Magic Online Announcements August 2, 2016

Posted in Magic Online on August 2, 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 August 10–17

From August 10 through August 17, the Pro Tour Gauntlet will be returning to Magic Online with decks fresh from Pro Tour Eldritch Moon! Find out what decks have emerged into Standard since the release of the new set!

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 running August 10–17!

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No Vintage Super League This Week

Vintage Super League is taking a break for Pro Tour Eldritch Moon. Check back next Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. PT/12:00 a.m. UTC on twitch.tv/magic for the first episode of the playoffs!

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Year of Modern Flashbacks on Hold

We're taking a break from the Year of Modern Flashbacks to make way for Eldritch Moon from July 27 to August 17. Check back Wednesday, August 17 for triple Zendikar Flashbacks!

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Double Pro Tour Qualifier Weekend

Attention all Pro Tour hopefuls: there's a double Pro Tour Qualifier (PTQ) weekend coming up! Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries and the Shadows over Innistrad-Eldritch Moon Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries begin Thursday, August 4, and run through Sunday, August 7. The Standard Finals will take place on Sunday, August 7, at 9:00 a.m. PT/4:00 p.m. UTC and the Shadows over Innistrad-Eldritch Moon Sealed Finals are Saturday, August 6, at 7:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. UTC.

Please Note: This week, Constructed Finals are on Sunday and Limited Finals are on Saturday, contrary to their usual schedule.

Learn more about Magic Online Pro Tour Qualifiers here.

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Reminder: No Downtime on August 3

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 second half of 2016:

  • August 3
  • August 31
  • September 14
  • October 12
  • November 2
  • November 9
  • November 30
  • December 14

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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.

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