2013 Magic Online Championship Series

Posted in NEWS on January 14, 2014

Are you good enough to defeat some of the best players in Magic and be crowned the 2013 Magic Online Champion? The 2013 Magic Online Championship Series is full of fun, prizes, and of course, the ultimate goal to claim one of the sixteen invitations to the 2013 Magic Online Championship where you will battle for your share of a prize pool of $116,000 USD.

The sixteen 2013 Magic Online Championship finalists will include:

  • The defending 2012 Magic Online champion
  • Twelve individual Magic Online Championship Series season winners
  • The MOCS Player-of-the-Year Championship winner
  • Two MOCS Last Chance Qualifier winners

Players can start earning 2013 Magic Online Championship Series (MOCS) Qualifier Points on December 26, 2012. Read the full rules below for more information about the Magic Online Championship Series, all the changes for 2013, and how to qualify for an invitation.

MOCS 2013 concludes on Wednesday, November 27, 2013.

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MAGIC ONLINE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES ELIGIBILITY

  • All Magic Online players who meet the eligibility requirements set forth herein are eligible to compete in this online tournament series. All Magic Online players are eligible to compete in the 2013 Magic Online Championship Series except (a) players who are otherwise ineligible to engage in tournament play pursuant to the Magic Online User Agreement and (b) employees or contractors of Wizards of the Coast LLC (“Wizards”), Hasbro or each of their respective subsidiaries or affiliates or their advertising or promotion agencies, or those who are domiciled with any such person, or those who have been disqualified for other reasons (see below). This is a skill-based tournament based on a player's ability to defeat other players.
  • Players may be disqualified if they are suspended from Magic Online for any reason, including without limitation a violation of the Magic Online User Agreement.
  • Although players may have multiple accounts qualified for a Season Preliminary, a Season Finals, or the Player of the Year Championship, players are not permitted to have more than one of their accounts entered in any single event at one time. Players are not permitted to have any accounts entered in events played by other players for any reason. If a player is discovered to have more than one account playing in any Season Preliminary, Season Finals, Last Chance Qualifier, or Championship event before, during, or after the event, Wizards may take action against that player's account(s), up to and including disqualification with no refund of product and/or event tickets, suspension of the offending account(s), and/or termination of the offending account(s). Using an account other than your own, allowing any other player to use your account, selling your account, and other similar actions are all violations of the Magic Online User Agreement. If you play in Magic Online tournaments, win, and expect to get your prize, be very, very sure you are playing on your own account. We do not recognize excuses, such as "I and a friend jointly own the account," "It's my brother's account but he gave it to me," or similar. The only exception is an adult may authorize a single dependent child age 13-18 to play on an account that the adult has established.
  • Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to reschedule and/or restart tournaments, matches, and/or games as needed. Such decisions will be announced on the Magic Online website and/or within the Magic Online client as needed.
  • To be eligible to participate in the Magic Online Championship Series, the following requirements must be met:
    • All Magic Online players must be at least 13 or older. A championship player between the ages of 13 and 18 will be required to get a parent or guardian's signature on the required waiver and consent forms as explained below.
    • Players must have Internet access.
    • Players must have access to a personal computer.
    • Players must be Magic Online account holders in good standing and in compliance with the Magic Online User Agreement.

2013 MAGIC ONLINE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES STRUCTURE  
The 2013 Magic Online Championship Series will use the following structure:

  • Seasons: The 2013 Magic Online Championship Series will be divided into twelve (12) separate seasons. Each season's duration is four (4) weeks. Each season's start and end date are listed in the schedule below. Each MOCS season begins after the scheduled maintenance on its Start Date and ends at the beginning of the scheduled maintenance on its End Date. If for any reason there is no scheduled maintenance on those dates, the start and stop time will be 8:00 AM PST (or PDT when appropriate).
  • Qualifier Points: During each season, a number of Magic Online events will offer the opportunity to earn Qualifier Points (QPs). These MOCS qualifying events are restricted to scheduled events and queues that have successfully completed with at least eight (8) players and include Qualifier Points (QPs) listed as part of their prize structure. The number of Qualifier Points (QPs) offered will vary by event. Points earned in a season do not carry over to any other season. See the table below for more information about Qualifier Points (QPs).
  • Earning Qualifier Points (QPs): At the end of each specified tournament, all participants may earn Qualifier Points (QPs) based upon their final rank or points standing in the tournament. Qualifier Points (QPs) earned in any given season are season specific and cannot be used to join another season's Preliminaries or Finals.
  • Season Preliminaries: At the end of each season, Magic Online will offer up to four (4) Season Preliminaries. All eligible players who have earned sufficient QPs may join and participate in any of the corresponding Season Preliminaries. Players who finish with enough Match Wins will earn enough QPs to join the corresponding Season Finals.
  • Season Finals: At the end of each season, after all of the Season Preliminaries have completed, all eligible players who have earned sufficient QPs may join and participate in the corresponding Season Finals. The winner of each Season Finals will earn an invitation to participate in the 2013 Magic Online Championship to be held in 2014 and an invitation to participate in a Pro Tour* aligned with their season win. (see 2013 Magic Online Championship Series Schedule below).
  • Player of the Year: Wizards of the Coast will track the cumulative Qualifier Points (QPs) of each player and maintain the following Player of the Year leaderboards: Constructed and Limited. After the end of the twelfth season, players who are ranked in the top 150 of each leaderboard will be invited to play in the 2013 Magic Online Player of the Year Championship tournament held on December 14, 2013. The winner of the Player of the Year Championship will be invited to participate in the 2013 Magic Online Championship and an invitation to participate in a Pro Tour* aligned with their win. (see 2013 Magic Online Championship Series Schedule below).
  • Last-Chance Qualifiers: Magic Online will host two 2013 Magic Online Championship Series Last-Chance Qualifier tournaments (MOCS LCQ) on December 21, 2013 and December 28, 2013. These tournaments will be open to all eligible players not already invited to the 2013 Magic Online Championship. The winner of each MOCS LCQ will be invited to participate in the 2013 Magic Online Championship to be held in 2014 and an invitation to participate in a Pro Tour* aligned with their win. (see 2013 Magic Online Championship Series Schedule below).

CONNECTIVITY  
Due to the nature of computers and the Internet, Wizards of the Coast is not responsible for the results of any disconnection or network problems experienced by players.

QUALIFIER POINTS  
In addition to the normal prizes for tournaments, high finishing players in MOCS qualifying events can earn Qualifier Points (QPs) as well. QPs will vary by event, but some common examples are listed in the table below.

Tournament TypeFinishQPsPremier Event with Top 8 Playoff1st Place6Premier Event with Top 8 Playoff2nd Place5Premier Event with Top 8 Playoff3rd-4th Place4Premier Event with Top 8 Playoff5th-8th Place34-Round Event (scheduled or queue)4-0 Record34-Round Event (scheduled or queue)3-1 Record13-Round Event (scheduled or queue)3-0 Record1

Full details of an event's prize structure and the QPs offered can be found in the Wizards of the Coast Knowledge Base or when an event is announced on the Magic Online What's Happening page. Individual events may vary from the examples listed above.

Different tournaments or formats may be called out and offer increased or reduced amounts of QPs each season. This adjusted QP schedule will be announced a minimum of one week prior to the start of a season.

In addition, Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to add/remove qualifying formats, alter events that award Qualifier Points (QPs), and/or adjust the number of QPs offered by any event with a minimum of 24 hours notice.

Note: Some tournaments that are part of the MOCS (such as Season Finals) do not award QPs.

SEASON PRELIMINARIES AND SEASON FINALS PARTICIPATION  
The Season Preliminaries and Season Finals are open only to players who earned sufficient Qualifier Points in the appropriate season. Players must use fifteen (15) QPs to join the Season Preliminaries. Players must use thirty-five (35) QPs to join the Season Finals.

All players who qualify for the Season Preliminaries or Season Finals will automatically receive a copy of that season's promo card awarded to their qualifying account during the scheduled maintenance period prior to the Season Preliminaries. If for any reason there is no scheduled maintenance on that date, the promo card will be awarded during the next scheduled maintenance period.

Qualifier Points are season specific and can only be used for the season in which they are earned. QPs earned in previous season cannot used to enter or applied towards later Season Preliminaries or Season Finals. Qualifier Points are not tradable and are for the sole use of the player who has earned them. Unused QPs in each player's collection will be removed at the conclusion of the 2013 Magic Online Championship Series.

It is the player's responsibility to verify that they have the correct number of QPs required to enter and join the Season Preliminaries and/or Season Finals PRIOR to its start time. If a player believes he or she should be qualified and is unable to join the Season Preliminaries or Season Finals, they will need to contact customer service prior to the start of the event.

2013 MAGIC ONLINE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SCHEDULE  
Each Season Finals event features its own format and follows the schedule below. The formats for the Season Preliminaries will match that season's Finals. Season Preliminaries held on Friday will be at 6:00 PM. Season Preliminaries held on Saturday will be at 6:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 6:00 PM. All times listed are in Pacific Time.

SeasonPeriodSeason PreliminariesSeason FinalsPro Tour Invitation*FormatPromotional Card1Dec. 26 - Jan. 23Jan. 25Jan. 26Feb. 02, 07:00 AMPro Tour
Dragon's MazeLegacyAlternative Art
Force of Will2Jan. 23 - Feb. 20Feb. 22Feb. 23Mar. 02, 11:00 AMPro Tour
Dragon's MazeStandardAlternative Art
Supreme Verdict3Feb. 20 - Mar. 20Mar. 22Mar. 23Mar. 30, 03:00 PMPro Tour
TherosGatecrash SealedAlternative Art
Lotus Cobra4Mar. 20 - Apr. 17Apr. 19Apr. 20Apr. 27, 07:00 PMPro Tour
TherosMagic 2013 SealedAlternative Art
Savannah5Apr. 17 - May. 15May. 17May. 18May. 25, 03:00 AMPro Tour
TherosReturn to Ravnica Block ConstructedAlternative Art
Mind's Eye6May. 15 - Jun. 12Jun. 14Jun. 15Jun. 22, 07:00 AMPro Tour
TherosModern Masters SealedAlternative Art
Cryptborn Horror7Jun. 12 - Jul. 10Jul. 12Jul. 13Jul. 20, 03:00 PMPro Tour
TherosReturn to Ravnica
Block SealedAlternative Art
Bribery8Jul. 10 - Aug. 07Aug. 09Aug. 10Aug. 17, 11:00 AMPro Tour
Born of the GodsModernAlternative
Art
Plateau9Aug. 07 - Sep. 04Sep. 06Sep. 07Sep. 14, 11:00 AMPro Tour
Born of the GodsMagic 2014 SealedAlternative Art Ratchet Bomb10Sep. 04 - Oct. 02Oct. 04Oct. 05Oct. 12, 11:00 AMPro Tour
Born of the GodsTheros SealedAlternative Art Underground Sea11Oct. 02 - Oct. 30Nov. 01Nov. 02Nov. 09, 11:00 AMPro Tour
Born of the GodsStandardAlternative Art Scrubland12Oct. 30 - Nov. 27---------Pro Tour
Journey Into NyxCube SealedAlternative Art Land TaxPlayer of the Year
ConstructedDec. 14, 11:00 AMPro Tour
Journey Into NyxStandardNonePlayer of the Year
LimitedDec. 21, 11:00 AMPro Tour
Journey Into NyxPhantomTheros SealedNoneLast Chance QualifierTBDPro Tour
Journey Into NyxTBDNone

2013 MAGIC ONLINE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SEASON PRELIMINARIES DETAILS  
START TIME: Scheduled start times listed as posted on the MOCS schedule above.
LOCATION: Scheduled Events room.
ENTRY REQUIREMENT: 15 Qualifier Points for the appropriate season.
PRODUCT: Players will need to supply an appropriate format legal deck for constructed format events. Magic Online will supply the correct Phantom product for limited format events (such as booster draft or sealed deck).
SIZE: 33 players minimum, 1024 players maximum.
DURATION: Six 50-minute, Swiss pairings rounds.
PRIZES: Prizes are based on the total Match Points at the end of the tournament. Each match win awards 3 points and each match loss awards 0 points.

Match
PointsPrize1835 Qualifier Points and
1 premium copy of that season's promo card1535 Qualifier Points and
1 regular copy of that season's promo card121 regular copy of that season's promo card

Please Note: Limited format events (booster draft and sealed deck) will use Phantom product. This means that cards used in the event will not be added to players' collections at the end of the event. In addition, QPs earned as prizes from a Season Preliminary will NOT count towards qualifying for the MOCS Player of the Year Championship.

2013 MAGIC ONLINE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SEASON FINALS DETAILS  
START TIME: Scheduled start times listed as posted on the MOCS schedule above.
LOCATION: Scheduled Events room.
ENTRY REQUIREMENT: 35 Qualifier Points for the appropriate season.
PRODUCT: Players will need to supply an appropriate format legal deck for constructed format events. Magic Online will supply the correct Phantom product for limited format events (such as booster draft or sealed deck).
SIZE: Determined by the total number of qualified players.
DURATION: A number of 50-minute Swiss pairing rounds determined by attendance and a Top 8 finals. The Top 8 format will depend on the Season Finals format and will consist of 3 rounds, single elimination.
PRIZES: Prizes for Top 8 events are based on placement at the end of the tournament. The booster pack and complete set prizes for each Season Finals will be selected by Wizards of the Coast from a current Magic: The Gathering set or expansion available in Magic Online at the time of the event.

PlacePrize1st2013 MTGO Championship Invitation, Pro Tour Invitation based on Season*,
1 complete premium set, and 54 booster packs2nd1 complete regular set and 54 Booster Packs3rd-4th54 Booster Packs5th-8th36 Booster Packs9th-16th24 Booster Packs17th-32nd12 Booster Packs33rd-64th6 Booster Packs65th-128th3 Booster Packs129th-256th1 Booster Pack

ADDITIONAL PRIZES: Top 64 finishers will also receive a premium copy of the announced promo card.

Please Note: Limited format events (booster draft and sealed deck) will use Phantom product. This means that cards used in the event will not be added to players' collections at the end of the event.

The winner of each Season Finals will be contacted by email within one (1) week in order to verify their personal information.

If you win a Season Finals and have not heard from Wizards of the Coast after one week has passed, please email robert.schuster@wizards.com so that we can send you details about the 2013 Magic Online Championship and verify your personal information.

MAGIC ONLINE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES PLAYER OF THE YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP DETAILS  
START TIME: Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 11:00 AM PST (19:00 UTC).
LOCATION: Scheduled Events room.
ENTRY REQUIREMENT: None. Qualified players only (the top 150 of each of the constructed and Limited leaderboards for cumulative Qualifier Points). Qualified players only.
FORMAT: Standard Constructed.
SIZE: Determined by the total number of qualified players.
DURATION: A number of Swiss pairing rounds determined by attendance. The Top 8 will consist of 3 rounds, Single Elimination.
PRIZES: Prizes for Top 8 events are based on placement at the end of the tournament. The booster pack and complete set prizes for the Player of the Year Championship will be selected by Wizards of the Coast from a current Magic: The Gathering set or expansion available in Magic Online at the time of the event.

PlacePrize1st2013 MTGO Championship Invitation, Pro Tour Journey Into Nyx Invitation,
1 complete premium set, and 54 booster packs2nd1 complete regular set and 54 Booster Packs3rd-4th54 Booster Packs5th-8th36 Booster Packs9th-16th24 Booster Packs17th-32nd12 Booster Packs33rd-64th6 Booster Packs65th-128th3 Booster Packs129th-256th1 Booster Pack

Please Note: Any QPs earned from Season Preliminaries will NOT count towards qualifying for the Player of the Year Championship.

2013 MAGIC ONLINE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER DETAILS  
START TIME: Saturday, December 21, 2013, at 11 AM PST (19:00 UTC), and Saturday, December 28, 2013, at 11:00 AM PST (19:00 UTC).
LOCATION: Scheduled Events room.
ENTRY FEE: 30 Event Tickets.
PRODUCT: Magic Online will provide 6 booster packs for this event and 3 booster packs for the Top 8 draft.
SIZE: 33 players minimum, 1024 players maximum.
DURATION: Deck building plus 11 Swiss pairing rounds. The Top 8 draft will consist of 3 rounds, Single Elimination.
PRIZES: Prizes for Top 8 events are based on placement at the end of the tournament. The booster pack and complete set prizes for each MOCS LCQ will be selected by Wizards of the Coast from a current Magic: The Gathering set or expansion available in Magic Online at the time of the event.

PlacePrize1st2013 MTGO Championship Invitation, Pro Tour Journey Into Nyx Invitation,
1 complete premium set, and 54 booster packs2nd1 complete regular set and 54 Booster Packs3rd-4th54 Booster Packs5th-8th36 Booster Packs9th-16th24 Booster Packs17th-32nd12 Booster Packs33rd-64th6 Booster Packs65th-128th3 Booster Packs129th-256th1 Booster Pack

If the Magic Online Championship Finalist is determined to be ineligible to participate or has previously won a Season Finals and an invitation to the 2013 Magic Online Championship, then the invitation to the 2013 Magic Online Championship and the invitation to the Pro Tour will pass down to the next-highest-finishing eligible player. No other prizes will be passed down in this manner.

* Magic Online Championship finalists will receive an invitation to a Magic Pro Tour based on the qualifier season in which MOCS Season Finals was held. A full breakdown for which Pro Tours the 2013 MOCS qualifiers will be invited to can be found below.

  • MOCS Seasons 1–2 Winners: Pro Tour Dragon's Maze
  • MOCS Seasons 3–7 Winners: Pro Tour Theros
  • MOCS Seasons 8–11 Winners: Pro Tour Born of the Gods
  • MOCS Season 12 Winner, MOCS Player of the Year, and MOCS LCQ Winners: Pro Tour Journey Into Nyx
Please note that neither the MOCS Championship invitations nor the Pro Tour invitations include travel, accommodations, or invitations to Pro Tour Challenges.

Important information regarding system errors and event issues during all Magic Online events: Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to modify, reschedule, and/or delete any tournament for any reason, including without limitation, if in its sole judgment, that tournament's integrity has been compromised by an unforeseen technical issue and/or error in that tournament's administration.

2013 MAGIC ONLINE CHAMPIONSHIP DETAILS  
The 16 MOCS finalists will compete in person for the Magic Online Championship and their share of the $116,000 prize pool in 2014. Full details will be announced later in 2013.

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete in the 2013 Magic Online Championship. Forms can be downloaded from the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour page and will be available onsite.

Minors must have a parent or guardian's signature on these forms. Minors will not be able to register or play unless we receive a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. No exceptions!

Bring these forms with you to registration. We will make forms available for competitors at registration, if necessary.

To register, all participants must present one of the following forms of identification:

  • a driver's license, or
  • a passport, or
  • a copy of a birth certificate and photo IDs (school IDs are acceptable).

Determination of the eligibility of a person under age 18 to participate in the 2013 Magic Online Championship Series is based on the permission granted to said person by his/her parent or legal guardian.

All prizes are awarded "AS IS" and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied, (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). This is a contest of skill and, therefore, there are no odds of winning as is the case with a game of chance. All applicable taxes, fees, duties, tariffs, passport or visa costs, and any license, destination, entry, exit and/or delivery charges are the sole responsibility of each player. Taxes on the prizes (including, without limitation, income taxes), if any, are the sole responsibility of the player winners.

LEGAL INFORMATION  
Release: By entering (or consenting to the entry of a person under 18) the 2013 Magic Online Championship Series, each participant (or the participant's parent or legal guardian, if the participant is under 18) and the winner (or the winner's parent or legal guardian, if winner is under 18) thereby releases Wizards of the Coast LLC, Hasbro, and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agencies from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the 2013 Magic Online Championship Series or delivery, misdelivery, acceptance, possession, use of or inability to use any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory. Except where prohibited, you agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved under the laws of the State of Washington, without respect to any conflict of law issues, and participants agree that such shall be resolved properly, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the U.S. Federal and State Courts of King County, Washington, U.S.A. All of Sponsor's decisions regarding the application and interpretation of the Rules are final.

Disclaimer of Liability; Certain Risks
Sponsors, and any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, professional advisors, employees and agencies will not be responsible for: (a) any late, lost, misrouted, garbled, distorted, or damaged transmissions or entries; (b) telephone, electronic, hardware, software, network, Internet, or other computer- or communications-related malfunctions or failures; (c) any event disruptions, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of Sponsors; or (d) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the 2013 Magic Online Championship Series.

Participation in 2013 Magic Online Championship Series is void where restricted, taxed or prohibited by law.