How to use Direct Challenge in Magic: The Gathering Arena

Test out your decks by challenging your friends directly in Magic: The Gathering Arena.

Following an exciting new update to the game, players have been asking how to use Direct Challenge in Magic: The Gathering Arena. As one of the most asked for features, Direct Challenge allows you to battle your friends directly. This can be especially helpful, especially if you’re looking to get feedback on a new deck.

Of course, there’s no in-game chat feature as of the time of this writing, so you’ll need to find a way to message each other outside of the game. For example, you can use Discord and lament to your friend in real time about how you’ve drawn every card except for the one you actually need. Wondering how to set up a Direct Challenge? We’ve got you covered!

Below, we’ve put together a quick guide on how to use Direct Challenge in Magic: The Gathering Arena.

How to Use Direct Challenge in Magic: The Gathering Arena

The Direct Challenge icon can be found along the upper right corner of your home screen in Magic: The Gathering Arena.
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Using Direct Challenge in Magic: The Gathering Arena is relatively straightforward, though you will need to familiarize yourself with a few key things. First, look for the icon with two crossed swords in the upper right corner of your home screen. By clicking this icon, you’ll be able to set up your Direct Challenge.

To send a Direct Challenge, you’ll need to know the other person’s username and ID code. Alternatively, you can give them your information and have them send you a Direct Challenge invite. To find your ID code, click on “Profile” and to the right of your username, you’ll see an ID code number. Keep in mind that in order to successfully send a Direct Challenge, you or your friend will need to input both the username and ID code.

To find your username and ID code, or to change your Avatar, click on the "Profile" tab in Magic: The Gathering Arena.
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For example, if you wanted to send a Direct Challenge to me you’d input “POLWingedHussar#17522” in the Opponent box. After that, you can either double-click on your deck to select a new deck, or hit Play and send the Direct Challenge. Until your friend accepts the invite, you’ll be staring at a waiting screen. If they’re taking too long to respond, you can cancel your Direct Challenge and try again later.

You or your friend can also decline the Direct Challenge invite if you’re busy working on a new deck. One thing we found extremely handy is that once you send a Direct Challenge the username and ID code will be stored in the Opponent box. To find it, simply click the down arrow on the Opponent bar to open a menu and view the usernames of previous Direct Challenges.

The username and ID codes of previous Direct Challenges will be stored in the Opponent box in Magic: The Gathering Arena.
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If you’re wondering whether or not Direct Challenges count towards your Daily and Weekly Quests, the answer is they don’t. Direct Challenges also don’t count towards your Constructed Rank. So, have you tried out the Direct Challenge feature in Magic: The Gathering Arena? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below!

For more on Magic: The Gathering Arena, be sure to check out our beginner’s guide to Magic: The Gathering Arena, and our review of Magic: The Gathering Arena.

By reading through this guide, you should now know how to use Direct Challenge in Magic: The Gathering Arena.

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. When she's not gaming or caffeinating, you can reach her at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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