Magic Online Announcements, December 17, 2019

Posted in Magic Online on December 17, 2019

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, December 17, 2019

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2020 Magic Online Premier Play System Update

Vintage Cube until January 16

Pioneering a New Ban Cadence

Legacy Premier League

Limited MOCS Open Saturday

Limited PTQ Finals Sunday

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime January 15

2020 Magic Online Premier Play System Update

With the announcement of the updated MTGO Premier Play system, we said we would evaluate the changes and make adjustments where necessary. The early feedback was clear that Preliminary Events weren't quite meeting the goals of the players or Magic Online, so last Thursday we updated the Preliminary Event prizes to include an additional 20 QPs for four wins and added Treasure Chests to the Constructed Preliminaries.

Whereas Leagues let players play on their schedule and gradually earn QPs over time, the goal for Preliminary Events is to provide tournament experience for players to get large batches of QPs at once. To put it another way, Prelims allow players to trade the convenience of Leagues for the opportunity to reduce the overall time needed to earn QPs.

With the launch of a new system, however, we wanted to be cautious with QP rewards if Preliminaries were more popular than we expected. After the first few days of data, and coupled with player feedback, we found that we were a bit too cautious and didn't want to wait until the end of the first season to make a change.

Here is the new prize structure for Constructed Preliminaries.

Constructed Preliminary Events

Finish Prizes

5 wins

600 Play Points, 12 Treasure Chests, and 40 Qualifier Points

4 wins

450 Play Points, 6 Treasure Chests, and 40 Qualifier Points

3 wins

300 Play Points and 3 Treasure Chests

Vintage Cube until January 16

The Vintage Cube is back and will run until January 16! Tabletop Studio's (R&D) 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.

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Pioneering a New Ban Cadence

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.

Legacy Premier League

Legacy Premier League, Legacy's popular community league, makes its return on Don't miss the Grand Finals for Season 4 between site host Julian Knab and reigning Magic World Champion Javier Dominguez 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.

Limited MOCS Open Saturday

A MOCS Open will take place on Saturday, December 21, 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.

Limited PTQ Finals Sunday

On Sunday, December 22, 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.

NOTE: December 22 and December 29 are your last chances to use up any remaining Blue Limited PTQ Finals Tokens before they expire.

Learn more about Players Tour 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 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.

Standard Challenge

Saturday, 8 a.m.

Modern Challenge

Saturday, 10 a.m.

Vintage Challenge

Sunday, 6 a.m.

Pioneer Challenge

Sunday, 8 a.m.

Legacy Challenge

Sunday, 10 a.m.

Pauper Challenge

Check out this page for further event details.

Downtime January 15

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.

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