Magic Online Announcements, October 8, 2019

Posted in Magic Online on October 8, 2019

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, October 8, 2019

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Throne of Eldraine: Magic Online Edition

Modern & Legacy Bonus Format Playoffs

Masters Edition Flashback Draft

Alternative Play Calendar

Limited PTQ Finals Friday

Legacy MOCS Preliminary Saturday

Standard PTQ Finals Sunday

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime October 23


Throne of Eldraine: Magic Online Edition

Join Knights and Nobles to forge your path toward victory with Throne of Eldraine on Magic Online! Constructed and Limited events are well underway, and you should also mark down the following dates for redemption:

  • Redemption begins October 23.
  • The Throne of Eldraine redemption guarantee period ends February 5, 2020.
  • Throne of Eldraine redemption will end on March 11, 2020.

For more information, check out Alli's release article here.


Modern & Legacy Bonus Format Playoffs

For those of you who missed the previous format playoffs, we're holding bonus playoffs this month! To join, accrue 35 Format Points in Challenges and Leagues within a single format by its Playoff date—Modern on Saturday, October 12, and Legacy on Sunday, October 13, both at 8 a.m., then Vintage on Saturday, October 19, and Pauper on Sunday, October 20, both at 10 a.m.

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.

Format Playoff events qualify you for the Format Championship in January that sends the top player to the Magic Online Championships and the tabletop Players Tour.


Masters Edition Flashback Draft

Beginning tomorrow, October 9, and running until next Wednesday, October 16, you can draft original Masters Edition, starring original art from the earliest Magic sets. And it's using the original Draft style: this is no Phantom flashback. When you draft these cards, they're added to your collection. Entry options are 12 Event Tickets, 3 Masters Edition boosters plus 2 Event Tickets, or 120 Play Points.

For weeks listed in the Alternative Play Calendar from Alli's article as non-Phantom events, this League will begin at approximately 10 a.m. PT on the first day listed, which is always a Wednesday. These Leagues will be closed to new entries at 10 a.m. PT on the last day listed and ended no later than 2 p.m. that same day.


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
Masters Edition Flashback Draft October 9–16 non-Phantom
CHAOS! Draft October 16–23 Phantom
Masters Edition II Flashback Draft October 23–30 non-Phantom
Innistrad Flashback Draft October 30–November 6 Phantom
Masters Edition III Flashback Draft November 6–13 non-Phantom
Legacy Cube November 13–20 Phantom
Masters Edition IV Flashback Draft November 20–27 non-Phantom
Modern Horizons Flashback Draft November 27–December 4 Phantom & non-Phantom
Vintage Masters Flashback Draft December 4–11 non-Phantom
Vintage Cube December 11–TBD Phantom

Limited PTQ Finals Friday

On Friday, October 11, there will be a Limited PTQ Finals at 7 a.m. PT. The set will be Throne of Eldraine, and each event will cost 1 Limited PTQ Finals Token. The winner receives an invitation to their choice of the first set of Players Tour regional events in February.

Learn more about Mythic Championship Qualifier events here.


Legacy MOCS Preliminary Saturday

On Saturday, October 12, there will be a Magic Online Championship Series Preliminary event for the 2019 MOCS! The format will be Legacy, 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, October 13, there will be a Standard 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.


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 (-7 from UTC)

Start Time Event Type

Saturday, 8 a.m.

Modern Challenge

Saturday, 10 a.m.

Vintage Challenge

Sunday, 8 a.m.

Legacy Challenge

Sunday, 10 a.m.

Pauper Challenge

Check out this page for further event details.


Downtime October 23

The next downtime will be on October 23, 3 a.m.–noon PT/-7 from UTC. This is for standard maintenance.

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