Magic Online Announcements August 25, 2015

Posted in Magic Online on August 25, 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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Qualify for Pro Tour Pro Tour Atlanta 2016 on Magic Online

The Magic Online Pro Tour Qualifier schedule for Pro Tour Atlanta 2016 is now live. If you have hopes of qualifying for the Pro Tour, all from the comfort of your own home, now's the perfect time to jump in!

Please note, there's a Monday PTQ Final event on Labor Day, September 7. Mark your calendar if you're planning to compete!

Learn more about the upcoming Magic Online Pro Tour Qualifier season.

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Announcing the Magic Online Tumblr

It's tough to answer every question that we get about Magic Online. There's a lot of scheduling required before we publish an article, so it makes it hard to respond to hot topics as they come up. Twitter is a great place for an open dialogue with players, but we're stuck with only 140 characters to answer with—not great for complex questions.

We wanted to make a place where you could ask questions and see what's on the minds of other players too so, a few weeks ago, we launched the Official Magic Online Tumblr!

Read about some of the highlights from our first few weeks here.

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Leagues on the Horizon!

Starting Wednesday, August 26, you'll start seeing this in Magic Online:

As mentioned in Chris Kiritz's latest article, the basic Constructed Leagues infrastructure will be deployed during tomorrow's downtime. This deployment included a few changes to Magic Online.

First, the Home Scene will be updated to include a Featured Leagues area. At first, this will likely be empty or contain a test league. Once Leagues are available to the public, our Featured League will be displayed in this spot and you'll be able to view League Details and join right from the Home Scene.

If you're already in a League or two, the Leagues you've joined will be displayed here instead, and will show a brief summary of your progress.

Second, the Play Lobby will be updated to include buttons for Leagues in both the Constructed Tournaments and the Limited Tournaments room. All available Leagues, including the Featured League, can be found here and all the normal Play Lobby filters will work.

Finally, the Help section has been updated to include some basic League information. For more information after Leagues are available to the general public, check out the resources page on MTGO.com.

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Magic Origins Standard Championship Finals on August 29

Today, August 25, is the last day of the Magic Origins Standard Championship Qualifiers. 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.

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Last Chance for August (Season 9) MOCS and MOPR Promos

Time is running out to get August (Season 9) MOCS and MOPR Promos, like this textless Cryptic Command.

Earning 15 Qualifier Points (QPs) will earn you a copy of this season's MOCS promo card. You get one promo for every 15 QPs you earn. Players can earn QPs from MOCS Events, PTQ Events, Release Events, and more! Get more details about the Magic Online Championship Series here.

Magic Online Player Rewards (MOPR) promos are earned a bit differently. In the 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.

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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 up for the MOCS Season 9 Legacy Cube Preliminaries 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.

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Standard Super League Taking a Week Off

The Standard Super League is taking a week off so that contestants can prepare for the Magic World Championship! Standard Super League will return to its regular schedule of Tuesday, September 1, at 6:00 p.m. Pacific (UTC-7) on twitch.tv/magic!

Can't wait for the newest episode of the Standard Super League? Catch up on past episodes here.

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Upcoming Magic Origins Sealed PTQ on Sunday, August 30

Attention all Pro Tour hopefuls, a Pro Tour Qualifier (PTQ) is approaching! The Magic Origins Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries begin tomorrow, August 26, and run through Saturday, August 29. We hope to see you in the PTQ Finals on Sunday, August 30!

This is the last Magic Online Pro Tour Qualifer that leads to Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar!

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

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Extended Downtime for August 26, 2015

  • All tournaments will close Wednesday, August 26, at 12:00 a.m. Pacific (7:00 UTC)
  • Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 2:45 a.m. Pacific (9:45 UTC)
  • The system will be down from 3:00 a.m. Pacific (10:00 UTC) until 1:00 p.m. Pacific (20:00 UTC)

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Build Notes

Promo Grants

  • The MOCS and MOPR Season 9 Promos will be granted during this downtime.

Leagues Deployment

  • The initial Leagues code will be deployed during this downtime to prepare for the upcoming public launch of Constructed Leagues. Please refer to the above blog section for more details.


Ongoing and Upcoming Events

Now-August 25Magic Origins Standard Championship Qualifiers

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

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

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

September 2-September 5Magic Origins Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries

September 6Magic Origins Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (14:00 UTC)

September 4-September 6Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries

September 7Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 9:00 a.m. Pacific (16:00 UTC)

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