The Arena Starter Kit (in previous editions knows as the Spellslinger Starter Kit) is a learn-to-play product aimed at new players, including instructional materials that guide two players through their first game. The two face cards are given the foil treatment. The decks feature cards from Core Set 2021, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, Theros Beyond Death and Throne of Eldraine.
The Spellslinger Kits were designed to teach the game with inserts, but Wizards of the Coast learned that sending brand-new players to the MTG Arena tutorial was a much better experience for them, and this product leans into that fact. The package contains a 16-page reference rulebook and two fold-out tuck boxes for the decks. Finally, you get an MTG Arena code card, good for digital copies of both decks, that can be used twice—once for you, and once for a friend you’d like to play with.
Arena Starter Kits have been carefully developed using up-to-date research about what aspects of Magic are most likely to appeal to a new player. They offer a more compelling first play experience than Welcome Decks while remaining simple enough for a new player to understand. Where Welcome Decks focused on simplicity, Arena Starter Kits show off more of what makes Magic the deepest strategy card game there is — interesting synergies and juicy combos that are satisfying to pull off — and start diving into how customizable and complex your decks can become.
- 2 60-card preconstructed decks, including a foil card each
- 2 First game walk-through cards
- 1 Rules and world-of-Magic booklet
- 2 Spindown life counters