What is the Magic Online Championship Series?

The Magic: The Gathering Online Championship Series, also known as MOCS, is a series of events in which top players can earn an invitation to the annual in-person Magic Online Championship event, as well as a Pro Tour event.

Throughout the qualifying period from the conclusion of the September 28, 2016 downtime until the October 5, 2017 downtime, players earn Qualifier Points (QPs) by playing in events that award QPs as part of their prize structure. The series will contain:

  • Twelve limited MOCS Monthly events and twelve constructed MOCS Monthly events, which qualify players for MOCS Playoff events
  • Four MOCS Playoff events
  • Eight MOCS Open events
  • The Magic Online Championship, which players can qualify for through MOCS Playoff and MOCS Open events

Monthly and Playoff Events also award top finishers MOCS Leaderboard Points. Players of sufficient standing on the MOCS Leaderboard will also qualify for Magic Online Championship.

Earning Qualifier Points

In addition to the normal prizes for some queues, leagues, and scheduled events, top players in those events can earn Qualifier Points (QPs). QPs will vary by event, but some common examples are listed in the table below.

Full details of an event's prize structure and the QPs offered can be found in the Wizards of the Coast Knowledge Base or when an event is announced on the Magic Online News and Updates page. Individual events may vary from the examples listed below.

Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to add or remove qualifying formats, alter events that award Qualifier Points (QPs), and/or adjust the number of QPs offered by any event with a minimum of 24 hours' notice.

Qualifier Points for the 2017 Magic Online Championship Series may be earned from after the September 28, 2016 downtime until the October 5, 2017 downtime. If there is no downtime, 10:00 a.m. PT/5:00 p.m. UTC will be used instead.

Note: Not all tournaments award Qualifier Points.

Event Type Finish QPs
Current Block 8-4 Single-Elimination Draft Queue 1st Place 2
Current Block 8-4 Single-Elimination Draft Queue 2nd Place 1
Competitive League 5 wins 3
Competitive League 4 wins 1
Set Championship Qualifiers 5 wins 3
Set Championship Qualifiers 4 wins 1
Set Championships Top 8 15
Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries 5 wins 3
Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries 4 wins 1
Cube Single Elimination Draft Queue 1st Place 1
Vintage Daily 4 wins 3
Vintage Daily 3 wins 1
Format Challenge 1st Place 6
Format Challenge 2nd Place 5
Format Challenge 3rd-4th Place 4
Format Challenge 5th-8th Place 3
Prerelease Sealed League 5 wins 3
Prerelease Sealed League 4 wins 1

Schedule of Events

MOCS Monthly, Playoff, and Open events begin at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time, regardless of format.

 

Event Date Event Type Event Format Invites
Saturday, October 29 Monthly Kaladesh Sealed January 21 MOCS Playoff
Sunday, November 6 Monthly Standard January 21 MOCS Playoff
Friday, November 25 Monthly Standard January 21 MOCS Playoff
Sunday, December 4 Monthly Kaladesh Sealed January 21 MOCS Playoff
Sunday, December 11 Open Kaladesh Sealed Magic Online Championship, Pro Tour Amonkhet, Pro Tour Challenge at Pro Tour Amonkhet
Sunday, December 18 Open Kaladesh Sealed Magic Online Championship, Pro Tour Amonkhet, Pro Tour Challenge at Pro Tour Amonkhet
Friday, December 30 Monthly Kaladesh Sealed January 21 MOCS Playoff
Saturday, January 7 Monthly Modern January 21 MOCS Playoff
Saturday, January 21 Playoff Modern Magic Online Championship, Pro Tour Amonkhet, Pro Tour Challenge at Pro Tour Amonkhet
Sunday, January 22 Monthly Kaladesh Sealed May 20 MOCS Playoff
Saturday, February 11 Monthly Standard May 20 MOCS Playoff
Saturday, February 25 Monthly Aether Revolt/Kaladesh Sealed May 20 MOCS Playoff
Friday, March 10 Monthly Standard May 20 MOCS Playoff
Sunday, March 26 Monthly Modern May 20 MOCS Playoff
Friday, March 31 Monthly Aether Revolt/Kaladesh Sealed May 20 MOCS Playoff
Saturday, April 8 Open Aether Revolt/Kaladesh Sealed Magic Online Championship, Pro Tour Hour of Devastation, Pro Tour Challenge at Pro Tour Hour of Devastation
Saturday, April 15 Open Aether Revolt/Kaladesh Sealed Magic Online Championship, Pro Tour Hour of Devastation, Pro Tour Challenge at Pro Tour Hour of Devastation
Saturday, May 6 Monthly Standard August 5 MOCS Playoff
Sunday, May 7 Monthly Amonkhet Sealed August 5 MOCS Playoff
Saturday, May 20 Playoff Standard Magic Online Championship, Pro Tour Hour of Devastation, Pro Tour Challenge at Pro Tour Hour of Devastation
Saturday, May 27 Monthly Amonkhet Sealed August 5 MOCS Playoff
Friday, June 2 Monthly Standard August 5 MOCS Playoff
Friday, June 23 Monthly Amonkhet Sealed August 5 MOCS Playoff
Saturday, June 24 Open Amonkhet Sealed Magic Online Championship, Pro Tour Ixalan, Pro Tour Challenge at Pro Tour Ixalan
Saturday, July 1 Open Amonkhet Sealed Magic Online Championship, Pro Tour Ham, Pro Tour Challenge at Pro Tour Ixalan
Sunday, July 2 Monthly Modern August 5 MOCS Playoff
Saturday, July 22 Monthly Amonkhet/Hour of Devastation Sealed November 11 MOCS Playoff
Saturday, August 5 Playoff Standard Magic Online Championship, Pro Tour Ham, Pro Tour Challenge at Pro Tour Ixalan
Friday, August 11 Monthly Standard November 11 MOCS Playoff
Sunday, August 27 Monthly Modern November 11 MOCS Playoff
Saturday, September 9 Open Amonkhet/Hour of Devastation Sealed Magic Online Championship, Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan, Pro Tour Challenge
Friday, September 15 Monthly Amonkhet/Hour of Devastation Sealed November 11 MOCS Playoff
Saturday, September 16 Open Amonkhet/Hour of Devastation Sealed Magic Online Championship, Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan, Pro Tour Challenge
Sunday, October 8 Monthly Ixalan Sealed November 11 MOCS Playoff
Saturday, October 21 Monthly Standard November 11 MOCS Playoff
Saturday, November 11 Playoff Standard Magic Online Championship, Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan, Pro Tour Challenge

Above is the schedule through November 11, 2017. Future dates, including the Magic Online Championship, will be added to the schedule later.

Pro Club and Hall of Fame Benefits

The Magic Online Championship series gives benefits to players with active Pro Player Club and/or Pro Tour Hall of Fame membership whose DCI membership and Magic Online accounts are in good standing as follows:

  • Platinum, Gold, and Hall of Fame pros will be granted 35 Qualifier Points once each month.
  • Silver pros who are not members of the Hall of Fame will receive 15 Qualifier Points once each month.

Note that each Monthly Event requires 35 Qualifier Points to join. These Qualifier Points can be combined across grants as well as with Qualifier Points earned in other Magic Online events to join Monthly Events.

Pro Club QP grants will be awarded on the third Wednesday of each month. Whenever a player joins the Pro Club or changes levels, the Pro Club benefit will take effect on the next scheduled award date.

LEADERBOARD POINTS

Monthly Events and Playoff Events include MOCS Leaderboard Points as prizes. These are not physical objects tracked in your collection, but can instead be viewed on the Wizards of the Coast website at MTGO.com/leaderboard.

The MOCS Leaderboard will include all MOCS Leaderboard Points awarded in all Monthly and Playoff events in the 2017 Magic Online Championship Series.

The Leaderboard will be updated no later than the Wednesday following a Monthly or Playoff event, and will be used to determine qualifications for the Magic Online Championship.

By signing up for a Monthly or Playoff event, players agree that Wizards of the Coast may post their real names in association with Magic Online usernames on the MOCS Leaderboard.

MONTHLY EVENTS

Start Times: See Schedule above
Location: Play Lobby -> Constructed or Limited Tournaments (dependent on format) -> Scheduled
Entry Option: 35 Qualifier Points
Product: A Constructed-legal deck for Constructed events. Magic Online will provide phantom product for Limited Events.
Size: 8–672 players
Play Style: Swiss
Format: See Schedule above
Duration: Eight Swiss rounds, each round up to 50 minutes
Prizes:

Match Wins Prizes Leaderboard Points Invites
8 1 non-premium Magic Online set and 72 Magic Online booster packs 8 Invite to the appropriate MOCS Playoff Event
7 72 Magic Online booster packs 5 Invite to the appropriate MOCS Playoff Event
6 36 Magic Online booster packs 2 Invite to the appropriate MOCS Playoff Event

Note: Limited events use Phantom product that will not be added to a player's collection at the end of the event.

PLAYOFF EVENTS

The only players qualified for MOCS Playoff events are players who finished with 6 or more wins in a MOCS Monthly event that has occurred since the previous MOCS Playoff event.

Start Times: See Schedule above
Location: Play Lobby -> Constructed -> Scheduled
Entry Option: No entry required, but must be qualified (see qualification criteria above)
Product: A Constructed-legal deck.
Size: 8–1,024 players
Play Style: Swiss
Format: See Schedule above
Duration: A number of Swiss rounds based on attendance, each round up to 50 minutes, followed by a cut to Top 8.
Product and Play Point Prizes:

Place Prizes
1st 4 non-premium Magic Online sets, 144 Magic Online booster packs, and 700 Play Points
2nd 4 non-premium Magic Online sets, 132 Magic Online booster packs, and 500 Play Points
3rd–4th 3 non-premium Magic Online sets, 120 Magic Online booster packs, and 400 Play Points
5th–8th 2 non-premium Magic Online sets, 72 Magic Online booster packs, and 300 Play Points
9th–16th 1 non-premium Magic Online set, 24 Magic Online booster packs, and 200 Play Points
17th–32nd 1 non-premium Magic Online set, 15 Magic Online booster packs and 100 Play Points
33rd–50th 12 Magic Online boosters and 50 Play Points

For MOCS Playoff events held between the paper prerelease and Magic Online Prerelease dates of a new set, the full-set prizes from that event will be awarded on the new set’s online release day. For example, the Playoff on January 21st will award Aether Revolt full-set prizes that will appear in winners’ accounts on that set’s online release day, January 30th.

Invitation and Leaderboard Point Prizes:

 

Finish Leaderboard Points Invitations
1st 20 Invitation to the Magic Online Championship, an invitation to the appropriate Pro Tour and its associated Pro Tour Challenge
2nd 15 Invitation to Magic Online Championship, an invitation to the appropriate Pro Tour and its associated Pro Tour Challenge
3rd–4th 12 N/A
5th–8th 9 N/A
Outside Top 8, Winning all but 2 (or fewer) Swiss Rounds 6 N/A
Outside Top 8, Winning all but 3 Swiss Rounds 3 N/A

The Pro Tour the top two players are invited to are listed in the in the schedule above. The Pro Tour Challenge invitation is for the Pro Tour Challenge held at that same Pro Tour.

OPEN EVENTS

MOCS Open events do not require an invitation or Qualifier Points to join.

Start Times: See Schedule above
Location: Play Lobby -> Limited -> Scheduled
Entry Options:

  • 40 Event Tickets
  • 400 Play Points

Product: Magic Online will provide 6 booster packs of the sets listed in the schedule above. Magic Online will provide 3 boosters for the Top 8 Draft
Size: 8–672 players
Play Style: Swiss
Format: See Schedule above
Duration: A number of Swiss rounds based on attendance, each round up to 50 minutes, followed by a Top 8 Draft
Prizes:

 

Place Prizes Invitations
1st 4 future non-premium Magic Online sets and 72 Magic Online booster packs Magic Online Championship, Pro Tour, and Pro Tour Challenge
2nd 3 future non-premium Magic Online sets and 72 Magic Online booster packs N/A
3rd-4th 2 future non-premium Magic Online sets and 72 Magic Online booster packs N/A
5th-8th 1 future non-premium Magic Online set and 72 Magic Online booster packs N/A
9th-16th 72 Magic Online booster packs N/A
17th-32nd 36 Magic Online booster packs N/A
33rd-64th 18 Magic Online booster packs N/A

Note: MOCS Open events are not phantom. Players in these events will have their cards added to their collections. Future sets will be for the next Standard-legal expansion released on Magic Online after the Playoff event. Wizards of the Coast will grant the sets on the day that expansion becomes available for sale in the Magic Online store.

The Pro Tour the winner is invited to is listed in the schedule above. The Pro Tour Challenge invitation is for the Pro Tour Challenge held at that same Pro Tour.

The defending Magic Online Champion, any player finishing in first or second place in a previous MOCS Playoff event, or any player finishing in first place in a previous MOCS Open are ineligible to participate in a MOCS Open as they already hold invitations to the Magic Online Championship.

2017 MAGIC ONLINE CHAMPIONSHIP

The Magic Online Championship will be a 24-player Magic Online tournament held in person and will have a total prize pool of $200,000.00 USD. Full event details, including the location and formats, will be released by Wizards of the Coast later in 2017. The following players are invited to the Magic Online Championship:

  • The defending Magic Online Champion
  • The top two finishers from each of the four MOCS Playoff Events
  • The winner of each of the eight MOCS Open Events

The top players in the MOCS Leaderboard will fill remaining slots until 24 invitations have been issued. Players receiving invitations in this way will also receive an invite to Pro Tour [Eggs] (the first Pro Tour in 2018), and the Pro Tour Challenge event at that Pro Tour.

After 24 invitations have been issued, if a player holds multiple invitations, becomes ineligible, or is otherwise unable to attend the Magic Online Championship, then players will continue to be invited to the Magic Online Championship from the top of the MOCS Leaderboard until 24 unique players have been invited. Players invited in this way will not receive invites to a Pro Tour or Pro Tour Challenge.

In the event of a tie in the MOCS Leaderboard to qualify for the Magic Online Championship, the following tiebreakers will be used:

  1. Most MOCS Playoff Events in which the player finished in 1st–8th place
  2. Most match wins in a single MOCS Playoff Event
  3. Most MOCS Playoff Events in which the player competed
  4. Most MOCS Monthly Events in which the player had 6 or more match wins
  5. Most match wins in a single MOCS Monthly Event
  6. Most MOCS Monthly Events in which the player competed
  7. Most Qualifier Points earned between the September 28, 2016 downtime and the October 5, 2017 downtime

The winner of the Magic Online Championship becomes the Magic Online Champion and receives Platinum status in the Pro Player Club (as if that player had reached the minimum number of Professional Points at the Magic Online Championship to be promoted to Platinum level).

Here is a breakdown of prize pool distribution:

Place Prize
1 $40,000
2 $20,000
3-4 $10,000
5-8 $8,000
9-16 $6,000
17-24 $5,000

You must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete in the Magic Online Championship. You may download the required forms; they will also be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian's signature on these forms. Minors will not be able to register or play unless we receive a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. No exceptions will be made.

Bring these forms with you to registration. We will make forms available for competitors at registration, if necessary.

To register, all participants must present one of the following forms of identification. Determination of the eligibility of a person under age eighteen to participate in the Magic Online Championship is based on the permission granted to said person by his/her parent or legal guardian.

  • Driver's license
  • Passport
  • Copy of a birth certificate and a photo ID (school IDs are acceptable)

PARTICIPATION IN EVENTS

For all Monthly Events and Playoff Events in the 2017 Magic Online Championship Series, it is the player's responsibility to verify that they met the entry requirements and join the event prior to its start time. If a player believes he or she should be qualified and is unable to join an event, they will need to contact customer service prior to the start of the event. For assistance during an event, players can contact a Digital Event Coordinator (DEC) in the #MOCS chat room.

All players must adhere to the Bribery, Splitting and Collusion policy rules expanded upon here in order to have their Magic Online account in good standing, ensuring their ability to participate in these events. 

CONNECTIVITY

Due to the nature of computers and the Internet, Wizards of the Coast is not responsible for the results of any disconnection or network problems experienced by players.

For more information on stability and connection issues in Magic Online Premier Play, refer to the Guidelines for PTQ Finals and MOCS Finals article.

INVITATIONS

Players who qualify for the Magic Online Championship, Pro Tour, and/or Pro Tour Challenge will be contacted by Wizards of the Coast via email to verify their identity and confirm the invitation within one week of the invitation being earned. If you win such an invite and have not heard from Wizards of the Coast after one week has passed, please email premierplay@wizards.com.

TECHNICAL OR ADMINISTRATIVE ERRORS

Important information regarding system errors and event issues during all Magic Online events: Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to modify, reschedule, and/or delete any tournament for any reason, including without limitation, if in its sole judgment, that tournament's integrity has been compromised by an unforeseen technical issue and/or error in that tournament's administration.

PRO TOUR CHALLENGE EVENTS

The Magic Online Pro Tour Challenge is an additional tournament held during the Pro Tour especially for Magic Online players invited via a Pro Tour Qualifier on Magic Online or the Magic Online Championship Series. This in-person event is held in the same location as the Pro Tour.

The Pro Tour Challenge changes to a single four-round Swiss event. Once a player qualifies for the Pro Tour through a Magic Online Championship Series Playoff or Open Event, or a Magic Online PTQ, s/he is no longer eligible to participate in either face-to-face or Magic Online PTQ Events that lead to the same Pro Tour.

Start Times: Sunday at 10:00 a.m. local time
Location: Live event at the upcoming Pro Tour
Entry Option: Invitation only
Play Style: Swiss
Format: The Constructed format used at the same Pro Tour
Duration: Four Rounds
Prizes:

Match Wins Prizes
4 Wins $1,500 USD and 54 Magic Online booster packs
3 Wins $1,500 USD and 45 Magic Online booster packs
2 Wins $1,500 USD and 36 Magic Online booster packs
1 Win $1,500 USD and 27 Magic Online booster packs
0 Wins $1,500 USD and 18 Magic Online booster packs

IMPORTANT NOTE: Pro Tour Challenge qualification does not guarantee prizes. You must participate in the Challenge event at the corresponding Pro Tour in order to be eligible for the Challenge prizes.

You must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete in the Pro Tour Challenge. You may download the required forms; they will also be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian's signature on these forms. Minors will not be able to register or play unless we receive a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. No exceptions will be made.

Bring these forms with you to registration. We will make forms available for competitors at registration, if necessary.

To register, all participants must present one of the following forms of identification:

 

  • Driver's license
  • Passport
  • Copy of a birth certificate and a photo ID (school IDs are acceptable)

 

Determination of the eligibility of a person under age eighteen to participate in the 2017 Magic Online Championship Series is based on the permission granted to said person by his/her parent or legal guardian.

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete in the Magic Online Championship. Forms can be downloaded from the corresponding Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour page and will be available onsite.

Minors must have a parent or guardian's signature on these forms. Minors will not be able to register or play unless we receive a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. No exceptions will be made.

Bring these forms with you to registration. We will make forms available for competitors at registration, if necessary.

PRIZE INFORMATION

All prizes are awarded "as is" and without warranty of any kind, express or implied, (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). This is a contest of skill and, therefore, there are no odds of winning as is the case with a game of chance. All applicable taxes, fees, duties, tariffs, passport or visa costs, and any license, destination, entry, exit and/or delivery charges are the sole responsibility of each player. Taxes on the prizes (including, without limitation, income taxes), if any, are the sole responsibility of the player winners.

ELIGIBILITY

Magic Online Championship Series eligibility requirements:

All Magic Online players who meet the eligibility requirements set forth herein are eligible to compete in this online tournament series. All Magic Online players are eligible to compete in the 2017 Magic Online Championship Series except (a) players who are otherwise ineligible to engage in tournament play pursuant to the Magic Online User Agreement and (b) employees or contractors of Wizards of the Coast LLC ("Wizards"), Hasbro, Inc. ("Hasbro"), or each of their respective subsidiaries or affiliates or their advertising or promotion agencies, or those who are domiciled with any such person, or those who have been disqualified for other reasons (see below). This is a skill-based tournament based on a player's ability to defeat other players.

Players may be disqualified if they are suspended from Magic Online for any reason, including without limitation, a violation of the Magic Online User Agreement.

Although players may have multiple accounts qualified for a Monthly Event or a Playoff Event, players are not permitted to have more than one of their accounts entered in any single event at one time. Players are not permitted to have any accounts entered in events played by other players for any reason. If a player is discovered to have more than one account playing in a Monthly Event, Playoff Event, or Open Event before, during, or after the event, Wizards may take action against that player's account(s), up to and including disqualification with no refund of product and/or event tickets, suspension of the offending account(s), and/or termination of the offending account(s). Using an account other than your own, allowing any other player to use your account, selling your account, and other similar actions are all violations of the Magic Online User Agreement. If you play in Magic Online tournaments, win, and expect to get your prize, be very, very sure you are playing on your own account. We do not recognize excuses, such as "I and a friend jointly own the account," "It's my brother's account but he gave it to me," or similar. The only exception is an adult may authorize a single dependent child age thirteen to eighteen to play on an account that the adult has established.

Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to reschedule and/or restart tournaments, matches, extend timers and/or games as needed. Such decisions will be announced on the Magic Online website and/or within the Magic Online client as needed.

To be eligible to participate in the Magic Online Championship Series, the following requirements must be met:

  • All Magic Online players must be at least thirteen years of age or older. A championship player between the ages of thirteen and eighteen will be required to get a parent or guardian's signature on the required waiver and consent forms as explained above.
  • Players must have Internet access.
  • Players must have access to a personal computer.
  • Players must be Magic Online account holders in good standing and in compliance with the Magic Online User Agreement.

We use cookies on this site to enhance your user experience. By clicking any link on this page or by clicking Yes, you are giving your consent for us to set cookies. (Learn more about cookies)

No, I want to find out more