Magic Online Announcements April 19, 2016

Posted in Magic Online on April 19, 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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Shadows over Innistrad Events Available Now!

Shadows over Innistrad Prerelease was this past weekend, which means that Shadows is available in the Magic Online Store and events are running now! If you haven't finished your Prerelease League course yet, make sure to finish up before its end date of April 20, at 10:00 a.m. PT (UTC-7).

Speaking of Sealed Leagues, Sealed Multi-Stage Leagues launched on April 18! With Sealed Multi-Stage Leagues, you can play the new set and add additional booster packs as you progress in your League course!

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Upcoming Shadows over Innistrad Streamer Showdown on April 21

If you've never seen a Streamer Showdown before, they come in two eight-player pods that feature some of the best streamers in the community brawling with the latest Magic Online sets. If you're trying to improve your game, Magic Online streamers are some of the best players out there—and some of the best teachers, too. Even if you're already a Magic pro, throw your support behind one of the competitors and cheer them on from their Twitch chat!

This Streamer Showdown will feature a Shadows over Innistrad Draft! Check out the streamer lineup below, then stop by your favorite streamer's Twitch channel on Thursday, April 21, at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. PT (UTC-7) for the latest Streamer Showdown.

Thursday, April 21, 1:00 p.m. PT (UTC-7) Event

Thursday, April 21, 6:00 p.m. PT (UTC-7) Event

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The Pro Tour Gauntlet Returns April 27

The Pro Tour Guantlet is returning on April 27, this time with Standard decks from upcoming Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad! Watch Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad this weekend to prepare for the event! Pro Tour coverage begins at 12:00 a.m. PT (UTC-7) each morning.

If you missed them during their inaugural run, Pro Tour Gauntlet events allow players to test-drive a random deck of 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 April 27 to May 4! A list of available decklists and event details will be posted to MTGO.com on Tuesday, April 26.

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Announcing May MOPR Promos and April 30 MOCS Playoff Promo

The promo for the second MOCS Playoff event of 2016 is Gaea's Cradle! This promo card can be earned in the April 30 Playoff Event.

Gaea's Cradle

The May MOPR period runs from April 27, 2016, through May 25, 2016. Here are the promo cards:

Event Promo
Goblin Warchief

Store Promo
Ravenous Bloodseeker

Please note, these Magic Online promos will have the art shown above, but will use Magic Online expansion symbol and a Magic Online frame instead of the expansion symbol and frame shown.

Play in one or more events during the MOPR period, and you'll get a non-premium Goblin Warchief. Five or more and you'll get an additional premium Goblin Warchief. Spend at least $20 total in the Magic Online Store during this MOPR period, and you'll get a non-premium Ravenous Bloodseeker. By spending $40 or more, you'll get an additional, premium, Ravenous Bloodseeker.

And remember, this means it's your last chance to get the April MOPR promos, like this Arcanis the Omnipotent.

In the Magic Online Player Rewards (MOPR) program, Magic Online players are rewarded for participating in tournaments of a sufficient size, as well as making purchases in the Magic Online Store. Learn about the specifics of the program here.

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Pro Tour Qualifiers Return With Refreshed Formats

There are two PTQ Finals events this weekend, including the first Shadows over Innistrad Sealed Finals, plus a PTQ Final featuring the new Standard! Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries and the Shadows over Innistrad Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries begin Thursday, April 21, and run through Sunday, April 24.

Learn more about Magic Online Pro Tour Qualifiers here.

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Reminder: No Downtime on April 20

In an effort to make sure Magic Online is available when you want to play Magic, we're working on ways to reduce the number of times we have to bring the system offline for maintenance. As a first step we're simply going to eliminate at least one downtime each month.

Here are the dates of the exact downtimes we'll be skipping in the first half of 2016:

  • April 20
  • May 11
  • June 8
  • June 22

During these weeks without a downtime, Magic Online will NOT be processing set redemptions. This means that if your order wasn't made prior to the April 13 downtime, it won't be processed until April 27.

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Upcoming Extended Downtime on Wednesday, April 27

There will be an extended downtime on Wednesday, April 27, for Magic Online. Events close at 12:00 a.m. PT (UTC-7), midnight, 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.

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