Magic Online Announcements January 20, 2015

Posted in Magic Online on 20 Janvier 2015

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.

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Fate Reforged Streaming Events

To give players a sneak-peek at what's coming with Fate Reforged, Magic Online will be hosting a Fate Reforged Preview Draft. To show off the new set, we've invited popular streamers from far and wide to put it through its paces. We'll be holding two events, one on Wednesday, January 28, at 6:00 p.m. Pacific (UTC-8), and the second on Thursday, January 29, at 1:00 p.m. Pacific. Competition will be fierce—a booster pack of Fate Reforged is on the line for each match win, awarded with the start of Prerelease on Friday, January 30. For information about which streamers are playing which days, as well as links to their Twitch channels, check out the table below.

Wednesday, January 28 Thursday, January 29
Cameron Aldous Paul Cheon
Randy Buehler Kenji Egashira
Thomas Delia Simon Goertzen
Frank Lepore Julian Knab
Tom Martell Scott MacCallum
Paul Pires Graham Stark
Noah Sandler Marshall Sutcliffe
SGDoc TBD—Wizards of the Coast

Fate Reforged Phantom Preview Draft

START TIMES Wednesday, January 28, 6:00 p.m.
and
Thursday, January 29, 1:00 p.m.
All times are Pacific (for UTC, add 8 hours)
LOCATION Scheduled Events
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1
Invite Only
PRODUCT Magic Online will provide 1 Phantom Fate Reforged booster pack and 2 Phantom Khans of Tarkir booster packs
SIZE 8 players
PLAY STYLE Swiss
FORMAT Draft
DURATION 10 minutes deck-building time. Three rounds, each round up to 50 minutes.


Changes in Awarding MOCS Promos

For the 2015 Magic Online Championship Series (MOCS), we've made some changes to how players are awarded promo cards. While these changes aren't new—implemented at the beginning of the 2015 MOCS season—we wanted to call attention to them again for those who may have missed the update.

In previous years, we have granted a MOCS promo card to every player with 15 or more QPs. For the 2015 MOCS, we are expanding this. Now each player gets a MOCS Season promo card for every 15 Qualifier Points during a MOCS regular season. If you have 30 or more, you’ll get two. If you have 45 or more, you’ll get three, and so on. You also can still earn additional promo cards, as well as premium promo cards, by placing highly in Preliminaries and Finals.

Learn more about the Magic Online Championship Series.


Check in Tomorrow for a Special Announcement

Make sure to check in tomorrow, Wednesday, January 21, for an announcement by Randy Buehler that you won't want to miss!


Extended Downtime On Wednesday, January 28

There will be an extended downtime on Wednesday, January 28, for Magic Online. Events close at 12:00 a.m. Pacific (08:00 UTC), midnight, and store activity and trades end at 2:45 a.m. Pacific (10:45 UTC) leading up to the system coming down at 3:00 a.m. Pacific (11:00 UTC). The system is estimated to return from downtime at 1:00 p.m. Pacific (21:00 UTC).


Downtime for January 21, 2015

  • All tournaments will close Wednesday, January 21, at 5:00 a.m. Pacific (13:00 UTC)
  • Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 7:45 a.m. Pacific(15:45 UTC)
  • The system will be down from 8:00 a.m. Pacific (16:00 UTC) until 12:00 p.m. Pacific (20:00 UTC)


Upcoming Events

January 14-January 28Legacy Cube and Odyssey Flashback Draft Queues

January 21-January 23Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries

January 24Standard Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 9:00 a.m. Pacific (17:00 UTC)

January 21-January 24Khans of Tarkir Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Preliminaries

January 25Khans of Tarkir Sealed Pro Tour Qualifier Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (15:00 UTC)

January 30-February 2Fate Reforged Prerelease Events

February 2-February 18Fate Reforged Release Events

February 11-February 13Season 2 Magic Online Championship Series Preliminaries

February 14Season 2 Magic Online Championship Series Finals 7:00 a.m. Pacific (15:00 UTC)

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