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Latest Patch NotesMAR 25 - Patch Notes (5 days ago)

26 Mar

Patch Notes

  • Added FNM Home events to MTG Arena.
  • For more information, click here.

If you are seeing a white background when previewing the event, please restart your client to download the latest game update.


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05 Mar

The March game update is sure to put a spring in your steps and phases with new cards, new features, new events, and new ways to interact with your fellow players.

Nice? Nice.


In case you missed it last week, we announced that we'll be adding 25 cards to MTG Arena as part of Historic Anthology II.

With Historic Anthology I, our primary goal was to open up the options for Historic decks to start bringing the greater breadth that a nonrotating format should support. We felt like this landed fairly well, with cards like ...

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12 Feb

FEB 11 - Patch Notes

about 2 months ago - MTG Arena Admin on Forums - Thread - Direct

Hot Fix

  • Players should now be able to choose a card they own outside of their current game when using "Wish"-like effects (e.g. Fae of Wishes).

If you continue to experience this issue, please ...

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30 Jan

JAN 30 -

2 months ago - MTG Arena Admin on Forums - Thread - Direct

JAN 30 -

  • All players should have access to Theros Beyond Death basic lands
    • Note: This only refers to the regular basic lands. The Nyx basic lands will be available to all players at a later date.
    • If you do not see the Theros Beyond Death basic lands in your collection, please contact support for further assistance.
  • Players who redeem codes from the Ashiok and/or Elspeth Planeswalker decks no longer incorrectly receive Nyx basic lands as part of the in-game deck.
    • Note: Developer error in their favor; players who incorrectly received the Nyx basic lands will still have them in their collection.
  • Various updates to the Theros Beyond Death draft bots.

This was a data onl...

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22 Jan


  • Fixed an issue where player logs were being kept indefinitely.
    • When you update to the latest client, any existing logs will be automatically deleted.
    • Going forward, MTG Arena will automatically delete logs older than three days when the game is launched.

There is no downtime associated with this patch. Magic: The Gathering Arena will automatically update the next time the game is launched.

Known Issues

  • Some players do not have access to the Theros Beyond Death basic lands.
    • UPDATE: We are beginning to resolve this issue for impacted players. All players should have access to the Theros Beyond Death basic lands by early next week.
    • NOTE: This is reference to the normal basic lands. We'll have more information on how all players can obtain the full-art Nyx basic...
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17 Jan

Jan 16 - Patch Notes

2 months ago - MTG Arena Admin on Forums - Thread - Direct

JAN 16 – Hotfix

  • Addressed an issue that was causing an increase in network errors
    • This should resolve the increased frequency of disconnects for most players, however we are continuing to monitor the situation.
    • For any issues related to network errors, please contact customer support for further assistance.
  • Players should no longer experience a “black” screen when launching the game or entering the packs scene.

Known Issues

  • Some players do not have access to the Theros Beyond Death basic lands.
    • NOTE: This is reference to the normal basic lands. We'll have more information on how all players can obtain the full-art Nyx basic lands and other showcase card styles in a future update.

16 Jan

JAN 16 - 1.04.00 Patch Notes

2 months ago - MTG Arena Admin on Forums - Thread - Direct

Game Update Highlights

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18 Dec

DEC 18 - Patch Notes

3 months ago - MTG Arena Admin on Forums - Thread - Direct

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that could cause players to become stuck on the Victory/Defeat screen after completing a match.

Note: This was a data only deployment. No update is necessary.

26 Nov

NOV 26 - Patch Notes

4 months ago - MTG Arena Admin on Forums - Thread - Direct


Dragon Whelp

  • Inspired by the card from Magic's first set, the Dragon Whelp pet is now available!
  • You can purchase the pet in the Store, under the Pets tab.
  • Please Note: The Dragon Whelp pet has only one rarity (it does not have unlockable visual upgrades or color variations).

Cost: 20,000 Gold or 3,000 Gems

Bug Fixes

  • Players should no longer receive a "Network Error: Deck Validation failed." message when submitting a deck with Mirage basic lands.
  • Food tokens can no longer be sacrificed to pay multiple costs (e.g. You can no longer sacrifice the same Food token to activate Gilded Goose's mana ability while also sacrificing it to gain life).
  • The auto-tapper correctly takes into consideration mana filtering abilities that require you to sacrifice a permanent (e.g. Guild Globe, Gilded Goose) when determining whether you could pay the casti...
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18 Nov

NOV 18 - Patch Notes

4 months ago - MTG Arena Admin on Forums - Thread - Direct


  • Oko, Thief of Crowns, Once Upon a Time, and Veil of Summer are now banned in Standard.
    • Known Issue: Players will also see Field of the Dead listed alongside these cards as part of the in-game announcement. All four cards are currently banned in Standard.
  • For more information on how this affects player collections, pack collation, and current in-game events please refer to the official announcement.

13 Nov

In this month's game update, we're adding new features, new cards, and new things to look forward to on Magic: The Gathering Arena.


Performance remains our highest priority right now. With the November game update, we expect most players to see improvements, particularly during matches.

This work is ongoing, and we will continue doing these check-ins for as long as necessary to keep players informed of our current progress.

Gameplay Hitches, FPS Drops, Unresponsiveness – In Progress

We've begun the code refactor (i.e. restructuring our current code) of our asset system, with the first batch of changes coming with this update. We primarily focused on reducing the frequency and severity of times the game would appear to "stutter" or "hang" during matches, though you may also experience better performance whenever you're viewing a lot of cards (such as during deckbuilding).

Memory Al...

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07 Nov

To address an issue affecting Magic: The Gathering Arena we are temporarily disabling Omniscience draft at this time. For participating players, your current draft and/or record will be saved and we'll be extending the event to make up for the outage.

All other play queues and events are still available. We apologies for the inconvenience.

25 Oct

OCT 24 - Hotfix

5 months ago - MTG Arena Admin on Forums - Thread - Direct

Bug Fixes

  • Players using a non-English language should no longer experience infrequent disconnects
  • The Play button should now work if players had selected a Historic deck while on the Standard deck selection page
  • Players no longer need to change match settings to select a Historic deck in Direct Challenge
  • Players can now change their Brawl decks after finishing a Brawl Direct Challenge match

21 Oct

Banned and Restricted Announcement

MTG Arena Effective Date: Oct 24, 2019


  • Field of the Dead is banned.

This includes both Traditional (best-of-three) and Arena (best-of-one) Standard constructed formats and events. This includes Play, Standard Ranked, Traditional Standard Play, Traditional Standard Ranked, Standard Event, Traditional Standard Event and Tournament Mode Direct Challenges. This will not include Brawl or Direct Challenge (except for Tournament Mode).

To read more about this change, please refer to today’s Banned and Restricted Announcement.

Regarding Player Collections

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18 Oct

Normally, this is the time and place we talk about all the fun and exciting things coming soon to Magic: The Gathering Arena (which we'll get to), but we wanted to start today's developer update by addressing some of the concerns currently impacting the state of the game before we talk about what's coming on October 24, 2019.


Performance improvements and overall client health is our highest priority for the game right now and will be our primary focus for the next few months. This is something that's been on our radar since the release of Core Set 2020 back in July, however, the improvements and changes we've made have not been enough for many of our players.

We need to do more. So, we're going to do more. And we're going to keep at it until we can provide the experience players expect and deserve.

Since the release of Throne of Eldraine, we've increased the number of developer resources dedicated to fi...

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10 Oct

OCT 10 - 1.00.02 Patch Notes

6 months ago - MTG Arena Admin on Forums - Thread - Direct



  • Various updates to Throne of Eldraine bot pick priority

Performance Improvements

  • Players running the game on integrated GPUs should see a significant reduction in crash frequency

03 Oct

OCT 3 - 1.01.00 Patch Notes

6 months ago - MTG Arena Admin on Forums - Thread - Direct

Bug Fixes

  • Adventure cards with card styles applied should now display text in the proper font color when on the stack
  • Fires of Invention now properly works with God-Eternal Kefnet's copy-cast trigger
  • Fires of Invention no longer prevents you from paying the casting cost of spells with ( X ) in its mana cost (you may choose to pay the mana cost or an alternative cost for spells you cast, even if their converted mana cost is less than or equal to the number of lands you control)
  • Set Mastery rewards now properly display when hovering over them
  • Hushbringer no longer inappropriately prevents "whenever you sacrifice a creature" triggers (an ability that triggers on an event that causes a creature to die will still trigger). Devils can cause Mayhem again!
  • (Localization) Decks exported in Japanese can now successfully be imported in Japanese
  • Closing out of the purchase flow without completi...
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20 Sep


. . . There was a game director by the name of Jay Parker. And Jay Parker lived for adventures. He loved them so much, he was adamant about sharing these adventures with fellow players. And there's a food joke in here somewhere.

Jay Parker has many tales to share with his fellow adventurers. Some tales known, some unexpected. Perhaps you've heard of some of them:

  • Introduction: Throne of Eldraine
  • That Time You Could Play Any Deck in Standard
  • That Time You Could Win Every Card in Standard
  • Fee-Fae-Fo-Foxes, It's Eldraine Set Mastery
  • The Rightful Standardization of Naming Architectures in Certain Events
  • Remember, Remember Renewal Rewards
  • MTG Arena Beyond Launch: A Developer Story


We've got ...

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17 Sep

SEP 17 - Patch Notes

7 months ago - MTG Arena Admin on Forums - Thread - Direct

Standard 2020 Events (Play, Ranked Play)


Updated Event Structure: 3 Wins or 2 Losses

Updated Rewards:

  • 1 Win: 50 XP
  • 2 Wins: 150 XP
  • 3 Wins: 250 XP

Developer Notes: We hope these changes make the event feel a little less "grindy". Now, you can lose a game or two and still earn Mastery XP, and the event runs a little bit longer so you don't have to rejoin it as often. As before, both the Standard 2020 and Standard 2020 Ranked events have no entry fee and you can play them as often as you like until September 26 (at 4 a.m. PT to be precise).

Core Set 2020 Set Mastery


The Core Set 2020 set mastery will end on September 26th, 2019...

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09 Sep

SEP 9 - Patch Notes

7 months ago - MTG Arena Admin on Forums - Thread - Direct

Bug Fixes

  • Gameplay buttons should no longer display incorrect text.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented sideboarding during best-of-three Direct Challenge matches.

29 Aug

The release of Throne of Eldraine on September 26 heralds a new start for Standard with the yearly rotation. It's a great time to be on—or jump back on—MTG Arena. Updates to Standard, Renewal Rewards and special events throughout the month of September, as well as updates to Historic will make rotation a can't-miss event.


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08 Aug

AUG 8 - Patch Notes

8 months ago - MTG Arena Admin on Forums - Thread - Direct



  • Real-money transactions will now take place within the game client. Players will no longer be directed to a secure website browser to complete their purchase.
  • Discover, American Express, Maestro and JCB are now supported payment options.
  • For more information, please refer to our Upcoming Changes to MTG Arena's Payment System.

Bug Fixes

  • Nexus of Fate is no longer incorrectly banned in best-of-three Direct Challenge matches.
  • Players may no longer sideboard down to a 40-card deck in best-of-three Direct Challenge matches.

Known Issues

  • If a player attempts to install the latest version of MTG Arena while the client is currently running, it may automatically restart their PC.
    • Workaround: P...
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01 Aug

Aug 1 - Patch Notes

8 months ago - MTG Arena Admin on Forums - Thread - Direct


  • The avatar that you chose will now be displayed correctly to your opponent in Direct Challenge.
  • The Mu Yanling sleeve will now display correctly.
  • Pet will no longer re-enable itself after a player disables it.
  • Fixed a bug that should address a large number of gameplay issues players have been reporting, including cards getting stuck hovering above the battlefield or on the stack and the Next/Resolve button disappearing.

Developers Note: This particular issue has been very difficult for us to reproduce, so if you come across this bug again, please help us by reporting it on ...

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11 Jul

Jul 10 - Patch Notes

9 months ago - MTG Arena Admin on Forums - Thread - Direct

Set Mastery

For more information, please refer to ourCore Set 2020 Developer Update.

  • Weekly Win rewards have returned. Players will now earn 250 XP per Win, up to 15 Wins.
    • Weekly Wins reset on Sunday at 2AM Pacific Time.
  • XP has been removed from the Daily Win rewards (previously 100 for your 1st win, 50 for your 2nd and 3rd).
  • XP rewards from Quests is now 500 XP per completed Quest (down from 800 XP).

Performance Issues

  • Fixed an issue that resulted in frame drops ("stuttering") when playing Magic: The Gathering Arena.
  • ...
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13 Jun

JUN 13 - Patch Notes

10 months ago - MTG Arena Admin on Forums - Thread - Direct


War of the Spark Chronicles

  • The reward structure and amount of wins required to win has been updated for Part IV and Part V. The distribution of prizes will be as follows:
    • 3 Wins: 1st Glass Style
    • 5 Wins: 200 Gold
    • 7 Wins: 2nd Glass Style
    • 10 Wins: 3rd Glass Style

Developer Notes: We've received a lot of feedback regarding the new event structure, and one of the things we wanted to change was players feeling "burnt out" by the amount of time it took to receive all of the prizes. We want players to feel challenged by these events and rewarded for completing them, but not at the cost of fun. The total rewards remain the same; we've combined the two Gold rewards into one (previously, you'd receive 100 Gold at 6 wins and 12 wins respectively), and lowered the total number of wins required to receive all glass styles (previously, you'd receive a glass style reward ...

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