Magic Online Announcements July 12, 2016

Posted in Magic Online on July 12, 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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No Premier Play This Weekend—Check Out a Local Prerelease!

No Premier Play Events this weekend. Go check out a Eldritch Moon Prerelease at your local game store!

Check back tomorrow on and DailyMTG for a preview of what Eldritch Moon Prerelease will look like when it comes to Magic Online July 29-August 1!


Qualify for the Legacy Championship Through July 20

The Legacy Festival is approaching its conclusion: The Legacy Festival Championship on July 24! To qualify for the Championship, get five wins in the Competitive Legacy League from July 6–20. Players who get five wins in a Competitive Legacy League will also get a premium Ponder promo; players who get four wins will receive a non-premium Ponder promo.


Play the Vintage Cube Until July 29

A freshly tuned Vintage Cube is available now on Magic Online until July 29! Learn about the latest Cube changes in Game Designer Adam Prosak's latest article and get the full Cube cardlist here


Upcoming Vintage Cube Streamer Showdown on July 21

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, Cubes, and Flashback Drafts. 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 a Vintage Cube Draft! Check out the streamer lineup below, then stop by your favorite streamer's Twitch channel on Thursday, July 21, at 1:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. UTC and 6:00 p.m. PT/1:00 a.m. UTC for the latest Streamer Showdown.

Thursday, July 21, 1:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. UTC Event

Thursday, July 21, 6:00 p.m. PT/1:00 a.m. UTC Event


The Year of Modern Flashbacks Adds Alara Reborn

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 your 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!

Full Alara Block Flashback Drafts begin Wednesday, July 13, 10:00 a.m. PT/5:00 p.m. UTC, and are followed up with a triple Magic 2010 Flashback Draft. You can join the full Alara Block Flashbacks with the full Alara Block combined boosters (three foil or regular) released on Magic Online during that time, as well as one booster each of each set. All three booster options require an additional 2 Event Tickets to join. The options to join with 10 Event Tickets or 100 Play Points will be available as well. No matter what you join with, the actual draft will consist of a Shards of Alara booster, a Conflux booster, and an Alara Reborn booster.

The full Flashback Draft schedule has been updated with formats throughout the rest of the year, so mark your calendar for the formats you're most excited about!

Please Note: After Triple Magic 2010 Flashback Drafts, we'll be taking a break for Eldritch Moon from July 27 to August 17.


Vintage Super League Week 7

This week, the Vintage Super League will be in Week 7 of Season 5!


Reminder: No Downtime on July 13

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 August of 2016:

  • July 13
  • August 3

Please Note: While there is no downtime tomorrow, a client only update will be delivered to address an issue that could cause trades to get out of sync. The update should be complete before noon and will be automatically applied the first time players launch the client after it is delivered.


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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