Magic Online Announcements, April 20, 2021
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Classes are now in session, with guest-lecture alternative play events available weekly. Each of these events begins on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Pacific time and continues for one week unless otherwise specified. Strixhaven season ends with the MTGO launch of Modern Horizons 2 in early June.
- April 21: Strixhaven Supreme Draft – Play like a grad student with all the most powerful spells that this esteemed school of mages has to offer.
- April 28: New to the Spotlight Cube Series – This cube will be pioneering some new space for us, and it promises to be an exciting new thing to try. As usual, more information on this will be available shortly before the event launches.
- May 5: Emma Handy's Proliferate Cube returns – One of the most popular spotlight cubes from 2020 is back with an update. You can counter on having a good time for a week in early May!
- May 12: Legacy Cube returns – For two weeks, we're reviving a cube that's been dormant for almost a full year. For those of us who love the power level of Vintage Cube without the huge spikes that come with actual power, this is the cube to watch for.
- May 26: New to the Spotlight Cube Series – As usual for new spotlight cubes, we'll have more information as we get closer.
We appreciate your feedback regarding the changes to MTGO's Premier Play that were announced last week. Based on that feedback, we are making the following changes:
- Leaderboard points are now removed from Format Challenges. The intention of leaderboard points and the leaderboard invitations is to reward consistent success in Premier Play. By removing leaderboard points from Format Challenges, players can focus on a smaller number of more important events. We believe that in general, the leaderboard point system is excellent, but it goes too far if it incentivizes playing in more than a dozen events each weekend.
- The continued success of Legacy and Pioneer shows us that there are enough players to safely increase the minimum player count for their Format Challenges to 64. With this increased player requirement, the prize pool increases as well to match that of Modern's Format Challenges. Full prize schedules are described here: https://magic.wizards.com/en/content/magic-online-format-challenges.
- We understand that Limited players are disappointed in the removal of the Limited Showcase path and are exploring ways to offer more Limited Premier Play opportunities.
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.
On Saturday, April 24, there will be a Strixhaven Sealed Super Qualifier with a start time of 7 a.m. PT. The entry fee is 40 MOCS Qualifier Points, 40 Event Tickets, or 400 Play Points. The top two finishers qualify for the Strixhaven Set Championship on MTG Arena.
Learn more about Super Qualifier events here.
On Sunday, April 25, there will be a Time Spiral Remastered Sealed Qualifier with a special start time of 2 p.m. PT. The event costs 40 QPs, and the winner will earn an invitation to the Strixhaven Set Championship event on MTG Arena.
Learn more about Qualifier events here.
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:
|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.
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: Pauper and Standard Challenges are never pre-empted.
Check out this page for further event details.
The next downtime will be on Wednesday, June 2, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until noon. This is for the release of Modern Horizons 2. All times listed are Pacific time (UTC-7).
- Prismari Command no longer incorrectly requires the opponent to discard two cards.
- Legendary sorceries from Dominaria can once again be cast, provided the would-be caster controls a legendary creature.
- Bartered Cow now properly creates a Food token when discarded. Moo.
- Several cards that look at the top card of a player's library will no longer follow that up with incorrectly erasing some cards from the top of that library. Notably, this includes See the Truth.
- Players can now set yields in a game without affecting any other MTGO games they maybe playing concurrently.
- Show and Tell now works correctly with many cards, including Pithing Needle, Clone (and similar cards), Mystic Sanctuary, Harmonic Sliver, and others.