Magic Online Announcements August 9, 2016

Posted in on August 9, 2016

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.

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The Pro Tour Gauntlet Returns August 10–17

From August 10 through August 17, the Pro Tour Gauntlet will be returning to Magic Online with decks fresh from Pro Tour Eldritch Moon! Find out what decks have emerged into Standard since the release of the new set!

If you missed them during their last run, Pro Tour Gauntlet events allow players to test-drive a random deck from among some of the most interesting and highest-placing decks from the recent Pro Tour event. Whether you're looking for a way to check out the new Standard, or just want to play with some of the best decks in the world, check out Pro Tour Gauntlet events running August 10–17!

Get the full event details and available decklists here!


Vintage Super League Week 9

This week, the Vintage Super League moves into Week 9 of Season 5: The final episode before the playoffs! Watch it live every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. PT/12:00 a.m. UTC on! New decklists were introduced in Week 7—see what everyone's playing with here!


Upcoming MOCS Playoff Event on August 13

The third quarter of competition in the Magic Online Championship Series (MOCS) culminates on August 13 for the third Playoff Event of the series! Big prizes, the chance to move up the MOCS Leaderboard, plus invitations to the Magic Online Championship are all on the line in this event.

In addition to prizes and bragging rights, all players who play in the Playoff Event on August 13 will get a promo Doomsday that's currently only available on Magic Online!

Learn more about the 2016 Magic Online Championship Series and how to qualify for future Playoff Events here.


Upcoming Legacy Challenge August 13

The next Legacy Challenge is coming up on August 13! Big prizes are on the line for the Top 8, like the ten original dual lands, Rishadan Port, Wasteland, and more. Get the full event details here.


Upcoming Shadows over Innistrad-Eldritch Moon Sealed PTQ on Sunday, August 14

Attention all Pro Tour hopefuls: a Pro Tour Qualifier (PTQ) is approaching! The Shadows over Innistrad-Eldritch Moon Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries begin Thursday, August 11, and run through Sunday, August 14. We hope to see you in the PTQ Finals on Sunday, August 14!

Remember, you are no longer required to enter into the PTQ Finals immediately following the Preliminary that you qualified through, thanks to the redesigned PTQ system that Magic Online Events Manager Lee Sharpe announced here.

Learn more about Magic Online Pro Tour Qualifiers here.


Upcoming Extended Downtime on Wednesday, August 24

There will be an extended downtime on Wednesday, August 24, for Magic Online. Events close at 12:00 a.m. PT/7 a.m. UTC (that's midnight Pacific), and store activity and trades end at 2:45 a.m. leading up to the system coming down at 3:00 a.m. The system is estimated to return from downtime at 12:00 p.m.


Downtime for August 10, 2016

  • All tournaments will close Wednesday, August 10, at 5:00 a.m. PT/12 p.m. UTC
  • Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 7:45 a.m. PT/2:45 p.m. UTC
  • The system will be down from 8:00 a.m./3 p.m. UTC until 12:00 p.m. PT/7 p.m. UTC


Ongoing and Upcoming Events

Head on over to our shiny new event calendar at for an easy-to-digest breakdown of events happening all across Magic Online.