Standard Metagame Challenge Hits MTG Arena On Friday

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

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Wizards of the Coast (WotC) has released their weekly MTG Arena update that includes details on the Standard Metagame Challenge, the September BO1 Qualifier Play-In, and more.

Standard Metagame Challenge Set For Friday

The Standard Metagame Challenge returns to MTG Arena this Friday, offering a fresh, newly rotated Standard format with plenty of prizes on the line. The event is Best-Of-Three matches and win up to 5,000 gold and 30 Dominaria United packs. The Standard Metagame Challenge runs through Monday and costs 2,000 gold or 400 gems to enter.

Ajani, Sleeper Agent Avatar Available For Free Trial

The Ajani avatar has been replaced with the Sleeper Agent version for a limited time on MTG Arena. Players can use him for free until September 15, when he will go on sale in the store. The original Ajani avatar will return on the same date.

BO1 Qualifier Play-In This Weekend

The September Qualifier Play-In will run this weekend, starting at 6 AM PT Saturday and runs through 6 AM PT Sunday. The format is Dominaria United Phantom Sealed with Best-Of-One matches. Entry fee is 20,000 gold, 4,000 gems, or 20 Play-In Points. More information on the Play-In events can be found here.

Sleeper Agents Event Starts Next Week

A new event comes to MTG Arena September 15 where players can earn stained-glass card styles. The format will be Singleton featuring a new emblem that reads, “At the beginning of your upkeep, choose a creature card in your hand at random. It perpetually becomes a Phyrexian in addition to its other types. Whenever a Phyrexian you control deals combat damage to a player, that player gets two poison counters.”

Entry fee is 2,000 gold or 400 gems and players play until they reach four wins or two losses in the BO1 matches. Entering earns one card style and getting four wins earns 2,500 gold and three card styles.

These stained-glass card styles are available to collect in this event:

  • Sheoldred, the Apocalypse
  • Vohar, Vodalian Desecrator
  • Rona, Sheoldred’s Faithful
  • Elas il-Kor, Sadistic Pilgrim
  • Raff, Weatherlight Stalwart
  • Balmor, Battlemage Captain
  • Squee, Dubious Monarch
  • Shanna, Purifying Blade
  • Zur, Eternal Schemer
  • Ertai Resurrected
  • Jodah, the Unifier
  • Radha, Coalition Warlord
  • Stenn, Paranoid Partisan
  • Aron, Benalia’s Ruin
  • Baird, Argivian Recruiter

The Sleeper Agent event has a ban list, consisting of 22 cards. They are:

  • Agent of Treachery
  • Brainstorm
  • Channel
  • Counterspell
  • Dark Ritual
  • Demonic Tutor
  • Field of the Dead
  • Lightning Bolt
  • Lutri, the Spellchaser
  • Memory Lapse
  • Natural Order
  • Nexus of Fate
  • Oko, Thief of Crowns
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Swords to Plowshares
  • Tainted Pact
  • Thassa’s Oracle
  • Tibalt’s Trickery
  • Time Warp
  • Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath
  • Veil of Summer
  • Wilderness Reclamation

Bug Fixes & Updates

The following issues will be corrected after tomorrow’s client update.

  • Abundant Harvest and Jukai Liberator cards not functioning correctly
  • Piles selection not working on 4:3
  • Relic of Legends autotap functionality not working

Event Schedule

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.

  • September 9-12: Standard Metagame Challenge
  • September 15-24: Sleeper Agents
  • September 16-19: Dominaria United Constructed

Quick Draft

  • September 2-15: Streets of New Capenna
  • September 16-30: Dominaria United
  • September 30-October 14: Innistrad: Midnight Hunt

Midweek Magic

Midweek Magic events open on Tuesdays at 8 AM PT and close on Thursdays at 8 AM PT.

  • September 6-8: Dominaria United Phantom Sealed
  • September 13-15: Artisan
  • September 20–22: Brawl Showcase
  • September 27-29: Historic
  • October 4-6: On the Edge

Premier Play Schedule

All times listed are Pacific time (UTC -7).

Note: The format for the August Qualifier Play-In and Qualifier Weekend events has been updated to Alchemy. For full details, see the event pages linked below.

Qualifier Weekend Events

Day One and Day Two events close to new entries at 8 AM PT (UTC 15:00) each day.

Qualifier Weekend events are two-day events in which eligible players compete for invitations to the Arena Championship held in the fourth quarter of 2022.


  • Best-of-One Qualifier Play-In
    • September 9, 6 AM – September 10, 6 AM
    • Format: Dominaria United Phantom Sealed (Best-of-One)
  • Best-of-Three Qualifier Play-In
    • September 16, 6 AM – September 17, 6 AM (Best-of-Three)
    • Format: Dominaria United Phantom Sealed (Best-of-Three)
  • Qualifier Weekend
    September 17, 6 AM–September 18, 4 PM
    • Format: Dominaria United Phantom Sealed (Best-of-Three)
    • The first Qualifier Weekend for Arena Championship 2 in early 2023
    • The first Qualifier Weekend for the Tabletop Pro Tour.


Arena Open

October 1–2

  • Day 1, October 1: Dominaria United Sealed Best-of-One and Best-of-Three
  • All participants will receive the Sheoldred, the Apocalypse card style
  • Day 2, October 2, Draft One and Draft Two: Dominaria United Player Draft Best-of-Three only
  • Note: There are two drafts for the Day 2 Arena Open, with three wins or one loss.

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