Magic Online Announcements, October 23, 2018

Posted in Magic Online on October 23, 2018

By Wizards of the Coast

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Innistrad Flashback Draft

PTQ Finals

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtimes October 24 and December 5

Build Notes


Innistrad Flashback Draft

We're kicking off a triple Innistrad Flashback Draft to celebrate Halloween! This draft will actually start on Halloween, making it all the more spooky. Triple Innistrad Draft runs through November 7, so you'll have plenty of time to enjoy the creepiest of creatures.


PTQ Finals

On Saturday and Sunday at 7 a.m. PT, we're having PTQ Finals events featuring Guilds of Ravnica Sealed. Enter this event with a Chandra or Jace Limited PTQ Finals Entry Token.

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 October 24 and December 5

The next two downtimes will be October 24, from 3 a.m. to noon PT (UTC -7) and December 5, 3 a.m. to noon PT. Please note that there are no more "extended" or "normal" downtimes; in the new world with fewer downtimes, they're all the same length of time.


Build Notes

  • General – Various issues with split cards are now fixed and they can correctly be placed into libraries.
  • Standard, Limited – Vance's Blasting Cannons and Piston-Fist Cyclops now correctly see when you cast cards owned by your opponent.
  • Standard, Limited – Gruesome Menagerie now always returns the correct converted mana cost worth of creatures to the battlefield.
  • Standard – Skirk Prospector no longer allows you to double dip a Goblin for mana while casting a spell with convoke.
  • Standard, Limited – Etrata, the Silencer correctly does not end the game when the third exiled creature is a token.
  • Modern, Legacy – Ricochet Trap and Refraction Trap can now be correctly cast with their alternative costs.
  • Legacy, Vintage – Metalworker can no longer prevent the game from continuing.
  • Commander – Opal Palace now functions correctly.

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