It's 2020 and you've made your resolution for the new year: Rank up to the top on MTG Arena. Are you ready to become a champion?
The first step is the easiest: If you haven't already, download and start playing MTG Arena for free today. Then take a quick run through the MTG Arena Starter Guide to add your friends in the game, see where you can begin playing, find a few tips on where to pick up the best strategies, and score a pile of free card packs to kick start your journey.
The second step is harder: It's time to start winning games of Magic.
Rank Up with Ranked Play
Ranked Play is where the world competes on MTG Arena. From the first-time competitor all the way up to the titans in the Magic Pro League, Ranked Play modes are where you test your skill and prove you're ready to take on the best.
Ranked Play covers several event formats, but you'll always have Standard Ranked and Ranked Draft available:
- Standard Ranked uses the most recently released Magic sets where you construct your own deck from cards in your collection
- Ranked Draft uses a 14-card Limited Booster from a set where you take turns choosing cards from packs to build your own deck, limited to just the cards you chose
These modes are the core of unlocking invitation to the biggest in-game events by earning your way to Mythic ranking. Beginning at Bronze rank, and with four tiers at each rank, winning games of Magic through Ranked Play modes lets you play against stronger and stronger competition until you hit Mythic—and each mode has its own track. You can play either to rank up, but Standard Ranked and Ranked Draft will only count towards your rank in its format.
Each rank—Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and Mythic—you unlock ensures more prizes. For the current January 2020 Season, here's what you'll be awarded for the rank you earn:
- Bronze: 1 Throne of Eldraine booster pack
- Silver: 1 Throne of Eldraine booster pack + 500 gold
- Gold: 2 Throne of Eldraine booster packs + 1000 gold + Hypnotic Sprite Card Style
- Platinum: 3 Throne of Eldraine booster packs + 1000 gold + Hypnotic Sprite and Wildborn Preserver Card Styles
- Diamond: 4 Throne of Eldraine booster packs + 1000 gold + Hypnotic Sprite and Wildborn Preserver Card Styles
- Mythic: 5 Throne of Eldraine booster packs + 1000 gold + Hypnotic Sprite and Wildborn Preserver Card Styles
And once the January 2020 Season ends on January 31st, you'll start the February 2020 Season close to the rank and tier you ended in:
|Previous Rank||New Rank|
|Bronze Tier 4||Bronze Tier 4|
|Bronze Tier 3||Bronze Tier 4|
|Bronze Tier 2||Bronze Tier 4|
|Bronze Tier 1||Bronze Tier 3|
|Silver Tier 4||Bronze Tier 3|
|Silver Tier 3||Bronze Tier 3|
|Silver Tier 2||Bronze Tier 2|
|Silver Tier 1||Bronze Tier 2|
|Gold Tier 4||Bronze Tier 1|
|Gold Tier 3||Silver Tier 4|
|Gold Tier 2||Silver Tier 3|
|Gold Tier 1||Silver Tier 2|
|Platinum Tier 4||Silver Tier 1|
|Platinum Tier 3||Gold Tier 4|
|Platinum Tier 2||Gold Tier 4|
|Platinum Tier 1||Gold Tier 3|
|Diamond Tier 4||Gold Tier 3|
|Diamond Tier 3||Gold Tier 2|
|Diamond Tier 2||Gold Tier 2|
|Diamond Tier 1||Gold Tier 1|
There's four tiers for each rank, and once you earn a rank—say move from Bronze to Silver—you won't fall back to the previous tier until the next season reset.
Mythic Rank and "the Top 1,200"
Making it to Mythic means you're a strong MTG Arena players, but not one of the best—not yet. That's reserved for the Top 1,200 players at Mythic rank. Once you're Mythic ranked, as you continue to play your wins will move you higher and higher in percentage until it finally shows you a number: Your place in the top 1,200 players. Of course, that position changes dynamically even when you're not playing as it's always relative to the success and skill of others at the top of Mythic rank. But earning a top 1,200 position when the season end is calculated will unlock an invitation to a Mythic Qualifier or Mythic Point Challenge the following month.
- Mythic Qualifiers award gems, Mythic Points, and an invitation to the Mythic Invitational for the top finishing players
- Mythic Point Challenges award gems and Mythic Points
|Mythic Qualifier||Qualification Method from Ranked Play|
|March 14, 2020: Ikoria Mythic Qualifier #2||Be Top 1200 in Limited or Constructed in February 2020 Ranked Seasons|
|May 30, 2020: Core 2021 Mythic Qualifier #1||Be Top 1200 in Limited or Constructed in April 2020 Ranked Seasons|
|June 20, 2020: Core 2021 Mythic Qualifier #2||Be Top 1200 in Limited or Constructed in May 2020 Ranked Seasons|
|Mythic Point Challenge||Qualification Method from Ranked Play/td>|
|February 29, 2020: Mythic Point Challenge – Ikoria||Be Top 1200 in Limited or Constructed in October, November, December 2019, or January 2020 Ranked Seasons|
|April 4, 2020: Mythic Point Challenge – Core 2021||Be Top 1200 in Limited or Constructed in March 2020 Ranked Seasons|
If you're pushing to be in the top 1,200 Mythic ranked players at the end of the season, you're trying to qualify for these events which are you path to the Rivals League—and eventually the top of professional Magic with the MPL.
The total Mythic Points you earn are your score to be among the players who qualify to enter the Rivals League, vying to become a member of the MPL as a professional player. And that's in addition to success in Mythic Qualifiers that invite you to Mythic Invitationals where $750,000 in prizes and more Mythic Points await.
With enough skill and effort, even the Magic World Championship is in your reach—get started ranking up today.