Magic Online Announcements, December 24, 2019

Posted in Magic Online on December 24, 2019

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, December 24, 2019

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Vintage Cube until January 16

Pioneering a New Ban Cadence

Modern MOCS Playoff Saturday

Limited PTQ Finals Sunday

Modern & Legacy Format Championships January 4–5

Limited PTQ Finals Saturday January 4

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime January 15


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.

Change List

White

Blue

Black

Red

Green

Multicolor

Artifacts/Lands


Pioneering a New Ban Cadence

Per Ian's overall B&R article, Pioneer's ban timing will sync up with the rest of the Banned list following the next announcement on Monday, January 6. Any ban that day will take effect at noon Tuesday. 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.

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.


Modern MOCS Playoff Saturday

This Saturday, December 28, there will be a Magic Online Championship Series Playoff Event! The format will be Modern, and the event will start at 7 a.m. PT. Only players who have qualified via a recent MOCS Preliminary Event are eligible for entry. The Top 2 finishers earn invitations to their choice of the first set of Players Tour regional events in early 2020, and the winner also earns an invite to the 2019 Magic Online Championship held next year (dates TBD).

This event will also wrap up the chase for at-large invitations to the Magic Online Championship determined by the MOCS Leaderboard. Following the Playoff, the top 7 players not yet qualified for the Championship will earn those slots.

Learn more about MOCS events here.


Limited PTQ Finals Sunday

On Sunday, December 29, 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: This is your last chance to use up any remaining Blue Limited PTQ Finals Tokens before they expire.

Learn more about Players Tour Qualifier events here.


Modern & Legacy Format Championships January 4–5

The final four spots at the Magic Online Championship will be awarded to the winners of the upcoming Format Championships! These players—top finishers from each of the five Playoffs in Modern, Legacy, Vintage, and Pauper—will compete over the first two weekends in January in 40-player tournaments. In addition to the Magic Online Championship invite, Format Champions will also be among the first to qualify for Series 2 of the 2020 Players Tour in May.

First up: The Modern Format Championship (Saturday, January 4 at 8 a.m. PT) and the Legacy Format Championship (Sunday, January 5 at 8 a.m. PT)

Learn more about Format Championship events here.


Limited PTQ Finals Saturday January 4

On Saturday, January 4, there will be a Limited PTQ Finals at a special start time of 9 a.m. PT! The set will be Throne of Eldraine, and the event will cost 1 Red Limited PTQ Finals Token. You can also join with 40 of the new year's MOCS Qualifier Points. The winner qualifies for their choice of events in Series 2 of the 2020 Players Tour in May.

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 Showcase Challenges during scheduled Showcase Challenge dates. NOTE: Format Challenges will be run concurrently with Format Championships in January.

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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