Magic the Gathering: Arena current version
Installer works (but the text is almost impossible to read because it is almost the same color as the backgrounds).
Play against other players (and with Sparky) works. Rewards work. Deck editing works.
Changing focus to a different window and then returning to the game. This may seem obvious, but it was broken in previous wine/game versions.
What does not
The update process during game start up crashes occasionally. Once during the initial update, for me.
The mouse cursor occasionally changes to a thin vertical bar of gray and black randomness after focus returns to the game from another window. The does not affect play (the top end of the bar is the "point" of the cursor). The problem corrects itself once the game changes scene again (and presumably sets the cursor again).
The game launcher crashes. But if you launch the game directly everything works.
wine ~/.wine-arena/drive_c/Program\ Files\ \(x86\)/Wizards\ of\ the\ Coast/MTGA/MTGA.exe
You can just a start the game again and it will start downloading from roughly were it left off. You may have to do this a couple of times (based on experience with previous versions).
What was not tested
Anything involving real money. Special events. Tournaments.
I used a 64-bit wine prefix and no tricks. Starting with a non-existent the prefix directory I ran:
WINEPREFIX=~/.wine-arena wine ~/Downloads/MTGAInstaller.exe
WINEPREFIX=~/.wine-arena wine ~/.wine-arena/drive_c/Program\ Files\ \(x86\)/Wizards\ of\ the\ Coast/MTGA/MTGA.exe
Installed wine package is 4.11~disco from winehq with the following sources:
deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ disco main
deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Emulators:/Wine:/Debian/xUbuntu_19.04 ./
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||openSUSE Leap 15.2||Jun 02 2021||6.9||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||Ingo|
|Show||Manjaro 20.2.1 Nibia||Apr 23 2021||6.6||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Merlin|
|Show||Fedora 32, 64-bit.||Jan 30 2021||6.1||N/A||Yes||No||Bronze||ZhenboLi|
|Show||Manjaro 20.2.1 Nibia||Apr 23 2021||6.0||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Merlin|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Jul 22 2020||5.13-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Denis Sheremet|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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 (https://bugs.winehq.org/show_b...). This has been fixed in wine versions > 5.9.
Other wine versions with known issues for MTGA:
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