Magic: The Gathering Arena

Magic the Gathering: Arena current version

Application Details:

Version: Current
License: Free to use
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.5

Maintainers: About Maintainership

No maintainers. Volunteer today!

Free Download Official free to play client, version for Windows

Test Results

Old test results
The test results you have selected are very old and may not represent the current state of Wine.
Selected Test Results

What works

  • Installation
  • Updating
  • Playing all modes
  • Buying Packs with Gold and/or Gems
  • Direct Challenge

What does not

  • Installer is almost impossible to read, but does fully work.
  • Updating - see Workarounds


MtgaLauncher is needed for updates, and has one major issue, and this is related to .Net ("PresentationFramework" has been shown in errors posted by others). My first route at installing did not work at all, and kept giving me an error when trying to use it. Here are the steps I took to fix it:

  1. Change OS to Windows XP:

    winetricks winxp

    Otherwise, mscore doesn't always get configured when all the versions of dotnet are being installed. This is mostly needed as installing 4.7.2 installs the others before hand, and mscore is played by dotnet40 (the first one to be installed for dotnet472). Other installs will change to Windows XP prior to this on their own. This may have already been fixed if you use winetricks from git
  2. Run:

    winetricks --force dotnet472

    I had issues even after XP change, but forcing it seemed to get it to complete.

After this, I was able to successfully update to the "War of the Spark" update as well as the mini post-release patch with zero issues. 

What was not tested

Buying gems with $$ - As this requires a browser, I'm unsure how it would function.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

Tested on Aspire 5 A515-51G laptop.

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-8250U
  • Memory: 8GB DDR4
  • GPU: Nvidia Geforce MX150

OS: Debian Buster netinst

DE: i3 (gaps)

Wine: 4.0-1

Nvidia driver: 410.104-3

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowFedora 32 x86_64May 24 20205.5No, but has workaround No YesGarbageMarco Devillers 
ShowManjaro Linux 19.0.2Apr 17 20205.5Yes Yes YesSilvervries 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Apr 10 20205.5No, but has workaround No YesGarbageNate Droppo 
ShowDebian 10.x "Buster"Mar 23 20205.0Yes No NoGarbagethatCarpenter 
ShowUbuntu 19.04 "Disco" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 05 20194.17No, but has workaround Yes YesGoldArthur Peters 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
24501 wine-mono does not support WPF NEW View
45546 Magic The Gathering Arena updater: Unity fork of Mono-runtime reports 'Fatal error in gc, GetThreadContext failed' (suspension of Mono-managed threads sometimes exceed 100ms) NEW View
45937 Magic The Gathering Arena stops accepting any input after losing and regaining focus UNCONFIRMED View
47753 Magic The Gathering: Arena (MTGA) issue crashing on start UNCONFIRMED View

Show all bugs

HowTo / Notes

Fixing the "Fatal error in gc, GetThreadContext failed" crash when downloading game files

It is possible to overcome the "Fatal error in gc, GetThreadContext failed" crash when downloading game files by using a patched version of wine. (see the discussion here

For those using lutris there is a build with the patch enabled available called: tkg-mtga-x.xx


Comments Disabled

Comments for this application have been disabled because there are no maintainers.