What is the Magic Online Championship Series?

The Magic: The Gathering Online Championship Series, also known as MOCS, is a series of events in which top players can earn an invitation to the annual in-person Magic Online Championship event, as well as a Pro Tour event.

Throughout the qualifying period from the conclusion of the November 25, 2015 downtime until the September 28, 2016 downtime, players earn Qualifier Points (QPs) by playing in events that award QPs as part of their prize structure. The series will contain 12 Monthly Events, each of which qualify top players for one of the four Playoff Events. These Playoff Events qualify top players for the Magic Online Championship, a Pro Tour, and the Pro Tour Challenge event at that Pro Tour.

Monthly and Playoff Events also award top players MOCS Leaderboard Points for the current quarter and for the year as a whole. Players of sufficient standing on the MOCS Leaderboard(s) will also qualify for Playoff Events later in the 2016 Magic Online Championship Series as well as the Magic Online Championship.

Earning Qualifier Points

In addition to the normal prizes for some queues, leagues, and scheduled events, top players in those events can earn Qualifier Points (QPs). QPs will vary by event, but some common examples are listed in the table below.

Full details of an event's prize structure and the QPs offered can be found in the Wizards of the Coast Knowledge Base or when an event is announced on the Magic Online News and Updates page. Individual events may vary from the examples listed above.

Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to add or remove qualifying formats, alter events that award Qualifier Points (QPs), and/or adjust the number of QPs offered by any event with a minimum of 24 hours' notice.

Qualifier Points for the 2016 Magic Online Championship Series may be earned from after the November 25, 2015 downtime until the September 28, 2016 downtime. If there is no downtime, 8 a.m. Pacific will be used instead.

Note: Not all tournaments award Qualifier Points.

Event Type Finish QPs
Set Championship Finals Top 8 15
Set Championship Qualifiers 5 wins 4
Set Championship Qualifiers 4 wins 2
Pro Tour Qualifier Finals Top 8 15
Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries 5 wins 4
Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries 4 wins 2
4-Round Queue or Daily Event 4 wins 3
4-Round Queue or Daily Event 3 wins 1
5-Round Constructed League 5 wins 3
5-Round Constructed League 4 wins 1
8-Player Single-Elimination Constructed Queue 1st Place 2
8-Player Single-Elimination Constructed Queue 2nd Place 1
8-4 Single-Elimination Draft Queue 1st Place 2
8-4 Single-Elimination Draft Queue 2nd Place 1
4-3-2-2 Single-Elimination Draft Queue 1st Place 1
6-2-2-2 Swiss Draft queue 3 wins 1
Pack Per Win Swiss Draft Queue 3 wins 1

Schedule of Events

Qualifier Points for the 2016 Magic Online Championship Series may be earned from after the November 25, 2015 downtime until the September 28, 2016 downtime. If there is no downtime, 8 a.m. PST (or PDT, if appropriate) Pacific will be used instead.

All Constructed MOCS Monthly and Playoff events begin at 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time and all Limited events begin at 7 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.

(Updated November 19, 2015)

Event Date Event Type Event Format
Sunday, December 20 Monthly Modern
Saturday, January 2 Monthly Standard
Saturday, January 23 Monthly Battle for Zendikar Sealed
Saturday, February 13 Playoff Standard
Sunday, February 21 Monthly Standard
Saturday, March 19 Monthly Modern
Saturday, April 9 Monthly Battle for Zendikar/Oath of the Gatewatch Sealed
Saturday, April 30 Playoff Standard
Saturday, May 21 Monthly Shadows over Innistrad Sealed
Saturday, July 2 Monthly Standard
Saturday, July 23 Monthly Modern
Saturday, August 13 Playoff Modern
Sunday, August 21 Monthly Shadows over Innistrad/Eldritch Moon Sealed
Saturday, September 10 Monthly Standard
Saturday, October 1 Monthly Modern
Saturday, October 22 Playoff Standard

The dates of the Magic Online Championship will be announced later in 2016.

Pro Club and Hall of Fame Benefits

The Magic Online Championship series gives benefits to players with active Pro Player Club and/or Pro Tour Hall of Fame membership whose DCI membership and Magic Online accounts are in good standing as follows:

 

  • Platinum pros will be invited to each Playoff Event.
  • Platinum, Gold, and Hall of Fame pros will be granted 35 Qualifier Points on the Wednesday prior to each Monthly Event.
  • Silver pros who are not members of the Hall of Fame will receive 15 Qualifier Points the Wednesday prior to each Monthly Event.

 

Note that each Monthly Event requires 35 Qualifier Points to join. These Qualifier Points can be combined across grants as well as with Qualifier Points earned in other Magic Online events to join Monthly Events.

MOCS LEADERBOARD POINTS

Monthly Events and Playoff Events include MOCS Leaderboard Points as prizes. These are not physical objects tracked in your collection, but can instead be viewed on the Wizards of the Coast website at MTGO.com/leaderboard.

Two leaderboards will be posted. The MOCS Yearly Leaderboard will include all MOCS Leaderboard Points awarded in all Monthly and Playoff events in the 2016 Magic Online Championship Series. The MOCS Quarterly Leaderboard will include only MOCS Leaderboard Points awarded in Monthly Events after the most recent Playoff Event.

These leaderboards will be updated no later than the Wednesday following a Monthly or Playoff event, and will be used to determine qualifications for Playoff Events and the Magic Online Championship.

MONTHLY EVENTS

Start Times: See Schedule above
Location: Play Lobby -> Constructed or Limited Tournaments (dependent on format) -> Scheduled
Entry Option: 35 Qualifier Points
Product: A Constructed-legal deck for Constructed events. Magic Online will provide product for Limited Events.
Size: 8–1,024 players
Play Style: Swiss
Format: See Schedule above
Duration: A number of Swiss rounds based on attendance, each round up to 50 minutes, followed by a cut to Top 8.
Prizes:

Place Prizes Leaderboard Points Invites
1st 4 non-premium Magic Online sets, 72 Magic Online booster packs, 700 Play Points, and a premium copy of the MOCS Yearly Promo 8 Invite to the next MOCS Playoff Event
2nd 1 non-premium Magic Online set, 36 Magic Online booster packs, 500 Play Points, and a premium copy of the MOCS Yearly Promo 6 Invite to the next MOCS Playoff Event
3rd–4th 1 non-premium Magic Online set, 24 Magic Online booster packs, 400 Play Points, and a premium copy of the MOCS Yearly Promo 5 Invite to the next MOCS Playoff Event
5th–8th 15 Magic Online booster packs, 300 Play Points, and a premium copy of the MOCS Yearly Promo 4 Invite to the next MOCS Playoff Event
9th–16th 12 Magic Online booster packs, 200 Play Points, and a premium copy of the MOCS Yearly Promo 3 N/A
17th–32nd 9 Magic Online boosters, 100 Play Points, and a premium copy of the MOCS Yearly Promo 2 N/A
33rd–64th 6 Magic Online boosters, 50 Play Points, and a premium copy of the MOCS Yearly Promo 1 N/A
65th–128th 3 Magic Online boosters, 50 Play Points, and a non-premium copy of the MOCS Yearly Promo 0 N/A
All Other Finishes A non-premium copy of the MOCS Yearly Promo 0 N/A

Note: Limited events use Phantom product that will not be added to a player's collection at the end of the event.

Future sets and boosters will be for the next Standard-legal set released on Magic Online after the Playoff Event. Wizards of the Coast will grant the sets and/or boosters to players who have earned those prizes on the day boosters for that set are available for sale in the Magic Online store.

The MOCS Yearly Promo for the 2016 Magic Online Championship Series is: Lightning Bolt

PLAYOFF EVENTS

A player qualifies for the first Playoff Event if they meet any of the following criteria (Updated November 19, 2015):

  • Finish in 1st–8th place in any of the three immediately prior MOCS Monthly Events
  • Are in the Top 50 of the MOCS Quarterly Leaderboard
  • Are a Platinum Pro Club member

A player qualifies for the second through fourth Playoff Events if they meet any of the following criteria (Updated November 19, 2015):

  • Finish in 1st–8th place in any of the three immediately prior MOCS Monthly Events
  • Are in the Top 25 of the MOCS Quarterly Leaderboard
  • Are in the Top 25 of the MOCS Yearly Leaderboard
  • Are a Platinum Pro Club member

In the event of a tie on a leaderboard that would determine a qualification for a Playoff Event, all tied players with at least one MOCS Leaderboard Point during the appropriate time are qualified for the Playoff Event.

Start Times: See Schedule above
Location: Play Lobby -> Constructed -> Scheduled
Entry Option: No entry required, but must be qualified (see qualification criteria above)
Product: A Constructed-legal deck
Size: 8–1,024 players
Play Style: Swiss
Format: Constructed
Duration: A number of Swiss rounds based on attendance, each round up to 50 minutes, followed by a cut to Top 8.
Prizes:

Place Prizes Leaderboard Points Invites
1st 4 future premium Magic Online sets, 4 non-premium future Magic Online sets, 36 future Magic Online booster packs, 108 Magic Online booster packs, 700 Play Points, and a premium copy of the event promo 30 Invite to the Magic Online Championship, invite to the next Pro Tour, and an invite to the Pro Tour Challenge at that Pro Tour
2nd 4 future non-premium Magic Online sets, 36 future Magic Online booster packs, 96 Magic Online booster packs, 500 Play Points, and a premium copy of the event promo 26 Invite to Magic Online Championship, invite to the next Pro Tour, and an invite to the Pro Tour Challenge at that Pro Tour
3rd–4th 4 future non-premium Magic Online sets, 36 future Magic Online booster packs, 84 Magic Online booster packs, 400 Play Points, and a premium copy of the event promo 22 N/A
5th–8th 4 future non-premium Magic Online sets, 36 future Magic Online booster packs, 36 Magic Online booster packs, 300 Play Points, and a premium copy of the event promo 18 N/A
9th–16th 1 future non-premium Magic Online set, 24 Magic Online booster packs, 200 Play Points, and a non-premium copy of the event promo 15 N/A
17th–32nd 1 future non-premium Magic Online set, 15 Magic Online booster packs, 100 Play Points, and a non-premium copy of the event promo 10 N/A
33rd–50th 12 Magic Online boosters, 50 Play Points, and a non-premium copy of the event promo 6 N/A
All other finishes A non-premium copy of the event promo 3 N/A

Future sets and boosters will be for the next Standard-legal set released on Magic Online after the Playoff Event. Wizards of the Coast will grant the sets and/or boosters to players who have earned those prizes on the day boosters for that set are available for sale in the Magic Online store.

The event promo for Playoff Events will be announced by Wizards of the Coast no later than one week prior to the Playoff Event.

The event promo for the October 22 Playoff Event is Undiscovered Paradise!

2016 MAGIC ONLINE CHAMPIONSHIP

The Magic Online Championship will be a sixteen-player Magic Online tournament held in person and will have a total prize pool of $116,000.00 USD. Full event details, including the location and formats, will be released by Wizards of the Coast later in 2016. The following players are qualified for the Magic Online Championship:

  • The defending Magic Online Champion
  • The current Magic World Champion
  • The top two finishers from each of the four Playoff Events
  • The top six players from the MOCS Yearly Leaderboard

If a qualified player becomes ineligible or is otherwise unable to attend the Magic Online Championship, Wizards of the Coast will continue to invite players from the MOCS Yearly Leaderboard until sixteen players have been invited.

In the event of a tie in the MOCS Yearly Leaderboard to qualify for the Magic Online Championship, the following tiebreakers will be used:

  1. Most Playoff Events in which the player finished in 1st–8th place
  2. Most Monthly Events in which the player finished in 1st–8th place
  3. Highest number of match wins in the Swiss rounds of any Playoff Event
  4. Highest number of match wins in the Swiss rounds of any Monthly Event
  5. Most Qualifier Points earned between the November 25, 2015 and the September 28, 2016 downtime

The winner of the Magic Online Championship becomes the Magic Online Champion and receives the following prizes in addition to a portion of the $116,000.00 USD prize pool:

  • Invite to next year's Magic Online Championship
  • Invite to the next Magic World Championship
  • Platinum status in the Pro Player Club (as if that player had reached the minimum number of Professional Points at the Magic Online Championship to be promoted to Platinum level)

Here is a breakdown of prize pool distribution:

Place Prize
1 $25,000
2 $17,000
3-4 $9,000
5-8 $6,000
9-16 $4,000

You must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete in the Magic Online Championship. You may download the required forms; they will also be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian's signature on these forms. Minors will not be able to register or play unless we receive a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. No exceptions will be made.

Bring these forms with you to registration. We will make forms available for competitors at registration, if necessary.

To register, all participants must present one of the following forms of identification:

Determination of the eligibility of a person under age eighteen to participate in the Magic Online Championship is based on the permission granted to said person by his/her parent or legal guardian.

  • Driver's license
  • Passport
  • Copy of a birth certificate and a photo ID (school IDs are acceptable)

PARTICIPATION IN MONTHLY AND PLAYOFF EVENTS

For all Monthly Events and Playoff Events in the 2016 Magic Online Championship Series, it is the player's responsibility to verify that they met the entry requirements and join the event prior to its start time. If a player believes he or she should be qualified and is unable to join an event, they will need to contact customer service prior to the start of the event. For assistance during an event, players can contact a Digital Event Coordinator (DEC) in the #MOCS chat room.

CONNECTIVITY

Due to the nature of computers and the Internet, Wizards of the Coast is not responsible for the results of any disconnection or network problems experienced by players.

For more information on stability and connection issues in Magic Online Premier Play, refer to the Guidelines for PTQ Finals and MOCS Finals article.

INVITATIONS

Players who qualify for the Magic Online Championship, Pro Tour, and/or Pro Tour Challenge will be contacted by Wizards of the Coast via email to verify their identity and confirm the invitation within one week of the invitation being earned. If you win such an invite and have not heard from Wizards of the Coast after one week has passed, please email lee.sharpe@wizards.com.

TECHNICAL OR ADMINISTRATIVE ERRORS

Important information regarding system errors and event issues during all Magic Online events: Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to modify, reschedule, and/or delete any tournament for any reason, including without limitation, if in its sole judgment, that tournament's integrity has been compromised by an unforeseen technical issue and/or error in that tournament's administration.

PRO TOUR CHALLENGE EVENTS

The Magic Online Pro Tour Challenge is an additional tournament held during the Pro Tour especially for Magic Online players invited via a Pro Tour Qualifier on Magic Online or the Magic Online Championship Series. This in-person event is held in the same location as the Pro Tour.

The Pro Tour Challenge changes to a single four-round Swiss event. Once a player qualifies for the Pro Tour through a Magic Online Championship Series Playoff Event, or a Magic Online PTQ, s/he is no longer eligible to participate in either face-to-face or Magic Online PTQ Events that lead to the same Pro Tour.

Start Times: Sunday at 10:00 a.m. local time
Location: Live event at the upcoming Pro Tour
Entry Option: Invitation only
Play Style: Swiss
Format: The Constructed format used at the same Pro Tour
Duration: Four Rounds
Prizes:

Match Wins Prizes
4 Wins $1,500 USD and 54 Magic Online booster packs
3 Wins $1,500 USD and 45 Magic Online booster packs
2 Wins $1,500 USD and 36 Magic Online booster packs
1 Win $1,500 USD and 27 Magic Online booster packs
0 Wins $1,500 USD and 18 Magic Online booster packs

IMPORTANT NOTE: Pro Tour Challenge qualification does not guarantee prizes. You must participate in the Challenge event at the corresponding Pro Tour in order to be eligible for the Challenge prizes.

You must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete in the Pro Tour Challenge. You may download the required forms; they will also be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian's signature on these forms. Minors will not be able to register or play unless we receive a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. No exceptions will be made.

Bring these forms with you to registration. We will make forms available for competitors at registration, if necessary.

To register, all participants must present one of the following forms of identification:

 

  • Driver's license
  • Passport
  • Copy of a birth certificate and a photo ID (school IDs are acceptable)

 

Determination of the eligibility of a person under age eighteen to participate in the 2016 Magic Online Championship Series is based on the permission granted to said person by his/her parent or legal guardian.

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete in the Magic Online Championship. Forms can be downloaded from the corresponding Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour page and will be available onsite.

Minors must have a parent or guardian's signature on these forms. Minors will not be able to register or play unless we receive a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. No exceptions will be made.

Bring these forms with you to registration. We will make forms available for competitors at registration, if necessary.

PRIZE INFORMATION

All prizes are awarded "as is" and without warranty of any kind, express or implied, (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). This is a contest of skill and, therefore, there are no odds of winning as is the case with a game of chance. All applicable taxes, fees, duties, tariffs, passport or visa costs, and any license, destination, entry, exit and/or delivery charges are the sole responsibility of each player. Taxes on the prizes (including, without limitation, income taxes), if any, are the sole responsibility of the player winners.

ELIGIBILITY

Magic Online Championship Series eligibility requirements:

All Magic Online players who meet the eligibility requirements set forth herein are eligible to compete in this online tournament series. All Magic Online players are eligible to compete in the 2016 Magic Online Championship Series except (a) players who are otherwise ineligible to engage in tournament play pursuant to the Magic Online User Agreement and (b) employees or contractors of Wizards of the Coast LLC ("Wizards"), Hasbro, Inc. ("Hasbro"), or each of their respective subsidiaries or affiliates or their advertising or promotion agencies, or those who are domiciled with any such person, or those who have been disqualified for other reasons (see below). This is a skill-based tournament based on a player's ability to defeat other players.

Players may be disqualified if they are suspended from Magic Online for any reason, including without limitation, a violation of the Magic Online User Agreement.

Although players may have multiple accounts qualified for a Monthly Event or a Playoff Event, players are not permitted to have more than one of their accounts entered in any single event at one time. Players are not permitted to have any accounts entered in events played by other players for any reason. If a player is discovered to have more than one account playing in a Monthly Event or Playoff Event before, during, or after the event, Wizards may take action against that player's account(s), up to and including disqualification with no refund of product and/or event tickets, suspension of the offending account(s), and/or termination of the offending account(s). Using an account other than your own, allowing any other player to use your account, selling your account, and other similar actions are all violations of the Magic Online User Agreement. If you play in Magic Online tournaments, win, and expect to get your prize, be very, very sure you are playing on your own account. We do not recognize excuses, such as "I and a friend jointly own the account," "It's my brother's account but he gave it to me," or similar. The only exception is an adult may authorize a single dependent child age thirteen to eighteen to play on an account that the adult has established.

Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to reschedule and/or restart tournaments, matches, extend timers and/or games as needed. Such decisions will be announced on the Magic Online website and/or within the Magic Online client as needed.

To be eligible to participate in the Magic Online Championship Series, the following requirements must be met:

  • All Magic Online players must be at least thirteen years of age or older. A championship player between the ages of thirteen and eighteen will be required to get a parent or guardian's signature on the required waiver and consent forms as explained above.
  • Players must have Internet access.
  • Players must have access to a personal computer.
  • Players must be Magic Online account holders in good standing and in compliance with the Magic Online User Agreement.

 

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