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Every Tuesday, we round up all of the biggest Magic Online news for the Weekly Announcements Blog.
Check in weekly for the latest updates!
- Pro Tour Qualifier Changes
- Legendary Cube Events Begin November 18!
- 2016 Magic Online Championship Series Changes
- Super League Championship Playoffs Tonight, November 17
- Upcoming Power 9 Challenge November 28, with Prize Updates
- Pauper Changes
- Announcing the First Quarter MOCS Promo and Season 1 (December) MOPR Promos
- Standard League Rotation
- Commander "Tuck Rule" Implementation
- Double Pro Tour Qualifier Weekend
- Extended Downtime for November 18, 2015
- Legendary Cube and Commander (2015 Edition) Known Issues
- Ongoing and Upcoming Events
- Ask us anything on the Magic Online Tumblr!
- Download Magic Online
Pro Tour Qualifier Changes
In his latest article, events manager Lee Sharpe talks about some changes to Magic Online PTQs that will make qualifying for the Pro Tour even more user-friendly!
Learn more about Magic Online Pro Tour Qualifiers here.
Legendary Cube Events Begin November 18!
Beginning after the downtime on Wednesday, November 18, players will be able to write the tale of their own legendary battles in two different Phantom Queue events: the Swiss Legendary Cube Phantom Draft and the Single-Elimination Legendary Cube Phantom Draft. Both of these events will only be around until the Wednesday, December 9 downtime, so make sure you get a chance to try them out during the Legendary Cube's inaugural run and win some of the new Legendary Cube Prize Packs while you're at it!
Prepare yourself to cube by reading Adam Prosak's latest article, as well as listening to these special episodes of Magic the Amateuring and The Command Zone for interviews with Adam and some insight on strategy!
2016 Magic Online Championship Series Changes
In case you missed it, events manager Lee Sharpe announced some big changes to the Magic Online Championship Series (MOCS) that begin with the 2016 season.
Learn more about the Magic Online Championship Series here.
Super League Championship Playoffs Tonight, November 17
If you missed it the first time around, Randy Buehler wrote an article that recaps the Super League season so far and maps the route players have taken on their way to the Super League Championship. Who will emerge as the Super League grand champion? Find out by watching along!
Upcoming Power 9 Challenge November 28, with Prize Updates
Play in the upcoming Power 9 Challenge on Saturday, November 28 for a chance to win the Power Nine!
There have been prize updates for this event since it was originally announced—head over to the Magic Online Tumblr for the full details.
Magic Online events manager Lee Sharpe has some changes to Pauper to announce. Head over to the Magic Online Tumblr for the full details!
Announcing the First Quarter MOCS Promo and Season 1 (December) MOPR Promos
The promo for the first MOCS Playoff event in 2016 is Liliana of the Veil! This promo card can be earned in the February 13 Playoff Event. Quality through MOCS Monthly Events on December 20, January 2, and January 23.
The Season 1 (December) MOPR period runs from November 25, 2015, through December 30, 2015. Here are the promo cards:
Please note, the Accumulated Knowledge shown above is not the promo that will be awarded on Magic Online. The Magic Online promo will use the same art, but will have the Magic Online expansion symbol and a Magic Online frame.
Play in one or more events the MOPR period, and you’ll get a non-premium Anticipate. Five or more and you’ll get an additional premium Anticipate. Spend at least $20 total in the Magic Online Store during Season 1, and you’ll get a non-premium Accumulated Knowledge. By spending $40 or more, you’ll get an additional, premium, Accumulated Knowledge.
And remember, this means it's your last chance to get the 2015 Season 12 MOCS and MOPR promos, like this Griselbrand.
Earning 15 Qualifier Points (QPs) in Season 12 will earn you a copy of this season's MOCS promo card. You get one promo for every 15 QPs you earn. Players can earn QPs from MOCS Events, PTQ Events, Release Events, and more! Get more details about the 2015 Magic Online Championship Series here.
Please keep in mind, the way players earn MOCS promos changes with the 2016 Magic Online Championship Series. Going forward, MOCS promos will rotate Quarterly and they will be earned as prizes in the Quarterly Playoff events.
Magic Online Player Rewards (MOPR) promos are earned a bit differently. In the MOPR program, Magic Online players are rewarded for participating in tournaments of a sufficient size, as well as making purchases in the Magic Online Store. Learn about the specifics of the program here.
Standard League Rotation
The current Standard League will close on Monday, November 16 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, so no new courses will be able to begin after that time. Players will have until the Wednesday, November 18 downtime to finish their current League course. Make sure you finish your course by then, so you get all prizes you're eligible for!
After the Wednesday, November 18 downtime, there will be a new Standard League available and ready to join! The new Standard League will close Monday, January 25 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Players will have until Monday, January 27 at 7:00 a.m. to finish their course in the new Standard League.
Commander "Tuck Rule" Implementation
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 Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries begin tomorrow, November 18, and run through the day preceding each Finals Event.
Learn more about PTQs on Magic Online and get the full schedule here.
Extended Downtime for November 18, 2015
- All tournaments will close Wednesday, November 18, at 12:00 a.m. Pacific (08:00 UTC)
- Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 2:45 a.m. Pacific (10:45 UTC)
- The system will be down from 3:00 a.m. Pacific (11:00 UTC) until 12:00 p.m. Pacific (20:00 UTC)
Legendary Cube and Commander (2015 Edition) Known Issues
- Cardset | The Legendary Cube version of Daretti, Scrap Savant appears with an incorrect background in the text box.
- Cardset | Legendary Cube versions of planeswalkers have minor visual irregularities.
- Cardset | When selecting a target for an effect of a Confluence, there is no indication as to how many times that same target has been chosen.
- Cardset | The triggered ability of Oreskos Explorer does not indicate how many Plains cards to search for.
- Cardset | Seal of the Guildpact's prompt box incorrectly does not specify how many colors the player can choose.
- Cardset | The first option displayed when casting a Confluence is slightly misaligned.
- Cardset | Illusory Ambusher does not display blue text indicating the amount of damage it has been dealt.
- Duel Scene | If a player right-clicks on the commander of an opponent, they will be presented with a non-functional context menu with zone change options.
Ongoing and Upcoming Events
November 18–20—Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries
November 21—Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 9:00 a.m. Pacific (17:00 UTC)
November 18–21—Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries
November 21—Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (15:00 UTC)
November 28—Power Nine Challenge 11:00 a.m. Pacific (19:00 UTC)
December 5—Season 12 Magic Online Championship Series Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (15:00 UTC)