I'm grinding MTG Arena pretty hard and managed to get my hands on 2-3 top tier decks by now (while still holding some wildcards).

Up to now i just played Ranked Games to get the daily challenges done. Once I have 5k Gold I play drafts. Traditional drafts seem pretty risky to me since you have to pay a lot of gems while getting a low base-value (3 boosters)

But I haven't figured out yet if it would be better to solely play Constructed events and then buy packs with the acquired gold.

What is the best approach to get the largest cardbase with no in-game purchases assuming a winrate of 50% across all event-types?


Hall of Famer Frank Karsten wrote the definitive analysis for this.

The short version of it is, for beginners with <44% win rate, play BO1 draft for gem entry and BO1 constructed for gold entry. For average players with 44-54% win rate, play Sealed for gem entry and either BO1 or BO3 constructed for gold entry. For veterans with >54% win rate, play BO3 draft for gem entry and BO3 constructed for gold entry.

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