Note: This article has been updated with a change to the previously announced Phantom Events event structure.
he upcoming weeks for Magic Online are going to be bigger than ever. We have the releases From the Vault: Twenty and Duel Decks: Heroes vs. Monsters on deck, plus upcoming events like the Magic Online Community Cup at PAX Prime (which will feature streaming coverage on Twitch.tv/Magic). We also have changes to Cube Tickets and New Player Tickets and a recent expansion of the Magic Online team to share.
Speaking of bigger than ever, Magic Online continues to grow by leaps and bounds with more players than ever!
From the Vault: Twenty celebrates Magic's twenty-year history with a special set that gives players a cross-section of tournament-winning cards from the past twenty years. From the Vault: Twenty goes on sale August 23, 2013, for $39.99 in the Magic Online store. It won't be available very long, so don't wait to pick it up!
If you don't have a chance to get one from the store, don't despair: To celebrate Magic's 20th anniversary, players who finish in the Top 8 of any Premier Event during the weekend of September 6 will be awarded a copy of From the Vault: Twenty in addition to regular Premier Event prizes! Plus, we will be awarding From the Vault: Twenty during the R&D Challenge Event on September 6, as well as during other special events to come.
This is the largest From the Vault set we've released—instead of the usual fifteen premium foil cards, From the Vault: Twenty will feature twenty cards! Gavin Verhey's article will give you the scoop on the genesis of From the Vault: Twenty as well as the full card list.
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Heroes vs. Monsters will feature six Theros preview cards in addition to a lineup of powerful creatures and spells, as well as the leader for the Heroes, Sun Titan, and the leader for the Monsters, Polukranos, World Eater.
Duel Decks: Heroes vs. Monsters will be available for purchase in the Magic Online store for $19.99 on September 6, 2013.
Phantom Points come with a new graphic, and they can be used as entry fees to events. Phantom Points open up additional possibilities for future events and prizes. On August 21, Phantom AVR Sealed, Phantom M14 Sealed, and Phantom RTR Block Sealed will all have an entry fee of 6 Event Tickets OR 10 Phantom Points.
Phantom Points will be awarded from these events as well:
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On August 21, all Cube Tickets in your account will be replaced on a one-for-one ratio with Phantom Points.
New Player Points will also be introduced on August 21 to replace New Player Tickets. All existing New Player Tickets in your account will be replaced on a one-for-one ratio with New Player Points. New Player Events will now require New Player Points as part of the entry fee.
Phantom Points and New Player Points cannot be purchased or traded, and are only acquired through participation. All other types of tickets and points will remain unchanged.
The Community Team lost to Wizards last year, so this year's competition is going to be epic.
Look for the announcement of the Wizards Team coming next week, and in the meantime, get to know the Community Team!
In June, Mike Turian (@mturian on Twitter) joined the Magic Online team as the digital product manager. Mike will be leading the daily business of Magic Online, including communications (the "What's Happening" page, the Magic Online Calendar, "Weekly Announcements," the newsletter, and in-game announcements), all Magic Online scheduled, premier and queued events, and the general Magic Online client. Mike previously worked with Organized Play and the technology teams on products such as Planeswalker Points, the Store Locator, and Wizards Event Reporter.
To support all of the daily business of Magic Online, two new members have been added to the team this past month: Lauren Beauregard and Clayton Kroh.
Lauren helps Mike turn the Magic Online plans into actions as the new assistant digital product manager. Lauren joins the team from The Seattle Times, where she was the supervisor for their digital advertising team.
Clayton Kroh joins the team as a digital content specialist. He will be creating content and communications for our website, announcements, and for future Magic Online projects. Clay has many years of content management experience in industries such as consumer packaged goods with Dannon, and videogames with Sony Online Entertainment.
Chris Kiritz continues as business manager for Magic Online, as he has for the past five years, but will be focusing entirely on new features and future development. This includes working on Wide Beta, Leagues, and other unannounced projects, ensuring they are successfully deployed and meet the needs of players.
The entire team above is led by Director of Digital Product Management and Publishing Worth Wollpert (@mtgworth on Twitter). Along with Magic Online, Worth's responsibilities also include our Duels of the Planeswalkers digital product. He has been a director at Wizards of the Coast for the past five years.
With all of the new additions, we have had one departure from the Magic Online team. Sara Riehl is now putting her Magic Online skills and knowledge to work as the systems and operations manager for Game Support. Her team directly supports Magic Online both in-game and behind-the-scenes. We look forward to continuing the relationship between our teams to further improve how we support our growing community of players during an unprecedented time in Magic Online's history.
The whole team is very excited about the future of Magic Online. We have a lot of big plans, and a team that is dedicated to making them a reality. There's so much more to come (can you believe Theros is just a little over a month away?), so keep up with us by following us on Twitter @MagicOnline!