MTG Arena September announcements: Full notes and updates

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The Phyrexian war on the Magic: The Gathering Multiverse is underway with the release of Dominaria United in MTG Arena and upcoming events for the Standard-legal set. 

One week following the release of Dominaria United (DMU) on MTG Arena, Wizards of the Coast dropped dates for September events that support the Standard-legal set and an Ajani, Sleeper Agent avatar that players can test out for a limited time. Since the digital release, the Limited format has showcased a healthy meta with several best deck options that players can gravitate toward. And competitive MTG heats up in September with the first Arena Championship since the updated organized play roadmap was revealed. 

Here are the September MTG Arena notes, according to WotC

Ajani limited-time MTG Arena avatar

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From Sept. 8 to 15, MTG Arena players can use an Ajani, Sleeper Agent avatar for free. Changing the avatar is accomplished through the Profile tab. Once the limited-time offer is over, the Ajani, Sleeper Agent avatar will be available within the store for purchase. 

Standard MTG Arena Metagame Challenge

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As with all new Standard-legal set releases, the Standard Metagame Challenge returns to MTG Arena. Featuring a format with the addition of DMU and four sets rotating out of Standard, the event will take place from Sept. 9 to 12.

Related: Best MTG Dominaria United cards for Standard

The format for the MTG Arena Metagame Challenge is best-of-three with only one loss allowed and up to seven wins, rewarding players with up to 5,000 in gold and 30 DMU booster packs. An entry fee of 2,000 gold or 400 gems is required to participate in the event. 

Sleeper Agent MTG Arena event

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Starting on Sept. 15, MTG Arena players can participate in the Sleeper Agent event, offering stained-glass card-style rewards. The format is Singleton with an emblem and has an entry fee of either 2,000 gold or 400 gems. Players can earn up to four wins or two losses within a best-of-one format. 

The emblem lets players choose a creature card in their hand at random at the beginning of their upkeep. That creature perpetually becomes a Phyrexian in addition to its other types. Whenever a Phyrexian that you controls deals combat damage, the opponent gets two Poison counters. 

A total of 22 MTG cards are banned from the event, including lands like Field of the Dead and spells like Demonic Tutor.

Here are all the banned cards for the MTG Arena Sleeper Agent event:

  • Agent of Treachery
  • Brainstorm
  • Channel
  • Counterspell
  • Dark Ritual
  • Demonic Tutor
  • Field of the Dead
  • Lightning Bolt
  • Lutri, the Spellchaser
  • Memory Lapse
  • Natural Order
  • Nexus of Fate
  • Oko, Thief of Crowns
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Swords to Plowshares
  • Tainted Pact
  • Thassa’s Oracle
  • Tibalt’s Trickery
  • Time Warp
  • Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath
  • Veil of Summer
  • Wilderness Reclamation

Rewards for the event are offered from zero to four wins, with players earning up to 2,500 gold and three stained-glass card styles. 

Here are all of the available card styles players can earn:

  • Sheoldred, the Apocalypse
  • Vohar, Vodalian Desecrator
  • Rona, Sheoldred’s Faithful
  • Elas il-Kor, Sadistic Pilgrim
  • Raff, Weatherlight Stalwart
  • Balmor, Battlemage Captain
  • Squee, Dubious Monarch
  • Shanna, Purifying Blade
  • Zur, Eternal Schemer
  • Ertai Resurrected
  • Jodah, the Unifier
  • Radha, Coalition Warlord
  • Stenn, Paranoid Partisan
  • Aron, Benalia’s Ruin
  • Baird, Argivian Recruiter

Other MTG Arena September events

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Organized play continues with the release of DMU, showcasing three Qualifier Play-In events and one Qualifier Weekend during the month of September. Also taking place is the first MTG Arena Championship, along with an Arena Open. Quick Drafts include sets like SNC and MID, in addition to DMU. And Midweek Magic offers a variety of events from Brawl to Artisan. 

September MTG Arena main events

  • Standard Metagame Challenge: Sept. 9 to 12
  • Sleeper Agents event: Sept. 15 to 24
  • DMU Constructed: Sept. 16 to 19

September MTG Arena Quick Drafts

  • SNC: Sept. 2 to 15
  • DMU: Sept. 16 to 30
  • MID: Sept. 30 to Oct. 14

September MTG Arena Midweek Magic events

  • Artisan: Sept. 13 to 15
  • Brawl Showcase: Sept. 20 to 22
  • Historic: Sept. 27 to 29
  • On the Edge: Oct. 4 to 6

September organized play MTG Arena events

  • DMU Phantom Sealed best-of-one Qualifier Play-In: Sept. 10 to 11
  • DMU Phantom Sealed best-of-three Qualifier Play-In: Sept. 16 to 17
  • Bonus Play-In: Sept. 24 to 26 (details coming soon)
  • DMU Phantom Sealed Qualifier Weekend: Sept. 17 to 18
  • Arena Championship: Sept. 24 to 25 (details coming soon)
  • DMU Sealed Arena Open: Oct. 1 to 2

Related: Best MTG Rare and Mythic Rare Limited Draft bombs in Dominaria United

September MTG Arena Ranked season rewards

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The September MTG Arena Ranked season will run from Aug. 31 to Sept. 30. 

  • Bronze: One  Dominaria United booster pack
  • Silver: One Dominarai United booster pack and 500 gold
  • Gold: Two Dominaria United booster packs, 1,000 gold, and a Cut Down card style
  • Platinum: Three Dominaria United  booster packs, 1,000 gold, a Cut Down, and Thran Portal card style
  • Diamond: Four Dominaria United  booster packs, 1,000 gold, a Cut Down, and Thran Portal card style
  • Mythic: Five Dominaria United  booster packs, 1,000 gold, a Cut Down, and Thran Portal card style