Magic Online Announcements, September 7, 2021

Posted in Magic Online on September 7, 2021

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Magic Online Announcements, September 7, 2021

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MTGO Convention Series – All Access Returns September 15

Pauper Ban List Update Wednesday

Pioneer CHAOS Draft League Returns Tomorrow

Legacy Cube Ends Tomorrow

Modern Horizons 2 Leagues and Premier Play Events Return

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms on Magic Online

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Update on Pauper and Standard Preliminary Events

Downtime now September 15

MTGO Convention Series – All Access Returns September 15

Want to join in on the fun of PAX, Gen Con, or Origins while playing from home? Want to try out almost all the cards available on Magic Online for up to a week at a time? Just like last year, MTGO is running a special series of tournaments hosted by the team at Pastimes Events.

Starting next Wednesday, September 15, at 10 a.m. Pacific (17:00 UTC), purchase a Gen Con entry package at for $20 and receive a code for redeeming inside Magic Online. When you redeem your code, you receive:

  • A Mythic Event Token usable for entry into one of the 28 Constructed events held during the four days of the convention.
  • All Access to cards in Magic Online until Wednesday at 10 a.m. Pacific following the convention—build a deck and enter games without having the cards in your collection!
    • All Access excludes Battlebond, Secret Lair, and old-frame Power Nine.
    • Enter any number of casual games at no cost.
    • Leagues, queues, and scheduled events still require paying an entry option to join.


Play three rounds in a Convention Event and earn up to nine booster packs plus a pair of Convention Series-exclusive promos—a Xanathar avatar and a non-foil Demilich.

NOTE: Each event has a cap of 56 players, and unused Mythic Event Tokens will be removed from accounts once All Access for that convention ends.


Xanathar AvatarDemelich promo

If you win three matches in a single Convention Event, you will earn a Wizards Ticket good for entry into the Convention Series Championship on Saturday, January 1. Full prizes will be announced later, but the winner of that event will receive four digital sets of every Modern-legal set on Magic Online! (You can earn multiple Wizards Tickets as prizes over the four conventions, but you will only get to enter the Championship once.)

There will be three more conventions supported this way during the remainder of 2021:

Convention All-Access Period (10 a.m.10 a.m.) Event Dates
PAX West September 1–8 September 3–6
Gen Con September 15*–22 September 16–19
Origins September 29–October 6 September 30–October 3
PAX Unplugged December 8–15* December 9–12

*All Access begins following downtime on September 15. All Access ends at downtime on December 15.

Pastimes will also be running SpellTable Commander events that will give out booster prizes on Magic Online at scheduled times each day of the convention.

For full information on the Convention Series, including event schedules for each of the formats, please visit

Pauper Ban List Update Wednesday

Watch DailyMTG tomorrow morning for an update to the Pauper banned list. Changes announced at that time will take effect in Magic Online at 12 noon Pacific time (19:00 UTC).

Pioneer CHAOS Draft Returns Tomorrow

For one week only, it's the return of CHAOS Draft! Also known as Grab Bag to tabletop gamers, Pioneer's nine years of Magic Online Limited formats are wrapped into one teeny-tiny package. This League starts September 8 and runs until downtime.

This time, drafters will randomly open three of the 36 Standard-legal Phantom boosters between Return to Ravnica and Adventures in the Forgotten Realms. In all, 24 of the 36 sets will be represented inside each draft pod—which ones will it be—who knows?

The Pioneer CHAOS Draft League has entry options of 10 Event Tickets or 100 Play Points.

The list of sets available to draft are:

Return to Ravnica
Dragon's Maze
Magic 2014
Born of the Gods
Journey into Nyx
Magic 2015
Khans of Tarkir
Fate Reforged
Dragons of Tarkir
Magic Origins
Battle for Zendikar
Oath of the Gatewatch
Shadows Over Innistrad
Eldritch Moon
Aether Revolt
Hour of Devastation
Rivals of Ixalan
Core Set 2019
Guilds of Ravnica
Ravnica Allegiance
War of the Spark
Core Set 2020
Throne of Eldraine
Theros Beyond Death
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
Core 2021
Zendikar Rising
Strixhaven: School of Mages
Adventures in the Forgotten Realms

Legacy Cube Ends Tomorrow

Available for just one more day, the updated Legacy Cube is for those of you who love the power level of Vintage Cube without the huge spikes that come with actual power!

David McDarby details all the latest updates here along with the full card list and change log.

Legacy Cube Changes

Cards Out Cards In
Brimaz, King of Oreskos Cave of the Frost Dragon
Clarion Spirit Esper Sentinel
Glorious Anthem Paladin Class
Forsake the Worldly Prismatic Ending
Realm-Cloaked Giant Serra's Emissary
Reidane, God of the Worthy Solitude
Sublime Archangel Palace Jailer
Glorious Protector Timeless Dragon
Impulse Portent
Emry, Lurker of the Loch Hard Evidence
Whirler Rogue Murktide Regent
Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni Archon of Cruelty
Vampire Hexmage Dauthi Voidwalker
Bolas's Citadel Lolth, Spider Queen
Smiting Helix Power Word Kill
Liliana's Triumph Sudden Edict
Thunderbreak Regent Den of the Bugbear
Falkenrath Gorger Dragon's Rage Channeler
Wheel of Misfortune Sulfuric Vortex
Flametongue Kavu Flametongue Yearling
Embercleave Hour of Devastation
Dreadhorde Arcanist Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer
Roast Unholy Heat
Kazandu Mammoth Circle of Dreams Druid
Elves of Deep Shadow Ignoble Hierarch
Kira, Great Glass-Spinner Ranger Class
Dryad of the Ilysian Grove Rift Sower
Greater Gargadon Earthshaker Giant
Kogla, the Titan Ape Sawtusk Demolisher
Jace, Mirror Mage Dakkon, Shadow Slayer
Sorin, Solemn Visitor Priest of Fell Rites
Seraph of the Scales Damn
Deafening Clarion Velomachus Lorehold
Plargg, Dean of Chaos Nahiri, the Harbinger
Assassin's Trophy Grist, the Hunger Tide
Polukranos, Unchained Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis
Oko, Thief of Crowns Lonis, Cryptozoologist
Murderous Redcap Falkenrath Aristocrat
Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast Angrath's Rampage
Sigarda, Host of Herons Glare of Subdual
Archon of Coronation Niv-Mizzet Reborn
Volrath's Stronghold Dermotaxi
Skysovereign, Consul Flagship Kaldra Compleat
Sword of War and Peace Grafted Wargear
Sword of Sinew and Steel Sword of Hearth and Home
Meloku the Clouded Mirror Retrofitter Foundry
Maze of Ith Urza's Saga
Prismatic Lens Prismatic Vista
Ghost Quarter Ash Barrens

Modern Horizons 2 Leagues and Premier Play Events Return

  • The Modern Horizons 2 Sealed League and Draft League returned on Wednesday, July 21, and will run until Innistrad: Midnight Hunt events launch on Thursday, September 16 (extended one week due to downtime change).
  • Modern Horizons 2 will be used as the Limited Preliminary format until Innistrad: Midnight Hunt debuts on September 16.
    • Entry options: 45 Event Tickets or 450 Play Points
    • Increased prize support for 4–0 and 3–1 finishes.

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms on Magic Online

In case you missed it, be sure to check out all the Magic Online release info for Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms in our dedicated release article. Be sure to also check out the updated Treasure Chest page.

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. Learn more about Premier Play qualification to get started today.

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 the Magic Online Format Challenges page for further event details.

Update on Pauper and Standard Preliminary Events

Due to consistent low participation, we are cancelling Pauper and Standard Preliminary events until further notice. We will continue to explore ways for Pauper and Standard players to engage in the MOCS program going forward.

Next Downtime September 15

The next downtime will be next Wednesday, September 15, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until noon. This is for the release of Innistrad: Midnight Hunt. All times listed are Pacific time (UTC-7).

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