Magic Online Announcements August 23, 2016

Posted in Magic Online on August 24, 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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Announcing You Make The Cube

Calling all aspiring Cube crafters! We're looking for a new Cube to compliment the Vintage and Legacy Cubes, but we want to know what kind of Cube you would like to play. Submit your pet Cube project to the You Make the Cube contest, Magic R&D will pick their favorites, and we'll put them to a vote!

The winning Cube designer will get sweet prizes and will go down in history as the designer of the next great Magic Online Cube! Get the full details here.


Eldritch Moon Standard Championship Qualifiers Run August 24–30

The Eldritch Moon Championships are coming up! Mark you calendar for the dates below and check out the full article for event details.

We hope to see you in the Championship!


The Year of Modern Flashbacks Continues with Worldwake

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 run until the Wednesday, August 24 downtime and are followed up with a Zendikar-Zendikar-Worldwake Drafts. Get the full schedule here and mark your calendar for the formats you're most excited about!


Upcoming Power Nine Challenge August 27

Play in the upcoming Power Nine Challenge on Saturday, August 27 for a chance to win a piece of the Power Nine!


Vintage Super League Playoffs

This week, it's the Vintage Super League Playoffs! Watch the latest episode live Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. PT/1:00 a.m. UTC on!


Upcoming Shadows over Innistrad-Eldritch Moon Sealed PTQ on Sunday, August 28

Attention all Pro Tour hopefuls: a Pro Tour Qualifier (PTQ) is approaching! The Shadows over Innistrad-Eldritch Moon Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries begin Thursday, August 25, and run through Sunday, August 28. We hope to see you in the PTQ Finals on Sunday, August 28!

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 Magic Online Events Manager Lee Sharpe announced here.

Learn more about Magic Online Pro Tour Qualifiers here.


Upcoming Standard RPTQ on Saturday, August 27

A Standard Regional Pro Tour Qualifier (RPTQ) is coming up on August 27. 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 Skipped Downtime on August 31

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 through 2016:

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


Extended Downtime for August 24, 2016

  • All tournaments will close Wednesday, August 24, at 12:00 a.m. PT/7 a.m. UTC
  • Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 2:45 a.m. PT/9:45 a.m. UTC
  • The system will be down from 3:00 a.m. PT/10:00 a.m. UTC until 12:00 p.m. PT/7:00 p.m. UTC


Ongoing and Upcoming Events

Head on over to our shiny new event calendar at for an easy-to-digest breakdown of events happening all across Magic Online.


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