Magic Online 2015 Core Set Prerelease and Release Events

Posted in MTGO Event Info on June 30, 2014

By David Whitfield

Magic Online 2015 Core Set
Prerelease and Release Key Dates
Prerelease Begins: 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 25
On-Sale: Monday, July 28
Release Events End: 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 13
Redemption Guarantee: October 31, 2015
Redemption Cutoff: November 2, 2016
All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours)
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The Magic 2015 Core Set is coming to Magic Online! Much like a new year, a new Core Set is cause for celebration. But what’s the best way to ring in the new Magic 2015 Core Set? Host a whole bunch of Prerelease and Release events? Sure, right, but what else? How about hosting new events, increasing Prerelease prizes, and holding the biggest giveaway Magic Online has ever seen?

Millions of Phantom Points and "Hunt" entry objects are being awarded to Magic Online users, but what can they use them for? Prerelease Events begin Friday, July 25 at 10:00 a.m. and continue through 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 28. Two new Prerelease Events—Friendly Sealed and Competitive Sealed—will include Phantom Points as one of their entry options! Join the new Friendly Sealed Event if you're looking to experiment with the new set, have fun, and have a better chance at walking away with a booster or two. If it's fierce competition and a steeper prize payout you're after, the Competitive Sealed Event will be more your speed. To be clear, unlike other events that use Phantom Points as an entry option, players will be able to keep their cards from these Prerelease Events after they end! Not only is your entry fee being covered for one of these events, but we’ve also increased prize payout for the Competitive Sealed compared to the Journey into Nyx Prerelease Events. Not interested in participating in the Prerelease Events at all? Your Phantom Points can be used in any regular Magic Online Phantom event, like our Holiday Cube (in July!), which will be running from Wednesday, July 16 to Friday, July 25. For more information about the Phantom Point and "Hunt" object giveaway, refer to Worth's V3 Off Article.

Please note, due to the "Hunt" Entry Object giveaway, M15 Prerelease Entry Objects will not be refundable.

Prerelease comes to a close and Release Events begin on Monday, July 28 at 10:00 a.m., running until 12:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13. Two Magic 2015 Premier Events are planned during the release period as well: Premier 64-Player Single Elimination Draft Events begin alongside Release Events on Monday, July 28, and run until Wednesday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m. Premier Swiss Sealed Events begin on August 1 at 4:00 a.m. and run until Sunday, August 10 at 6:00 p.m.

More details about these and all the Magic 2015 Prerelease and Release events can be found in the event tables below!

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Magic 2015 Core Set Entry Objects and Promo Cards

Playing in a Magic 2015 Core Set Prerelease Event requires one of five "Hunt" entry objects as well as either 35 Phantom Points, or 20 Event Tickets!

"Hunt" Entry Object Prerelease Promo Card
  • Hunt with Valor
  • Hunt with Guile
  • Hunt with Ambition
  • Hunt with Ferocity
  • Hunt with Strength

Magic 2015 Core Set Participation Avatars

Participate in the Magic Online 2015 Core Set Prerelease and Release Events, and you can receive new avatars for your Magic Online account.

New Avatar Event Participation
Nissa, Worldwaker Participate in a Magic 2015 Core Set Prerelease Competitive Sealed or Prerelease Friendly Sealed Event.
Liliana Vess Participate in a Magic 2015 Core Set Prerelease Swiss Draft Event.
Jace, the Living Guildpact Participate in a Magic 2015 Core Set 8-4 Release Draft or 4-3-2-2 Release Draft.
Chandra, Pyromaster Participate in a Magic 2015 Core Set Release Swiss Draft or Release 16-Player Sealed.
Ajani Steadfast Participate in a Magic 2015 Core Set Release 64-Player Premier Single-Elimination Draft Event or Release Premier Swiss Top 8 Sealed.

Magic 2015 Core Set Prerelease Events

Magic 2015 Core Set Prerelease Swiss Draft
START TIMES
  • Friday, July 25, 10:00 a.m. until Monday, July 28, 10:00 a.m.
  • All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours)
LOCATION Release Queues.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1
15 Event Tickets.
PRODUCT 3 Magic 2015 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 Magic 2015 booster packs. 1
2 Wins 2 Magic 2015 booster packs. 0
1 Win 1 Magic 2015 booster pack. 0

Participation Prize: All participants will receive a Liliana Vess avatar.

Magic 2015 Core Set Prerelease Friendly Sealed
START TIMES
  • Friday, July 25, 10:00 a.m. until Monday, July 28, 10:00 a.m.
  • All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours)
LOCATION Release Queues.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1 Option 2
20 Event Tickets plus 1 "Hunt" Prerelease Object. 35 Phantom Points plus 1 "Hunt" Prerelease Object.
PRODUCT Magic Online will provide 5 Magic 2015 booster packs for this event, plus 1 Magic 2015 seeded booster pack corresponding to your "Hunt" Object of choice.
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 Magic 2015 booster packs. 0
3 Wins 3 Magic 2015 booster packs. 0
2 or 1 Win 2 Magic 2015 booster packs. 0

Participation Prize: All participants will receive a Nissa, Worldwaker avatar.

Magic 2015 Core Set Prerelease Competitive Sealed
START TIMES
  • Friday, July 25, 10:00 a.m. until Monday, July 28, 10:00 a.m.
  • All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours)
LOCATION Release Queues.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1 Option 2
20 Event Tickets plus 1 "Hunt" Prerelease Object. 35 Phantom Points plus 1 "Hunt" Prerelease Object.
PRODUCT Magic Online will provide 5 Magic 2015 booster packs for this event, plus 1 Magic 2015 seeded booster pack corresponding to your "Hunt" Object of choice.
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 Magic 2015 booster packs. 3
3 Wins 5 Magic 2015 booster packs. 1
2 Wins 1 Magic 2015 booster packs. 0

Participation Prize: All participants will receive a Nissa, Worldwaker avatar.

Magic 2015 Core Set Release Events

Magic 2015 Core Set 8-4 Release Draft
START TIMES
  • Monday, July 28, 10:00 a.m. until Wednesday, August 13, 12:00 a.m.
  • All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours)
LOCATION Release Queues.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
14 Event Tickets. 2 Event Tickets plus product. 1 Magic 2015 Draft Pack Event Bundle.
PRODUCT 3 Magic 2015 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 8 Magic 2015 booster packs. 1
2nd 4 Magic 2015 booster packs. 0

Participation Prize: All participants will receive a Jace, the Living Guildpact avatar.

Magic 2015 Core Set 4-3-2-2 Release Draft
START TIMES
  • Monday, July 28, 10:00 a.m. until Wednesday, August 13, 12:00 a.m.
  • All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours)
LOCATION Release Queues.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
14 Event Tickets. 2 Event Tickets plus product. 1 Magic 2015 Draft Pack Event Bundle.
PRODUCT 3 Magic 2015 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 Magic 2015 booster packs. 1
2nd 3 Magic 2015 booster packs. 0
3rd-4th 2 Magic 2015 booster packs. 0

Participation Prize: All participants will receive a Jace, the Living Guildpact avatar.

Magic 2015 Core Set Swiss Release Draft
START TIMES
  • Monday, July 28, 10:00 a.m. until Wednesday, August 13, 12:00 a.m.
  • All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours)
LOCATION Release Queues.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
14 Event Tickets. 2 Event Tickets plus product. 1 Magic 2015 Draft Pack Event Bundle.
PRODUCT 3 Magic 2015 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 Magic 2015 booster packs. 1
2 Wins 2 Magic 2015 booster packs. 0
1 Win 1 Magic 2015 booster packs. 0

Participation Prize: All participants will receive a Chandra, Pyromaster avatar.

Magic 2015 Core Set Release 16-Player Sealed
START TIMES
  • Monday, July 28, 10:00 a.m. until Wednesday, August 13, 12:00 a.m.
  • All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours)
LOCATION Release Queues.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1
26 Event Tickets.
PRODUCT 6 Magic 2015 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 Magic 2015 booster packs. 3
3 Wins 9 Magic 2015 booster packs. 1
2 Wins 3 Magic 2015 booster packs. 0

Participation Prize: All participants will receive a Chandra, Pyromaster avatar.

Magic 2015 Core Set Premier Events

Magic 2015 Core Set Premier 64-Player Draft Single Elimination with Top 8
START TIMES
  • Event runs every 2 hours, on the half hour, beginning Monday, July 28, 10:30 a.m. until Wednesday, August 13, 10:00 a.m.
  • All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours)
LOCATION Scheduled Events.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1 Option 2
20 Event Tickets. 8 Event Tickets plus product.
PRODUCT 3 Magic 2015 booster packs. Magic Online will provide 3 Magic 2015 booster packs for the Top 8.
SIZE 64 players.
PLAY STYLE Single Elimination, with Top 8.
FORMAT Draft.
DURATION 10 minutes deck-building time. Three rounds up to 50 minutes each, single elimination, followed by a Top 8 Draft.
PRIZES
Match Wins Prizes QPs
1st 24 Magic 2015 booster packs. 6
2nd 18 Magic 2015 booster packs. 5
3rd-4th 12 Magic 2015 booster packs. 4
5th-8th 9 Magic 2015 booster packs. 3
9th-16th 4 Magic 2015 booster packs. 0
17th-32nd 2 Magic 2015 booster packs. 0

Participation Prize: All participants will receive an Ajani Steadfast avatar.

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

Magic 2015 Core Set Premier Swiss Sealed with Top 8
START TIMES
Friday, August 1st and 8th Saturday, August 2nd and 9th Sunday, August 3rd and 10th
  • 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.
LOCATION Scheduled Events.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1 Option 2
30 Event Tickets. 6 Event Tickets plus product.
PRODUCT 6 Magic 2015 booster packs. Magic Online will provide 3 Magic 2015 booster packs for the Top 8.
SIZE 65-128 players.
PLAY STYLE Swiss, with Top 8.
FORMAT Sealed.
DURATION 20 minutes deck-building time. Seven rounds, each round up to 50 minutes, followed by a Top 8 Single Elimination Draft.
PRIZES
Place Prizes QPs
1st 36 Magic 2015 booster packs. 6
2nd 27 Magic 2015 booster packs. 5
3rd-4th 21 Magic 2015 booster packs. 4
5th-8th 18 Magic 2015 booster packs. 3
9th-16th 9 Magic 2015 booster packs. 0
17th-32nd 6 Magic 2015 booster packs. 0

Participation Prize: All participants will receive an Ajani Steadfast avatar.

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

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