Magic Online Announcements, January 14, 2020

Posted in Magic Online on January 14, 2020

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, January 14, 2020

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Vintage Cube until January 16

Banned & Restricted List Update Window

Legacy PTQ Saturday

Limited PTQ Sunday

Format Championship Winners

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime January 15

Build Notes


Vintage Cube until January 16

The Vintage Cube is back and will run until January 16! Tabletop Studio's (R&D) Reggie Valk has this to say about the latest update:

"As December rolls on, Magic Online players know what's coming: Vintage Cube. If you're unfamiliar, Vintage Cube is one of the most powerful cubes you can play, headlined by the Power Nine and other members of the Vintage reserved list. While considering how to update the Cube for this year's December iteration, I decided that this update wasn't going to attempt any major overhauls, just include some of the most powerful cards to be printed this year. Fortunately, there were quite a few! War of the Spark brought powerful new planeswalkers that have made a splash even in Vintage, and Modern Horizons and Throne of Eldraine were no slouches either. Still, the core of the Cube experience remains the same: there's Tinker-fueled artifact decks, Storm combo, and blistering fast mono-red aggro to name a few. Happy cubing! Here's hoping you all get to open a Black Lotus!"

To see the full card list and most recent changes, click here.

Change List

White

Blue

Black

Red

Green

Multicolor

Artifacts/Lands


Banned & Restricted List Update Window

On Monday, January 13, R&D made an announcement regarding the banned and restricted list for Modern. Magic Online will implement the change at 12 p.m. PT today, a day after the announcement.

While we will no longer ban cards on the Monday of the announcement, the results of a B&R change are the same as they have been: When a card is banned or restricted, players using the newly banned card in a league have until the Magic Online effective time to finish their league courses. At that time, 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 or unrestricted, players can join existing leagues with decks containing those cards after the update.


Legacy PTQ Saturday

On Saturday, January 18, there will be a Legacy PTQ Finals at 9 a.m. PT! The event requires 40 2020 MOCS Qualifier Points or 1 Red PTQ Finals token. The winner qualifies for their choice of events in Series 2 of the 2020 Players Tour in May.

Learn more about Players Tour Qualifier events here.


Limited PTQ Sunday

On Sunday, January 19, there will be a Limited PTQ at 7 a.m. PT! The set will be Theros Beyond Death, and the event will cost 1 Red Limited PTQ Token. You can also join with 40 of the new year's MOCS Qualifier Points. The winner qualifies for their choice of events in Series 2 of the 2020 Players Tour in May.

Learn more about Players Tour Qualifier events here.


Format Championship Winners

We'd like to extend a warm congratulation to all four of our 2019 Format Champions:

  • Modern – pepeteam
  • Legacy – Ozymandias17
  • Vintage – Sentiment
  • Pauper – Kirblinxy

Learn more about Format Championship 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 Premier Play qualification, click here.

The Magic Online Format Challenges continue every weekend for Standard, Pioneer, Modern, Vintage, Legacy, and Pauper formats except when replaced by Showcase Challenges during scheduled Showcase Challenge dates.

Pacific Time (-8 from UTC)

Start Time Event Type

Saturday, 6 a.m.

Standard Challenge

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.


Build Notes

General | Some visual issues with certain avatars and cards have been corrected.

General | Various fixes have been implemented to reduce crashes.

General | The introduction to The Game Guide now appears for new users.

Store | Various external-facing links have been fixed in the client.

Play Lobby/Account | The match details pane has been made easier to read.

Collection | All Blue PTQ Tokens and older MOCS QPs have been removed.

Collection | Avatars from the Commander (2018 Edition) release are now able to be traded.

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