Core Set 2021: Magic Online Edition

Posted in Magic Online on June 19, 2020

By Alli Steele

The world is in rough shape right now. Between the pandemic and the global protests for justice, it's a hard time for a lot of folks. So, if you could use some escapism, and a fun new thing to take your mind off of, well . . . *gestures at the world* . . . you're in luck. It's time for another new set on Magic Online, and Core Set 2021 promises to be an exciting one.

Events start a few days later, but we're going into downtime on Tuesday, June 23 to push the new build live. Yes, you read that right: this time we've got a Tuesday downtime instead of Wednesday. As usual, we're planning to start around 9 a.m. Pacific time (UTC-7) and come back up by noon. When we come back up, a few things will be different:

  • Everything in M21 will have its legality updated. This is true for every set, but it's worth calling out here because not every set has Solemn Simulacrum, Containment Priest, and other high-power reprints sure to affect Standard, Pioneer, and Modern.
  • The Treasure Chests will be updated. You can see the new Treasure Chest contents here on Monday, June 22. All Treasure Chests will open based on the new collation once we're up from downtime, no matter when they were earned.
  • In the previously announced alternative play schedule from the Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths article, Legacy Cube was slated to end with the launch of M21. However, as you'll see, Legacy Cube will still be around. The simple reason is that, well, it worked pretty well last time. We kept the then-current cube up through Ikoria launch weekend, and that went well. So, we're going to do that again and keep Legacy Cube up through July 1. Cube fans may rejoice.

Core Set 2021 Redemption Schedule

  • Core Set 2021 will be available for redemption beginning July 22.
  • The Core Set 2021 redemption guarantee ends October 7.
  • Core Set 2021 redemption will end on November 11.

Core Set 2021 Avatars

Unlike last season, in which Ikoria demanded a record number of avatars, there are only five avatars to collect in M21 season.

Three Prestige Avatars will be granted at the end of the season based on the number of trophies won in leagues. Players get five points for every Competitive trophy and one point for every Friendly trophy. Then, all players with five or more points gets the uncommon silver-border Basri Ket avatar. Everyone with 20 or more points gets the rare gold-border Liliana, Waker of the Dead avatar. And if you get 40 or more points, you earn the mythic rare Teferi, Jamuraan Hero avatar!

Basri, Liliana, and Teferi avatars

Treasure Chests will have only one unique Avatar here: the Rin and Seri Inseparable avatar. For those of us who don't want to have to pick between Dogs and Cats, we can rep both with this adorable avatar.

Rin and Seri avatar

And if you're just making a fresh account, or you pick up a Deck Builder's Essentials for the set, you'll get this unique Teferi avatar.

Borderless Teferi avatar

Alternative Play Calendar

The release of Double Masters makes this too short a season to see a lot of wacky events. But we've still got a calendar that I think you're going to like. And when Double Masters comes out, we'll have plenty of new events to announce.

  • Legacy Cube (Continues until July 1) – This began last season and is continuing without changes.
  • Vintage Cube (July 1 July 29) Vintage Cube is always our most popular cube, without fail. Newly updated through Core Set 2021, of course, by our partners in R&D. Any day you can land-Lotus-Mox into Elder Gargaroth I'd say is a good day. (Spoiler alert: Elder Gargaroth is in the cube.)

And that takes us through to the release of Double Masters!

Event Details

FRIENDLY SEALED LEAGUE

Schedule: This League will begin on June 25, at 10 a.m. PT. This League is planned to run until the release of Zendikar Rising in September.

Product: 6 Core Set 2021 boosters, with the option to add a Core Set 2021 booster after each of the first two stages.

Structure: 3 stages of up to 3 matches each, played at your convenience

Entry Options:

  • 24 Event Tickets
  • 6 Core Set 2021 boosters + 4 Event Tickets
  • 240 Play Points

Upgrade Options:

Upgrades are available at the beginning of each stage beyond the first. Choosing any of these options will add the contents of one Core Set 2021 booster to your Sealed pool.

  • 4 Event Tickets
  • 1 Core Set 2021 booster
  • 40 Play Points

Stage Prizes:

Stage prizes are earned for each of the three stages in the League.

  • 3 wins: 40 Play Points + 1 Friendly Trophy
  • 2 wins: 30 Play Points
  • 1 win: 20 Play Points
  • 0 wins: 10 Play Points

Course Prizes:

Course prizes are earned after completing all three stages.

  • 9 wins: 3 Core Set 2021 boosters + 200 Play Points
  • 8 wins: 2 Core Set 2021 boosters + 200 Play Points
  • 7 wins: 1 Core Set 2021 booster + 200 Play Points
  • 6 wins: 200 Play Points
  • 5 wins: 100 Play Points
  • 4 wins: 50 Play Points

COMPETITIVE SEALED LEAGUE

Schedule: This League will begin on June 25, at 10 a.m. PT. This League is planned to run until the release of Zendikar Rising in September.

Product: 6 Core Set 2021 boosters

Structure: Up to 5 matches, played at your convenience

Entry Options:

  • 24 Event Tickets
  • 6 Core Set 2021 boosters + 4 Event Tickets
  • 240 Play Points

Prizes:

  • 5 wins: 6 Core Set 2021 boosters + 360 Play Points + 5 Qualifier Points + 1 Competitive Trophy
  • 4 wins: 3 Core Set 2021 boosters + 240 Play Points + 2 Qualifier Points
  • 3 wins: 1 Core Set 2021 booster + 120 Play Points + 1 Qualifier Point

CORE SET 2021 DRAFT LEAGUE

Schedule: This League will begin on June 25, at 10 a.m. PT. This League is planned to run until the release of Zendikar Rising in September.

Product: 3 Core Set 2021 boosters

Structure: Draft, then up to 3 matches at your convenience

Entry Options:

  • 12 Event Tickets
  • 3 Core Set 2021 boosters + 2 Event Tickets
  • 120 Play Points

Prizes:

  • 3 wins: 6 Core Set 2021 boosters + 2 Qualifier Points + 1 Competitive Trophy
  • 2 wins: 2 Core Set 2021 boosters

CORE SET 2021 ELIMINATION DRAFT

Schedule: This queue will launch on June 25, at 10 a.m. PT and is planned to run until the release of Zendikar Rising in September. Events launch as soon as eight players have joined.

Product: 3 Core Set 2021 boosters

Structure: Draft, then single-elimination rounds until a winner emerges. Round 1 will begin as soon as the deck-building period after the draft ends. Rounds 2 and 3 will begin 2 minutes after the last match in the previous round ends.

Entry Options:

  • 15 Event Tickets
  • 3 Core Set 2021 boosters + 5 Event Tickets
  • 150 Play Points
  • 3 Core Set 2021 boosters + 50 Play Points

Prizes:

  • Winner: 6 Core Set 2021 boosters + 150 Play Points + 3 Qualifier Points + 1 Competitive Trophy
  • 2nd Place: 3 Core Set 2021 boosters + 150 Play Points + 1 Qualifier Point

IKORIA: LAIR OF BEHEMOTHS SWISS DRAFT

Schedule: This queue of the previous Standard set's Draft environment will launch on June 25, at 10 a.m. PT and is planned to run until the release of Zendikar Rising in September. Events launch as soon as eight players have joined.

Product: 3 Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths boosters

Structure: Draft, then single-elimination rounds until a winner emerges. Round 1 will begin as soon as the deck-building period after the draft ends. Rounds 2 and 3 will begin 2 minutes after the last match in the previous round ends.

Entry Options:

  • 12 Event Tickets
  • 3 Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths boosters + 2 Event Tickets
  • 120 Play Points

Prizes:

  • 3 wins: 6 Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths boosters + 2 Qualifier Points + 1 Friendly Trophy
  • 2 wins: 2 Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths boosters

CONSTRUCTED LEAGUES

Schedule: These Leagues run continuously but reset with downtimes that introduce new Standard-legal sets. The downtime to introduce Core Set 2021 will begin at approximately 9 a.m. Pacific Time on June 23. Each of these Leagues will run until the release of Zendikar Rising in September.

Formats: Standard, Pioneer, Modern, Legacy, Vintage, and Pauper

Structure: Up to 5 matches, played at your convenience

Entry options:

  • 10 Event Tickets
  • 100 Play Points

Prizes:

  • 5 Wins: 150 Play Points + 5 Qualifier Points + 11 Treasure Chests + 1 Competitive Trophy
  • 4 Wins: 120 Play Points + 2 Qualifier Points + 5 Treasure Chests
  • 3 Wins: 100 Play Points + 1 Qualifier Point + 1 Treasure Chest
  • 2 Wins: 50 Play Points

CUBE ELIMINATION DRAFTS

Schedule: These Leagues will begin at approximately 10 a.m. PT on the first day listed, which is always a Wednesday. These leagues will be closed to new entries at 10 a.m. PT on the last day listed and ended no later than 2 p.m. that same day.

Entry Options:

  • 10 Event Tickets
  • 100 Play Points

Product: Based on event

Structure: Draft, then up to 3 matches played at your convenience

Prize Structure:

  • 3 wins: 240 Play Points + 2 Qualifier Points + 1 Competitive Trophy + 1 Treasure Chest
  • 2 wins: 160 Play Points
  • 1 win: 100 Play Points

CUBE DRAFT LEAGUE

Schedule: These Leagues will begin at approximately 10 a.m. PT on the first day listed, which is always a Wednesday. These leagues will be closed to new entries at 10 a.m. PT on the last day listed and ended no later than 2 p.m. that same day.

Entry Options:

  • 10 Event Tickets
  • 100 Play Points

Product: Based on event

Structure: Draft, then up to 3 matches played at your convenience

Prize Structure:

  • 3 wins: 150 Play Points + 2 Qualifier Points + 1 Friendly Trophy + 1 Treasure Chest
  • 2 wins: 100 Play Points
  • 1 win: 50 Play Points

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