Magic Online Announcements August 18, 2015

Posted in Magic Online on August 18, 2015

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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Leagues on the Horizon!

Chris Kiritz, Digital Product Manager for Magic Online, returns to talk about when we're launching Leagues (it's very soon!) and what we're launching (Constructed Leagues!). It's been a long journey, and we're excited to finally be able to release Leagues to the public.

Check out Chris's full article for all of the details about our plan to roll out Leagues.


Rise of the Eldrazi Flashback Drafts and 2-Player Legacy Cube Queues Begin August 26

Relive the dangers of Zendikar via Rise of the Eldrazi Flashback drafts!

Practice in for the MOCS Season 9 Legacy Cube Qualifiers with our 2-player Phantom Sealed Queue!

Get the full details on these, as well as other Magic Online event updates, in Digital Product Manager for Magic Online Events Lee Sharpe's latest article.


Play Points are Live

Play Points can now be used as entry into most Constructed events! Check out this article Lee Sharpe for the full details on where you can use your Play Points.


Magic Origins Standard Championship Qualifiers Begin August 19

Today, August 18, is the last day of the Magic Origins Limited Championship Qualifiers. After tomorrow's downtime, Magic Origins Standard Championship Qualifiers begin at 12:30 p.m. Pacific (UTC-7)! Four or five wins in a Qualifier Event will get you an invitation to the Magic Origins Standard Championship Finals on August 29!

Check out the Magic Origins Championship article for full event details.


Modern Masters (2015 Edition) Flashback Queue

At the upcoming 2015 Magic World Championship, one of the formats is Modern Masters (2015 Edition) Draft. Celebrate the upcoming Championship by Drafting Modern Masters (2015 Edition) alongside World Championship competitors on Magic Online with a Modern Masters (2015 Edition) queue running the week of August 19-26!

See below for the event details. Enjoy them and best of luck!

Modern Masters (2015 Edition) 6-2-2-2 Swiss Draft

Start Times: Wednesday, August 19, after downtime, until the Wednesday, August 26 downtime
Location: Limited Queues
Entry Options:

  • Option 1: 25 Event Tickets
  • Option 2: 4 Event Tickets, plus product
  • Option 3: 250 Play Points

Product: 3 Modern Masters (2015 Edition) booster packs
Size: 8 players
Play Style: Swiss
Format: Draft
Duration: 10 minutes deck-building time. Three rounds, each round up to 50 minutes.

Match Wins Prizes QPs
3 Wins 6 Modern Masters (2015 Edition) booster packs 1
2 Wins 2 Modern Masters (2015 Edition) booster packs 0


Legendary Cube FAQ

We've been getting some questions from the community around the Legendary Cube and the new Prize Packs that launch alongside it. Get answers on Prize Pack trading (they're tradeable now!), Commander 2015 Edition cards, and more in our FAQ update.

And if you missed the Legendary Cube announcement entirely? Here's a link to the beginning of the article!


Community Cup Team Rosters Revealed

It's tough to pick just eight people from our awesome Magic community to be on the Community Team but, after much deliberation, we've chosen eight people to stand as paragons, representing what makes the Magic community so great to be a part of. Their competitors, the dastardly Wizards Team, have also announced a team roster and are currently mid-training montage at an undisclosed location deep within the bowels of Wizards HQ.

If you missed the roster for the Community teams, get brief bios and learn more about their contributions to the community here on DailyMTG!


New Episode of Standard Super League Tonight

Every Tuesday through September 9, at 6:00 p.m. Pacific (UTC-7) (except for a quick break the week of the August 25), the newest episode of the Standard Super League's second season airs live on Check out Randy Buehler's latest article for a preview at tonight's matches!

If you missed it the first time around, Randy Buehler wrote an article that details how three Super League mini-seasons will qualify players for a Super League Championship later this year. Who will emerge as the Super League grand champion? Find out by watching along!


From the Vault: Angels Releases on Magic Online October 12

From the Vault: Angels comes to Magic Online on Monday, October 12!

If you missed it, Trick Jarrett wrote a brief history lesson on all of the Angels included in the set in a recent article on DailyMTG.


Sign Up for the Magic Online Newsletter

The Magic Online Newsletter contains a wealth of personalized information you can't find anywhere else. Published monthly, the newsletter is a quick snapshot of your Magic Online history, and a top news and announcements list of info you shouldn't miss.

In each issue you'll find personalized stats, such as:

  • A lifetime total of booster packs you've won
  • MOPR promo cards you've earned through both store and event activity
  • Current MOCS season qualifier points
  • A personalized factoid
  • Year-to-Date MOCS Qualifier Points, by format

And we're always looking for ways to improve this resource! Get directions on enrolling here.


Magic Online Judge Open on Saturday, August 29

The Magic Online Judge Open (MOJO) pits the folks who know Magic's rules the best—Magic judges—in a head-to-head competition. Applications for the final MOJO event of the year, the Iwazaru MOJO, are still open. If there's a judge in your life (including yourself) who hasn't signed up yet, apply now!

Apply for the upcoming MOJO.

Check out the decklists from the August 8, 2015 and the August 14, 2015 Magic Online Judge Open.

Learn more about being a Magic judge.

Magic Online Judge Open

Start Time: Saturday, August 29, 11:00 a.m. All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours).
Location: Scheduled Events
Entry Options:

  • Option 1: Invite Only

Product: Magic Online will provide 6 Phantom Magic Origins booster packs
All Boosters are Phantom product and will not be added to a player's collection at the conclusion of the event
Size: 8-1024 players
Play Style: Swiss
Format: Sealed
Duration: 20 minutes deck-building time. Five rounds, each round up to 50 minutes.

Match Wins Prizes QPs
5 Wins 5 Magic Origins booster packs and a non-premium Moat promo 0
4 Wins 4 Magic Origins booster packs and a non-premium Moat promo 0
3 Wins 3 Magic Origins booster packs 0
2 Wins 2 Magic Origins booster packs 0
1 Win 1 Magic Origins booster pack 0

Note: All participants will receive a Grand Arbiter Augustin IV Avatar.


Upcoming Standard PTQ on Saturday, August 22

Attention all Pro Tour hopefuls, a Pro Tour Qualifier (PTQ) is approaching! The Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries begin tomorrow, August 19, and run through Friday, August 21. We hope to see you in the PTQ Finals on Saturday, August 22!

Learn more about PTQs on Magic Online and get the full schedule here.


Magic Origins Redemption Information

Magic Origins becomes available for redemption on Wednesday, August 26, about one month after its digital release. If you collect the whole set on Magic Online, you can exchange it for a full, paper version! If you're interested in redeeming Magic Origins, don't wait too long—because the set won't be available to redeem forever.

Learn more about Magic Online redemption.


Upcoming Extended Downtime on Wednesday, August 26

There will be an extended downtime on Wednesday, August 26, for Magic Online. Events close at 12:00 a.m. Pacific (07:00 UTC), midnight, and store activity and trades end at 2:45 a.m. Pacific (09:45 UTC) leading up to the system coming down at 3:00 a.m. Pacific (10:00 UTC). The system is estimated to return from downtime at 1:00 p.m. Pacific (20:00 UTC).


Extended Downtime for August 19, 2015

  • All tournaments will close Wednesday, August 19, at 4:00 a.m. Pacific (11:00 UTC)
  • Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 7:45 a.m. Pacific (14:45 UTC)
  • The system will be down from 8:00 a.m. Pacific (15:00 UTC) until 1:00 p.m. Pacific (20:00 UTC)


Ongoing and Upcoming Events

August 19-August 21Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries

August 19-August 25Magic Origins Standard Championship Qualifiers

August 22Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 9:00 a.m. Pacific (16:00 UTC)

August 23Magic Origins Limited Championship Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (14:00 UTC)

August 29Magic Origins Standard Championship Finals 9:00 a.m. Pacific (16:00 UTC)

August 26-August 29Magic Origins Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries

August 30Magic Origins Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (14:00 UTC)


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