Magic: The Gathering Arena Closed Beta Giveaway – 5K Codes up for Grabs!
If you've been itching to get into the ongoing Magic: The Gathering Arena Closed Beta test, we've got good news in the form of five thousand Access Codes, to be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Just download the game here and then enter the Access Code once you've picked it up from the giveaway box below.
Magic: The Gathering Arena is currently available on PC (with very low system requirements) only, though Wizards of the Coast already hinted that it will expand on other platforms (presumably mobile ones) at a later date. It's free-to-play as expected, with the ability to purchase gems with real-world money, though the developers promise this merely accelerates the collection of cards. Jorge tried the game for some time and posted his impressions in this preview.
Lastly, if you're a tabletop fan, below you can find an FAQ on how Magic: The Gathering Arena relates to the tabletop game.
For Tabletop Magic Players
Q. Will MTG Arena connect with tabletop Magic?
A. Our goal is for MTG Arena to have a greater connection to tabletop Magic than any previous digital game. We are exploring opportunities to connect real-world, in-store play with digital play—for instance, giving rewards in MTG Arena for attending a Prerelease. These plans are still being honed, and we'll share the full plan when we're ready.
Q. Is it true you're testing MTG Arena code cards in tabletop boosters?
A. Yes, we are. With the release of Dominaria, we began testing limited redeemable codes in New Zealand only that allows New Zealand residents who purchase paper New Zealand Dominaria boosters in to redeem those codes for in-game items. As they stand now, the rewards are a simple test: each code rewards either a card from Dominaria and gold or a Dominaria booster (10% probability). We're excited to learn from this first of many such tests. Our goal is to find ways to bring more value to all kinds of Magic players and we want to get it right. If and when we expand these explorations, we'll be sure to share details.
Q. How will MTG Arena be like tabletop Magic?
A. We want MTG Arena to feel like tabletop Magic brought to life. That means the game will be accurate to Magic's rule set, with all the depth and choices you love, and also include new opportunities that come with a digital expression. To make it feel as much like your tabletop experience as possible, we need your feedback. Participate in the Closed Beta. Tell us what you think we get right and what you think we get wrong.
Q. How will MTG Arena affect competitive and pro play?
A. We want to build a game that's as much fun to watch as it is to play, so esports will be important in the future of MTG Arena. But we're still some ways away from integrating MTG Arena into the pro scene. When we're ready to talk about our plans, we'll share them with the players and the pros and listen to your feedback.
Q. How will MTG Arena affect in-store play?
A. We want you to play Magic wherever and however you are happiest playing Magic. With MTG Arena, we want to give you the best possible Magic experience in a digital game. And we will keep supporting in-store play communities like we always have, to give you the best possible real-world Magic experience. We are also exploring plans to connect in-store play with digital play, but they are still in the works.