Magic Online Announcements, June 2, 2020

Posted in Magic Online on June 2, 2020

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, June 2, 2020

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Magic Online Super Qualifiers

Cube Spotlight: Peasant Cube June 3–10

Showcase Challenge Weekend

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime June 24

Build Notes


Magic Online Super Qualifiers

As part of our initiatives to give you more ways to play at home, we wanted to provide options for you to play at the highest levels for competitive stakes. Therefore, in light of the changes to the tabletop Players Tour Qualifiers announced earlier, we're adding a new series of qualifiers to Magic Online to provide additional ways for players to compete and qualify for upcoming Players Tour events: Magic Online Super Qualifiers. This is the final week of Super Qualifiers feeding into the Players Tour events on MTG Arena in mid-June.

Get event info here, read more about MTGO Super Qualifiers here, or check out the schedule below:

Note: The companion mechanic update is launching on Magic Online the morning of Wednesday, June 3. To prevent this change from occurring in the middle of a major event, we're are moving the Pioneer Super Qualifier from 6 a.m. PT Wednesday, June 3, to 6 a.m. PT on Saturday, June 6. We appreciate your understanding.

DATE

TIME (PDT)

FORMAT

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

3:00 a.m.

Limited

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

11:00 a.m.

Limited

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

1:00 p.m.

Limited

Thursday, June 4, 2020

7:00 a.m.

Legacy

Friday, June 5, 2020

7:00 a.m.

Limited

Friday, June 5, 2020

1:00 p.m.

Pioneer

Saturday, June 6, 2020

12:00 a.m.

Modern

Saturday, June 6, 2020

6:00 a.m.

Pioneer

Sunday, June 7, 2020

12:00 a.m.

Limited

NOTE: All players are eligible to enter, including those already qualified for PT Series 2 (now on MTG Arena). If an already-qualified player finishes in the Top 2 of a Super Qualifier, that PT invite will not pass down.


Cube Spotlight: Peasant Cube June 3–10

Magic Online's Cube Spotlight Series returns with yet another Cube offering. Our last Cube addition to MTGO's Ikoria alternative play season, Peasant Cube, starting June 3 and ending June 10, features powerful commons and uncommons for a multitude of play options. Drafting is dynamic, and gameplay is crisp and interactive, with mechanics that prioritize the new-player experience while providing enough flexibility for seasoned veterans. Check out the full card list here to see what's in store.

For more information about the alternative play season, click 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 such as the returning 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, June 6, we have the Standard (6 a.m. PT), Modern (8 a.m. PT), and Vintage (10 a.m. PT) Showcase Challenges. Then on Sunday, June 7, we finish off with the Pioneer (6 a.m. PT), Legacy (8 a.m. PT), and Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Sealed (9 a.m. PT) Showcase Challenges. Each of these events requires 40 QPs to enter. The Top 8 finishers from each event will earn a qualification token to enter the appropriate Showcase Qualifier in August.

Learn more about Showcase Challenges 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.

Magic Online's Format Challenges now run once on Saturdays and once on Sundays for each Constructed format! On weekends featuring Showcase Challenge events, the Format Challenge that starts at either 6 a.m., 8 a.m., or 10 a.m. Pacific time is pre-empted by the Showcase Challenge—Format Challenges scheduled at other times remain in place. NOTE: The Pauper Challenge is never pre-empted.

Pacific Time (-7 from UTC)

Check out this page for further event details.


Next Downtime June 24

The next downtime will be June 24, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until noon, for the release of Core Set 2021. All times listed are Pacific time (UTC-7).


Build Notes

General | The rules for Ikoria's companion mechanic have changed. Please see the announcement article for more information.

Duel Scene | Tawnos, Urza's Apprentice can once again activate his ability.

Duel Scene | Creating a copy of a creature that enters with a number of +1/+1 counters related to a value of X in its mana cost will no longer cause the copy to enter with those counters as well. Sorry, Hydras. You're cool, but you're not supposed to be that cool.

Duel Scene | Selvala, Explorer Returned has returned to a state in which she can use her activated ability without restarting the game.

Duel Scene | Thief of Blood once again gets +1/+1 counters from its ability when it enters the battlefield even without being cast.

Duel Scene | Trinisphere has been taught a lesson around how much X spells actually cost. It will no longer ask players to pay extra mana, and it's sorry that it did.

Duel Scene | Changelings will now correctly count as having the appropriate creature type for Kaheera, the Orphanguard's companion ability.

Duel Scene | Crypt of Agadeem's second mana ability has been fully excavated and will produce the correct amount of mana again.

Duel Scene | Aether Gust will now produce a game log entry regardless of the choices made on resolution.

Duel Scene | Several menus that were difficult to read are now easier to read.

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