MTG Arena State Of The Game Details The Brothers’ War Release, Upcoming Expansions

November’s State of the Game brings info on The Brothers’ War, new ways to collect, and more

Mishra’s Bauble, illustrated by Chippy

Wizards of the Coast (WotC) has released their MTG Arena State of the Game for November, detailing the changes coming with the release of The Brothers’ War, various updates to the game’s user interface, and more.

The Brothers’ War Launch

Until the launch of the set, players can preorder the Urza and Mishra bundles.

Release Schedule

  • Thursday, November 10: Tune in for Early Access on the Magic Twitch channel.
  • Friday, November 11: Tabletop Prerelease
  • Tuesday, November 15: The Brothers’ War released on MTG Arena.

New Collection Options

Golden Packs

Beginning with the release of The Brothers’ War, players can earn a new pack – the Golden Pack. For every regular or mythic pack purchased up to 10, you’ll earn progress toward unlocking a Golden pack. These packs will contain six “duplicate protected, Standard-legal rares or mythic rares.”

Wildcard Bundles

For those looking to round out a new deck without having to buy a ton of pack, wildcard bundles can be purchased for $9.99 for four rares or $19.99 for four mythic rares. These bundles can be purchased “up to ten times each between the release of The Brothers’ War and January 31, 2023.”

Arena Open Changes

  • Day 2, Draft One: “Play four guaranteed matches (similar to Traditional Draft).
    • Records of 3–1 and 4–0 will earn you a spot in Draft Two, but with a key difference: undefeated players will now “carry forward” an unused loss pip to the Draft Two, making it a double elimination!”
  • Day 2, Draft Two: “Play until you earn four wins or reach your second loss of the day. If you were undefeated in Draft One, you will have an additional loss pip, making your Draft Two a double elimination instead, and undefeated Draft One players will have an additional loss pip. Two notes:
    • All Draft Two players will draft and matchmake together.
    • The top prize is changing from $2,500 to $2,000, but rest assured we’re paying out the same amount of cash; we’re just dividing it among more players.”

Historic Card Balances

With the release of The Brothers’ War‘s, the retro artifacts will be Historic legal, however to keep an appropriate balance, Mishra’s Bauble will be banned. Phyrexian Revoker will also be banned in Historic Brawl.

Event Schedule

Best-of-Three Qualifier Play-In & Qualifier Weekend

On November 11, players can join the Historic Best-of-Three Play-In queue. November 12-13, those who are qualified will compete to earn their spot in the next Arena Championship.

Events open at 8 a.m. PT (UTC -7) and close at 8 a.m. PT (UTC-7) on the dates shown unless otherwise noted.

Midweek Magic

  • November 8-10: Phantom Chromatic Cube Bot Draft
  • November 15-18: The Brothers’ War Phantom Sealed
  • November 22–24: Standard
  • November 29–December 1: Jump In!
  • December 6–8: Explorer All Access

Quick Drafts

  • October 28–November 11: Innistrad: Crimson Vow
  • November 11–15: Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
  • November 25–December 9: The Brothers’ War
  • December 9–23: Streets of New Capenna Planeshifted Quick Draft


  • November 6–15: Chromatic Cube
    • Best-of-One and Best-of-Three
  • November 15­–December 10: The Brothers’ War Sealed (Best-of-Three)
  • November 18–21: Standard Metagame Challenge
  • November 24–28: Gladiator All Access
  • December 2–9: The Brothers’ Brawl

Qualifier Weekend Events


  • Qualifier Weekend
    • November 12, 6 AM PT–November 14, 4 PM PT
    • Format: Historic (Best-of-Three)
  • Arena Open
    • Day 1, November 26: The Brothers’ War Sealed Best-of-One and Best-of-Three
      • All participants will receive The Brothers’ War card sleeve.
    • Day 2, November 27: The Brothers’ War Player Draft
      • Two Player Draft events on Day 2.


  • Best-of-One Qualifier Play-In
    • December 3, 6 AM PT (14:00 UTC)–December 4, 6 AM PT (14:00 UTC)
    • Format: The Brothers’ War Sealed
  • Best-of-Three Qualifier Play-In
    • December 9, 6 AM PT (14:00 UTC)–December 10, 3 AM PT (11:00 UTC)
    • Format: The Brothers’ War Sealed

Read the original articles from Wizards of the Coast.