Earlier today, we got a big announcement from Wizards of the Coast introducing a lot of new things to MTG Arena. Cosmetics, Core Set 2020, and quality-of-life changes are all fantastic, but let’s take a closer look at the last thing it introduced: the Historic format.
In the Historic format, you will be able to play all your old Standard cards after they rotate each year! Essentially, Historic is a new version of Modern except it only uses Magic: The Gathering sets that are available on MTG Arena. This kind of format has been hinted at and had to happen to avoid angering millions of players who invested in Standard cards only to have them rotate.
Historic will be officially starting with the Ixalan block. Many MTG players are dismayed because the Kaladesh block and Amonkhet blocks are both playable on MTG Arena. We know this because we played them during the closed beta. So why would Historic start without those two sets?
These are just a few theories; we don’t have much solid information about this decision. However, in the announcement they made sure to mention that Kaladesh and Amonkhet will be added one day… just not today.
The other big shocker is the lack of Ranked support for Historic. Competitive players who wanted to play in a stronger format than Standard are quite disappointed. No Ranked mode means that, at least for now, Historic is not being considered a competitive format. With any luck, it will be added later. The community has been very vocal about the need for Ranked mode, and MTG Arena developers tend to be pretty receptive to the wants of their player base.
There is so much more great news coming for MTG Arena! Magic: The Gathering has been taking off recently, and Daily Esports is here to keep you updated on our MTG news page. Be sure to check out the awesome Core Set 2020 spoilers coming to MTG Arena in this update.
I’m Brent, working in association with Daily Esports to cover Magic the Gathering and gaming news.