After two weeks of complaints from the Magic: The Gathering community, Wizards of the Coast formally revealed several changes taking place in the MTG Arena Historic format.
The Historic format is still coming to MTG Arena on Sept. 26, but several changes have been implemented since the State of the Beta update. Feeling the pressure from the Magic community, WoTC has now reversed the 2:1 wildcard redemption. From here on out, all cards need only one wildcard to unlock.
Since the late September announcement of changes in Historic, WotC has updated the rollout for the controversial format in MTG Arena. Targeted toward more experienced Magic players, the format will reward players for daily progression in a new ranked best-of-three mode.
Historic in Magic Arena is designed specifically as a digital format, separate from Pioneer and Modern in tabletop. Broken down into seasons on a quarterly basis, players can rank in the format with new cards being added each season. Each season is classified as a Historic Anthology, with the first one beginning on Nov. 21.
Historic Anthology 1 will include the following:
- 20 new Magic cards added to the Historic format on Nov. 21.
- Quarterly new card drops planned for the future.
- The addition of a Historic ranked queue from Nov. 21 to Jan. 15.
- A Historic best-of-three tournament at the end of the ranked season.
- Historic events beginning in January 2020.
A Historic Play queue will remain in MTG Arena as a best-of-one format designed for playtesting and casual matches. Daily progression and rank aren’t rewarded from matches played in the Play queue.
Every season will feature new cards being added to the Historic format, along with a ranked queue and a best-of-three tournament at the end of the Anthology season. During the offseason, players can stay competitive through evergreen best-of-three events.
The second Historic Anthology season is set to launch in March 2020, with the first beginning on Nov. 21.