Announcing the "You Make the Cube" Contest

Posted in Magic Online on August 23, 2016

By Robert Schuster

Have you ever played one of our Magic Online Cube offerings and thought: "You know what would be a really great cube?" Well now is your chance to submit your design for our next Magic Online cube and possibly even win fantastic prizes!

We have heard repeatedly from our community that they have cubes they would like to play on Magic Online. This is your chance! We're looking to take the best cube out there and make it a reality on Magic Online.

If your submission is chosen to be one of the four finalists, you'll win four complete digital non-premium sets of Kaladesh and 1,000 play points in Magic Online. The finalists will be contacted by the Magic R&D team to help them develop their cube submissions further. During this period, the finalists will work in tandem with designers and developers from Magic R&D to further tune their cube lists for optimal play. Finalists can expect to be contacted by October 1, 2016.

After the development period, the updated cube lists will be posted for the community to review by October 17. During that review period, we will open up voting for our community to choose their favorite of the posted submissions. The winning submission will then be announced and the grand prize winner will receive an additional four premium digital sets of Kaladesh and an additional 1,000 Play Points!

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Creativity—We're looking for a cube that's different than our existing offerings (Vintage, Legacy, and Legendary Cube). The cards can overlap as much or as little as you like with our other cubes, but we're looking for a novel play experience.

  2. Fun—We're looking for a cube that Magic Online players of all skill levels be able to have fun playing. If you need to know how to resolve a Doomsday combo in order to play black in the cube you're submitting, maybe think of other ways that the archetype could go.

  3. Feasibility—We're looking for a cube that we can add to Magic Online in time for the November release. If your submission requires that packs for the draft consist of only a single color, that might take technical work that we can't do in time for the November cube.

  4. Replayability—Magic Online players draft a lot. If your cube design has a play experience that would be less exciting after being played only a few times, I would try to find a way to modify it so even someone who has already played it many times is still interested.

  5. Cube Submission Format
    1. Should be 540 cards. It does not have to be color balanced, though. For example, you could submit a mono-green cube if you wanted to!
    2. The submission can only contain cards that are playable on Magic Online as of the Eldritch Moon release.
    3. Download and fill out this spreadsheet.
    4. Must email the completed spreadsheet as an attachment to magiconlinefeedback@wizards.com before September 15, 2016.
      1. Do not add images, macros, non-text objects, or change the format of the above spreadsheet, or it may cause your submission to be rejected.
    5. Adherence to the Contest Rules—We're asking for cube submissions in a specific format because we're expecting to get a bunch of people entering. We will have to toss out any submissions that don't follow the above formatting and/or the contest terms and conditions.

    Best of luck to you all as you set out to work on your cube submissions. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me by asking a question on Tumblr or on my Twitter.

    —Robert Schuster
    (WotC_Robert)


    Magic Online You Make the Cube Contest

    OFFICIAL RULES

    The You make the Cube Contest (the "Contest") starts on August 22, 2016 at 12:00 pm PST and ends on November 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm PST ("Contest Period"). The sponsor of the Contest is Wizards of the Coast LLC, 1600 Lind Ave SW Suite 400, Renton, Washington 98057 (the "Sponsor" or "Wizards").

    By entering the Contest, you represent and warrant that you meet the eligibility requirements set forth in these Official Rules, and agree to be bound by these Official Rules and any other requirements designated by Sponsor.

    1. Who is Eligible: The Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States, Canada (excluding Quebec), France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia, Russia, South Africa, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina who have reached the age of majority at the time of entry in the country in which they reside. VOID IN PUERTO RICO, US TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS, AND WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.

      Employees, officers, and directors of Wizards, its parent companies, affiliated companies, advertising agencies, promotion agencies, production agencies, and each of their immediate family members (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and members of their same households (related or not) are not eligible to participate in the Contest.

    2. How to Enter: You may enter the Contest by downloading and completing this spreadsheet and submitting it to Wizards at magiconlinefeedback@wizards.com by or before midnight PST September 15, 2016.
      1. Do not add images, macros, non-text objects, or change the format of the spreadsheet, or it might cause your submission to be rejected.
      2. Your submission must be 540 cards and may only include cards playable on Magic Online as of the Eldritch Moon release.
      3. On the submission spreadsheet, you must provide the following information:
        1. Your complete name
        2. Your date of birth
        3. Your state or province/territory of residence
        4. Your telephone number
        5. Your email address

      LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER PERSON. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. TO REDEEM PRIZES, YOU MUST HAVE A VALID MAGIC ONLINE ACCOUNT. IF YOU ARE SELECTED AS A FINALIST OR THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER AND DO NOT HAVE A MAGIC ONLINE ACCOUNT, ONE WILL BE PROVIDED TO YOU AT NO CHARGE.

    3. Contest Deadlines:
      1. Submissions: 12:00 PM PST Aug. 22, 2016 to 11:59 PM PST Sept. 14, 2016
      2. Finalists selected on or about Oct. 1, 2016
      3. Finalists announced and public voting begins Oct. 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM PST
      4. Voting closes Oct. 24, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST
      5. Grand Prize Winner is announced on or about Nov. 16, 2016
    4. Who Will Win: All decisions made by Sponsor or its nominated agents on all matters relating to the Contest are final and binding. There will be four (4) Finalists and one (1) Grand Prize Winner.

      Selection of Finalists: A committee comprised of selected Wizards employees will serve as judges for the Contest ("Wizards Judging Panel"). Between August 22, 2016 and September 14, 2016, the Wizards Judging Panel will review all eligible submissions and select four (4) finalists (each a "Finalist") from all properly-entered submissions based on the following criteria: fun, originality/creativity, feasibility, and replayability. All submissions are eligible to be selected as a Finalist unless (i) the submission fails to meet the requirement in Section 2; (ii) you are currently suspended from playing in Magic Online and/or participating on Magic organized play activities; or (iii) you are ineligible to participate in the Contest. Finalists will be notified by Wizards on or about October 1, 2016 through the email listed on their submission.

      Fan Voting: The Finalist submissions will work with Magic R&D teams to refine their submissions (final submissions will be at the discretion of Wizards) and will then be published on the official Contest website for public voting. Each Finalist may receive votes during the fan voting period from October 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm PST to October 24, 2016, at 11:59 pm PST ("Voting Period"). Votes may be submitted by following the instructions on the website.

      Selection of Grand Prize Winner: The submission with the most votes at the end of the Voting Period will be the Grand Prize Winner. In the event of a tie, Sponsor will select the Grand Prize Winner applying the criteria above.

    5. Grand Prize Winner Notification: The Grand Prize Winner will be notified on or around October 25, 2016, via the email address provided at the time of entry. If the Grand Prize Winner does not respond within three (3) days to the notification sent to the email address he or she provided after two (2) notifications have been sent by Sponsor, such Grand Prize Winner may be disqualified and forfeit the prize. In such event, the Sponsor reserves the right to withhold the prize(s) or the prize will be awarded to another eligible entrant chosen from the remaining pool of Finalists. The Grand Prize Winner will be publicly announced on or about November 16, 2016.

    6. Prize Information:

      Finalist Prize

      Each Finalist will receive the following:

      • Four (4) non-premium digital sets of the Kaladesh card expansion for Magic Online; and
      • 1,000 Play Points.

      Grand Prize Winner

      One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

      • An additional four (4) premium digital sets of the Kaladesh card expansion for Magic Online; and
      • An additional 1,000 Play Points.

      Each winner must provide his/her mailing address to Sponsor and must execute and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release/publicity release (except where prohibited), and any other legal documents that Sponsor may require within five (5) business days from notification in order to receive the prize. Prizes are not transferable, assignable, or redeemable for cash. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may substitute a prize of equal or greater value than the prize identified herein. If any winner either fails to timely provide his/her mailing address or declines a prize or fails to comply with any of these Official Rules, or if any prize is returned as undeliverable, such winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner may be chosen from the remaining pool of entries in accordance with the terms of the Official Rules at Sponsor's sole discretion. Winners are solely responsible for paying all applicable federal, country, state, and local taxes, and all other expenses associated with any prize. Where applicable, the prizes shall be delivered by Sponsor or Sponsor's designated agent to the winners within the jurisdiction of the domicile provided by each winner.

    7. Voting Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Votes may be cast by individuals through the Contest website. Employees of Wizards, its affiliates, and immediate family members of such employees are not eligible to participate in the contest. By voting in the Contest, each voter fully and unconditionally agrees to and accepts these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor.

    8. How to Vote: Votes can be cast by following the on-screen instructions on the Contest website.

    9. Disqualification: Failure to comply with these Official Rules will result in disqualification. Further, your entry will be disqualified, at the sole discretion of Sponsor, if you:

      1. Enter the Contest through any means other than described in these Official Rules;
      2. Attempt to disrupt the Contest, circumvent the terms and conditions of these Official Rules, or in any way tamper with any component of the Contest;
      3. Submit multiple entries or vote in the Contest or submits entries or votes generated or caused by script, macro or other automated means;
      4. Submit your entry after the expiration of the Contest submission period; or
      5. Submit an entry that contains material copied (either wholly or substantially) from any third party work or material.
      If any of the above occurs, Sponsor has the right to remedy any such action, disruption, or circumvention, and to seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law.

       

    10. Liability Release: To the fullest extent permitted by law, by participating in the Contest, you agree to forever and irrevocably release, discharge, indemnify, and hold Wizards and its directors, officers, employees, parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, agencies, and all prize suppliers harmless from any and all liability, losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with the Contest, or resulting from acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize including, without limitation, to the fullest extent permitted by law, personal injuries, death and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy, whether suffered by you or a third party. By entering the Contest, you agree to abide by and accept as final the Sponsor's decisions and waive any right to appeal.

    11. Publicity Release: To the fullest extent permitted by law, by participating in the Contest, you grant Sponsor permission to use, except where prohibited by law, your name, image, likeness, and country of residence, for Sponsor's advertising and promotional purposes in all forms of media, now or hereafter known, throughout the world and on the Internet in perpetuity, without compensation or additional consents from you and prior notice, approval or inspection.

    12. LICENSE: BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, YOU GRANT SPONSOR AN UNLIMITED, WORLDWIDE, PERPETUAL, ROYALTY-FREE, IRREVOCABLE, NON-EXCLUSIVE LICENSE TO USE THE SUBMISSION FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE CONTEST AND FOR PROMOTING SPONSOR'S BUSINESS WITHOUT FURTHER PERMISSION FROM OR NOTIFICATION.

      For example, this license includes the right for Sponsor to edit, adapt, modify, copy, publish, display, distribute, sub-license, and create derivative works based upon your submission in any way whatsoever.

    13. PERSONAL DATA: BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, YOU GRANT TO SPONSOR PERMISSION TO COLLECT AND PROCESS YOUR PERSONAL DATA (NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, EMAIL ADDRESS, TELEPHONE NUMBER, SEX, AND COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE) AND TO TRANSFER SUCH PERSONAL DATA OUTSIDE OF YOUR COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE TO WIZARDS OF THE COAST LLC AND HASBRO, INC. IN THE UNITED STATES, WHICH MAY HAVE DIFFERENT PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION LAWS THAN YOUR COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE.

      You may request access to and/or correction or deletion of your personal data at any time by submitting such requests to Sponsor's Customer Service as set forth at https://wizards.custhelp.com/. Any inquiries or complaints with respect to your personal data should also be channeled to Sponsor in this manner. You further acknowledge that it will be necessary for Sponsor to store and process your personal data for the purpose of administering the Contest.

    14. Information Disclosure: The information you submit in the Contest is disclosed to Wizards of the Coast LLC, 1600 Lind Avenue, Suite 400, Renton, WA 98057; and Hasbro, Inc., 1027 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02861 (collectively, "Contest Entities"). The information will be used in accordance with Sponsor's privacy policies located at http://company.wizards.com/privacy.

    15. Governing Law: By entering the Contest, you acknowledge and agree that these Official Rules, the Contest, and all disputes related thereto are governed by the laws of the State of Washington in United States, without regard to its conflict of laws principles and will take place in the state and federal courts residing in Seattle, Washington, USA.

    16. Requesting Copies: These Official Rules can be sent free of charge to anyone who requests them. To receive a copy of these Official Rules or the names of the prize winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: You Make the Cube Rules and Winners c/o Wizards of the Coast LLC, P.O. Box 707, Renton, WA 98057-0707. All requests must be received by December 31, 2016. Residents of the State of Vermont, USA, may omit return postage.

    © 2016 Wizards of the Coast LLC.

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