Join the Closed Beta
MTG ARENA PUBLIC FAQS
Q. How do I know if I'm selected for Closed Beta participation?
A. We'll send you an email invite letting you know if you're selected. The email will give you all the instructions you need to participate. The email should be coming from Wizards Customer Support (email@example.com). It's a good idea to make sure you mark our email address as safe so your invite doesn't get stuck in a spam or promotions filter.
Q. What is covered under the Alpha & Closed Beta Non-Disclosure Agreement?
A. Participants in the Alpha and early Closed Beta will have to sign an NDA to participate. By signing this NDA, that means you shouldn’t do the following:
- Share MTG Arena gameplay content, screenshots, or footage
- Make any alpha or beta forum posts public
- Make access to the game public, such as the game launcher
- Share any emails marked as confidential
Click here to read the full non-disclosure agreement.
Q. When I try signing up for the Closed Beta, I can’t see the signup box, or get a 404 error message. What should I do?
A. We are currently investigating this issue. Some users have reported solving this issue by clicking the “Sign Out” option at the top right of your web page. Then once you are signed out of your Wizards Account, reload the MTG Arena web page and try again.
Q. What platforms will MTG Arena be available on?
A. We're starting with PC only, but we've built MTG Arena on a flexible engine to expand to other platforms when it's ready.
Q. What languages will MTG Arena be available in?
A. During the Closed Beta, the game will be in English only. We will expand to other languages in the future.
Q. How can I get into the Closed Beta?
A. Sign up for the Closed Beta at PlayMTGArena.com. We plan to start inviting players in to get a first look at the game later this year.
Q. What are the recommended system requirements to run MTG Arena?
A. OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit)
Processor: Intel Core i5
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: 1024MB VRAM
Resolution: 1280 x 720 minimum display resolution
DirectX: Version 10/11/12
Network: Broadband internet connection
Sound Card: DirectX-compatible sound card
Q. Where do I give feedback about MTG Arena?
Q. How much will the game cost?
A. MTG Arena will be available to download with no fee and is a free-to-play game. Players looking to enhance their game experience will have the opportunity to do so through play rewards and in-game purchases, but purchases are not required to access the full depth of authentic Magic gameplay.
Q. Do I need to know how to play Magic to enjoy MTG Arena?
A. You should have at least a basic understanding of Magic's rules to take part in the Closed Beta. A learn-to-play experience will be added later for players with less Magic knowledge.
About the Game
Q. What studio is making MTG Arena?
A. We created a new Magic Digital Studio that brings together a team of world-class talent from top gaming studios and Wizards' leading TCG designers. These are all experienced game designers and big Magic fans working to make MTG Arena for you.
Q. What does Closed Beta "priority access" mean?
A. When you sign up for the Closed Beta you'll be eligible to be put in a queue for invitation waves. Players with priority access get to the front of that queue, meaning they will be eligible to play the Closed Beta earlier.
Q. How do I get Closed Beta priority access?
- Magic Duels Players: You will get priority access if you have linked your Magic Duels CSID number to your Wizards Account and sign up for Closed Beta. You should use the same email address to sign up for Closed Beta as the one associated with your Wizards Account. If you want to use a different email address, make sure to include your DCI number when you sign up.
- Magic Online Players: You will get priority access if you participate in the Ixalan play events on Magic Online during the week of September 25 and sign up for the Closed Beta. You should use the same email address to sign up for Closed Beta as the one associated with your Magic Online account.
- Tabletop Magic Players: You will get priority access if you go to a store and participate in the Ixalan Prerelease and sign up for the Closed Beta. You should use the same email address to sign up for Closed Beta as the one associated with your Wizards Account. If you want to use a different email address, make sure to include your DCI number when you sign up.
Q. When will I get into the Closed Beta?
A. We will invite players in waves based on the development stage we're at. We'll share more information on the Closed Beta later this year.
Q. What types of Magic: The Gathering cards and formats will people be able to play on MTG Arena?
A. During the Closed Beta, we'll start with Constructed play, where you can build decks using all 279 cards from the upcoming Magic set Ixalan. We plan to add Draft and Ranked Constructed later. Our goal for launch is to include all Standard-legal Magic cards. We have a long roadmap of features planned for MTG Arena and will share each one when we're ready for your feedback.
Q. Will there be account wipes during the Closed Beta?
A. Because we will be testing a number of features during our beta process, we do plan to reset your beta progress at times in the Closed Beta. We'll inform players in advance when a progress reset is scheduled.
Q. When will MTG Arena launch?
A. It will launch when it's ready. Right now, we're focusing on getting the game ready for your feedback in the Closed Beta.
For Magic Online Players
Q. Is MTG Arena going to replace Magic Online?
A. No, development on Magic Online will continue with new card sets, new updates, and ongoing tournaments. The focus of MTG Arena will be on the newest cards and game modes. Because of this, Magic Online—which has a library of nearly every card ever printed from the game's entire history—will continue to offer unique experiences to players.
Q. Why did you choose to build MTG Arena instead of a new Magic Online client?
A. There were a lot of advantages to starting fresh with MTG Arena. The team is building the game in Unity, which gives us more flexibility for future growth. We created a new Game Rules Engine that can better understand even the most obscure card interactions. We wanted to integrate modern online services that will create a dynamic overall experience and also someday integrate with other aspects of your Magic life.
For Magic Duels Players
Q. Is MTG Arena meant to replace Magic Duels?
A. MTG Arena is not a successor to any previous game. We wanted to take the best of what works in Magic Duels, what works in Magic Online, what works with tabletop Magic, and what you should expect from a digital card game to give you the best Magic experience in a digital game.
For Tabletop Magic Players
Q. Will MTG Arena connect with tabletop Magic?
A. Our goal is for MTG Arena to have a greater connection to tabletop Magic that any previous digital game. We are exploring opportunities to connect real-world in-store play with digital play—for instance, giving rewards in MTG Arena for attending a Prerelease. These plans are still being honed and we'll share the full plan when we're ready.
Q. How will MTG Arena be like tabletop Magic?
A. We want MTG Arena to feel like tabletop Magic brought to life. That means the game will be accurate to Magic's rule set, with all the depth and choices you love, and also include new opportunities that come with a digital expression. To make it feel as much like your tabletop experience as possible, we need your feedback. Participate in the Closed Beta. Tell us what you think we get right and what you think we get wrong.
Q. How will MTG Arena affect competitive and pro play?
A. We want to build a game that's as much fun to watch as it is to play, so esports will be important in the future of MTG Arena. But we're still some ways away from integrating MTG Arena into the pro scene. When we're ready to talk about our plans, we'll share them with the players and the pros and listen to your feedback.
Q. How will MTG Arena affect in-store play?
A. We want you to play Magic wherever and however you are happiest playing Magic. With MTG Arena, we want to give you the best possible Magic experience in a digital game. And we will keep supporting in-store play communities like we always have, to give you the best possible real-world Magic experience. We are also exploring plans to connect in-store play with digital play, but they are still in the works.