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- Announcing September MOPR Promos
- Prize Change for the Upcoming August 21 MOCS Monthly Event
- Eldritch Moon Limited Championship Qualifiers Run August 17–23
- Pro Tour Gauntlet Events End Tomorrow
- The Year of Modern Flashbacks Returns August 17
- Vintage Super League Playoffs
- Upcoming Standard RPTQ on Saturday, August 20
- Upcoming Extended Downtime on Wednesday, August 24
- Downtime for August 17, 2016
- Build Notes
- Ongoing and Upcoming Events
- Ask us anything on the Magic Online Tumblr!
- Download Magic Online
Announcing September MOPR Promos
The September MOPR period runs from August 31, 2016, through September 28, 2016. Here are the promo cards:
Play in one or more events during the MOPR period, and you'll get a non-premium Flaying Tendrils. Five or more and you'll get an additional premium Flaying Tendrils. Spend at least $20 total in the Magic Online Store during this MOPR period, and you'll get a non-premium Identity Thief. By spending $40 or more, you'll get an additional, premium, Identity Thief.
And remember, this means it's your last chance to get the August MOPR promos, like this Angel of Deliverance.
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.
Prize Change for the Upcoming August 21 MOCS Monthly Event
Due to the attendance in limited MOCS Monthly events exceeding expectations, we are issuing a one-time increase in prizes for the last limited MOCS Monthly of the current year. You can see the new prize structure below. Please note that these prize changes apply only to the August 21 MOCS Monthly event. This event is the last opportunity to use you Qualifier Points in a limited MOCS Monthly. Also, this event is capped at 1,024 players. Please register early if you intend to play, as we expect this event to fill to capacity.
Start Times: Sunday, August 21, 7:00 a.m. All times are Pacific Standard Time (for UTC, add 7 hours).
Location: Play Lobby -> Limited Tournaments -> Scheduled
Entry Option: 35 Qualifier Points
Product: Magic Online will provide product for Limited Events.
Size: 8–1,024 players
Play Style: Swiss
Format: Shadows over Innistrad-Eldritch Moon Sealed, follwed by a Top 8 Draft
Duration: A number of Swiss rounds based on attendance, each round up to 50 minutes, followed by a cut to Top 8.
|1st||4 non-premium Eldritch Moon sets, 64 Eldritch Moon booster packs, 32 Shadows over Innistrad booster packs, 700 Play Points, and a premium copy of the MOCS Yearly Promo: Lightning Bolt||8||Invite to the next MOCS Playoff Event|
|2nd||1 non-premium Eldritch Moon set, 32 Eldritch Moon booster packs, 16 Shadows over Innistrad booster packs, 500 Play Points, and a premium copy of the MOCS Yearly Promo: Lightning Bolt||6||Invite to the next MOCS Playoff Event|
|3rd–4th||1 non-premium Eldritch Moon set, 24 Eldritch Moon booster packs, 12 Shadows over Innistrad booster packs, 400 Play Points, and a premium copy of the MOCS Yearly Promo: Lightning Bolt||5||Invite to the next MOCS Playoff Event|
|5th–8th||1 non-premium Eldritch Moon set, 16 Eldritch Moon booster packs, 8 Shadows over Innistrad booster packs, 300 Play Points, and a premium copy of the MOCS Yearly Promo: Lightning Bolt||4||Invite to the next MOCS Playoff Event|
|9th–16th||16 Eldritch Moon booster packs, 8 Shadows over Innistrad booster packs, 200 Play Points, and a premium copy of the MOCS Yearly Promo: Lightning Bolt||3||N/A|
|17th–32nd||10 Eldritch Moon booster packs, 5 Shadows over Innistrad booster packs, 100 Play Points, and a premium copy of the MOCS Yearly Promo: Lightning Bolt||2||N/A|
|33rd–64th||4 Eldritch Moon booster packs, 2 Shadows over Innistrad booster packs, 50 Play Points, and a premium copy of the MOCS Yearly Promo: Lightning Bolt||1||N/A|
|65th–128th||2 Eldritch Moon booster packs, 1 Shadows over Innistrad booster packs, 50 Play Points, and a non-premium copy of the MOCS Yearly Promo: Lightning Bolt||0||N/A|
|All Other Finishes||A non-premium copy of the MOCS Yearly Promo: Lightning Bolt||0||N/A|
Note: Limited events use Phantom product that will not be added to a player's collection at the end of the event.
Learn more about the Magic Online Championship Series here!
Eldritch Moon Limited Championship Qualifiers Run August 17–23
The Eldritch Moon Championships are coming up! Mark you calendar for the dates below and check out the full article for event details.
- Limited Championship Qualifiers: Wednesday, August 17-Tuesday, August 23
- Limited Championship Finals: Saturday, August 27
- Standard Championship Qualifiers: Wednesday, August 24-Tuesday, August 30
- Standard Championship Finals: Sunday, September 4
We hope to see you in the Championship!
Pro Tour Gauntlet Events End Tomorrow
The Pro Tour Gauntlet is only here until August 17, so try out decks from Pro Tour Eldritch Moon while the events are still around!
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!
Get the full event details and available decklists here!
The Year of Modern Flashbacks Returns August 17, with Triple Zendikar
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 Zendikar Flashback Drafts start off on August 17, after the downtime, and run until the Wednesday, August 24 downtime. Get the full schedule here and mark your calendar for the formats you're most excited about!
Vintage Super League Playoffs
This week, it's the Vintage Super League Playoffs! Watch the latest episode live Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. PT/12:00 a.m. UTC on twitch.tv/magic!
Upcoming Standard RPTQ on Saturday, August 20
A Standard Regional Pro Tour Qualifier (RPTQ) is coming up on August 20. Please note, these events are only open to players who have qualified through an in-store qualifier event.
Learn more about Magic Online Regional 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 17, 2016
- All tournaments will close Wednesday, August 17, 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
Build Notes for Deployment, Beginning 8:00 a.m./3:00 p.m. UTC (Occurs During Downtime)
- Cardset | Cards such as Oath of Nissa, Ancient Stirrings, and Peer Through Depths, that have a player reveal one of a small number of cards from the top of their library, once again put the revealed card into the Revealed Cards area.
- Cardset | Bloodhall Priest's ability will correctly trigger if it enters the battlefield during an opponent's turn.
- Cardset | Mirrorwing Dragon no longer occasionally creates spell copies controlled by an incorrect player.
- Cardset | The delirium counter in a player’s graveyard will now correctly persist for the duration of the game once it appears, even if a player no longer has any delirium cards on the battlefield, in the graveyard, or in exile.
- Cardset | Slayer’s Cleaver no longer forces non-Eldrazi creatures to block the equipped creature.
- Cardset | Flames of the Blood Hand now deals the correct amount of damage.
- Cardset | Text displayed during the resolution of a spell or ability that requires its controller to reveal a card from the top of their library, such as Vessel of Nascency, has been fixed.
- Cardset | An issue causing green highlighting to persist after resolving a spell or ability that involves selecting a card in the graveyard, such as Corpse Churn, has been resolved.
- Cardset | Double-faced and meld cards are now showing related cards correctly in zoom view.
- Cardset | Gisa and Geralf no longer prevents the use of Karador, Ghost Chieftain's ability.
- Cardset | Meld cards can no longer be incorrectly turned face down.
- Cardset | Spells that exile a permanent until end of turn now correctly return both cards of a melded permanent.
- Cardset | Copies of planeswalkers no longer display a copy icon overlapping their loyalty counters.
- Cardset | Eldrazi Scion tokens now display the proper art, mana symbol, and card frame.
- Cardset | Rite of Flame once again adds the correct amount of mana to the controller's mana pool.
- Duel Scene | Planeswalkers with four abilities now correctly display all four while in a player’s hand.
- Duel Scene | A rare issue where players would sometimes be paired incorrectly in tournaments has been fixed.
- General | Sort by Rarity once again works as intended in draft, deckbuilding, sideboarding, and the Collection Scene.
Build Notes for Hotfix, Occuring at Approximately 2:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. UTC (No Player-Facing Downtime)
Following tomorrow’s downtime, at 2:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. UTC, there will be a new client build deployed to address the below issues. In order to get the new version, players will need to restart their client. This hotfix deployment will not impact server connectivity.
- Duel Scene | Fixed an issue where players could get two Duel Scene windows when re-joining a League match in progress
- Duel Scene | Fixed an issue where players could get stuck in the sideboard when re-joining a League match in progress
Ongoing and Upcoming Events
Head on over to our shiny new event calendar at MTGO.com/Calendar for an easy-to-digest breakdown of events happening all across Magic Online.