Magic Online Announcements, August 13, 2019

Posted in Magic Online on August 13, 2019

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, August 13, 2019

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Commander 2019 in Treasure Chests

CHAOS DRAFT! August 14

You Choose the Flashback Winner: Khans of Tarkir

Next Spotlight Cube: Grixis Cube

Core Set 2020: Magic Online Edition

Modern Horizons—Two Weeks Left!

Pauper Premier League

Team Modern Super League

Red MCQ Finals Entry Tokens Expire Soon

Limited MCQ Finals Saturday & Sunday

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime August 14

Build Notes


Commander 2019 in Treasure Chests

Starting when we come up from downtime tomorrow, August 14, you'll be able to find Commander 2019 cards in your Treasure Chests. The Treasure Chest page has all the details, but the quick version: 30% of chests will have a random C19 card, weighted by rarity. Four cards won't be available yet, though: Empowered Autogenerator; Elsha of the Infinite; Rayami, First of the Fallen; and Tahngarth, First Mate. These four cards will be released later, though, after we've fixed some remaining bugs on them.


CHAOS DRAFT! August 14

Flex your deck-building skills during this week's CHAOS DRAFT!, a format that requires players to contemplate meta-archetypes over the curated archetypes typically found in a cube. CHAOS DRAFT! starts tomorrow, August 14, and runs for a week—plenty of time to smash face amidst the Pandemonium.


You Choose the Flashback Winner: Khans of Tarkir

Outlasting all the competition, Khans of Tarkir won the first You Choose the Flashback contest, held over the last three weeks on Twitter. This has earned it a week of Flashback time, beginning August 21. Players can enter these Phantom drafts of three Khans of Tarkir boosters using either 10 event tickets, 2 Khans boosters and 2 event tickets, or 100 Play Points.

Additionally, Vintage Masters, the other finalist, performed so well that we will also be running a Flashback week of that format. We haven't announced the schedule for events post-Throne of Eldraine yet, but this VMA Flashback week will probably happen in November.


Next Spotlight Cube: Grixis Cube

We know a lot of you really enjoyed the last Spotlight Cube. The next one, launching a week from tomorrow, is a doozy, too. Ryan Overturf (@RyanOverdrive on Twitter) has a real treat for us: the Grixis Cube. Starting August 28, you can pretend that green and white don't exist and draft a Cube with deep archetypes and deeper dives into the three (and a half) supported colors! Click here for a full design article talking about the Cube and the details of its awesomeness.


Core Set 2020: Magic Online Edition

Core sets are back! Core Set 2020 events are well underway on Magic Online and redemption began last week, so now's the time to get in on the action. Seize your chance to play Magic in its purest form with this new core set, which features prominently the fiery Planeswalker Chandra Nalaar.

For more info about M20 on MTGO, including event details, check out Digital Product Manager Alli Medwin's article here.


Modern Horizons—Two Weeks Left!

Modern Horizons events are still running, and boosters are on sale. These events (and the cards in them!) will only be available until August 28, so join the fun and log in to draft today! Draft Leagues, Sealed Leagues, and Phantom Draft Leagues are all available.

Check out Senior Digital Product Manager Chris Kiritz's release article for additional info on Modern Horizons events, and you can also learn more about the Open Play option changes in Magic Online's new Play Lobby from his Tumblr post.


Pauper Premier League

Our friends at CoolStuffInc.com are hosting a new Pauper Premier league, and you can read all about the results from Week 5 here. You can check out the action every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. PT on twitch.tv/coolstuffinc. Check out the announcement video!


Team Modern Super League

The newest Super League season is here with the return of the Team Modern format! Eight teams (including Wizards' Play Design group) will battle over 13 weeks for bragging rights in Modern, with the first semifinals tonight between Stream Team and Mage Market. The broadcast begins at 6 p.m. PT every Tuesday at twitch.tv/magic.

For more information and team rosters, click here.


Red MCQ Finals Entry Tokens Expire Soon

Red Tokens will expire after the MCQ on September 2—that leaves only this weekend's two events and the one on September 2, so be sure to use your tokens on or before then!


Limited MCQ Finals Saturday & Sunday

On Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, there will be a Limited MCQ Finals at 7 a.m. PT. It's a weekend to celebrate Core Set 2020 with both events featuring the set, each costing 1 Limited MCQ Finals Token. The winner will receive an invitation to Mythic Championship Richmond.

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 August 14

The next downtime will be on August 14, 3 a.m.–noon PT/-7 from UTC. This is for the Commander (2019 Edition) content update.


Build Notes

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Flickering Ward correctly grants protection.

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