Magic Online Announcements February 17, 2015

Veröffentlicht in Magic Online on 17. Februar 2015

Von 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.

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Wednesday Magic Online Deployment Includes Huge List of Fixes

Originally announced in last week's Bug Blog, there's a huge list of fixes and improvements going into this week's Magic Online deployment on Wednesday, February 18!

Check out the full build notes here.

2014 Magic Online Championship

The 2014 Magic Online Championship is being held in Seattle from Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17. The competition will be fierce as all twelve 2014 MOCS season winners, both Last Chance Qualifier winners, the Magic Online Player of the Year, and the 2013 Magic Online Champion, Lars Dam, come together to compete for the title of 2014 Magic Online Champion and for big prizes.

See all of the details that have been announced so far for the 2014 Magic Online Championship here.

Announcing MOCS 2015 Season Final Formats

The Magic Online Championship Series (MOCS) Season Final formats have been announced for the rest of the year! Head over to the MOCS schedule to see when your favorite format will be featured so you can start planning for the Finals.

New Episode of Vintage Super League Tonight

The Vintage Super League pits Magic celebrities against one another with Magic's oldest and most powerful cards as their weapons of choice. Check it out tonight at 6:00 p.m. Pacific (UTC-8) on!

For a review of the current state of the league, as well as look at what's coming up in tonight's episode, take a look at Randy Buehler's latest article. You can also see the league's decklists here.

Announcing March (Season 4) MOCS and MOPR Promos

The MOCS 2015 March Season runs from February 25, 2015, through March 25, 2015. The promo card is:

Courser of Kruphix

The March MOPR period runs from February 25, 2015, through March 25, 2015. Here are the promo cards:

Event Promo
Sultai Charm

Store Promo
Hordeling Outburst

New Daily Event Schedule Begins After February 18 Downtime

As mentioned in Magic Online event manager, Lee Sharpe's, latest article, the new Magic Online Daily Event schedule goes live after the Wednesday, February 18 downtime.

Refer to Lee's full article for all of the details, or go here to jump directly to the new schedule.

Fate Reforged Events and Prize Rotations

Fate Reforged Release Events began Friday, January 30. On Wednesday, February 18, Fate Reforged Release Events will conclude. With the end of Release Events, events and prizes will be updated on the schedule below.

Wednesday, February 18
Events Rotating Out
Events rotate out during downtime
Fate Reforged Release Queues
Fate Reforged Release Scheduled Events
Events Rotating In
Khans of Tarkir/Fate Reforged 8-4 Draft Queues
Khans of Tarkir/Fate Reforged 4-3-2-2 Draft Queues
Khans of Tarkir/Fate Reforged Swiss Draft Queues
Khans of Tarkir/Fate Reforged 4-Booster Sealed Queues
Khans of Tarkir/Fate Reforged 6-Booster Sealed Daily Events
Khans of Tarkir/Fate Reforged Phantom Sealed Queues

Extended Downtime On Wednesday, February 25

There will be an extended downtime on Wednesday, February 25, for Magic Online. Events close at 12:00 a.m. Pacific (08:00 UTC), midnight, and store activity and trades end at 2:45 a.m. Pacific (10:45 UTC) leading up to the system coming down at 3:00 a.m. Pacific (11:00 UTC). The system is estimated to return from downtime at 12:00 p.m. Pacific (20:00 UTC).

Downtime for February 18, 2015

  • All tournaments will close Wednesday, February 18, at 5:00 a.m. Pacific (13:00 UTC)
  • Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 7:45 a.m. Pacific(15:45 UTC)
  • The system will be down from 8:00 a.m. Pacific (16:00 UTC) until 12:00 p.m. Pacific (20:00 UTC)

Build Notes

Game Play

  • C13 | Marath, Will of the Wild can no longer be activated for 0
  • C14 | Gideon Jura +2 ability no longer gives an illegal attack message preventing the game from continuing when Gideon is enchanted by Song of the Dryads
  • C14 | If you make a copy of Stoneforged Blade, it no longer equips automatically when entering the battlefield
  • FRF | "Cast with Dash" text should now appears when on stack but not once on battlefield
  • FRF | If an attacking dragon is removed before Silumgar's trigger resolves, opponent's creatures now get -1/-1
  • FRF | Lightform, and similar effects, now give blue rules text to all players indicating 'Flying' if the manifested creature already has flying on the face-down side
  • FRF | Manifesting an aura with Write into Being prompts the user to attach auras properly. This no longer stops the game from proceeding
  • General | A delayed triggered ability that targets a manifest/morph card will now display correct text while on the stack
  • General | Advocates, such as Nullmage Advocate, that return multiple cards to opponent's hands can now be activated
  • General | Cards with a trigger when opponent causes player to discard them, such as Guerilla Tactics, now properly trigger
  • General | Chasm Skulker and Consecrated Sphinx's triggered abilities no longer believe themselves to be targeted effects
  • General | Coalition Relic now allows a player to pick a color of mana when controlling another player's turn
  • General | In the case where a creature has a negative power, Phthisis now properly adds negative power to the toughness of the destroyed creature to determine the life loss
  • General | Manifest creatures now gain visual indication of new type or subtypes if they are granted
  • General | Morphs on the stack are now revealed to opponents when the game ends
  • General | Naming/choosing cards, such as with Pithing Needle, now correctly appears in game log
  • General | Show and Tell's prompt is no longer able to be skipped with F2 to prevent players from accidentally missing their chance to put a card into play
  • General | Sunburst cards with mana costs in activated abilities now display correctly when activated
  • General | Targeting with Mind Bend and similar effects no longer causes the game to not continue
  • General | We have cleaned up a number of corner cases around Spirespine (and other 'Must Block' creatures) giving illegal blocker error if it doesn't block
  • General | You can no longer use both halves of split cards to pay a total of 2 mana for Delve costs
  • JOU | Setessan Tactics' granted ability is no longer allowing creatures to target and fight themselves
  • KTK | Crackling Doom now forces the sacrifice of a creature when the opponent's greatest power among creatures is negative
  • KTK | Heart-Piercer Bow now deals damage if equipped creature is removed with trigger on stack
  • KTK | Meandering Towershell no longer returns if exiled/destroyed in response to exile trigger
  • KTK | Ride Down now properly grants trample if the blocking creature regenerates
  • KTK | Villainous Wealth now properly works for cards which reference a creature an opponent controls
  • M15 | Jace, the Living Guildpact no longer allows you to leave both cards on top of your library
  • M15 | Xathrid Slyblade now loses Hexproof after activating its ability
  • MMA | Kira, Great Glass Spinner now counts all spells and abilities, not just spells and abilities since you controlled the creature
  • VMA | Carnophage now respects the choice made by its controller no longer causing its controller to lose 1 life regardless of option selected
  • VMA | If two Volrath's Shapeshifters copies the same legend, the game no longer restarts and the client no longer crashes

Card Look and Feel

  • General | Copies of manifest token creatures now display proper artwork
  • General | Eldrazi Spawn tokens now appear with correct frame and art
  • General | Planeswalkers printed before Magic 2015 have had their numbers realigned in their loyalty ability boxes when zoomed in
  • General | Suspended cards' time counters are now visible when covered by other exiled cards
  • General | Two-colored lands' textbox backgrounds, such as Polluted Delta, now have the proper frame and color treatment
  • General | When viewing Planeswalkers in the deck pane of the Collection scene while in Pile view, Planeswalkers which are not at the top of the pile now have their card name bolded

Crash Fixes

  • Card View | The client no longer crashes when a pane set to Card View is reduced to its minimum vertical size and the User scrolls down
  • Chat | Fixed an issue where profanity filter memory usage can cause crash
  • Collection | A text search with 0 matches no longer causes a crash
  • Collection | Adjusting panes and clicking the Options button no longer causes a crash
  • Collection | Fixed several crashes in List View when trying to use keyboard commands
  • Duel Scene | Fixed an intermittent crash that that occurred when trying to join a game
  • Duel Scene | Fixed an issue that could cause a crash while adjusting damage spinners
  • Duel Scene | Fixed an issue that could cause crash if the system thought there were two default buttons
  • Duel Scene | Fixed an issues that could cause a crash while Magic Online is attempting to rebuild game state
  • Duel Scene | Mogg Assassin's activated ability no longer restarts the game
  • Duel Scene | When resolving Shamanic Revelation with no creatures in play the game no longer stops
  • Limited Scene | Fixed an issue where the last row of the draft pool could be duplicated if the pane was reduced to minimum size and then cause a crash if one of those cards was added to Deck / Sideboard
  • Play Lobby | Fixed an issue that could cause a crash if the system thought the game a player was playing did not exists
  • Trade | Fixed an issue that could cause a crash in trade after updating a trade
  • Trade | Fixed an issue where switching back and forth between large trade binders can cause crash
  • Trade | The client no longer crashes after left clicking on a card in the "You Will Receive" pane while holding Shift key

Collection Updates

  • Collection | Adding a selection of cards that includes cards in collection and cards not yet in collection (quantity 0) to a binder no longer fails silently and will instead add the cards that are available
  • Collection | Converted mana cost column logic has been updated to better match player expectations and will respect original designation, even when cards of varying CMCs are added to the column
  • Collection | Double-clicking sealed product no longer gives a deck-building prompt
  • Collection | Show Versions Separately is now automatically selected when sorting by Set & Collector Number
  • Collection | The default Collection Scene Sort is now Set & Collector Number with Show Versions Separately enabled
  • Deckbuilding | Cards recently removed from the Sideboard pane are no longer displayed there after checking and unchecking the Sideboard's "Apply Filters" checkbox
  • Deckbuilding | Closing a deck or binder now correctly updates the quantity display in the Matches pane
  • Deckbuilding | When adding cards to a deck that are not yet in a play, they now remain dimmed in the Matches pane
  • General | Updated the Pauper and the Standard Pauper filters to match the Banned lists
  • Play Lobby | Right clicking on the drop down menu on Matches pane no longer displays the "Add deck" option

Duel Scene and Event Updates

  • Duel Scene | Cards dragged to the right of a players hand no longer leave temporary card image
  • Duel Scene | Cards inside Zone Windows now organize/scale similarly to Temporary Windows
  • Duel Scene | Fixed a text issue on triggered abilities that decreased font size when the size of the Stack window increased
  • Duel Scene | Fixed an issue that prevented the User from watching the replay of the first game after viewing the replay of the second game
  • Duel Scene | Placing cards and effects on the stack happens automatically if they all are from the same source (this can create an issue where the player cannot stack triggers exactly as they like, which will be addressed in a future update)
  • Duel Scene | Temporary Windows no longer place cards in separate piles once scroll arrows are present
  • Duel Scene | Temporary windows now display all cards by default, which fixes the Thoughtseize problem
  • Duel Scene | The graveyard has a mini display under the player box when the graveyard is closed
  • Duel Scene | The host leaving a match now removes all players from the match queue
  • Duel Scene | Undocked temporary zones, like Graveyard, no longer interfere with keyboard commands
  • General | Player skill level filters now have proper spacing
  • General | Updated the blue modified power/toughness on old frame cards to be more visible
  • Limited Deckbuilding | Players can now drag and drop the cards from the draft pool into the sideboard during the draft

Chat Updates

  • Chat | Chat Symbols now work in chat rooms
  • Chat | Online buddies and offline buddies are now separated within the user’s Chat drop-down
  • Chat | Opening the player list in chat no longer persists after making a selection
  • Chat | The "Buddies" section of the Chat drop-down now organizes the user's buddies in alphabetical order

Trade Updates

  • Trade | Accepting Trades from non-Trade scenes no longer force the player to the Trade Scene
  • Trade | Sizing the lower pane of a trade to cover items in the matches pane no longer prevents those items from updating their visuals and quantities when they are removed from the "You Will Receive" pane
  • Trade | Text searching for a username now returns results when filtering

Other Updates

  • Account | Game History no longer contains the records of the matches the user watched but did not play
  • Account | Prize Eligibility check boxes are no longer disabled after resizing window
  • Play Lobby | Joined queues that are waiting to launch no longer show a start time of 12/31 11:59 PM
  • Store | Users can no longer save addresses with blank required fields

Upcoming Events

February 18-February 20Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries

February 21Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 9:00 a.m. Pacific (17:00 UTC)

February 18-February 21Khans of Tarkir/Fate Reforged Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries

February 22Khans of Tarkir/Fate Reforged Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (15:00 UTC)

February 25-March 3Fate Reforged Limited Championship Qualifiers

March 4-March 10Fate Reforged Standard Championship Qualifiers

March 7Fate Reforged Limited Championship Finals 8:00 a.m. Pacific (15:00 UTC)

March 11-March 13Season 3 Magic Online Championship Series Preliminaries

March 14Season 3 Magic Online Championship Series Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (14:00 UTC)

March 15Fate Reforged Standard Championship Finals 8:00 a.m. Pacific (15:00 UTC)

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