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Since the launch of its flagship digital product, Magic: The Gathering Arena, Wizards of the Coast has been trying to find a careful balance between longevity of its physical card game and being competitive in the digital space. Because of the global pandemic interrupting in-person events, Magic has leaned into its digital presence more than ever.

Thanks to developer efforts, competitive players, or “spikes,” are getting a chance to flex their organized play muscles. Wizards has announced a new Arena tournament with prizes ranging from in-game prizes to a cool $2,000 USD for the grand winner.

Open to all

The Arena Open, as the event has been named, is Magic: The Gathering Arena‘s very first cash tournament and will occur on May 30. Luckily, the event has no prerequisites apart from your having an Arena account, being 18 years old, and fielding a legal Standard deck. Once it begins, the event will run for two days, with a new innovation being entirely player-decided pacing.

Rather than a traditional Magic tournament, with timed rounds and specific seedings, players participating can play at their own pace as long as they play the requisite number of rounds for the day, ending with either 7 wins or 3 losses. Players who manage to put together 7 wins in the best-of-one format will move on to Day 2 of the event.

Day 2 of the Arena Open will be seven rounds of best-of-three play for the surviving players, with a Planeswalker who manages to string together 7 wins before suffering 2 losses winning the grand prize of $2,000 USD. The full details on both days, and the entire event, can be found on Wizards’ official announcement.

ENTRY: 20,000 Gold or 4,000 Gems
DAY 1 REWARDS: Rewards:

  • 0-2 wins: No rewards
  • 3 wins: 400 Gems
  • 4 wins: 800 Gems
  • 5 wins: 1200 Gems
  • 6 wins: 1600 Gems
  • 7 wins: 2000 Gems + Invitation Token for Day 2


  • 0 wins: No rewards
  • 1 win: 2,000 Gems
  • 2 wins: 4,000 Gems
  • 3 wins: 6,000 Gems
  • 4 wins: 10,000 Gems
  • 5 wins: 20,000 Gems
  • 6 wins: $1,000 USD
  • 7 wins: $2,000 USD

As May 30 approaches, stay tuned to Daily Esports for the latest tournament analysis and Magic: The Gathering Arena news.