Magic Online Announcements June 28, 2016

Posted in Magic Online on June 28, 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. From July 6–24, the Competitive Legacy League can qualify players for the Legacy Festival Championship! Double your chances for qualification by shooting for the Top 16 in the Legacy Challenge on July 9!

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! Learn more about the Legacy Festival here.


The Vintage Cube Returns July 13–27

A freshly tuned Vintage Cube is coming to Magic Online July 13–27! Learn about the latest Cube changes in Game Designer Adam Prosak's latest article and get the full Cube cardlist here


The Community Super League Finale and Vintage Super League Week 5

The Community Super League is nearing its finale, so get caught up in the meantime and get ready for the Playoffs on June 30, at 5:00 p.m. PT/12 a.m. UTC !

This week, the Vintage Super League will be in Week 5 of Season 5 and playing with the new decklists introduced in last week's episode!


The Year of Modern Flashbacks Moves to Shards of Alara

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!

Triple Shards of Alara Flashback Drafts begin Wednesday, June 29, after the downtime, and are followed up with a Shards of Alara-Shards of Alara-Conflux 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!


Upcoming Standard MOCS Monthly Event on July 2

A Magic Online Championship Series (MOCS) Standard Monthly Event is coming up on July 2! 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 2 for the latest Monthly Event! Learn more about the 2016 Magic Online Championship Series here.


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 30, and run through Sunday, July 3. The Shadows over Innistrad Sealed Finals are Sunday, July 3, at 7:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. UTC and the Standard Finals will take place on Monday, July 4, at 9:00 a.m. PT/4:00 p.m. UTC. Please Note: The Standard Finals are taking place on a Monday due to the Fourth of July Holiday.

Learn more about Magic Online Pro Tour Qualifiers here.


Updated RPTQ Schedule

The Regional Pro Tour Qualifier (RPTQ) schedule has been updated with events on the following dates:

  • August 20—Standard format
  • August 27—Standard format

Please note, these events are only open to players who have qualified through an in-store qualifier event. Space is limited, so make sure to sign up if you're qualified!

Learn more about Magic Online Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers here.


Extended Downtime for June 29, 2016

  • All tournaments will close Wednesday, June 29, at 12:00 a.m. PT/7 a.m. UTC (that's midnight Pacific)
  • Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 2:45 a.m. PT/9:45 a.m. UTC -7
  • The system will be down from 3:00 a.m. PT/10:00 a.m. UTC until 12:00 p.m. PT/7:00 p.m. UTC


Build Notes


  • Fixed an issue that caused the client to crash repeatedly without an error dialog until the player timed out of their match.

Promo Grants

  • The June MOPR promos will be granted during this downtime.


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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