Magic Online Announcements, February 20, 2018

Posted in Magic Online on February 20, 2018

By Wizards of the Coast

Every Tuesday, we round up all of the biggest Magic Online news for the Weekly Announcements Blog.

Check in weekly for the latest updates!


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Magic Online Championship Coming Up!

Theros Flashback Drafts Start Tomorrow

Streamer Showdown Thursday

Team Modern Super League Continues

MOCS Monthly This Saturday

PTQ Finals Event This Sunday

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtimes Feb. 21 and March 14

Build Notes


Magic Online Championship Coming Up!

It's the most wonderful tiiiiime… of the yeeeeear! Well, at least if you love watching people play awesome digital Magic. The Magic Online Championship takes place March 2–4 right here at Wizards HQ in Renton, Washington. Featuring 24 of the best MTGO players in the world, a $200,000 prize pool, and a roster of great coverage personalities, this really is the biggest MTGO moment of the year.

All three days of the tournament will stream live on twitch.tv/magic. Check out Mike Rosenberg's article here for more information.


Theros Flashback Drafts Start Tomorrow

It's time to return to the land of gods and heroes, enchantments and myths. That's right: Theros Flashback Drafts are here! Strive to show how heroic you are by bestowing a blessing on one of your monstrosities! Something about devotion!

Theros Flashback Drafts run February 21 to 28, and can be found in the Limited Leagues area of the Magic Online Play Lobby. Enjoy, and may all your Gods be creatures when you need them!


Streamer Showdown Thursday

Another Streamer Showdown is approaching, and this time the streamers will be drafting Theros! Instead of Dinosaurs and Pirates, the battlefields will be filled with Gods and fabled beasts. See what your favorite streamers make of the format, and you might even learn some things that'll give you a leg up in your own Theros Draft adventures!

If you've never watched one before, Streamer Showdowns consist of two eight-player events (one at 1 p.m. PT, the other at 5 p.m. PT) featuring talented streamers from all across the Magic community. The two pods are detailed below:

Pod 1 (1 p.m.)

Name Twitch Handle Twitter
Ryland Taliaferro holyshamgar @HolyShamgar
Travis Sowers Semulin @Semulin
Magic the Amateuring magictheamateuring @MtACast‏
Dave Sea DaveSea @DaveSea89
Gaby Spartz gabyspartz @GabySpartz
LoadingReadyRun loadingreadyrun @loadingreadyrun
Jim Davis jimdavismtg @JimDavisMTG
Ben Werne mistermetronome @mistermetronome

Pod 2 (5 p.m.)

Name Twitch Handle Twitter
Matt Bedsole StunlockFTW @StunlockFTW
Emma Handy Em_TeeGee @Em_TeeGee
Cameron Aldous ilyon_ @IlyonMTG
Michael Jacobs Darkest_Mage @Michael_A_Jacob
Ashlen Rose ashlen_rose @AshlenRose
Matt Mo thundermo_hellkite @Thundermo_HK
Jamie Topples jamietopples @jamietopples‏
Teresa Pho squeethegoblin @teresapho‏

Team Modern Super League Continues

With two exciting weeks already on the books, Team Modern Super League is in full swing. Among many highlights, we've already seen the first activation of Jace, the Mind Sculptor in the new era of Modern! Spoiler alert: it's a pretty good Magic card.

TMSL airs Tuesdays (like this one!) at 5 p.m. on twitch.tv/magic. Learn more about Team Modern Super League here, or check out the video below.


MOCS Monthly This Saturday

A Magic Online Championship Series Monthly Event will take place this Saturday, February 24, starting at 7 a.m. The format will be Rivals of Ixalan-Ixalan Sealed, and players can enter the event with 35 Qualifier Points (QPs). Top finishers qualify for the Playoff Event on May 5 (the format for which will be Modern).

Monthly and Playoff Events also award top players MOCS Leaderboard Points for the year. Top players on the Leaderboard at the end of the 2018 MOCS will qualify for the year-end Championship.


PTQ Finals Event This Sunday

A Pro Tour Qualifier Finals Event will kick off this Sunday, February 25, at 7 a.m. The format will be Rivals of Ixalan-Ixalan Sealed. A red or blue PTQ Finals Entry Token is required to join this event, and the winner will qualify for Pro Tour Dominaria.

Learn more about Magic Online Pro Tour Qualifiers here.


Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

The Magic Online Format Challenges continue every weekend for Modern, Vintage, 1v1 Commander, Legacy, and Pauper formats!

Pacific Standard Time (-8 for UTC)

Start Time Event Type
Saturday, 8 a.m. Modern Challenge
Saturday, 10 a.m. Vintage Challenge
Saturday, noon 1v1 Commander
Sunday, 8 a.m. Legacy Challenge
Sunday, 10 a.m. Pauper Challenge

Check out this page for further event details.


Downtimes Feb. 21 and March 14

The next two downtimes will be February 21 (extended), 3 a.m.–noon PT/-7 for UTC; and March 14 (normal), 6–10 a.m. PT/-7 for UTC.


Build Notes

Limited | Ambuscade now functions correctly.

Sideboard | You are again able to submit sideboard changes as many times as you want before your opponent submits.

Collection | Closing the "Added to your collection" window will no longer crash the client in rare cases.

Modern | The trigger from Reality Smasher is functioning correctly again.

Modern | Exhaustion correctly prevents creatures and lands from untapping.

Modern, Limited | Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir correctly grants flash to all creatures you own that aren't on the battlefield.

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