Magic Online Announcements October 18, 2016

Posted in Magic Online on October 12, 2016

By Nicholas Wolfram

Nicholas Wolfram fell promptly in love with tabletop and video games when he was only two years old, and he has been writing about them since he figured out how words worked. Now he puts together words about Magic, which he started playing way back in 2000.

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You Make the Cube Voting On Until October 24

Now that the submission review process has wrapped up, voting for the You Make the Cube Contest is on now! The competing Cubes can be reviwed here and voting is taking place over on the Magic Online Twitter account. Look for the pinned tweet at the top of the page and cast your vote!

The winning submission will be announced on November 16 and the grand prize winner will receive four premium digital sets of Kaladesh and 1,000 Play Points! Get the full details here.


The Pro Tour Gauntlet Returns October 19–26

From October 19 through October 26, the Pro Tour Gauntlet will be returning to Magic Online with decks fresh from Pro Tour Kaladesh! Find out what decks have emerged into Standard since the release of the new set!

If you missed them during their last run, Pro Tour Gauntlet events allow players to test-drive a random deck from among some of the most interesting and highest-placing decks from the recent Pro Tour event. Whether you're looking for a way to check out the new Standard, or just want to play with some of the best decks in the world, check out Pro Tour Gauntlet events!

Get the full event details and available decklists here!


Upcoming MOCS Playoff Event on October 22

The final Playoff Event in the Magic Online Championship Series (MOCS) is on October 22! Big prizes, the chance to move up the MOCS Leaderboard, and invitations to the Magic Online Championship are all on the line in this event.

In addition to prizes and bragging rights, all players who play in the Playoff Event on October 22 will get a promo card. 

Learn more about the 2016 Magic Online Championship Series and how to qualify for future Playoff Events here.


From the Vault: Lore Now Available in Magic Online Store

From The Vault: Lore brings you a collection of fifteen memorable cards from throughout Magic's history, showcasing some of the most exciting story moments to ever occur in the Multiverse.

This year, we’re trying something different and releasing non-premium versions of the cards on Magic Online. The full list of cards can be found here. Note that the Magic Online's From the Vault: Lore does not include a Marit Lage token.

Get yours before the end of the year, as they won’t be available after January 4, 2017.


Upcoming Kaladesh Sealed PTQ on Sunday, October 23

Attention all Pro Tour hopefuls: a Pro Tour Qualifier (PTQ) is approaching! The Kaladesh Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries begin Thursday, October 20, and run through Tuesday, October 25. We hope to see you in the PTQ Finals on Sunday, October 23!

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 Extended Downtime on October 26

There will be an extended downtime on Wednesday, October 26, 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.


Only One Downtime in November

We’re adding another Wednesday in November to our skipped downtime list. This means our only downtime will be November 16. Please plan your redemptions for the next few weeks accordingly as they will be processed on October 26, November 16, and December 7.

The full list of skipped downtimes can be found below:

  • October 12
  • November 2
  • November 9
  • November 23
  • November 30
  • December 14


Downtime for October 19, 2016

  • All tournaments will close Wednesday, October 19, 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


Ongoing and Upcoming Events

Head on over to our shiny new event calendar at for an easy-to-digest breakdown of events happening all across Magic Online.


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