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Two-Factor Authentication on MTGO!

A long-requested security feature will be added to MTGO during tomorrow's downtime - Two-Factor Authentication! Check out Ryan Spain's article explaining the what, why, and how to enable this feature: https://www.mtgo.com/news/mtgo-2fa-53023
 

Vintage Cube Draft League info!

To accommodate changes to the Vintage Cube announced in today's Blog, we will pause the Vintage Cube League and at 9:20 a.m. PT for 40 minutes - this will allow drafts in flight to finish - and then resume the League at 10 a.m. Thank you for your patience!
 

Weekly Blog - May 23, 2023

THE LEAD​

Two-Factor Authentication Live on May 31​

A long-requested security feature will be added to Magic Online during next week’s downtime. We’ll have a full article on how to activate Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) next Tuesday.

Congratulations to Marco Vassallo, TrueHero of the MOCS Season 1 Showcase!​

Saturday’s MOCS Season 1 Showcase was dominated by Marco Vassallo (TrueHero) and Sean Goddard (Beekeeper).

The players first faced off in the finals of the Vintage Cube pod – which Marco took down. Then they met again in the finals of the Modern pod – Sean denied Marco the 6-0 sweep, setting up a rematch in the championship round.

In the finals, Marco flipped the script - his twin strategies of Goryo’s Vengeance and Through the Breach overwhelmed Sean’s Indomitable Creativity.

Marco Vassallo took home $20,000 as Champion, while Sean Goddard earned $15,000. Both players will appear at World Championship XXIX in September!

The MTGO game team thanks all 8 Showcase competitors, our talented team of casters, and the exceptional behind-the-scenes production team for a great event!

If you want to be part of the next Showcase in August, click the Premier Play Information link at the top to learn more.

All-Access Returns Next Week!​

Are you a Mox or five short of your dream Vintage deck? Maybe you want to set up and run through your own Modern playtesting gauntlet. Or perhaps you just want to try out some quirky Commander brews, but you don’t have a deep collection. Good news, All-Access Weeks are back! From May 31 to June 14, the Mythic Event Token will be available in the Magic Online Store allowing players to use almost every card in the game.

The token is $25.00 USD and goes on-sale next Wednesday, May 31 following downtime. The access will last from time of purchase until downtime on June 14. We'll remove all Mythic Event Tokens from accounts and turn off All-Access during that downtime. If you’re still competing in a Constructed League on that day, you’ll be allowed to complete that course.

You can also enter one of two constructed Super Qualifiers by purchasing a second Mythic Event Token and spending both as an entry option. Don’t worry, you’ll still have the access until June 14 even if the Token is no longer on your account in this case. Those events are:

  • Legacy Super Qualifier – Friday, June 2 at 7 a.m. PT
  • Pioneer Super Qualifier – Friday, June 9 at 2 p.m. PT
Additionally, for players with enough Qualifier Points, there are 4 Showcase Challenges – the first step along the MOCS path – over the two weekends in the All-Access period. And as usual, the normal suite of Preliminaries and Challenges are available to try out.

Note: Just like previous All-Access periods, certain cards (Secret Lair versions, Battlebond, and old-frame Power Nine) are unavailable. All-Access doesn’t apply to Limited events.

Vintage Cube With a Twist for Week 3!​

Magic Online’s most popular format is back – Vintage Cube rolls on! You have one more week to enjoy this iteration - events close next Wednesday.

After taking in feedback from the community regarding this iteration of the Cube, Creative Director Ryan Spain has some changes that we’ll put into place today at 10 a.m. PT (we will pause the League at 9:20 to enable all drafts in flight to finish prior to putting these changes in). Find out Ryan’s reasoning behind these changes in this updated article – or for the unabridged version, listen to his conversation with Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas featured on this week’s Limited Resources podcast!

CARD ADDEDCARD REMOVED
Retrofitter FoundrySorcerous Spyglass
Thundermaw HellkiteRampaging Ferocidon
Yawgmoth, Thran PhysicianThoughtpicker Witch
Nicol Bolas, God-PharoahTezzeret the Seeker
Boon-Bringer ValkyrieAngel of Sanctions
Ledger ShredderLooter il-Kor
Cabal TherapyCabal Therapist
It is expected that players who drafted prior to the changes will be paired with those who draft afterwards, so you may still see a card now removed from the Cube in another player’s deck.

The Cube card list taking effect today can be viewed on this page.

Entry options for this Phantom event (your choice – League or single-elimination Queue) are the customary 10 Event Tickets or 100 Play Points. See you in the Cube!

PREMIER PLAY​

Six Regional Championship Invites Up For Grabs This Weekend!​

Your next chances to earn a seat at this fall’s round of Regional Championship come up this weekend.

First up is a Pioneer Qualifier this Saturday, May 27 at a special start time of 5 a.m. PT (12:00 UTC).

The Qualifier’s sole entry option is 40 MOCS Season 2 Qualifier Points. The Top 2 finishers in the event earn seats at the RC round that starts in late September, and prizes pay out to the Top 64!

Then on Sunday, May 28th, MTGO will hold a Limited Super Qualifier at 7 a.m. PT (14:00 UTC). It’s March of the Machine Sealed Deck with a Top 8 Draft playoff.

The Super Qualifier’s entry options are 40 Event Tickets, 400 Play Points, or 40 MOCS Season 2 Qualifier Points. The Top 4 finishers earn seats at the RC and prizes pay out to the Top 128!

Click the Premier Play Information link at the top of this Blog for full details. For more details on tabletop Regional Championships, visit magic.gg.

ALTERNATE PLAY​

Alternate Play Schedule​

Here’s a look at the schedule of events coming up between now and The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth™. Each description mentions whether or not the Draft is Phantom – cards won’t be added to players’ collections in Phantom events. All event transitions are at 10 a.m. PT unless otherwise noted:
  • Now- May 31Vintage Cube is back for a THREE-week run to support the Season 1 MOCS Showcase on May 20 (twitch.tv/magic). (Phantom)
  • May 31-June 7 – How many Phyrexian incursions into planes have there been? One of the most famous ones is among the most beloved old draft formats – it’s Invasion Block (IPA) Flashback! (Phantom)
  • June 7-14 – Another famous Phyrexian battle front was the plane of Rath. We’ll head back there via Tempest Remastered. (Phantom)
  • June 14-LTR Release – Emblematic of March of the Machine and back for the first time in four years – it’s Battle of the Planes! (Phantom)

WEEKLY UPDATES​

Redemption Update​

Redemption Tokens for March of the Machine will go on sale in the MTGO Store tomorrow, May 24 at 10 a.m. PT (17:00 UTC ). We apologize for the late notice in delaying the start fo the sale.

IMPORTANT: Starting today, Redemptions Tokens are non-refundable! We've updated our Redemption page with that information.

Tokens for Phyrexia: All Will Be One and The Brothers' War remain available.

For more details on the redemption program, click here.

March of the Machine on MTGO​

Want to learn all about what we’re offering for the multiplanar battle spectacular that is March of the Machine? Go read the article now for info on:
  • A new Art Bundle
  • How to Battle on MTGO
  • Alternate Play Schedule, including Magic 30 Cube and Vintage Cube
  • Our next All-Access
  • Odds and Ends

March of the Machine: The Aftermath on MTGO​

After the battle of the Multiverse has been won, what becomes of the story’s key figures? All is explained in the 50-card micro-set March of the Machine: The Aftermath! This Standard-legal expansion – which has a set code of MAT – is now available in the Magic Online Store.

The booster sells for $2.49 USD in the MTGO Store. Because the set is not designed for Limited play, the main way to get the cards will be by purchasing boosters. (Note: Cards in the set will be available for use in future Cubes)

You can get more descriptions about each 5-card booster’s contents in this article from Wizards of the Coast. MAT will not be redeemable, though regular and foil digital sets will exist inside the game.

Like most expansions, extended-art and retro versions of the cards are now available in the Curated slot of Treasure Chests. They will also appear in the Booster Fun slot of each pack.

The next Magic Online Player Rewards drop on June 1st (based on play and purchases in May) will feature foil, alternate-art versions of the set’s uncommons.

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend​

Format Challenges are the first step toward qualifying for Premier Play through your favorite Magic formats and provide excellent prizes for those looking to test their mettle in their favorite formats. Learn more about Premier Play qualification to get started today.

Magic Online's Format Challenges run as shown on the schedule below.

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.

NOTES:
CONSTRUCTED
  • In MOCS Season 2, Vintage and Standard Challenges are never pre-empted
  • 32-Player events require 32 players to fire and give prizes to the Top 32.
    • Pauper and Vintage Challenges are always 32-Player tournaments.
  • All other events listed require 64 players to fire and give prizes to the Top 64.
LIMITED
  • 32-Player Limited Challenge events are 6 rounds with no playoff
  • 64-Player Limited Challenge events are 7 rounds with no playoff
TIME (PT)FRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY
12:00 a.m. Vintage Challenge
1:00 a.m. 32-Player Limited Challenge32-Player Limited Challenge
2:00 a.m. Pauper Challenge
4:00 a.m. 32-Player Legacy ChallengeModern Challenge
6:00 a.m. 32-Player Standard ChallengePioneer Challenge
8:00 a.m. Modern ChallengeLegacy Challenge
10:00 a.m. Vintage ChallengePauper Challenge
12:00 p.m. 32-Player Limited Challenge32-Player Limited Challenge
2:00 p.m. Pioneer Challenge32-Player Standard Challenge
4:00 p.m.32-Player Limited Challenge
6:00 p.m.Modern ChallengeModern Challenge
Check out the Magic Online Format Challenges page for further event details.

Next Scheduled Downtime - May 31, 2023 at 9 a.m. PT​

Our next scheduled downtime is next Wednesday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Pacific time (16:00-19:00 UTC). This is for the release of Two-Factor Authentication into the MTGO game client. We’ll have an article live before then to discuss how to activate this security feature.
 

MOM Redemption Date Change

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Weekly Blog - May 16, 2023

THE LEAD​

Tune in to the MOCS Season 1 Showcase This Saturday!​

Tune in as eight of Magic Online's best players compete for their share of $70,000 and two invitations to the 2023 World Championship! Headlining the field is Karl Sarap (#terribad), fresh off a Top 8 Pro Tour March of the Machine and a Top 4 finish at last year’s World Championship.

The broadcast begins this Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m. Pacific (17:00 UTC/19:00 CEST/02:00 Sunday JST) on twitch.tv/magic.

Reigning Magic: The Gathering World Champion (and PT MOM winner) Nathan Steuer enters the commentary booth, joining Beky Bell, Carmen Handy, and Haiyue Yue to call all the action in Vintage Cube and Modern!

Learn more about the Showcase in this Viewers Guide article.

March of the Machine: The Aftermath Live on MTGO​

After the battle of the Multiverse has been won, what becomes of the story’s key figures? All is explained in the 50-card micro-set March of the Machine: The Aftermath! This Standard-legal expansion – which has a set code of MAT – is now available in the Magic Online Store.

The booster sells for $2.49 USD in the MTGO Store. Because the set is not designed for Limited play, the main way to get the cards will be by purchasing boosters. (Note: Cards in the set will be available for use in future Cubes).

You can get more descriptions about each 5-card booster’s contents in this article from Wizards of the Coast. MAT will not be redeemable, though regular and foil digital sets will exist inside the game.

Like most expansions, extended-art and retro versions of the cards will be available in the Curated slot of Treasure Chests when those update tomorrow (see TC item below). They will also appear in the Booster Fun slot of each pack.

The next Magic Online Player Rewards drop on June 1st (based on play and purchases in May) will feature foil, alternate-art versions of the set’s uncommons.

Vintage Cube Continues Until May 31​

Magic Online’s most popular format is back – Vintage Cube rolls on! The Cube returns because it’s a featured format of the upcoming MOCS Season 1 Showcase event mentioned above.

Our Cube has also returned to its roots, as explained by our new Cube curator – Creative Director Ryan Spain – in this article. Be sure to check out Ryan’s philosophy on crafting this experience.

The full Cube card list can be viewed on this page.

NOTE: There was a tweak last week while a bug was being fixed, so be sure to check the list for updates.

Entry options for this Phantom event (your choice – League or single-elimination Queue) are the customary 10 Event Tickets or 100 Play Points. See you in the Cube now until May 31!

PREMIER PLAY​

Two MOM Limited Qualifiers This Weekend​

Your next chances to earn a seat at this fall’s round of Regional Championship come up this weekend. The name of the game this weekend is March of the Machine Sealed Deck with Top 8 Draft.

These Limited Qualifiers begin at:
  • 1 a.m. PT (8:00 UTC / 10:00 CEST) Saturday, May 20
  • 7 a.m. PT (14:00 UTC) Sunday, May 21
Each Qualifier’s entry option is 40 MOCS Season 2 Qualifier Points. The Top 2 finishers in each tournament earn seats at the RC round that starts in late September, and prizes pay out to the Top 64!

Click the Premier Play Information link at the top of this Blog for full details. For more details on tabletop Regional Championships, visit magic.gg.

Save the Date – All-Access Returns May 31​

One of our most popular programs, All-Access, comes back to Magic Online for two weeks start May 31st – we'll have more details about this next week, but we want to ensure it gets onto your calendar.

ALTERNATE PLAY​

Alternate Play Schedule​

Here’s a look at the schedule of events coming up between now and The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth™. Each description mentions whether or not the Draft is Phantom – cards won’t be added to players’ collections in Phantom events. All event transitions are at 10 a.m. PT unless otherwise noted:

  • Now- May 31Vintage Cube is back for a THREE-week run to support the Season 1 MOCS Showcase on May 20 (twitch.tv/magic). (Phantom)
  • May 31-June 7 – How many Phyrexian incursions into planes have there been? One of the most famous ones is among the most beloved old draft formats – it’s Invasion Block (IPA) Flashback! (Phantom)
  • June 7-14 – Another famous Phyrexian battle front was the plane of Rath. We’ll head back there via Tempest Remastered. (Phantom)
  • June 14-LTR Release – Emblematic of March of the Machine and back for the first time in four years – it’s Battle of the Planes! (Phantom)

Phantom Sealed Returns!​

March of the Machine has another play option available in a League – Phantom Sealed Deck. This event costs just 6 Event Tickets or 60 Play Points to join and provides you with up to three rounds of play. Like all Phantom events, cards opened in this League won’t be added to your Collection. The League runs until June 20, the same day all of the other March of the Machine Leagues drop to a close.

WEEKLY UPDATES​

Treasure Chest Update​

Our update to incorporate March of the Machine: The Aftermath into Treasure Chests is scheduled to take place tomorrow around 10 a.m. PT (17:00 UTC) - look for precise timing announcements on Twitter and Discord that day.

The Aftermath’s rares and mythics will be available in both extended-art and foil-etched treatments. Some of the cards will also have retro or Planar Legends versions as well. These cards have been added to the Curated slot.

Another item returning to the Curated slot are full sets! The Brother’s War and Phyrexia: All Will Be One regular sets are possible to open in a Treasure Chest.

Finally, we get to hack away at our Commander Backlog by adding 28 cards from March of the Machine Commander set (including the 3 Prerelease team-up cards), most of which didn’t require any developer time to implement. These cards will be in the TC-Only slot:

Begin the InvasionEmergent WoodwurmKatilda and Lier
Bitterthorn, Nissa's AnimusElenda and AzorMoira and Teshar
Blight TitanExsanguinator CavalryNesting Dovehawk
Brimaz, Blight of OreskosGoro-Goro and SatoruPain Distributor
Chivalric AllianceGuardian ScalelordShalai and Hallar
Conclave Sledge-CaptainHedron DetonatorSlimefoot and Squee
Darksteel SplicerHerald of HoofbeatsVivien's Talent
Death-Greeter's ChampionInfernal SovereignVodalian Wave-Knight
Deluxe DragsterKasla, the Broken HaloWildfire Awakener
Elenda and Azor
The TC-Only slot also contains a pair of commons that need additional copies distributed: Guildsworn Prowler and Guardian Naga.

To see the updated Treasure Chest list with the full group of changes and new slot ratios, click the Treasure Chest link at the top of the Blog.

Redemption Update​

Redemption Tokens for March of the Machine will go on sale in the MTGO Store tomorrow, May 17 next Wednesday - May 24 at 10 a.m. PT (17:00 UTC ).

Tokens for Phyrexia: All Will Be One and The Brothers' War remain available.

For more details on the redemption program, click here.

March of the Machine on MTGO​

Want to learn all about what we’re offering for the multiplanar battle spectacular that is March of the Machine? Go read the article now for info on:

  • A new Art Bundle
  • How to Battle on MTGO
  • Alternate Play Schedule, including Magic 30 Cube and Vintage Cube
  • Our next All-Access
  • Odds and Ends

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend​

Format Challenges are the first step toward qualifying for Premier Play through your favorite Magic formats and provide excellent prizes for those looking to test their mettle in their favorite formats. Learn more about Premier Play qualification to get started today.

Magic Online's Format Challenges run as shown on the schedule below.

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.

NOTES:
CONSTRUCTED
  • In MOCS Season 2, Vintage and Standard Challenges are never pre-empted
  • 32-Player events require 32 players to fire and give prizes to the Top 32.
    • Pauper and Vintage Challenges are always 32-Player tournaments.
  • All other events listed require 64 players to fire and give prizes to the Top 64.
LIMITED
  • 32-Player Limited Challenge events are 6 rounds with no playoff
  • 64-Player Limited Challenge events are 7 rounds with no playoff
TIME (PT)FRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY
12:00 a.m.Vintage Challenge
1:00 a.m.32-Player Limited Challenge32-Player Limited Challenge
2:00 a.m.Pauper Challenge
4:00 a.m.32-Player Legacy ChallengeModern Challenge
6:00 a.m.32-Player Standard ChallengePioneer Challenge
8:00 a.m.Modern ChallengeLegacy Challenge
10:00 a.m.Vintage ChallengePauper Challenge
12:00 p.m.32-Player Limited Challenge32-Player Limited Challenge
2:00 p.m.Pioneer Challenge32-Player Standard Challenge
4:00 p.m.32-Player Limited Challenge
6:00 p.m.Modern ChallengeModern Challenge
Check out the Magic Online Format Challenges page for further event details.

Patch Notes - May 12, 2023 (Hotfix)​

  • Karn, Scion of Urza correctly has no effect on future draw steps after activating its +1 ability.
  • In the Game History section of Settings, Game and Match ID numbers can now be copied with a button click.

Next Scheduled Downtime - June 14, 2023 or earlier​

Feature development is in progress, so we will announce the next downtime once we determine it. There will definitely be a downtime on Wednesday, June 14 from 9 a.m. to noon PT (16:00-19:00 UTC) to support adding The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth™ to the game client in advance of a June 20 on-sale date.
 

Emergency Downtime - May 15, 2023

Leagues will be paused at Noon PT, and Legacy Prelim at 11:00am PT and Modern Prelim at 3:00pm PT are being cancelled for emergency downtime to address the product opening issue. Downtime will begin at 1:00pm PT. Thank you for your patience, please stay tuned for updates.
 

End of maintenance - May 13, 2023

Thank you for your patience. Our fix did not succeed and we will not be able to address it until Monday morning. In the meantime, Vintage Cube, Constructed, Casual Play, and MOM Draft are available. All MOM Sealed is paused until we can get a fix.
 

Downtime Information - May 13, 2023

We have identified a fix for the issue with opening sealed product. Leagues are now paused and downtime will start at 7:35 PT (1 hour from now). Trading will be stopped 20 minutes prior to downtime. Downtime expected to last 2 hours. Stay tuned to our social pages and Discord.
 

Sealed Product and Events update.

There is a known bug preventing players from opening sealed product and entering Sealed queues. We are investigating the issue, and have cancelled all scheduled Sealed events for Saturday, May 13th. The status of Sunday Sealed events is pending the results of the effort to fix the issue today.
 

Limited Scheduled events info!

We are pulling down Limited Scheduled events for the rest of the day. We will look at Sunday's events later today if necessary. Vintage Cube and MOM Draft Leagues are unaffected.
 

Vintage Cube Update - May 2023

MOM Aftermath update!

Surprise! MOM Aftermath boosters go on-sale tomorrow at 10am PT (instead of Thursday). When they do, the cards immediately become legal in all formats. Aftermath's first Prelim is the 11am Pioneer event. Leagues will not be reset - current Leagues continue until LTR.
 

Vintage Cube Article - May 2023

Weekly Blog - May 9, 2023

THE LEAD​

March of the Machine: The Aftermath on MTGO Thursday!​

After the battle of the Multiverse has been won, what becomes of the story’s key figures? All is explained in the 50-card micro-set March of the Machine: The Aftermath! This Standard-legal expansion – which has a set code of MAT – releases on Magic Online next Thursday, May 11 at 10 a.m. Pacific time (17:00 UTC).

You can get more descriptions about each 5-card booster’s contents in this article from Wizards of the Coast.

MAT will not be redeemable, though regular and foil digital sets will exist inside the game. Though MAT is currently viewable in the Collection scene, reprints newly added to formats (#traininggrounds) will not be legal until the on-sale date.

The booster will sell for $2.49 USD in the MTGO Store. Because the set is not designed for Limited play, the main way to get the cards will be by purchasing boosters. (Note: Cards in the set will be available for use in future Cubes)

Like most expansions, extended-art and etched versions of the cards will be available in the Curated slot of Treasure Chests when those update on Wednesday, May 17. They will also appear in the Booster Fun slot of each pack.

Magic Online Player Rewards drop on June 1 (based on play and purchases in May) will feature foil, alternate-art versions of the set’s uncommons.

Vintage Cube Returns Tomorrow​

Magic Online’s most popular format is back – Vintage Cube starts a three-week run tomorrow at 10 a.m. Pacific time (17:00 UTC)! The Cube is back because it’s a featured format of the upcoming MOCS Season 1 Showcase event (May 20, twitch.tv/magic).

Our Cube has also returned to its roots, as explained by our new Cube curator – Creative Director Ryan Spain – in an article being published later today. Be sure to check out Ryan’s pverall philosophy on crafting this experience.

The full Cube card list is viewable now at this page - see Ryan's card-by-card notes on the 80 changes to the Cube there.

Entry options for this Phantom event (your choice – League or single-elimination Queue) are the customary 10 Event Tickets or 100 Play Points. See you in the Cube!

ICYMI – Standard Rotation Change​

During Sunday’s broadcast of the Pro Tour Top 8, Aaron Forsythe and Billy Jensen announced a change to the cadence of Standard rotations. There will be no rotation this fall as Standard moves from a two-year cycle to a three-year cycle. For more discussion about this, read the Revitalizing Standard article.

PREMIER PLAY​

MOCS Showcase Challenge Events This Weekend​

A new MOCS season is here, as is the first round of Showcase Challenges feeding Season 2’s Showcase Qualifiers in July.

It takes 40 Season 2 Qualifier Points to enter a Showcase Challenge. The Top 8 finishers in each event earn a Championship Entry Token for the event’s format plus earn Leaderboard Points toward an At-Large berth in the next Showcase!

Here are the dates and times for the next group – NOTE: the Pauper event is not being held in its Challenge’s normal time slot:

DATETIME (PT)TIME (UTC)EVENTFORMAT
Saturday, May 13, 20238:00 a.m.15:00Pauper Showcase ChallengePauper
Sunday, May 14, 20238:00 a.m.15:00Legacy Showcase ChallengeLegacy
Click the Premier Play Information link at the top of this Blog for full details.

ALTERNATE PLAY​

Alternate Play Schedule​

Here’s a look at the schedule of events coming up between now and The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth™. Each description mentions whether or not the Draft is Phantom – cards won’t be added to players’ collections in Phantom events. All event transitions are at 10 a.m. PT unless otherwise noted:
  • May 10-31Vintage Cube is back for a THREE-week run to support the Season 1 MOCS Showcase on May 20 (twitch.tv/magic). (Phantom)
  • May 31-June 7 – How many Phyrexian incursions into planes have there been? One of the most famous ones is among the most beloved old draft formats – it’s Invasion Block (IPA) Flashback! (Phantom)
  • June 7-14 – Another famous Phyrexian battle front was the plane of Rath. We’ll head back there via Tempest Remastered. (Phantom)
  • June 14-LTR Release – Emblematic of March of the Machine and back for the first time in four years – it’s Battle of the Planes! (Phantom)

WEEKLY UPDATES​

Redemption Update​

As of April 28, Dominaria United redemption tokens are sold out!

Tokens for March of the Machine are planned to go on sale in the MTGO Store on Wednesday, May 17. This date is tentative – watch this space next week for a definitive date.

Redemption Tokens for Phyrexia: All Will Be One and The Brothers' War remain available.

For more details on the redemption program, click here.

March of the Machine on MTGO​

Want to learn all about what we’re offering for the multiplanar battle spectacular that is March of the Machine? Go read the article now for info on:
  • A new Art Bundle
  • How to Battle on MTGO
  • Alternate Play Schedule, including Magic 30 Cube and Vintage Cube
  • Our next All-Access
  • Odds and Ends

Format Challenge Update​

Based on player feedback, the Sunday Standard Challenge is reverting to the Small (32-player) event structure starting this weekend.

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend​

Format Challenges are the first step toward qualifying for Premier Play through your favorite Magic formats and provide excellent prizes for those looking to test their mettle in their favorite formats. Learn more about Premier Play qualification to get started today.

Magic Online's Format Challenges run as shown on the schedule below.

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.

NOTES:
CONSTRUCTED
  • In MOCS Season 2, Vintage and Standard Challenges are never pre-empted
  • 32-Player events require 32 players to fire and give prizes to the Top 32.
    • Pauper and Vintage Challenges are always 32-Player tournaments.
  • All other events listed require 64 players to fire and give prizes to the Top 64.
LIMITED
  • 32-Player Limited Challenge events are 6 rounds with no playoff
  • 64-Player Limited Challenge events are 7 rounds with no playoff
TIME (PT)FRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY
12:00 a.m. Vintage Challenge
1:00 a.m. 32-Player Limited Challenge32-Player Limited Challenge
2:00 a.m. Pauper Challenge
4:00 a.m. 32-Player Legacy ChallengeModern Challenge
6:00 a.m. 32-Player Standard ChallengePioneer Challenge
8:00 a.m. Modern ChallengeLegacy Challenge
10:00 a.m. Vintage ChallengePauper Challenge
12:00 p.m. 32-Player Limited Challenge32-Player Limited Challenge
2:00 p.m. Pioneer Challenge32-Player Standard Challenge
4:00 p.m.32-Player Limited Challenge
6:00 p.m.Modern ChallengeModern Challenge
Check out the Magic Online Format Challenges page for further event details.

Patch Notes - May 10, 2023​

  • In Premier Events, players who disconnect while sideboarding will be able to return to the sideboarding scene if time remains.
  • Chain Lightning and other Chain cards that can be copied by an opponent will work as expected.
  • Sagas with Read Ahead will correctly not trigger if a counter is added with proliferate.
  • Melira, the Living Cure will correctly reduce the amount of poison received by its controller down to one per turn.
  • Invasion of Alara will no longer allow putting a land card into hand.
  • Living End will no longer put Battles with a creature on the back face onto the battlefield.
  • Event listings will change in the Constructed Play Lobby – Leagues will appear above all non-Premier Scheduled Events in each applicable format.

Next Scheduled Downtime - To Be Determined​

The downtime that was planned for tomorrow has been converted to a live patch. We will announce the next downtime once we determine it.
 

Magic 30 Cube

Weekly Blog - May 2, 2023

THE LEAD​

March of the Machine: The Aftermath on MTGO​

After the battle of the Multiverse has been won, what becomes of the story’s key figures? All is explained in the 50-card micro-set March of the Machine: The Aftermath! This Standard-legal expansion – which has a set code of MAT – releases on Magic Online next Thursday, May 11 at 10 a.m. Pacific time (17:00 UTC).

You can get more descriptions about each 5-card booster’s contents in this article from Wizards of the Coast.

MAT will not be redeemable, though regular and foil digital sets will exist inside the game. Though MAT will be live in the Collection scene on May 3, reprints newly added to formats will not be legal until the on-sale date.

The booster will sell for $2.49 USD in the MTGO Store. Because the set is not designed for Limited play, the main way to get the cards will be by purchasing boosters. (Note: Cards in the set will be available for use in future Cubes)

Like most expansions, extended-art and etched versions of the cards will be available in the Curated slot of Treasure Chests when those update on Wednesday, May 17. They will also appear in the Booster Fun slot of each pack.

PREMIER PLAY​

Standard Qualifier This Sunday​

Top Magic: the Gathering players descend on Minneapolis for this weekend’s Pro Tour at MagicCon. You can turn their latest ideas on the Standard metagame into a Regional Championship invitation for this fall!

MTGO’s Standard Qualifier is set for this Sunday, May 7 at 7 a.m. Pacific time (14:00 UTC).

The Qualifier’s entry option is 40 MOCS Season 2 Qualifier Points and the Top 2 finishers earn seats at that RC round that starts in late September. Prizes pay out to the Top 64!

Click the Premier Play Information link at the top of this Blog for full details. For more details on tabletop Regional Championships, visit magic.gg.

ALTERNATE PLAY​

Magic 30 Cube Returns Tomorrow​

As part of Magic: the Gathering’s 30th Anniversary celebration, Magic Online is running a special recurring Cube concurrently with each MagicCon event. With the festival in Minneapolis upon us, the Magic 30 Cube returns for a week of play starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. Pacific time (17:00 UTC).

Each iteration features changes prescribed by the Cube’s original designer Carmen Handy. The aim of the Cube is to showcase at least one card from each major Magic release over three decades. Like February’s update, there are just seven changes for this edition:

INOUT
Archangel ElspethElspeth, Knight-Errant
Hoarding BroodlordRune-Scarred Demon
Chandra, Hope's BeaconChandra, Dressed to Kill
Wrenn and RealmbreakerScurry Oak
Invasion of TolvadaSpirit-Sister's Call
Borborygmos and FblthpMaelstrom Wanderer
Invasion of InnistradRend Flesh
The full Cube card list can be viewed on this page.

Entry options for this Phantom event (your choice – League or single-elimination Queue) have returned to the regular 10 Event Tickets or 100 Play Points.

Alternate Play Schedule​

Here’s a look at the schedule of events coming up between now and The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth™. Each description mentions whether or not the Draft is Phantom – cards won’t be added to players’ collections in Phantom events. All event transitions are at 10 a.m. PT.
  • May 10-24Vintage Cube is back for a two-week run to support the Season 1 MOCS Showcase on May 20 (twitch.tv/magic). (Phantom)
  • May 24-31 – How many Phyrexian incursions into planes have there been? One of the most famous ones is among the most beloved old draft formats – it’s Invasion Block (IPA) Flashback! (Phantom)
  • May 31-June 7 – Another famous Phyrexian battle front was the plane of Rath. We’ll head back there via Tempest Remastered. (Phantom)
  • June 7-14 – Emblematic of March of the Machine and back for the first time in four years – it’s Battle of the Planes! (Phantom)
  • June 14 – LTR Release – We are still considering out options for this week …

WEEKLY UPDATES​

Redemption Update​

Redemption Tokens for Phyrexia: All Will Be One are now on sale in the MTGO Store. Tokens for March of the Machine go on-sale Wednesday, May 17.

The Dominaria United Tokens have run out. The Brothers' War is still available in the MTGO Store. The Brothers’ War is about half-gone – when supplies run out, they are gone for good!

For more details on the redemption program, click here.

March of the Machine on MTGO​

Want to learn all about what we’re offering for the multiplanar battle spectacular that is March of the Machine? Go read the article now for info on:
  • A new Art Bundle
  • How to Battle on MTGO
  • Alternate Play Schedule, including Magic 30 Cube and Vintage Cube
  • Our next All-Access
  • Odds and Ends

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend​

Format Challenges are the first step toward qualifying for Premier Play through your favorite Magic formats and provide excellent prizes for those looking to test their mettle in their favorite formats. Learn more about Premier Play qualification to get started today.

Magic Online's Format Challenges run as shown on the schedule below.

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.

NOTES:
CONSTRUCTED
  • In MOCS Season 2, Vintage and Standard Challenges are never pre-empted
  • 32-Player events require 32 players to fire and give prizes to the Top 32.
    • Pauper and Vintage Challenges are always 32-Player tournaments.
  • All other events listed require 64 players to fire and give prizes to the Top 64.
LIMITED
  • 32-Player Limited Challenge events are 6 rounds with no playoff
  • 64-Player Limited Challenge events are 7 rounds with no playoff
TIME (PT)FRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY
12:00 a.m. Vintage Challenge
1:00 a.m. 32-Player Limited Challenge32-Player Limited Challenge
2:00 a.m. Pauper Challenge
4:00 a.m. 32-Player Legacy ChallengeModern Challenge
6:00 a.m. 32-Player Standard ChallengePioneer Challenge
8:00 a.m. Modern ChallengeLegacy Challenge
10:00 a.m. Vintage ChallengePauper Challenge
12:00 p.m. 32-Player Limited Challenge32-Player Limited Challenge
2:00 p.m. Pioneer ChallengeStandard Challenge
4:00 p.m.32-Player Limited Challenge
6:00 p.m.Modern ChallengeModern Challenge
Check out the Magic Online Format Challenges page for further event details.

Patch Notes - May 3, 2023​

  • The March of the Machine: The Aftermath card set will begin appearing in the Collection scene (see The Lead above for info on release)
  • Aegar, the Freezing Flame will correctly not trigger in situations where it blocks and an attacking creature wasn’t dealt excess damage
  • Tapping Strixhaven Stadium will no longer cause the game to crash for its controller
  • Battle cards will correctly be castable from the graveyard with Muldrotha, the Gravetide’s ability
  • Double-faced cards with a legendary creature on its front face will correctly display the legendary frame style

Next Scheduled Downtime - To Be Determined​

The downtime that was planned for tomorrow has been converted to a live patch. We will announce the next downtime once we determine it.
 

Limited Qualifier Top 8 Draft update.

After review of the Limited Qualifier Top 8 draft on Friday, 3rd-8th place players have been issued RC Special Invitations. Prizes awarded will remain as-is.
 

RE: Reported Lag Issue

We have made updates to address lag tied to Battles (both in decks and SBs). Players with Battles in their card pool should see improvement. Friday's Limited Qualifier will proceed as scheduled. Thanks for your patience.
 

Magic Online is hiring!

Weekly Blog - April 25, 2023

THE LEAD​

Art Bundles​

Our experiment with Art Bundles last set proved to be a success! We know many of you love to bling out your decks, so we will continue to make some of the most powerful and beautiful cards available directly through the Store.

This time we have a single focus – the Borderless Praetor-Saga Bundle! Containing a single copy each of the five Phyrexian Praetors printed in March of the Machine, these breathtaking Showcase treatments are a great addition to your Collection. Each Bundle costs just $24.99 USD.

Like previous Bundles, these cards will not appear in Treasure Chests and will leave the Store with the release of The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth™ in June. Get your set today!

PREMIER PLAY​

MOCS Showcase Challenge Events This Weekend​

A new MOCS season is here, as is the first round of Showcase Challenges feeding Season 2’s Showcase Qualifiers in July.

It takes 40 Season 2 Qualifier Points to enter a Showcase Challenge. The Top 8 finishers in each event earn a Championship Entry Token for the event’s format plus earn Leaderboard Points toward an At-Large berth in the next Showcase! Here are the dates and times for the next group:

DATETIME (PT)TIME (UTC)EVENTFORMAT
Saturday, April 29, 20238:00 a.m.15:00Modern Showcase ChallengeModern
Sunday, April 30, 20236:00 a.m.13:00Pioneer Showcase ChallengePioneer
For more information on these events, click the Premier Play Information link at the top of the Blog.


Two Regional Championship Qualifiers This Week​

Your next chance to earn an invitation to tabletop’s 2023-24 Regional Championship Cycle 1 takes place this weekend.

Our first Limited Qualifier featuring March of the Machine season kicks off Friday at 2 p.m. Pacific time (21:00 UTC). The event is Sealed Deck with a Top 8 Draft playoff.

Also, as an experiment, we are holding a Modern Qualifier event on May Day – Monday, May 1st, a public holiday in many European countries – at a special start time of 1 a.m. Pacific time (8:00 UTC).

Each Qualifier’s entry options are 40 MOCS Season 2 Qualifier Points and the Top 2 finishers earn seats at that RC round that starts in late September. Prizes pay out to the Top 64!

Click the Premier Play Information link at the top of this Blog for full details. For more details on tabletop Regional Championships, visit magic.gg.

ALTERNATE PLAY​

Here’s a look at the schedule of events coming up between now and The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth™. Each description mentions whether or not the Draft is Phantom – cards won’t be added to players’ collections in Phantom events. All event transitions are at 10 a.m. PT.
  • Now-May 3March of the Machine Best-of-One League (Keeper) – this has the same entry options and prizes as the previous versions but runs for just two weeks.
  • May 3-10 – The Magic 30 Cube is back again with updates from MOM! (Phantom) This Cube will recur each time a Magic Con takes place in 2023.
  • May 10-24Vintage Cube is back for a two-week run to support the Season 1 MOCS Showcase on May 20 (twitch.tv/magic). (Phantom)
  • May 24-31 – How many Phyrexian incursions into planes have there been? One of the most famous ones is among the most beloved old draft formats – it’s Invasion Block (IPA) Flashback! (Phantom)
  • May 31-June 7 – Another famous Phyrexian battle front was the plane of Rath. We’ll head back there via Tempest Remastered. (Phantom)
  • June 7-14 – Emblematic of March of the Machine and back for the first time in four years – it’s Battle of the Planes! (Phantom)
  • June 14 – LTR Release – We are still considering out options for this week …

WEEKLY UPDATES​

Redemption Update​

Redemption Tokens for Phyrexia: All Will Be One are now on sale in the MTGO Store.

The Brothers' War and Dominaria United are still available in the MTGO Store. The Dominaria United Tokens remain available but under 10 percent remain for both Regular and Premium. The Brothers’ War is about half-gone – when supplies run out, they are gone for good!

For more details on the redemption program, click here.

March of the Machine on MTGO​

Want to learn all about what we’re offering for the multiplanar battle spectacular that is March of the Machine? Go read the article now for info on:
  • A new Art Bundle
  • How to Battle on MTGO
  • Alternate Play Schedule, including Magic 30 Cube and Vintage Cube
  • Our next All-Access
  • Odds and Ends

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend​

Format Challenges are the first step toward qualifying for Premier Play through your favorite Magic formats and provide excellent prizes for those looking to test their mettle in their favorite formats. Learn more about Premier Play qualification to get started today.

Magic Online's Format Challenges run as shown on the schedule below.

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.

NOTES:
CONSTRUCTED
  • In MOCS Season 2, Vintage and Standard Challenges are never pre-empted
  • 32-Player events require 32 players to fire and give prizes to the Top 32.
    • Pauper and Vintage Challenges are always 32-Player tournaments.
  • All other events listed require 64 players to fire and give prizes to the Top 64.
LIMITED
  • 32-Player Limited Challenge events are 6 rounds with no playoff
  • 64-Player Limited Challenge events are 7 rounds with no playoff

TIME (PT)FRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY
12:00 a.m. Vintage Challenge
1:00 a.m. 32-Player Limited Challenge32-Player Limited Challenge
2:00 a.m. Pauper Challenge
4:00 a.m. 32-Player Legacy ChallengeModern Challenge
6:00 a.m. 32-Player Standard ChallengePioneer Challenge
8:00 a.m. Modern ChallengeLegacy Challenge
10:00 a.m. Vintage ChallengePauper Challenge
12:00 p.m. 32-Player Limited Challenge32-Player Limited Challenge
2:00 p.m. Pioneer ChallengeStandard Challenge
4:00 p.m.32-Player Limited Challenge
6:00 p.m.Modern ChallengeModern Challenge
Check out the Magic Online Format Challenges page for further event details.

Patch Notes - April 26, 2023​

  • The Undefeated Decks button in the Play Lobby and League Details scenes will correctly open the Decklists page of MTGO.com
  • Seventh Edition and Ninth Edition cards will correctly have white borders
  • Battles that are returned to the battlefield from exile or the graveyard (via Hideous Fleshwheeler, etc) will work as expected
  • Sunfall will correctly count double-faced permanents that left the battlefield as creatures
  • Awaken the Maelstrom will correctly allow creation of non-artifact copies as it resolves
  • When Blade of Shared Souls is detached from a creature, the Blade’s copying effect will correctly stop applying to that creature
  • Cards with Tempting Offer will correctly function, even if the last player in turn order declines the awesomeness
  • The temporary ban of Zabaz, the Glimmerwisp will be lifted – it will no longer reset the game
  • Giada, Font of Hope will correctly not give +1/+1 counters to other Angels entering the battlefield at the same time (via Collected Company, etc)
  • Doubling Season will correctly not affect counters given to players (poison, experience, etc)
  • Anger of the Gods will correctly exile creatures dealt lethal damage
  • If control of Reflection of Kiki-Jiki switches after a token creature copy has been created, the token’s controller will correctly still have to sacrifice it at the next end step
  • Magecraft abilities and other triggered abilities from casting instants or sorceries (Kalamax, the Stormsire, etc) will once again function as expected (#chainofsmogcombo)
  • The alternate casting cost of Invigorate and the splice cost of Roar of Jukai will correctly be able to choose an opponent

Next Scheduled Downtime - To Be Determined​

The downtime that was planned for Wednesday, May 3 has been converted to a live patch. We will announce the next downtime once we determine it.
 
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