Magic Online Announcements May 10, 2016

Posted in Magic Online on May 10, 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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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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The Magic Online Championship is This Weekend!

The Magic: The Gathering Online Championship Series, also known as MOCS, is a series of events in which sixteen of the top Magic Online players can earn an invitation to the annual in-person Magic Online Championship event, where they compete for a prize pool of $116,000.

The newest Magic Online Champion will be decided soon—this weekend as a matter of fact! May 13 through 15, beginning at 10 a.m. PT (UTC-7) each day, we'll be streaming live coverage from the Magic Online Championship in Seattle.

Learn about the competitors and the formats here. Will defending Champion Magnus Lantto hold the title for another year, or will a new Champion be crowned by the end of the weekend? Tune in to twitch.tv/magic next weekend to find out!

 

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Event Time Shifts and Changes

We are shifting the times of several events from the half hour to the hour. Affected events are New to Magic Online Phantom Sealed Events and all Vintage Daily Events. Additionally, the success of Vintage Daily Events has caused us to add more to the schedule! A full breakdown of the changes can be found below.

Vintage Daily Time Changes—Effective with the May 18 Downtime

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Current
Times
-- -- 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 11:30 a.m.
6:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m.
6:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m.
6:30 p.m.
New
Times
5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m.

New to Magic Online Phantom Sealed Time Changes—Effective May 20

  Friday Saturday Sunday
Current
Times
12:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
8:30 p.m.
12:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
8:30 p.m.
12:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
8:30 p.m.
New
Times
1:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
1:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
1:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.

Furthermore, Modern Dailies and Modern 8-4 Single-Elimination Events will be replaced by a Modern Competitive League on May 18. More details on that can be found below.

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Modern Dailies and 8-Player Single-Elim Replaced by Modern Competitive League

Due to the success of Competitive Constructed Leagues, we're going to be transitioning away from Modern Dailies and Modern 8-Player Single-Elimination Events into a Modern Competititve League to ensure that Modern players are able to find a challenging event to play in whenever they want, on their own schedule. Details on the Modern Competititve League can be found below.

These changes will occur with the May 18 downtime. The Modern Friendly League and Modern 2-Player Queues will continue to run as normal.

League Begins: May 18, following the downtime
Location: Play Lobby -> Constructed Tournaments -> Leagues
Structure: Five matches, each up to 50 minutes
Format: Modern
Entry Options:

  • 12 Event Tickets
  • 120 Play Points

Prizes:

 

Match Wins Match Wins QPs
5 Wins 10 booster packs and 120 Play Points 3
4 Wins 6 booster packs and 120 Play Points 1
3 Wins 120 Play Points 0

NOTE: Wizards of the Coast employees and other persons affiliated with it are eligible to play in this event. For more information, please see this article and this FAQ about this policy.

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Watch TWO Super Leagues This Week

Hear ye, hear ye! Let it be known that there are TWO different opporunities to watch a Super League on twitch.tv/magic each and every week through June 30! Tune in at 5:00 p.m. PT (UTC-7) for Vintage Super League Tuesdays and Community Super League Thursdays!

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Shadows over Innistrad Standard Championship Qualifiers Begin May 11

The Magic Online Shadows over Innistrad Championships are coming up! Mark your calendar for the dates below and check out the full article for event details.

We hope to see you in the Championship!

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The Year of Modern Flashbacks Resumes

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!

Time Spiral-Time Spiral-Planar Chaos Flashback Drafts begin Wednesday, May 11, at 10 a.m. and are followed up with a full Time Spiral block Flashback Draft. Get the full schedule here and mark your calendar for the formats you're most excited about!

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Upcoming Legacy Challenge May 14

The next Legacy Challenge is coming up on May 14! Big prizes are on the line for the Top 8, like the ten original dual lands, Rishadan Port, Wasteland, and more. Get the full event details here.

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Double Pro Tour Qualifier Weekend

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, May 12, and run through Sunday, May 15.

Learn more about Magic Online Pro Tour Qualifiers here.

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Reminder: No Downtime on May 11

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:

  • 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 May 4 downtime, it won't be processed until May 18.

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