What is Magic: The Gathering Arena? [MTG Arena 2020]

Magic: The Gathering Arena

Strategy Turn-based strategy (TBS)


PC (Microsoft Windows)Mac

Release Date 26-Sep-2019




Magic The Gathering Arena download

Magic: The Gathering Arena or MTG Arena is a collectible card game developed and published by Wizard of the Coast – one of those companies that grow during the popularity of card games and Dungeon and Dragon in the mid-90s.

MTG Arena PC Mac and Mobile Support

MTG Arena is currently available on PC (Windows) MTG Arena Mac Version is being developed and currently expected to drop in mid-2020.

MTG is originally played using physical cards and as a table game. Overtime, MTG Arena is developed for PC players who prefer to play it on Desktop.

MTG Arena – Is it Free to Play?

MTG Arena is free to play and including cosmetic items purchase. It is of course also including a loot boxes system where you can open for a random obtain of cards.

MTG Arena Players Base

Initially released in December 2017 as Closed Beta and Open Beta on September 26, 2019. MTG Arena reportedly having 3 million players all around the world as of July 2019 (Source: Bloomberg)

MTG Arena player base mostly comes from the developed player pool of the classic Magic Gathering Community – Which is often referred to as”Paper”. This is originally how MTG is played.

Before MTG Arena, Wizard of the Coast also developed Magic: The Gathering Online – which is released way back in 2002. MTG Arena is supposed to be a more modern version of the Magic: The Gathering franchise.

If you just starting out (like myself) I recommend visiting the Reddit community MagicArena – This subreddit includes a variety of great guides for both beginner and seasoned players. Another of the good resource to start out the journey in MTG Arena is the community created site here (Initially published on Reddit)

MTG Arena Gameplay

While it is a traditional collectible card game, Magic: The Gathering Arena consists of a complex system for both new and seasoned players. If you are just starting out, MTG Arena has a tutorial that let you progress through some of the basic like Land, Attack and Toughness, as well as special effects of each card.

After finishing the tutorials, you will gain obtained five starters decks – which consist of some base cards for you to progressing through the game. These starters’ decks also provides challenges before you can complete all of them.

These five starter decks also introduce one of the MTG Arena core mechanics – The color system (White, Blue, Black, Red, and Green) Below is a brief definition of all five colors in MTG Arena as well as Magic: The Gathering system.

You can check out the full definition here

White– Using Mana from Plain
– Focus on Group and Buff
– Includes Healing and defensive Buff
Blue– Using Mana from Island
– Often involve Air and Water Magic
– Focus on Instant Spell Card, or taking control of opponents card
Black– Using mana from Swamps
– Drain life from opponents
– Spells are often fall into sacrifice type.
Red– Using mana from Mountain land cards
– Focus on Fire and Earth element and has strongest attack spell
– Have powerful offense creatures like dragons.
Green– Drawing mana from Forest land cards
– Focus on number of creatures
– Focus on buffing strength through spell

MTG Arena Formats

Currently MTG Arena is consist of several formats to play, which can be divided into to main category

  • Limited – Before the match, you are given a set of packs to open a random card in the current releases
  • Constructed – Pick out the cards in your library and construct a deck to battle the opponents.

All Formats details can be see here

MTG Arena Guides and Tutorial

With the history of over 20 years of rules and system, MTG Arena includes a hefty of resources on their website for new players. Below are some of the most common MTG Arena guides you can visit

MTG Arena Card DatabaseShow all information of card, you can search by card name/ Color/ Deck.
MTG Arena Basic Rules A detail explanation on rules and how to play a game
MTG Arena All FormatsAn official introduction to all MTG Arena current available formats and how to play
The Card Database show all card info of MTG Arena

MTG Arena Codes

As soon as you finish the Tutorial and access the home screen, you can enter promotional codes to redeem special cards. These include domestic as well as some booster pack cards that can enhance your deck. Below are some codes for starting your journey in MTG Arena

fnmathome2 cosmetics
PlayIkoria3 packs of Ikoria
PlayTheros3 packs of Theros
PlayEldraine3 packs of Eldraine
LevelUp2000 exp in the Mastery System
PLAYM203 packs of M20
ENLIGHTENMENarset, Parter of Veils- Glass Card Style
WRITTENINSTONENahiri, Storm of the Stone – Glass Card Style
SHIELDSUPTeyo, the Shieldmage – Glass Card Style
INNERDEMONOb Nixilis, the Hate-Twisted – Glass Card Style
OVERTHEMOONArlinn, Voice of the Pack – Glass Card Style
PlayWarSpark3 packs of War of the Spark
ShinyGoblinPiratePremium Fanatical Firebrand
SparkleDruidPremium Druid of the Cowl
FoilFungusPremium Deathbloom Thalli
ParallaxPotionPremium Revitalize
SuperScryPremium Opt
PlayAllegiance3 packs of Ravnica Allegiance
PlayRavnica3 packs of Guilds of Ravnica

The list above is from the subreddit r/MagicArena here


If you are looking for a new collectible card games to play in 2020, and have tried out other popular titles, then MTG Arena is for you. The community is still growing and this game is still going strong for 2020 so far.

Wanting to explore Magic: The Gathering franchise? Check out our below post on some games that coming from the same cloth.

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