Magic Online Announcements, December 21, 2021

Posted in Magic Online on December 21, 2021

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, December 21, 2021

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2022 Premier Play Schedule

Vintage Cube Is Back: December 22–January 12

2021 Season 3 Showcase Qualifiers

Limited Super Qualifier Sunday

Convention Championship – January 1

Format Change for MOCS Showcase Opens

Pauper Super Qualifier Rescheduled

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Innistrad: Crimson Vow on Magic Online

Modern Horizons 2 Returns

Spotlight Cube Series: Artifact Cube Ends Tomorrow

Downtime February 9


Vintage Cube Is Back: December 22–January 12

Vintage Cube is back for a three-week run starting tomorrow and continuing through January 12. To see the full cube list and the list of card changes, make sure to check out the updated Vintage Cube card list page.

All paid accounts on file as of last week's downtime have been given a Vintage Point—good for a free entry into the Vintage Cube Draft League during this three-week run.

Vintage Cube Entry

Note: Unused Vintage Points will be removed from accounts on January 12.


2021 Season 3 Showcase Qualifiers

Players who earned entry into the Showcase Qualifier will be squaring off for an invitation to the 2021 Season 3 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 upcoming Premier Event invitation.

Showcase Qualifiers are scheduled as follows:

DATE TIME FORMAT INVITATION
Sunday, December 26, 2021 10:00 a.m. Pauper MOCS Showcase & Neon Dynasty Championship
Sunday, January 2, 2021 6:00 a.m. Pioneer MOCS Showcase & Neon Dynasty Championship

Learn more about Showcase Qualifier events here.


Limited Super Qualifier Sunday

On Sunday, December 26, there will be an Innistrad: Crimson Vow Sealed Super Qualifier with a start time of 7 a.m. PT (15:00 UTC). The entry fee is 40 MOCS Qualifier Points (Season 1), 40 Event Tickets, or 400 Play Points. The top two finishers qualify for the Neon Dynasty Championship on MTG Arena.

Learn more about Super Qualifier events here.


Convention Championship – January 1

Did you go 3–0 in any of the Convention Preliminary events held on MTGO for PAX West, Gen Con, Origins, or PAX Unplugged? If so, you have a Wizards Ticket on your account—your ticket to compete in the Convention Championship event on New Year's Day at 7:00 a.m. Pacific time (15:00 UTC Saturday, January 1)!

Wizards Ticket

The format will be Modern Horizons 2 Sealed Deck with Top 8 Draft. The winner will receive 4 copies of each digital set in Modern, and the Top 8 each walk away with at least 1 copy of each digital set in Modern. There are also booster prizes down to 64th place.

Full details on this event can be found at our convention partner Pastimes Events's official website.

Note: Unused Wizards Tickets will be removed from accounts on January 5.


Format Change for MOCS Showcase Opens

We have updated the format for the 2021 Season 3-ending MOCS Showcase Open events on January 8–9. These events will now use Modern Horizons 2 product. The entry option for each event will be 50 Event Tickets or 500 Play Points, and prizes will contain Modern Horizons 2 product. Our event schedule page and 2021 MOCS info page now reflect this change.


Pauper Super Qualifier Rescheduled

The Pauper Super Qualifier that did not fire on December 18 has been rescheduled. It will now be held Friday, January 28 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time (22:00 UTC).


Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

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. NOTE: Pauper, Vintage, and Standard Challenges are never pre-empted.

Check out the Magic Online Format Challenges page for further event details.


Innistrad: Crimson Vow on Magic Online

Check out all the Magic Online release info for Innistrad: Crimson Vow in our dedicated release article. Be sure to also check out the updates to the Treasure Chest page.


Modern Horizons 2 Returns (Including Preliminaries)

It's the season for another fan favorite: Modern Horizons 2 Draft! We're bringing back the non-Phantom Draft League now through January 5 with the same prize structure and chance to open a Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer you know and love!

  • Entry Options:
    • 25 Event Tickets
    • 3 Modern Horizons 2 boosters and 4 Event Tickets
    • 250 Play Points
  • Prizes:
    • 3 Wins – 6 Modern Horizons 2 boosters, 2 MOCS Season 3 QPs, and a Competitive Trophy
    • 2 Wins – 2 Modern Horizons 2 boosters

UPDATE: Limited Preliminary events will use Modern Horizons 2 product until Wednesday, January 12. (This is a change from last week)

  • Entry Options:
    • 45 Event Tickets
    • 450 Play Points
  • Prizes:
    • 4 Wins – 750 Play Points and 40 QP
    • 3 Wins – 450 Play Points and 20 QP
    • 2 Wins – 150 Play Points and 10 QP

Spotlight Cube Series: Artifact Cube Ends Tomorrow

New to the Spotlight Cube Series, Artifact Cube runs for a week on Magic Online starting December 15. You can read all about it and check out the full cube list in David McDarby's announcement article.


Next Downtime February 9

The next downtime will be Wednesday, February 9, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until noon. All times listed are Pacific Standard time (UTC-8). This is for the release of Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty.

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