Magic Online Announcements, April 30, 2019

Posted in Magic Online on April 30, 2019

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, April 30, 2019

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War of the Spark Events & Availability

Magic Online Championship

Standard MCQ Finals Saturday

Limited MCQ Finals Sunday

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime June 5

Build Notes


War of the Spark Events & Availability

War of the Spark is now live on MTGO. Sealed and Draft events are in full swing, while boosters and decks will be available for purchase starting this Friday, May 3. No matter which side you fight for, you can always expect all sorts of exciting changes with the coming of a new set, so make sure to check out the latest updates in Alli's release article here.


Magic Online Championship

The wait is almost over—24 qualified players from the 2018 Magic Online Championship Series will battle for a $200,000 prize pool! The Magic Online Championship takes place Friday–Sunday, May 17–19 at Wizards' HQ in Renton, Washington.

Formats for the event include War of the Spark Draft, plus both Standard and Modern Constructed. Live video coverage will be provided by the Vintage Super League team of Randy Buehler and Athena Froehlich at twitch.tv/magic.


Standard MCQ Finals Saturday

On Saturday, May 4, there will be a Standard MCQ Finals at 9 a.m. PT. The event will cost 30 Event Tickets or 300 Play Points. The winner will receive an invitation to Mythic Championship Barcelona.

Learn more about Mythic Championship Qualifier events here.


Limited MCQ Finals Sunday

On Sunday, May 5, there will be a Limited MCQ Finals at 7 a.m. PT. The set will be War of the Spark, and the event will cost 1 Limited MCQ Finals Token. The winner will receive an invitation to Mythic Championship Barcelona.

Learn more about Mythic Championship 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. To learn more about Format Focus events and premier play qualification, click here.

The Magic Online Format Challenges continue every weekend for Modern, Vintage, Legacy, and Pauper formats except when replaced by Format Playoffs during scheduled Format Playoff dates.

Pacific Daylight Time (-7 from UTC)

Start Time

Event Type

Saturday, 8 a.m.

Modern Challenge

Saturday, 10 a.m.

Vintage Challenge

Sunday, 8 a.m.

Legacy Challenge

Sunday, 10 a.m.

Pauper Challenge

Check out this page for further event details.


Downtime June 5

The next downtime will be June 5, 3 a.m.–noon PT/-7 from UTC. This is the Modern Horizons content update, and the following downtime on Tuesday, July 2, will be for the Core Set 2020 release.


Build Notes

General | Spectating a game when a player casts a planeswalker no longer causes the game to reset.

General | The "London Mulligan" has been turned off. We have now returned to the "Vancouver Mulligan," that is, shuffle your hand back into your library, draw a hand of one less card, keep or repeat until no player takes a mulligan, then, beginning with the starting player and proceeding in turn order, any player whose opening hand has fewer cards than their starting hand size may scry 1.

General | The proliferate prompt box text has been corrected to mention that it will add a counter of every type.

Standard | Hatchery Spider now correctly hatches green permanents from your library again.

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