Magic Online Announcements, December 10, 2019
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For 2020, Magic Online is introducing a revamped Premier Play Program that incorporates both the Players Tour system and Magic Online Championship Series (MOCS) into a single program. For further rules info, check out the MTGO Premier Play Program Rules. For everything you need to know about changes in 2020, check out Chris's announcement article. Or, if you just want the gist, see below:
- The Magic Online Championship Series and the Players Tour Qualifier system have been combined into a single, seasonal program.
- Seasons will be about seventeen weeks and will culminate in an in-person Champions Showcase with a prize pool of $70,000 and a Players Tour Finals invitation.
- Players earn a single Qualifier Point to unlock access to Magic Online Premier Play events in either the PTQ path, the Magic Online Champions Showcase path, or both.
- The new Premier Play Program starts on December 10, so there will be a small overlap where players will briefly be accumulating both kinds of QPs.
- Blue Limited PTQ Entry Tokens are good through December 29, and Red Tokens are good until April 12.
- All earned Format Points (FPs) will expire after their Q4 Playoff begins.
- The new Premier Play Program doesn't have a leaderboard structure, so this program will be eliminated after the 2019 MOCS Championship finalists have been locked in.
- Digital Event Coordinator (DEC) coverage will continue to be available for some event types.
The Vintage Cube returns starting tomorrow and will run until January 16! Magic R&D's Reggie Valk has this to say about the latest update:
"As December rolls on, Magic Online players know what's coming: Vintage Cube. If you're unfamiliar, Vintage Cube is one of the most powerful cubes you can play, headlined by the Power Nine and other members of the Vintage reserved list. While considering how to update the Cube for this year's December iteration, I decided that this update wasn't going to attempt any major overhauls, just include some of the most powerful cards to be printed this year. Fortunately, there were quite a few! War of the Spark brought powerful new planeswalkers that have made a splash even in Vintage, and Modern Horizons and Throne of Eldraine were no slouches either. Still, the core of the Cube experience remains the same: there's Tinker-fueled artifact decks, Storm combo, and blistering fast mono-red aggro to name a few. Happy cubing! Here's hoping you all get to open a Black Lotus!"
To see the full card list and most recent changes, click here.
- Dauntless Bodyguard -> Giver of Runes
- Journey to Nowhere -> Winds of Abandon
- History of Benalia -> Hallowed Spiritkeeper
- Gideon of the Trials -> Thraben Inspector
- Jace, Architect of Thought -> Narset, Parter of Veils
- Disallow -> Force of Negation
- Tamiyo, the Moon Sage -> Urza, Lord High Artificer
- Compulsive Research -> Emry, Lurker of the Loch
- Negate -> Brazen Borrower
- Demonlord Belzenlok -> Bolas's Citadel
- Doom Whisperer -> Yawgmoth, Thran Physician
- Glint-Sleeve Siphoner -> Rotting Regisaur
- Vraska's Contempt -> Murderous Rider
- Arguel's Blood Fast -> Wishclaw Talisman
- Rix Maadi Reveler -> Dreadhorde Arcanist
- Pia Nalaar -> Seasoned Pyromancer
- Manic Vandal -> Embereth Shieldbreaker
- Spell Queller -> Teferi, Time Raveler
- Bedevil -> Angrath's Rampage
- Hostage Taker -> Fallen Shinobi
- Xenagos, the Reveler -> Wrenn and Six
- Mystic Snake -> Oko, Thief of Crowns
- Vraska, Relic Seeker -> Garruk, Cursed Huntsman
- Mana Confluence -> Prismatic Vista
- Gilded Lotus -> Golos, Tireless Pilgrim
- Scrapheap Scrounger -> Stonecoil Serpent
For the new Pioneer format, R&D has announced that all changes to the banned list will happen on Mondays. Since we know that many Pioneer fans play on Magic Online, we wanted to make it clear how this will work with Magic Online league play.
Until the Pioneer format is placed on the normal ban cadence, Pioneer bans will take effect the day after the announcement, at noon Pacific time on Tuesdays.
If a card is banned, players using the newly banned card in a league can finish their league courses up until the ban takes effect. At noon PT on Tuesday, any remaining players with newly illegal decks will be removed from the league with their entry option returned to their collection. If a card is unbanned, players will be able to join the Pioneer league with decks containing those cards after the changes are made effective at noon PT on Tuesday.
For more information about Pioneer, check out Blake's announcement article.
Congratulations to Teredier (Vintage) and Daryl_Ayers (Legacy), the winners of last weekend's Format Playoffs!
The field is now set for the Format Championships. A very special mention to those who have qualified—to view the list of invites so far, click here.
Format Championship Dates:
Saturday, January 4, 2020
PT 2020 Series 2
Sunday, January 5, 2020
PT 2020 Series 2
Saturday, January 11, 2020
PT 2020 Series 2
Sunday, January 12, 2020
PT 2020 Series 2
Legacy Premier League, Legacy's popular community league, makes its return on twitch.tv/itsJulian. Don't miss LPL on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT). Head over to the Legacy Premier League page to check out previous results, past videos, decklists, and more.
On Friday, December 13, there will be a Limited PTQ Finals at 7 a.m. PT! The set will be Throne of Eldraine, and the event will cost 1 Limited PTQ Finals Token. You can also join with 40 of the new year's MOCS Qualifier Points. The winner receives an invitation to their choice of the first set of Players Tour regional events in February.
Learn more about Players Tour Qualifier events here.
A MOCS Open will take place on Saturday, December 14, beginning at 7 a.m. PT. The format is Throne of Eldraine Sealed Deck, and players may join with 40 Event Tickets or 400 Play Points. These events are non-Phantom, and the contents of the packs opened will be added to participants' collections. The winner earns invitations to the 2019 Magic Online Championship (date in 2020 TBD) as well as their choice of Players Tour regional events in February 2020.
Learn more about 2019 MOCS events here.
On Sunday, December 15 there will be a Magic Online Championship Series Preliminary event for 2019 MOCS! The format will be Phantom Sealed, the set will be Throne of Eldraine, and things will kick off at 7 a.m. PT. MOCS Preliminaries are eight rounds of Swiss and require 35 Qualifier Points to enter. Winners will receive (among other prizes) an invitation to the MOCS Playoff event on December 28.
Please note that this is your final chance to use 2019 Qualifier Points (QPs).
Learn more about MOCS events here.
Format Challenges are the first step toward qualifying for Premier Play through your favorite Magic formats. To learn more about Premier Play qualification, click here.
The Magic Online Format Challenges continue every weekend for Standard, Pioneer, Modern, Vintage, Legacy, and Pauper formats except when replaced by Format Playoffs during scheduled Format Playoff dates.
Pacific Time (-8 from UTC)
|Start Time||Event Type|
Saturday, 6 a.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.
Sunday, 6 a.m.
Sunday, 8 a.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m.
Check out this page for further event details.
The next downtime will be on January 15, beginning at 3 a.m. and continuing until noon. All times listed are Pacific time (UTC-8). This is for the Theros Beyond Death content update.