Magic Online Announcements March 22, 2016

Posted in Magic Online on March 22, 2016

By David Whitfield

David works on the Magic community team as a content specialist. He spends his days writing about Magic Online and trying to play too many colors at once in Limited.

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The Year of Modern Flashbacks Add Guildpact

It's 2016: The Year of Modern Flashbacks! If you want to build up a collection for Modern, these Flashback Drafts add everything you draft to your collection once the event is over. Even if Modern isn't your thing, you can enjoy a leisurely draft through the planes of the past with rotating formats each week!

Ravnica-Ravnica-Guildpact Flashback Drafts begin after the Wednesday, March 23 downtime and run until Wednesday, March 30, at 5:00 a.m. PT (UTC-7), and are followed up by full Ravnica Block Flashbacks. Get the full schedule here and mark your calendar for the formats you're most excited about!

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Upcoming Power 9 Challenge March 26

Play in the upcoming Power 9 Challenge on Saturday, March 26 for a chance to win a piece of the Power Nine!

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Double Pro Tour Qualifier Weekend

Attention all Pro Tour hopefuls, there's a double Pro Tour Qualifier (PTQ) weekend coming up! Modern Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries and the Oath of the Gatewatch-Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries begin Thursday, March 24, and run through Sunday, March 27.

Learn more about Magic Online Pro Tour Qualifiers here.

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Extended Downtime for March 23, 2016

  • All tournaments will close Wednesday, March 23, at 12:00 a.m. PT (19:00 UTC)
  • Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 2:45 a.m. PT (9:45 UTC)
  • The system will be down from 3:00 a.m. PT (10:00 UTC) until 12:00 p.m. PT (19:00 UTC)

Build Notes

General

  • Duel Scene | Players should no longer experience lag when tapping cards.
  • Cardset | The mana abilities of Commander's Sphere and Command Tower once again work as expected.
  • Cardset | Myr Superion can again no longer be cast with mana from noncreature sources.
  • Cardset | Lightning Storm’s activated ability once again works as expected.
  • Duel Scene | Creatures tapped to help cast a spell with convoke no longer retain a green highlight after the spell is cast.
  • Cardset | Containment Priest now works as expected. Notably, it will no longer exile itself if it enters the battlefield without being cast, nor will it exile a double-faced Magic Origins creature/planeswalker attempting to return to the battlefield as a planeswalker.
  • Duel Scene | Activated abilities that require players to discard cards at random, such as those found on Ogre Shaman and Barbarian Bully, now actually require players to discard cards at random.
  • Cardset | The targeting comments on Rolling Thunder and Electrolyze are now more clear.
  • Cardset | Patrician’s Scorn can once again be cast for its alternative cost.
  • Cardset | Players can once again use exiled split cards with Jester’s Scepter to counter an opponent’s split card.
  • Cardset | Gaze of the Gorgon now properly destroys creatures again.
  • Cardset | Players whose opening hand contains Gemstone Caverns and who are not playing first can once again choose to have Gemstone Caverns start the game on the battlefield with a luck counter.
  • Cardset | Mizzix of the Izmagnus no longer causes spells with a variable in their mana cost to sometimes cost an incorrect amount of mana.
  • Cardset | Players must once again pay the proper amount of mana to activate the abilities of Candelabra of Tawnos and Magus of the Candelabra.
  • Cardset | Elemental Resonance now allows players to properly choose a color of mana for each hybrid symbol in the enchanted creature's cost.
  • Cardset | Balduvian Fallen’s triggered ability now correctly increases its power when its controller pays its cumulative upkeep cost with either black or red mana.
  • Cardset | Spells cast for a bestow cost are no longer incorrectly affected by spells or abilities that reduce the cost of creature spells.
  • Cardset | When paying a cost that involves the snow mana symbol, mana from snow permanents is no longer removed from the player's mana pool without being applied to pay the cost.
  • Cardset | Players who control Wort, the Raidmother and cast Burn at the Stake or Firecat Blitz may no longer pay the spell's conspire cost without tapping creatures.
  • Duel Scene | Several bugs not listed elsewhere that caused crashes have been resolved, including a bug involving a player conceding while another player is making a mulligan decision.

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Ongoing and Upcoming Events

Now–March 23Year of Modern Flashbacks: Triple Ravnica: City of Guilds

March 23–30Year of Modern Flashbacks: Ravnica: City of Guilds-Ravnica: City of Guilds-Guildpact

March 24–27Modern AND Oath of the Gatewatch-Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries

March 26The Power Nine Challenge 11:00 a.m. PT (18:00 UTC)

March 26Modern Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 9:00 a.m. PT (16:00 UTC)

March 27Oath of the Gatewatch-Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 7:00 a.m. PT (14:00 UTC)

March 30–April 6Year of Modern Flashbacks: Full Ravnica Block

April 7–10Oath of the Gatewatch-Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries

April 9Legacy Challenge 11:00 a.m. PT (18:00 UTC)

April 92016 Magic Online Championship Series Monthly Event 7:00 a.m. PT (14:00 UTC)

April 10Oath of the Gatewatch-Battle for Zendikar Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 7:00 a.m. PT (14:00 UTC)

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