Magic Online Announcements, April 13, 2021

Posted in Magic Online on April 13, 2021

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, April 13, 2021

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MOCS Season 2 Updates

Treasure Chest Updates

TSR Leagues Extended

Spotlight Cube Series: MenguCube

Showcase Qualifiers

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime April 14


MOCS Season 2 Updates

Event info and schedules concerning upcoming MOCS Season 2 Premier Play events have been updated across the MTGO site.

The main changes for Season 2 are:

  • The MOCS Leaderboard returns!
    • Earn Leaderboard Points by finishing in the Top 8 of any Premier event featuring playoff rounds (Format Challenges, Qualifiers, Super Qualifiers, and all MOCS Showcase events).
    • Top 2 on the Leaderboard after the last MOCS Open earn At-Large invites to the Champions Showcase.
  • Changes to Showcase Challenges
    • Based on player feedback, instead of three per day clumped into a single weekend, there is now one Showcase Challenge per day across two weekends in each group.
    • Showcase Challenges and Showcase Qualifiers will be held in Legacy, Modern, Pioneer, and Vintage formats
  • Qualifiers and Super Qualifiers will allow players who have already qualified to participate.
    • Invites to the Set Championship will pass down if won by an already-qualified player.

You can view these updates on the MTGO Premier Play page and MTGO event schedule.


Treasure Chest Updates

The Treasure Chest page has been updated with the latest changes for the release of Strixhaven: School of Mages.

You can view the complete contents on the Treasure Chest page here, but if you're just looking for some highlights: Bonder's Ornament and Snuff Out have had their drop rates increased, many Commander (2021 Edition) cards have been added, and, of course, there's all kinds of Strixhaven: School of Mages goodness in there.

Please note that not all Commander (2021 Edition) cards will be available in Magic Online with the launch of Strixhaven: School of Mages.


TSR Leagues Extended

Time Spiral Remastered Leagues originally ending April 15 have been extended to April 25 to give players more time to practice for the upcoming TSR Sealed Qualifier on April 25.

For more information about Qualifiers, click here.


Spotlight Cube Series: MenguCube

Our last addition to the Spotlight Cube Series for Kaldheim season, MenguCube is Andrea Mengucci's take on MTGO's regular Vintage Cube, but with more of the archetypes and colors that Andrea and his friends from Senigallia, Italy, enjoy most: blue cards and artifacts. MenguCube runs until tomorrow, April 14.

For a full list cards and an explanation of archetypes, check out Andrea's article.


Showcase Qualifiers

Players who earned entry into the Showcase Qualifier will be squaring off for an invitation to the Champions Showcase. The entry fee for Showcase Qualifiers is a format token that matches the format of the Showcase. As with QPs, after the season's Showcase Qualifiers are finished, all unused Format Tokens will be removed from players' accounts. Each Showcase Qualifier is a scheduled Swiss-style event with a Top 8 playoff. The winner of each Showcase Qualifier earns a spot in the final Showcase event and a chance to earn their share of $70,000 and an upcoming Premier Event invitation.

Showcase Qualifiers are scheduled as follows:

DATE TIME EVENT FORMAT INVITATION
Saturday, April 17, 2021 6:00 a.m. Standard Showcase Qualifier Standard Season 1 Showcase (MTGO) & STX Championship (MTG Arena)
Sunday, April 18, 2021 6:00 a.m. Pioneer Showcase Qualifier Pioneer Season 1 Showcase (MTGO) & STX Championship (MTG Arena)
Saturday, April 24, 2021 10:00 a.m. Vintage Showcase Qualifier Vintage Season 1 Showcase (MTGO) & STX Championship (MTG Arena)
Sunday, April 25, 2021 9:00 a.m. Limited Showcase Qualifier STX Sealed Season 1 Showcase (MTGO) & STX Championship (MTG Arena)
Sunday, May 1, 2021 8:00 a.m. Modern Showcase Qualifier Modern Season 1 Showcase (MTGO) & STX Championship (MTG Arena)
Sunday, May 2, 2021 8:00 a.m. Legacy Showcase Qualifier Legacy Season 1 Showcase (MTGO) & STX Championship (MTG Arena)

Learn more about Showcase Qualifier events here.


Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Format Challenges are the first step toward qualifying for Premier Play through your favorite Magic formats and provide excellent prizes for those looking to test their mettle in their favorite formats. To learn more about Premier Play qualification, click here.

Magic Online's Format Challenges run once on Saturdays and once on Sundays for each Constructed format! On weekends featuring Showcase Challenge events, the Format Challenge that starts at either 6 a.m., 8 a.m., or 10 a.m. Pacific time is pre-empted by the Showcase Challenge—Format Challenges scheduled at other times remain in place. NOTE: The Pauper Challenge is never pre-empted.

Check out this page for further event details.


Next Downtime April 14

The next downtime will be tomorrow, April 14, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until noon. This is for the launch of Strixhaven. All times listed are Pacific time (UTC-7).

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