There’s plenty of new information for Magic: The Gathering Arena players who are big into the tournament scene in this week’s Arena Announcements. Players have long been looking for some of Arena’s digital formats to come closer to Magic’s paper formats, and with the release of Shadows Over Innistrad Remastered and its companion Shadows of the Past expansion, both coming to Arena this week, there are tons of cool stuff for players to enjoy.

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The Next Arena Open, April 1-2

One Arena Open just ended but the next is around the corner. On April 1-2 you’ll have the chance to earn Qualifier Weekend invitations for this upcoming May as well as up to $2,000 for competing.

The April Arena Open will feature Shadows Over Innistrad Remastered Limited events, with a spooky twist for those who aren’t prepared. The event will coincide with the featured theme for that week, Fatal Flashback. This means the Shadows of the Past cards will feature cards with the flashback mechanic, giving you the chance to open cards like Bump in the Night, Faithless Looting, and Increasing Ambition.

Explorer Qualifier Events

Also starting on April 1 is a Best-of-One Qualifier Play-In event. This event gives players the chance of winning an invitation to April’s Qualifier Weekend event later this month. If the Best-of-One event isn’t your cup of tea, you can always jump into the Best-of-Three Qualifier Play-In on April 7, though you might be cutting it close to the April Qualifier Weekend starting on April 8.

Both of the Qualifier Play-In events will be in the Explorer format, giving you the perfect opportunity to put those Shadows Over Innistrad Remastered cards to the test.

Shadows Over Innistrad Remastered Refresh

Starting on March 21 Shadows Over Innistrad Remastered events will dominate Arena, and with them are going to be four special events featuring themed Shadows of the Past cards.

  • March 21–28: Creature Type Terror!
    • All cards feature or refer to a specific creature type
  • March 28–April 4: Fatal Flashback!
    • All cards have flashback
  • April 4–11: Morbid and Macabre!
    • All cards have some sort of sacrifice effect or dies trigger
  • April 11–18: Abominable All Stars!
    • The best of the best cards from the set

Upcoming Events

An expanded schedule of events was dropped by Wizards of the Coast, with a list of events extending all the way to the end of April. Friendly reminder that Midweek Magic events had their starting time updated to now start on Tuesday at 2 p.m. PT and end on Thursday at 2 p.m. PT each week.

Midweek Magic

  • March 21–23: Historic Pauper
  • March 28–30: Shadows Over Innistrad Remastered Phantom Sealed
  • April 4–6: Innistrad Constructed (MID, VOW, and SIR sets)
  • April 11–13: Momir

Quick Drafts

  • March 17–31: Phyrexia: All Will Be One
  • March 31–April 14: Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
  • April 14–28: Phyrexia: All Will Be One

Premiere Drafts and Challenges

  • March 10–21: Strixhaven: School of Mages Premier Draft
  • March 17–20: Historic Metagame Challenge
  • March 21–April 18: Shadows Over Innistrad Remastered Premier Draft
  • March 24­–27: Explorer Metagame Challenge
  • April 6–10: Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Premier Draft
  • April 10–18: Tinkerer’s Cube


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