Can You Defeat a Wizard?

Posted in Feature on August 26, 2013

By Wizards of the Coast

By now you've probably heard about a little thing called the Community Cup, which begins this Friday, August 30, and runs through Saturday, August 31. Select members of the Magic Online community will square off against the Wizards of the Coast team in an epic Magic showdown.

The Community Team and the Wizards Team have both been assembled. You can catch the action live:

Tune in on
  • Friday, August 30, at 11:00 AM PDT, and
  • Saturday, August 31, at 10:30 AM PDT

But this is the Community Cup--shouldn't the entire community have a stake in their fate?

Indeed you do! This year you can help the Community defeat Wizards by participating in the Community Challenge. On Friday, August 30, at 12:00 PM PDT, every match you win against a Wizards of the Coast participant will add one point to the Community Team's total score.

But be careful! When a Wizards participant defeats you, Wizards will add one point to their total score! These points will be added to the respective Community Cup team's scores to determine the winner of the Community Cup.

Here's the best part: If the community team defeats Wizards in the Community Cup, all community participants who played against a Wizards participant during the Community Cup event will receive the a Rakdos Cackler promo card, as well as a premium foil Sliver Queen card.

Sliver Queen

Rakdos Cackler

If the community loses, however, participants will enjoy a parting gift that will remind them of their stinging defeat each time they look through their Magic Online collections:

Community Challenge
START TIMES 12:00 PM PDT Friday, August 30, 2013
LOCATION Scheduled Events room
ENTRY OPTIONS 12 Event Tickets
PRODUCT A Standard legal deck
SIZE 32 players minimum, 512 players maximum
DURATION Five rounds, Swiss pairings
PRIZES Prizes are based on the total Match Wins at the end of the tournament. Each win awards 1 Match Win point, and each loss awards 0 points. Defeating a Wizards Team member will also earn the Community Team 1 Community Win point, while losing to a Wizards participant will award the Wizards Team 1 Wizards Win point.
Prizes QPs
5 16 Magic 2014 Booster Packs, 1 From the Vault: Twenty 3
4 8 Magic 2014 Booster Packs 1
3 4 Magic 2014 Booster Packs 0

Note: Wizards Team members are not eligible to win prizes, but their matches will still affect standings. With the exception of the From the Vault: Twenty, any prizes the Wizards Team would have won will be distributed evenly among the players with 5 Match Wins within five business days of the end of the event.

Phantom Full Ravnica Sealed Starts August 28

Play all six of the Ravnica sets together in Phantom Sealed format! Following the August 28 downtime and until 10:00 AM PDT on September 6, experience Ravnica in its full glory, with one Phantom Pack each from:

Phantom Full Ravnica Sealed
START TIMES Fire on demand
LOCATION Limited Queues
ENTRY OPTIONS Option 1: 6 Event Tickets
Option 2: 10 Phantom Points
SIZE 8 players
ROUNDS 3 Rounds
ROUND LENGTH Up to 50 minutes. Each round will begin 2 minutes after all matches in the previous round have completed.
Play Style Swiss

Prizes QPs
3 16 Phantom Points 1
2 8 Phantom Points 0
1 4 Phantom Points 0
0 2 Phantom Points 0

You Pick the Cube Pairing Format

We bring back the Magic Online Cube regularly, and when we do, we pair it with another draft format. Before the release of Magic 2014, we paired the Magic Online Cube with Rise of the Eldrazi draft format.

This time, we're going to let you pick the paired format! What's your favorite? Go vote in the poll at the bottom of Trick Jarrett's article and let us know!

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