MTG Arena Deck Tracker - What it is, What Its For, And How To Set One Up

Genoslugcs October 2, 2023 4 min
MTG Arena Deck Tracker - What it is, What Its For, And How To Set One Up

MTG Arena is a digital platform where players pit their deck-building and MTG skills against friends, strangers, and AI. Regardless of your experience level, you no doubt want to be the best player you can be. Sometimes, the little advantages can elevate your game - This is where MTGA deck tracking software comes in.

In this comprehensive guide, I'll take you through the basics of deck tracking software, why it's helpful, and how to set up and effectively use it to reach new heights in MTG Arena. I'll also give my top picks for which ones you should use, with pros and cons. So, without further ado, let's start with what it is.

What is Deck Tracking Software?

Deck tracking software is a powerful tool that helps players manage their decks and make informed decisions during matches. It is a third-party application that integrates seamlessly with MTG Arena and provides real-time information about your deck, your opponent's cards, and various in-game statistics. It takes the guesswork out of tracking card draws, mana availability, and your deck composition as you play.

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How Does Deck Tracking Software Help You?

I've already begun to touch on the benefits of using an MTG Arena tracker. However, they're so helpful that this portion deserves its own section. I want to give real-world examples of things the software can do that instantly make you a better Magic: The Gathering player.

You'll naturally build Many of these skills as you become a better player. And you can do all of these things without the software. However, especially when you first start, you want to be able to focus on having fun and generally making good plays - Not trying to do the math on how many copies of a particular dual land your opponent has left.

Plus, having a third-party deck tracker really helps to highlight some of the areas that you should be paying attention to and get you into the habit of doing it. In short, not only do they make you instantly better, but they help you build your skill set as well. In my experience, here is how they help most.

Enhanced Decision-Making

Imagine you're playing a control deck with a mixed bag of interaction - like Go for the Throatimage, Make Disappearimage, and Cut Downimage—each of these hit-and-miss certain opposing spells. With deck tracking software, you can easily see which spells you've already drawn, which remain in your deck, and how likely you are to draw them, which can significantly impact decisions on countering your opponent's threats and removing problematic creatures.

Tracks Opponent's Cards

Now vice-versa. Assume you're facing off against an opponent playing a controlling deck. They've cast a Syncopateimage and one Spell Stutterimage in previous turns. Your deck tracker notes these cards, allowing you to anticipate their plays better and adjust your strategy accordingly. For example, the numbers might point to the need to bait out their counterspells with less critical spells.

Game Statistics

Throughout many matches, you notice that your Four Color Ramp deck consistently struggles against "Mono Black." Deck tracking software can compile this data and show that you have a lower win rate against specific strategies and cards. No deck has excellent matchups against everything, but you could use this knowledge to fine-tune your sideboard to help improve your chances in those matchups.

Draft Assistance

Many also offer Draft assistance, which can be invaluable in drafting stronger decks. MTGA Assistant, for example, will give each card in your pack a rating, letting you know how strong it is and a brief description of what makes it good or bad and the types of decks you may want to include it in.

Setting Up Your Deck Tracker: A Step-by-Step Guide

So, you're sold? Nice. Let's start setting up your MTG Arena deck tracker with a step-by-step installation guide. For this example, we'll use MTGA Assistant, which is pretty straightforward, but several other trackers exist, so I'll try to keep the instructions general.

Step 1: Download and Install the Deck Tracker

Begin by visiting the official website of your chosen deck tracker. Locate the download suitable for your operating system (Windows, macOS, Linux, etc.) Download/install the file and follow any on-screen prompts to complete the installation process.

the download button for the mtga assistant app

Step 2: Configure Tracker Settings

Launch the deck tracker software. It will prompt you to configure settings such as game integration, overlay options, and theme preferences. Establish a connection between the deck tracker and MTG Arena by enabling game integration. This step grants the tracker access to relevant game data.

settings options for the MTGA assistant app

Step 3: Customizing the Overlay

Most deck trackers provide customizable overlays you can position on your screen during matches. Tailor the overlay to your liking by adjusting dimensions, opacity, and placement. Explore additional overlay features, such as card highlighting. This feature can emphasize crucial cards in your hand or deck, aiding in strategic decision-making.

Step 4: Sync with Your MTG Arena Account

Some deck trackers offer the convenience of syncing with your MTG Arena account. This automatically syncs your decks and card collection into the tracker, streamlining deck-building and card availability tracking.

Step 5: Fine-Tuning Preferences

Delve into the deck tracker's settings to fine-tune preferences to your play style. Adjust card sorting, hotkeys, and notifications to create an experience tailored to your needs and habits.

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Regardless of whether you're brand new to Arena or a vet who has never used third-party deck tracking, you'll like it once you try it. There is minimal downside to running these programs, and they can go a long way in making your MTGA life easier, and more convenient. This falls into the category of things you don't know you need until you use it. After that, you'll never want to play without one.

I hope you found this guide helpful. Comment below with any questions, and I'll reply as soon as possible. Until then, get out there and try some of this software out - You won't regret it!

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