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How to Play Online Magic: The Gathering Arena Tournaments on
How to Play Online Magic: The Gathering Arena Tournaments on
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Written by Erik Jacome
Updated over a week ago

Uploading Decks

Some Magic: The Gathering Arena tournaments require images of your deck, with optional inclusion of a sideboard, to compete in the event. You can submit your deck image after registering by:

  1. Navigating to the tournament home page

  2. Clicking on the event you entered

  3. Clicking the Complete Decks button under Summary

  4. Clicking Deck 1 to browse for and add images of your deck

  5. Submitting any Sideboard images under Sideboard deck after submitting Deck 1

Checking In

Once the tournament begins, you can check in for your match by:ย 

  1. Navigating to the tournament home page

  2. Clicking the event you're entered in (labeled with Check In) on the sidebar

  3. Clicking the View Match button under Check In

  4. Clicking the green Check In button, then wait for your opponent to check in!

You will be given a timer of how long you have before being disqualified - be sure to check in on time!

Creating/Joining the game

Once you and your opponent are both checked in, it's time to set up your Direct Challenge! You'll want to switch over to the Chat tab to coordinate with your opponent.

You can create a Direct Challenge in Magic: The Gathering Arena by:

  1. Booting up Magic: The Gathering Arena

  2. Clicking the "Direct Challenge" Banner.ย 

  3. Clicking the "Direct Challenge" Icon, located in the top right of the Home page (the crossed swords by "Adjust Options" and "Learn More").ย 

  4. From here, enter your opponents display name and select a deck before clicking "Play"

Reporting scores

When the match is finished, you and your opponent will be both be prompted to report the score.

If there's any issues, you can always switch to the Chat tab and Request a moderator if you believe your opponent is reporting scores incorrectly.

After you've reported scores for the first game, you'll be prompted to report scores for the next game. Continue following the instructions until the set is complete!

Verifying Match Results

After completing the set and reporting scores, you'll be asked to verify the match results. This is where you confirm that the reported score is accurate. Click Confirm to verify the results.

Joining Your Next Match

Once you've verified the results, you can click Back to bracket in the top-left corner to see where you currently are in the bracket.

When your next match is ready, click on it to check in and get started!

Repeat until you're knocked out or win the tournament!

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