Magic: The Gathering Arena Beta Opens to Public Next Week

The developers at Wizards of the Coast have confirmed that their Magic: The Gathering Arena beta will soon be expanding. The closed beta will be going public next week.

Over the coming week, there will be some changes to the game in anticipation of the Magic: The Gathering Arena beta. On September 21st in-game purchases are being disabled. Though you’ll still be able to spend the currency that you currently have.

On September 24th, Wizards of the Coast will be taking the servers down to wipe accounts and upgrade services on the backend. They’ll remain offline until the Magic: The Gathering Arena beta goes live later that week.

September 26th will see a celebration of sorts as over 300 Twitch streamers will get early access to the Magic: The Gathering Arena beta to preview the game. The beta then rolls out live to the public on September 27th at 4:00 p.m. Eastern, 1:00 p.m. Pacific.

Wizards of the Coast notes that those that had access to the closed beta will have to sign up for a new Wizards account before jumping back in for the public beta. Updating your account is straightforward, and will allow for a new username should you decide to change it.

Magic: The Gathering Arena strives to be a direct digital representation of the classic card game in tabletop form. Albeit with fancy animations and cards that come to life. Currently, the title will incorporate all Standard-legal cards from the Magic sets Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, Amonkhet, Hour of Devastation, Welcome Deck 2017, Ixalan, Rivals of Ixalan, Dominaria and Core Set 2019.

The Magic: The Gathering Arena beta, just like the full game when it releases, will be a free to play title for PC. In-game purchases are supported via gems that you can buy. Said gems can be traded in to purchase event entries and card packs. If you’ve been intrigued by the game but have never drafted a deck, there’s likely no better time than now to give the game a whirl.

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