How Magic: The Gathering Arena Direct works

Physical rewards are returning to Magic: The Gathering’s digital client through Arena Direct, a paid entry tournament format offering Playbooster boxes as a grand prize.

What is MTG Arena Direct?

Arena Direct is a paid entry tournament where physical cards can be earned as a grand prize reward. The MTG Arena digital client has experimented with physical rewards before, from cash through Arena Open tournaments to a Festival in a Box Convention Edtion through Chaos Draft. Much like the Chaos Draft tournaments, Arena Direct will reward players with a physical box of Playbooster cards for six wins.

How to play MTG Arena Direct and win rewards

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Compete to win free MTG cards. Image via WotC

To play and receive rewards from Arena Direct, all MTG players will have to follow a few steps first. Physical rewards like a Playbooster box may take up to three weeks to ship, according to WotC.

  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Complete and set up an i-Payout eWallet account.
  • Pay the entry fee of 5,000 gems to compete.

Rewards from Arena Direct vary depending on the number of wins.

  • Zero to three wins: No rewards
  • Four wins: 2,000 gems
  • Five wins: 5,000 gems
  • Six wins: Playbooster box

If WotC is unable to ship a Playbooster box, you may choose to receive $250 instead. The first Arena Direct events will showcase the Limited MH3 Sealed format. The grand prize reward is a Modern Horizons 3 Playbooser box.

When is the next MTG Arena Direct tournament?

WotC will kick off the Arena Direct tournaments by featuring two Modern Horizons 3 Sealed Limited events. The first will run from June 28 to 30, and the second will take place from July 12 to 14.

  • MH3 Sealed Arena Direct event No. 1: Best-of-one format running from June 28 to 30
  • MH3 Sealed Arena Direct event No. 2: Best-of-one format running from July 12 to 14

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