MTG Weekly News
One Road Ends, Another Adventure Begins
By Juani Salas
This weekend begins the final Set Championship at Magic Arena, which, in addition to giving $450,000, awards the lasts available invitations to Magic World Championship XXVIII.
The Set Championship Streets of New Capenna is Standard and Historic. 227 players —the MPL and Rivals League, top-finishing players from the Neon Dynasty Championship, plus qualifying players across Premier Series events, MTG Arena, and Magic Online—compete for six direct qualifications plus the final World Championship Qualifying Points of the season to enter Magic World Championship XXVIII—the postseason capstone event of the 2021–22 season.
Last Sunday, the players had to submit their decklists, which will be announced on Friday, once the event starts. What types of decks will the pros show? With what strategies will they surprise us with? We’ll see.
Both Standard and Historic Constructed formats will be used for the Streets of New Capenna Championship, covering 15 Swiss rounds of play total across two days.
Rounds 1–3: Standard Constructed
Rounds 4–7: Historic Constructed
Rounds 8–11: Standard Constructed
Rounds 12–15: Historic Constructed
As players earn their 12th match win, they will automatically advance to the Top 8 playoff. Final standings at the end of Round 15 will determine any remaining Top 8 slots available after all players with 12 wins have advanced—and any ties for a Top 8 slot will be determined by final standings after 15 rounds.
The Top 8 double-elimination playoff will feature Standard Constructed.
Upper Bracket and Lower Bracket matches will be Best-of-Three games.
The Title Match will be Best-of-Three matches.
This will be the end of the Set Championships in Magic Arena and also the beginning of a new adventure: the Arena Championships.
Who do you think will be the winner? Place your bets!
The New Capenna Championship broadcasts live May 20–22 on twitch.tv/magic, beginning at 9 a.m. PT (16:00 UTC; 1 a.m. JST) each day.
Streets ofNew Capenna Championship Costreams:
- Japanese – @mtgjp
- Spanish – @AfterOfficeTTV
- German – @sol4r1s
- French – @val_pl_magicarenafr
- Italian – @simoneakiratrimarchi
- Portuguese – @ligamagic
MTG Arena’s First Play-In Event
The return to physical/face-to-face events brought us back to the “gathering” of the Magic. But it also opened the door for a new digital adventure: the Arena Championship.
In this new structure of events to qualify for the Arena Championship, the first Qualifier Play-In event will be on May 21, which can grant the winners an invitation to this month’s Qualifier Weekend.
So, you can compete in Best-of-One Phantom Streets of New Capenna Sealed matches for prizes and reach six wins for an invitation to the May 28–29 Qualifier Weekend, which will also be Streets of New Capenna Sealed!
The new structure of the Magic Arena premier events begins this May 21, so get ready to test and prepare yourself for sealed Streets of New Capenna!
Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate
Ok, I will admit it: I’m a fan of Baldur’s Gate and a Commander’s freak. And this edition has all the lore you could ask for.
Whaaaaat? Elminster, Minsc & Boo and the witch queen Tasha. Ok, Wizards, take all my money. Spoiler starts, and this Commander collection will have a prerelease! Commander Draft!!!!
Ok, ok. Commander Legends was also a “draft” edition of Commander. But we were in a pandemic and —at least in Argentina— it was impossible to get together to play at that time.
The release for Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate is June 10, and the prerelease events are available between June 3-9.
For Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate, the Prerelease Pack is a little different from the average Magic set.
Each Prerelease Pack contains the following:
3 Draft Boosters
1 foil, year-stamped rare or mythic rare
1 Dungeon Card
1 Magic: The Gathering Arena code card
A Dungeon Card is a unique card that shares the same mechanic as Dungeon Cards from Adventures in the Forgotten Realms: the card is not included in a player’s deck size or sideboard and is activated by the Initiative mechanic.
However, keep in mind that the Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Dungeon Cards are not making a return for Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate.
Are you excited for the release of Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate? Would you like toread articles about Commander? Let me know in the comments below.
Battle of Wits for Charity
The good Robert Taylor (aka @fireshoes on Twitter) has done something as crazy as cool: putting together a 250-card Battle of Wits deck, where people could choose every card in the deck, donating $20 to the Extra Life campaign.
That’s right, no matter what card, no matter what color, every $20 donation will be for “helping to fund lifesaving operations and care for kids.”
Besides, the perk of playing Battle of Wits is that the important thing is to have 200 cards in your upkeep, but it doesn’t matter which ones. Will the deck win? It doesn’t matter! Without a doubt, it was a fun campaign that was born on Twitter and for a good reason: to help those in need.
If you want to see Robert Taylor’s complete decklist, you can go to https://mtggoldfish.com/deck/4814027, and to participate in the solidarity campaign, visit to https://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=478379. .
That’s all for this week! Thank you for reading! You can find me on Twitch as SrMagicPotato. This weekend you will surely find me as a spectator of the official broadcasts of the Set Championship! See you!