Magic Online Announcements, May 4, 2021

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Magic Online Announcements, May 4, 2021

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Proliferate Cube Returns May 5–12

Pioneer Cube Ends Tomorrow

Strixhaven Season Alternative Play Calendar

Showcase Opens May 8–9

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime June 2


Proliferate Cube Returns May 5–12

Emma Handy's Proliferate Cube returns May 5–12! One of the most popular spotlight cubes from 2020 is back with an update. You can counter on having a good time and read all about this latest iteration, including a full card list, in Emma's article here.


Pioneer Cube Ends Tomorrow

Created by veteran Magic and Magic Online designer Tom LaPille, Pioneer Cube takes the popular Constructed format and distills it into an incredible Cube experience. Read all about it here and get a game in before it ends tomorrow, May 5!


Strixhaven Season Alternative Play Calendar

Classes are now in session, with guest-lecture alternative play events available weekly. Each of these events begins on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Pacific time and continues for one week unless otherwise specified. Strixhaven season ends with the MTGO launch of Modern Horizons 2 in early June.

  • May 12: Legacy Cube returns – For two weeks, we're reviving a cube that's been dormant for almost a full year. For those of us who love the power level of Vintage Cube without the huge spikes that come with actual power, this is the cube to watch for.
  • May 26: New to the Spotlight Cube Series – As usual for new spotlight cubes, we'll have more information as we get closer.

Showcase Opens May 8–9

The penultimate events of each season, Showcase Opens allow anyone to try their hand at earning an invitation to the Showcase. Players don't need to earn points or another qualification to enter, and because these events are Sealed, players don't even need a deck. The winner of each Open will get an invitation to the Showcase, and both the winner and runner-up earn invitations to the Strixhaven: School of Mages Championship on MTG Arena. Entry options include 40 Event Tickets or 400 Play Points, and events consist of Swiss pairings followed by a single-elimination Top 8 draft.

Showcase Opens are scheduled as follows:

DATE TIME FORMAT INVITATION

Saturday, May 8, 2021

7:00 a.m.

STX Sealed

Season 1 Showcase & STX Championship

Sunday, May 9, 2021

7:00 a.m.

STX Sealed

Season 1 Showcase & STX Championship

Learn more about Showcase Open events here.


Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Format Challenges are the first step toward qualifying for Premier Play through your favorite Magic formats and provide excellent prizes for those looking to test their mettle in their favorite formats. To learn more about Premier Play qualification, click here.

Magic Online's Format Challenges 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: Pauper and Standard Challenges are never pre-empted.

Check out this page for further event details.


Next Downtime June 2

The next downtime will be on Wednesday, June 2, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until noon. This is for the release of Modern Horizons 2. All times listed are Pacific time (UTC-7).

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