Jump In!

Jump In! is a game mode of MTG Arena allowing to play fast games against other players with quickly constituted decks. These decks are composed of 2 packets of 20 cards chosen from a list of several pre-defined packets, each based on a given theme and containing only cards of the current standard format.

Jump In! main screen

When you start a game of Jump In!, the game will offer you to choose between 3 packets. These packets are chosen randomly by the game. You must then choose one of these packets, which will be the first half of your deck. The game will then offer you to choose a packet from among 3 other packets. This second packet will complete your deck with 20 additional cards. 24 spells and 16 lands in total, your deck is ready!

All the cards in your deck will be added to your collection!
The first packet selection...
... and the second.

You can then start a game against another player who has made up his deck in the same way. Only your first victory will give you a reward card (an uncommon card, with a low chance of being rare or mythical). But you can play as many games as you want with this deck.

Given the cost of participating in a game of Jump In! and the number of cards added to your collection, this game mode is particularly suitable for beginners or players who have not completed their collection. With this game mode, for the same price as a booster, you will win:

  • 2 rares / mythics
  • 8 to 10 uncommon cards
  • 12 to 14 common cards

So 24 cartes. As a reminder, a booster pack usually only contains 1 rare/mythic, 2 uncommon cards, and 5 common cards. In addition, you can orient the choice of packet in order to recover certain cards, while the cards of a booster are totally random. It is therefore a good way to quickly build up a base of standard format cards which can then be used to move towards one or more decks.

Complete packets list

Here you can find the complete packets list with colors and theme.


And MTGABuddy in all this?

The Jump In! tool on MTGABuddy is particularly useful because it allows you to consult all the possible packets and easily identify the cards you already have. It therefore allows you to target which packets are the most interesting to choose if you are looking for a particular card or archetype, or simply to complete your collection.

Using the search bar, you can select the packets to display. Each packet is presented in the form of a table displaying the different possible "drops", a line representing a drop. If several cards are on the same line, the drop may concern one of these cards, each with its appearance percentage.

Detailed view of Arcanist packet

In the previous example, we can see that the Haughty Djinn has a 100% chance of being in the Arcanist packet. However, Frostfist Strider only has a 50% chance of being in the packet because it can be replaced with a Whispering Wizard. There can be up to 3 cards competing for a given drop.

The number of cards you have is indicated by the blue progress bar on each card shown. A small light blue bar means you own one copy, while a dark blue bar means you own 4 copies. In the previous example, we can see that you have 4 copies of Haughty Djinn, but no Frostfist Strider.

By default, MTGABuddy displays the amount of cards you own without taking expansions into account. For example, if a packet may contain a Shambling Ghast of Alchemy Horizons: Baldur's Gate expansion and you have 2 copies of this card, but you also have 1 copy of the Adventures in the Forgotten Realms expansion, MTGABuddy will show you that you have 3 copies. However, you can deactivate this option by checking the box Only cards from the concerned expansion in the search bar. MTGABuddy will then display that you have 2 copies of this card.

At the top of each packet, the 👍 and 👎 icons allow you to specify whether or not you are interested in the packet. This choice remains personal and is not shared between users of the site. It makes it easier to view the packets that interest you among all the packets displayed.

If you hover over Next Packs at the top-right corner of a packet, the site will show you the packets that can be offered if the pack is selected first when playing Jump In!.

Paquets suivants
Possible packets after Arcanist packet

As can be seen in the previous example, selecting the Arcanist packet first can offer a lot of packets in the second choice. MTGABuddy allows you to see more clearly by highlighting the packets that you have mentioned as "Interesting 👍", and by graying out those that you have mentioned as "Not interesting 👎".

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we leave a "Jump In!" session as long as we have not chosen the 1st or the 2nd packet?

Yes, it is possible to exit play mode on the first or second packet selection screen without losing the 1000 gp. When you return to your session, the game will return to where you left off.

Do cards collected in more than 4 copies raise the vault?

Yes, in the same way as those collected in boosters.

Does the choice of the second packet depend on the first packet chosen?

Yes, the 3 choices for the second packet are determined according to the following rules:

  • If the first packet is single-colored, the second packet may be single-colored of any color, or multi-colored, one of the colors of which is that of the first packet (i.e. approximately 55 possible packets).
  • If the first packet is multicolored, the second packet may be monocolored with one of the colors of the first packet, or multicolored with the same colors as the first packet (i.e. approximately 20 possible choices).

It is therefore possible to orient the choice of the second packet by selecting the first packet judiciously, in particular if the first packet is multicolored, since this will reduce the number of choices for the second packet.

When will there be new packets?

With each new "major" expansion, 10 new packets are added, completing the already existing base of packets by integrating the new cards and mechanics available. Since this game mode is centered on the standard format, the rotation generates a reset of the packets offered.