Magic Online Announcements May 17, 2016

Posted in Magic Online on May 17, 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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A Champion Has Been Crowned!

The Magic: The Gathering Online Championship Series, also known as MOCS, is a series of events in which 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.

After a week of fierce competition, Niels Noorlander emerged triumphant with the title of Magic Online Champion! If you missed the live coverage, check out a recap of the events of last weekend on the coverage page.

Interested in making it to the Magic Online Championship one day? Learn more here.


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 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 four invitations to Season 5 and the Community Super League will be competing in a brewer's challenge!


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!

Full Time Spiral block Flashback Drafts begin Wednesday, May 18, after the downtime, and are followed up with a triple Tenth Edition 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!


Announcing June MOPR Promos

The May MOPR period runs from May 25, 2016, through June 29, 2016. Here are the promo cards:

Event Promo
Sylvan Scrying

Store Promo
Goblin Dark-Dwellers

Play in one or more events during the MOPR period, and you'll get a non-premium Sylvan Scrying. Five or more and you'll get an additional premium Sylvan Scrying. Spend at least $20 total in the Magic Online Store during this MOPR period, and you'll get a non-premium Goblin Dark-Dwellers. By spending $40 or more, you'll get an additional premium foil Goblin Dark-Dwellers.

And remember, this means it's your last chance to get the May MOPR promos, like this Ravenous Bloodseeker.

In the Magic Online Player Rewards (MOPR) program, Magic Online players are rewarded for participating in tournaments of a sufficient size, as well as for making purchases in the Magic Online Store. Learn about the specifics of the program here.


Upcoming Shadows over Innistrad Sealed MOCS Monthly Event on May 21

A Magic Online Championship Series (MOCS) Shadows over Innistrad Monthly Event is coming up on May 21! Players who have at least 35 Qualifier Points (QPs) in their account are eligible to participate. The series will contain twelve 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 May 21 for the latest Monthly Event! Learn more about the 2016 Magic Online Championship Series here.


Shadows over Innistrad Standard Championship Finals on May 22

It's Magic Online Shadows over Innistrad Championship season! Qualifiers have now completed, leaving the Shadows over Innistrad Standard Championship as the last event to be decided. Qualified players can join the event on May 22 and get the full details here.


Upcoming Shadows over Innistrad Sealed PTQ on Sunday, May 22

Attention all Pro Tour hopefuls: a Pro Tour Qualifier (PTQ) is approaching! The Shadows over Innistrad Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries begin Thursday, May 19, and run through Sunday, May 22. We hope to see you in the PTQ Finals on Sunday, May 22!

Remember, you are no longer required to enter into the PTQ Finals immediately following the Preliminary that you qualified through, thanks to the redesigned PTQ system that Magic Online Events Manager Lee Sharpe announced here.

Learn more about Magic Online Pro Tour Qualifiers here.


Upcoming Shadows over Innistrad Sealed RPTQ on Saturday, May 28

A Shadows over Innistrad Sealed Regional Pro Tour Qualifier (RPTQ) is coming up on May 28. 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.


Upcoming Extended Downtime on Wednesday, May 25

There will be an extended downtime on Wednesday, May 25, 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.


Downtime for May 18, 2016

  • All tournaments will close Wednesday, May 18, at 5:00 a.m. PT/12 p.m. UTC
  • Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 7:45 a.m. PT/2:45 p.m. UTC
  • The system will be down from 8:00 a.m./3 p.m. UTC until 12:00 p.m. PT/7 p.m. UTC


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