Magic Online Announcements, October 27, 2020

Posted in Magic Online on 27 Ottobre 2020

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, October 27, 2020

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Innistrad Flashback Draft October 28

Updated Alternate Play Schedule

Pioneer Super Qualifier Saturday

Modern Split Championship Qualifier Sunday

Kaldheim Qualifiers for MOCS Season 3

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime November 18

Build Notes


Innistrad Flashback Draft October 28

As is Halloween tradition, players can enjoy bloodcurdling battles in the upcoming Innistrad Flashback Draft! Get in on all the spooky action starting Wednesday, October 28. Innistrad Flashback Draft runs through November 4—plenty of time to draft your favorite creepy creatures.

For more info on Flashback events, click here.


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.

Pioneer Super Qualifier Saturday

On Saturday, October 31, there will be a Pioneer Super Qualifier at 7 a.m. PDT (14:00 UTC)! The entry fee is 40 MOCS Qualifier Points, 40 Event Tickets, or 400 Play Points. The top two finishers qualify for the Zendikar Rising Split Championship on MTG Arena.

Learn more about Super Qualifier events here.


Modern Split Championship Qualifier Sunday

On Sunday, November 1, there will be a Modern 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.

Please note that this is the last chance to earn an invite to the Zendikar Rising Split Championship from Magic Online. Also note that North America and several other regions revert to Standard Time on Sunday morning. The event begins at 7 a.m. PST (15:00 UTC). Magic Online will automatically account for the time change based on your computer's time zone settings after Sunday at 2 a.m.

Learn more about Split Championship Qualifier events here.


Kaldheim Qualifiers for MOCS Season 3

Date Time Event Format Invitation
Saturday, November 14, 2020 3:00 a.m. Pioneer Super Qualifier Pioneer Kaldheim Split Championship (MTG Arena)
Sunday, November 15, 2020 7:00 a.m. Modern SC Qualifier Modern Kaldheim Split Championship (MTG Arena)
Saturday, November 21, 2020 7:00 a.m. Limited SC Qualifier ZNR Sealed Kaldheim Split Championship (MTG Arena)
Sunday, November 22, 2020 7:00 a.m. Limited Super Qualifier ZNR Sealed Kaldheim Split Championship (MTG Arena)
Saturday, November 28, 2020 7:00 a.m. Pioneer SC Qualifier Pioneer Kaldheim Split Championship (MTG Arena)
Sunday, November 29, 2020 7:00 a.m. Limited SC Qualifier ZNR Sealed Kaldheim Split Championship (MTG Arena)
Friday, December 4, 2020 2:00 p.m. Modern Super Qualifier Modern Kaldheim Split Championship (MTG Arena)

Additional Qualifiers/Super Qualifiers for the Kaldheim round will be announced in December.


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.

  • Saturday (UTC -7), Sunday (UTC -8)
    • The Vintage Challenge normally held at midnight Sunday PT will start at 2:05 a.m. PT (10:05 UTC) this week only. This avoids an issue inside the MTGO client related to Daylight Savings.

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

  • Card access granted for Vintage Eternal Weekend will be removed.

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