Magic Online Announcements August 28, 2014: Client Stability Update

Posted in Magic Online on August 28, 2014

By David Whitfield

David works on the Magic community team as a content specialist. He spends his days writing about Magic Online and trying to play too many colors at once in Limited.
Addressing Magic Online Client Stability Issues
 

This morning, we have deployed an update to the Magic Online client. When you start Magic Online, the update will automatically download. This update fixes two issues involving trading that were introduced with the 8/20 update.

The first item addressed was fixing the performance and crashing issues whenever a player interacted in a trade with a trade partner with a large amount of cards. The second item addressed was a crash caused by using the color filters during a trade.

While both of the above items will be resolved with this update, we also want to highlight a known issue so that players are aware while we continue to work to address it. The known issue occurs while in a trade, after you drag and drop cards into the "You Will Receive" pane, the quantity in the "Matches" pane does not update to reflect the drag and drop, then you drag those same cards into the "You Will Receive pane again," a crash will occur. You can avoid this crash by using the right-click context menu instead to move the cards, double-clicking to move the cards, or by not double drag and dropping the same card selection multiple times. While these steps will help avoid the issue in the short-term, we are looking to fix this issue in an upcoming release.

Build Notes (Download required):

  • Fixed: Trading with a user with a large amount of cards in their binder will no longer cause performance and crash issues.
  • Fixed: Attempting a trade while using the color filters feature will no longer cause a crash.
  • Known Issue: Dragging and dropping cards into the "You Will Receive" area during a trade will not properly update the quantity owned field. If you drag and drop cards you don't own, via repeated drag actions, this will cause a crash.

Wizards Team Player Profiles: Part 1

Posted in Magic Online on August 27, 2014

By David Whitfield

David works on the Magic community team as a content specialist. He spends his days writing about Magic Online and trying to play too many colors at once in Limited.

September
Aug. 27 - Sept. 24
 
MOCS Promo
MOPR Event Promo

It's all stone gargoyles; vaulted cathedral ceilings; and gold filigree-covered, high-backed chairs at Wizards HQ. We ask ourselves, "What's the best way to exploit the Community Team's weaknesses, ensuring our victory get to know the Community Team?" Of course! We can gather intel learn about their interests and Magic history with a detailed questionnaire! Heck! The Wizards Team will write up profiles too, as a show of good faith. We have nothing to hide from these community upstarts! With a plan in action, we steeple our fingers and have deep, philosophical talks about the color pie. Watching. Waiting for the 2014 Community Cup.

Keep your eye on the site the next four Wednesdays: August 20, August 27, September 3, and September 10. We'll be featuring player profiles for every player on both team rosters! Once profiles post, links will be added in the profile directory.

The last set of profiles comes out two days before the 2014 Community Cup begins on September 12! The gauntlet of 2014 Community Cup events will run from that Friday until Sunday, September 14. We'll have video coverage of all of the events running on twitch.tv/magic too, so remember to tune in!

Here are the player profiles we're covering today!

Helene Bergeot

What is your position at Wizards?

I'm the director of global organized play; my team is in charge of creating fun gaming experiences for Magic players, from Friday Night Magic to the Pro Tour, and including conventions.

When did you start playing Magic?

I played Magic for the very first time in 1994. Wizards of the Coast was presenting Magic to the gaming company I was working for at the time; I therefore happened to learn how to play with the early crew of Wizards of the Coast.

What hobbies do you have aside from Magic?

Muay Thai kickboxing. I started shortly after moving to the US as there's a class for Wizards employees. I really got hooked; it's an excellent workout, it's fun and I feel I can always get better!

What is your favorite Magic card and why?

Any card that gives me the opportunity to quickly kill my opponent gets all my love.

What colors do you think best represent you?

Red and green. I'm totally Gruul!

What will the Community Team love the most about Wizards HQ?

It's a difficult question as there are so many possible options: the lovely Seattle weather, observing how quickly the free tables are emptied, the free popcorn in the kitchen, taking a selfie with Mitzy?

Actually, there are many people who are passionate about Magic in the building and it's always a great experience for visitors; I hope it'll be the same for the Community Team.

What are you doing to prepare for the Community Cup?

Getting a coach. Seriously.

What is your favorite movie and TV show?

I'm not watching much TV; catching up on The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones at the moment.

Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

Benedict Cumberbatch, but I guess it would not be extremely credible.

What is your favorite food?

I have a serious weakness for seafood, with crab and sea urchin at the top of my list. Cheese is pretty close.

If you had a theme song play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

"Jerk It Out" by Caesars.

Which plane would you want to visit on vacation?

Theros! (I'm a big fan of Greek mythology, took ancient Greek for five years, and my first name is Greek.)

Matt Gregory

What is your position at Wizards?

Magic Online card set developer

When did you start playing Magic?

Early 2001, around the time of the Planeshift release.

What hobbies do you have aside from Magic?

Video games, board games, mahjong.

What is your favorite format to play and why?

I love designing and playing Cube. I could go on for a while about why, but the thing I enjoy most is how many different kinds of cards and decks you see. I've seen a lot of justifiable card choices that don't have a good home anywhere else anymore (except maybe Commander, which is another format I enjoy), which leads to unique matchups and interactions.

What is your favorite Magic card and why?

Cowards can't block Warriors.

What deck archetype do you HATE to play against?

None. I enjoy playing against anything as long as I'm playing a deck that makes the matchup interesting.

How did you feel when you learned you'd been selected to be on the Wizards Team?

Excited and nervous at the same time. I play plenty of Magic with friends, but it has been a while since I've participated in an event. The formats sound like a lot of fun, though!

What is your favorite food?

Pie! Dumplings are also delicious.

Dave Humpherys

What is your position at Wizards?

I manage the Magic developers in R&D. I've had the opportunity to lead a number of sets including Conspiracy, Journey into Nyx, Gatecrash, Avacyn Restored, and other upcoming sets.

When did you start playing Magic?

I started playing during spring break from college in 1994 with some friends from high school who had picked up Unlimited Starter Decks for each of us to learn.

What hobbies do you have aside from Magic?

Chasing around a 16-month old and playing a variety of strategy games.

What is your favorite format to play and why?

Draft is my favorite format. I enjoy adapting each draft to new cards and combinations of cards. The variety of gameplay and cards that see play in Draft games is also great.

What is your favorite Magic card and why?

Control Magic is my favorite card, since it allowed me to test-drive a bunch of creatures through the days. It's a guilty pleasure.

What deck archetype do you HATE to play against?

I HATE playing against decks that have a lot of powerful search effects, since games against them tend to be more tedious and scripted than I enjoy.

What colors do you think best represent you?

I'm very blue-aligned. Beyond that I'd say that I'm most to least represented by: green, white, black, then red.

How did you feel when you learned you'd been selected to be on the Wizards Team?

I was excited to be included on the Wizards Team because I especially enjoy the wacky formats and the competition. This event reminds me of the couple of Magic Invitational events I was lucky enough to have participated in and that I thought were great fun.

What will the Community Team love the most about Wizards HQ?

Our Dragon.

What are you doing to prepare for the Community Cup?

With luck, catching up on sleep.

What is your favorite movie and TV show?

I'm apparently a sucker for movies about memory since Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind are atop the list of my favorite movies. My favorite TV show is Seinfeld and among current shows it's Game of Thrones.

Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

John Malkovich.

What is your favorite food?

Fish, especially sushi.

Which plane would you want to visit on vacation?

Theros. I'm guessing it would have the best beaches.

Tom LaPille

What is your position at Wizards?

Designer advanced, Magic Online, R&D

When did you start playing Magic?

Tempest

What hobbies do you have aside from Magic?

I teach kenjutsu and play roleplaying games.

What is your favorite format to play and why?

Modern, because it has interactive enough games but also enough crazy things going on.

What is your favorite Magic card and why?

Grim Lavamancer, because I love red cards that still give me decisions.

What deck archetype do you HATE to play against?

Dredge.

What colors do you think best represent you?

Green.

How did you feel when you learned you'd been selected to be on the Wizards Team?

With my hands.

What will the Community Team love the most about Wizards HQ?

Access to cool people like me!

What are you doing to prepare for the Community Cup?

Running up and down stairs in stadiums.

What is your favorite movie and TV show?

Exit Through the Gift Shop, Lost.

Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

Vin Diesel.

What is your favorite food?

Massaman Curry.

If you had a theme song play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

"Planetarium" by Squarepusher.

Which plane would you want to visit on vacation?

Ravnica. I'm a city kid!

2014 Community Cup: Magic Online Community Events

Posted in Magic Online on August 26, 2014

By David Whitfield

David works on the Magic community team as a content specialist. He spends his days writing about Magic Online and trying to play too many colors at once in Limited.

August
July 30 - August 27
 
MOCS Promo
MOPR Event Promo

There has been a lot of talk about the 2014 Community Cup lately, but what about those of you who voted the Community Team into their positions of power? The Community Cup is an event forged in the fires of the community's passion for its favorite trading card game, so why not some events for everyone in the community? How will you fill your time while you pore over the Community Cup coverage? How about by playing some Magic? Magic Online is hosting several companion events throughout the course of 2014 Community Cup coverage that the whole community will have a chance to join in on while you track the status of your chosen team.

I know what you're really thinking, though, in your heart of hearts.

"Gee, I sure wish I could trounce someone who works at Wizards of the Coast in a rousing game of Magic: The Gathering."

You're in luck! We will be running two kinds of special events during Community Cup weekend, beginning Friday, September 12—one of which will allow the community to take on Wizards employees.

Think you have the Magic chops to beat the folks in R&D at their own game? Good, I like the cut of your jib. You're in. The time? High noon (Pacific). The place? The Scheduled Events room. The format? Vintage Constructed. The prize? Magic 2015 booster packs. Except for R&D. They don't get the booster packs. Check out the event table below for all of the event details!

Maybe you're not into wild west Vintage Constructed duels. You’d prefer to see the democratic process in action instead of brawling with a Wizards employee like a hooligan —you're not the confrontational type. You spend your afternoons perusing sets past, looking for uncommons that were tragically underused in their day, all while utilizing a brandy snifter. You know what a brandy snifter is actually used for. Chess? Chinese Checkers? No thank you sir or ma'am. Your favorite mental enterprises are making the most out of a sealed pool and a hearty debate. If only someone would provide a forum in which you could postulate on why your favorite set of old should see more play.

Today is your day! Starting tomorrow, you’ll be able to get your vote on with the 2014 Community Cup Companion Events, a series of Sealed events using boosters from sets that are voted upon by the community. The first vote will open tomorrow, August 27, with multiple 24 hour voting windows between now and the beginning of events on September 13. Keep an eye on Daily MTG for more voting details coming soon. As mentioned, Community Cup Companion Events will begin on Saturday, September 13, and run through Sunday, September 14, on the schedule below.

Magic Online Community Events
R&D Challenge Event
START TIMES
  • Friday, September 12, 12:00 p.m.
  • All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 7 hours)
LOCATION Scheduled Events
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1
10 Event Tickets
PRODUCT A Vintage Constructed deck
SIZE 16-128 players
PLAY STYLE Swiss
FORMAT Constructed
DURATION Five rounds, each round up to 50 minutes.
PRIZES
Match Wins Prizes QPs
5 Wins 18 Magic 2015 booster packs 3
4 Wins 9 Magic 2015 booster packs 1
3 Wins 5 Magic 2015 booster packs 0
Note: Magic R&D members are not eligible to win prizes but their matches will still affect standings. Any prizes R&D members would have won will be distributed evenly among the players with 15 match points within 5 business days of the event's competition.
Community Cup Companion Events
START TIMES
Saturday, September 13th Sunday, September 14th
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION Scheduled Events
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1
6 Event Tickets
PRODUCT Magic Online will provide 8 Phantom booster packs to be decided by a community vote in the days leading up to the event.
SIZE 16-256 players
PLAY STYLE Swiss
FORMAT Sealed
DURATION 30 minutes deck-building time. Four rounds, each round up to 50 minutes.
PRIZES
Match Wins Prizes QPs
4 Wins 11 Magic 2015 booster packs 3
3 Wins 6 Magic 2015 booster packs 1

Magic Online Announcements August 25, 2014

Posted in Magic Online on August 25, 2014

By David Whitfield

David works on the Magic community team as a content specialist. He spends his days writing about Magic Online and trying to play too many colors at once in Limited.
Upcoming Events
August 30
8:00 a.m. Pacific (13:00 UTC)
Vintage Constructed Championship
August 27-September 2
Events run on the schedule found here.
Magic 2015 Limited Championship Qualifiers
September 3-September 9
Events run on the schedule found here.
Magic 2015 Constructed Championship Qualifiers
September 9
8:00 a.m. Pacific (13:00 UTC)
Magic 2015 Limited Championship Finals
September 13
8:00 a.m. Pacific (13:00 UTC)
Magic 2015 Standard Championship Finals
How Changes to Block Rotation Will Impact Magic Online Redemption

Mark Rosewater talked about big changes to the Magic block rotation schedule in today's article. The block sets will behave in Magic Online just as they have been outlined in Mark’s article, and will rotate out of the Standard format on the same schedule as face-to-face Magic.

In terms of how the rotation change will impact Redemption on Magic Online, sets will become available for redemption approximately 30 days after their release date on Magic Online, just as they do now.

The Redemption Guarantee date is the last date a set is guaranteed to be available for redemption and will continue to be scheduled for approximately 30 days after a given set rotates out of Standard. Unchanged from the current practice, once the Guarantee date has passed, inventory for that set will no longer be replenished—redemption for that set could become unavailable at any point until the Cutoff date. The Redemption Cutoff is the last time players are able to redeem a given set. The Redemption Cutoff has been, and will continue to be the date by which redemption for a given set will come to an end, regardless of inventory availability. The Redemption Cutoff date will occur approximately a year after the Redemption Guarantee date.

You can always find the current redemption schedule here. For specific set redemption, please check the Magic Online store. For full policies around Magic Online redemption, please go here.

Upcoming News on 2014 Community Cup Companion Events

Tomorrow we'll be posting a special Tuesday article that will supply players with all of the details around a series of companion events to the 2014 Community Cup. Check back for event information—including how you can help decide the format—in tomorrow's article.

Check in Wednesday for Team Wizards' Profiles: Part One

We're posting the first half of the Team Wizards profiles on Wednesday, August 27, so don't forget to check in to learn more about the teams competing in the 2014 Community Cup. Check out the directory for all of the profiles released so far!

Downtime for August 27, 2014

  • All tournaments will close at 5:00 a.m. Pacific (12:00 UTC)
  • Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 7:45 a.m. Pacific (14:45 UTC)
  • The system will be down from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific (15:00 to 19:00 UTC)

Build Notes
  • August season MOCS and MOPR promos will be granted during the downtime.

Community Team Player Profiles: Part 1

Posted in Magic Online on August 20, 2014

By David Whitfield

David works on the Magic community team as a content specialist. He spends his days writing about Magic Online and trying to play too many colors at once in Limited.

August
July 30 - August 27
 
MOCS Promo
MOPR Event Promo

The community's champions have been chosen to represent them as the 2014 Community Team! The internet cheers and throws roses at their computer screens and the floors of their local game stores! The masses stomp, stomp, clap vigorously, all while chanting the names of those who will represent them in the 2014 Community Cup—a test of Magic skill against the heroic Wizards of the Coast Team. The Community Team adorns its armor with the crowd's favors and toss hankies to its most excited fans, resulting in a swoon each and every time. As we speak, the Community Team gathers from far and wide, journeying to a glimmering citadel, or perhaps an internet message board, to discuss its strategies.

Keep your eye on the site the next four Wednesdays: August 20, August 27, September 3, and September 10. We'll be featuring player profiles for every player on both team rosters! Once profiles post, links will be added in the profile directory.

The last set of profiles comes out two days before the 2014 Community Cup begins on September 12! The gauntlet of 2014 Community Cup events will run from that Friday until Sunday, September 14. We'll have video coverage of all of the events running on twitch.tv/magic too, so remember to tune in!

Here are the player profiles we're covering today!

Bjorn Andreasson

How do you feel you fit into the Magic Community?

I created a website called SvenskaMagic.com fifteen years ago—today it's the largest community website in Sweden. I still work on it every day, both as an editor and as a developer, so I guess I see myself more as a contributor to the players than a player myself. I really do love playing Magic, though, and wish I could do it more often.

When did you start playing Magic?

I remember trading my Revised duals for Rock Hydras back in '95, but when Homelands came out my friends and I stopped playing for some reason. When Mercadian Masques came out years later, that's when I got the idea to build a website and I have been playing more or less since then.

What drew you to the Magic community

I came for the game and stayed for the deck brewing... err, I mean friends.

What hobbies do you have aside from Magic?

Soccer, music, and internet. But mostly I hang out with my wife and two sons.

What is your favorite format to play and why?

Nothing beats opening a Sealed pool and building the best deck out of it. On the other hand Constructed, and especially Standard, challenges me more—I love brewing and tuning decks. Constructed is also ten times more interesting to watch than Limited.

How long have you been playing Magic? How long have you been on Magic Online?

I've been playing Magic since 1995 with a big pause between Alliances and Mercadian Masques. I've played Magic Online on and off since 2003 with a peak during Innistrad and Return to Ravnica.

What is your favorite Magic card and why?

I have to go with Leaf-Crowned Elder since he's the star in my Modern Shaman deck. I like him because he's a Shaman, he dodges a lot of removal, and lets me play Woodfall Primus for free.

What deck archetype do you HATE to play against?

Playing against pure control decks is really boring. I'm generally not a big fan of blue decks unless they're paired with green.

What colors do you think best represent you?

All but red and black, because I'm neither temperamental or fierce.

How did you feel when you learned you’d been selected to be on the Community Team?

I got the message just thirty minutes after my wife gave birth to our second son, so that day went from awesome to ridiculously awesome. I felt very honored and happy.

Have you been to Wizards before? What do you expect to find behind our locked doors?

I have never been to Wizards nor Washington state before. This is the second time I'm visiting USA. I expect to find a lot of cheesy dragon and angel statues rising between cubicles crammed with Magic cards and post-it notes.

What are you doing to prepare for the Community Cup?

Getting more comfortable with the client and getting to know my team mates.

What is your favorite movie and TV show?

Wow, pretty hard to pick just one, but I guess I have to go with Dead Poets Society—that movie meant a lot for me growing up. Lost is the best TV show.

Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

Ewan McGregor. It might be more convenient with that guy from Benjamin Button though, he seemed to be able to play a lot of ages pretty well.

What is your favorite food?

Risgrynsgröt, aka Swedish rice pudding.

If you had a theme song play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

It would totally rock to have the "90210" theme song play every time. I've always dreamed about being a member of the Walsh family.

Which Planeswalker would you want as a roommate?

Ajani. But more like a pet.

Paul Cheon

How do you feel you fit into the Magic Community?

I've loved the game of Magic since I was introduced to it over ten years ago. I am a huge fan of the game, the Pro Tour, and its history. I was fortunate enough to put in enough time in the early years of my Magic career to make it onto the Pro Tour. Since then, I stopped playing competitively due to work, but I decided that I could still contribute and hopefully help others make it onto the Pro Tour. That was my main motivation for starting up streaming, as I was living in Curacao at the time (well, that and for the dushis of course). Since then, I've also made video content for ChannelFireball.com and also host MagicTV, a weekly TV show via stream talking about all things Magic. I would like to think that people see me as a huge fan of the game of Magic, just like them, and I've just been incredibly blessed with having people give me the opportunity to express it in multiple ways.

When did you start playing Magic?

I was first introduced to Magic when Ice Age came out but I had zero clue what I was doing, so I stopped playing. I was then reintroduced to Magic by my good friend Alex Lee right around when Magic Online first came out, which was Torment. We had an absolute blast learning to draft online despite not winning our first twenty drafts. We were finally able to win a draft with the help of our good friend Cephalid Retainer, AKA mini-Aboshan.

What hobbies do you have aside from Magic?

I am a huge hometown sports fan and, being from Los Angeles, I am a big time Dodgers and Lakers fan (times are rough, Lakers fans, but we'll get there again!). I have also been known to crush Conley Woods and his friends in League of Legends but only while teaming up with Tom Martell and Patrick Chapin.

What is your favorite format to play and why?

My current favorite format is Modern. I've been playing it for quite some time and I think it rewards the people who have put the time and dedication into learning the ins and outs of the format…or they can just play Affinity.

How long have you been playing Magic? How long have you been on Magic Online?

I've been playing Magic on a regular basis since right about when Magic Online and Torment first came out.

What is your favorite Magic card and why?

Cryptic Command because I enjoy countering spells and drawing cards.

What deck archetype do you HATE to play against?

Tron (I'm looking at you, CeddyP).

What colors do you think best represent you?

Blue and red. Blue because I value knowledge and am generally a very logical person. Red because I can sometimes let my emotions get the best of me, leading me to make irrational impulsive decisions.

Also some of my favorite decks are Niv-Mizzet control, UR Magnivore, UR Splinter Twin, and…last but not least…DRAGONTRON!

What impact has the Magic Online Community had on you?

I have met some of my closest friends through Magic Online. Without the support and help of the people I met through Magic Online, I wouldn't be where I'm at today. I guess I also met LSV there as well.

How did you feel when you learned you'd been selected to be on the Community Team?

Elated and honored. Being back in the States has given me the opportunity to be a more active member of the Magic community and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to represent the Community Team. I am really liking our team and can't wait to actually start playing with them!

Have you been to Wizards before? What do you expect to find behind our locked doors?

I have never been to the Wizards headquarters but I will be very disappointed if I don't see any Planeswalkers or Vizzerdrix casually hanging out behind closed doors.

What are you doing to prepare for the Community Cup?

High Intensity Interval Training and Yoga. Healthy body = healthy mind.

What is your favorite movie and TV show?

The Shawshank Redemption, Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, The Wire, and Breaking Bad.

Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

Shaquille O'Neal.

What is your favorite food?

Korean BBQ, burritos, gyros, pizza, pasta, curry, chicken wings, cookies, waffles, ice cream, burgers, katsu, sushi, steak, bacon, clam chowder, charupas, donuts, salads (j/k), calzones, and samosas…HAUMPH.

If you had a theme song play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

Pokémon theme song or "Rapper's Delight," full version (must play full song before round starts).

Which Planeswalker would you want as a roommate?

Tibalt. I wouldn't want my room mates to be able to take me in a fight if we get into an argument. I can totally take Tibalt.

Frank Lepore

How do you feel you fit into the Magic Community?

Well, I've been helping people get familiar with Magic Online for more than three years now. In addition to being the site's editor and community manager, I have two weekly articles on TCGPlayer that feature videos recorded from Magic Online; the number of people that tell me each week that they've gotten involved with Magic Online because of my videos is a healthy one. I also used to do an article series called The Leporatory where I would take reader submitted decks, tweak them, then play them in their respective Magic Online queues. I also did a show called The Lepore Report where I would comment on and address current events. I've worked on the Wizards event coverage staff and I even started my own podcast with Patrick Jarrett, Jonathan Medina, and John R. Wade. All that being said, I'm not exactly sure how I fit into the community; I just like making content, playing Magic, and making people laugh.

What drew you to the Magic community?

I wanted to be more involved with the game, honestly. Years ago, my friend Gabe kept suggesting to me that I should try and write articles, because he thought I would be good at it. Five years later and here we are.

What hobbies do you have aside from Magic?

Movies, comics, writing, PC games (Fallout, Bioshock, etc.), other deck-builder games. (Shhh, don't tell Magic.)

What is your favorite format to play and why?

Sometimes Limited. Sometimes Standard. Sometimes Modern. Sometimes Vintage (on Magic Online). I think it depends on the health of the format and how fun it is. For example, I did 81 Vintage Master drafts on Magic Online—that was a fun format—yet I can't wait for Standard to rotate.

How long have you been playing Magic? How long have you been on Magic Online?

I have played Magic since Revised (more than half my life) and Magic Online since it began.

What is your favorite Magic card and why?

Cryptic Command. Magic was super fun around Lorwyn block, and have you ever cast a Cryptic Command? How do you lose? It's just such a strong, versatile card that does so many things that players enjoy doing.

What deck archetype do you HATE to play against?

Just the usual: land destruction, discard, etc. There's a psychological difference between being able to play your spells and having them killed as opposed to not getting to play them at all. The latter is far more unnerving.

What colors do you think best represent you?

I feel like this is the part where I say "blue."

What impact has the Magic Online Community had on you?

I feel like it has helped me find my best friends, my current relationship, and my career. I'm not sure what more I could even ask for from the Magic community.

How did you feel when you learned you’d been selected to be on the Community Team?

I was ecstatic! I’ve been trying to get on for the past three years and it’s a great feeling to know I’ve made it.

What are you doing to prepare for the Community Cup?

My seven teammates and I created a Facebook group page to discuss our plans of attack. It's a great way to keep in touch and make sure everyone in the group is up to date and able to share their thoughts.

What is your favorite movie and TV show?

As something of a cinema buff, naming just one is near impossible. Can I name a few? L.A. Confidential, High Fidelity, all Marvel movies, Drive, The Big Lebowski. The Graduate, Clerks.

Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

It used to be John Cusack. Maybe Joseph Gordon-Levitt now?

What is your favorite food?

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches (with ranch, not blue cheese).

Which Planeswalker would you want as a roommate?

While I’m more of a dog person, probably Ajani. Because cats.

Scott MacCallum

How do you feel you fit into the Magic Community?

I have been podcasting for the community for almost four years. As one of the founding members and cohosts of The Eh Team podcast, I have been fortunate enough to be able to really connect with the premier professional players on the circuit. We have been modestly successful at connecting our listener base to these players and continue to break down the barrier between the everyday player and the professionals. Since I started streaming regularly two years ago, that direct connection has only improved, as the goal of the stream is to really help get the greats of the game to directly discuss play lines and deck goals with the viewers in a readily accessible way. I'd like to think that I'm a community liaison to the professional players.

What drew you to the Magic community?

I have a natural affinity for people and a strong desire to learn. Once I saw how accessible the best in the world could be in today's social media, I knew that I wanted to be a cog in the machine.

What hobbies do you have aside from Magic?

Like most gamers, I am not exclusively playing just one game. I love to play video games on my PC and Xbox 360. I don't get as much time for these as I would like of course, as my family, work, and Magic all take up a lot of time.

What is your favorite format to play and why?

Modern. I have always liked the format because it feels like the perfect balance between powerful decks and effects and fair, synergistic strategies. The metagame is much wider than Standard and there are many more Modern events than Legacy where I am.

How long have you been playing Magic? How long have you been on Magic Online?

I have been playing Magic on and off for about twenty years. I have been regularly active on Magic Online for the last two.

What is your favorite Magic card and why?

I have fond memories of Jace, The Mind Sculptor. I played nothing but Jace decks the entire time that he was Standard legal.

What deck archetype do you HATE to play against?

I hate to play against Burn.

What colors do you think best represent you?

All of the color/guild tests that I take put me in Izzet or Azorius. Truth be told, I think the color combo I most clearly identify with is WBG, since the resilience and versatility of most of the cards in those colors resonates with me.

What impact has the Magic Online Community had on you?

My game has improved immensely since playing Magic Online regularly. It has given me access to testing partners I would never have had otherwise, and streaming Magic Online has given me access directly to community members I never would have thought to interact with otherwise. The Magic Online Community has really just expanded my mind.

How did you feel when you learned you'd been selected to be on the Community Team?

I distinctly remember getting the email from Trick. I was off work, still in a suit, and about to walk in to Walmart for some quick groceries. I get the email, see the sender name, and stop dead before the doors. I read the email three times without moving. I could feel the Cheshire grin on my face as my vision started to blur from the tears of joy that were now streaming down my face. I forward the email to my wife, and walk into the Walmart. The greeter looks at me like I'm a terrorist with my huge grin and tears streaming down my face. "Are you ok?" "Never better." I replied.

Have you been to Wizards before? What do you expect to find behind our locked doors?

I have never been to Wizards, but a bunch of my good friends have, so I am expecting epic Magic art on the walls, busy floor discussions, and more rooms that we will not be allowed into.

What are you doing to prepare for the Community Cup?

We have started a FB group where we are starting to collect and tabulate all of our strengths and weaknesses and start to get to know each other a bit. If we can get the cohesive team-building exercises in ahead of time, we should be able to use the time in person to really get to work productively, unsaddled by introductory obligations, and denying Wizards that advantage. I also will continue to stream and try to polish up on some of the more lacking avenues of my game.

What is your favorite movie and TV show?

Favorite movie is a real tough one since so many of them are so good, but I think I've watched The Princess Bride exactly 214 times. TV is always changing, and so many shows are so good, while so many other good ones have been cancelled. I can't possibly pick one as my favorite.

Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

I would love to have someone like Brad Pitt or Matt Damon play me in real life, but it would probably just be Jonah Hill, since everyone says I look like him anyway.

What is your favorite food?

I have one guilty pleasure meal. Pizza and garlic bread, with cheese and bacon.

If you had a theme song play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

"Return of the Mack" by Mark Morrison.

Which Planeswalker would you want as a roommate?

Xenagos, The Reveler because he throws the best parties.

Magic Online Updates: First Month

Posted in Magic Online on August 20, 2014


August
July 30 - August 27
 
MOCS Promo
MOPR Event Promo

Greetings Magic Online Players!

We launched to the new version of Magic Online last month, so I wanted to take some time to discuss how the first month has gone, what's in the first major update, and what's in store for later in the year. If you're still getting used to the new version, don't forget to check out the Getting to Know Magic Online article series we published as part of the transition.

First Month Recap

On July 16, we transitioned to a single Magic Online client and overall the change has gone smoothly. We deployed two updates to fix some major issues, along with some outstanding card bugs, and we'll continue to fix problems as quickly as we can. Our first major post-transition update releases today, which I'll discuss in a bit.

One week after the switch, we released Magic 2015 and dove right into Prerelease and Release events. We also gave each player one of each Prerelease Hunt object and 35 Phantom Points so you could test out the new version. Hopefully everyone enjoyed their complementary events and had a blast with the latest core set. If you missed the Prerelease, don't worry, you can use your Phantom Points on any of the events that accept them, including future Cube offerings. Don't forget, the Magic 2015 Championship Qualifiers start after next week's downtime, so hop on and earn your qualification.

The Magic 2015 release also highlights the updated card frame, including a new font, and how we can improve card appearance in the updated version. We'll be exploring how we can improve the appearance of older frames in the future using what we learned on the M15 frames. Check out the article from Jesse Raymond, our Technical Artist, who helped make these frames possible.

Now let's take a look at what was delivered with the update.

Hide Events

In an effort to both prevent players from accidentally dropping from events and to give players more control over window management, we're introducing the Hide Event feature. This feature lets you hide any match or tournament you've joined, which can be very useful if you've received a bye in a tournament or have joined a scheduled event that doesn't start for a few hours. The hide event button can be found on the event details window or as an option when you close any match or event window.

You can find events or matches you've hidden by heading over to the Play Lobby and opening the room it was in and they will be listed in "Games You've Joined" section at the top. We've also added a shortcut "Play" button in the main navigation at the top that you can click to bring up all games you've hidden, regardless of where you are in the client. When an event starts while it is hidden, the window will open automatically so you don't miss it.

Event Standings

Speaking of events, another big change this release is how event standings are displayed. Players will be displayed by rank or standing with each round in its own column. By default, only the most recent will be displayed, but you can show all previous rounds with a simple click. Your results will be displayed in a different color than everyone else, so you'll be able to find your results quickly. In addition, we've added filters so you can easily see how your buddies or clan mates are doing in an event.

Clicking on the record of a round will bring up specifics about that match, including record, match and game IDs, and the ability to replay games if the event is over. You'll also find that we've fixed the issue that prevented event and multiplayer replays from showing up in your Game History.

Collection and Wish List Updates

In Collection, we've taken continued steps to improve performance, this time focusing on how quantities are tracked and updated as changes are made to your collection, either through trades or by using objects as part of event entries. This includes making sure that cards are displayed correctly in decks and binders, though there are still some outstanding issues that need to be addressed in our next update. We've also fixed Sort by Set and Collector Number so it sorts more like the old binder view from the previous version, especially if you have the Show Versions Separately display option selected.

In addition, we've removed the custom deck and Limited deck categories. With custom decks, we've found that they were more confusing than useful, so we've removed the feature until we can deliver it at a quality level we are happy with. Players who've saved decks in custom categories will have them reassigned to existing formats.

The Limited decks folder posed a different problem, in that the way collection works you still needed convert the decks to freeform if you wanted to play with them in the Open Play room. Now, Limited decks will be automatically saved in the freeform category and will be ready to go when you are.

When using the Wish List feature to find cards in a trade, the full number of available objects on your Wish List will be added to the trade, regardless of how many are already in your collection. Previously, if you had three Doom Blades in your collection and four on your Wish List, using the feature would only add one to a prospective trade. Now it will correctly add four Doom Blades to the trade (assuming your trade partner has them), so once the trade is completed you will have seven in your collection. Of course, your Wish List will be updated to reflect the additions, so next trade no Doom Blades will be added.

Duel Scene

In the Duel Scene, we've taken another pass at adjusting the battlefield to make better use of some space. This includes reducing the default size of cards in hand, and tweaking temporary windows that pop up. For the triggered effect window, we've updated the window to act more like the stack, as well as adjusting its default size to be more reasonable. There is more work to be done in the Duel Scene, but this represents the next step.

Finally, we've updated the Magic Online User Agreement to include a section about Bribery, Prize Splitting, and Collusion. You can learn more about the update in last week's blog post.

Next Update

Our priority for the next update will be fixing the outstanding issues that we couldn’t get to this time around. This includes fixing the issue around revealed cards sticking around between matches, fixing the empty trade dialog issue, fixing the special rarity filter, as well as continuing adjustments to Duel Scene windows sizes and behaviors. In addition, we've tried to leave extra room to ensure we have the bandwidth required to address high-priority issues as quickly as possible.

As for features, we plan on addressing two items that are high on players' wish lists: improving graveyard visibility and adding the ability to filter decks and binders. These updates will really improve the player experience and we're glad we can get to them with our next update.

On the Horizon

Khans of Tarkir arrives on Magic Online at the beginning of October, with Prerelease events starting October 3 and Release events starting October 6. Khans of Tarkir will be followed by the launch of Leagues, and we'll have more on that release as it draws near.

As always, we want to hear from you, as your feedback will continually help us prioritize outstanding work. You can use the forums, the feedback form, email at MagicOnlineFeedback@wizards.com, or Twitter (@MagicOnline) to voice your opinion.

Happy gaming,
Chris Kiritz
Digital Business Manager
Magic: The Gathering

Magic Online Announcements August 19, 2014

Posted in Magic Online on August 19, 2014

By David Whitfield

David works on the Magic community team as a content specialist. He spends his days writing about Magic Online and trying to play too many colors at once in Limited.
Upcoming Events
August 20-August 26
Events run on the schedule found here.
Vintage Constructed Championship Qualifiers
August 23
8:00 a.m. Pacific (15:00 UTC)
Vintage Limited Championship
August 30
8:00 a.m. Pacific (13:00 UTC)
Vintage Constructed Championship
What Is the Magic Online Weekly Announcements Blog?

Every Tuesday, we round up all of the biggest Magic Online news and post it right here in the Weekly Announcements Blog. Check in every Tuesday for all of the latest news!

More Daily Events Start Friday, August 22

As part of our ongoing analysis of player trends and event popularity, we’ve decided to add additional events to the daily event schedule on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting on Friday, 8/22. Entry and prize structures for these new events will be the same as existing Constructed and Sealed daily events. The Event Schedule will be updated with these new events on Wednesday, 8/20.

Participate In Our Magic Online User Study

We're conducting a user research study in order to learn more about how players interact with Magic Online. We appreciate all feedback we get, and are currently looking for more information around trading in particular. If you run a trade bot or make frequent use of the trade functionality, we want to hear from you!

Reminder: The August MOCS and MOPR Seasons End Soon

As a reminder, the August MOCS and MOPR seasons come to a close on Wednesday, August 27. Less than ten days left to get the promo cards pictured below! If you missed them last week, get a sneak-peek at September's cards in last week's blog.

2014 Magic Online Championship Series
The MOCS 2014 August Season runs from July 30, 2014, through August 27, 2014. The promo card is:


Magic Online Player Rewards Program
The September MOPR period runs from August 27, 2014, through September 24, 2014. Here are the promo cards:

Magic Online Policy Updates

For those of you who missed it last week, be sure to check out Robert Schuster's write-up on the new Magic Online policies regarding Bribery, Collusion, and Prize Splitting.

From the Vault: Annihilation Release Date Moved to Monday, October 6

With a several big updates scheduled for Magic Online in the coming weeks, we've decided to move the release date of From the Vault: Annihilation from August 22, 2014 to coincide with Khans of Tarkir on October 6, 2014. While we always try to release products on their scheduled delivery dates, delaying this release lets us focus on improving the quality level of all our upcoming updates. Thanks in advance for your understanding.

Extended Downtime for August 20, 2014

  • All tournaments will close Wednesday, August 20, at 12:00 a.m. Pacific (7:00 UTC)
  • Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 2:45 a.m. Pacific(9:45 UTC)
  • The system will be down from 3:00 a.m. Pacific (10:00 UTC) until 12:00 p.m. Pacific (19:00 UTC)

A download will be required this week.

General

  • The Magic Online User Agreement has been updated to incorporate the updated Bribery, Prize Splitting and Collusion changes described here.
  • Fixed: Replays now display in Account -> Game History.
  • Fixed: Chat is now displayed during replays.
  • Fixed: Clock now displays correctly during replays.
  • Fixed: Chat can be copy/pasted.
  • Fixed: Issue where new messages in a chat would change chat window size.
  • Updated: The Store will always default to the Store Front tab upon log in.

Event Updates

  • New: The event details screen was given a major overhaul including adding new display grids, better filtering and sorting of results, and more timely display of information.
  • New: Users can now Hide Events that they have joined until that event is ready to start, as well as Hide Events in progress. Users can Unhide events as well. Events will pop up when they begin as well.
  • Updated: Users who click the X in the top right corner of a game now are only hiding that game/event. They are no longer dropping from the event.
  • New: The way to Drop from Events from this screen as well has been improved. You now drop from Events on the Game Details screen.
  • New: You can now access your events from the Play Lobby Navigation tab.

Card and Gameplay Fixes

  • Fixed: The activated ability of Necropotence now exiles cards face down. Previously, if you had searched your library earlier in the game, Necropotence would exile cards face up.
  • Updated: You can now play games with decks that have cards that you own copies of, even if you don’t own the specific version that is in the deck being used. For example, if you have a foil Misdirection in your deck but only a regular Misdirection in your collection, the game will start and your deck will have the regular Misdirection in your deck.
  • Updated: Reduced size of the Red Zone.
  • Fixed: Defaults for Hand Size and Temporary Windows, such as those caused by Triggered Abilities have been updated.
  • Fixed: Multi-target spells, such as Launch the Fleet, now indicate with highlighting and arrows which creatures have been targeted.
  • Fixed: When a player is required to interact with a window for the game to proceed, such as placing triggers on the stack, that window will now default to become the top window.
  • Fixed: You can now resize the Exile (Can be Cast) window without it resetting to its default size and position.
  • Fixed: The Chat and Log now remain sticky when docked between games and matches.
  • Fixed: Card affected by a long lasting ability have the inward blue arrows to properly indicate association.
  • Fixed: You can no longer undo (CTRL-Z) the mana payment of Oppressive Rays to both allow your creature to block and receive back the mana payment.
  • Fixed: Drawing a card from among a selection of cards (ex. Tomorrow, Azami’s Familiar) no longer crashes the game.
  • Fixed: Exiled cards are now dimmed on the battlefield properly.
  • Fixed: Battlefield dims for only the proper player when activating Monstrosity as the defending player during Combat Phase.

Trade

  • Updated: Classifieds have updated Default Behavior to better match behavior that was used in V3.
  • Fixed: The Wish List feature now properly calculates how many of an individual card are needed.
  • Fixed: Receiving 1 copy of a card no longer removes all copies from your Wish List.
  • Fixed: The number display indicating the number of cards selected for trade now dims and displays properly.

Collection Fixes

  • Removed: Players can no longer create custom categories for decks. Decks will all be organized and stored by format. If you had decks in the Custom folder, you can find those decks in the format where they are legal.
  • Updated: Saved and older Limited decks can now be found under the Freeform category. The Limited category has been removed.
  • Fixed: Items that are added to an active trade binder are now properly reflected and immediately updated in the Collection scene.
  • Fixed: After using tickets, the updated quantity is now properly displayed immediately after use.
  • Fixed: Sorting by Collection number now properly sorts by Collection number.
  • Fixed: Adding and removing the same card from a deck quickly no longer provides an incorrect quantity of cards ending up in the deck.
  • Fixed: Selecting to not show foils now properly removes foils from being shown in all instances.
  • Fixed: Selecting “Add All to Open Binder” now properly adds all copies of the selected card to the open binder.
  • Fixed: Having more copies of a card in your deck than in your collection will now properly indicate how many copies are needed rather than incorrectly saying that all copies are needed.

Crash Fixes

  • Fixed: Player not seeing the contents of Trade partner’s trade binder no longer causes a crash.
  • Fixed: In some instances, the user encounters had experienced a crash when navigating away and back to the collection scene.
  • Fixed: Opening a new chat with a chat already docked causes either a visual error or a crash.
  • Fixed: Attempting to watch games with excessively long status causes a crash.
  • Fixed: In some instances, closing a private chat window crashed the client. The issue is now resolved.
  • Fixed: Right clicking on cards in the matches’ pane that are not owned no longer causes a crash.
  • Fixed: Game no longer crashes when the user opens the Wish list binder after adding an unowned card to the wish list.

2014 Community Cup: Player Profiles

Posted in Magic Online on August 18, 2014

By David Whitfield

David works on the Magic community team as a content specialist. He spends his days writing about Magic Online and trying to play too many colors at once in Limited.

The community's champions have been chosen to represent them as the 2014 Community Team! The internet cheers and throws roses at their computer screens and the floors of their local game stores! The masses stomp, stomp, clap vigorously, all while chanting the names of those who will represent them in the 2014 Community Cup—a test of Magic skill against the heroic Wizards of the Coast Team. The Community Team adorns its armor with the crowd's favors and toss hankies to its most excited fans, resulting in a swoon each and every time. As we speak, the Community Team gathers from far and wide, journeying to a glimmering citadel, or perhaps an internet message board, to discuss its strategies.


 

Meanwhile, it's all stone gargoyles; vaulted cathedral ceilings; and gold filigree-covered, high-backed chairs at Wizards HQ. We ask ourselves, "What's the best way to exploit the Community Team's weaknesses, ensuring our victory get to know the Community Team?" Of course! We can gather intel learn about their interests and Magic history with a detailed questionnaire! Heck! The Wizards Team will write up profiles too, as a show of good faith. We have nothing to hide from these community upstarts! With a plan in action, we steeple our fingers and have deep, philosophical talks about the color pie. Watching. Waiting for the 2014 Community Cup.

Keep your eye on the site the next four Wednesdays: August 20, August 27, September 3, and September 10. We'll be featuring player profiles for every player on both team rosters! Once profiles post, links will be added below that will take you directly to their interviews. Learn about your champions and cheer them on! Or, you could just root for us.

The last set of profiles comes out two days before the 2014 Community Cup begins on September 12! The gauntlet of 2014 Community Cup events will run from that Friday until Sunday, September 14. We'll have video coverage of all of the events running on twitch.tv/magic too, so remember to tune in!

Policy Update for Magic Online Events

Posted in Magic Online Event Info on August 13, 2014

By Robert Schuster

Like many players who have made it to the finals of a Magic Online tournament, you might have chatted with your opponent about what you would like to get from winning the match. Perhaps you have even discussed splitting the prizes from that event or conceding to your opponent. But how can you have this discussion without engaging in bribery or collusion?

In an effort to make this distinction as clear as possible, we have crafted new Bribery, Prize Splitting, and Collusion guidelines that will be included in our updated Magic Online User Agreement on 8/20. The text of those guidelines is below.

Bribery

Players may neither offer nor accept booster packs, rewards, or any other objects in exchange for modifying the outcome of a game or match. For example, during round two of a three round Swiss event, if player A says to player B “Concede to me for 2 tickets,” this is bribery and subject to conduct action. The only exception to this is discussed in “Prize Splitting.”

Prize Splitting

In the final round of an event, two players matched against each other may negotiate their match result to split whatever prizes are at stake between them, including (but not limited to) Qualifier Points and invitations. If an event cuts to a Top 8 playoff, the final round is defined as the last round of that playoff. Offering prizes outside those Magic Online would award based on the outcome of that match to the participants is still considered bribery, as is offering a prize split prior to the final round of an event.

All prize splits are done at the players' own risk, and Magic Online will not enforce any agreed-upon splits in any situation.

Collusion

A player or players working together to gain an unfair competitive advantage in an event. An example of collusion includes sharing knowledge of draft picks with other players of an event during the drafting portion of that event.

What does this mean for you, the player?

You may reach an agreement with your final round opponent on who wins the match and who should get what prizes from it. However, you may not “sweeten the deal” with additional packs, event tickets, or anything that isn’t part of that event’s prizes.

Any arrangements you make for trading prizes after the event are completely at your own risk, so be wary of any offers that seem too good to be true. (Scamming players by not honoring an agreed-upon split violates the Wizards Code of Conduct).

I think two players are colluding in an event but I’m not sure. What should I do?

Collusion can be extremely difficult to determine for sure as an observer. If you see something suspicious, please report the players involved and our conduct team will be happy to take a further look. While we can’t tell you what actions we take against specific players, we do review all conduct reports thoroughly.

What happens to players that the conduct teams determine to be engaging in bribery or collusion?

Violators will be subject to conduct action against their accounts. Minor infractions may receive a warning, while more severe or repeat violators will receive suspensions or even permanent terminations of their accounts. If you notice someone engaging in behavior that violates this or any of our other policies, please report them here.

Magic Online Announcements August 12, 2014

Posted in Magic Online on August 12, 2014

By David Whitfield

David works on the Magic community team as a content specialist. He spends his days writing about Magic Online and trying to play too many colors at once in Limited.
Upcoming Events
July 28-August 13
10:00 a.m. Pacific (17:00 UTC)
until
12:00 a.m. Pacific (19:00 UTC)
Magic 2015 Core Set Release Events
August 13-August 19
Events run on the schedule found here.
Vintage Limited Championship Qualifiers
August 20-August 26
Events run on the schedule found here.
Vintage Constructed Championship Qualifiers
August 23
8:00 a.m. Pacific (15:00 UTC)
Vintage Limited Championship
August 30
8:00 a.m. Pacific (13:00 UTC)
Vintage Constructed Championship
What Is the Magic Online Weekly Announcements Blog?
 

Every Tuesday, we round up all of the biggest Magic Online news and post it right here in the Weekly Announcements Blog. Check in every Tuesday for all of the latest news!

Magic 2015 Promo Card Grant During Wednesday, August 13 Downtime

During Magic 2015 Prerelease events, regular foil rares, instead of the correct promo rares, were included in seeded Prerelease booster packs. During the downtime on August 13, the correct promo rares will be granted. Players will get to keep the regular foil rare they already received.

September MOCS and MOPR Seasons Begins August 27, 2014

2014 Magic Online Championship Series
The MOCS 2014 September Season runs from August 27, 2014, through September 24, 2014. The promo card is:


Magic Online Player Rewards Program
The September MOPR period runs from August 27, 2014, through September 24, 2014. Here are the promo cards:

Upcoming Weekend Premier Event Changes

As part of our ongoing analysis of player trends and event popularity, we will be transitioning away from weekend Premier Events, and adding a number of new events on the weekends beginning August 20. See below for a list of the specific events that will be included in this transition. Entry and prize structures for these new events will be the same as existing Constructed and Sealed daily events.

Event and Prize Rotations

With the release of the Magic 2015 Core Set, events and prizes will be updated on the schedule below.

 

The Events Calendar will be updated with full details on the dates indicated.

Wednesday, August 13
Events Rotating Out
Events Rotating In
With the conclusion of Release Events, the following Magic 2015 Core Set Events rotate in:
  • 8-4 Draft Queues
  • 4-3-2-2 Draft Queues
  • Swiss Draft Queues
  • 4-Booster Sealed Queues
  • 6-Booster Sealed Daily Events
  • 6-Booster Sealed Premier Events
  • Phantom Sealed Queues
Wednesday, August 20
Events Rotating Out
  • Magic Online Premier Events on weekends will end with the downtime on August 20th.
Events Rotating In
The following events will replace weekend Magic Online Premier events:
Format Event Times
Legacy Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 a.m.
Vintage Masters Sealed Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30 a.m.
Momir Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Vintage Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.
Modern Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1:30 p.m.
Pauper Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 5:30 p.m.
Standard Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 9:30 p.m.
Magic 2015 Sealed Fridays and Saturday at 11:30 p.m.
Extended Downtime on August 20

There will be an extended downtime on Wednesday, August 20, for Magic Online. Events close at 12:00 a.m. Pacific (07:00 UTC), midnight, and store activity and trades end at 2:45 a.m. Pacific (09:45 UTC) leading up to the system coming down at 3:00 a.m. Pacific (10:00 UTC).

Please plan ahead!

Downtime for August 13, 2014

  • All tournaments will close at 5:00 a.m. Pacific (12:00 UTC)
  • Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 7:45 a.m. Pacific (14:45 UTC)
  • The system will be down from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific (15:00 to 19:00 UTC)

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