Magic Online Announcements, December 11, 2018

Posted in Magic Online on December 11, 2018

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, December 11, 2018

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Ultimate Masters: Magic Online Edition

Saturday RPTQ

Sunday MOCS Open

Magic Online M19 Redemption

Vintage Cube Returns!

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime January 16

Builds Notes


Ultimate Masters: Magic Online Edition

From now until December 19, you can enjoy Ultimate Masters Draft events on MTGO!

Check out Alli's release article to catch up on everything you need to know about the set's arrival and consequent Magic Online updates.


Saturday RPTQ

A Magic Online Regional Pro Tour Qualifier (RPTQ) will take place this Saturday, December 15, at 5 a.m. PT and will use Modern format. These events are only open to players who qualified via in-store Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier events, and pre-registration is required.

For more information on RPTQ events, click here.


Sunday MOCS Open

Didn't make it into the final MOCS Playoff of the year? No problem, because we have two remaining Opens that can qualify you for the 2018 Magic Online Championship, one this Sunday, December 16, and another on Saturday, December 29!

The MOCS Open on Sunday begins at 7 a.m. PT. The format is Guilds of Ravnica Sealed Deck, and players may join with 40 Event Tickets or 400 Play Points. The winner will qualify for the 2018 Magic Online Championship as well as Pro Tour London and its associated Pro Tour Challenge.

Learn more about MOCS events here.


Magic Online M19 Redemption

Redemptions for regular Core Set 2019 sets return Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT. Sets will be available for redemption until January 16 or while supplies last. Premium sets will have their cutoff extended to this date as well. Thank you for your patience.


Vintage Cube Returns!

Black Lotus, Ancestral Recall, Demonic Tutor . . . no, that's not just a list of absurdly powerful old Magic cards (though, it's also that), it's a tiny sample of what you can find in the Vintage Cube on Magic Online. It's nothing like any other cube out there, and it's overflowing with iconic cards from Magic's entire 25-year history. Draft the super-deck of your dreams.

Vintage Cube runs December 19 through January 17. To see the full card list and the most recent changes, go 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.

Pacific Daylight Time (-8 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 January 16

The next downtime will be January 16, 3 a.m.–noon PT/-8 from UTC. Please note that there are no more 'extended' or 'normal' downtimes; in the new world with fewer downtimes, they're all the same length of time.


Build Notes

Chat | An issue causing chat windows to display incorrectly in chat rooms and trading has been resolved.

Duel Scene | An issue causing games to be unable to progress after prompting a player to name a card has been resolved.

Duel Scene | Several issues involving the new targeting arrow icons have been resolved. Notably, targeting comments are now always visible and not obscured by the arrow.

Standard | Unmoored Ego will now correctly shuffle a searched library.

Standard | Players with undergrowth counters in their decks will now see additional text in the graveyard indicating the number of creature cards in the graveyard. Once an undergrowth counter is visible to the opponent, this text will be visible to them as well.

Standard | The mentor ability now correctly identifies the source of the trigger when applying targeting arrow icons.

Standard | Copies of Nullhide Ferox will now correctly allow their controller to cast noncreature spells after the activated ability resolves.

Standard | Vigorspore Wurm is now more vigorous in enforcing its blocking restriction.

Modern, Cube | The three Gods in Hour of Devastation will now return to their owner's hand properly upon death.

Chaos Draft | Jace's Mindseeker can no longer improperly cast Nexus of Fate.

Chaos Draft | Costs imposed by Dream Tides can now be paid by lands that produce multiple mana.

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