It’s officially been one week since the Mastery Pass came to Magic the Gathering Arena and I’ve somehow managed to win three games of Magic every single day. I mostly credit this to my mono-red burn deck which remains completely unchanged since Magic Core Set 2020 went live. It turns out it’s still a powerful enough deck to at least get me into the gold tier of the ranked ladder. We’ll see if it can push me further.

I picked up three wins and a quest completion to vault me up to level 14 with 600/1000 experience points required to reach level 15. I netted another pack from the premium Mastery Pass (+200 gems in pack value) and called it a quick night. Nights like these where I only have a brief window between putting the kid to bed, taking care of chores, and going to bed, its nice to only feel like I need to win a handful of games and then log off.

Before I wrap up today’s journal I do want to throw out a quality of life improvement idea. I’m sure I’m not the only one to suggest this so far but I haven’t read it anywhere else: Can we get wildcard packs? This can mean one of two things:

  • A special wildcard that can be redeemed for one of any Standard-legal booster pack
  • A special pack that only contains wildcards

Either of these would be pretty cool rewards on the Mastery Pass even if they only appeared once and at higher levels. I’m just a bit sick of being told which packs and cards I’m allowed to have as prizes. I have enough packs of Ravnica Allegiance and not nearly enough Ixalan in order to round out my collection, but it is what it is.

Free Stuff (Pack Value: 1200 Gems, Cosmetic Value: 600 Gems):

  • 6 Packs of Core Set 2020
  • 1 Mastery Orb

Premium Stuff (Cost: 3400 Gems, Pack Value: 1100 Gems, Cosmetic Value: 3300 Gems)

  • 1 Pack of Core Set 2020
  • 1 Pack of War of the Spark
  • 1 Pack of Ravnica Allegiance (New)
  • 1,500 Coins
  • 200 Gems
  • Chandra Avatar
  • Elemental Cat Pet
  • Chandra Art Sleeves
  • 1 Mastery Orb
  • Mythic Cards: 1x Mu Yanling, Celestial Wind, 1x Chandra, Awakened Inferno
  • Card Styles: Gorging Vulture, Boreal Elemental

Mastery Tree Card Styles Unlocked (Total Value 1,800 Crystals, Free/Premium Split 33/67): Raise the Alarm, Apostle of Purifying Light, Hanged Executioner

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