Magic Online Announcements February 24, 2015

Posted in Magic Online on February 24, 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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Tempest Remastered Announcement

Were you a fan of Tempest, Stronghold, and Exodus? Magic research and development has revisited the 621 cards from these sets and reduced the pool by more than half to pull out the best cards and the best playing archetypes for inclusion in the Magic Online-only set: Tempest Remastered! Tempest Remastered is being released for the first time on May 6, 2015 and will be available for three weeks.

Refer to the announcement article for the full details on the upcoming digital-only set.


Magic Online Executive Summary

Worth Wollpert delivered his latest Magic Online Executive Summary on Monday. If you missed it, read the full article here.


Alternate Art Ugin, the Spirit Dragon Grants

During the February 25th downtime, Magic Online will award the alternate art Ugin, the Spirit Dragon promo to players based on their participation in Magic Online Fate Reforged Prereleases and Release Events. The chances for receiving an Ugin, the Spirit Dragon will be the same as if each player opened a paper Ugin's Fate booster as part of their event entry. This means players who have played in multiple events will have multiple opportunities to be selected with a possibility of multiple selections; all Wizards team members will be excluded.


Fate Reforged Limited Championship Qualifiers

The Fate Reforged Championships are starting this Wednesday! Fate Reforged Limited Championship Qualifiers begin on Wednesday, February 25, 12:30 p.m. Pacific (UTC-8), and run through Tuesday, March 3, at 9:30 p.m. Pacific. Participation in a Fate Reforged Championship Qualifier will award players with a nonfoil, full-art Mardu Shadowspear promo card. Four or five wins in a Limited Qualifier wins you an invitation to the Fate Reforged Limited Championship Finals!

Check out the Fate Reforged Championship article for full event details.


New Episode of Vintage Super League Tonight

The Vintage Super League pits Magic celebrities against one another with Magic's oldest and most powerful cards as their weapons of choice. Check it out tonight at 6:00 p.m. Pacific (UTC-8) on twitch.tv/magic!

For a review of the current state of the league, as well as look at what's coming up in tonight's episode, take a look at Randy Buehler's latest article. You can also see the league's decklists here If you've already been to the deck page, make sure to check back on Wednesday—the Vintage Super League members have new decklists this week!


Fate Reforged Redemption Begins Wednesday, March 4

Fate Reforged Redemption begins on Wednesday, March 4! Start filling out your digital Fate Reforged collection now if you're interested in redeeming it for a full paper set.

Many players have asked us about the lands in Fate Reforged: how to get them, how they interact with redemption, etc.

As far as redemption is concerned, this is simple: Every card in the Fate Reforged set is required for redemption except the basic lands. Basic lands are not required to redeem a set of Fate Reforged, either standard or premium. Promotional cards and Khans of Tarkir cards are not required.

While they are not required for redemption, you can still collect Fate Reforged basic lands. Intro Packs have non-premium versions of these lands, and premium versions can be found in booster packs at the same rate as in other sets.

Learn more about the Magic Online Redemption Policy.


Extended Downtime for February 25, 2015

The Magic Online downtime for Wednesday, February 25 has been extended this week. Please note the extended downtime schedule below for estimated deployment times.

  • All tournaments will close Wednesday, February 25, at 12:00 a.m. Pacific (8:00 UTC)
  • Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 2:45 a.m. Pacific(10:45 UTC)
  • The system will be down from 3:00 a.m. Pacific (11:00 UTC) until 12:00 p.m. Pacific (20:00 UTC)


Upcoming Events

February 25-February 27Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries

February 28Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 9:00 a.m. Pacific (17:00 UTC)

February 25-February 28Khans of Tarkir/Fate Reforged Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries

March 1Khans of Tarkir/Fate Reforged Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (15:00 UTC)

February 25-March 3Fate Reforged Limited Championship Qualifiers

March 4-March 10Fate Reforged Standard Championship Qualifiers

March 7Fate Reforged Limited Championship Finals 8:00 a.m. Pacific (16:00 UTC)

March 11-March 13Season 3 Magic Online Championship Series Preliminaries

March 14Season 3 Magic Online Championship Series Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (15:00 UTC)

March 15Fate Reforged Standard Championship Finals 8:00 a.m. Pacific (16:00 UTC)

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