On today’s Minute: Wizards of the Coast finally announced that the MTG Arena Beta will begin this November and that the game won’t include any trading features.


Yesterday, Wizards of the Coast announced that the MTG Arena closed Beta will begin in November and that the game will not include any trading features.

Nate Price, the MTG Arena community manager, announced in yesterday’s Twitch Q&A that the closed Beta for MTG Arena will open sometime in November to a small number of users. Wizards will then continue to add waves of users throughout the months-long Beta period. Price also said that the Beta will only launch with cards from Ixalan, but that older sets from the Kaladesh and Amonkhet blocks will be added throughout the Beta.

Chris Clay, Principle Game Designer for MTG Arena, also revealed on stream that MTG Arena will not include any trading features. This is because MTG Arena is a collectible card game, or CCG, similar to other digital-only games like Hearthstone, rather a trading card game like Magic the Gathering Online. Unfortunately Clay didn’t provide any additional information about how the card acquisition economy will work without a trading feature.


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