Magic Online Announcements, July 31, 2018

Posted in Magic Online on July 31, 2018

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, July 31, 2018

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State of MTGO

Battlebond Card Release

Commander (2018 Edition) Cards Coming in December

MTGO Gauntlet Announcement Tomorrow

Magic Online Championship Series changes

PTQ Saturday and Sunday

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtimes August 29 and September 26


State of MTGO

The State of MTGO has arrived! Check it out and see what is changing here.


Battlebond Card Release

We're happy to report that with the release of Guilds of Ravnica in early October, most cards from Battlebond will be available in Treasure Chests. That release, specifically, will bring the following cards:


Commander (2018 Edition) Cards Coming in December

While Guilds of Ravnica will deliver most of the remaining new Battlebond's cards, our focus on that set left us less time to work on C18 than we had hoped. Since we'll need to do another cardset release to get those cards to you, we have scheduled such a release for the next available opportunity: early December. The current plan is that this release will include all the new cards in C18. We'll have more details as we get closer.


MTGO Gauntlet Announcement Tomorrow

We'll be announcing more information about the MTGO Gauntlet tomorrow, so keep an eye on the website for details!


Magic Online Championship Series Changes

The MOCS year, traditionally ending in October, will now end with the calendar year in December. You can continue earning QP's until the start of the last Monthly event on December 2. Details about the Championship event will come later in the year.

The Q3 Playoffs are still scheduled for August 11, and will be Modern.

The Q4 schedule can be found here, on the MOCS page, and on the calendar:

Saturday, August 25 MOCS Monthly Q4 M19 Sealed

Sunday, September 23 MOCS Monthly Q4 Standard

Saturday, October 20 MOCS Monthly Q4 GRN Sealed

Saturday, November 3 MOCS Monthly Q4 Standard

Saturday, November 24 MOCS Monthly Q4 Standard

Sunday, December 2 MOCS Monthly Q4 GRN Sealed

Sunday, December 16 MOCS Open Q4 GRN Sealed

Saturday, December 22 MOCS Playoff Q4 Standard

Saturday, December 29 MOCS Open Q4 GRN Sealed


PTQ Saturday and Sunday

We're having a Pro Tour Qualifier event on August 4, at 9 a.m. PT. This event will feature Standard and entry will cost 30 Event Tickets or 300 Play Points. There will be another PTQ on August 5, at 7 a.m. PT. This event will feature Core Set 2019 Sealed and entry will cost a Chandra or Jace PTQ Finals Entry Token. Friendly reminder to use any remaining Chandra Tokens in your collection- they expire after the August 12 Limited PTQ Finals!

Learn more about Magic Online Pro Tour Qualifiers here.


Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

The Magic Online Format Challenges continue every weekend for Modern, Vintage, 1v1 Commander, Legacy, and Pauper formats.

Pacific Daylight Time (-7 from UTC)

Start Time

Event Type

Saturday, 8 a.m.

Modern Challenge

Saturday, 10 a.m.

Vintage Challenge

Saturday, noon

1v1 Commander Challenge

Sunday, 8 a.m.

Legacy Challenge

Sunday, 10 a.m.

Pauper Challenge

Check out this page for further event details.


Downtimes August 29 and September 26

The next two downtimes will be August 29, 3 a.m.–noon PT/-7 from UTC and August 26, 3 a.m.–noon PT/-7 from UTC. We will no longer differentiate between normal and extended downtimes—extended is the new normal.

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