Magic Online Announcements, April 27, 2021

Posted in Magic Online on April 27, 2021

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, April 27, 2021

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Pioneer Cube Debuts Tomorrow

Strixhaven Season Alternative Play Calendar

Limited Super Qualifier Friday

Pioneer Super Qualifier Saturday

Modern Qualifier Monday

Showcase Qualifiers

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime June 2


Pioneer Cube Debuts Tomorrow

Created by veteran Magic and Magic Online designer Tom LaPille, Pioneer Cube takes the popular Constructed format and distills it into an incredible Cube experience. Read all about it tomorrow morning on MTGO.com, then you'll have a week to play it on Magic Online!


Strixhaven Season Alternative Play Calendar

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 28: Pioneer Cube
  • 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.

Limited Super Qualifier Friday

On Friday, April 30, there will be a Strixhaven Sealed Super Qualifier with a start time of 2 p.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 Championship on MTG Arena.

Learn more about Super Qualifier events here.


Pioneer Super Qualifier Saturday

On Saturday, May 1, there will be a Pioneer Super Qualifier with a special start time of 4 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 Championship on MTG Arena.

Learn more about Super Qualifier events here.


Modern Qualifier Monday

On Monday, May 3, there will be a Modern Qualifier with a special start time of 2 a.m. PT (yes, early morning in the Americas). The event costs 40 QPs, and the winner will earn an invitation to the Strixhaven Championship event on MTG Arena.

Learn more about Qualifier events here.


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
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: Pauper and Standard Challenges are never pre-empted.

Check out this page for further event details.


Next Downtime June 2

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).

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