletop card set will contain codes redeemable in Magic: The Gathering Arena in select regions.

Wizards of the Coast and Tencent Team to Bring Magic: The Gathering Arena to China

Wizards of the Coast and Tencent have announced a partnership to bring Magic: The Gathering to digital gamers in Asia. Tencent will be the exclusive digital publisher and esports broadcaster for the iconic strategy card game in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Brunei.

Wizards of the Coast’s newest digital game, Magic: The Gathering Arena, is currently in Closed Beta and will be the first game published by Tencent through the new partnership. The game is designed and built for digital gamers without compromising Magic‘s core gameplay. Every element of the game design is focused on an engaging and dynamic experience, true to authentic Magic, to provide players and viewers fast-paced, exciting, and easy-to-follow matches.

In addition to MTG Arena, the partnership also includes publishing of future games based on the strategy card game on mobile, PC, and console platforms.

Dominaria Comes to Magic: The Gathering Arena on April 26th

April is shaping up to be exciting for Magic: The Gathering Arena. Later this month sees new content, new events, and a large update to the game on April 26.

Here’s what’s coming up next:

  • Dominaria is releasing for MTG Arena on April 26 and bringing economy updates with it.
  • Events are coming! They’re starting out with some best-of-one events, with lots more to come.
  • Wizards of the Coast will be hosting a streaming event on April 25th in which some streamers preview the new economy features and Dominaria—you don’t want to miss out!

DOMINARIA!

On April 26, after an extended downtime, Dominaria will be released for MTG Arena! Every legend, every Saga, and every Thallid will be playable. This update will include more visual improvements and a brand-new battlefield.

An experiment will begin with this release that explores ties between the tabletop game and MTG Arena. With the release of Dominaria, there’ll be a limited test of redeemable game codes in New Zealand only. New Zealand booster packs and Prerelease packs will include an in-game code that New Zealand residents can redeem for in-game items in Magic: The Gathering Arena.

The goal is to find ways to bring more value to all kinds of Magic players and to get that right.

DRAFT AND CONSTRUCTED EVENTS

The vision for MTG Arena has always been to give players many ways to play. Events are different ways for players to enjoy and utilize the content they’ve earned. This will begin rolling these out in just a few weeks, and you can expect events to keep coming throughout the rest of the year and beyond.

The first events we’ll be rolling out will be best-of-one Constructed events starting with the April 26 update. Then best-of-one Draft events starting May 4. You’ll soon be able to draft in MTG Arena! To start, best-of-one Draft events will be available each weekend and best-of-one Constructed events will always be available.

Events are central to MTG Arena and a great way to continually provide more depth of play. More events will be added moving forward, along with testing and refining along the way. There’ll be more news on April 25th in the Closed Beta forums, along with a full event schedule through June.

SEE EVERYTHING IN ACTION ON APRIL 25!

To celebrate this release, a small group of streamers have been invited to participate in an early access event that will preview the Dominaria build and all Dominaria content on April 25 from 1–5 p.m. PT. The streamers are being set up with special accounts stocked with goodies so they can show you all some Draft and Dominaria content. They’ll only have access to these accounts for one day—so make sure to tune in to get a sneak peek of what’s coming! You’ll be able to find a list of all streamers and their channels on the Closed Beta forum or by browsing Twitch by Magic’s game category. If you want to get a first look at all the new updates in the April 26 build, you definitely do not want to miss this event!

That same day includes a special livestream at 12 p.m. PT and an extensive post in the MTG Arena forums with more details on Dominaria, elaborations on events, economy updates, Gem pricing, (yes, you’ll be able to buy Gems starting with this update—details on April 25), Draft, and more. We’re still evolving and growing what MTG Arena has to offer, but the April 26 update is our biggest yet.

Wizards of the Coast Empowers Creators and Launches the “Wizards Creator Program”

Calling all creators!  Wizards of the Coast announced today details for its new Wizards Creator Program. Designed to support the robust community of content creators on myriad social platforms, eligible Wizards Creators will be given access to special features and perks for themselves and their audiences. Wizards is kicking off the program with a call for submissions from US and Canada-based Magic: The Gathering Arena players, with more regions to come in the future.

Qualified Wizards Creators will receive access to special in-game items, promotion, direct access to Wizards community managers, and more.  Designed to grow and change over time with feedback from the community – the initial program will provide creators with:

  • Promotion: increased visibility, social amplification, and placement on Wizards’ platforms (e.g., our websites, community hub, and channels) to help make community members more aware of the great work that Wizards Creators are doing.
  • Early Access: access to preview content and in-game content early to help Wizards Creators show their communities something new.
  • In-Game Items: sweet in-game swag for both themselves and to share with the members of their communities.
  •  Priority Communication: members-only lines of communication directly with a dedicated staff at Wizards of the Coast headquarters ensure Wizards Creators have a ready ear for any feedback, concerns, or issues they may have.
  • Membership in a Growing Community of Content Creators: Wizards Creators will feel like they are a part of an active and welcoming content-creator community with members-only subforums and additional services and events to ensure members of have plenty of opportunities to feel like they are part of something larger.

This initiative builds upon the Creators Kits the Wizards team previously released to support Magic: The Gathering Arena streamers. These kits include layered images to help players create video overlays and a number of guides on how to create successful gaming content. The Creators Kits will continue to be available for free (subject to the Fan Content Policy) to all fans and budding streamers.

Wizards of the Coast Reveals Magic: The Gathering Arena

Wizards of the Coast has lifted the veil on Magic: The Gathering Area, a free-to-play way to enjoy the classic card game Magic: The Gathering for gamers, fans, and steamers. It’s the company’s first step to bring the game to modern digital gaming experience.

The hope is to get the community that revolves around this digital arena as big as those who like to watch live streams of analog play.

When this digital version launches it will feature the full card sets in Standard, with around 1,000 new cards added every year.

The goal for this experience is to make it as much fun to watchas it is to play focusing on a fast-paced, easy to udnerstand, experience.

The final goal of this is a system that can evolve. The Games Rules Engine will use machine learning that can read any card that can be dreamt up. New mechanics, fun concepts, there’s a want for there to be no limits.

Wizards will be holding a Closed Beta of which you can find details in the official announcements.

Arena will be different from Magic Online and the hope is for MTG Arena and the tabletop version to complement one another.