By Cody Perez
July 11, 2019
The Magic: The Gathering Core Set 2020 hasn’t even been out for a week and there is already a new update addressing some of the MTG Arena performance issues that are plaguing users everywhere right now. This update seems to be more of a hotfix rather than a regularly scheduled update.
This update is only the second one to come out for Magic: The Gathering Arena since the release of Core Set 2020, which arrived early last week on July 2. The expansion released to numerous problems, many of which are still affecting users right now.
This update aims to fix some of those MTG Arena performance issues, in addition to major changes for the Mastery System and the usual bug fixes. Without further ado, let’s take a look at all of the important changes that have arrived with this minor update.
The Mastery System has received some important changes that are arriving with the release of the July update for the game. This progression system is getting some key buffs in some places and removals in other places. Regardless, these are otherwise great changes that are sure to improve the system.
The good news first is that weekly win rewards have returned to the game with this update. Controversially removed from the game to the dismay of many players, this weekly reward system is now back in place and better than ever before.
Players will now earn 250 experience for each win that they get during the week with the opportunity to receive that reward for up to 15 wins each week, which is a fair amount since most players won’t even put in enough time during each week to get that many wins.
A look at the revamped Mastery system
The weekly wins reset timer is set for every Sunday at 2 am Pacific time. In exchange for the return of the weekly wins system, the experience received from daily win rewards has been removed. That system would previously give players 100 experience for their first win and then 50 for their second and third wins of the day.
Last but not least, the experience that you receive from completing quests has been reduced to only 500 experience per quest rather than the 800 experience like before. While those are two major negatives, they are offset by the fact that you can now earn up to 3,750 experience just from your 15 wins each week alone.
Starting now, all players will be set to zero out of 15 weekly wins, and the daily wins will no longer give experience. Also, how many daily wins you have will not affect your currently weekly wins so you have more experience to gain this way.
In addition, players will not lose or have their experience reduced for past daily wins leading up to this moment. Beyond the experience itself, daily wins and quests will still keep the same rewards otherwise. This means that you will still be able to get the gold and card rewards from daily wins and quests as before.
What is changing is how the Mastery System will affect players for the rest of this inaugural season of the set. If you are able to complete all of your quests and earn all of your weekly wins for the rest of the season, you will be able to reach no less than level 67 by the end of the season.
This is even if you only play once a week for the rest of the season. Previously, you’d only be able to reach level 32 by using this method. On the other hand, if you play more than once a week, you will be able to reach level 74 just through quests and wins whereas it was only 46 before.
Last but not least, if you are able to play at least three times a week and get all of your quests and rewards, you should be able to reach a minimum of level 94 by the end of the season. That was level 90 previously so, while the difference is less major, it’s still significant enough for everyone.
That isn’t all of the changes that have arrived with the release of this update, as key MTG Arena performance improvements have arrived as well. The first of these fixes is for the frame rate dropping that many players were experiencing as they played through matches.
There should be no more stuttering problems for players after this quick update. This is welcome news since the game has generally played really well, despite being in beta, until the release of Core Set 2020 last week. Since then, players have experienced major frame rate drops in normal matches.
In addition to the general MTG Arena performance fixes, using the “Choose a Card Name” browser should no longer result in a significant dip in the performance of the game. This should ensure that players are able to freely enjoy the game without fear of major MTG Arena performance issues.
Last but not least, the July hotfix update for MTG Arena brings one important bug fix that will help players out. If you have a token for the Sealed or Draft event entry, such as the ones earned from pre-release, you should now be able to use that token in the game.
Though that’s it for this update, Wizards of the Coast does have some future updates planned for later this month that will improve the overall experience for players. It is continuing to investigate the performance and other issues that are affecting players.
If you have a problem that is unrelated to the ones fixed in this update or if this update doesn’t fix the MTG Arena performance issues for you like it should, be sure to let Wizards of the Coast know about it. All you need to do is submit a support ticket here and be sure to include your game log files as well as your DXDiag to help identify the issue.