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MTGA Assistant is a game extension for Magic: The Gathering Arena built on the Overwolf software platform. The software has several functions built in to enhance the player's gaming experience and offers in-game functionality like deck and collection tracking, a draft helper, metagame advisor, and also social features like its own ranking ladder and community teams. The Extension runs as an overlay inside of the MTG Arena game and also as a standalone desktop app.

History

The extension was built by André Liverød and Magnus Gustavsen, the creators and owners of AetherHub.com and is a closed source software. The AetherHub website supplies metagame and statistics to the app which in turn reports in decks and metagame back to the webserver. The initial work started in November 2019 and the official release happened 16th January. MTGA Assistant was coded in Javascript and C# with the use of Vue.js framework. The extension does not require any user registration or account to be used.

Deck Tracker

MTGA Assistant has the ability to track your deck during gameplay by giving you an overview of all cards in your library, and the chance to draw them. This is vital information for players as it is hard to assess this manually during gameplay. In addition, all matches played in Ladder, Event, and Play modes are logged and displayed in a deck statistics window where users can see their win-loss rate in each of the modes and get an overview of how their decks are performing.

Collection

The app has a collection tracker, it reads all your collected cards and groups them by values like color, rarity, lands, and sets and displays them as percentage progress in an overview. The hidden vault progress is also shown to users by displaying it in their collection overview.

Metagame

Users are presented with high performing decks in a metagame summary with data collected from AetherHub. By looking at the player's card collection the app informs them of how many wildcards they need to build each of the meta decks. There is also a tool for comparing any decklist and compare it to the user’s current decklist.

Drafts

The extension currently supports the Quick draft mode in MTG Arena, it displays the draft ratings and comments from pro player Luis Scott-Vargas which he publishes on ChannelFireball. While drafting against bots, users will get a small overlay with all the cards in the draft ranked by their rating. The draft helper also looks at your collection while drafting and tells you which cards you do not own a playset of. Currently, MTG Arena does not produce log output in Premium or Traditional Drafts.

All drafts are logged and stored locally so users can browse their draft history and picks by opening the draft logs within the extension.

Ranking Ladder and Teams

The extension has its own ranking ladder, consisting of users that have synced their AetherHub account. When synced the extension will send the users data over to the website which ranks them with the other users. In addition they can create their own teams that will receive their own ranking ladders.

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