Magic Online Bug Blog October 22, 2015

Posted in Magic Online on October 22, 2015

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.

What Is the Magic Online Bug Blog?

The “Bug Blog” is a running list of updates, alongside a list of Magic Online known issues. Here you’ll find a list of emergent new issues, details around issue statuses when applicable, known issue workarounds, a running tally of known issues updates, as well as the full Known Issues List. The Bug Blog posts to MTGO.com every other Thursday.

Want to find out when something was fixed? Check out the Fixed Known Issues Archive.

Expect the next Bug Blog on Thursday, November 5!


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Known Issues List Updates

In today's bug blog, we're announcing several fixes that will be going out in the Wednesday, October 28 Magic Online deployment as well as adding two new known issues.

The Known Issues List has been updated, so refer to that for the most up-to-date statuses on Magic Online known issues. If you want to see the history of fixed known issues, refer to the archive.


Newly Added Known Issues as of Thursday, October 22

Client

  • Collection | While players are participating in a Constructed event or a League, cards from the decks in those events become locked and cannot be traded away. There is a red “locked card” indicator on these cards. This indicator incorrectly does not appear again after closing the client while remaining in the event.
  • Trade | After clicking the Submit button in a trade, if a player adds or removes cards from the trade, the trade is still incorrectly submitted from his or her trade partner’s side. Toast messaging—messages that pop up on your screen to alert you—does display in this scenario warning players that the trade proposal has changed, and each player will have an opportunity to confirm the trade before it is performed.

Known Issues With Scheduled Fixes for the Wednesday, October 28 Magic Online Client Update

Game Play

  • Cardset | The second ability of Ugin, the Spirit Dragon does not display the chosen value of X.
  • Cardset | The triggered ability on the promo version of Relic Seeker does not function correctly. The non-promo version of this card, however, works as intended.
  • Cardset | Kiora, Master of the Depths’s second loyalty ability does not properly put all cards into the player’s Revealed Cards area.
  • Cardset | Converge cards do not indicate how many colors of mana were spent to cast the spell.
  • Cardset | 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.
  • Cardset | The landfall ability of Emeria Shepherd is incorrectly not optional.
  • Cardset| Premium lands from Unhinged are missing the animation that other premium cards have.
  • Cardset | Mana generated by Shrine of the Forsaken Gods’s second ability can’t be spent on face-down creature spells.

Battle for Zendikar Known Issues

Game Play

  • Cardset | Cards that are exiled by Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger incorrectly show association arrows while in the Exiled Zone.
  • Cardset | Kiora, Master of the Depths’s second loyalty ability does not properly put all cards into the player’s Revealed Cards area.—scheduled 10/28
  • Duel Scene | When a card with the devoid ability is given a color (perhaps by a Painter’s Servant), it appears with distorted art.
  • Cardset | Converge cards do not indicate how many colors of mana were spent to cast the spell.—scheduled 10/28
  • Cardset | 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.—scheduled 10/28
  • Cardset | Mana generated by Shrine of the Forsaken Gods’s second ability can’t be spent on face-down creature spells.—scheduled 10/28
  • Cardset | Oblivion Sower’s triggered ability incorrectly allows a player to select an face down exiled land card.
  • Cardset | Several Battle for Zendikar promo cards appear with the incorrect set symbol.
  • Cardset | The landfall ability of Emeria Shepherd is incorrectly not optional.—scheduled 10/28
  • Cardset | When Chasm Guide’s triggered ability is triggered by Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, it will appear with incorrect art on the stack.
  • Cardset | 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.
  • Duel Scene | The Ingest keyword ability displays extraneous text in the game log when resolving.
  • Duel Scene | The prompt box displays the incorrect color during the “scry-like” step in the new mulligan process.

Client

  • Collection | 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).

 

Temporary Workarounds for Known Issues

 

We're hard at work whittling down the Known Issues List. In the meantime, we've found temporary solutions that may help alleviate certain problems that players are experiencing. Refer to the table below to see if there is a suggested temporary workaround for an issue that you are experiencing.

Game Play

Issue Description Temporary Workaround
General | Umezawa's Jitte counters are obscured by the equipped creature.

 

Players can use card zoom or the preview pane to determine the number of counters.

 

Duel Scene | Cards that search for multiple cards at once don’t show the cards properly in the Revealed Cards area. The cards are properly identified in the game log.

 

Duel Scene | It is visually difficult to tell which set of blockers an attacking player is ordering when ordering multiple sets of multiple blocking creatures. You must start by ordering blockers for the left most attacking creature, then hit OK to move on to the next attacking creature to the right.

 

Duel Scene | Graveyard order appears incorrectly in expanded or undocked views.

 

Keeping the graveyard in small, undocked “preview” (default) window will display order correctly for cards like Buried Alive and Sphinx’s Tutelage.

 

Duel Scene | Zooming in on a card exiled by a land with hideaway shows an additional basic Swamp. This is a visual-only bug, players cannot play the Swamp using hideaway. Right-clicking on the exiled land will display it correctly.

Client

Issue Description Temporary Workaround
Collection | Dragging or adding a large number of cards to a deck or trade binder causes Magic Online to freeze while processing, resulting in a "Main Navigation is Not Responding" error.

 

While the client is not responsive, waiting several minutes will allow the process to complete. Using the error dialog to close the client will cancel the transaction.
Duel Scene | Both players show as waiting for opponent, one player times out. If a player suspects this is happening, logging out and back in may resolve the problem.
Duel Scene | Land can visually appear tapped at the start of a turn if a player turns a creature face up during their opponent's end step.

 

The issue is visual only and clicking the tapped lands will add mana to the mana pool correctly.
General | Under rare circumstances, the Upcoming Tournaments schedule does not appear on the Home screen and Scheduled Events don’t load in the Play Lobby. If this occurs, players will be unable to play in any Scheduled Event for which they are already signed up. Closing Magic Online and signing back in will address this issue.
General | Under rare circumstances, the Game Details window will display buttons to replay matches instead of a round timer or standings. This will also prevent a toast message from notifying the player that the next round has begun. As a temporary workaround, the Return to Game button found on that screen should address this issue.
Sideboard Issues:

 

Duel Scene | On rare occasions, a black game screen will appear after sideboarding.
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Sideboard | Extra cards are sometimes added to a player's deck in addition to their choices when Sideboarding.
These issues seem to be tied to the player's computer going to sleep during deckbuilding. Preventing the computer from hibernating may alleviate these issues.

 

Store | Updating billing and shipping information during the checkout process can have inconsistent results.

 

Players who update from the Account Settings page should not have issues.

 

Trade | If a player opens a booster pack that is in their active trade binder, attempting to trade a different booster pack from the same set cancels the trade.

 

Logging out and then back in will correct this issue.

 

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Known Issues List

The following are a list of known issues on Magic Online. Our goal with the known issues list is to give players insight into what we're working on, as well as helping players avoid problematic bugs and performance issues.

Please note, this is not a comprehensive list of known issues, simply the ones that we feel players are most likely to encounter. These issues are also not sorted in any particular order, aside from their category. While the list below is not sorted by priority or projected fix date, bugs and performance issues listed as "scheduled" have a scheduled fix in the near future—this status is subject to change.


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Game Play Known Issues
Cardset | Atarka's Command's first mode doesn't appear in the Effect area after it resolves.
Cardset | Cavern of Souls's second ability can incorrectly be used to cast face-down creatures of the chosen creature type.
Cardset | Infernal Tutor doesn't allow the player to fail to find a card when they are not hellbent.
Cardset | Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient does not copy activated abilities of artifacts that sacrifice as part of their activation cost.
Cardset | Lightning Storm's activated ability will sometimes let the wrong player change the target. To mitigate this issue, we suggest letting the Lightning Storm activated ability resolve before activating it another time.
Cardset | Oblivion Sower’s triggered ability incorrectly allows a player to select an face down exiled land card.
Cardset | Oracle of Mul Daya reveals one too many cards from the top of the library after casting Genesis Wave or similar spells.
Cardset | Puppeteer Clique's ability does not trigger when it enters the battlefield due to persist.
Cardset | Spellskite incorrectly allows a player to redirect spells or abilities to the Spellskite, even if it’s no longer on the battlefield.
Cardset | The Chain Veil does not allow Planeswalkers that enter the battlefield after activating The Chain Veil to use their abilities twice.
Cardset | Umezawa's Jitte counters are obscured by the equipped creature.
Cardset | A Phantasmal Image copying a creature incorrectly does not display its triggered ability in blue text.
Cardset | Cards that are exiled by Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger incorrectly show association arrows while in the Exiled Zone.
Cardset | Cards that ask a player to choose X targets, such as Glimpse the Sun God, briefly indicate incorrectly that X is equal to zero when the last potential target is chosen before moving on to the cost payment step.
Cardset | Casting Sylvan Primordial causes the game to be locked in a multiplayer game if there are no legal targets for one player.
Cardset | Conceding while looking at cards with Sensei's Divining Top reveals cards to opponent. This applies to all actions involving scry or looking at X cards.
Cardset | Costs that include a snow mana symbol require an additional snow mana.
Cardset | Delayed triggered ability of Otherworldly Journey has missing association arrows with the exiled card.
Cardset | If Balance causes a player to sacrifice lands, that player won't be able to activate abilities of permanents for the rest of that phase. 
Cardset | If a permanent enters the battlefield as a copy of a permanent that had a choice made as it entered (such as Door of Destinies or Painter's Servant), the copy correctly allows the controller to make a new choice, but the abilities of the copy that refer to that choice do not function correctly.
Cardset | In some scenarios, casting Mulch crashes Magic Online.
Cardset | Mana generated from Crucible of the Spirit Dragon must be added to the pool before a player casts a Dragon spell.
Cardset | Metalworker’s mana ability cannot be activated during the mana ability step in paying a cost for a spell or ability.
Cardset | Multiple cards being put into a graveyard simultaneously will be displayed in the graveyard in an incorrect order. This is a display issue only. Magic Online treats the cards as if they were in the correct order, but this can cause confusion for cards like Sphinx’s Tutelage.
Cardset | Players are unable to drag-and-drop cards to split them into piles when prompted to do so by a card like Fact or Fiction. Cards can no longer be dragged from one pile to another in these scenarios, but players can move cards to another pile by single-clicking on the card.
Cardset | Several Battle for Zendikar promo cards appear with the incorrect set symbol.
Cardset | Spells that target Thunderbreak Regent more than once incorrectly trigger Thunderbreak Regent's ability twice.
Cardset | Under rare circumstances, a player who controls two creatures that can’t attack alone (such as Bonded Construct) but must attack with one of them will be able to attack with only that creature rather than being required to attack with both. Under even more rare circumstances, that creature will instead turn on its controller and attack that player on the next turn. We recommend that players keep their Bonded Constructs on tight leashes.
Cardset | When Chasm Guide’s triggered ability is triggered by Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, it will appear with incorrect art on the stack.
Cardset | 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.
Commander | Mishra, Artificer Prodigy will freeze the client when used as a Commander.
Duel Scene | Cards that search for multiple cards at once don’t show the cards properly in the Revealed Cards area. These cards are properly identified in the game log.
Duel Scene | Colorless mana autoconsumed before special mana (e.g. from Cavern of Souls and Mishra's Workshop).
Duel Scene | Creatures that enter the battlefield with counters based on the number of creatures in the graveyard (for example, Undergrowth Scavenger) do not count themselves if they are put onto the battlefield directly from the graveyard.
Duel Scene | If a player’s spell or ability causes his or her own cards to be revealed, those cards are incorrectly not added to the player’s own Revealed Cards area. The player’s opponent should still see the revealed cards correctly.
Duel Scene | It is visually difficult to tell which set of blockers an attacking player is ordering when ordering multiple sets of multiple blocking creatures.
Duel Scene | Spells with multiple targets (such as Silumgar's Command, Agony Warp, etc.) sometimes lack visual indicators to show what is happening to each target.
Duel Scene | The Ingest keyword ability displays extraneous text in the game log when resolving.
Duel Scene | The prompt box displays the incorrect color during the “scry-like” step in the new mulligan process.
Duel Scene | The prompt text where the card states "Choose up to X target... X is currently [#]." States 'zero' when the last valid target is clicked.
Duel Scene | Trying to attach equipment to creatures that do not meet the equipment's requirement incorrectly depletes mana pool.
Duel Scene | Under certain rare scenarios, attacking creatures will display on the opponent’s side of the battlefield. Resizing the Magic Online game window resolves this display issue.
Duel Scene | When a card with the devoid ability is given a color (perhaps by a Painter’s Servant), it appears with distorted art.
Duel Scene | When a player plays a Ravnica shock land (such as Hallowed Fountain) off the top of the library with Courser of Kruphix, the new top card of the library is incorrectly revealed before the player decides whether to pay 2 life.
Duel Scene | When affects like Parallax Wave and Exhume end and creatures return to the battlefield, if one of those creatures was a Containment Priest then all other creatures are Exiled.
Duel Scene | When colorless mana is added to a player's mana pool as a result of a creature dying in combat (e.g. Cathodion, Su-chi), the user is unable to spend that mana if no stop is set.
Duel Scene | Zooming in on a card exiled by a land with hideaway shows an additional basic Swamp. This is a visual-only bug, players cannot play the Swamp using hideaway. Right-clicking on the exiled land will display it correctly.
General | When the "No Possible Play: Yield All" function is active, tapping Mishra's Workshop when it's the only land the player controls will automatically end the turn even if the mana could be spent.
In certain scenarios, if a player turns a creature face up by paying its morph cost during the opponent’s end step, the last land that player tapped to pay the cost will appear to not untap during the impending untap step. This is a display issue only. The land can still be correctly tapped for mana by clicking it.

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Game Play Known Issues, with Scheduled Fix
Cardset | The second ability of Ugin, the Spirit Dragon does not display the chosen value of X. —scheduled 10/28
Cardset | The triggered ability on the promo version of Relic Seeker does not function correctly. The non-promo version of this card, however, works as intended. —scheduled 10/28
Cardset | Kiora, Master of the Depths’s second loyalty ability does not properly put all cards into the player’s Revealed Cards area.—scheduled 10/28
Cardset | Converge cards do not indicate how many colors of mana were spent to cast the spell.—scheduled 10/28
Cardset | 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.—scheduled 10/28
Cardset | The landfall ability of Emeria Shepherd is incorrectly not optional.—scheduled 10/28
Cardset| Premium lands from Unhinged are missing the animation that other premium cards have.—scheduled 10/28
Cardset | Mana generated by Shrine of the Forsaken Gods’s second ability can’t be spent on face-down creature spells.—scheduled 10/28

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Fixed Game Play Known Issues
Cardset | Demonic Pact now clearly identifies the modes already used while on the battlefield.—fixed 10/7
Duel Scene | Knight of the Reliquary no longer allows the player to sacrifice permanents other than Forests or Plains when activating its ability.—fixed 10/7
Cardset | The Great Aurora no longer incorrectly allows tokens shuffled into a player's library to be drawn later in resolving the spell.—fixed 10/7
Cardset | Pyromancer’s Goggles no longer incorrectly creates multiple copies of a spell.—fixed 10/7

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Client Known Issues
Cardset | The promo version of Mizzium Meddler made its way to Magic Online without a set symbol. The set symbol will be added with the launch of Battle for Zendikar.
Chat | Players who drop from a league cannot send messages using a league game’s chat window.
Collection | Adding "All but 4" can have inconsistent results depending on the version of cards in the player's collection.

 

Collection | 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).
Collection | New decks with the same name as an existing deck cannot be saved. Deck names are not case-sensitive. Currently, attempting to create a deck with a name that differs only by case (e.g. “Mardu” and “mardu”) will not generate an error message.
Collection | The first time a player tries to sort a deck, the deck will not become sorted. Attempting to sort the deck a second time will correctly sort a deck.
Collection | While players are participating in a Constructed event or a League, cards from the decks in those events become locked and cannot be traded away. There is a red “locked card” indicator on these cards. This indicator incorrectly does not appear again after closing the client while remaining in the event.
Duel Scene | Challenging a player directly does not allow the player to set Wins Per Match or Match Clock options.

 

Duel Scene | On rare occasions, a black game screen will appear after sideboarding.
Duel Scene | When face down cards are given an activated ability, the art displays incorrectly on the stack when that ability is activated.

 

General | If a player is running Magic Online on a laptop connected to a second monitor, they are unable to maximize Magic Online on the second monitor.

 

General | Under rare circumstances, the Game Details window will display buttons to replay matches instead of a round timer or standings. This will also prevent a toast message from notifying the player that the next round has begun. As a temporary workaround, the Return to Game button found on that screen should address this issue.
General | Under rare circumstances, the Upcoming Tournaments schedule does not appear on the Home screen and Scheduled Events don’t load in the Play Lobby. If this occurs, players will be unable to play in any Scheduled Event for which they are already signed up. Closing Magic Online and signing back in will address this issue.
Help Scene | The Help Scene contains several minor display errors such as blank spaces and inappropriate line breaks.
League | A duplicate Duel Scene can be created by closing Magic Online and signing back in during a league match. This duplicate can be safely hidden by closing the window, but conceding in either window will concede the match.
League | If a player attempts to play a match in a league before the standings load, the matchmaking dialog box will display "Stage 0" instead of the player’s actual stage number. This is a display issue only.
League | If a player has more than sixteen decks of a Constructed league’s format, a second scroll bar will incorrectly appear when entering the league and selecting a deck.
League | If a player sorts the standings in the League Details window, that sort is incorrectly not persistent once the League Details window is closed.
League | The League Details window shows an incorrectly pluralized "View Your Previous Decks" button after completing a course in a Constructed league. This button will show only the deck most recently used in the league.
League | The player filter menu in the League Details window incorrectly displays the word “Clan” instead of the name of the player’s clan.
League | When a league transitions from Open (players can join, matches can be played) to Closed (players cannot join, matches can still be played), the message that informs players how much time remains until the league transitions to Completed (no more matches can be played) is not properly being sent. This information is still available in the League Details window, however.
League | When rejoining a Constructed league, the "View Your Previous Decks" button is temporarily incorrectly inactive between opening the Entry Requirements dialog box and the next time the League Details window is opened.
League | When viewing a league game replay, the header does not display the league ID number. Instead, it displays the match number, incorrectly labeled as an event number.
Limited Scene | While building a Limited deck, if a player sorts the deck under construction by converted mana cost, clicking the “Add Lands” button will return each card to the appropriate pile even if the player individually moved them to another pile.
Multiplayer | Dropping out of a game does not concede the game if the player is not the first one to drop out.

 

Multiplayer | Multiplayer matches do not show up in a player's Game History.

 

Play Lobby | Clicking the Play button in an event lobby does not take the player to the next available tournament.

 

Play Lobby | Paused Leagues are incorrectly not identified as such in the Play Lobby.
Play Lobby | The "Play" button shown when filtering the Play Lobby to display leagues does nothing when clicked.
Play Lobby | The text displayed in the search bar when filtering the Play lobby to display leagues reads “Search Constructed Tournaments Games / Players” instead of “Search Constructed League Games / Players”. Filtering for Limited leagues will show a similar error.
Sideboard | Extra cards are sometimes added to a player's deck in addition to their choices when sideboarding.

 

Trade | After clicking the Submit button in a trade, if a player adds or removes cards from the trade, the trade is still incorrectly submitted from his or her trade partner’s side. Toast messaging—messages that pop up on your screen to alert you—does display in this scenario warning players that the trade proposal has changed, and each player will have an opportunity to confirm the trade before it is performed.
Trade | Both players clicking Submit at the exact same time in a trade can cause the trade to be cancelled.

 

Trade | If a player attempts to add cards to a binder so that the binder would have more than 50,000 cards, exactly enough cards will be added to reach 50,000 though an error message will display telling the player to decrease the number of cards and try again.

 

Trade | If a player opens a booster pack that is in their active trade binder, attempting to trade a different booster pack from the same set cancels the trade. Logging out and then back in will correct this issue.

 

Trade | No error message is displayed when adding locked cards (such as cards used in a current league) to a trade binder. These cards are correctly not displayed to trade partners, however.
Trade | Occasionally when using the Search Tool to filter a players collection, players will incorrectly receive list of cards that are unavailable when they are actually available.

 

Trade | The Search Tool is not present in the Other Products tab of a trade.

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Fixed Client Known Issues
Cardset | The planeswalkers from Magic Origins now have the correct card frames.—fixed 10/7
Chat | A toast messaging informing players that an opponent has started a chat no longer appears for each message sent during a match.—fixed 10/7
Collection | New items now automatically appear in player collections as soon as those items are received. Players no longer have to manually refresh to view new items.—fixed 10/7
Collection | Players can no longer create a binder that exceeds the 50,000-card limit by importing a deck.—fixed 10/7
Collection | Text files created with the Export Deck function no longer sometimes display the same card name on multiple lines.—fixed 10/7
Collection | Untradable avatars can no longer be added to a trade binder. —fixed 10/7
Duel Scene | A bug has been resolved that caused creatures to deal incorrect amounts of damage during replays.—fixed 10/7
General | Several bugs not listed elsewhere that caused crashes have been resolved. Additionally, viewing premium cards for which the art has not yet loaded no longer causes a crash.—fixed 10/7
General | The image that appears on the Magic Online home screen no longer gets cut off if the window is resized.—fixed 10/7
Leagues | The default sort order for Leagues standings is now number of match wins in descending order.—fixed 10/7

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