Magic Online Announcements January 12, 2016

Posted in Magic Online on January 13, 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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Stop by this Wednesday for details about Magic Online Oath of the Gatewatch Prerelease and Release Events!


Upcoming Oath of the Gatewatch Streamer Showdown on January 29

If you've never seen a Streamer Showdown before, they come in two eight-player pods that feature some of the best streamers in the community brawling with the latest Magic Online sets. If you're trying to improve your game, Magic Online streamers are some of the best players out there—and some of the best teachers, too. Even if you're already a Magic pro, throw your support behind one of the competitors and cheer them on from their Twitch chat!

This Streamer Showdown will feature an Oath of the Gatewatch Prerelease Event! Check out the streamer lineup below, then stop by your favorite streamer's Twitch channel on Friday, January 29, at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC -8) for the latest Streamer Showdown.

Friday, January 29, 1:00 p.m. Pacific (UTC -8) Event

Friday, January 29, 6:00 p.m. Pacific (UTC -8) Event


The Year of Modern Flashbacks Continues

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 Mirrodin Flashback Drafts end with the Wednesday, January 13 downtime and are followed up with a two Mirrodin, one Darksteel format. Get the full schedule here and mark your calendar for the formats you're most excited about!


Watch the New Season of the Vintage Super League

Watch the Vintage Super League every Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. Pacific (UTC-8) on!

Player decklists can be found here.


December MOPR Promo Error and Resolution

When the December MOPR promos were granted on January 6, players who are qualified to receive the promo may have noticed that the Accumulated Knowledge that was added to their accounts is not the version advertised in the original December MOPR card announcement, but uses the Nemesis art shown below.

The above promo was mistakenly flagged for the December MOPR grant and was the version that players received during the January 6 downtime. Unfortunately, due to testing and quality assurance schedules, the advertised version will not be prepared for a promo grant until January 27. We apologize for this inconvenience and are granting qualified players both versions of the promo. The version shown above was granted on Wednesday, January 6, and the previously advertised version will be granted on Wednesday, January 27. Thank you for your understanding and sorry for the confusion!

The Magic Online promo being granted on January 27 uses the same art as the above card, but will have the Magic Online expansion symbol and a Magic Online frame.


Downtime for January 13, 2016

  • All tournaments will close Wednesday, January 13, at 5:00 a.m. Pacific (13:00 UTC)
  • Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 7:45 a.m. Pacific (15:45 UTC)
  • The system will be down from 8:00 a.m. Pacific (16:00 UTC) until 12:00 p.m. Pacific (20:00 UTC)


Build Notes


  • Leagues | Improvements have been made to the matchmaking algorithm that should reduce the number of times players with very different match records will be paired against one another.
  • Collection | If a player’s computer enters sleep or hibernation while editing a deck, any changes made will now be saved automatically.
  • Collection | If a player drags a card from the rightmost column to create a new column, the new column will now be created regardless of where the card is dropped.
  • General | If a player selects a group of cards and drags them to a different pane (for example, moving cards from the sideboard to the main deck), the grouping selection is no longer incorrectly removed.

Ongoing and Upcoming Events

Now–January 13Year of Modern Flashbacks: Triple Mirrodin

January 13–20Year of Modern Flashbacks: Mirrodin, Mirrodin, and Darksteel

January 13–29Legacy Cube Events

January 232016 Magic Online Championship Series Monthly Event 7:00 a.m. Pacific (15:00 UTC)

January 20–27Year of Modern Flashbacks: Mirrodin Block

January 21–24Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries

January 24Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (15:00 UTC)

January 29–February 1Oath of the Gatewatch Prerelease Events

February 1–17Oath of the Gatewatch Release Events

February 4–7Modern Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries

February 6Modern Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 9:00 a.m. Pacific (17:00 UTC)


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