MTG Arena August announcements: Full notes and updates

August in MTG Arena isn't a boring month.

AFR Minsc, Beloved Ranger and Hamster Boo MTG by Howard Lyon
Image via WotC, illustrated by Howard Lyon

A number of exciting events and formats are scheduled to drop within Magic: The Gathering Arena during the month of August. 

Scheduled to take place on Aug. 13, the MTG Arena update will contain the permanent addition of a 100-card Historic brawl and the Jumpstart: Historic Horizons event. The month of August will have two updates on Aug. 10 and 13, along with two Ranked resets. And Draft Challenge returns for Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms (AFR). A number of other MTG Arena events are also scheduled to take place leading up to Standard rotation 2021 on Sept. 17 with the release of Innistrad: Midnight Hunt

Here are the full MTG Arena announcement notes from Wizards of the Coast

Aug. 24 MTG Arena update

The first of two updates in the month of August within MTG Arena is a system patch. Matches will be disabled during the update, along with there being a period of time where players won’t be able to log in. 

  • 7:30am CT: No more games can start
  • 9am CT: All players are removed from MTG Arena and logging in won’t work
  • 1pm CT: All systems are scheduled to return online. The update may take longer than anticipated.

A total of 10 new Standard 2022 multicolored preconstructed decks are included in the Aug. 10 MTG Arena update. Any cards within the decks are automatically added to a player’s collection. 

August Ranked season

Due to the Aug. 24 system update, formerly the Aug. 10 update, the MTG Arena Ranked season for the month will be split in two. Players ranked up to Diamond won’t reset and Mythic-tier players will decrease down to Diamond 1. It’s possible that Diamond-ranked players “may lose pips at that tier,” according to WotC.

Rewards are offered to all players during both seasons, including AFR booster packs, gold, and Magic card styles. On Aug. 18, WotC updated the status of rewards to include a “doubling season” that includes “double gold and pack rewards, plus twice as many card styles at each rank.” 

First August Ranked season

  • Bronze: One AFR booster pack
  • Silver: One AFR booster pack and 500 gold
  • Gold: Two AFR booster packs, 1,000 gold, and a Magic Missle card style
  • Platinum:  Three AFR booster packs, 1,000 gold, a Magic Missle card style, and a Triumphant Adventurer card style
  • Diamond: Four AFR booster packs, 1,000 gold, a Magic Missle card style, and a Triumphant Adventurer card style
  • Mythic: Five AFR booster packs, 1,000 gold, a Magic Missle card style, and a Triumphant Adventurer card style

Second August Ranked season

  • Bronze: One AFR booster pack
  • Silver: One AFR booster pack and 500 gold
  • Gold: Two AFR booster packs, 1,000 gold, and a Chaos Channeler card style, and a Skeletal Swarming card style
  • Platinum:  Three AFR booster packs, 1,000 gold, a Chaos Channeler card style, and a Skeletal Swarming card style
  • Diamond: Four AFR booster packs, 1,000 gold, a Chaos Channeler card style, and a Skeletal Swarming card style
  • Mythic: Five AFR booster packs, 1,000 gold, a Chaos Channeler card style, and a Skeletal Swarming card style

Competitive MTG Arena players who are in the top 500 Mythic tier during the first Ranked reset will earn an invite to compete at a Qualifier Weekend tournament. Players who rank in the normal top 1,200 at Mythic tier during the second Ranked August season will also earn an invite to a Qualifier Weekend. 

Draft Challenge

The AFR Draft Challenge is scheduled to take place from Aug. 7 to 10. The format is Traditional Draft best-of-three with an entry fee of 3,000 gems or 20,000 gold. Players can earn up to six match wins and only have a maximum of two losses. Wins one to six earn players AFR booster packs and up to four MTG Arena Player Draft tokens. 

  • Zero wins: No rewards
  • One win: One Player Draft token
  • Two wins: One Player Draft token and three AFR booster packs
  • Three wins: Two Player Draft tokens and six AFR booster packs
  • Four wins: Three Player Draft tokens and 10 AFR booster packs
  • Five wins: Three Player Draft tokens and 15 AFR booster packs
  • Six wins: Four Player Draft tokens and 20 AFR booster packs

Yawning Portal

The Yawning Portal is a Standard Singleton event that runs from July 30 to Aug. 10. Players get an emblem that triggers Venture into the dungeon upon casting a second spell per turn. There’s an entry fee of 2,000 gold or 400 gems, rewarding players with rulebook card styles and gold. 

  • Zero wins: Two rulebook card styles
  • One win: Two rulebook card styles and 500 gold
  • Two wins: Three rulebook card styles and 1,000 gold
  • Three wins: Three rulebook card styles and 2,000 gold

A bug does exist within the event, preventing players from receiving fewer card styles than earned. Players who experience this can contact WotC here.

August event schedule

Events within MTG Arena throughout the month of August include Draft Challenge, Jumpstart: Historic Horizons, Yawning Portal, Midweek Magic, and a rotating Quick Draft. 

Quick Draft events

  • July 23 to Aug. 10: AFR Quick Draft
  • Aug. 10 to 27: KHM Quick Draft
  • Aug. 27 to Sept. 10: AFR Quick Draft

Midweek Magic events

  • Aug. 3 to 5: Singleton
  • Aug. 10 to 12: Momir
  • Aug. 18 to 19: One for All Historic Singleton with no ban list. 

Other MTG Arena Aug. events

  • July 30 to Aug. 10: Yawning Portal
  • Aug. 7 to 8: Qualifier weekend
  • Aug. 7 to 10: AFR Draft Challenge
  • Aug. 12 to Sept. 9: Jumpstart: Historic Horizons

Update Aug. 18 2pm CT: Article was updated to reflect recent MTG Arena changes made by WotC.