A few months ago TCGplayer's own Brian Braun-Duin said he believed MTG Arena was the future of digital Magic, and as an avid Arena player myself I have to agree. The game is fluid, fun and honestly feels more like a video game than anything else. In short, it's perfect for where Magic needs to be heading.

And I don't want us to be left behind. So I thought for a long time about the best way to enter the arena (pun intended) myself without just duplicating content other people are making. This is what I ultimately decided on – 12-Rare Runs!

The concept is simple. Rarity is the ultimate currency on MTG Arena, unlike "real life" where it's dollars instead. That means what constitutes a "budget" deck is vastly different between the two. In paper, it doesn't matter how many rares you have so long as they are just a few dimes each. But in Arena every rare "costs" the same, which means the only real way to be budget is to limit the number of rares in the deck.

Given how many people like to try and keep Arena free to play, that's exactly what I've decided to do. No deck will contain more than 12 rares, and we'll take the deck through a Constructed event on Arena, an easy-to-enter event that is perfect for players just getting into Arena. My goal is to duplicate the new player experience building up decks rather than just dumping a bunch of money in, so I'm going to produce these at the rate my wildcards allow so the decks available to us grow as the series does.

That's enough preamble. Enjoy the first edition – Mono-Blue Mill, taken from the always-awesome Dev at Strictly Better MTG!

This deck is really sweet. It's got a straightforward plan but one that's hard to stop. Drowned Secrets and Psychic Corrosion can empty an opponent's library very quickly, and Patient Rebuilding is the perfect top-end finisher. Along with a bunch of ways to survive and draw plenty of cards, this deck attacks the metagame from a unique and powerful angle.

Please, do let me know what you think about this video in the Youtube comments or at my Twitter (@Chosler88). What do you think about the presentation and the concept! I want to provide compelling and novel Arena content as awesome as possible, and your feedback will help me do that as best as possible.

Thanks for reading,

Corbin Hosler