Magic Online Announcements, May 26, 2020

Posted in Magic Online on May 26, 2020

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, May 26, 2020

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Ikoria Commander and Secret Lair: Summer Superdrop

Magic Online Super Qualifiers

War of the Spark Encore Draft May 27–June 3

Ikoria Season Alternative Play Calendar

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime May 27

Build Notes


Ikoria Commander and Secret Lair: Summer Superdrop

After a short delay, Ikoria Commander releases on MTGO with tomorrow's maintenance. You'll be able to find all the new commander cards in Treasure Chests, including powerful new Commander options like Gavi, Nest Warden and Kalamax, the Stormsire. Check out Gavin Verhey's article to learn more about how these decks came to be.

In addition, Magic Online is happy to be part of the recently announced Secret Lair: Summer Superdrop. Each drop from the Summer Superdrop comes with a Magic Online code to redeem for the contents of that drop, though all Magic Online versions will be non-foil. Each drop is only available for a short time, so check out the schedule to make sure you get the drop you want (or just get the bundle to get all five!).


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. These events will continue to qualify for 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:

DATE

TIME (PDT)

FORMAT

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

1:00 p.m.

Limited

Thursday, May 28, 2020

7:00 a.m.

Legacy

Friday, May 29, 2020

7:00 a.m.

Limited

Friday, May 29, 2020

1:00 p.m.

Pioneer

Saturday, May 30, 2020

12:00 a.m.

Modern

Sunday, May 31, 2020

12:00 a.m.

Limited

Monday, June 1, 2020

7:00 a.m.

Modern

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

3:00 a.m.

Limited

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

11:00 a.m.

Limited

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

6:00 a.m.

Pioneer

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

1:00 p.m.

Limited

Thursday, June 4, 2020

7:00 a.m.

Legacy

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.


War of the Spark Encore Draft May 27–June 3

The most requested event of late is War of the Spark Encore Draft, so from May 27–June 3, we're delivering on just that. Don't forget: as an Encore draft, not only will you keep the cards you draft, but you can also use booster packs to enter the event! Event entry includes 12 Event Tickets, 120 Play Points, or 2 Event Tickets plus 3 boosters from War of the Spark.

For more information about the alternative play season, click here.


Ikoria Season Alternative Play Calendar

John Terrill's Cultic Cube, running from May 20 to May 27, is wrapping up tomorrow. You can see John's article and cube list from Monday, May 18, and it's a must-read since it goes deep into the philosophy of cube design theory in general and the creation of Cultic Cube in particular. If you want to check out this awesome cube, do so soon.

Starting tomorrow, we have a week of War of the Spark Encore drafts. (Remember, Encore drafts aren't phantom; you'll keep everything you draft!) They're sweet, but not news.

What is news is that, starting June 3, streamer and content creator Amaz will present his Peasant Cube! His article will be going up a few days before the event begins, and you can check it out then. In the meantime, you can watch Amaz stream Magic Online and other games on Twitch at twitch.tv/amaz.

Then, on June 10, the ever-popular Legacy Cube returns for a few weeks to round out the season.


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 May 27

The next downtime will be May 27, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until noon. All times listed are Pacific time (UTC-7).


Build Notes

Duel Scene | Using a clone effect on Lavinia, Azorius Renegade will no longer cause a game to restart.

Duel Scene | Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs is now properly sated by a player paying his toll and will not make the Ogre token.

Duel Scene | Spellskite and other redirection effects will now work properly with triggers that require targeting an opponent's permanent.

Duel Scene | The "No Possible Play: Yield All" function (associated with the hotkey "8") once again will allow players to take actions during combat.

Sound | The General sound slider found in the Account scene now properly controls the sound of card and in-duel sounds.

Deck Building | A display bug that caused Zirda, the Dawnwaker's "Show cards incompatible with companion" function to see creatures with mutate and an activated ability (Parcelbeast, Porcuparrot) as not having an activated ability has been resolved.

General | All cards from C20 (Ikoria Commander) have been added to the system. They can be found in Treasure Chests.

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