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, any cards you don’t own will have a red number next to them. Clicking the number will open up the crafting screen.
- 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.
Of these methods, I personally like to make my deck first even if I don’t have every copy of the card. This ensures I’m not just spending Wildcards on cards I won’t end up using, as I always want to have a finalized list before spending this item.
Remember, if a card gets banned, you will be refunded in the form of a Wildcard tied to the banned card’s rarity. So if a mythic rare card is banned and your deck had four of them, you will get four mythic rare Wildcards. If you’re unsure of how many Wildcards you have, move your cursor to the orange/red MTG lotus in the top right corner. When highlighted, it will give you a list of all the Wildcards you own.
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 once for every three common cards that appear in a given pack. That means you’re very likely to see a common Wildcard in every pack you open. However, the problem is most top-tier decks require a lot of rare or mythic cards, meaning you will need to open a lot of packs to earn these Wildcards.
Thankfully, Wizards of the Coast will soon add Wildcard Bundles, which cost $49.99, containing 12 rare Wildcards and four mythic rare Wildcards. At the time of writing this, these Wildcard bundles have not been added to the game. That being said, I suspect they will be introduced when the new set, Streets of New Capenna, drops on April 28. Alternatively, you can always buy Mythic Packs, which contain a guaranteed mythic rare card; however, you won’t earn any Wildcards — at least in my experience with opening them.
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 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 will start anew!