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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!
- Play in the Power Nine Challenge and Eerie Innistrad Draft Events!
- Magic Online Battle for Zendikar Release Events Ending October 28
- Downtime for October 21, 2015—See Altered Schedule Below
- Look for Full Battle for Zendikar Championship Info Next Week
- Super League Last Chance Qualifiers Tonight
- Magic Online Store Inventory Changes
- Tell Us What You Think About the Super League
- Season 10 Magic Online Championship Series Preliminaries Begin Tomorrow
- Upcoming Battle for Zendikar Sealed PTQ on Sunday, October 25
- Upcoming Extended Downtime on Wednesday, October 28
- Battle for Zendikar Known Issues
- Ongoing and Upcoming Events
- Ask us anything on the Magic Online Tumblr!
- Download Magic Online
Play in the Power Nine Challenge and Eerie Innistrad Draft Events!
Lee Sharpe, Digital Product Manager for Magic Online Events, returns to bring players the latest news and event updates. Lee's latest article talks about how we're bringing increased Vintage support in the form of the Power Nine Challenge as well as a spooky Innistrad flashback draft event!
Read the full article for the details on how you can get the Power Nine . . .
. . .as well as this disturbing textless promo!
Magic Online Battle for Zendikar Release Events Ending October 28
Join the battle for Zendikar from the comfort of your own home with Magic Online Battle for Zendikar Release events! Release events are on now and run until Wednesday, October 28.
Get the full event details here.
Downtime for October 21, 2015
Over the past several weeks, we have been working to address the lag that players have experienced as Magic Online returns from downtime. To safeguard against further issues, we will be returning from the October 21 downtime with some functionality disables—players will not be able to enter into events gated by an entry option or trade with other players. Once we've ensured that any possible lag issues have passed, we will return events and trades to their full functionality and notify players via the Magic Online Home Scene and the Magic Online Twitter account.
- All tournaments will close Wednesday, October 21, at 5:00 a.m. Pacific (12:00 UTC)
- Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 7:45 a.m. Pacific (14:45 UTC)
- The system will be down from 8:00 a.m. Pacific (15:00 UTC) until 12:00 p.m. Pacific (19:00 UTC)
Look for Full Battle for Zendikar Championship Info Next Week
The Magic Online Battle for Zendikar Championships are coming up! Expect the article with full event details on Monday, October 26. For now, here are a few dates to mark on your calendar:
- Battle for Zendikar Limited Championship Qualifiers—October 28–November 3
- Battle for Zendikar Limited Championship Finals—November 8
- Battle for Zendikar Standard Championship Qualifiers—November 4–10
- Battle for Zendikar Standard Championship—November 14
We hope to see you in the Championship!
Super League Last Chance Qualifiers Tonight
Watch players compete for their last shot at the Super League Championship in the Last Chance Qualifier episode this Tuesday, October 20, at 6:00 p.m. Pacific (UTC-7) on twitch.tv/magic! Check out Randy Buehler's latest article for a preview of tonight's episode.
If you missed it the first time around, Randy Buehler wrote an article that recaps the Super League season so far and details the schedule leading up to the Super League Championship later this year. Who will emerge as the Super League grand champion? Find out by watching along!
Magic Online Store Inventory Changes
Keeping the Magic Online Store fresh and up to date is important. Preventing players from having to browse through long lists of older products to find the items they want helps reduce frustration and ensure that store offerings are kept relevant. With this in mind, the Magic Online Store will be updated during the Wednesda, October 28 downtime, removing a number of the earlier Commander decks from sale. All five Commander (2014 Edition) decks will remain on sale (Forged In Stone, Peer Through Time, Sworn To Darkness, Built From Scratch, and Guided By Nature), but the ten decks from Commander (2011 Edition) and Commander (2013 Edition) will be removed when the downtime ends.
Tell Us What You Think About the Super League
Are you a Super League super fan? Let us know what you think about Super Tuesdays in this viewer survey!
Not familiar with the Super League? Randy Buehler gets folks up to speed on what the Super League is and recaps the current season in a recent article.
Season 10 Magic Online Championship Series Preliminaries Begin Tomorrow
The Season 10 Magic Online Championship Series (MOCS) Preliminaries begin tomorrow, October 21, and run through October 23. Five or six wins in a MOCS Preliminary earns players 35 Qualifier Points (QPs), which earns you entry into the MOCS Season 10 Finals on October 24!
Whether you've been saving QPs up all season long, or you earned them in one fell swoop via a MOCS Season Preliminary, you'll want to be sure to compete in the MOCS Season Finals. Big Prizes are up for grabs, including an invitation to the Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch!
Learn more about the Magic Online Championship Series here.
Upcoming Battle for Zendikar Sealed PTQ on Sunday, October 25
Attention all Pro Tour hopefuls, a Pro Tour Qualifier (PTQ) is approaching! The Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries begin tomorrow, October 21, and run through Saturday, October 24. We hope to see you in the PTQ Finals on Sunday, October 25!
Learn more about PTQs on Magic Online and get the full schedule here.
Upcoming Extended Downtime on Wednesday, October 28
There will be an extended downtime on Wednesday, October 28, for Magic Online. Events close at 12:00 a.m. Pacific (07:00 UTC), midnight, and store activity and trades end at 2:45 a.m. Pacific (09:45 UTC) leading up to the system coming down at 3:00 a.m. Pacific (10:00 UTC). The system is estimated to return from downtime at 12:00 p.m. Pacific (19:00 UTC).
Battle for Zendikar Known Issues
- Kiora, Master of the Depths’s second loyalty ability does not properly put all cards into the player’s Revealed Cards area.
- When a card with the devoid ability is given a color (perhaps by a Painter's Servant), it appears with distorted art.
- Converge cards do not indicate how many colors of mana were spent to cast the spell.
- Cards put into the graveyard with Kiora, Master of the Depths’s second loyalty ability do not properly trigger the second ability of Sidisi, Brood Tyrant.
- The prompt box displays the incorrect color during the “scry-like” step in the new mulligan process.
- Several Battle for Zendikar promo cards appear with the incorrect set symbol.
- Oblivion Sower’s triggered ability incorrectly allows a player to select an face down exiled land card.
- When Chasm Guide’s triggered ability is triggered by Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, it will appear with incorrect art on the stack.
- Cards that are exiled by Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger incorrectly show association arrows while in the Exiled Zone.
- In the Collection scene, the filter for the From the Vault: Angels set appears out of place (above Battle for Zendikar instead of with the other From the Vault sets).
- When Entreat the Angels is on the stack with 0 chosen for X, the blue text that typically indicates the value of X does not appear.
- The Ingest keyword ability displays extraneous text in the game log when resolving.
- The landfall ability of Emeria Shepherd is not optional.
- Mana generated by Shrine of the Forsaken Gods’s second ability can’t be spent on face-down creature spells.
Ongoing and Upcoming Events
Now–October 28—Battle for Zendikar Release Events
October 21–23—Season 10 Magic Online Championship Series Preliminaries
October 24—Season 10 Magic Online Championship Series Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (14:00 UTC)
October 24—Power Nine Challenge 11:00 a.m. Pacific (18:00 UTC)
October 25—Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (14:00 UTC)
October 28–30—Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries
October 31—Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 9:00 a.m. Pacific (16:00 UTC)
November 1—Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (14:00 UTC)
October 28–November 4—Eerie Innistrad Flashback Draft