Magic Online Announcements, January 7, 2020

Posted in Magic Online on January 7, 2020

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, January 7, 2020

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Vintage Cube until January 16

Change to Banned and Restricted Timing

Limited PTQ Saturday

Vintage & Pauper Format Championship January 11–12

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime January 15


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


Change to Banned and Restricted Timing

As announced here, future banned and restricted announcements are no longer tied to specific timing windows. All future B&R announcements for all formats will be made on Mondays and are effective on Magic Online at noon Pacific Time on the following day. For those of you who have been playing Pioneer, this means that each other format's timing now matches Pioneer's.

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.


Limited PTQ Saturday

On Saturday, January 11, there will be a Limited PTQ at 7 a.m. PT! The set will be Throne of Eldraine, 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.


Vintage & Pauper Format Championship January 11–12

The final four spots at the Magic Online Championship will be awarded to the winners of the upcoming Format Championships! These players—top finishers from each of the five Playoffs in Modern, Legacy, Vintage, and Pauper—will compete over the first two weekends in January in 40-player tournaments. In addition to the Magic Online Championship invite, Format Champions will also be among the first to qualify for Series 2 of the 2020 Players Tour in May.

We'd like to extend a warm congratulation to the winners of last week's Format Championships, our first two 2019 Format Champions:

  • Modern – pepeteam
  • Legacy – Ozymandias17

Next up: The Vintage Format Championship (Saturday, January 11 at 10 a.m. PT) and the Pauper Format Championship (Sunday, January 12 at 10 a.m. PT).

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. NOTE: Format Challenges will be run concurrently with Format Championships in January.

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.

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