Magic Online Announcements, January 8, 2019

Posted in Magic Online on January 8, 2019

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, January 8, 2019

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Ravnica Allegiance MTGO Release

Vintage Cube Runs through Jan. 17

UMA Events End Jan. 11

Saturday MCQ Finals

Sunday MOCS Preliminary

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime January 16

Build Notes


Ravnica Allegiance MTGO Release

Ravnica Allegiance is coming, and, as always, you can hit the battlefield on MTGO before the paper release and local prerelease events. Enjoy online events as early as January 17 after our January 16 downtime.

Check out Alli's release article later this week for more information.


Vintage Cube Runs through Jan. 17

Before Ravnica Allegiance hits MTGO, there's still plenty of fun to be had in Vintage Cube! It's nothing like any other cube out there, and it's overflowing with iconic cards from Magic's entire 25-year history. Draft the super-deck of your dreams while you still can!

Players have through January 17 to try it out. See the full card list and the most recent changes here.


UMA Draft Events End Jan. 11

There are only a few days left to catch the Ultimate Masters action! Phantom events will continue until January 11 to allow players practice time for MagicFest Prague.

You can also check out Alli's release article to catch up on everything you need to know about the set's arrival and consequent Magic Online updates.


Saturday MCQ Finals

On Saturday, January 12, there will be a Sealed MCQ Finals at 7 a.m. PT. The set will be Guilds of Ravnica, and the event will cost 1 Limited MCQ Finals Token. To avoid a scheduling conflict, the Limited MCQ Preliminary slated for 3 a.m. PT Saturday will now start at 2 a.m. instead.

Learn more about Mythic Championship Qualifier events here!


Sunday MOCS Preliminary

This Sunday, January 13, will be the first Magic Online Championship Series Preliminary event for 2019 MOCS! The format will be Modern, and things will kick off at 7 a.m. PT. MOCS Preliminaries are eight rounds of Swiss and require 35 Qualifier Points to enter. Winners will receive (among other prizes) invitations to a MOCS Playoff event.

Learn more about MOCS 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.

Pacific Daylight 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 January 16

The next downtime will be January 16, 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

General | An issue causing the client to crash when a player spectates a game has been resolved.

General | Several issues causing replays to not function correctly have been resolved.

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