Magic the Gathering official artwork for Nissa

While MTG Arena is a pretty darn enjoyable card game, it definitely suffers when it comes to its in-game economy and the 'new player experience' as a whole. Right now, if you're not willing to pay you're going to have to play for an absurdly long time before you can acquire a decent collection. Not exactly ideal, for both the players and MTG Arena itself.

With that in mind, I am very glad to announce that the upcoming July 12th update will attempt to correct exactly these issues. There are currently no patch notes available, but you can get a pretty good overview of the changes by checking out the most recent developer update down below. Have a look:

If you're just looking for the short version, however, then you should know that the July 12th update will come with a seemingly comprehensive tutorial. It'll give you a chance to earn some packs and starter decks, though more importantly, a chance to learn more about how MTG Arena is really played. If you already know what to do, worry not as this tutorial will be completely skippable.

As for the new economy changes, I'm afraid you'll have to wait until July 11th to learn all of the specifics. What I can tell you is that you will no longer get Vault progress just for opening packs, but rather by the value of your 5th copies of cards. All of this is still a work in progress, so don't be surprised if anything changes by the time the update arrives.

The final thing worth mentioning is that there will be a big wave of invites coming in on July 20th, including additional codes for current players. So if you ever wanted to give MTG Arena a try and you haven't already managed to secure a copy, chances are you'll soon be able to jump in and see what it's all about.

Once more information gets released I'll make sure to let you know.