Magic Online Announcements April 26, 2016

Posted in Magic Online on April 26, 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 April 27

The Pro Tour Guantlet is returning on April 27, this time with Standard decks from Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad! Check out the decklists and event details here.

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!

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The Year of Modern Flashbacks Resumes

It's 2016: The Year of Modern Flashbacks! If you want to build up a collection for Modern, these Flashback Drafts add everything you draft to you collection once the event is over. Even if Modern isn't your thing, you can enjoy a leisurely Draft through the planes of the past with rotating formats each week!

Triple Time Spiral Flashback Drafts resume following the Wednesday, May 4 downtime and are followed up with a Time Spiral-Planar Chaos format. Get the full schedule here and mark your calendar for the formats you're most excited about!

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Upcoming Power 9 Challenge April 30

Play in the upcoming Power 9 Challenge on Saturday, April 30 for a chance to win a piece of the Power Nine!

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Upcoming MOCS Playoff Event on April 30

The second quarter of competition in the Magic Online Championship Series (MOCS) culminates on April 30 for the second 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 April 30 will get a promo Gaea's Cradle!

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

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Upcoming Standard PTQ on Sunday, May 1

Attention all Pro Tour hopefuls, a Pro Tour Qualifier (PTQ) is approaching! The Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries begin Thursday, April 28, and run through Sunday, May 1. We hope to see you in the PTQ Finals on Sunday, May 1!

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 Lee Sharpe announced here.

Learn more about Magic Online Pro Tour Qualifiers here.

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Reminder: Place Redemption Orders Before May 4

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:

  • May 11
  • June 8
  • June 22

During these weeks without a downtime Magic Online will NOT be processing set redemptions. This means that if you're thinking about redemption, please submit your order before the May 4 downtime if you want your order processed before May 11. If your order isn't made prior to May 4, it won't be processed until May 18.

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Extended Downtime for April 27, 2016

  • All tournaments will close Wednesday, April 27, at 12:00 a.m. PT (UTC -7)
  • Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 2:45 a.m. PT (UTC -7)
  • The system will be down from 3:00 a.m. PT (10:00 UTC) until 12:00 p.m. PT (UTC -7)

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