Magic Online Announcements, October 20, 2020

Posted in Magic Online on 20 Ottobre 2020

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, October 20, 2020

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Zendikar Rising: Magic Online Edition

Eternal Weekend

Updated Alternate Play Schedule

Zendikar Rising Redemption Delays

Limited Split Championship Qualifier Saturday

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime November 18

Build Notes


Zendikar Rising: Magic Online Edition

Zendikar Rising has arrived! You can read more about Zendikar Rising on MTGO in Alli's release article here, and you can check out the updated Treasure Chest contents here.


Eternal Weekend

If you missed the announcement about Eternal Weekend, make sure to read all about it here. Rare Event Tokens (Vintage) are available now for the Vintage events, and just like the Legacy tokens did, these will grant you access to almost every card in Magic Online. (Note: This access will not cause the cards to appear in your account, but games and events will let you in with a deck containing cards you don't have in your collection. To see other cards in the Collection scene, you'll need to set your Quantity filter to show 0-quantity cards. Some sets are excluded from these permissions, including Battlebond and Secret Lair Drop Series.)


Updated Alternate Play Schedule

The alternative play schedule that was announced in the Zendikar Rising set article is changing!

We like to keep everyone aware of what's coming up, so here's what you can expect to see on Magic Online between now and the release of Kaldheim:

  • October 21–28: Innistrad Supreme Draft. You'll get eighteen packs randomly chosen from among Innistrad, Shadows over Innistrad, Dark Ascension, and Eldritch Moon. Then, pack by pack, you'll take two cards from each pack and build a spook-tacular 40-card Limited deck and battle against other players who have done the same.
  • October 28–November 4: Innistrad Flashback Draft. This is our Halloween tradition: three packs of Innistrad, just the way it was in 2011. Long may it . . . uh . . . stay spooky?
  • November 4–18: Vintage Cube. Don't worry, this isn't replacing our end-of-year tradition of more Vintage Cube. But we've got a little event called the MOCS happening during this two-week run's second weekend, and it uses Vintage Cube as part of the competition. So, to ensure players have the ability to practice for the event, everyone gets an extra two weeks of Vintage Cube.
  • November 18–25: No events this week. It's the launch weekend of Commander Legends, and there will be plenty of new and exciting events to play there!
  • November 25–December 2: This week, a popular cube from the Spotlight Cube Series returns: Kyle O'Neill's Core Set Cube, now updated through Core Set 2021! (Not to be confused with the kor set Zendikar Rising, which will still have full events running.)
  • December 2–9: Chaos Draft: Masters Sets. For just this week, our Chaos Drafts are going to take only the top sets! Every set in this draft will be a Masters set, and it'll be glorious.
  • December 9–16: Supreme Draft: CHAOS! Combining the fun of Supreme Draft with Chaos Draft, you'll draft a deck from 18 different packs. Which packs? Who knows? Enjoy the chaos!
  • December 16–23: A brand-new addition to the Spotlight Cube Series. As usual, more details will come later, but this one promises to be a wheel of a good time.
  • December 23–30: Supreme Draft: Vintage Cube. What happens when you combine one of the most powerful formats ever with the most powerful Draft style? Yep. A week of that.
  • Starting December 30 and running up until the week before Kaldheim releases: Vintage Cube. Another update in, this time with Commander Legends cards in the mix. This is easily the most common request we get, so . . . we hear you. More Vintage Cube. This will last for a few weeks, until . . .
  • The Wednesday eight days before the Kaldheim release, right up until we turn that set's events on: Vintage Masters Flashback. One of the most popular Draft formats of all time is back to round out Zendikar Rising season. We'll have a little more than a week of that, and then . . . well, it's not quite time to talk about Kaldheim just yet.

Zendikar Rising Redemption Delays

Due to production delays keeping the redemption sets from arriving, the start of Zendikar Rising redemption will be delayed. We will announce more information, including any potential deadline extensions, when they become available.


Limited Split Championship Qualifier Saturday

On Saturday, October 24, there will be a Zendikar Rising Sealed Split Championship Qualifier at 7 a.m. PT! The entry fee is 40 MOCS Qualifier Points. The winner qualifies for the Zendikar Rising Split Championship on MTG Arena.

The qualifying season for the Zendikar Rising Split Championship ends on November 1 (next weekend). Season 3 QPs will continue to be valid through December 6 (or December 9 for MOCS Last Chance Events).

Learn more about Split Championship Qualifier events here.


Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Format Challenges are the first step toward qualifying for Premier Play through your favorite Magic formats. To learn more about Premier Play qualification, click here.

Magic Online's Format Challenges now run once on Saturdays and once on Sundays for each Constructed format! On weekends featuring Showcase Challenge events, the Format Challenge that starts at either 6 a.m., 8 a.m., or 10 a.m. Pacific time is pre-empted by the Showcase Challenge—Format Challenges scheduled at other times remain in place. NOTE: The Pauper Challenge is never pre-empted.

Pacific Time (-7 from UTC)

Check out this page for further event details.


Next Downtime November 18

The next downtime will be November 18, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until noon. This is for the release of Commander Legends and is a change from previous announcements. All times listed are Pacific time (UTC-8).


Build Notes

  • Modal double-faced cards that are only lands on their back sides will no longer be seen as lands by cards like Land Grant that look for land cards in hand.
  • Players who purchased the Legacy Eternal Weekend token will no longer have access to cards not in their collection with Wednesday's no-downtime release. (Players who purchased both the Legacy and Vintage tokens are unaffected.)

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