Magic Online Announcements June 21, 2016

Posted in Magic Online on June 21, 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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Legacy Festival "Assemble" Phase: Eternal Masters Events

Magic Online has festivals to celebrate a format and its players, as well as to encourage others to join in on the fun. Interested in playing Legacy but haven't given it a try? Already play and want to get your friends to join you? This festival is the time! The Legacy Festival will walk players through the essential steps to discovering a format:

  • DISCOVER (JUNE 8–16): A way to try out the format. Learn about the different decks, see what the metagame is like, and find a deck that you want to play.
  • ASSEMBLE (JUNE 16–JULY 6): Play the new Eternal Masters set for an an opportunity to acquire cards you'll need for your deck.
  • CONQUER (JULY 6–JULY 24): Once you've gotten your deck together, a way to play for some sweet prizes when you jump in and take on the competition.

The Eternal Masters "Assemble" phase of the Legacy Festival is on until the Wednesday, July 6, downtime and is immediately followed up by the "Conquer" phase, as well as the Legacy Festival Championship!

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Magic Online Update

In his latest article, Senior Product Manager Chris Kiritz updates players on what we're focusing on in Magic Online development throughout the rest of 2016.

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Watch TWO Super Leagues This Week

Hear ye, hear ye! Let it be known that there are two different opportunities to watch a Super League on twitch.tv/magic each and every week through June 30! Tune in at 5:00 p.m. PT/12 a.m. UTC for Vintage Super League Tuesdays and Community Super League Thursdays!

This week, the Vintage Super League will be in Week 4 of Season 5 and the Community Super League will be building decks around their favorite artists!

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The Year of Modern Flashbacks Moves to Shadowmoor

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!

Shadowmoor-Shadowmoor-Eventide Flashback Drafts begin Wednesday, June 22, 10:00 a.m. PT/5:00 p.m. UTC, and are followed up with a triple Shards of Alara Flashback Draft. 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!

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Upcoming Power Nine Challenge June 25

Play in the upcoming Power 9 Challenge on Saturday, June 25 for a chance to win a piece of the Power Nine!

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Double Pro Tour Qualifier Weekend, with Altered Finals Schedule

Attention all Pro Tour hopefuls: there's a double Pro Tour Qualifier (PTQ) weekend coming up! Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries and the Shadows over Innistrad Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries begin Thursday, June 23, and run through Sunday, June 26. The Shadows over Innistrad Sealed Finals are Saturday, June 25, at 7:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. UTC and the Standard Finals will take place on Sunday, June 26, at 9:00 a.m. PT/4:00 p.m. UTC. Please Note: This is the opposite of our usual Constructed Saturday/Limited Sunday Finals schedule.

Learn more about Magic Online Pro Tour Qualifiers here.

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Reminder: No Downtime on June 22

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:

  • June 22
  • July 13
  • August 3

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Upcoming Extended Downtime on Wednesday, June 29

There will be an extended downtime on Wednesday, June 29, 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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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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