Magic Online Announcements, January 21, 2020

Posted in Magic Online on January 21, 2020

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, January 21, 2020

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Limited PTQ Friday

Showcase Challenge Weekend

Magic Online Format Challenges Back Next Weekend

Downtime February 26

Build Notes

Limited PTQ Friday

On Friday, January 24, there will be a Limited PTQ at a special start time of 1 p.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.

Showcase Challenge Weekend

Players looking to prove their mettle against the best players in Magic Online will want to use their QPs to enter Magic Online Champions Showcase (MOCS) events, starting with the Showcase Challenges this weekend. These MOCS events are a set of linked events designed to highlight the best players on Magic Online each season, culminating in the Champions Showcase and its prize pool of $70,000 and a Players Tour Finals invitation.

First up on Saturday, we have the Standard (6 a.m. PT), Modern (8 a.m. PT), and Theros Beyond Death Sealed (9 a.m. PT) Showcase Challenges. Then on Sunday, we finish off with the Pioneer (6 a.m. PT), Legacy (8 a.m. PT), and Pauper (10 a.m. PT) Showcase Challenges. Each of these events require 40 QPs to enter. The Top 8 finishers from each event will earn a qualification token to enter the appropriate Showcase Qualifier.

Learn more about Showcase Challenges events here.

Magic Online Format Challenges Back Next 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. NOTE: The Vintage Challenge happens every weekend regardless of scheduled Showcase Challenges.

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 February 26

The next downtime will be on February 26, beginning at 3 a.m. and continuing until noon. All times listed are Pacific time (UTC-8).

Build Notes

Standard, Limited | Issues with Furious Rise not allowing players to cast cards exiled by it have been corrected.

Standard, Limited | Whirlwind Denial now asks players to pay for spells consistently in the same order.

Standard, Limited | Protection from specific mana costs, as seen on cards such as Haktos, the Unscarred, now properly interact with X spells such as Purphoros's Intervention.

Standard, Limited | Issues with permanents that are copies of Bronzehide Lion returning to the battlefield have been fixed.

Limited | Creatures enchanted with Heliod's Punishment are now granted the correct blue rules text.

Pioneer, Cube, Commander | Cards taken hostage by Hostage Taker can now be cast.

Pauper | Cards are now correctly flagged as legal or banned for Pauper.

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