Leveling Up And Rewards in MTG Arena: A Guide for New Players
MTG Arena offers players a convenient digital platform for Magic: The Gathering. Whether you're a veteran tabletop player transitioning to the digital realm or a newcomer exploring the game, understanding how leveling up and rewards work on MTG Arena is important. In this guide, I'll explain how leveling up works and the reward system and help you make the most of your resources, ensuring you're well-equipped for the road ahead. So, without further ado, let's jump in.
Leveling Up On MTG Arena
Leveling up on MTG Arena is how you progress and unlock various rewards, such as booster packs or "Mastery Orbs," that unlock new card styles. As you play/win games and complete daily and weekly quests, you'll earn experience points (XP), contributing to your overall mastery level. Here's a breakdown of the key components:
Experience Points (XP)
The foundation of your progression lies in gaining "Experience Points" or XP. XP is earned through various in-game activities, including playing matches, completing quests, and achieving daily and weekly win milestones. Here are some examples of tasks and the rewards they yield:
- Daily Wins - 25 XP for the first 10 wins each day
- Weekly Wins - 250 XP for the first 15 wins each week
- Quests - 500 XP per completed quest
That said, each game you play (whether against the AI or fellow players) contributes to your XP pool.
Levels help you track how far you've come in your Arena journey. As you amass XP, you'll achieve higher and higher tiers, unlocking rewards at every milestone. Exactly how much XP you need changes from season to season, but here's a somewhat general guideline as an example:
- Level 5 - 1,000 XP
- Level 15 - 5,000 XP
- Level 25 - 10,000 XP
- Level 50 - 25,000 XP
- Level 100 - 50,000 XP
The specific rewards you'll receive at each level change from set to set and season to season as well. For example, during the Dominaria United season, players earned rewards such as a Dominaria United avatar frame or a Dominaria United "pet." But earned an Elspeth Avatar or March of the Machine card sleeves for the MOM season. While things do change with each set, here is a general idea of the rewards you can expect at particular levels:
|Card styles, card sleeves, and other cosmetic items.
|"Historic Card Style" lets you personalize your cards with unique art.
|Often booster packs from the latest Standard set.
|"Standard Mastery Pass" that gives additional rewards as you level up.
|Often unlocks a premium cosmetic item like a Planeswalker skin or a pet.
Daily and Weekly Quests
Arena offers an array of quests that refresh daily and weekly. These quests give you XP and introduce you to playstyles and deck strategies you may not have otherwise used. So, in my experience, completing quests is a way to progress and better understand the game.
Again, the specifics change, but things like "Cast 20 blue or white spells" or "Deal 40 damage with red spells" are typical and give you an idea of what to expect.
MTG Arena Rewards
Now that you understand the basics of leveling, let's dive more into the rewards. After all, they're the main reason you'll want to grind games, complete tasks, gain XP, and increase your level. Now is also a good time to mention there are a ton of free rewards you can get simply by using MTG Arena Codes.
Here is a slightly more in-depth look at some things you'll want to be familiar with in terms of rewards:
Gold is the primary (there is one other) in-game currency for Arena. With gold, you can purchase booster packs, gain entry to events, and participate in drafts. Gold can be acquired through daily wins, completing quests, and event rewards.
Gems are the other currency in MTG Arena, a valuable resource that unlocks a world of possibilities. They can be utilized for various in-game purchases, including cosmetics, event entry fees, and special bundles. However, considering things (such as Masery Passes) can be bought only with Gems, it's usually a good idea to spend your gold on things like cosmetics when possible.
Gems can be earned as rewards, event prizes, or direct purchases with real-world money.
Individual Card Rewards (ICRs)
ICRs are a great way to expand your card collection. These rewards can be cards of any rarity, from common to mythic rare. The rarity of an ICR is upgraded 10% of the time, giving you a chance to broaden your deck-building options. As you level up, you'll continuously get these types of rewards.
Some examples of powerful ICRs from recent sets are, , , , and .
Booster packs are my favorite reward - granting you access to cards from different sets. Packs are amazing for diversifying your card pool, enabling new synergies, and finding missing pieces for decks you want to build. Packs on Arena contain eight cards with the following rarity distribution:
- 5 Commons
- 2 Uncommons
- 1 Mythic/Rare
There are also some things called "wildcards," which are very important for getting the specific cards you want/need for your decks because they can be traded for another card of the same rarity.
As you acquire commons and uncommon cards of which you already own four copies, you earn progress to fill your "Vault." Once you fill your Vault, you get wildcards - three uncommon, two rare, and one mythic. However, wildcards can be received in booster packs. They are available in all rarities. So, you can have common, uncommon, rare, and mythic rare wildcards.
Once you have gotten a few, there are a few ways to turn them into the cards you want. If you already have a copy of the card you want your wildcard to be, you can click it in your collection and go from there. If you don't have a copy of the card, change the filters to include "Not Collected cards," search for the card you want, then click it.
Lastly, while editing a deck, if you try to add more copies of a card than you own, you'll be offered the option to redeem a wildcard for that card.
MTG Arena allows you to have some level of personalization over your collection. This allows players to express themselves and stand out from other players. You can acquire a plethora of cosmetic items through rewards or in-game purchases, including card styles, avatars, card sleeves, and playmats.
Making the Most of Your Resources
Now that you have a clear understanding of how the MTG Arena rewards system works let's delve into strategies for maximizing your resources. Here are a few tips I wish I'd known when I first started playing Arena.
- Daily Wins and Quests: Make a habit of completing your daily quests and achieving your daily win milestones. They may seem insignificant, but they ensure a steady flow of gold and XP.
- Limited Events: If you're confident in your skills, consider participating in limited events like Draft and Sealed, which can provide substantial rewards, including booster packs and gems.
- Purchasing Packs: When deciding how to spend your gold and gems, consider your goals. If you want to complete specific sets or expand your collection, purchasing packs from the corresponding set is a sound strategy.
- Crafting Wisely: Utilize your wildcards judiciously. Crafting the right cards is essential for creating stronger archetypes.
- Event Entry Fees: Don't be afraid to enter events, but do be aware when entering events with fees. Try to ensure that your deck is as well-prepared as can be and you're ready to play so you don't squander what you paid.
- Mastery Passes: In my experience, investing in the Mastery Pass is worth the money if you're an active player. It offers a plethora of additional rewards as you level up, making it an excellent long-term investment.
- Stay Informed: Watch in-game announcements, events, and promotions. Wizards of the Coast often introduces limited-time offers and special events that can provide excellent value for your resources.
Leveling up and reaping the rewards on MTG Arena is quite an enjoyable experience for new and seasoned players. As you progress through the levels, you'll strengthen your card collection and unlock unique cosmetic items to showcase your style.
So, dive into the world of MTG Arena, complete your quests, win games, and have fun along the way. If you have any questions, comment, and I'll get back to you. May the Arena shuffler be ever-shuffled in your favor!