Magic Online Announcements, November 5, 2019

更新日 Magic Online on 2019年 11月 5日

By Wizards of the Coast

Magic Online Announcements, November 5, 2019

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Pioneering a New Ban Cadence

Pioneer on Magic Online

Masters Edition III Encore Draft

Alternative Play Calendar

Legacy Premier League

Pioneer PTQ Finals Friday

Legacy PTQ Finals Saturday

Limited PTQ Finals Sunday

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Downtime December 2

Build Notes


Pioneering a New Ban Cadence

For the new Pioneer format, R&D has announced that all changes to the banned list will happen on Mondays. Since we know that many Pioneer fans play on Magic Online, we wanted to make it clear how this will work with Magic Online league play.

Until the Pioneer format is placed on the normal ban cadence, Pioneer bans will take effect the day after the announcement, at noon Pacific time on Tuesdays.

If a card is banned, players using the newly banned card in a league can finish their league courses up until the ban takes effect. At noon PT on Tuesday, any remaining players with newly illegal decks will be removed from the league with their entry option returned to their collection. If a card is unbanned, players will be able to join the Pioneer league with decks containing those cards after the changes are made effective at noon PT on Tuesday.


Pioneer on Magic Online

Pioneer, Magic's new nonrotating format featuring cards from Return to Ravnica forward, has arrived on Magic Online. Pioneer Leagues and Format Challenges are well underway, so now's the time to build something new!

For more information about Pioneer, check out Blake's announcement article.


Masters Edition III Encore Draft

Beginning tomorrow, November 6, and running until next Wednesday, November 13, you can draft Masters Edition III. And just like the Masters Edition draft two weeks earlier, it's using the original Draft style: this is non-Phantom. When you draft these cards, they're added to your collection. Entry options are 12 Event Tickets, 3 Masters Edition III boosters plus 2 Event Tickets, or 120 Play Points.

For weeks listed in the Alternative Play Calendar from Alli's article as non-Phantom events, this League will begin at approximately 10 a.m. PT on the first day listed, which is always a Wednesday. These Leagues will be closed to new entries at 10 a.m. PT on the last day listed and ended no later than 2 p.m. that same day.


Alternative Play Calendar

For the Throne of Eldraine Alternative Play season, we're trying something new and different: a series of blasts from the past. And by that, we mean way in the past. For this season, we're introducing several non-Phantom events into the schedule, but all events listed below are Phantom unless stated otherwise:

Events Dates Phantom or non-Phantom
Masters Edition III Encore Draft November 6–13 non-Phantom
Legacy Cube November 13–20 Phantom
Masters Edition IV Encore Draft November 20–27 non-Phantom
Modern Horizons Encore Draft November 27–December 4 Phantom & non-Phantom
Vintage Masters Encore Draft December 4–11 non-Phantom
Vintage Cube December 11–TBD Phantom

Legacy Premier League

Legacy Premier League, Legacy's popular community league, makes its return on twitch.tv/itsJulian. Don't miss Week Two of playoffs on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT). Head over to the Legacy Premier League page to check out previous results, past videos, decklists, and more.


Pioneer PTQ Finals Friday

On Friday, November 8, there will be a Pioneer PTQ Finals with a special start time of 3 p.m. PT! The event will cost 30 Event Tickets or 300 Play Points. The winner receives an invitation to their choice of the first set of Players Tour regional events in February.

Learn more about Players Tour Qualifier events here.


Legacy PTQ Finals Saturday

On Saturday, November 9, there will be a Legacy PTQ Finals at 9 a.m. PT! The event will cost 30 Event Tickets or 300 Play Points. The winner receives an invitation to their choice of the first set of Players Tour regional events in February.

Learn more about Players Tour Qualifier events here.


Limited PTQ Finals Sunday

On Sunday, November 10, there will be a Limited PTQ Finals at 7 a.m. PT. The set will be Throne of Eldraine, and each event will cost 1 Limited PTQ Finals Token. The winner receives an invitation to their choice of the first set of Players Tour regional events in February.

Learn more about Players Tour 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 Format Focus events and premier play qualification, click here.

The Magic Online Format Challenges continue every weekend for Modern, Vintage, Legacy, and Pauper formats except when replaced by Format Playoffs during scheduled Format Playoff dates.

Pacific Time (-8 from UTC)

Start Time Event Type

Saturday, 8 a.m.

Modern Challenge

Saturday, 10 a.m.

Vintage Challenge

Sunday, 6 a.m.

Pioneer Challenge

Sunday, 8 a.m.

Legacy Challenge

Sunday, 10 a.m.

Pauper Challenge

Check out this page for further event details.


Downtime December 2

The next downtime will be on a Monday rather than the usual Wednesday, December 2, beginning at 3 a.m. and continuing until noon. All times listed are Pacific time (UTC-8).


Build Notes

General | Eternal Weekend codes are working and will expire on December 31, 2019. Click here for promotional info.

General | Client timers now behave correctly after the Daylight Savings Time adjustment.

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