Wizards of the Coast (WotC) has released its weekly update article for MTG Arena, highlighting tomorrow’s release of the new Explorer and Historic Anthologies, the upcoming format rotation schedule, future events, and more.
New Anthologies Hit MTG Arena Tomorrow
Historic Anthology 7 and Explorer Anthology 3 release tomorrow on MTG Arena. Each expansion includes 25 cards new to MTG Arena and costs 25,000 gold or 4,000 gems. Individual cards can be crafted with wild cards. See the previews for the Historic and Explorer Anthologies before the sets go live on the client.
The MTG Arena store is also brining back Explorer Anthology 2 for a limited time. Until September 5, pick up the previous Explorer Anthology for the same price of 25,000 gold or 4,000 gems. This Anthology features cards like Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, Mutavault, Mana Confluence, Brave the Elements, Eidolon of the Great Revel, Thought-Knot Seer, and more.
Upcoming Format Rotation And Renewal Rewards
While Standard is not going to rotate any sets this year after the announcement earlier this year that the format would only rotate every three years, Alchemy will have a rotation. With the release of Wilds of Eldraine, Alchemy will lose four Standard sets and four Alchemy-only expansions.
- Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
- Innistrad: Crimson Vow
- Alchemy: Innistrad
- Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
- Alchemy: Kamigawa
- Streets of New Capenna
- Alchemy: New Capenna
- Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate
After the rotation, Alchemy will consist of the following sets:
- Dominaria United
- Alchemy: Dominaria
- The Brothers’ War
- Alchemy: The Brothers’ War
- Phyrexia: All Will Be One
- Alchemy: Phyrexia
- March of the Machine
- March of the Machine: The Aftermath
- The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth™
- Wilds of Eldraine
Renewal rewards will still be awarded to players with the Renewal Egg that will appear in the MTG Arena client soon. The Renewal Egg will show how much time remains for set rotation for Alchemy. It will also contain awards for players, which in the past have been packs and Individual Card Rewards (ICRs) from sets still legal in Standard.
Full details on rotation and renewal season can be found here.
Historic Metagame Challenge This Weekend
To celebrate the upcoming Historic and Explorer Anthologies coming to MTG Arena, each format will have a Metagame Challenge for players to use the cards to win prizes. This weekend is the Historic Metagame Challenge while next weekend is the Explorer Metagame Challenge.
Each event will cost 2,000 gold or 400 gems to enter and award prizes based on wins in Best-Of-One play. Reach seven wins in either and win 5,000 gold and 30 packs. Pack rewards for the Historic Metagame Challenge are The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth and packs for the Explorer Metagame Challenge are Shadows over Innistrad Remastered.
The Historic Metagame Challenge starts Friday and runs through Monday morning.
- July 18–20: Standard
- July 25–27: Dominaria United Bot Draft
- August 8–10: Alchemy
- August 8–10: Slow Start
- July 18–August 1: The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth
- August 1–5: Dominaria United
- July 17–25: Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Premier Draft
- July 21–24: Historic Metagame Challenge
- July 25–August 3: The Brothers’ War Premier Draft
- July 28–30: Explorer Metagame Challenge
- Qualifier Play-In (Best-of-One)
- August 5, 6 AM PT
- Format: Explorer
- Qualifier Play-In (Best-of-Three)
- August 11, 6 AM PT–August 12, 3 AM PT
- Format: Explorer
- Qualifier Weekend
- August 12, 6 AM PT–August 13, 4 PM PT
- Format: Explorer
July 2023 Ranked Season Rewards
The June 2023 Ranked Season begins June 30 at 12:05 PM PT and ends on July 31 at 12 PM PT (UTC-07:00)
- Bronze Reward: 1 The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth pack
- Silver Reward: 1 The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth pack + 500 gold
- Gold Reward: 2 The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth packs + 1,000 gold + Shadow Summoning card style
- Platinum Reward: 3 The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth packs + 1,000 gold + Shadow Summoning card style + Press the Enemy card style
- Diamond Reward: 4 The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth packs + 1,000 gold + Shadow Summoning card style + Press the Enemy card style
- Mythic Reward: 5 The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth packs + 1,000 gold + Shadow Summoning card style + Press the Enemy card style
Read the original article from WotC.