Article updated 11/27/19 to reflect new pricing calculations and to shorten the article. All values explained in What Does Everything Cost? Real World Values Explained
Throne of Eldraine has arrived on Magic: The Gathering Arena this week. The peasants rejoice!
Today's article will be about Real World Value for the Mastery Tree. I have calculated the values for both Free to Play and Mastery Pass players.
The Throne of Eldraine (ELD) season will go a little longer than Core Set 2020 did. ELD will run for 110 days total, starting on 9/26/16 and allegedly ending on 1/14/20 (110 days from 9/26).
I will be basing the Mastery Tree totals on what I actually see in game, since Wizards of the Coast's (WotC) own press release has incorrect numbers in it.
Mastery Tree - Throne of Eldraine (Free to Play)
The new Mastery Tree is even more generous than the previos M20 tree. This is because of how weekly booster packs were removed from weekly win tracks, and instead spread out over the course of the new Mastery Tree.
With every even-numbered level, you will receive 1 Throne of Eldraine booster pack for free, up to level 92. This totals 46 free booster packs. You also receive 5 free orbs spread out over a few of the odd-numbered levels, up to level 69.
46 Booster Packs x $1.11 = $51.06
5 Orbs x $2.08 = $10.40
Throne of Eldraine Mastery Tree = $61.51 in free value
Returning Players (Free to Play)
This also part of the F2P path. You don't need to spend any money to receive these rewards.
WotC offered players that logged in prior to 9/26/19 an extra bonus that was received post patch for ELD.
In addition to the rewards above, returning players will also receive the following extra free bonuses in the Mastery Tree.
Returning Player Rewards = $6.66 in free value
Mastery Pass - Throne of Eldraine (3400 Gems)
The Mastery Pass was a big hit for M20, so it will be returning for all future sets. The rewards are quite generous, especially if you play a lot of draft and have a lot of reward gems. Even if purchased for around $20, this is still well worth the money.
The key to purchasing and using the Mastery Pass is that you need to play every day in order to advance through all of the levels to reap all of the rewards. If you don't plan to play much, you should probably skip the Mastery Pass.
The nice thing about this pass is that you can purchase it at any time, even on the last day. This is good for those that aren't sure how much they will play. They can then see how far they get before spending the money on the pass. The rewards are retro-active, so you will receive everything from the past, up to the level you are currently at at the time of purchase.
Lets see what all we got for the Throne of Eldraine Mastery Pass:
Throne of Edraine Mastery Pass = $182.40 in value
Wizards of the Coast has been very generous with it's Free to Play player base. For those that are enjoying themselves and would like to support the game, please consider purchasing the Mastery Pass, as it's an exceptionally good value if you are an active player.
I hope this article has been of some use to you. Please leave any questions or comments below.