Magic Online Announcements, December 8, 2020

Posted in Magic Online on December 8, 2020

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, December 8, 2020

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Commander Legends: Magic Online Edition

Chaos Draft: Masters Sets Ends Tomorrow

Supreme Draft: CHAOS! December 9–16

Updated Alternative Play Schedule

Showcase Qualifiers

Showcase Last Chance Events

2021 MOCS Season 1 Begins December 9

Preliminary Events Change – 2021 MOCS Season 1

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.


Chaos Draft: Masters Sets Ends Tomorrow

Our Chaos Drafts are taking only the top sets! Every set in this draft will be a Masters set, and it'll be glorious! Sets in this event include the following:

  • Modern Masters
  • Modern Masters 2
  • Modern Masters 3
  • Eternal Masters
  • Iconic Masters
  • Masters 25
  • Ultimate Masters
  • Double Masters
  • Vintage Masters

For more info on MTGO Limited Events, click here.


Supreme Draft: CHAOS! December 9–16

Combining the fun of Supreme Draft with Chaos Draft, you'll draft a deck from 18 different packs. Which packs? Who knows? Enjoy the chaos!

For more info on MTGO Supreme Draft Events, 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.

  • December 16–23: Supreme Draft: Vintage Cube. What happens when you combine one of the most powerful formats ever with the most powerful Draft style? Yep. A week of that.
  • December 23–January 13: Vintage Cube. 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. This will last for a few weeks, until . . .
  • 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

Saturday, December 12, 2020

6:00 a.m.

Standard Showcase Qualifier

Standard

Season 3 Showcase

Sunday, December 13, 2020

6:00 a.m.

Pioneer Showcase Qualifier

Pioneer

Season 3 Showcase

Saturday, December 19, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Vintage Showcase Qualifier

Vintage

Season 3 Showcase

Sunday, December 20, 2020

9:00 a.m.

Limited Showcase Qualifier

ZNR Sealed

Season 3 Showcase

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 Last Chance Events

If you haven't earned an invite for the Format Showcase Qualifier of your choice, your final attempts to make it in will take place through 7 a.m. Pacific time Wednesday in the MOCS Showcase Last Chance Events. Players who finish with 5 wins will earn an Entry Token for the Showcase Qualifier in that format. Visit the Premier Play info page for more details.


2021 MOCS Season 1 Begins December 9

Once Season 3's Qualifier Points (the black ones) expire Wednesday morning Pacific time, all events and Leagues with QP prizes will provide 2021 Season 1 (orange) versions. Your first chance to use Season 1 QPs will be on January 9—check out the info page for more details on the new season.


Preliminary Events Change – 2021 MOCS Season 1

There will be new changes to QP earnings that will take effect on December 9. Those changes include:

  • Number of rounds reduced from 5 to 4
  • Minimum players reduced from 16 to 12
  • Prize changes
    • 4 Wins – 600 Play Points, 40 QP
    • 3 Wins – 300 Play Points, 20 QP
    • 2 Wins – 150 Play Points, 10 QP
      • Treasure Chests will be awarded in Constructed
        • 4 Wins – 5 Treasure Chests
        • 3 Wins – 3 Treasure Chests
        • 2 Wins – 1 Treasure Chest

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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