Magic: The Gathering Arena

Magic the Gathering: Arena current version

Application Details:

Version: Current
License: Free to use
Votes: 4
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.13-staging

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Free Download Official free to play client, version for Windows

Test Results

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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
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jul 22 20205.13-stagingYes Yes YesGoldDenis Sheremet 
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 

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
45897 Magic The Gathering Arena Launcher (.NET 4.5 app) crashes on start (broken WINEPREFIX) CLOSED INVALID View
45898 Magic The Gathering Arena has most hotkeys not working CLOSED ABANDONED View
45937 Magic The Gathering Arena stops accepting any input after losing and regaining focus UNCONFIRMED View
47033 Magic the Gather Arena installer does not work with wine >= 4.3 CLOSED DUPLICATE View
47034 Star Wars The Old Republic - Certificate Authentication Failed with wine-dev 4.6 (regression) CLOSED FIXED View
47479 Many D3D11 games show black or white screen with Wine 4.12.1 (Darkula by Locomalito, Magic the Gathering Arena,, EVE Online, World of Warships) CLOSED FIXED View
47753 Magic The Gathering: Arena (MTGA) issue crashing on start UNCONFIRMED View
47820 Magic: The Gathering Arena installer needs powershell.exe (cannot find it) CLOSED FIXED View
47967 Wine fails to find application DLLs when the working directory is not the application directory CLOSED FIXED View
48239 MTGA Launcher fails to download the game (regression) CLOSED FIXED View
49627 Magic The Gathering: Arena Update manager needs Windows.Foundation.Diagnostics.AsyncCausalityTracer RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View

Show open 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


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

MTGA and Ipv6
by Ša?o Beller on Friday May 1st 2020, 14:18
Adding a note, will add it to my records in future.

A friend and I both had issues (Laptop running Ubuntu 19.04 and Desktop running Linux Mint 19.3) where we were stuck at update downloading. We had issues getting updates to download.

After taking a look through trace and Wireshark, we found the culprit was relating to ipv6. Since disabling it on both machines, everything has been working since on two new machines.

So it may be something to look at if you're having connection issues in future.
Little note about MTGALauncher
by vries on Thursday April 23rd 2020, 16:20
When updating game with MTGALauncher.exe, operating system must be set to WIndows 7.
When OS set to Windows 2003, as I wrote in workarounds, MTGALauncher.exe won't start.
Maintaining MTGA
by Ša?o Beller on Thursday April 23rd 2020, 1:21
Hi everyone,

I recently got maintainership over MTGA. I'm looking for problems people are running into recently. I will be looking into solving issues related, and posting organized information on how to get things running.

Please respond to this if you're facing an issue, even if the game works. I'll also be looking at writing some patches for wine.

Tried to install on 5.0 and 5.4(staging)
by thatCarpenter on Friday March 27th 2020, 12:32
Does not work for me. Cannot find help to make it work . . . tried to submit test results, but have not heard back.
Same problem on manjaro with plasma
by Sean H Bovey on Sunday March 8th 2020, 11:59
I think I'm having the same issue. It ran like a Champ after the initial install. Now I can't figure out how to launch it again. Have you figured out anything?
Can't run MTGALauncher
by Luke on Sunday February 23rd 2020, 19:45
Hi there,

I installed wine 5.0 on my Ubuntu 19.10 with the hopes of playing MTGA. The Installation file runs somewhat smoothly (save for a weird commonly occurring graphical glitch where the background is all black etc...) when right-clicking it and selecting "Open with Wine Windows Program Loader". What doesn't work is doing the same thing to the MTGALauncher.exe file which gets created after the installation is complete. Nothing happens.

I've tried typing in:

wine MTGALauncher.exe

in the terminal but it gives me this:

0009:fixme:mscoree:parse_supported_runtime sku=L".NETFramework,Version=v4.5.2" not implemented
0009:fixme:mscoree:parse_supported_runtime sku=L".NETFramework,Version=v4.5.2" not implemented
The entry point method could not be loaded due to Could not load file or assembly 'PresentationFramework, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35' or one of its dependencies.

I'm at a loss and have no clue what to do :|
Please help.

Screen frozen when attempting tu purchase "gems" in the store
by Camille ALBERT on Wednesday October 9th 2019, 1:12

I'm getting the following error (Unhandled exception 0x80000003) when accessing the store in MTG Arena and trying to purchase "gems" :

0074:fixme:ver:GetCurrentPackageId (0x34fac4 (nil)): stub
0074:fixme:ntdll:EtwRegisterTraceGuidsW (0x4762a4, (nil), {f7b697a3-4db5-4d3b-be71-c4d284e6592f}, 7, 0x4b12d8, (null), (null), 0x4b90c0): stub
0074:fixme:ntdll:EtwRegisterTraceGuidsW register trace class {72b14a7d-704c-423e-92f8-7e6d64bcb92a}
0074:fixme:ntdll:EtwRegisterTraceGuidsW register trace class {e2091f8a-1e0a-4731-84a2-0dd57c8a5261}
0074:fixme:ntdll:EtwRegisterTraceGuidsW register trace class {e8a3bf1f-a86b-4390-9c60-5390b969d22c}
0074:fixme:ntdll:EtwRegisterTraceGuidsW register trace class {5727a00f-50be-4519-8256-f7699871fecb}
0074:fixme:ntdll:EtwRegisterTraceGuidsW register trace class {7e854ec7-cdc4-405a-b5b2-aaf7c9e7d40c}
0074:fixme:ntdll:EtwRegisterTraceGuidsW register trace class {79a60dc6-5fc8-4952-a41c-1163aeec5eb8}
0074:fixme:ntdll:EtwRegisterTraceGuidsW register trace class {2718d25b-5bf5-4479-8e88-babc64bdbfca}
0074:fixme:process:GetNumaHighestNodeNumber (0x34faa4): semi-stub
0074:fixme:process:SetProcessDEPPolicy (3): stub
0074:fixme:heap:RtlSetHeapInformation (nil) 1 (nil) 0 stub
0074:fixme:ntdll:EtwEventRegister ({d2d578d9-2936-45b6-a09f-30e32715f42d}, 0x11214b60, 0x149f0538, 0x14a17088) stub.
0074:fixme:dwrite:get_name_record_codepage encoding 20 not handled, platform 1.
0074:fixme:dwrite:get_name_record_codepage encoding 20 not handled, platform 1.
0074:fixme:nls:GetThreadPreferredUILanguages 00000038, 0x34ef9c, (nil) 0x34ef98
0074:fixme:nls:get_dummy_preferred_ui_language (0x38 0x34ef9c (nil) 0x34ef98) returning a dummy value (current locale)
0074:fixme:nls:GetThreadPreferredUILanguages 00000038, 0x34ef9c, 0x5fc148 0x34ef98
0074:fixme:nls:get_dummy_preferred_ui_language (0x38 0x34ef9c 0x5fc148 0x34ef98) returning a dummy value (current locale)
0074:fixme:winsock:WSALookupServiceBeginW (0x34eda8 0x00000ff0 0x34ede4) Stub!
0074:fixme:iphlpapi:NotifyAddrChange (Handle 0x34efc0, overlapped 0x5fc644): stub
0074:fixme:win:RegisterDeviceNotificationW (hwnd=0x1008c, filter=0x34ef34,flags=0x00000000) returns a fake device notification handle!
0074:fixme:win:RegisterDeviceNotificationW (hwnd=0x1008c, filter=0x34ef34,flags=0x00000000) returns a fake device notification handle!
008e:fixme:wlanapi:WlanEnumInterfaces (0x1, (nil), 0x3bef790) semi-stub
0095:fixme:process:SetProcessDEPPolicy (3): stub
0095:fixme:heap:RtlSetHeapInformation (nil) 1 (nil) 0 stub
0095:fixme:ntdll:EtwEventRegister ({d2d578d9-2936-45b6-a09f-30e32715f42d}, 0x11214b60, 0x149f0538, 0x14a17088) stub.
00a3:fixme:time:QueryThreadCycleTime (0xcc,0x19cfda0): stub!
0095:fixme:ntdll:EtwEventUnregister (deadbeef) stub.
00a1:fixme:process:SetProcessDEPPolicy (3): stub
00a1:fixme:heap:RtlSetHeapInformation (nil) 1 (nil) 0 stub
00a1:fixme:ntdll:EtwEventRegister ({d2d578d9-2936-45b6-a09f-30e32715f42d}, 0x11214b60, 0x149f0538, 0x14a17088) stub.
00a1:fixme:gdi:GdiInitializeLanguagePack stub
00ae:fixme:process:SetProcessDEPPolicy (3): stub
00ae:fixme:heap:RtlSetHeapInformation (nil) 1 (nil) 0 stub
00ae:fixme:ntdll:EtwEventRegister ({d2d578d9-2936-45b6-a09f-30e32715f42d}, 0x11214b60, 0x149f0538, 0x14a17088) stub.
00bf:fixme:time:QueryThreadCycleTime (0xcc,0x19cfda0): stub!
00ae:fixme:ntdll:EtwEventUnregister (deadbeef) stub.
00c9:fixme:process:SetProcessDEPPolicy (3): stub
00c9:fixme:heap:RtlSetHeapInformation (nil) 1 (nil) 0 stub
00c9:fixme:ntdll:EtwEventRegister ({d2d578d9-2936-45b6-a09f-30e32715f42d}, 0x11214b60, 0x149f0538, 0x14a17088) stub.
00cb:fixme:time:QueryThreadCycleTime (0xcc,0x19cfda0): stub!
00c9:fixme:ntdll:EtwEventUnregister (deadbeef) stub.
00d5:fixme:process:SetProcessDEPPolicy (3): stub
00d5:fixme:heap:RtlSetHeapInformation (nil) 1 (nil) 0 stub
00d5:fixme:ntdll:EtwEventRegister ({d2d578d9-2936-45b6-a09f-30e32715f42d}, 0x11214b60, 0x149f0538, 0x14a17088) stub.
00d7:fixme:time:QueryThreadCycleTime (0xcc,0x19cfda0): stub!
00d5:fixme:ntdll:EtwEventUnregister (deadbeef) stub.
wine: Unhandled exception 0x80000003 in thread a1 at address 0x125f02e5 (thread 00a1), starting debugger...
00e7:fixme:process:SetProcessDEPPolicy (3): stub
00e7:fixme:heap:RtlSetHeapInformation (nil) 1 (nil) 0 stub
00e7:fixme:ntdll:EtwEventRegister ({d2d578d9-2936-45b6-a09f-30e32715f42d}, 0x11214b60, 0x149f0538, 0x14a17088) stub.
00e7:fixme:gdi:GdiInitializeLanguagePack stub
wine: Unhandled page fault on read access to 0x0000002c at address 0x12adbe21 (thread 00e7), starting debugger...
00ff:fixme:process:SetProcessDEPPolicy (3): stub
00ff:fixme:heap:RtlSetHeapInformation (nil) 1 (nil) 0 stub
00ff:fixme:ntdll:EtwEventRegister ({d2d578d9-2936-45b6-a09f-30e32715f42d}, 0x11214b60, 0x149f0538, 0x14a17088) stub.
00ff:fixme:gdi:GdiInitializeLanguagePack stub
wine: Unhandled page fault on read access to 0x0000002c at address 0x12adbe21 (thread 00ff), starting debugger...

It's just an extract of the log, after first error the screen is frozen and the log continues to show "wine: Unhandled page fault on read access to 0x0000002c at address 0x12adbe21" errors endlessly.

Could you try reproduce thiserror ? Any idea to solve this issue ?

Many thanks for your time and your help.

Getting error when starting MTGA on mac
by Benjamin Bozou on Monday September 16th 2019, 8:50
Anyone is facing an issue when running MTGA on mac? I've tried with versions 4.15, 4.7, 4.0.2 and getting always the same error on starting the app.

I've open the bug #47753 but was wondering if someone faced it and found a workaround.

Install issues with the new installer
by ZeroPointEnergy on Friday July 26th 2019, 7:19
There seems to be an issue with the installer that released 25/26 July not installing the game at all. I was able to workaround the issue by following the instructions here:
RE: Install issues with the new installer
by Kaive Cosmus on Sunday July 28th 2019, 5:01
how you got this command line working on mac? if i try it the terminal says -bash: msiexec: command not found, as i expected.

did i miss something or is there a wine Terminal to use?
RE: Install issues with the new installer
by Kaive Cosmus on Sunday July 28th 2019, 5:21
in fact i did not need the command line but simply use the downloaded msi as executable. But now im stuck in game with the message "not enought disk space. 4,462 mb required"

how to solve this?

btw im new to wineskin
RE: Install issues with the new installer
by ZeroPointEnergy on Sunday July 28th 2019, 15:32
Sorry, only used this on Linux. I just used "wine msiexec /i ./MTGAInstaller_0.1.1595.718832.msi". The msiexec binary should be part of wine and be in the wine prefix under windows/system32/msiexec.exe
patched wine for Playonlinux
by Lluís Gili on Wednesday May 29th 2019, 14:47
to avoid "Fatal error in gc, GetThreadContext failed" while updating there's a little patch in
if you are using Playonlinux, you can download patched wine 4.9 here
put it in ~/.PlayOnLinux/wine/linux-x86/ and choose wine version 4.9_patched in Playonlinux, after update return to your previous wine version
MTGA Installer
by tagelicht on Sunday May 5th 2019, 14:11
For me using wine 4.7 (OS set to Windows 10) the installer works fine (though for some reason, only in a clean wineprefix). Its Graphics are terribly broken, but it installs the game. Updating doesn't work though, but I will try the workaround so I dont have to reinstall all the time.

The game works great, performance is flawless, and as described in the corresponding bug creating a string "UseTakeFocus" in "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\X11 Drivers\" fixes the game not receiving input anymore after tabbing out.

Other than updating and the tabbing bug I did not notice any bugs, while playing the game intensively ;)
RE: MTGA Installer
by tagelicht on Friday May 10th 2019, 16:58
"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\X11 Driver\" and set value of UseTakeFocus to "N"
The latest installer seems to be broken with newer wine versions
by ZeroPointEnergy on Thursday March 28th 2019, 7:34
I tested with the following wine versions, every time with a new prefix:
- wine 4.1 (works)
- wine 4.2 (works)
- wine 4.3 (broken)
- wine 4.4 (broken)

Looks like the breakage is somewhere between wine 4.2 and 4.3. I did not test with staging wine so far.
RE: The latest installer seems to be broken with newer wine versions
by ZeroPointEnergy on Monday April 29th 2019, 10:04
Just for the record: There was a regression introduced in 4.3 that breaks the installer of MTGA. This was supposedly fixed in 4.5 (I did not test this version), but in 4.6 another regression was introduced when a staging patchset was merged upstream incomplete which is now again fixed with 4.7.

So if you have trouble installing, try a wine version =4.7
updater stopped working
by Lluís Gili on Wednesday February 20th 2019, 14:15
since last two updates I can't update and had to re-install from scratch
any workaround for updating instead or re-installing?
RE: updater stopped working
by Lluís Gili on Wednesday February 20th 2019, 14:36
found "wine uninstall" command, with it is quick enough to re-install, I was creating the whole wineprefix and re-installing dotnet
Lockup after alttab
by Anton Romanov on Thursday February 14th 2019, 23:45
That "stops accepting input after alt-tab" thing is better of fixed by adding a registry key for "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\X11 Driver\UseTakeFocus" and set it to "N"
RE: Lockup after alttab
by William on Friday February 15th 2019, 0:56
GC error workaround
by Doesn'tMatter on Tuesday October 9th 2018, 22:10
For me running game on one core only fixed the download assets issue (GC thread error). I needed to restart it couple of times anyway but I was able to download all in the end.

Try running lutris like this:
$ taskset --cpu-list 1 lutris
by Drew on Friday October 5th 2018, 21:55
Given the weird black box issue with the installer, is there a way to tell the install is working? It says "Configuring MTGArena", but it's been there for a while. Obviously I can't tell if the bar is advancing given the graphical hiccup
Game Update
by Diogo Kersting on Thursday October 4th 2018, 16:32
If anyone is having trouble updating the game, it's probably that you'll need to download the newer installer, and install the game again from scratch.

Apparently some updates can only be executed by `MtgaLauncher.exe` which doesn't seem to work with wine-3.17-staging.
In my case I started with a new wine configuration, and reinstalled with the newest version of the installer available on the Magic Arena website and was able to play normally.
RE: Game Update
by Musang on Friday October 5th 2018, 7:40
Additionally, it is possible that redownloading the installer and rerunning it will not properly patch the game (lobby loads but matchmaking doesn't work). This is due to the fact that the game will download only the necessary files on top of the current installation but will not successfully produce a working installation.
To fix this, first uninstall the game entirely, then reinstall the newest version from the website.
RE: Game Update
by Miguel on Friday October 5th 2018, 10:29
Yep, I had this happen. I was able to start the launcher which patched the game, and then the lobby loaded fine, but it failed to load the actual game beyond the lobby. I will try reinstalling
Game stuck at preparing assets
by Banars on Thursday October 4th 2018, 9:00
OS: MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6
Wine Ver: 3.17 Stagging
Winecfg to Windows 10

Game started and finished downloading al parts. After that a window crash app showed up and then an other window saying that there was a program error and game closed.

Then I realised I was using windows 7 so changed it to windows 10.

Now when I open the game it stucks at "preparing assets" until mac activity monitor shows it stopped working.
GetThreadContext failed
by Dbr on Saturday September 29th 2018, 0:25
I am using 3.16 and set my winecfg to Windows 10. I was able to play closed beta, but open beta will not patch.
RE: GetThreadContext failed
by Musang on Saturday September 29th 2018, 9:50
The error "GetThreadContext failed" seems to be commonly reported while the application downloads and installs files. Relaunch the application after the error or failing that, redownload the application from the given URL. That seems to work for most people.
RE: GetThreadContext failed
by Dbr on Saturday September 29th 2018, 16:51
These are my results from downloading the files. Tried both wired and wifi. I would not rate this wine install gold based on the install process alone.
file of total
And still trying.
RE: GetThreadContext failed
by Musang on Sunday September 30th 2018, 12:54
So it seems that the issue has been pinpointed roughly in bug

The short of it is that it's unstable mono behaviour by unity's mono runtime. The thread suggests to set the environment variable WINEDEBUG=+relay,-debug
Other than that, as suggested clean reinstall, update wine, retry...
To be fair I've seen people complain about this exact issue on windows so I'd say that the issue is upstream of wine at this point.
RE: GetThreadContext failed
by Odedi on Saturday September 29th 2018, 13:47
Try reinstalling the whole thing, on windows switching to beta requires the launcher executable, which doesn't work properly on wine.