Magic Online Announcements, February 26, 2019

Posted in Magic Online on February 26, 2019

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, February 26, 2019

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Lorwyn Flashback Drafts Tomorrow

UMA Flashback Drafts March 6

March, April, and May MCQs

MCQ Preliminary Time Change

Vintage Super League Week 7

Standard Regional MCQ Saturday

Limited MCQ Finals Sunday

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime February 27

Build Notes


Lorwyn Flashback Drafts Tomorrow

Get ready for all the tribal shenanigans you can handle! Lorwyn Flashback Drafts start tomorrow, February 27, on Magic Online. Just remember: Shapesharer may look like an alien made of jelly, but it is definitely a Treefolk. And also a Goblin. It's a weird and wonderful world.

You can find the Lorwyn Flashback Drafts in the Limited Leagues section of the Play Lobby, February 27 through March 6, and players may enter with any of the following options: 10 Event Tickets; 2 Lorwyn boosters + 2 Event Tickets; or 100 Play Points.


UMA Flashback Drafts March 6

Ultimate Masters Drafts are back by popular demand! If you missed the action last time, not to worry—UMA Flashback Drafts start March 6 and end March 13—a whole week to draft your favorite bombs.

Players may enter with any of the following options: 10 Event Tickets; 1 Ultimate Masters booster + 3 Event Tickets; or 100 Play Points.


March, April, and May MCQs

Mythic Championship Qualifier events for Mythic Championship Barcelona have been added to our Event Calendar.

You can also view dates here alongside additional Mythic Championship Qualifier event info.


MCQ Preliminary Time Change

As a result of feedback from the community, the MCQ Preliminary event held at 3 a.m. PT on Saturday mornings will now take place one hour earlier—that is, 2 a.m. PT on Saturdays. All other MCQ Preliminaries remain unchanged.


Vintage Super League Week 7

VSL is entering Week 7, so don't miss your chance to get a weekly dose of ridiculously powerful Magic every Tuesday evening. The deck-building rules and tournament structure make it even more interesting and unpredictable. You don't have to play (or even understand) Vintage to enjoy VSL—in fact, it's a great way to learn more about one of Magic's deepest formats!

Check it out this Tuesday at 6 p.m. on twitch.tv/magic. Learn more about it (and see who's playing) here.

Ready to start playing? Grab a deck and join the Vintage League for matches any time or play for greater rewards with the Vintage Challenge every Saturday at 10 a.m. PT.


Standard Regional MCQ Saturday

On Saturday, March 2, there will be a Standard Regional Mythic Championship Qualifier (RMCQ) at 2 p.m. PT. Regional MCQs are invitation-only events. An invitation to participate in a Regional MCQ for Mythic Championship London 2019 is offered to the following:

  • Players with a Mythic Championship Players Club Bronze or Silver level for the Ravnica Allegiance Cycle
  • Players that won a Preliminary Mythic Championship Qualifier from October 6, 2018 until January 6, 2019.
  • Players that received an invitation to this round of Regional Mythic Championship Qualifiers for their top finish at a Regional Mythic Championship Qualifier for Mythic Championship Cleveland 2019.
  • Players that won a Regional Last Chance Qualifier that ties to that Regional Mythic Championship Qualifier.

Pre-registration for the event is required and only open to players who have not competed in a paper-world Regional MCQ event since February 2. The event is limited to 212 players, and registration closes tomorrow at 11:59 p.m. PT.

Learn more about Regional Mythic Qualifier events here.


Limited MCQ Finals Sunday

On Sunday, March 3, there will be a Limited MCQ Finals at 7 a.m. PT. The set will be Ravnica Allegiance, and the event will cost 1 Limited MCQ Finals Token. The winner will receive invitations to Mythic Championship London and its associated Mythic Championship Challenge.

IMPORTANT: This is the last event to use Chandra (Red) Limited Qualifier Tokens. These will be removed from collections on Wednesday, March 6.

Learn more about Mythic Championship 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 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 Standard Time (-8 from UTC)

Start Time

Event Type

Saturday, 8 a.m.

Modern Challenge

Saturday, 10 a.m.

Vintage Challenge

Sunday, 8 a.m.

Legacy Challenge

Sunday, 10 a.m.

Pauper Challenge

Check out this page for further event details.


Downtime February 27

The next downtime will be February 27, 3 a.m.–noon PT/-8 from UTC. Please note that there are no more 'extended' or 'normal' downtimes; in the new world with fewer downtimes, they're all the same length of time.


Build Notes

Duel Scene | The functionality of various yield options under certain circumstances has been corrected.

Duel Scene | The font size has been corrected in various places.

Duel Scene | The targeting arrow now becomes transparent when it is moused over.

Client | Various improvements to the initial loading time have been implemented.

General | If a saga such as History of Benalia is turned into a creature, its power and toughness are now correctly displayed as you attack with a story.

General | The art on various tokens and emblems have been corrected.

Standard, Modern, Legacy, Vintage | Lavinia, Azorius Renegade and Gaddock Teeg no longer incorrectly prohibit creature spells with X in their mana cost.

Standard | Kaya, Orzhov Usurper no longer counts split cards as three separate cards.

Modern | Keranos, God of Storms has achieved apotheosis again and triggers during your draw step.

Modern, Legacy, Vintage | Cost reduction effects now interact correctly with cards that have XX in their mana cost such as Hangarback Walker.

Cube, Limited | Spinning Darkness can now be cast during an opponent's turn and now must correctly exile the top three black cards for its alternate cost.

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