Magic Online Announcements, December 3, 2019

Posted in Magic Online on December 3, 2019

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, December 3, 2019

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Vintage Masters Encore Draft December 4

Pioneering a New Ban Cadence

Alternative Play Calendar

Vintage & Legacy Format Playoffs

Modern & Pauper Playoff Winners

Legacy Premier League

Pioneer PTQ Finals Friday & Saturday

Modern PTQ Finals Sunday

Format Point Removal

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime January 15


Vintage Masters Encore Draft December 4

Beginning tomorrow, December 4, and running until next Wednesday, December 11, you can draft Vintage Masters. And just like the Masters Edition IV draft two weeks earlier, it's using the original Draft style: this is non-Phantom. When you draft these cards, they're added to your collection. Entry options include 25 Event Tickets, 250 Play Points, or 3 Vintage Masters boosters plus 4 Event Tickets.

For weeks listed in the Alternative Play Calendar from Alli's article as non-Phantom events, this League will begin at approximately 10 a.m. PT on the first day listed, which is always a Wednesday. These Leagues will be closed to new entries at 10 a.m. PT on the last day listed and ended no later than 2 p.m. that same day.


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.


Alternative Play Calendar

For the Throne of Eldraine Alternative Play season, we're trying something new and different: a series of blasts from the past. And by that, we mean way in the past. For this season, we're introducing several non-Phantom events into the schedule, but all events listed below are Phantom unless stated otherwise:

Events Dates Phantom or non-Phantom
Vintage Masters Encore Draft December 4–11 non-Phantom
Vintage Cube December 11–TBD Phantom

Vintage & Legacy Format Playoffs

The push to acquire 35 Format Points is on as Format Playoffs for 2019 come to a close with the Vintage Playoff on December 7 at 10 a.m. and the Legacy Playoff ending things off on December 8 at 8 a.m.

To join, you must acquire 35 Format Points for the format in which you wish to compete. For more information, click here.


Modern & Pauper Playoff Winners

Congratulations to _Shatun_ (Modern) and c_is_for_cookie (Pauper), the winners of last weekend's Format Playoffs! A very special mention also to those who have qualified for Format Championships—to view the list of invites so far, click here.


Legacy Premier League

Legacy Premier League, Legacy's popular community league, makes its return on twitch.tv/itsJulian. Don't miss LPL on Thursday 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.


Pioneer PTQ Finals Friday & Saturday

On Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7, there will be Pioneer PTQ Finals at 9 a.m. PT. Each event will cost 30 Event Tickets or 300 Play Points. Winners receives an invitation to their choice of the first set of Players Tour regional events in February.

Learn more about Players Tour Qualifier events here.


Modern PTQ Finals Sunday

On Sunday, December 8, there will be a Modern PTQ Finals at 9 a.m. PT! The event will cost 30 Event Tickets or 300 Play Points. The winner receives an invitation to their choice of the first set of Players Tour regional events in February.

Learn more about Players Tour Qualifier events here.


Format Point Removal

With the conclusion of the last round of Modern and Pauper Playoffs, those Format Points have been removed as event prizes. Similarly, the Vintage and Legacy Format Points will be removed after this coming weekend's Format Playoffs.

The full article detailing next year's Premier Play will be released later this week, including all of the 2020 changes. The new system is more streamlined and no longer includes Format Points, though this change does not reflect a reduced commitment to Premier Play on Magic Online. We're excited to share more in a few days.


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 except when replaced by Format Playoffs during scheduled Format Playoff dates.

Pacific Time (-8 from UTC)

Start Time Event Type

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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