MTG Arena artwork for Dragonsguard Elite card

[Update #2]: All of MTG Arena's Innistrad: Crimson Vow expansion cards have now been revealed.

[Update]: MTG Arena's Innistrad: Crimson Vow expansion is set to launch on November 11th.

Even after the recent rotation the amount of cards available in the current Standard sets is quite staggering, and that number is only going to increase in the near future as Innistrad: Crimson Vow is nearly upon us. Unsurprisingly this means that starting off as a brand new player can be quite harrowing as you'll not only have little experience with MTG Arena's gameplay, but you'll also lack many of the highly useful cards.

So in order to give new and returning players a bit of a helping hand, Wizards of the Coast has now released a brand new Jumpstart event - Jump In! The way the format works is very simple - you'll get to pick two Standard based, pre-constructed packets out of six randomly chosen ones, after which they'll merge together into a 40-card deck with which you'll be able to battle other players. So regardless of how many cards you might have in your collection overall, this event will put you on even footing with everyone else.

Another really good thing about this event is the fairly low price tag - 1000 gold. Basically, for the price of a single pack you will get to self-select two rares, a decent chunk of which are competitively playable in Standard, after which you'll get to mess around with a pretty fun game mode. So while it might drain your gold reserves for the upcoming Crimson Vow set, it's probably a good idea to give Jump In! a try if your collection is lacking.

That said, there is one downside compared to the usual 2000 gold Jumpstart events, and that would be the event rewards. Instead of getting two random rares, Jump In! only offers a single random uncommon that has a 5% chance to upgrade to a higher rarity.

The final thing worth mentioning is that not every Jump In! packet is equal. Some contain incredible cards that you'd definitely want to grab, while others mostly consist of draft chaff that is of dubious value in constructed formats. So before you start spending your hard-earned gold, I'd recommend perusing the official packet list and noting down which ones you actually want to grab.

Have fun, and good luck with those fancy rares!