Magic Online Battle for Zendikar Prerelease and Release Events

Posted in Magic Online on September 28, 2015

By David Whitfield

David works on the Magic community team as a content specialist. He spends his days writing about Magic Online and trying to play too many colors at once in Limited.

Battle for Zendikar Prerelease Events come to Magic Online beginning Friday, October 9!

 

Face Unnatural Disaster

Return to the wild plane of Zendikar, where the monstrous Eldrazi threaten the entire world with destruction. The plane’s inhabitants, and even the land itself, stand united to oppose them. Answer the call and join the battle for Zendikar!

Prerelease Events—Friday, October 9–Monday, October 12

Starting Friday, October 9, at 10:00 a.m. Pacific (UTC-7), players can journey to Magic Online for Battle for Zendikar events! Take a stroll through the lush landscapes of Zendikar before they're devoured by a legion of tentacled titans in a Prerelease Swiss Draft. Participation in this event is one of the paths to obtaining the Kiora, Master of the Depths Avatar that's exclusive to Prerelease Events—the other route is through Prerelease Sealed events!

Prerelease Sealed events come in Friendly Sealed and Competitive Sealed versions. Think of Friendly Sealed events as showing up to a tournament full of Allies, whereas Competitive Sealed are all Eldrazi—competition will be more fierce but the rewards will be worth it! Prepare yourself—we're doing Sealed Events a little different than we have the past few sets.

We're simplifying event entry for Battle for Zendikar Prerelease Sealed events. The first difference is that there won't be any entry objects required to enter into a Magic Online Prerelease—just show up at the Limited Queues and enter from there with either Event Tickets or Play Points. Second, upon entering a Prerelease Event, players will receive six Battle for Zendikar booster packs and one Battle for Zendikar Prerelease premium rare or mythic, instead of the seeded boosters that we've offered in the past.

Get your fill of Prerelease events and Bonus Packs while you can, because they won't be available any longer once Battle for Zendikar Release events begin on Monday, October 12 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific (UTC -7).

Release Events—Monday, October 12–Wednesday, October 28

Release Events begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific (UTC-7) on Monday, October 12 and run through the Wednesday, October 28, downtime.

For Draft fans, there's the Pack-per-Win Swiss Draft, the Fast-Build 8-4 Single Elimination Draft, and the 4-3-2-2 Single Elimination Draft—all available in the Limited Queues Room. As a heads up, the 8-4 Single Elimination Draft is set to be a fast-build event, meaning that players will have five minutes to build their decks once the last booster pack is passed. That means the 8-4 Draft and the Release 64-Player Single Elimination Event are both great options for players who are more familiar with Battle for Zendikar.

If it's Sealed you're after, players can try out the Release Swiss Sealed event in the Limited Queues, or head over to the Scheduled Events room for the high-stakes Battle for Zendikar Release Swiss Sealed Event. Participation in any Release event will get players a Gideon, Ally of Zendikar Avatar!

Much like the denizens of Zendikar, Prerelease and Release events are being voraciously consumed and won't be around forever, so enjoy them while they're here on Magic Online!

Battle for Zendikar Participation Avatars


Kiora, Master of the Depths Avatar

Participate in the Prerelease events listed below to earn a Kiora, Master of the Depths Avatar:
Swiss Draft
Friendly Sealed
Competitive Sealed


Gideon, Ally of Zendikar Avatar

Participate in the Release events listed below to earn a Gideon, Ally of Zendikar Avatar:
4-3-2-2 Single Elimination Draft
Fast-Build 8-4 Single Elimination Draft
Pack-per-Win Swiss Draft
Release Swiss Sealed
64-Player Single Elimination Draft with Top 8
Swiss Sealed with Top 8

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Battle for Zendikar Prerelease Events

Battle for Zendikar Prerelease Swiss Draft

 

Start Times: Friday, October 9, 10:00 a.m. until Monday, October 12, 10:00 a.m. All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours)
Location: Limited Queues
Entry Option:

  • 15 Event Tickets
  • 150 Play Points

Product: 3 Battle for Zendikar booster packs.
Size: 8 players
Play Style: Swiss
Format: Draft
Duration: 10 minutes deck-building time. Three rounds, each round up to 50 minutes.
Prizes:

 

Match Wins Prizes QPs
3 Wins 4 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 1
2 Wins 2 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 0
1 Win 1 Battle for Zendikar booster pack 0

Participation Prize: All participating players will receive a Kiora, Master of the Depths Avatar.

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Battle for Zendikar Prerelease Friendly Sealed

 

Start Times: Friday, October 9, 10:00 a.m. until Monday, October 12, 10:00 a.m. All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours)
Location: Limited Queues
Entry Option:

  • 25 Event Tickets
  • 250 Play Points

Product: Magic Online will provide 6 Battle for Zendikar booster packs and 1 Battle for Zendikar Prerelease premium rare or mythic.
Size: 16 players
Play Style: Swiss
Format: Sealed
Duration: 20 minutes deck-building time. Four rounds, each round up to 50 minutes.
Prizes:

 

Match Wins Prizes QPs
4 Wins 5 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 0
3 Wins 3 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 0
1 or 2 Wins 2 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 0

Participation Prize: All participating players will receive a Kiora, Master of the Depths Avatar.

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Battle for Zendikar Prerelease Competitive Sealed

 

Start Times: Friday, October 9, 10:00 a.m. until Monday, October 12, 10:00 a.m. All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours)
Location: Limited Queues
Entry Options:

  • 25 Event Tickets
  • 250 Play Points

Product: Magic Online will provide 6 Battle for Zendikar booster packs and 1 Battle for Zendikar Prerelease premium rare or mythic.
Size: 16 players
Play Style: Swiss
Format: Sealed
Duration: 20 minutes deck-building time. Four rounds, each round up to 50 minutes.
Prizes:

 

Match Wins Prizes QPs
4 Wins 11 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 3
3 Wins 5 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 1
2 Wins 1 Battle for Zendikar booster pack 0

Participation Prize: All participating players will receive a Kiora, Master of the Depths Avatar.

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Battle for Zendikar Release Events

Battle for Zendikar Release 4-3-2-2 Single Elimination Draft

 

Start Times: Monday, October 12, 10:00 a.m. until Wednesday, October 28, downtime. All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours)
Location: Limited Queues
Entry Options:

  • Option 1: 14 Event Tickets
  • Option 2: 140 Play Points
  • Option 3: Product, plus 2 Event Tickets


Product: 3 Battle for Zendikar booster packs
Size: 8 players
Play Style: Single Elimination
Format: Draft
Duration: 10 minutes deck-building time. Three rounds, each round up to 50 minutes.
Prizes:

 

Place Prizes QPs
1st 4 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 1
2nd 3 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 0
3rd-4th 2 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 0

Participation Prize: All participating players will receive a Gideon, Ally of Zendikar Avatar.

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Battle for Zendikar Release Fast-Build 8-4 Single Elimination Draft

 

Start Times: Monday, October 12, 10:00 a.m. until Wednesday, October 28, downtime. All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours)
Location: Limited Queues
Entry Options:

  • Option 1: 14 Event Tickets
  • Option 2: 140 Play Points
  • Option 3: Product, plus 2 Event Tickets


Product: 3 Battle for Zendikar booster packs
Size: 8 players
Play Style: Single Elimination
Format: Draft
Duration: 5 minutes deck-building time. Three rounds, each round up to 50 minutes.
Prizes:

 

Place Prizes QPs
1st 8 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 1
2nd 4 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 0

Participation Prize: All participating players will receive a Gideon, Ally of Zendikar Avatar.

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Battle for Zendikar Release Pack-per-Win Swiss Draft

 

Start Times: Monday, October 12, 10:00 a.m. until Wednesday, October 28, downtime. All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours)
Location: Limited Queues
Entry Options:

  • Option 1: 14 Event Tickets
  • Option 2: 140 Play Points
  • Option 3: Product, plus 2 Event Tickets


Product: 3 Battle for Zendikar booster packs
Size: 8 players
Play Style: Swiss
Format: Draft
Duration: 10 minutes deck-building time. Three rounds, each round up to 50 minutes.
Prizes:

 

Match Wins Prizes QPs
3 Wins 3 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 1
2 Wins 2 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 0
1 Win 1 Battle for Zendikar booster pack 0

Participation Prize: All participating players will receive a Gideon, Ally of Zendikar Avatar.

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Battle for Zendikar Release Swiss Sealed

 

Start Times: Monday, October 12, 10:00 a.m. until Wednesday, October 28, downtime. All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours)
Location: Limited Queues
Entry Option:

  • 26 Event Tickets
  • 260 Play Points

Product: 6 Battle for Zendikar booster packs
Size: 16 players
Play Style: Swiss
Format: Sealed
Duration: 20 minutes deck-building time. Four rounds, each round up to 50 minutes.
Prizes:

 

Match Wins Prizes QPs
4 Wins 12 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 3
3 Wins 9 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 1
2 Wins 3 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 0

Participation Prize: All participating players will receive a Gideon, Ally of Zendikar Avatar.

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Battle for Zendikar Release 64-Player Single Elimination Draft with Top 8

 

Start Times: Monday, October 12, 10:30 a.m. until Tuesday, October 20, 8:30 p.m. Event runs every 2 hours, on the half hour. All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours)
Location: Scheduled Events
Entry Options:

  • Option 1: 20 Event Tickets
  • Option 2: 200 Play Points
  • Option 3: 8 Event Tickets, plus product


Product: 3 Battle for Zendikar booster packs—Magic Online will provide boosters for the Top 8 Draft.
Size: 64 players
Play Style: Single Elimination, with Top 8
Format: Draft
Duration: 10 minutes deck-building time. Three rounds, each round up to 50 minutes, followed by a Top 8 Draft.
Prizes:

 

Place Prizes QPs
1st 24 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 6
2nd 18 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 5
3rd-4th 12 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 4
5th-8th 9 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 3
9th-16th 4 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 0
17th-32nd 2 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 0

Participation Prize: All participating players will receive a Gideon, Ally of Zendikar Avatar.

Note: If any event fails to fill the minimum number of seats by the start time, the event start will wait until the minimum number of players to join is met. After the waiting period ends, if the event has still not begun, refunds will be issued immediately and the event will be cancelled.

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Battle for Zendikar Release Sealed with Top 8

 

Start Times:

Friday, Oct. 16 and Oct. 23 Saturday Oct. 17 and Oct. 24 Sunday Oct. 18 and Oct. 25
4:00 a.m.
6:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
4:00 a.m.
6:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
4:00 a.m.
6:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.

All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours)

Location: Scheduled Events
Entry Options:

  • Option 1: 30 Event Tickets
  • Option 2: 300 Play Points
  • Option 3: 6 Event Tickets, plus product


Product: 6 Battle for Zendikar booster packs—Magic Online will provide boosters for the Top 8 Draft.
Size: 65-128 players
Play Style: Swiss, with Top 8
Format: Sealed
Duration: 20 minutes deck-building time. A number of rounds determined by attendance, each round up to 50 minutes, followed by a Top 8 Single-Elimination Draft.
Prizes:

 

Place Prizes QPs
1st 36 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 6
2nd 27 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 5
3rd-4th 21 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 4
5th-8th 18 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 3
9th-16th 9 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 0
17th-32nd 5 Battle for Zendikar booster packs 0

Participation Prize: All participating players will receive a Gideon, Ally of Zendikar Avatar.

Note: If any event fails to fill the minimum number of seats by the start time, the event start will wait until the minimum number of players to join is met. After the waiting period ends if the event has still not begun, refunds will be issued immediately and the event will be cancelled.

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