Magic Online Announcements, October 29, 2019

Posted in Magic Online on October 29, 2019

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, October 29, 2019

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Pioneer on Magic Online

Innistrad Flashback Draft October 30

Alternative Play Calendar

Legacy Premier League

Pioneer PTQ Finals Friday

Standard MOCS Preliminary Saturday

Standard PTQ Finals Sunday

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime December 2


Pioneer on Magic Online

Pioneer, Magic's new nonrotating format featuring cards from Return to Ravnica forward, has arrived on Magic Online. Pioneer Leagues and Format Challenges are well underway, so now's the time to build something new!

For more information about Pioneer, check out Blake's announcement article.


Innistrad Flashback Draft October 30

To celebrate Halloween, players can enjoy frightful fights in the upcoming Innistrad Flashback Draft! Get in on all the spooky action starting Wednesday, October 30. Innistrad Flashback Draft runs through November 6, so you'll have plenty of time to enjoy the creepiest of creatures.

Innistrad Flashback Draft is Phantom—cards you open will not be added to your collection.


Alternative Play Calendar

For the Throne of Eldraine Alternative Play season, we're trying something new and different: a series of blasts from the past. And by that, we mean way in the past. For this season, we're introducing several non-Phantom events into the schedule, but all events listed below are Phantom unless stated otherwise:

Events Dates Phantom or non-Phantom
Innistrad Flashback Draft October 30–November 6 Phantom
Masters Edition III Encore Draft November 6–13 non-Phantom
Legacy Cube November 13–20 Phantom
Masters Edition IV Encore Draft November 20–27 non-Phantom
Modern Horizons Encore Draft November 27–December 4 Phantom & non-Phantom
Vintage Masters Encore Draft December 4–11 non-Phantom
Vintage Cube December 11–TBD Phantom

Legacy Premier League

Legacy Premier League, Legacy's popular community league, makes its return on twitch.tv/itsJulian. Don't miss the first week of playoffs on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT). Head over to the Legacy Premier League page to check out previous results, past videos, decklists, and more.


Pioneer PTQ Finals Friday

Friday, November 1, is our first-ever Pioneer PTQ Finals at 9 a.m. PT! The event will cost 30 Event Tickets or 300 Play Points. The winner receives an invitation to their choice of the first set of Players Tour regional events in February.

Learn more about Players Tour Qualifier events here.


Standard MOCS Preliminary Saturday

On Saturday, November 2, there will be a Magic Online Championship Series Preliminary event for the 2019 MOCS! The format will be Standard, and things will kick off at 7 a.m. PT. MOCS Preliminaries are eight rounds of Swiss and require 35 Qualifier Points to enter. Winners will receive (among other prizes) an invitation to the MOCS Playoff event on December 28.

Learn more about MOCS events here.


Standard PTQ Finals Sunday

On Sunday, November 3, there will be a Standard PTQ Finals at 9 a.m. PT (17:00 UTC—one hour later due to North America's Daylight Savings). The event will cost 30 Event Tickets or 300 Play Points. The winner receives an invitation to their choice of the first set of Players Tour regional events in February.

Learn more about Players Tour Qualifier 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 Format Focus events and premier play qualification, click here.

The Magic Online Format Challenges continue every weekend for Modern, Vintage, Legacy, and Pauper formats except when replaced by Format Playoffs during scheduled Format Playoff dates.

Pacific Daylight Time (Saturday -7 from UTC, Sunday -8 from UTC)

Start Time Event Type

Saturday, 8 a.m.

Modern Challenge

Saturday, 10 a.m.

Vintage Challenge

Sunday, 6 a.m.

Pioneer Challenge

Sunday, 8 a.m.

Legacy Challenge

Sunday, 10 a.m.

Pauper Challenge

Check out this page for further event details.


Downtime December 2

The next downtime will be on a Monday rather than the usual Wednesday, December 2, beginning at 3 a.m. and continuing until noon. All times listed are Pacific time (UTC-8).

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