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10, Feb, 21

Magic: The Gathering Arena Brings Back Competitive Sealed in February Arena Open

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Sealed format is returning to competitive Magic: The Gathering with the February Arena Open scheduled this month.

Wizards of the Coast has announced today that the formats for the February 2021 Arena Open scheduled for February 20-21 is best-of-one and best-of-three Kaldheim Sealed.

This will be the first Arena Open to feature a Limited format instead of Constructed. Limited was absent from competitive MTG Events held on MTG Arena throughout last year. However, this doesn’t mark the return of Booster Draft because the game only supports eight-person draft pods, which won’t work for how Arena Open events are set up.

“Given the large-scale, open nature of the Arena Open, we can’t guarantee the number of interested participants is going to be divisible by eight,” Wizards explained. “While we are exploring potential solutions to this problem, there are technical, logistical, and philosophical hurdles we need to overcome first.”

The Arena Open participants will compete in two days of Kaldheim Sealed for the chance to earn cash prizes and qualify for the March Strixhaven Qualifier Weekend.

Everyone entering the event will receive the in-game style for the Kaldheim Phyrexian mythic rare card, Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider.


The February Arena Open Day 1 event starts on Feb. 20 at 6 a.m. PT, and will feature both best-of-three and best-of-one Kaldheim Sealed. Signups end on Feb. 21, 2021 at 3 a.m.

Day 2 starts on Feb. 21 at 6 a.m. PT and it will only feature best-of-three Kaldheim Sealed, and ends at 5 p.m. PT.

To qualify for day 2, best-of-three players must earn four wins before they lose one time; best-of-one players must get seven wins before three losses. Players who made it to Day 2 will need to earn five wins to qualify for the Strixhaven qualifier. Those who get 6 wins will get $1,000 cash prize, and those who get 7 wins will get $2,000.

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