Magic: The Gathering Arena is getting an open beta and sooner than you think

While Magic: The Gathering Arena has been available via an invite-only beta, that all changes as of September 28 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. Once that date comes around, the game will be available for everyone who wants to try it out. No more standing on the outside looking in.

For over 25 years, Magic: The Gathering has been the leading strategy card game in the world. In that time, the game has evolved in many ways, but at its core has always been about combining strategy gaming with unique fantasy settings and a compelling story. Arena brings this rich history to life with all the strategy you’ve come to expect of the legendary card game in a beautiful, epic, and fun digital environment!

Those who are interested in the beta will also be happy to know that Magic: The Gathering Arena is bringing a nice twist to the card game formula. Now, whenever you purchase a pack of Magic cards, it will also include a code to unlock the cards in the game.

  • Every Guilds of Ravnica Planeswalker deck will contain a unique code to unlock the same deck on Arena.
  • Every Prerelease pack will contain a unique code to unlock entry to 1 sealed event on Arena
  • Players can open Boosters and try and unlock 3 FREE boosters on Arena

What’s more, those who a chance with the invite-only beta will find that the open beta will change up a few things. Not only is there a new card set; Guilds of Ravnica, But new battlefields to play in, new art to adore, new music and even a new game mode called Sealed Events. Details of this new mode haven’t been revealed yet, as I’m sure they want this to be a surprise. 

Lastly, the beta is currently available to download now here.  The install weighs in at 460MB and while you won’t be able to start playing yet. You’ll at least be ready to go once the open beta starts up. I tried to register, however, I wasn’t able to get my access code. I suppose this will be working once the open beta goes live.

The trading card game that started it all is back and now’s your chance to check out the game if you’ve never it before. Like myself, who’s always wondered what it would be like but never had the nerve to go any further. Thankfully, the game also includes a tutorial mode, so you won’t be a complete noob when you finally take on your first online opponent. 

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Keith Mitchell is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Outerhaven. A grizzled IT professional during the day, but a passionate lover of video games after his 9-5 grind. Loves playing the Dark Souls series and has been gaming since he was 6 years old. Yes, I am a black gaming journalist.