Magic Online Turns 20!

Posted in Magic Online on June 7, 2022

By Daybreak Games

Magic Online 20th Anniversary

While many online games would consider it a success to see their twentieth month, Magic: The Gathering Online wraps up its twentieth year on June 24! We want to celebrate this milestone with our players this June, including awarding one of the coolest—and biggest—single prizes in Magic Online history!

There's a lot on deck: the Vintage Cube has returned and will run until June 30, the $70,000 Champions Showcase airs on June 18, and the All-Access Mythic Event Token is back in the Magic Online store—which could be just the thing to help some talented mage out there win a playset of nearly every booster release on Magic Online* in the 20th Anniversary Series!

You don't need great Magic talent or a Mythic Event Token to come away with something, though. Every account created before June 7 will receive 100 Play Points during the celebration! That's a free Vintage Cube Draft or Constructed League, or simply 100 Play Points toward whatever you want to do! Also, these accounts will receive a 20th Anniversary Avatar based on the age of the account after the celebration is over:

  • Up to one year: Bear Cub
  • Up to five years: Young Pyromancer
  • Up to ten years: Eager Cadet
  • Up to fifteen years: Veteran Adventurer
  • Up to twenty years: Transcendent Master

Bear Cub AvatarYoung Pyromancer AvatarEager Cadet Avatar

Veteran Adventurer AvatarTranscendent Master Avatar

From the Bear Cubs to the Transcendent Masters, we thank you for playing Magic Online and hope you'll join us for the festivities!

20th Anniversary Series

What's this about a near playset of Magic Online? It's true! The winner of the Magic Online 20th Anniversary Series will add to their Magic Online collection four complete sets of almost every booster release* in the history of Magic Online! Players that finish 4–1 or 5–0 in both a Limited and a Constructed Play-In Event between June 9 and June 24 qualify for the finals on Saturday, June 25, at 7 a.m. Pacific.

The finals event is Modern Horizons 2 Limited (Sealed with Top 8 Draft). The Play-In format rotates every two days and includes a Limited lineup of Masters 25, Vintage Masters, Modern Horizons, and Modern Horizons 2, and Constructed events for Legacy, Vintage, Modern, and Pioneer. Play-In Events fire every 4 hours at 1 a.m., 5 a.m., and 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., 5 p.m., and 9 p.m. Pacific time.

Full event details can be found below!

All-Access Mythic Event Token

What if you wanted to play in each of the 20th Anniversary Series events, but your collection is a Mox or five short of your dream Vintage deck? Perhaps you've been eyeing the four Showcase Challenges in June that lead to the Champions Showcase, but you're only happy with your Pauper deck. Maybe you just want to try out some quirky Commander brews, but you don't have a deep collection. Good news, All-Access Weeks are back! From June 8–25, the Mythic Event Token will be available in the Magic Online Store, allowing players to use almost every card on Magic Online during the 20th Anniversary Series.

Mythic 20th Anniversary All-Access Event Token

To use the Mythic Event Token, simply purchase it in the Magic Online store and enter a game or event. No cards will be added to your collection, but you'll be able to play with any legal deck in the format, even if you don't have all the cards in your collection. In fact, you don't need any!

The token is $25.00 USD, and the access will last until downtime on June 29. We'll remove all the Mythic Event Tokens from accounts and turn off All-Access during that downtime.

*Note: Just like previous All-Access periods, certain cards (Secret Lair versions, Battlebond, and old-frame Power Nine) are unavailable.

2022 Magic Online Champions Showcase

MOCS Logo

The 2022 Magic Online Champions Showcase Season 1 event airs on Magic's Twitch channel on June 18 starting at 10 a.m. Pacific (17:00 UTC). Tune in and watch eight of Magic Online's best battle in Vintage Cube and Modern for their share of a $70,000 prize pool! Look for a Viewer's Guide article next week on Magic.gg.

Want to play in a future Champions Showcase yourself? There are four Showcase Challenge tournaments in June during the availability window of the All-Access Mythic Event Token. Each event costs 40 Qualifier Points to enter, and the Top 8 move a step closer to Season 2's Showcase. Pick up the Mythic Event Token, and you won't need a collection to compete in these Showcase Challenge events with the decks of your choice!

Magic Online's Premier Play information can be found here. (Note: The Pauper event scheduled for June 25 has been moved to June 18.)

A Lovely Vintage

Finally, what better way to celebrate this storied digital game than by drafting and playing with some of the most powerful cards of all time in Magic Online's Vintage Cube?

Vintage Cube Booster Pack

Time Warp

It's hard to believe it has been 20 years since the launch of Magic Online! This game—in its constant state of development, with its tens of thousands of unique cards interacting on battlefields across an unmatched spectrum of Magic formats—is an incredible accomplishment. It took a massive leap of faith to build Magic Online in the first place, and it has taken a massive labor of love to grow and sustain it for 20 years since. While the individuals on the Magic Online team have changed over the decades, a deep passion for the game has been a universal characteristic of the Magic Online team at every point in its history.

Of course, all those passionate teams have only been able to continue building this majestic beast thanks to the equally passionate Magic Online players who have supported it over the years. So, no matter when you climbed on board, we are incredibly grateful you've joined us on the Magic Online journey—thank you.

Happy 20th Anniversary, Magic Online!

20th Anniversary Series Event Details

20th Anniversary Series Play-In Events

Start Time: Thursday, June 9 to Friday, June 24—every four hours at the following times:

  • Pacific: 1 a.m., 5 a.m., 9 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m., and 9 p.m.
  • UTC: 08:00, 12:00, 16:00, 20:00, 00:00 (next day), and 04:00 (next day)

Registration Opens: Wednesday of each week at 10 a.m.

Formats:

Constructed

Dates June 9–10 June 13–14 June 17–18 June 21–22
Format Legacy Vintage Modern Pioneer

Limited – Sealed Deck

Dates June 11–12 June 15–16 June 19–20 July 23–24
Set Masters 25 Vintage Masters Modern Horizons Modern Horizons 2

Entry Options:

  • Constructed: 15 Event Tickets or 150 Play Points
  • Limited: 30 Event Tickets or 300 Play Points

Location: Constructed -> Format tab matching the event's format, or Limited -> Premier Events

Players: 16–128

Product: For Limited, six boosters of the appropriate set will be provided. Cards opened will be added to players' collections. For Constructed, a deck of the event's format is required.

Format: Five Swiss rounds. For Limited, a 20-minute deck-building time precedes Round 1.

Round Length: 25 minutes per player, first to win two matches

Prizes:

Constructed

Match Wins Prizes
5 450 Play Points, 6 Treasure Chests, 20 QPs, and a Constructed Finals Entry Token
4 300 Play Points, 3 Treasure Chests, 10 QPs, and a Constructed Finals Entry Token
3 150 Play Points and 5 QPs

Limited

Match Wins Prizes
5 600 Play Points, 20 QPs, and a Limited Finals Entry Token
4 400 Play Points, 10 QPs, and a Limited Finals Entry Token
3 300 Play Points and 5 QPs

Avatars:

To celebrate Magic Online's 20th Anniversary, we have some on-theme avatars to give away based on how well you do in the Play-In Events:

  • Earning two Finals Entry Tokens gets you a Heroes Remembered avatar (20 life).
  • Earning four Finals Entry Tokens also gets you an Inferno of the Star Mounts avatar (20 damage).
  • Earning six Finals Entry Tokens also gets you a Dark Depths avatar (Marit Lage—Magic's only 20/20!).

Heroes Remembered AvatarInferno of the Star Mounts AvatarMarit Lage Avatar

20th Anniversary Series Finals

Start Time: Saturday, June 25, at 7 a.m. Pacific (14:00 UTC)

Entry Options: One Constructed Finals Entry Token plus one Limited Finals Entry Token

As usual, players can only enter this Premier event once with a single account that they own. Unused or extra Finals Entry Tokens will be removed from collections at the next downtime.

Location: Limited -> Premier Events

Players: 65–672

Product: Six Modern Horizons 2 boosters, plus three Modern Horizons 2 boosters in the Top 8 draft. Cards opened will be added to players' collections.

Format: Sealed Deck—20-minute deck-building time, followed by a number of Swiss rounds based on attendance, followed by a Top 8 draft with single-elimination playoff.

Round Length: 25 minutes per player, first to win two matches

Prizes:

Place Prizes
1st Four regular Magic Online digital sets of each Vintage-legal expansion*
2nd One regular Magic Online digital set of each Vintage-legal expansion*, 2,000 Play Points
3rd–4th One regular Magic Online digital set of each Vintage-legal expansion*, 1,000 Play Points
5th–8th 600 Play Points, 100 Treasure Chests
9th–16th 400 Play Points, 75 Treasure Chests
17th–32nd 300 Play Points, 50 Treasure Chests
33rd–64th 300 Play Points, 20 Treasure Chests
65th–128th 300 Play Points, 5 Treasure Chests
129th–256th 150 Play Points

*A "regular Magic Online digital set of each Vintage-legal expansion" is one (1) non-foil digital version of each card in the main set (excluding Commander/Brawl Deck cards, Planeswalker decks, Secret Lair and Masterpiece versions, et al) of each expansion listed below. Top 4 prizes will be granted to winners by Customer Service manually by June 28, 2022.

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Expansions included are: Masters Editions 1–4, Mirage, Visions, Weatherlight, Tempest, Stronghold, Exodus, Urza's Saga, Urza's Legacy, Urza's Destiny, Mercadian Masques, Nemesis, Prophecy, Invasion, Planeshift, Apocalypse, Seventh Edition, Odyssey, Torment, Judgment, Onslaught, Legions, Scourge, Mirrodin, Darksteel, Fifth Dawn, Champions of Kamigawa, Betrayers of Kamigawa, Eighth Edition, Saviors of Kamigawa, Ninth Edition, Ravnica: City of Guilds, Guildpact, Dissension, Coldsnap, Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight, Tenth Edition, Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor, Eventide, Shards of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn, Magic 2010, Zendikar, Worldwake, Rise of the Eldrazi, Magic 2011, Scars of Mirrodin, Mirrodin Besieged, New Phyrexia, Magic 2012, Innistrad, Dark Ascension, Avacyn Restored, Modern Masters, Magic 2013, Return to Ravnica, Gatecrash, Dragon's Maze, Magic 2014, Theros, Born of the Gods, Journey into Nyx, Magic 2015, Khans of Tarkir, Fate Reforged, Dragons of Tarkir, Modern Masters 2015 Edition, Magic Origins, Battle for Zendikar, Oath of the Gatewatch, Shadows over Innistrad, Eldritch Moon, Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, Modern Masters 2017, Amonkhet, Hour of Devastation, Ixalan, Rivals of Ixalan, Dominaria, Core Set 2019, Guilds of Ravnica, Ravnica Allegiance, War of the Spark, Modern Horizons, Core Set 2020, Throne of Eldraine, Theros Beyond Death, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, Core Set 2021, Zendikar Rising, Kaldheim, Strixhaven: School of Mages, Modern Horizons 2, Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, Innistrad: Crimson Vow, Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty, Streets of New Capenna, Vintage Masters, Iconic Masters, Ultimate Masters, Double Masters, Masters 25, Tempest Remastered, and Time Spiral Remastered

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