Modern Masters 2017 Edition Events and Constructed Event Changes

Posted in Magic Digital on March 15, 2017

By Lee Sharpe

Modern Masters 2017 Edition comes to Magic Online on March 22. Events will last through April 12. Boosters for the set will be available for purchase at $6.99 in the Magic Online store during the same period. For more information on the exciting cards you can open in Modern Masters 2017, check out the Card Image Gallery!

Modern Masters 2017 Edition Events

Ready to draft the new set on Magic Online? We'll be offering two different options for you. First is the Modern Masters 2017 Intermediate Draft, which has a structure similar to the Intermediate Draft currently available for Aether Revolt and Kaladesh. If you're more interested in the Draft experience than the cards, you might prefer the Modern Masters 2017 Phantom Draft. This draft has a smaller entry, but the cards you draft won't be added to your collection.

Modern Masters 2017 Intermediate Draft

  • Start Time: March 22 after the downtime
  • Close Time: April 12 at 7 a.m. Pacific
  • End Time: April 12 at 10 a.m. Pacific
  • Location: Play Lobby -> Limited Tournaments -> Leagues
  • Entry Options:
    • 25 Event Tickets
    • 3 Modern Masters 2017 Edition Boosters + 4 Event Tickets
    • 250 Play Points
  • Structure: Draft, then up to 3 matches played at your convenience
  • Prizes:
    • 3 wins: 6 Modern Masters 2017 Edition boosters + 1 Qualifier Point
    • 2 wins: 2 Modern Masters 2017 Edition boosters

Modern Masters 2017 Phantom Draft

  • Start Time: March 22 after the downtime
  • Close Time: April 12 at 7 a.m. Pacific
  • End Time: April 12 at 10 a.m. Pacific
  • Location: Play Lobby -> Limited Tournaments -> Leagues
  • Entry Options:
    • 10 Event Tickets
    • 100 Play Points
  • Structure: Draft, then up to 3 matches played at your convenience
  • Prizes:
    • 3 wins: 150 Play Points
    • 2 wins: 100 Play Points
    • 1 win: 40 Play Points
    • 0 wins: 10 Play Points

In the past, we have offered Sealed events as well, but given the low attendance at Modern Masters sealed events in the past, as well as that Magic R&D designed the set explicitly for a drafting experience, we are focusing our Modern Masters 2017 Edition Limited offerings on Draft. We hope you have fun drafting the new set!

Constructed Event Changes

Since I've been in my role with Magic Online, we have improved Constructed prizes on Magic Online with the introduction of Play Points and again later with the addition of Magic Online Treasure Chests. Much of this is because Constructed prizes in the form of boosters ties them to the Limited format, and this has shown to have negative effects on the Magic Online economy. This has especially been true when formats like Modern Masters are available. Constructed players would have trouble trading the main set boosters they won because many Limited players were more interested in the alternative offerings.

Based on these trends, we are removing boosters from Constructed events starting March 22 and adding more treasure chests to prizes instead. Friendly Constructed Leagues and two-player queues already don't award boosters and won't be changing. Competitive Constructed Leagues as well as Vintage Daily Events will remove boosters and add Treasure Chests as follows:

Competitive Constructed Leagues

  • Entry Options:
    • 12 Event Tickets
    • 120 Play Points
  • Structure: Up to 5 matches, played at your convenience
  • Prizes:
    • 5 wins: 16 Treasure Chests + 180 Play Points + 3 QPs
    • 4 wins: 8 Treasure Chests + 180 Play Points + 1 QP
    • 3 wins: 1 Treasure Chest + 120 Play Points

Vintage Daily Events

  • Entry Options:
    • 12 Event Tickets
    • 120 Play Points
  • Structure: 4 Swiss rounds
  • Prizes:
    • 4 wins: 13 Treasure Chests + 180 Play Points + 3 QPs
    • 3 wins: 7 Treasure Chests + 180 Play Points + 1 QP

Treasure Chest Changes

There will also be some Treasure Chest updates effective March 22 with the Modern Masters 2017 release. As Magic Online designer Alli Medwin announced, cards with the monarch mechanic from Conspiracy: Take the Crown will be added to the C16/CN2 slot in Treasure Chests. The added cards are:

The new frequency ratios for C16/CN2 pulls are detailed in the table below. (All cards are from the "PZ2" set, which has the Magic Online Treasure Chest set symbol.)

Card Name Set Frequency Ratio
Adriana, Captain of the Guard PZ2 2
Akiri, Line-Slinger PZ2 2
Ancient Excavation PZ2 4
Armory Automaton PZ2 2
Ash Barrens PZ2 10
Atraxa, Praetors' Voice PZ2 2
Benefactor's Draught PZ2 2
Boompile PZ2 2
Breya, Etherium Shaper PZ2 2
Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder PZ2 2
Charging Cinderhorn PZ2 2
Crystalline Crawler PZ2 2
Curse of Vengeance PZ2 2
Custodi Lich PZ2 6
Custodi Soulbinders PZ2 2
Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast PZ2 2
Deepglow Skate PZ2 2
Domesticated Hydra PZ2 4
Duelist's Heritage PZ2 2
Entrapment Maneuver PZ2 2
Evolutionary Escalation PZ2 4
Faerie Artisans PZ2 2
Frenzied Fugue PZ2 4
Garrulous Sycophant PZ2 12
Goblin Spymaster PZ2 2
Grave Upheaval PZ2 4
Grenzo, Havoc Raiser PZ2 2
Grip of Phyresis PZ2 4
Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper PZ2 2
Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker PZ2 2
Kaya, Ghost Assassin PZ2 2
Keeper of Keys PZ2 6
Kraum, Ludevic's Opus PZ2 2
Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix PZ2 2
Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis PZ2 2
Leovold, Emissary of Trest PZ2 2
Ludevic, Necro-Alchemist PZ2 2
Magus of the Will PZ2 2
Marchesa's Decree PZ2 12
Migratory Route PZ2 4
Orzhov Advokist PZ2 4
Palace Jailer PZ2 15
Palace Sentinels PZ2 12
Parting Thoughts PZ2 4
Primeval Protector PZ2 2
Prismatic Geoscope PZ2 2
Protector of the Crown PZ2 6
Queen Marchesa PZ2 3
Ravos, Soultender PZ2 2
Recruiter of the Guard PZ2 2
Reyhan, Last of the Abzan PZ2 2
Runehorn Hellkite PZ2 2
Sanctum Prelate PZ2 2
Saskia the Unyielding PZ2 2
Selfless Squire PZ2 2
Selvala, Heart of the Wilds PZ2 2
Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa PZ2 2
Silas Renn, Seeker Adept PZ2 2
Skyline Despot PZ2 6
Splitting Slime PZ2 2
Stonehoof Chieftain PZ2 2
Stunt Double PZ2 2
Subterranean Tremors PZ2 2
Sylvan Reclamation PZ2 4
Tana, the Bloodsower PZ2 2
Thorn of the Black Rose PZ2 12
Thrasios, Triton Hero PZ2 2
Throne of the High City PZ2 6
Throne Warden PZ2 12
Treacherous Terrain PZ2 4
Tymna the Weaver PZ2 2
Vial Smasher the Fierce PZ2 2
Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder PZ2 2

Additionally, the curated list has changed some cards' frequency ratios as well as adding two of the new cards (Palace Jailer and Queen Marchesa) to the curated list. The changes are as follows:

Card Name Set Old Frequency Ratio New Frequency Ratio
Abrupt Decay PRM 12 6
Basilisk Collar WWK 12 6
Blood Moon MMA 20 6
Cavern of Souls AVR 20 6
Death's Shadow WWK 12 6
Gifts Ungiven CHK 12 6
Goblin Guide PR2 12 6
Inquisition of Kozilek ROE 25 6
Palace Jailer PZ2 N/A 6
Path to Exile PR2 8 2
Path to Exile CON 8 2
Path to Exile PRM 9 2
Phantasmal Image M12 12 6
Pyromancer Ascension ZEN 12 6
Queen Marchesa PZ2 N/A 6
Serum Visions 5DN 40 6
Snapcaster Mage ISD 12 6
Terminate ARB 40 6
Terminus AVR 12 6
Thragtusk M13 12 6
Zur the Enchanter CSP 12 6

Modern Masters 2017 Edition's release as well as the event changes discussed here will happen on March 22. Whether you're most excited about the new Draft format, looking to play Palace Jailer in Legacy, or have had issues with booster prizes in Constructed events, we hope these changes help you have a better Magic Online experience. If you have feedback, you can contact me on twitter (@mtg_lee) or email us at

Lee Sharpe
Digital Product Manager, Magic Online

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