Magic Online Announcements July 19, 2016

Posted in Magic Online on July 19, 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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Qualify for the Legacy Festival Championship Before 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.

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Announcing August MOPR Promos

The August MOPR period runs from July 27, 2016, through August 31, 2016. Here are the promo cards:

Event Promo
Crumbling Vestige

Store Promo
Honor of the Pure

Play in one or more events during the MOPR period, and you'll get a non-premium Crumbling Vestige. Five or more and you'll get an additional premium Crumbling Vestige. Spend at least $20 total in the Magic Online Store during this MOPR period, and you'll get a non-premium Honor of the Pure. By spending $40 or more, you'll get an additional, premium, Honor of the Pure.

And remember, this means it's your last chance to get the July MOPR promos, like this Angel of Deliverance.

In the Magic Online Player Rewards (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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Magic Online Eldritch Moon Prereleases July 29–August 1

Eldritch Moon Prerelease comes to Magic Online July 29 at 10:00 a.m. PT/5:00 p.m. UTC! Play in Leagues and Drafts up until the conclusion of Prerelease festivities on August 1, 10:00 a.m. PT. After that, Eldritch Moon will be available in the Magic Online store as well as scheduled events, Leagues, and queues!

Get the full event details and a crash course on Magic Online Prereleases here.

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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

Due to unforseen circumstances, a Streamer in the second pod wasn't able to participate. A Wizards employee will be subbing in instead.

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Play the Vintage Cube until July 29

A freshly tuned Vintage Cube is available 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

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The Year of Modern Flashbacks Moves to Magic 2010

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!

Magic 2010 Flashback Drafts begin Wednesday, July 20, after the downtime, and runs until the downtime on July 27. 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 from Flashbacks for Eldritch Moon from July 27 to August 17.

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Vintage Super League Week 8

This week, the Vintage Super League moves into Week 8 of Season 5. Watch it live every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. PT/12:00 a.m. UTC on twitch.tv/magic! New decklists were introduced last week—see what everyone's playing with here!

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Upcoming Modern MOCS Monthly Event on July 23

A Magic Online Championship Series (MOCS) Modern Monthly Event is coming up on July 23! Players who have at least 35 Qualifier Points (QPs) in their account are eligible to participate. The series will contain 12 Monthly Events, each of which qualify top players for one of the four Playoff Events. These Playoff Events qualify top players for the Magic Online Championship, a Pro Tour, and the Pro Tour Challenge event at that Pro Tour.

Monthly and Playoff Events also award top players MOCS Leaderboard Points for the current quarter and for the year as a whole. Players of sufficient standing on the MOCS Leaderboard(s) will also qualify for Playoff Events later in the 2016 Magic Online Championship Series as well as the Magic Online Championship.

We look forward to seeing you on July 23 for the latest Monthly Event! Learn more about the 2016 Magic Online Championship Series here.

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Upcoming Shadows over Innistrad Sealed PTQ on Sunday, July 24

Attention all Pro Tour hopefuls: a Pro Tour Qualifier (PTQ) is approaching! The Shadows over Innistrad Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries begin Thursday, July 21, and run through Sunday, July 24. We hope to see you in the PTQ Finals on Sunday, July 24!

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.

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Upcoming Extended Downtime on Wednesday, July 27

There will be an extended downtime on Wednesday, July 27, for Magic Online. Events close at 12:00 a.m. PT/7 a.m. UTC (that's midnight Pacific), and store activity and trades end at 2:45 a.m. leading up to the system coming down at 3:00 a.m. The system is estimated to return from downtime at 12:00 p.m.

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Downtime for July 20, 2016

  • All tournaments will close Wednesday, July 20, at 5:00 a.m. PT/12 p.m. UTC
  • Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 7:45 a.m. PT/2:45 p.m. UTC
  • The system will be down from 8:00 a.m./3 p.m. UTC until 12:00 p.m. PT/7 p.m. UTC

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Ongoing and Upcoming Events

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

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