Magic Online Announcements March 29, 2016

Posted in Magic Online on March 29, 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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Magic Online Shadows over Innistrad Prerelease Details

There are some changes coming to Magic Online Prereleases beginning with Shadows over Innistrad Prerelease Events, April 15-18. Digital Events Manager Lee Sharpe has the full details in his latest article.

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Last Week of Ravnica in the Year of Modern Flashbacks

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 Ravnica Block Flashback Drafts begin after the Wednesday, March 30 downtime and run until Wednesday, April 6, at 10:00 a.m. PT (UTC-7), and are followed up by Coldsnap Flashbacks. Get the full schedule here and mark your calendar for the formats you're most excited about!

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Legendary Cube Drafts Begin Wednesday, March 30

The Legendary Cube returns to Magic Online on March 30, following the downtime, and runs until April 15! Get the full details on what the cube looks like in its latest incarnation in R&D member Jules Robins's latest article. After Jules walks you through the changes and archetypes in the new and improved Legendary Cube, check out the full cube list here.

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No Online Premier Play This Week—Check out a Prerelease Near You

There are no Magic Online Premier Play events this week but Shadows over Innistrad Prereleases are going on a your local game store April 2-3. If you don't already have a favorite game store, scout a few out with our store locator!

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Reminder: Place Redemption Orders Before March 30

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 in the first half of 2016:

  • April 6
  • April 20
  • May 11
  • June 8
  • June 22

During these weeks without a downtime, Magic Online will NOT be processing set redemptions. This means that if your order wasn't made prior to the March 30 downtime, it won't be processed until April 13.

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Downtime for March 30, 2016

  • All tournaments will close Wednesday, March 30, at 5:00 a.m. Pacific (12:00 UTC)
  • Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 7:45 a.m. Pacific (14:45 UTC)
  • The system will be down from 8:00 a.m. Pacific (15:00 UTC) until 12:00 p.m. Pacific (19:00 UTC)

Build Notes

Promo Grants

  • The Season 4 MOPR promos will be granted during this downtime.

General

  • Store | Users in Illinois are now properly charged 7.75% sales tax, and users in Ohio are now properly charged 6.5% sales tax.

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Ongoing and Upcoming Events

March 30–April 6Year of Modern Flashbacks: Full Ravnica Block

April 6–April 13Year of Modern Flashbacks: Coldsnap

March 30–April 15Legendary Cube Events

April 7–10Oath of the Gatewatch-Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries

April 9Legacy Challenge 11:00 a.m. PT (18:00 UTC)

April 92016 Magic Online Championship Series Monthly Event 7:00 a.m. PT (14:00 UTC)

April 10Oath of the Gatewatch-Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 7:00 a.m. PT (14:00 UTC)

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