Considering Magic: The Gathering allows you to run up to four copies of any given card, it’s a real tough challenge to fully complete your collection. Thankfully, the MTG Arena wildcards system is here to help with that problem. Put simply, this is how you get copies of cards that you don’t own without just hoping to get one in a booster pack. That makes it pretty important for building decks! So why don’t we take alook at how to get wildcards in MTG Arena?
What is a Wildcard in MTG Arena?
A wildcard is a special type of card that can be traded for, on a one-to-one basis, for any card of the same rarity: common, uncommon, rare, and mythic rare. They each have a chance to appear in any booster pack you open.
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How to Redeem a Wildcard – MTG Arena
Turning wildcards into actual cards in MTG Arena isn’t immediately intuitive, however. There are a few different ways to redeem wildcards depending on if you already own the card or not. Here’s the full list:
- If you already have a copy of the card, you simply click the card itself and craft another copy there.
- If you don’t have a copy of the card, turn on the “Not Collected” filter to find the card there.
- While creating a deck, if you try to add more copies of a card than you own, the game will ask you to redeem wildcards for it.
- After importing a deck into the game, click the “Craft All” button next to the “Done” button. It will automatically craft the cards you need — assuming you have enough wildcards. If you don’t, the game will instead tell you how many you lack.
Not sure how many wildcards you own? Mouse over the wildcard icon in the top-right corner of your screen. It’ll tell you how many of each rarity you have!
How to Earn Wildcards – MTG Arena
As we mentioned before, wildcards primarily come from booster packs. Any card slot in a booster pack has a chance of automatically upgrading to a wildcard instead. These are the wildcard odds:
- Common – 1:3
- Uncommon – 1:5
- Rare – 1:24
- Mythic – 1:24
You’ll acquire a common wildcard exactly one time for every three common cards that appear in a given pack. That means you’re always very likely to see a common wildcard in every pack you open. They are, well, common, after all!
There’s actually a bit more at play here, however. Wizards of the Coast explains it best in its official breakdown:
We understand that Wildcards are really helpful for players to round out their collections. Each Pack you open that does not redeem for a Wildcard of a particular rarity will increase the drop rate for Wildcards of that rarity for the next Pack. Once you acquire a Wildcard of that rarity from a Pack, the drop rates will reset to the base rate. The expected rate seen above represents that average number of packs needed to open to acquire 1 Wildcard of the respective rarity.
Tracking Wildcard Progress – MTG Arena
Head on over to the “Packs” tab. From there, you can view your Wildcard Track. That’s where you’ll find wildcard progress for both uncommon and rare/mythic rare wildcards. Hovering over them will tell you how close you are to earning yet another wildcard of the given variety. Note that, since rare and mythic rare share a track, it’ll only show you whichever of those you’re closest to.
These radials have a certain number of sections that must be completed before redeeming for a free wildcard. These both increase by one for each pack you open. The uncommon Wildcard Track starts with three points in it already, so you’ll get those slightly more frequently than anything else. When it comes to rares and mythic rares, however, the cycle goes like this: rare, rare, rare, rare, mythic rare.
Fill the bars up and they start anew!
MTG Arena Vault Wildcards – MTG Arena
Then there’s the whole Vault system. We detail this in another guide, but the short version is that opening duplicates of commons and uncommons slowly fills up a hidden progress bar in MTG Arena. When it’s full-up, you’ll get six wildcards to help compensate you for the useless cards. Nice!