What Should You Play in Standard? – Redbull Untapped/Arena Open

There are two competitive Arena tournaments this weekend, both in the Standard format. So, what should you play in Standard this weekend?

The Red Bull Untapped Series takes off this with its first tournament on European time. Day 1 starts on Saturday at 9 a.m. CEST, but there will be more tournaments in the series in friendlier time zones for the US and Japan, so take a look at the website and you should be able to find another tournament with a starting time that suits you better if this weekend doesn’t work for you. 

All the tournaments are free to enter and they each have a $20,000 prize pool, which is awesome and a big thanks goes to Red Bull for once again sponsoring Magic with a nice chunk of money this year.

The format is Best-of-Three Standard. You can register here.

The second tournament is the Standard Arena Open. It will cost you 20,000 gold or 4,000 gems to enter, which is an equivalent of $20. Day 1 starts on Saturday at 3 p.m. CEST/9 a.m. EST. As for the format, you have two choices.

  1. Choice 1: Best-of-One Standard: You play until you have either seven wins, in which case you will advance to Day 2, or three losses, in which case you’re eliminated.
  2. Choice 2: Best-of-Three Standard: Same structure, except that you play until you have either four wins or one loss. 

The twist is that if you get eliminated on Day 1, you can sign up to play again any amount of times in what I believe is a 21-hour window. I strongly suggest gaming responsibly. Give it a couple of tries, but don’t go broke if it’s not working out. 

Day 2 is on Sunday in the usual Best-of-Three Standard format. The most important thing to remember is that there is only a two-hour window to register on Sunday, between I believe 3 p.m. CEST/9 a.m. EST and 5 p.m./11 a.m. Make sure to double check the window for registering in the client, as there are always people who try to sign up too late and then are unable to play.

On Day 2, where you can queue up for your games anytime in a 10-hour window, you keep playing until you have either seven wins or two losses. The number of wins you finish with determines your prize.

  • 7-0 or 7-1 gets you $2,000
  • 6-2 gets you $1,000
  • Five or less wins gets you some amount of gems which scales with the number of wins you had when you got your second loss. 

The timing of both tournaments should allow you to comfortably play both of them if you wish.



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