Magic Online Announcements, December 22, 2020

Posted in Magic Online on December 22, 2020

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, December 22, 2020

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Commander Legends: Magic Online Edition

Supreme Draft: Vintage Cube Ends Tomorrow

Vintage Cube December 23–January 13

Updated Alternative Play Schedule

Showcase Qualifiers

Showcase Opens January 2–3

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime January 27


Commander Legends: Magic Online Edition

Commander Legends has arrived! You can read more about Commander Legends on MTGO in Alli's release article here, and you can check out the updated Treasure Chest contents here.


Supreme Draft: Vintage Cube Ends Tomorrow

Supreme Draft: Vintage Cube ends tomorrow, December 23, so check it out while you still can!

For more info on MTGO Supreme Draft Events, click here, and for a full list of the latest changes to Vintage Cube, click here.


Vintage Cube December 23–January 13

Another update in, this time with Commander Legends cards in the mix. This is easily the most common request we get, so . . . we hear you. More Vintage Cube. That's why we're running it for a few weeks until January 13!

For a full list of the latest changes to Vintage Cube, click here.


Updated Alternative Play Schedule

The alternative play schedule that was announced in the Zendikar Rising set article has changed! Check out the latest schedule below.

  • January 13–20: A brand-new addition to the Spotlight Cube Series. As usual, more details will come later, but this one promises to be a wheel of a good time.
  • January 20–28: Vintage Masters Flashback. One of the most popular Draft formats of all time is back to round out Zendikar Rising season. We'll have a little more than a week of that, and then . . . well, it's not quite time to talk about Kaldheim just yet.

Showcase Qualifiers

Players who earned entry into the Showcase Qualifier will be squaring off for an invitation to the 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

EVENT

FORMAT

INVITATION

Sunday, December 26, 2020

8:00 a.m.

Modern Showcase Qualifier

Modern

Season 3 Showcase

Sunday, December 27, 2020

8:00 a.m.

Legacy Showcase Qualifier

Legacy

Season 3 Showcase

Learn more about Showcase Qualifier events here.


Showcase Opens January 2–3

The penultimate events of each season, Showcase Opens allow anyone to try their hand at earning an invitation to the Showcase. Players don't need to earn points or another qualification to enter, and because these events are Sealed, players don't even need a deck. The winner of each Open will get an invitation to the Showcase, and both the winner and runner-up earn invitations to the Kaldheim Championship on MTG Arena. Entry options include 40 Event Tickets or 400 Play Points, and events consist of Swiss pairings followed by a single-elimination Top 8 draft.

Showcase Opens are scheduled as follows:

DATE

TIME

FORMAT

INVITATION

Saturday, January 2, 2021

7:00 a.m.

ZNR Sealed

Season 3 Showcase

Sunday, January 3, 2021

7:00 a.m.

ZNR Sealed

Season 3 Showcase

Learn more about Showcase Opens 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.

Magic Online's Format Challenges now 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: The Pauper Challenge is never pre-empted.

Check out this page for further event details.


Downtime January 27

The next downtime will be January 27, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until noon. This is for the release of Kaldheim. All times listed are Pacific time (UTC-8).

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