Magic: The Gathering Arena

Magic the Gathering: Arena current version

Application Details:

Version: Current
License: Free to use
Votes: 10
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 8.2

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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 37 x86_64Mar 07 20238.2Yes No YesGarbagem8ram 
ShowFedora 36 x86_64Mar 04 20238.1Yes No NoGarbagem8ram 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 11.x "Bullseye" x86_64Oct 24 20227.19-stagingNo, but has workaround No YesGarbageJanek 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 11.x "Bullseye" x86_64Aug 17 20227.15Yes Yes YesSilverrofustus 
ShowEndeavourOSJun 14 20227.10Yes No YesGarbageRay Redondo 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
32342 Multiple applications and games using 'Webkit' or 'Blink' web browser engine crash on startup ('Arial' and 'Times New Roman' font face name validation) STAGED View
47753 Magic The Gathering: Arena (MTGA) issue crashing on start UNCONFIRMED View
48121 Unity games do not fire OnApplicationFocus/OnApplicationPause events on focus regain STAGED View
49627 Magic The Gathering: Arena Update manager needs Windows.Foundation.Diagnostics.AsyncCausalityTracer RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
50537 Magic the gathering Arena Installer: shows a grey background instead of black UNCONFIRMED View
50588 Magic the gathering Arena: Game crashes after a game finished UNCONFIRMED View
50696 Magic: The Gathering Arena shows a white window when trying to add fund UNCONFIRMED View
50903 Magic the gathering Arena (MTGA) crashes when launching the game UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

Wine Version

Make sure you use a wine version > 5.9. Prior versions suffer from a bug that causes the client to constantly crash when downloading the initial assets ( This has been fixed in wine versions > 5.9.

Other wine versions with known issues for MTGA:

Workaround: Mouse focus issue

After you moved your mouse outside the client or switched to a different virtual desktop, MTGA will not regain focus if you get back to the application.

To fix this focus issue you can  add a registry key by running:

wine reg ADD 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\X11 Driver' /v UseTakeFocus /d 'N' /f


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