The Last Arena Announcement Of 2023

  • Source: MTG Arena Announcements – December 18, 2023
  • Please note that all times listed below are Eastern. We are looking into a way to have the times adjust to the reader’s time zone, and hope to make that change as soon as possible.
  • The Festival in a Box Chaos Sealed event will return, running from Friday, December 22, 2023 9:00 AM until Sunday, December 24, 2023 6:00 AM and again Friday, December 29, 2023 9:00 AM until Sunday, December 31, 2023 6:00 AM.
    • Once again this event is only open to residents in the United States
    • The entry fee for this event is 5,000 Gems, and you will receive a booster pack of every currently Standard legal set, except for LCI. If you can get to 6 wins before losing twice you will win a Festival in a Box: Las Vegas 2023 edition. Full details of the prize and event can be found here.
    • This event is serving as an initial test for how WotC can provide physical, non-monetary prizes on Arena. As such they are focusing on making sure there are as few shipping issues as possible while doing so. If the result of the test goes well they plan to explore ways to expand physical prizes to non-US residents for events in the future.
    • Due to the holidays, communications to winners of a Festival in a Box will begin the first week of January.
  • Midweek Magic Event Schedule (Note, these events all open at 5:00 PM on Tuesday of the week indicated and close at 5:00 PM on the Thursday of the week indicated)
    • December 19 – 21: Historic Artisan. This event will use Common and Uncommon Historic legal cards.
    • December 26 – 28: Khans of Tarkir Constructed. Build a 60 card Constructed deck using only cards from the KTK set.
    • January 2 – 4: Momir. Discard a card every turn to summon a random creature token with a mana value equal to the number of lands you control.
    • January 9 – 11: The Lost Caverns of Ixalan Phantom Sealed. This will be a sealed event where you do not get to keep the cards used.
  • For all other events listed, the starting time will be 11:00 AM of the starting date and 11:00 AM of the ending date.
  • Quick Draft:
    • December 5 – 22: Wilds of Eldraine
    • December 22 – January 2: Khans of Tarkir
    • January 2 – 16: The Lost Caverns of Ixalan
  • Other Events:
    • December 12 – January 16: Khans of Tarkir Premier Draft
    • December 12 – February 5: Jump Into Middle-Earth
  • The January Arena Championship Qualifier will be in the Explorer format. Bo1 will take place on January 6, Bo3 on January 12, and the ACQ itself will take place the weekend of January 13th.
  • The next Arena Open will take place on January 20th and will be Lost Caverns of Ixalan Limited (Sealed on Day 1 and Draft on Day 2).
  • Arena Championship 5 will take place on March 30th, and will be using Murders at Karlov Manor Limtied and Explorer for the Constructed rounds. Additional details can be found in my previous news post. A full list of competitors can be found here.