Magic Online Weekly Announcements November 3, 2015

Posted in Magic Online on November 4, 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.

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Legendary Cube Event Schedule and Podcast Previews!

The Legendary Cube is coming to Magic Online on November 18—check out the announcement article if you missed it the first time around!

We'll be revealing some of the contents of the Legendary Cube this week in community interviews, so make sure to check out this week's episodes of Magic the Amateuring and The Command Zone for a special cube preview and an interview with Legendary Cube lead developer Adam Prosak! The full Legendary Cube list will be revealed in an article by Adam Prosak next Monday, November 9.

This week, we're showing players how they'll be able to pit their army of Legendary Creatures against one another in epic confrontations. Announcing Legendary Cube events: running from November 18 through December 9!

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MTGO Takeover Week Is Next Week on DailyMTG

Stop by DailyMTG November 9–13 for MTGO Takeover Week! Each day, DailyMTG will have Magic Online themed articles for your reading pleasure.

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Eerie Innistrad Draft Events Available Now

Eerie Innistrad Flashback Draft events are available until November 4! Read the full article for event details and directions to obtain this creepy promo!

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Battle for Zendikar Championship Events

The Magic Online Battle for Zendikar Championships are coming up! Mark you calendar for the dates below and check out the full article for event details.

We hope to see you in the Championship!

Remember, in addition to big prizes, the first place winners will be heralded across MTGO.com in an article that regales readers with a play-by-play of their victories, as well as the Championship-winning decklists. If you missed it, check out the Magic Origins Champion announcement here for a look at how a true champ spews Thopters or sacrifices to a Nantuko Husk.

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The Super League Championship Continues Tonight, November 3!

The Super League Championship continues Tuesday, November 3, at 6:00 p.m. Pacific (UTC-8) 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 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!

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Sign Up for the Magic Online Newsletter

The Magic Online Newsletter contains a wealth of personalized information you can't find anywhere else. Published monthly, the newsletter is a quick snapshot of your Magic Online history, and a top news and announcements list of info you shouldn't miss.

In each issue you'll find personalized stats, such as:

 

  • A lifetime total of booster packs you've won
  • MOPR promo cards you've earned through both store and event activity
  • Current MOCS season qualifier points
  • A personalized factoid
  • Year-to-Date MOCS Qualifier Points, by format

 

And we're always looking for ways to improve this resource! Get directions on enrolling here.

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Season 11 Magic Online Championship Series Preliminaries Begin Tomorrow

The Season 11 Magic Online Championship Series (MOCS) Preliminaries begin tomorrow, November 4, and run through November 6. Five or six wins in a MOCS Preliminary earns players 35 Qualifier Points (QPs), which earns you entry into the MOCS Season 11 Finals on November 7!

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.

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Magic Online Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers

Qualified for a Regional Pro Tour Qualifier but aren't able to make the trek to the closest event? Now, you can participate in a Regional Pro Tour Qualifier on Magic Online!

Learn more about Magic Online Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers here.

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Magic Online Format Updates and FAQ

We've been listening to player feedback regarding the below format removals and understand the desire for more information about these changes and how they'll help us focus our efforts to improve Magic Online. If you missed it, Magic Online R&D Robert Schuster answered some of the most common questions in a recent post on the official Magic Online Tumblr.

In order to focus our efforts on improving the most popular formats on Magic Online, we are removing official support for some rarely-played formats and player configurations with the November 11, 2015 downtime. Combined, the removal of the formats below represents less than one percent of play on Magic Online.

The full list of formats removed during the November 11, 2015 downtime are:

 

  • Block Constructed
  • Standard Pauper
  • 100 Card Singleton
  • Prismatic
  • Legacy Tribal Wars
  • Emperor
  • All games with five or six players
  • All team play, including Two-Headed Giant

 

Block Constructed and Standard Pauper decks will be moved to become Standard decks in the Collection scene. 100 Card Singleton, Prismatic and Legacy Tribal Wars decks will be moved to become Legacy decks in the Collection scene.

We are always looking to improve the player experience on Magic Online. Trimming our offerings will allow us to focus on improving the most-played formats, and will simplify the interface for starting a game.

For those looking for a game, here are our currently supported formats for up to 4 players:

 

  • Standard
  • Modern
  • Legacy
  • Vintage
  • Planeswalker
  • Pauper
  • Commander
  • Planechase
  • Momir Basic
  • Freeform Vanguard
  • Freeform

 

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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 was updated during the Wednesday, 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) were removed.

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Updated Redemption Schedule

As we transition into the new Standard rotation we have also updated our Magic Online Redemption guidelines, so new redemption dates will be more closely aligned with the new Standard rotation schedule beginning with Battle for Zendikar. Battle for Zendikar Redemption dates can be found below!

Product Digital Release Date Redemption Release Date Redemption Guarantee Date Redemption Cutoff Date
Battle for Zendikar 10/12/2015 11/11/2015 5/17/2017 11/22/2017

Check out the Redemption page for more information about Magic Online set Redemption.

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Downtime for November 4, 2015

  • All tournaments will close Wednesday, November 4, at 5:00 a.m. Pacific (13:00 UTC)
  • Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 7:45 a.m. Pacific (15:45 UTC)
  • The system will be down from 8:00 a.m. Pacific (16:00 UTC) until 12:00 p.m. Pacific (20:00 UTC)

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Build Notes

General

  • Store | Users in Japan are now properly charged 8% sales tax.

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Ongoing and Upcoming Events

Now–November 4Eerie Innistrad Flashback Draft

November 4–6Season 11 Magic Online Championship Series Preliminaries

November 7Season 11 Magic Online Championship Series Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (14:00 UTC)

November 4–10Battle for Zendikar Standard Championship Qualifiers

November 8Battle for Zendikar Limited Championship Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (15:00 UTC)

November 11–14Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries

November 14Battle for Zendikar Standard Championship Finals 9:00 a.m. Pacific (17:00 UTC)

November 15Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (15:00 UTC)

November 18–20Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries

November 21Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 9:00 a.m. Pacific (17:00 UTC)

November 18–21Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries

November 21Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (15:00 UTC)

November 28Power Nine Challenge 11:00 a.m. Pacific (19:00 UTC)

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