Magic Online Announcements February 21, 2017

Posted in Magic Online on February 21, 2017

By Nicholas Wolfram

Nicholas Wolfram fell promptly in love with tabletop and video games when he was only two years old, and he has been writing about them since he figured out how words worked. Now he puts together words about Magic, which he started playing way back in 2000.

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The Magic Online Championship starts next Friday, March 3!

It's time to start getting hyped! From March 3 through 5, the Magic Online Championship will be streaming live from Wizards HQ. Watch 16 of the world's top Magic players battle it out for online supremacy. Find out more details here!

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Aether Revolt Standard Championship qualifiers start tomorrow, February 22

The road to the Magic Online Aether Revolt Standard Championship begins tomorrow! Join the tournament and you'll receive a free alternate-art promo copy of Trophy Mage. Perform well enough, and you can net yourself an invitation to the Aether Revolt Standard Championship on March 5 and an alternate-art promo copy of Yahenni's Expertise. Are you ready to take the challenge? Find out more details here!

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Aether Revolt Limited Championship on Saturday, February 25

The Aether Revolt Limited Championship is almost here! Qualifying players will be able to enter the final battle for great glory and even greater prizes! Find out more details here!

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Kaladesh-Aether Revolt Sealed MOCS Monthly on Saturday, February 25

A Magic Online Championship Series (MOCS) Standard Monthly Event is coming up on February 25! Players can spend 35 Qualifier Points (QPs) to enter the event. The series will contain 24 Monthly Events, each of which qualify top players for one of the four Playoff Events. These Playoff Events qualify top players for the Magic Online Championship, a Pro Tour, and the Pro Tour Challenge event at that Pro Tour.

Monthly and Playoff Events also award top players MOCS Leaderboard Points for the year as a whole. Top players on the Leaderboard at the end of the 2017 MOCS will qualify for the year-end Championship event.

We look forward to seeing you on February 25 for the latest Monthly Event! Learn more about the 2017 Magic Online Championship Series here.

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Upcoming Power Nine Challenge February 25

Play in the upcoming Power Nine Challenge on Saturday, February 25 for a chance to win a piece of the Power Nine!

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Amonkhet Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier on Sunday, February 26

Attention all Pro Tour hopefuls: a Pro Tour Qualifier (PTQ) is approaching! The Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries begin Thursday, February 23, and run through Tuesday, February 28. We hope to see you in the PTQ Finals on Sunday, February 26!

Remember, you are no longer required to enter into the PTQ Finals immediately following the Preliminary that you qualified through, thanks to the redesigned PTQ system that Magic Online Events Manager Lee Sharpe announced here.

Learn more about Magic Online Pro Tour Qualifiers here.

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Full Invasion Block Flashback Drafts begin next week on Wednesday, March 1

The Flashback Favorites Draft series continues next week with Invasion block drafts starting Wednesday, March 1! Draft Invasion-Planeshift-Apocalypse with seven other players from March 1 through March 8. For more information, click here.

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Vintage Super League airs tonight

Season 6 of Vintage Super League continues tonight! Tune it at 5 p.m. PT on twitch.tv/magic to catch the action live! For more information on Vintage Super League, check out their website here.

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Streamer Showdown on Thursday, February 23

There will be a new Streamer Showdown this Thursday. If you've never seen a Streamer Showdown before, they come in two eight-player events that feature some of the best streamers in the community brawling it out on Magic Online. If you're trying to improve your game, Magic Online streamers are some of the best players out there—and some of the best teachers, too. Even if you're already a Magic pro, throw your support behind one of the competitors and cheer them on from their Twitch chat!

For this Streamer Showdown, the streamers will be taking on the Khans of Tarkir Flashback Favorites Draft! Here is the lineup for this Streamer Showdown:

1 p.m. (UTC -8)

Name MTGO Handle Twitch Handle
Jamie Topples schnoog jamietopples
Neal Oliver trumpetman Nealoliver88
Travis Sowers semulin Semulin
Paul Judd Pires Smrt bomb lookinglasself
Joe Lossett oarsman oarsman79
Emma Handy Em_TeeGee Em_TeeGee
Zane Sweetman zmagic zmagic94
Jennifer Long mrs-mulligan mrs_mulligan

6 p.m. (UTC -8)

Name MTGO Handle Twitch Handle
Magic the Amateuring icecreamsocialist magictheamateuring
The Girlfriend Bracket halcansan thegfbracket
Athena Huey Elantris Elantris
Logan Nettles Jaberwocki Jaberwocki
Caleb CalebD CalebDMTG
Cameron Aldous Ilyon IlyonTV
Ian Suzuki scaldinghotsoup scaldinghotsoup
Noah Sandler NovaSandler modogrinder1

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The MOPR Promo Card period for March begins tomorrow, February 22

With a new month comes new MOPR Promo Cards, and the period for March's Promo Cards begins tomorrow, February 22. This months cards are alternate-art versions of Hero's Downfall for Event Participation and Incendiary Flow for Store Activity, which can be seen below.

Players who participate in at least one Constructed, Sealed Deck, or Draft Tournament with a minimum of 8 players will receive a regular version of the alternate-art Hero's Downfall. Players who participate in at least five such event with a minimum of eight players will receive a premium version of the card.

Players who spend a full 20 USD in the Magic Online Store (excluding coupons, shipping, and taxes) will receive a regular version of the alternate-art Incendiary Flow. Players who spend a full 40 USD in the Magic Online Store (excluding coupons, shipping, and taxes) will receive a premium version of the card.

 

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Upcoming extended downtime tomorrow, February 22

There will be an extended downtime on Wednesday, February 22, for Magic Online. Events close at 12:00 a.m. PT/8 a.m. UTC (that's midnight Pacific), and store activity and trades end at 2:45 a.m. leading up to the system coming down at 3:00 a.m. The system is estimated to return from downtime at 12:00 p.m.

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Ongoing and Upcoming Events

Head on over to our shiny new event calendar at MTGO.com/Calendar for an easy-to-digest breakdown of events happening all across Magic Online.

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