Vintage Masters Flashbacks and Vintage Cube!

Posted in Magic Digital on December 5, 2017

By Lee Sharpe

The year is almost over, and at Magic Online we like to bring out some exciting special events to close out the year! Here's what we've got in store for the rest of the year:

SPECIAL VINTAGE MASTERS FLASHBACKS

First, we're going to do a week of Vintage Masters flashbacks December 13–20. We're going to introduce a new Vintage Masters booster, though, where some of the cards will have different borders and art that we think will be exciting. For example, you could open this card:

Click to reveal

That's right, this one-week run of Vintage Masters lets you play with and collect the Power Nine featuring the original art and the classic Magic card frame! You can see all of them here:


To be clear on how this works, there will be two Vintage Masters boosters: the original with the Vintage Masters art for Time Walk, and the new Vintage Masters (Alt.) with the Lion's Eye Diamond art. The original Time Walk version (below left) is just how you remember it and will contain a chance to open the Power Nine with modern frames and newer art. The new alternate Lion's Eye Diamond version (below right) gives you a chance to open Power Nine with the classic frame and original art. The Power Nine cards (both premium foil and non-foil versions) will appear at the same rate in both types of boosters, it's just a question of which version you can receive. Otherwise, the non–Power Nine cards use the same versions in both boosters.

For the Intermediate Draft League, you can use three of either type of booster (plus 4 event tickets) to enter, though you must use three of the same type of booster. Regardless of which type you enter with, any Power Nine cards opened in the drafts come from the new alternate Lion's Eye Diamond version featuring the classic frame and original art. Any boosters earned as prizes will also be the new Vintage Masters (Alt.) boosters. Here are the full event details:

VINTAGE MASTERS INTERMEDIATE DRAFT LEAGUE

Start Time: Wednesday, December 13, after the downtime
Close Time: Wednesday, December 20, at 10 a.m. PT
End Time: Wednesday, December 20, at 2 p.m. PT
Entry Options:

  • 25 Event Tickets
  • 3 original Vintage Masters boosters + 4 Event Tickets
  • 3 new Vintage Masters boosters + 4 Event Tickets
  • 250 Play Points
  • 1 unopened Silver (240) Play Point Bundle

Draft Product: 3 new Vintage Masters boosters
Structure: Draft, then up to three rounds played at your convenience
Prizes:

  • 3 wins: 6 new Vintage Masters boosters + 1 QP
  • 2 wins: 2 new Vintage Masters boosters

VINTAGE MASTERS PHANTOM DRAFT LEAGUE

Start Time: Wednesday, December 13, after the downtime
Close Time: Wednesday, December 20, at 10 a.m. Pacific
End Time: Wednesday, December 20, at 2 p.m. Pacific
Entry Options:

  • 10 Event Tickets
  • 100 Play Points

Draft Product: 3 phantom new Vintage Masters boosters
Structure: Draft, then up to three rounds 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

This will take the place of flashbacks originally scheduled for Lorwyn. Hopefully Lorwyn fans still like the Vintage Masters events, but don't worry, we now plan to run the Lorwyn flashbacks early in 2018.

VINTAGE CUBE

Vintage Cube events will begin December 20 and will run longer than we've ever run Vintage Cube before, lasting until Rivals of Ixalan events begin on January 15. Below is a list of changes Magic R&D is making to the Vintage Cube for this run. You can also click here to see the full cube list.

Cards Removed Cards Added
Mardu Woe-Reaper Legion's Landing
Spirit of the Labyrinth Adanto Vanguard
Exalted Angel Angel of Invention
Anticipate Search for Azcanta
Thada Adel, Acquisitor Augur of Bolas
Careful Study Chart a Course
Sidisi, Undead Vizier Razaketh, the Foulblooded
Lifebane Zombie Kitesail Freebooter
Lightning Mauler Hazoret the Fervent
Magus of the Wheel Glorybringer
Smash to Smithereens Abrade
Searing Blaze Rite of Flame
Crater's Claws Desperate Ritual
Brimstone Volley Pyretic Ritual
Kargan Dragonlord Mana Flare
Seasons Past Growing Rites of Itlimoc
Shadowmage Infiltrator The Scarab God
Dragonlord Silumgar Hostage Taker
Garruk, Apex Predator Vraska, Relic Seeker
Pithing Needle Sorcerous Spyglass
Everflowing Chalice God-Pharaoh's Gift

While my precious mono-red deck is taking a hit, I'm going to assume it will just be more open and I'll always be able to draft it! The event details are the same as our usual Cube offerings:

VINTAGE CUBE LEAGUE

Start Time: Wednesday, December 20, at 10 a.m. PT
Close Time: Monday, January 15, at 10 a.m. PT
End Time: Monday, January 15, at 2 p.m. PT
Entry Options:

  • 10 Event Tickets
  • 100 Play Points

Structure: Draft, then up to three 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

VINTAGE CUBE SINGLE-ELIMINATION QUEUE

Start Time: Wednesday, December 20, at 10 a.m. PT
End Time: Monday, January 15 at 10, a.m. PT
Entry Options:

  • 10 Event Tickets
  • 100 Play Points

Structure: Draft, then three rounds of single-elimination matches
Prizes:

  • 1st place: 220 Play Points + 1 QP
  • 2nd place: 160 Play Points
  • 3rd–4th place: 100 Play Points

Hopefully you have an awesome end to 2017!

—Lee Sharpe
Digital Product Manager

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