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Jumpstart Event Guide – Themes, Odds and More

We already mentioned how Jumpstart boosters work in paper, but today we’re going to talk about Jumpstart event on Arena. You’ll also find which themes you want to pick depending on what cards you want. (Exact odds included).

Anyways, let’s dive right in and find out how you can get sweet new cards!

Jumpstart Announcment

Jumpstart Arena Event was announced on July 14th in the following video.

Jumpstart Arena Event

The event will be available from July 16th to August 16th. You pick two themes – or the same theme twice. Each theme contains 20 cards. The two themes combined become your deck. You play as many matches against other players, as you want.

Entry fee: 2,000 Gold or 400 Gems

Jumpstart Arena Event Info

So what about rewards? For first two wins, you’ll get a random Jumpstart rare card. But the main prize is definitely getting to keep all the cards you opened, as they are all legal in Historic. Some of them are also legal in Standard, for example the five M21 planeswalkers (with exception of Ugin).

Besides that, you’ll also get a special basic land art with each pack – so two per event, if you pick two different themes. You can find all Jumpstart basic lands here.

Which Jumpstart Theme to Pick?

You’ll have to make two picks between three themes, each time you enter the event. So which theme would be the best one? Well, you can take a look at all Jumpstart decklists here, but these don’t take into account some of the replacements that had to be made from paper to Arena.

That’s why we made the following table, which can help you decide which one to get. You’ll find all available themes, along with the following information:

  • First rare – list of cards you can get in the first rare slot (+odds)
  • Second rare – list of cards you can get in the second rare slot (+odds)
  • Mythic chance – chances of getting a mythic rare in the pack
  • Grade – how good do we think the pack is for your collection

Grades

While the odds are set in stone, our grades aren’t. These don’t mean how well they’ll do in the event – they are probably pretty balanced against each other. Instead, we made them with Historic and/or Standard playability in mind and considering that you might already have some of them.

However, if you like the Cat Forest as we do, then Cat Theme is the best for you, although we gave it a D grade. Also if you need a Garruk, Unleashed for your deck, than Garruk theme is a straight up A.

We were somewhat conservative with our grading and only Elves theme got a straight A. So keep all that in mind when you’re deciding which packs to pick.

ThemeFirst rareSecond rareMythic ChanceGrade
Above the Clouds50% Inniaz, the Gale Force
25% Windreader Sphinx
25% Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
25% Serendib Efreet
75% no second rare
0%C
Angels50% Baneslayer Angel
50% Linvala, Keeper of Silence
50% Serra's Guardian
50% no second rare
100%B
Archaeology50% Scholar of the Lost Trove
25% Sharding Sphinx
25% Scarecrone
25% Vedalken Archmage
75% no second rare
0%D
Basri100% Basri Ket100% Basri's Lieutenant100%B
Cats100% Feline Sovereign50% Lurking Predators
50% no second rare
0%D
Chandra100% Chandra, Heart of Fire100% Chandra's Incinerator100%B
Devilish50% Zurzoth, Chaos Rider
25% Brash Taunter
25% Hellrider
25% Sin Prodder
75% no second rare
0%C
Dinosaurs50% Ghalta, Primal Hunger
25% Selvala, Heart of the Wilds
25% Rampaging Brontodon
25% Primal Might
75% no second rare
25%C
Discarding50% Tinybones, Trinket Thief
50% Liliana's Reaver
50% Nyxathid
50% no second rare
50%B
Doctor50% Speaker of the Heavens
25% Rhox Faithmender
25% Cradle of Vitality
25% Path of Bravery
75% no second rare
0%D
Dogs100% Pack Leader50% Isamaru, Hound of Konda
50% no second rare
0%D
Dragons50% Terror of the Peaks
50% Lathliss, Dragon Queen
50% Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge
50% no second rare
50%C
Elves50% Allosaurus Shepherd
50% Craterhoof Behemoth
50% Elvish Archdruid
50% no second rare
100%A
Enchanted50% Celestial Mantle
50% Kor Spiritdancer
50% Archon of Sun's Grace
50% no second rare
0%C
Feathered Friends50% Steel-Plume Marshal
25% Angel of the Dire Hour
25% Archon of Justice
25% Archon of Redemption
75% no second rare
0%D
Garruk100% Garruk, Unleashed100% Garruk's Harbinger100%B
Goblins50% Muxus, Goblin Grandee
25% Goblin Goon
25% Krenko, Mob Boss
25% Goblin Chieftain
75% no second rare
0%C
Heavily Armored50% Cathars' Crusade
25% Mikaeus, the Lunarch
25% High Sentinels of Arashin
25% Duelist's Heritage
75% no second rare
25%D
Lands50% Ulvenwald Hydra
50% Oracle of Mul Daya
100% no second rare50%B
Legion50% Glorious Anthem
25% Blessed Sanctuary
25% Lena, Selfless Champion
25% Mentor of the Meek
75% no second rare
0%D
Lightning50% Lightning Phoenix
50% Lightning Serpent
100% no second rare0%D
Liliana100% Liliana, Waker of the Dead100% Liliana's Standard Bearer100%B
Mill100% Bruvac the Grandiloquent100% no second rare100%B
Minions50% Kels, Fight Fixer
25% Phyrexian Tower
25% Ghoulcaller Gisa
100% no second rare25%B
Minotaurs100% Sethron, Hurloon General50% Rageblood Shaman
50% no second rare
0%D
Phyrexian100% Carnifex Demon100% no second rare0%D
Pirates100% Corsair Captain100% no second rare0%D
Plus One50% Branching Evolution
25% Rishkar, Peema Renegade
25% Primeval Bounty
25% Champion of Lambholt
75% no second rare
25%B
Predatory50% Neyith of the Dire Hunt
25% Thragtusk
25% Ravenous Baloth
100% no second rare0%C
Rainbow100% Maelstrom Archangel100% Chamber Sentry50%C
Reanimated50% Doomed Necromancer
25% Gravewaker
25% Rise of the Dark Realms
25% Woe Strider
75% no second rare
25%C
Rogues100% Thieves' Guild Enforcer50% Gonti, Lord of Luxury
50% no second rare
0%D
Seismic100% Grim Lavamancer100% Magmaquake0%D
Smashing50% Volcanic Salvo
25% Hamletback Goliath
25% Etali, Primal Storm
25% Sarkhan's Unsealing
75% no second rare
0%D
Spellcasting50% Double Vision
25% Charmbreaker Devils
25% Immolating Gyre
25% Dualcaster Mage
75% no second rare
25%C
Spirits100% Shacklegeist50% Rattlechains
50% no second rare
0%D
Spooky25% Liliana's Standard Bearer
25% Harvester of Souls
25% Ogre Slumlord
25% Black Market
25% Languish
75% no second rare
0%C
Teferi100% Teferi, Master of TIme100% Teferi's Ageless Insight100%B
Tree-Hugging50% Primordial Sage
25% Jolrael, Mwonvuli Recluse
25% Soul of the Harvest
25% Verdant Embrace
75% no second rare
0%D
Under the Sea100% Pursued Whale50% Whelming Wave
50% no second rare
0%D
Unicorns100% Emiel the Blessed100% Blessed Sanctuary100%B
Vampires50% Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose
25% Exquisite Blood
25% Drana, Liberator of Malakir
25% Sangromancer
75% no second rare
25%B
Walls100% Towering Titan100% Assault Formation100%C
Well-Read50% Ormos, Archive Keeper
25% Teferi's Ageless Insight
25% Gadwick, the Wizened
25% Mystic Archaeologist
75% no second rare
0%D
Witchcraft100% Witch of the Moors100% Bogbrew Witch0%D
Wizards50% Talrand, Sky Summoner
25% Riptide Laboratory
25% Barrin, Tolarian Archmage
100% no second rare0%D

When Does Jumpstart Release on Arena?

We should probably also mention Jumpstart release time on Arena. As you can find on MTG Arena Status Page, the maintenance begins at 8:00 PT (15:00 UTC) and is expected to last 3 hours. So you’ll probably be able to play Jumpstart at 11:00 PT (18:00 UTC).

The maintenance was over ahead of schedule, and the event is live. If the event doesn’t appear in your client, try restarting Arena.

Conclusion

Jumpstart looks like a very fun set to play. It’s especially great, if you want to play Historic. If you have any additional question or suggestions, let us know in the comments below. You can also contact us on our Facebook or Instagram page.

If you want to play Jumpstart in paper, you can check its price on Amazon. You can also find the best Jumpstart cards for Commander here.

Anyways, that’s all for today. Have a blast playing Jumpstart and may you get your desired theme in your first try!

10 thoughts on “Jumpstart Event Guide – Themes, Odds and More”

  1. Solid guide, but it’s not a 100% If understand it correctly. For instance in ‘Well-Read’ I got a Gadwick and a Mystic Archaeologist despite saying there is no second rare.

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  2. I have a question do you know what happens with extra copies of cards you already have? Are they added to vault? What in case of rares and mythic rares.

    Reply
    • Commons and uncommons get added to the Vault. If you get rares and mythic rares, you’ll get gems (20 for rares, 40 for mythics) if you have 4 copies of them from Jumpstart set.

      Reply
  3. If I picked a mythic planeswalker pack once, will I have the opportunity to pick other mythic planeswalker pack in futur opening?

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    • So you bought the packs in paper, right? This guide is focused on Arena packs. Some cards had to be replaced from paper to Arena. For example, Sheoldred is replaced with Carnifex Demon on Arena.

      Reply

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