MTG Arena May Get Commander Format

MTG Arena Commander

Magic the Gathering Arena (MTG Arena) may finally be getting the popular Commander format within the app. The mode was teased during Hasbro’s Q1 earnings call on April 24 by Hasbro CEO Chris Cocks.

Cocks was asked a question specifically about MTG Arena from an analyst looking for an update on the game. While mentioning that the performance of the game was “down a bit” in Q1, Cocks said that the company continues “to invest in Arena”.

He then specifically talked about investing “long-term” into the game, which will be announced in waves over the next “couple of years”. That’s when Cocks specifically mentioned Commander.

“[W]hen you look at Magic and where our growth has been, a lot of that growth has been in social-based play like Commander and in collectability,” he said. “So certainly, we’ll be investing in those areas on the digital platform over the long term.”

While not flat out confirming the mode’s inclusion in the game, Cocks mentioning the mode as part of investment into the game seems to indicate that it’s in the plans.

For those unaware, Commander is a format within the MTG card game that sees players build decks of 100 cards (99 cards + 1 commander card) in a free-for-all match with four players. Rather than the standard 20 life, each player starts with 40 life.

MTG Arena first launched in 2018, and is available for mobile and PC.

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