In this guide, we will analyze how profitable the Magic Arena events are. We also will look at their returns in comparison to the entry fee.

Value of Draft and Sealed Packs
Please note the draft and sealed packs are different from regular packs that you get from the store and rewards. Learn more here.

For more information about the different event types, rewards and the event schedule, click here.

Read First: Table Explanation

  • Wins: How many wins required for that specific reward level.
  • Gem/Gold: This is the value of the rewards.
  • Packs: Some events offer pack rewards. These are valued at 200 gems or 1000 gold per pack.
  • GValue I: The gem or gold (same type as entry fee) value of the rewards.
  • Profit I: This is GValue I minus the entry fee.
  • Return I: This is the profit in relation to the entry fee.
  • GValue II: The complete gem value of everything a player gets—this includes the draft and sealed packs they get to competed in the limited events. Reward packs, draft and sealed packs are all valued at a flat rate of 200 gems each. Learn more about packs here.
  • Profit II: This is GValue II minus the entry fee.
  • Return II: This is the profit in relation to the entry fee.
  • GValue II, Profit II and Return II are only relevant to events where draft/sealed packs are used.
  • We assume the value of card rewards to be zero due to their randomness.
  • If the reward is gold, we use the gold entry fee to do the calculations. Same with gem rewards.

Event Reward and Profit Analysis

Constructed Event (Click to expand)

Entry fee of 95 gems or 500 gold | Best of 1 matches | Ends at 7 wins or 3 losses

Reward Analysis

Wins Gold GValue I Profit I Return I
0 100 100 -400 -80%
1 200 200 -300 -60%
2 300 300 -200 -40%
3 400 400 -100 -20%
4 500 500 0 0%
5 600 600 100 20%
6 800 800 300 60%
7 1000 1000 500 100%
Competitive Constructed (Click to expand)

Entry fee of 190 gems or 1000 gold | Best of 1 matches | Ends at 5 wins or 2 losses

Reward Analysis

Wins Gold GValue I Profit I Return I
0 0 0 -1000 -100%
1 500 500 -500 -50%
2 1000 1000 0 0%
3 1500 1500 500 50%
4 1700 1700 700 70%
5 2100 2100 1100 110%
Competitive Metagame Challenge Constructed (Click to expand)

Entry fee of 400 gems or 2000 gold | Best of 3 matches | Ends at 7 wins or 1 loss

Reward Analysis

Wins Gold Packs GValue I Profit I Return I
0 500 0 500 -1500 -75%
1 1000 0 1000 -1000 -50%
2 1500 1 2500 500 25%
3 2000 3 5000 300 150%
4 2500 5 7500 5500 275%
5 3000 10 13000 11000 550%
6 4000 20 24000 22000 1100%
7 5000 30 35000 33000 1650%
Sealed Event (Click to expand)

Entry fee of 2000 gems | Best of 1 matches | Ends at 7 wins or 3 loss

Reward Analysis

Wins Gems Packs GValue I Profit I Return I GValue II Profit II Return II
0 200 3 800 -1200 -60% 2000 0 0%
1 400 3 1000 -1000 -50% 2200 200 10%
2 600 3 1200 -800 -40% 2400 400 20%
3 1200 3 1800 -200 -10% 3000 1000 50%
4 1400 3 2000 0 0% 3200 1200 60%
5 1600 3 2200 200 10% 3400 1400 70%
6 2000 3 2600 600 30% 3800 1800 90%
7 2200 3 2800 800 40% 4000 2000 100%
Draft Event (Click to expand)

Entry fee of 750 gems or 5000 gold | Best of 1 matches | Ends at 7 wins or 3 loss

Reward Analysis

Wins Gems Packs GValue I Profit I Return I GValue II Profit II Return II
0 50 1.2 290 -460 -61% 890 140 19%
1 100 1.22 344 -406 -54% 944 194 26%
2 200 1.24 448 -302 -40% 1048 298 40%
3 300 1.26 552 -198 -26% 1152 402 54%
4 450 1.3 710 -40 -5% 1310 560 75%
5 650 1.35 920 170 23% 1520 770 103%
6 850 1.4 1130 380 51% 1730 980 131%
7 950 2 1350 380 80% 1950 1200 160%
Competitive Draft (Click to expand)

Entry fee of 1500 gems | Best of 3 matches | Ends at 5 wins or 2 loss

Reward Analysis

Wins Gems Packs GValue I Profit I Return I GValue II Profit II Return II
0 0 1 200 -130 -87% 800 -700 -47%
1 0 2 400 -1100 -73% 1000 -500 -33%
2 800 3 1400 -100 -7% 2000 500 33%
3 1500 4 2300 800 53% 2900 1400 93%
4 1800 5 2800 1300 87% 3400 1900 127%
5 2100 6 3300 1800 120% 3900 2400 160%

Summary

  • Competitive Metagame Challenge provides the highest returns (1650%), followed by Competitive Draft (120%).
  • If we include the sealed/draft packs value, then both regular and competitive draft give the very high returns (160%) as well.
  • Two events are net positive without any wins—sealed event (0% return at 0 wins) and draft event (19% return at 0 wins). This includes the drafted packs in the value calculation.