Magic Online Announcements, August 9, 2022
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Players who earned entry into the Showcase Qualifier will be squaring off for an invitation to the 2022 Season 2 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 invitation to the 2023 Magic World Championship!
Showcase Qualifiers are scheduled as follows:
|Date||Time (PT)||Time (UTC)||Event|
|Saturday, August 13||8:00 a.m.||15:00||Pauper Showcase Qualifier|
|Sunday, August 14||8:00 a.m.||15:00||Legacy Showcase Qualifier|
Learn more about Showcase Qualifier events here.
The Magic Online event schedule and Premier Play page have been updated for remaining Season 2 events and with information about upcoming Season 3 events. You can see Premier Play events newly added from August 27 onward and view them in the aformentioned event schedule calendar.
The main changes for Season 3 (starting August 3) are:
- Entry for Constructed Preliminaries has dropped to 20 Event Tickets or 200 Play Points.
- While Play Point prizes have been similarly reduced by one-third, the QP amounts remain intact and Treasure Chests have been increased by one at the three-win level!
- Standard rotates into the fourth Showcase format slot, replacing Pauper.
Due to the success of the 20th Anniversary Series, there are a larger-than-normal number of accounts that still have lots of Season 2 Qualifier Points. Those QPs were due to expire last Wednesday, August 3.
As a one-time change, we are going to extend the validity of those Season 2 QPs for two extra weeks to August 17! This permits you to continue entering Limited Preliminaries through August 17.
QP prizes are now Season 3, usable only for other event types as normal.
Because of this, the prize payout will revert to the same one we used for Modern Horizons 2 back in January:
- 4 Wins – 750 Play Points and 40 Season 3 QP
- 3 Wins – 450 Play Points and 20 Season 3 QP
- 2 Wins – 150 Play Points and 10 Season 3 QP
We have heard plenty of feedback from players regarding adding Limited to the menu of weekly Format Challenge choices.
As an experiment, we are trying out a new event type on weekends this month that has a set number of rounds (like Preliminaries) but has greater prizes (like Challenges). For now, we are working these in around the existing schedule.
Double Masters 2022 Duels
Time: Through August 28, Saturdays and Sundays at 1 a.m. PT (8:00 UTC) and noon PT (19:00 UTC)
- Replaces Limited Prelims in the following time slots: 1 a.m. PT Saturday, noon PT Saturday, and noon PT Sunday
- New slot at 1 a.m. PT Sunday
- August 20–21 at 1 a.m. there are no Duels—just normal Prelims.
Entry: 45 Event Tickets or 450 Play Points
Format: Double Masters 2022 Sealed Deck
Min-Max Players: 65–256
Rounds: 7 (no Playoff)
|7||900 Play Points, 50 Treasure Chests, 1 Double Masters 2022 regular set, and 40 Season 3 QPs|
|6||600 Play Points, 25 Treasure Chests, and 30 Season 3 QPs|
|5||450 Play Points, 10 Treasure Chests, and 20 Season 3 QPs|
|4||350 Play Points, 5 Treasure Chests, and 10 Season 3 QPs|
Here's our schedule of upcoming Draft offerings:
- August 10–17: Dominaria Flashback—Phantom
- August 17–September 1: Vintage Cube returns! No changes from June (both regular league and single-elimination queue)
Our newest set, Double Masters 2022, is now live in the game. Sealed, Draft, and Phantom Draft Leagues are available. Check out the release article to learn all about events, avatars (both for Streets of New Capenna and Double Masters 2022), and how Cryptic Spires will work in the game. Be sure to also check out the updated Treasure Chest info page.
Also, our Limited Preliminaries currently feature Double Masters 2022 with a special set of entry options: 45 Event Tickets, 450 Play Points, or 45 Season 2 MOCS Qualifier Points. The Season 2 QP entry option is available through August 17.
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. Learn more about Premier Play qualification to get started today.
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.
- Pauper, Vintage, and Standard Challenges are never pre-empted.
- Saturday Legacy Challenges require 32 players and give prizes to Top 32.
- Sunday Legacy Challenges require 64 players and give prizes to Top 64.
Check out the Magic Online Format Challenges page for further event details.
The next scheduled downtime is planned for August 31, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until noon. All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7). This is for the release of Dominaria United.