MTG Arena’s October State Of The Game Talks Explorer Expansion, Alchemy, Balance Changes, And More

Check out the updates and new events coming soon to MTG Arena

MTG Arena has released their monthly State of the Game detailing what’s next for Explorer, Alchemy, Historic, and more.

Historic Rebalances

The following cards will be reverted to their original tabletop forms following Thursday’s update.

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Players will not receive any wildcard reimbursement for these changes.

Streets of New Capenna Limited Rebalances

After reviewing play data from Streets of New Capenna Limited, developers identified multiple issues with the format which they plan to address via a huge wave of rebalances. After rebalancing, they hope to encourage more three-color viability, better game pacing, and overall more relevant draft picks. You can view each rebalanced card here.


The next expansion for Explorer is planned for the “end of 2022”. It will be succeeded by Shadows Over Innistrad Remastered in mid-2023.

Alchemy: Dominaria United

Alchemy: Dominaria United will go live on MTG Arena beginning Thursday, October 6. The digital-only expansion will include 30 unique cards, all of which you can view here.

Upcoming Events

The Ultimate Showdown

October 8-10, players can enjoy the Ultimate Showdown event, featuring four preconstructed decks representing the archetypes found in the Un-sets: Timmy, the monster master; Johnny, the ingenious inventor; Spike, the relentless competitor; or Vorthos, the art and lore aficionado.

Best-of-One Qualifier Play-in

Beginning at 6 AM PT on October 8, players can join the Standard Best-of-One Play-In queue. This event will be available through October 9.

Midweek Magic

  • October 11–13: Alchemy
  • October 18–20: Explorer
  • October 25–27: Standard Shakeup
  • November 1–3: Singleton

Quick Drafts

  • September 30–October 14: Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
  • October 14–28: Dominaria United
  • October 28–November 11: Innistrad: Crimson Vow

Additional Premier Drafts

  • October 6–16: Alchemy: Dominaria Premier Draft
  • October 13–21: Streets of New Capenna Planeshifted Draft
  • October 21–28th: Throne of Eldraine Premier Draft


  • October 6–8: Into the Future
  • October 8–10: The Ultimate Showdown
  • October 14–17: Alchemy Metagame Challenge
  • October 28–November 5: Dominaria Sealed
  • *November 6, 8 a.m. PT (16:00 UTC)–November 8, 8 a.m. PT (16:00 UTC): Chromatic Cube
    • Best-of-One and Best-of-Three

Qualifier Weekend Events


  • Qualifier Weekend
    • October 15, 6 AM PT–October 17, 4 PM PT
    • Format: Standard (Best-of-Three)


  • Qualifier Weekend
    • November 12, 6 AM PT–November 14, 4 PM PT
    • Format: Historic (Best-of-Three)

Arena Open

  • Arena Open October
    • Day 1, October 22: Alchemy Best-of-One and Best-of-Three
      All participants will receive the Zur stained-glass card sleeve.
    • Day 2, October 23: Traditional Alchemy
      Best-of-Three only
  • Arena Open November
    • Day 1, November 5: Dominaria Sealed Best-of-One and Best-of-Three
      All participants will receive the Urza Assembles the Titans card sleeve
    • Day 2, November 6: Dominaria Sealed Best-of-Three

Note: There are two Sealed events for Day 2, with three wins or one loss.

Read the original article from Wizards of the Coast.