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- R&D Feature: Battle for Zendikarticle
- Magic Online Battle for Zendikar Release Events Running Now
- From the Vault: Angels Comes To Magic Online Monday, October 12
- Magic Online Feedback Survey Number One
- Announcing November (Season 12) MOCS and MOPR Promos
- A Note on Zendikar Expeditions in Battle for Zendikar
- Constructed Prizes and Events Rotate on October 14
- Battle for Zendikar Set Redemption
- Double Pro Tour Qualifier Weekend, with the New Standard and Battle for Zendikar Sealed!
- There Will Be No Downtime for October 14, 2015
- Battle for Zendikar Known Issues
- Ongoing and Upcoming Events
- Ask us anything on the Magic Online Tumblr!
- Download Magic Online
R&D Feature: Battle for Zendikarticle
Magic Online R&D's Alli Medwin takes players on a tour of the development decisions behind Battle for Zendikar in her latest article.
This time around, Alli talks about updates to zone functionality, managing your blockers, and more!
Magic Online Battle for Zendikar Release Events Running Now
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.
From the Vault: Angels On-Sale Now On Magic Online
Appearing in the skies above the fiercest battles, Angels are known throughout the Multiverse for their awesome power and terrible fury. This limited-edition set contains fifteen Magic: The Gathering cards featuring a host of the most formidable winged warriors to ever grace the game.
From the Vault: Angels released on Magic Online Monday, October 12! Don't miss your chance to add the power of Angels to your Magic Online collection.
Get more information about From the Vault: Angels here.
Magic Online Feedback Survey Number One
Last week, Brandon Kreines introduced the Magic Online Feedback Program! Thank you for voicing your opinion on Magic Online Prerelease events in the first survey—it is now closed. Brandon will return in a future article to discuss our findings.
Announcing November (Season 12) MOCS and MOPR Promos
The MOCS 2015 November Season runs from October 28, 2015, through November 25, 2015. The promo card is:
The November MOPR period runs from October 28, 2015, through November 25, 2015. Here are the promo cards:
Play in one or more events during the November season, and you’ll get a non-premium Ruinous Path. Five or more and you’ll get an additional premium Ruinous Path. Spend at least $20 total in the Magic Online Store during Season 12, and you’ll get a non-premium Roast. By spending $40 or more, you’ll get an additional, premium, Roast.
And remember, this means it's your last chance to get the Season 11 MOCS and MOPR promos, like this Sword of Feast and Famine.
Earning 15 Qualifier Points (QPs) 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 Magic Online Championship Series here.
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.
A Note on Zendikar Expeditions in Battle for Zendikar
Battle for Zendikar Zendikar Expeditions lands will appear in Magic Online Battle for Zendikar booster packs with the same frequency that they appear in paper. If one is opened in a Draft or Sealed event, then it can be used in those events. For constructed, Expedition lands can only be used in formats where they are already legal.
Please note that Expedition lands are not required to redeem Battle for Zendikar. Expedition lands are not redeemable. You can learn more about Zendikar Expeditions in the Battle for Zendikar Release Notes.
Constructed Prizes and Events Rotate on October 14
On Wednesday, October 14, at 10:00 a.m. Pacific (UTC -7), Constructed Dailies and Constructed Queues that currently award Magic Origins booster packs will begin awarding Battle for Zendikar booster packs. See the below prize tables for a look at how prizes are changing.
Constructed 8-Player Queues
|1st||2 Battle for Zendikar booster packs and 120 Play Points||2|
|2nd||1 Battle for Zendikar booster pack and 80 Play Points||1|
|3rd-4th||60 Play Points||0|
Constructed Daily Events
|4 Wins||6 Battle for Zendikar booster packs and 360 Play Points||3|
|3 Wins||3 Battle for Zendikar booster packs and 180 Play Points||1|
|5 Wins||2 Battle for Zendikar booster packs and 150 Play Points||3|
|4 Wins||1 Battle for Zendikar booster pack and 120 Play Points||1|
|3 Wins||80 Play Points||0|
|2 Wins||40 Play Points||0|
|1 Win||20 Play Points||0|
|0 Wins||10 Play Points||0|
Battle for Zendikar Set Redemption
Battle for Zendikar becomes available for redemption on Wednesday, November 11 about one month after its digital release. If you collect the whole set on Magic Online, you can exchange it for a full, paper version! If you're interested in redeeming Battle for Zendikar, don't wait too long—because the set won't be available to redeem forever.
Learn more about Magic Online redemption.
Double Pro Tour Qualifier Weekend, with the New Standard and Battle for Zendikar Sealed!
Attention all Pro Tour hopefuls, there's a double Pro Tour Qualifier (PTQ) weekend coming up! Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries and Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries begin tomorrow, October 14, and run through the day preceding each Finals Event.
Learn more about PTQs on Magic Online and get the full schedule here.
There Will Be No Downtime for October 14, 2015
Over the past several weeks, users have experienced lag as Magic Online returns from downtime. To avoid the negative impact this issue has on our players, we will be postponing this week's downtime and working on a fix that we can use going forward. Because of this, redemption will be postponed until our next downtime.
The Wednesday, October 21 downtime will occur as normal.
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
October 12–28—Battle for Zendikar Release Events
October 14–16—Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries
October 17—Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 9:00 a.m. Pacific (16:00 UTC)
October 18—Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (14:00 UTC)
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)