Magic Online Announcements March 3, 2015

Posted in Magic Online on March 3, 2015

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 Cube Update

The results are in from the latest run of the Magic Online Legacy Cube! Randy Buehler and Magic R&D have gone over data showing how players used the first iteration of the Legacy Cube and have come up with some changes that will be implemented in the Legacy Cube's next run.

Read Randy Buehler's full article for a detailed account of the reasoning that went into the upcoming Legacy Cube changes, a list of what's entering and exiting the Cube, as well as a link to the complete Cube cardlist.

Legacy Cube Events return to Magic Online on Wednesday, March 18 and run through Wednesday, April 1 alongside Rise of the Eldrazi 6-2-2-2 Drafts.


Daylight Savings Time Begins Sunday, March 8

Please note, Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 8, at 2:00 a.m. in North America. At that point, Magic Online Events will go from being listed as Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8), to Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7).

This is particularly relevant to note for participants in the Sunday, March 8, PTQ Finals Event. That event begins at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7).


Magic Online R&D Challenge

The time has come once again to rumble with the folks in R&D and earn the sweetest prize of all: bragging rights. That's right, another Magic Online R&D Challenge is coming up on Friday, March 13 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific (UTC-7). Aside from satisfying clacks on their victory abacuses, R&D competitors will not be eligible to win prizes—their matches will only affect standings. Any prizes Wizards employees win will be distributed evenly among players with 15 match points within five business days of the event's completion.

Behold, the list of competitors!

  • Melissa DeTora
  • Ian Duke
  • Bryan Hawley
  • Ben Hayes
  • Dave Humpherys
  • Jackie Lee
  • Shawn Main
  • Alli Medwin
  • Adam Prosak
  • Sam Stoddard

R&D Challenge

START TIME Friday, March 13, 12:00 p.m.
All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours)
LOCATION Scheduled Events
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1
10 Event Tickets
PRODUCT One Standard-legal Constructed deck
SIZE 32-256 players
PLAY STYLE Swiss
FORMAT Constructed
DURATION Five rounds, each round up to 50 minutes.
PRIZES
Match Wins Prizes QPs
5 Wins 12 Khans of Tarkir and 6 Fate Reforged booster packs 3
4 Wins 6 Khans of Tarkir and 3 Fate Reforged booster packs 1
3 Wins 3 Khans of Tarkir and 2 Fate Reforged booster packs 0


Fate Reforged Standard Championship Qualifiers

Fate Reforged Standard Championship Qualifiers begin tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. Pacific (UTC-8) and run through Tuesday, March 10, 9:30 p.m. (UTC-7). Participation in a Fate Reforged Championship Qualifier will award players with a nonfoil, full-art Mardu Shadowspear promo card. Four or five wins in a Standard Qualifier wins you an invitation to the Fate Reforged Standard Championship Finals!

Check out the Fate Reforged Championship article for full event details.


New Episode of Vintage Super League Tonight

The Vintage Super League pits Magic celebrities against one another with Magic's oldest and most powerful cards as their weapons of choice. Check it out tonight at 6:00 p.m. Pacific (UTC-8) on twitch.tv/magic!

For a review of the current state of the league, as well as look at what's coming up in tonight's episode, take a look at Randy Buehler's latest article.

You can also see the league's decklists here. As of Wednesday, February 25, the page has new decklists for the second phase of the Vintage Super League!


Sealed Daily Prize Change

Beginning with the Wednesday, March 4, downtime, players who earn three match wins in a Sealed Daily Event will now receive 3 Khans of Tarkir booster packs, 3 Fate Reforged booster packs, and 1 QP instead of 4 Khans of Tarkir booster packs, 2 Fate Reforged booster packs, and 1 QP. This is being changed so that the prize payout matches the Sealed format. Other prizes for this event remain the same.


PTQ Switchover from Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir to Pro Tour Magic Origins

Sunday, March 1, marked the final Pro Tour Qualifier (PTQ) that awarded the winner with an invitation to Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir. For those who weren't able to snag a coveted invite, good luck in your journey to Pro Tour Magic Origins. Check out the PTQ Magic Origins schedule to begin planning your journey to the Pro Tour!

Join us in congratulating everyone who was able to win an invitation to Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir!

PTQ Finals Winner PTQ Format Finals Date
Appollus Khans of Tarkir Sealed Sunday
Dec 14
7:00 a.m.
echecetmat35 Khans of Tarkir Sealed Sunday
Dec 28
7:00 a.m.
myyamagat Standard Saturday
Jan 3
9:00 a.m.
InspectorGadget Khans of Tarkir Sealed Sunday
Jan 4
7:00 a.m.
whitnen Khans of Tarkir Sealed Sunday
Jan 11
7:00 a.m.
Plain Bagel Khans of Tarkir Sealed Sunday
Jan 18
7:00 a.m.
zeuth Standard Saturday
Jan 24
9:00 a.m.
GMKiller Khans of Tarkir Sealed Sunday
Jan 25
7:00 a.m.
Baumi Khans of Tarkir/Fate Reforged Sealed Sunday
Feb 1
7:00 a.m.
Crywolf102190 Standard Saturday
Feb 7
9:00 a.m.
lunar4lyfe Khans of Tarkir/Fate Reforged Sealed Sunday
Feb 8
7:00 a.m.
Hawatarii Khans of Tarkir/Fate Reforged Sealed Sunday
Feb 15
7:00 a.m.
kadashi6351 Standard Saturday
Feb 21
9:00 a.m.
Yiyi Khans of Tarkir/Fate Reforged Sealed Sunday
Feb 22
7:00 a.m.
Tenjum Standard Saturday
Feb 28
9:00 a.m.
gcb Khans of Tarkir/Fate Reforged Sealed Sunday
Mar 1
7:00 a.m.


Fate Reforged Redemption Begins Wednesday, March 4

Fate Reforged Redemption begins on Wednesday, March 4! Start filling out your digital Fate Reforged collection now if you're interested in redeeming it for a full paper set.

Many players have asked us about the lands in Fate Reforged: how to get them, how they interact with redemption, etc.

As far as redemption is concerned, this is simple: Every card in the Fate Reforged set is required for redemption except the basic lands. Basic lands are not required to redeem a set of Fate Reforged, either standard or premium. Promotional cards and Khans of Tarkir cards are not required.

While they are not required for redemption, you can still collect Fate Reforged basic lands. Intro Packs have non-premium versions of these lands, and premium versions can be found in booster packs at the same rate as in other sets.

Learn more about the Magic Online Redemption Policy.


Extended Downtime for March 4, 2015

  • All tournaments will close Wednesday, March 4, at 5:00 a.m. Pacific (13:00 UTC)
  • Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 7:45 a.m. Pacific(15:45 UTC)
  • The system will be down from 8:00 a.m. Pacific (16:00 UTC) until 1:00 p.m. Pacific (21:00 UTC)


Upcoming Events

February 25-March 3Fate Reforged Limited Championship Qualifiers

March 4-March 6Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries

March 7Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 9:00 a.m. Pacific (17:00 UTC)

March 7Fate Reforged Limited Championship Finals 8:00 a.m. Pacific (16:00 UTC)

March 4-March 7Khans of Tarkir/Fate Reforged Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries

March 8Khans of Tarkir/Fate Reforged Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (14:00 UTC)

March 4-March 10Fate Reforged Standard Championship Qualifiers

March 11-March 13Season 3 Magic Online Championship Series Preliminaries

March 14Season 3 Magic Online Championship Series Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (14:00 UTC)

March 15Fate Reforged Standard Championship Finals 8:00 a.m. Pacific (15:00 UTC)

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