What does MTGA mean in gaming?

Magic: The Gathering Arena

Magic: The Gathering players use MTGA as shorthand for Magic: The Gathering Arena, which is the game's F2P online version. MTGA was released in 2018 and is available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.

Just like the paper version of MTG, MTGA allows players to construct decks comprised of fantastic creatures and spells and battle opposing players. However, unlike in the paper version of MTG, MTGA players cannot buy or trade for specific cards. Instead, they must buy booster packs (and hope they open the cards they need) or redeem equivalent wildcards, which are earned over time.

MTGA also differs from paper Magic in other respects. For example, MTGA's Alchemy and Historic formats include digital-only and digitally-rebalanced cards, which don't exist IRL.


MTGA is great for practice, but nothing beats playing MTG at the ol' LGS.
MTGA gameplay on Twitch

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Updated February 23, 2022

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