MTG Arena State Of The Game For Streets Of New Capenna Introduces New Constructed Format

MTG Arena’s New Capenna update brings a ton of QoL improvements and a new format

Lotus Field, illustrated by John Avon

Wizards of the Coast (WotC) has released their MTG Arena State of the Game update article for Streets of New Capenna.

Explorer Format Reveal

Explorer is a “Constructed, non-rotating, “true-to-tabletop” format using all the Pioneer-legal cards available on MTG Arena.

  • It will feature the same Constructed queues and events available for Standard.
  • It will begin with the same ban list as Pioneer, but we may need to manage it separately (more on that below).
  • It will be available in MTG Arena for deck building with the game update available today, April 21.”

Players can enjoy “Best-of-One and Best-of-Three matches for both ranked and unranked play, Explorer-format Constructed events, and specialty events like the upcoming Explorer Metagame Challenge…” and WotC plans to support the format the same way they do Standard.

Eventually, WotC plans to retire Explorer and have Pioneer take its place. While they expect it to take several years to get the format as a whole together, all the essential cards legal in Pioneer will be added first, starting with Historic Anthology 6 coming later this summer.

The format will follow the current Pioneer ban list, however if cards become problematic in the meantime, they will be outright banned, not rebalanced or suspended. This is because Explorer is “meant to mirror a tabletop format, so a card will either be playable, or it will be banned.”

Streets of New Capenna Update

Streets of New Capenna Store Packs

  • 1 Pack: 200 gems or 1,000 gold
  • 3 Packs: 600 gems or 3,000 gold
  • 6 Packs: 1,200 gems or 6,000 gold
  • 15 Packs: 3,000 gems or 15,000 gold
  • 45 Packs: 9,000 gems or 45,000 gold
  • 90 Packs: 18,000 gems or 90,000 gold

Streets of New Capenna Mythic Booster Packs

  • 1 Mythic Booster pack: 260 gems or 1,300 gold
  • 10 Mythic Booster packs: 2,600 gems or 13,000 gold

Event Updates


Constructed events will now have higher entry fees but provide greater rewards, “replacing gold and individual card rewards (ICRs) with gems and packs.” Play-In Points will also be awarded. You can view an example of the new structure below.

Entry fee: 2,500 gold or 375 gemsEntry fee: 5,000 gold or 750 gems
Event length: 7 wins or 3 lossesEvent length: 5 matches
0 wins: 25 gems0 wins: 50 gems and 1 pack
1 win: 50 gems1 win: 100 gems and 1 pack
2 wins: 75 gems and 1 pack2 wins: 150 gems and 2 packs
3 wins: 200 gems and 1 pack3 wins: 600 gems and 2 packs
4 wins: 300 gems and 1 pack4 wins: 800 gems and 2 packs
5 wins: 400 gems and 2 packs5 wins: 1,000 gems, 3 packs, and 4 Play-In Points
6 wins: 450 gems and 2 packs 
7 wins: 500 gems, 3 packs, and 1 Play-In Point

Traditional Drafts

The new Traditional Draft structure is designed to be less “top heavy” with rewards. You can view the structure below.

  • Entry fee: 10,000 gold or 1500 gems (unchanged)
  • Event length: 3 matches (unchanged)
  • 0 Wins: 100 gems and 1 pack (previously 0 gems and 1 pack)
  • 1 Win: 250 gems and 1 pack (previously 0 gems and 1 pack)
  • 2 Wins: 1,000 gems and 3 packs (previously 1,000 gems and 4 packs)
  • 3 Wins: 2,500 gems, 6 packs, and 2 Play-In Points (previously 3000 gems and 6 packs)

Quality of Life Improvements

  • Players are no longer limited to opening either 1 or 10 packs at once. Any number of packs can now be opened in bulk.
  • Vault progress percentage will now be always visible.
  • Increasing deck capacity to 100.