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Rebalanced cards are a feature of the digital Magic: The Gathering Arena game formally introduced in October, 2021.[1]

Description[]

Digital-only cards in digital-only formats like Historic give Wizards of the Coast the ability to functionally rebalance cards simply and clearly. They can simply update the text digitally, and the cards will remain accurate to their new function.[1]

Functional rebalancing is a significant change in how formats are balanced. Going forward, WotC will be managing formats on MTG Arena in two different ways. "Print" formats, like Standard, will continue to work exactly like they do in tabletop Magic. For "Live" formats, like Historic, balancing is added alongside banning and suspension as a tool to address problems and make improvements to the format.[1]

December 2021 introduced Alchemy, a digital variation of Standard that started balance patching of powerful cards.[2]

History[]

Rebalanced cards were introduced on a temporary basis in Mirror, Mirror, a short MTG Arena event on July 3-6, 2021, featuring some of Historic's iconic banned cards.[3][4]

A more serious and permanent version was during the October 2021 Ban and Restricted List Update, when five designed-for-digital cards from Jumpstart: Historic Horizons were updated.[1] The most critical change was shutting the loop created by Vesperlark and perpetual toughness shrinkers; other assorted positive effects were also added.

Some more Standard-focused cards were changed in December 2021 with the announcement of Alchemy.[5] Later updates followed on a regular basis.

List of Rebalanced cards[]

Card Date of change Original Changed to Changed form Reason
Davriel's Withering 2021-10-13 Target creature perpetually gets -1/-2. Target creature an opponent controls perpetually gets -1/-2. Davriel's Withering To prevent an undesirable combo with Vesperlark that can result in a drawn game.
Davriel, Soul Broker 2021-10-13 -3: Target creature perpetually gets -3/-3. -3: Target creature an opponent controls perpetually gets -3/-3. Davriel, Soul Broker To prevent an undesirable combo with Vesperlark that can result in a drawn game.
Faceless Agent 2021-10-13 Power/Toughness: 2/1 Power/Toughness: 2/2 Faceless Agent Generic improvement
Sarkhan, Wanderer to Shiv 2021-10-13 0: Conjure a Shivan Dragon card into your hand. +1: Conjure a Shivan Dragon card into your hand. Sarkhan, Wanderer to Shiv Eases balancing loyalty
Subversive Acolyte 2021-10-13 Mana cost {B}{B}
Power/Toughness: 2/2
[...] becomes a Human Cleric. It gets +1/+2 [...]
[...]becomes a Phyrexian. It gets +3/+3 [...]
Mana cost {1}{B}
Power/Toughness: 2/3
[...] becomes a Human Cleric. It gets +1/+1 [...]
[...]becomes a Phyrexian. It gets +3/+2 [...]
Subversive Acolyte Distinguishing from Gifted Aetherborn as a defensive play
Alrund's Epiphany 2021-12-09 [5] Creates Bird tokens
Fortell {4}{U}{U}
Only creates Bird tokens if foretold
Foretell {5}{U}{U}
A-Alrund's Epiphany Make Alrund's Epiphany less effective at winning games from an empty board
Esika's Chariot 2021-12-09 Creates two cat tokens
Crew 4
Creates one cat token
Crew 2
A-Esika's Chariot Make Esika's Chariot easier to interact with using removal spells
Faceless Haven 2021-12-09 Power/toughness: 4/3 Power/toughness: 3/3 A-Faceless Haven Make it easier for others to stabilize against aggressive monocolor decks
Goldspan Dragon 2021-12-09 When attacks or becomes target of a spell, create a Treasure token When attacks, create a Treasure token A-Goldspan Dragon Make Goldspan Dragon easier to interact with using removal spells
Luminarch Aspirant 2021-12-09 At the beginning of combat on your turn, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control At the beginning of your end step, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control A-Luminarch Aspirant Tone down Luminarch Aspirant's aggressive impact
Omnath, Locus of Creation 2021-12-09 Mana cost: {R}{G}{W}{U}, draw a card when enters the battlefield Mana cost: {1}{R}{G}{W}{U}, scry 1 when enters the battlefield A-Omnath, Locus of Creation Lower the refund ability of Omnath
Cosmos Elixir 2021-12-09 Otherwise, gain 2 life. Otherwise, gain 2 life and scry 1. A-Cosmos Elixir Improve the floor for a four-mana card in situations where the 2 life per turn is not meaningful.
Demilich 2021-12-09 Power/toughness: 4/3 Power/toughness: 4/4 A-Demilich Make more resistant to removal
Druid Class 2021-12-09 Level 3 cost: {4}{G} Level 3 cost: {2}{G} A-Druid Class Make more well-rounded and promote the gameplay of leveling up your class as the game progresses.
Wizard Class 2021-12-09 Level 3 cost: {4}{U} Level 3 cost: {2}{U} A-Wizard Class Make more well-rounded and promote the gameplay of leveling up your class as the game progresses.
Phylath, World Sculptor 2021-12-09 Landfall - Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, put four +1/+1 counters on target Plant you control. Has Trample
Landfall - Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, put four +1/+1 counters on target Plant you control. It gains trample until end of turn
A-Phylath, World Sculptor Distinguish from Tovolar's Huntmaster as a top-end
Acererak, the Archlich 2022-01-27 [6] Whenever Acererak the Archlich attacks, for each opponent, you create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token unless that player sacrifices a creature. Whenever Acererak the Archlich attacks, create a number of 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens equal to the number of opponents you have. A-Acererak, the Archlich Removes sacrifice option
Assemble from Parts 2022-01-27 {3}{B}, Exile this card from your graveyard: Shuffle it into your library. Create a token that’s a copy of it, except it’s a 4/4 black Zombie in addition to its other types. Activate only as a sorcery. {1}{B}{B}, Exile this card from your graveyard: Shuffle it into your library. Create a token that’s a copy of it, except it’s a 4/4 black Zombie in addition to its other types. Activate only as a sorcery. Assemble from Parts Increase potential for turn 4 reanimate; densifies black mana in exchange
Bloodrage Alpha 2022-01-27 4/3 4/4 Bloodrage Alpha Increase resilience as a four-mana card
Cloister Gargoyle 2022-01-27 {2}{W}, 0/4 {1}{W}, 0/3 A-Cloister Gargoyle Upgrade to Venture in general
Dungeon Descent 2022-01-27 Enters the battlefield tapped. {4}, {T}, Tap an untapped legendary creature you control: Venture into the dungeon. Activate only as a sorcery. Enters the battlefield untapped. {1}, {T}, Tap an untapped legendary creature you control: Venture into the dungeon. Activate only as a sorcery. A-Dungeon Descent Upgrade to Venture in general
Ellywick Tumblestrum 2022-01-27 −7: You get an emblem with “Creatures you control have trample and haste and get +2/+2 for each differently named dungeon you’ve completed.” −6: You get an emblem with “Creatures you control have trample and haste and get +2/+2 for each differently named dungeon you’ve completed.” A-Ellywick Tumblestrum Upgrade to Venture in general
Fates Reversal 2022-01-27 {1}{B} {B} A-Fates Reversal Upgrade to Venture in general
Find the Path 2022-01-27 Enchanted land has "{T}: Add {G}{G}" Enchanted land has "{T}: Add two mana of any one color" A-Find the Path Upgrade to Venture in general
Puppet Raiser 2022-01-27 3/3 3/4 Puppet Raiser Increase resilience as a four-mana card
Precipitous Drop 2022-01-27 {2}{B} {1}{B} A-Precipitous Drop Upgrade to Venture in general
Triumphant Adventurer 2022-01-27 1/1 2/1 A-Triumphant Adventurer Upgrade to Venture in general
Divide By Zero 2022-01-27 Learn If its mana value was 4 or less, learn A-Divide By Zero Encourages expensive spells
Fearsome Whelp 2022-01-27 Flying
At the beginning of your end step, each Dragon card in your hand perpetually gains “This spell costs {1} less to cast.”
Flying, haste
At the beginning of your upkeep, each Dragon card in your hand perpetually gains “This spell costs {1} less to cast.”
Fearsome Whelp Gives a longer window to prevent the discount - gains haste in exchange
Hullbreaker Horror 2022-01-27 This spell can't be countered Can be countered A-Hullbreaker Horror Made easier to interact with in both control mirrors and other blue decks.
Inquisitor Captain 2022-01-27 When Inquisitor Captain enters the battlefield, if there are twenty or more creature cards... When Inquisitor Captain enters the battlefield, if you cast it and if there are twenty or more creature cards... Inquisitor Captain Removing blink and cloning chains
Lier, Disciple of the Drowned 2022-01-27 Each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard has flashback. As long as it is your turn, each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard has flashback. A-Lier, Disciple of the Drowned Gives more shields-down moments when in conjunction with bounce spells
Sanguine Brushstroke 2022-01-27 Whenever you sacrifice a Blood token, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life. Whenever you sacrifice a Blood token, each opponent loses 1 life. Sanguine Brushstroke Weakens impact against aggressive strategies.
Town-Razer Tyrant 2022-01-27 When Town-razer Tyrant enters the battlefield, target land you don’t control... When Town-razer Tyrant enters the battlefield, target nonbasic land you don’t control... Town-Razer Tyrant Lowers impacts against one and two-color decks
Teferi, Time Raveler 2022-01-27 {1}{W}{U}; 4 starting Loyalty; "Each opponent can cast spells only any time they could cast a sorcery." {2}{W}{U}; 5 starting Loyalty; "Your opponents can't cast spells during your turn." A-Teferi, Time Raveler Moving Teferi, Time Raveler away from a generically strong card to a specialized anti-control tool.
Cobbled Lancer 2022-02-24[7] {3}{U}, Exile ~ from your graveyard: Draw a card {1}{U}, Exile ~ from your graveyard: Draw a card A-Cobbled Lancer Increases secondary usage of graveyard value
Death-Priest of Myrkul 2022-02-24 2/2, "...if a creature died this turn, you may pay {1}. If you do, create..." 3/3 "...if a creature died this turn, create..." A-Death-Priest of Myrkul Playing better on turn four as well as against 2-damage board sweepers
Falcon Abomination 2022-02-24 Flying Flash, Flying A-Falcon Abomination Another threat to play at instant to complement Overcharged Amalgam.
Hobbling Zombie 2022-02-24 {2}{B} {1}{B} A-Hobbling Zombie Another cheap decayed zombie producer
Narfi, Betrayer King 2022-02-24 {3}{U}{B} {2}{U}{B} A-Narfi, Betrayer King Makes casting more appealing, given that reanimation was the main route.
Sepulcher Ghoul 2022-02-24 2/1 2/2 A-Sepulcher Ghoul Less punished by 1/x and 3/xs.
Skull Skaab 2022-02-24 "Whenever a creature you control exploits a nontoken creature, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token." "Whenever a creature you control exploits a creature, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token." A-Skull Skaab Removes a Limited-focused balancing clause.
Stitched Assistant 2022-02-24 {2}{U}, 3/2 "...scry 1, then draw a card" {1}{U}, 2/1 "...scry 2, then draw a card" A-Stitched Assistant Avoids Fell Stinger comparisons
Alrund, God of the Cosmos//Hakka, Whispering Raven 2022-02-24 "At the beginning of your end step, choose a card type, then reveal the top two cards of your library..." // 2/3 "At the beginning of your end step, choose a card type, then reveal the top three cards of your library..." // 3/3 A-Alrund, God of the Cosmos//A-Hakka, Whispering Raven General boost as a two-point curve piece.
Cosmos Charger 2022-02-24 {3}{U}, Foretell {2}{U}, 3/3 {2}{U}, Foretell {U}, 3/2 A-Cosmos Charger Incentivizes the Foretell deck, also a new Flash threat.
Vega, the Watcher 2022-02-24 Ward 2 A-Vega, the Watcher Lowers fragility.
Fires of Invention 2022-02-24 {3}{R} {4}{R} (different to prior rebalancing cost) A-Fires of Invention Slows by a turn.
Gitrog, Horror of Zhava 2022-02-24 "...any player may sacrifice a creature. If they do..." "...any player may sacrifice a nontoken creature. If they do..." Gitrog, Horror of Zhava More difficult to prevent entering combat.
Tibalt, Wicked Tormentor 2022-02-24 +1: Tibalt, Wicked Tormentor deals 3 damage...deal 3 damage to them... +1: Tibalt, Wicked Tormentor deals 4 damage...deal 4 damage to them... Tibalt, Wicked Tormentor Increases pressure from nonaggressive builds with Tibalt
Tireless Angler 2022-02-24 Whenever an Island enters the battlefield under your control, draft a card from Tireless Angler's spellbook. Whenever an Island or Swamp enters the battlefield under your control, draft a card from Tireless Angler's spellbook. Tireless Angler Expands to usage to black decks.t
Sinister Reflections 2022-02-24 {U}{U} {1}{U} Sinister Reflections Expands usage to nonblue decks
Town-Razer Tyrant 2022-02-24 "...gains "At the beginning of your upkeep, this permanent deals 2 damage to you unless you sacrifice it"." "...gains "At the beginning of your end step, this permanent deals 2 damage to you unless you sacrifice it"." Town-Razer Tyrant Lets sorcery-speed based decks draw a card and use the land before deciding.
Arms Scavenger 2022-04-07[8] Gains "Equip abilities you activate cost 1 less to activate." Arms Scavenger Make spellbook cards more appealing
Armory Veteran 2022-04-07 Gains Ward - Pay 2 life A-Armory Veteran Mitigate inherent risk
Dwarfhold Champion 2022-04-07 Gains Ward {1} A-Dwarfhold Champion Mitigate inherent risk
Bruenor Battlehammer 2022-04-07 5/3; You may pay {0} rather than pay the equip cost of the first equip ability you activate each turn. 5/4; {0}: Attach target Equipment you control to target creature you control. Activate only as a sorcery and only once each turn. A-Bruenor Battlehammer Work with Reconfigure
Expedition Supplier 2022-04-07 "When Expedition Supplier or another Human..." "When Expedition Supplier or another Human or Warrior..." Expedition Supplier Work with non-Human Warriors
Goma Fada Vanguard 2022-04-07 "...less than or equal to the number of Warriors you control can't block this turn" "...less than or equal to the number of Equipment and Warriors you control can't block this turn." A-Goma Fada Vanguard Work with Equipment late-game
Kargan Intimidator 2022-04-07 {1}: Choose one that hasn't been chosen this turn:
Target Warrior gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
Target Warrior gets trample until end of turn
Target creature becomes a Coward until end of turn
{1}: Choose one that hasn't been chosen this turn:
Target Warrior gets +1/+1 and trample until end of turn
Target creature becomes a Coward until end of turn
A-Kargan Intimidator Improve general mana efficiency
Kargan Warleader 2022-04-07 Other Warriors you control get +1/+1 Ward {1}. Other Warriors you control get +1/+1 and Ward {1} A-Kargan Warleader Improve equipment side of the deck
Nahiri, Heir of the Anchients 2022-04-07 -2: Look at the top six cards of your library. You may reveal a Warrior or Equipment card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.


-3: Nahiri, Heir of the Ancients deals damage to target creature or planeswalker equal to twice the number of Equipment you control.

-2: Look at the top six cards of your library. You may reveal a Warrior and Equipment card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.


-3: Nahiri, Heir of the Ancients deals damage to target creature or planeswalker equal to twice the number of Warriors and Equipment you control.

A-Nahiri, Heir of the Anchients Partially offsets deckbuilding cost by working with the Equipment-synergising creatures.
Plate Armor 2022-04-07 {2}{W} {1}{W} A-Plate Armor Improve equipment side of the Warrior-Equipment deck
Tyvar Kell 2022-04-07 3 starting loyalty

+1: Put a +1/+1 counter on up to one target Elf. Untap it. It gains deathtouch until end of turn.
-6: You get an emblem with “Whenever you cast an Elf spell, it gains haste until end of turn and you draw two cards.”

4 starting loyalty

+1: Put a +1/+1 counter on up to two target Elves. Untap it. It gains deathtouch until end of turn.
-7: You get an emblem with "Whenever you cast an Elf spell, it gains haste until end of turn and you draw two cards."

A-Tyvar Kell Makes the +1 more appealing compared to the 0; made more resilient, ultimate range retained
Harald Unites the Elves 2022-04-07 1: Mill three... 1: Mill five... A-Harald Unites the Elves Increases floor due to difficulty in maximizing the Saga's power
Elderfang Ritualist 2022-04-07 {2}{B}; When Elderfang Ritualist dies, return another target Elf card from your graveyard to your hand. {1}{B}; When Elderfang Ritualist dies, you may exile it. If you do, return another target Elf or Tyvar card from your graveyard to your hand. A-Elderfang Ritualist Line up with other Kaldheim Elf cards, increase rate to competitive levels
Skemfar Avenger 2022-04-07 Whenever another non-token Elf or Berserker you control dies, you draw a card and you lose 1 life. Whenever another Elf or Berserker you control dies, you draw a card and you lose 1 life. A-Skemfar Avenger Work with token Elf cards
Canopy Tactician 2022-04-07 3/3 3/4 A-Canopy Tactician More resiliency to damage sweepers
Harald, King of Skemfar 2022-04-07 When Harald, King of Skemfar enters the battlefield, look at the top five cards of your library. You may reveal an Elf, Warrior, or Tyvar card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order When Harald, King of Skemfar enters the battlefield, look at the top seven cards of your library. You may reveal an Elf, Warrior, or Tyvar card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order A-Harald, King of Skemfar Lowers tribal density required to use in an Elf deck
Return Upon the Tide 2022-04-07 Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. If it's an Elf, create two 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature tokens. Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. If it's an Elf, create three 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature tokens. A-Return Upon the Tide Incentivize reanimating Elves as opposed to others
Thornmantle Striker 2022-04-07 {4}{B} {3}{B} A-Thornmantle Striker Increase rate as high-end creature
Elderleaf Mentor 2022-04-07 {3}{G}; 3/2 {2}{G}; 2/2 A-Elderleaf Mentor Efficient way to produce two Elves
Elven Bow 2022-04-07 When Elven Bow enters the battlefield, you may pay {2}. If you do, create a 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature token, then attach Elven Bow to it. When Elven Bow enters the battlefield, you may pay {1}. If you do, create a 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature token, then attach Elven Bow to it. A-Elven Bow Creates a good rate defensive two-drop
Skemfar Elderhall 2022-04-07 {2}{B}{B}{G}: Sacrifice Skemfar Elderhall: Up to one target creature you don't control gets -2/-2 until end of turn. Create two 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature tokens. Activate only as a sorcery. {1}{B}{B}{G}: Sacrifice Skemfar Elderhall: Up to one target creature you don't control gets -2/-2 until end of turn. Create two 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature tokens. Activate only as a sorcery. A-Skemfar Elderhall More competitive utility land option
Shessra, Death's Whisper 2022-04-07 {2}{B}{G}; 1/3 {1}{B}{G}; 1/4 A-Shessra, Death's Whisper Increase in rate,
Symmetry Sage 2022-04-07 0/2; When you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, target creature gets base power 2 until end of turn. 0/3; When you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell, target creature gets base power 3 until end of turn. A-Symmetry Sage Increases rate for blue tempo-aggressive decks
Spell Satchel 2022-04-07 Pay {3}, {T}: Remove three counters from Spell Satchel: Draw a card. Pay {2}, {T}: Remove two counters from Spell Satchel: Draw a card. A-Spell Satchel Easier to use and better scaling
Base Camp 2022-04-07 Enters the battlefield tapped Enters the battlefield untapped A-Base Camp Better support to Party decks
Blood Artist 2022-04-07 ...target player loses 1 life... ...target opponent loses 1 life... A-Blood Artist Quality-of-life improvement
Citystalker Connoisseur 2022-05-05[9] ...target opponent discards a card... ...target opponent discards a nonland card... A-Citystalker Connoisseur Protect lands in hand and increase counterplay
Painful Bond 2022-05-05 ...with mana value 3 or greater... ...with mana value 3 or less A-Painful Bond Balance deck construction
A-Omnath, Locus of Creation 2022-05-05 When Omnath, Locus of Creation enters the battlefield, scry 1 When Omnath, Locus of Creation enters the battlefield, draw a card. A-Omnath, Locus of Creation Revert back to original ability
Settle the Wilds 2022-05-05 {1}{G}{G} {2}{G} A-Settle the Wilds Making easier to cast, hoping for more deck appearances
Semblance Scanner 2022-05-05 3/1 3/2 A-Semblance Scanner
Captain Eberhart 2022-05-05 1/1 1/2 Captain Eberhart
Veteran Ghoulcaller 2022-05-05 2/1 2/2 Veteran Ghoulcaller
Artillery Enthusiast 2022-05-05 1/1 1/2 Artillery Enthusiast
Garruk, Wrath of the Wilds 2022-05-05 Starts with three loyalty, has a -5 ability Starts with four loyalty, has a -6 ability Garruk, Wrath of the Wilds
Geist of Regret 2022-05-05 4/5 5/5 Geist of Regret
Experimental Pilot 2022-05-05 1/1 1/2 Experimental Pilot
Tireless Angler 2022-05-05 1/4 2/4 Tireless Angler
Swarm Saboteur 2022-05-05 2/1 2/2 Swarm Saboteur
Monster Manual (CLB) 2022-07-07 {1}{G}, {T}: You may put a creature card from your hand onto the battlefield. {1}{G}, {T}: You may put a creature card from your hand onto the battlefield. Activate only as a sorcery. A-Monster Manual
Earthquake Dragon (AFR) 2022-07-07 ...total mana value of Dragons you control ...total mana value of Dragons you control not named Earthquake Dragon A-Earthquake Dragon
Baba Lysaga, Night Witch (CLB) 2022-07-07 {1}{B}{G}, 3/3 {2}{B}{G}, 4/4 A-Baba Lysaga, Night Witch
Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes (CLB) 2022-07-07 {2}{R}{G}; Enters and upkeep - create Boo; can be your commander {3}{R}{G}, Enters and upkeep - create Boo if you don't control him; cannot be your commander A-Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes


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