MTG Arena State of the Game October 2020

by in Magic: The Gathering Arena | Oct, 14th 2020

Oh goodness, what a month it’s been for MTG Arena, and we’re only halfway through. We’ve had a few recent ban announcements, and it’s only Oct. 14. Perhaps this is what we need if we can’t have card nerfs/buffs – more bans. If we can’t get a more natural balance, this may be what’s needed. That’s another chat for another day. In October’s State of the Game blog for MTG Arena, we have several announcements.

What can we expect? The festival of adventure events, limited-lime events, as well as a return of The Arena Open. Finally, there’s also a teaser for Kaladesh Remastered and Extra Life 2020, a worthy cause, if ever there was one. Let’s go over what we can expect as October comes closer to an end.

The Festival of Adventure and Limited-Time Events

Zendikar Rising is only a few weeks old at this point, so there’s still plenty of time to celebrate its launch. With that, we have quite a few limited-time events going on between October and November to celebrate. The following events will let you explore the lore and flavor of the setting (Zendikar) and also get some excellent cosmetics at the same time.

First, from Oct. 17-20, there’s Zendikar World Tour (preconstructed decks) with seven pre-built Zendikar decklists, locally sourced and grown right in the fractured realm. This will also help you unlock card styles, and a new text emote for your growing collection.

Oct. 24-27’s Cascade Singleton is next. If it’s what it sounds like, it should be a hoot. Cascade is a mechanic that, upon casting a spell, you exile cards off the top of your deck until you reach a nonland that costs less. You then cast that card for free. This could be hilarious in a Singleton deck, as we could keep Cascading over and over again.

A Workshop mode sounds like it’s returning next. From Nov. 1-4, Mastermind is coming back. We have a feeling it will feature the old Mastermind Emblem from last time. “As long as 0 lands entered the battlefield under your control this turn, and it is your turn, each card in your hand has ‘Discard this card: Create a colorless land token. This has ‘Tap: Add one mana of any color. This can only be tapped when you could cast a Sorcery’. We missed this one last time, so we’re very curious to see what goes down.

Finally, there’s On the Edge on Nov. 7-12. This one is a mystery to us as well, so we’re again curious. Google-Fu led us to no clues. There are also, of course, going to be premier draft and quick draft scheduled events.

MTG Arena is excellent at setting up fun events, so you should take a peek at these when they go live. When we have more information, we’ll pass it on.

The Arena Open Is Back

The Arena Open comes back on Oct. 31. It’s a two-day event where players can compete for monetary rewards in MTG Arena. You don’t have to pre-qualify, and you don’t have to be a Mythic/Pro player. You have to be 18 years old and be in a region where the game is allowed.

The Arena Open is a very popular event, that’s for sure. We’re glad Omnath and Uro are gone for it. It’s a Standard Constructed event. You can qualify for Day 2 by playing either Best-of-One or Best-of-Three. Both have the same entry fee as well. You can also enter Day 1 as many times as you want.

You can find the complete list of prizes on the State of the Game MTG Arena blog for October. The entry fee is 20,000 gold or 4,000 Gems, and entry gives you Sea Gate Stormcaller; Leyline Tyrant; Scourge of the Skyclaves; Tazri, Beacon of Unity; and Ashaya, Soul of the Wild card styles. You have to win seven games to get qualified for Day 2 though, bear that in mind.

On Nov. 1, winning seven matches gives you $2,000 and Zendikar Rising Qualifier Weekend Eligibility. That Qualifier Eligibility extends through five wins; six wins grants $1,000. Five wins are 20,000 gems. Either way, the prizes are worth it. The last time, this writer didn’t have the time to enter, because he was moving. This time may be different. It should be a wildly different meta, too. We can’t wait to see what’s going to be played.

Kaladesh Remastered, Extra Life 2020, Final Thoughts

Kaladesh Remastered is confirmed for November 2020. They make a quick, mild jab at data miners and announced it here before that could get out of hand. On Nov. 5, players will be able to pre-order the Kaladesh Remastered bundle for $29.99 which comes with:

  • 10 Kaladesh Remastered booster packs
  • 3 Draft Tokens
  • Playset (4 copies) Aether Hub cards
  • 1 Aether Hub alternate art card style

Kaladesh is a set this writer didn’t get too deep into, so we’re going to do some research and see what could be coming back and how it will change Historic’s meta. It will undoubtedly be a seismic shift. November also means Extra Life 2020 is here. Wizards of the Coast raises money for the charity annually, and the Extra Life 2020 stream takes place Nov. 7 on their Twitch. They will be offering an Extra Life logo sleeve in-game, with the proceeds going to Extra Life. The benefactor will be Seattle Children’s Hospital. The sleeve price is $3.99, so that’s a steal and a great cause. It will only be available through Nov. 6-9, so don’t miss it.

In October, this State of the Game for MTG Arena was very light on actual improvements to the game, which is a disappointment. We’re still waiting to hear about the promised social features or an update on mobile. It has been a very hectic month for WOTC with all these bans, so we’re hoping that once the meta has calmed down, the team can get back to work on improving the actual game.

What are you hoping to see in MTG Arena? We’d love to know!


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