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Magic: The Gathering Arena

Magic the Gathering: Arena current version

Application Details:

Version: Current
License: Free to use
URL: https://magic.wizards.com/en/m...
Votes: 11
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 8.12-staging

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Free Download Official free to play client, version for Windows

Test Results

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What works

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

Workarounds

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.

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU: AMD
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

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 ./

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
ShowArch Linux x86_64Aug 03 20238.12-stagingYes Yes YesGoldJohn 
ShowFedora 37 x86_64Apr 08 20238.4Yes Yes YesGoldm8ram 
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 

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 (https://bugs.winehq.org/show_b...). 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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