Arena Open Returns, The Book of Exalted Deeds Banned in Standard 2022 In MTG Arena Update

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

Faceless Haven, illustrated by Titus Lunter

Wizards of the Coast (WotC) has provided a series of important details about updates for MTG Arena.

Arena Open Returns

The Arena Open makes its return on July 31-August 1, providing players the chance to win up to $2,000. Standard is the name of the game and players will have the option of playing Best-Of-One or Best-Of-Three on Day 1. Entry to the July Arena Open costs 20,000 gold or 4,500 gems and comes with a Lair of the Hydra card sleeve.

The Arena Open begins at 9 AM ET/6 AM PT on July 31 with the signup period ending at 6 AM ET/3 AM PT August 1.

Players competing in the Best-of-One flight need to reach seven wins before three losses to reach Day 2, while players in Best-of-Three need to hit four wins before one loss to move on to the second day of competition. All prizes will be awarded as gems until reaching six or seven wins on Day 2, with cash prizes of $1,000 and $2,000 going to the top players. Prizes for records on Day 1 break down like this:

7 wins: 2,000 gems, Make Day 24 wins: 5,000 gems, Make Day 2
6 wins: 1,600 gems3 wins: 5,000 gems
5 wins: 1,200 gems2 wins: 2,500 gems
4 wins: 800 gems1 win: 1,000 gems
3 wins: 400 gems0 wins: no rewards
0-2 wins: no rewards

Day 2 entry period is 9-11AM ET/6-8 AM PT August 1 and sign up period ends at 11 AM ET/8 AM PT. Day 2 will be Best-Of-Three Standard.

7 wins$2,000
6 wins$1,000
5 wins20,000 gems
4 wins10,000 gems
3 wins6,000 gems
2 wins4,000 gems
1 win2,000 gems
0 winsno rewards

The Book of Exalted Deeds Banned in Standard 2022

The Book of Exalted Deeds will be no longer be legal in Standard 2022 on Friday due to the combo with a creature-land being so difficult to interact with in a reasonable way. The announcement states the combo and decks that play it aren’t dominant or have an overwhelming win rate, but the difficulty to interact with element combined with the fact that if two players have a land with a enlightened counter the game can’t end amount to be too problematic.

The Book of Exalted Deeds

This announcement also says that this doesn’t mean The Book of Exalted Deeds will be banned in Standard after the release of Innistrad: Midnight Hunt. Wildcards will not be reimbursed as the card is still legal in all other formats on MTG Arena.

Bug Fixes

  • Effects that search for lands by type fixed, mainly impacting Binding the Old Gods not being able to fetch Triomes and shocklands
  • Fixed bug that caused the screen to shake at inappropriate times (like whenever a land was played)
  • Fixed Level 3 of Paladin Class that caused wrong power/toughness buff

Standard Metagame Challenge This Weekend

The Standard Metagame Challenge returns on July 17-20. Pack awards will be Adventures in the Forgotten Realms and top prize for seven match wins nets 30 packs and 5,000 gold. Entry fee is 2,000 gold or 400 gems.

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Cosmetic Bundles

The Module Treatment Land Bundle will provide the module card style for the eight lands in the set. The bundle costs 1,800 gems or 8,000 gold. Also available are the Beholder Bundle, which offers a Beholder pet and a Xanathar card sleeve for 3,000 gems or 15,000 gold, and the sticker bundle that gives an Ellywick sticker, Beholder sticker, and Mindflayer sticker for 1,000 gems or 5,000 gold.

Upcoming Events

Midweek Magic

  • July 13-15: Future Precons
  • July 20-22: Artisan
  • July 27-29: Standard All Access

Quick Draft

  • July 9–23: Zendikar Rising
  • July 23-August 10: Strixhaven: School of Mages

Other Events

  • July 17-20: Standard Metagame Challenge
  • July 24-27: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Constructed
  • July 31-August 1: Arena Open

Read the original article from WotC.