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Weekend Challenge Booster Issue

We are aware of and apologize for an event setup issue with this weekend's Challenges. We are in the process of replacing events that have not yet fired with correct prize structures (first is noon PT Limited). All MOM prizes paid out incorrectly will be granted tomorrow.

Update: Players in the Limited Challenge 32 (Noon PT) and Standard Challenge (2pm PT) - the tournaments you entered has been taken down and replaced with new versions, and your entry has been refunded. You will need to re-enter the new version of the event in order to participate. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Update: Limited and Standard Challenge players: There were incorrect dates on the replacement events, so those were removed and events starting at the correct time have now been posted.
 

Update on 2FA for Magic Online

Update on our top roadmap priority: two-factor authentication. We are pretty far along in getting 2FA into MTGO - implementation is nearly complete and testing is underway.

When the timeline is locked, we'll announce it - hopefully only a couple more months.
 

Weekly Blog - April 18, 2023

THE LEAD​

March of the Machine Events Start Today!​

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

Event Offerings​

We will have our normal suite of event offerings available starting at 10 a.m. PT (17:00 UTC) today. Unless otherwise noted, they run until the release of The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth™ in mid-June.

March of the Machine
  • Friendly, 3-Stage Sealed
  • Competitive, Single-Stage Sealed
  • Draft League
  • Single-Elimination Draft Queue
  • Best-of-One Draft League – ends May 3 10 a.m. PT
    • Phantom Sealed will start on May 10
Phyrexia: All Will Be One
  • Swiss Draft Queue
Constructed
  • Leagues permitting MOM cards start at 10 a.m. PT

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​

No Premier Play This Weekend​

We don’t have any events that provide invitations for the Regional Championship or the next MOCS Showcase this weekend. Competitive players need not worry - our normal slate of Weekend Challenges and Preliminaries will go on as usual, with Limited events featuring March of the Machine.

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.
  • April 18-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.

Weekly Challenge Structure Updates​

The following changes take place starting this weekend:
  • Saturday 6 a.m. Standard Challenge goes back to Small event – min 32 to fire, Top 32 get prizes.
  • Sunday 2 p.m. Standard will continue to be a Large event (64 fire/Top 64 prizes) until it fails to fire.
Next on the watch list to be upgraded in a few weeks:
  • Vintage – Saturday 10 a.m.
  • Pauper – Sunday 10 a.m.

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.64-Player Modern Challenge64-Player Modern Challenge
Check out the Magic Online Format Challenges page for further event details.

Next Scheduled Downtime - May 3, 2023 - 9:00 a.m. to Noon PT​

After tomorrow’s downtime, the next scheduled downtime is planned for Wednesday, May 3 beginning at 9 a.m. PT (16:00 UTC).
 

March of the Machine on Magic Online

Welcome back! We are gearing up for a truly special spring of Magic Online’s offerings. Next in line is the event set March of the Machine (known by its set code MOM) with events kicking off next Tuesday, April 18!​


The downtime to add this set to MTGO will take place tomorrow, April 12 from at 9 a.m. to approximately 12 noon Pacific time (16:00-19:00 UTC). Be sure to follow our social media outlets (Discord, Twitter, and more) to keep real-time tabs on this release.

Features of the next few months include another Art Bundle, more Cube, another round of All-Access, and the Aftermath of the multiplanar war …

Borderless Praetor-Saga Art Bundle​

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. (see images at https://www.mtgo.com/news/mtgo-mom-4112023)

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 Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth™ in June.

How to Battle on MTGO​

As hinted by Atraxa, Grand Unifier in the last set, the Battle card type makes its debut in March of the Machine. It plays like a mashup of a creature, a planeswalker, and a transforming double-faced card. There are a lot of moving parts and ways to get confused with this mechanic, so let’s walk through how this will work.


Battle Ins and Outs​

When a Battle is put into your hand, it will appear sideways like a split card. Like double-faced cards, right-clicking the card in hand will not display the power/toughness of any Battle that transforms into a creature. Having the Preview Pane window open will be a great help in handling these cards.

The most important thing to remember: You control the battle even though it is being protected by an opponent! For example, Invasion of Ixalan gets cast, then when it resolves it shows up on the opponent’s battlefield. In a multiplayer game, you first choose a protector before that Battle’s trigger goes onto the stack.

So when you attack an opponent who is protecting a Battle, you will get a menu similar to when you’re attacking a planeswalker or multiple opponents. Be especially careful if you are attacking two Battles with the same name!

If there’s ever a question about who or what a creature is attacking, check the Game Log or hover your cursor over the attacker.

When a Battle is defeated, the card is first exiled and then cast from exile. Here’s how it can appear in MTGO – the important part is to open your Exile zone and click the highlighted card itself:

In Multiplayer, your Exile zone is to the right of your battlefield by default, so look for it there.

With all this battling, don’t forget to attack your opponent sometimes too!

Incubate​

Another mechanic in this set is Incubate. If you control multiple Incubator tokens with the same number of counters, ensure you animate the correct one without summoning sickness when preparing to attack. Because they are not yet creatures, they don’t have the swirl naturally. (If you have used Blinkmoth Nexus, Mutavault, or other permanents that animate in the past, this will be familiar territory).

If in doubt, right-click each token to check its status before activating – don’t get got!

Product Updates​

Due to some quirks in how Magic Online can handle Booster Fun, the makeup of a March of the Machine booster on MTGO will look a bit different than in tabletop. The booster will contain:

  • 8 Common slots (1 of which is replaced 1/3 of the time by a premium foil of any rarity)
  • 2 single-faced Uncommon slots
  • 1 flex slot that can either be an Uncommon (single- or double-faced) or a double-faced Common
  • 1 single-faced Rare/Mythic
    • This can include one of the MOM main set legends in a Showcase frame
  • 1 Battle card (Uncommon, Rare, Mythic)
  • 1 Multiverse Legend (Uncommon, Rare, Mythic)
    • In the MTGO Collection scene, you’ll find these in the March of the Machine: Planar Legends set
  • 1 basic land – either regular or full-art – or tap-dual land

Other Cards from Boosters​

Some groups of art will appear in Treasure Chests once MOM goes on-sale. These include:
  • Extended-Art Rares and Mythics.
  • The Borderless Planeswalkers.
  • The Multiverse Legends – both those from the MOM main set and the bonus sheet.
    • The foil-etched versions of the Bonus Legends appear only in Treasure Chests.
Like last set, normal editions of the fifteen Jumpstart cards from this set will be available in Deck Builder’s Essentials at the usual price - $4.99 USD. Extended-art editions of five of those Jumpstart cards will be available via Treasure Chests in the TC-Only slot.


March of the Machine: The Aftermath

See how the battle ends when March of the Machine: The Aftermath drops on MTGO on Thursday, May 11. We’ll share more details about that set will appear on MTGO closer to the date in the Weekly Announcements Blog at mtgo.com.

Treasure Chest Update​

As usual, Treasure Chests will update April 18 around 10 a.m. PT – watch our Twitter (@MagicOnline) and our Discord channel for the precise timing. The TC-Only slot returns as it has for the last few sets.

Please note: In the TC-Only slot, we are intentionally including Uncommons – namely, the Etched versions of the Bonus Planar Legends. Rares and Mythics of this group will appear in the Curated slot.

Our Treasure Chest Fast Follow will take place around May 17, just after March of the Machine: The Aftermath releases.

For full details on the changes to come, check out the Treasure Chest information page.

Commander Corner​

The war to develop Battles took a toll on our team’s ability to crank through the Commander backlog during this development cycle. As with last time, the cards added this time were basically free to us while coding cards for upcoming sets.

Additions from Commander Backlog
Fevered Suspicion (AFC)
Cloakwood Hermit (CLB)
Raphael, Fiendish Savior (CLB)
Family's Favor (NCC)
Smuggler's Buggy (NCC)
Predators' Hour (VOC)
This also leads into a couple pieces of news regarding March of the Machine Commander decks:
  • MOM Commander will not be implemented on release day – its new cards will go into the Commander backlog and we will get to them when we are able.
  • Planechase Commander is not currently supported on MTGO. At some future point when we do get MOM Commander decks into the Store, we will detach the Planechase component to start – swapping out cards that care directly about Planechase gameplay. We’ll provide more details once MOM Commander is ready for the MTGO Store.

A Word about Planechase …​

Furthermore, due to persistent issues with the Planechase format in general, we are removing the play spaces for Planechase and Planechase Vanguard inside of MTGO effective with the April 12 downtime.

A combination of the planar die mechanic not working and Oracle changes for this set require more fixes than are tenable in the near term. Decks will be maintained in the Collection scene and we will look to restore these formats at some point in the future.

Magic Online Players Rewards (MOPR) Update​

The May MOPR refresh will contain shiny things – it’s an all-foil month! MOPR will consist of foil versions of the basic/full-art/tap-dual land cycles in March of the Machine and well as all 5 Promo Pack uncommons.

Then in June we will incorporate March of the Machine: The Aftermath into MOPR as well.

For more information on earning Player Rewards, click here.

March of the Machine Avatars​

We will grant Prestige avatars from Phyrexia: All Will Be One in the days following the end of that season on April 18.

Now let’s look ahead to the new set. First up is the avatar included in the New Account Starter Kit and as part of Deck Builder’s Essentials: March of the Machine – it’s Placid Rottentail: (see images at https://www.mtgo.com/news/mtgo-mom-4112023)

Next up are the five Treasure Chest avatars available only during this set’s run – a whole set of interplanar team-ups: (see images at https://www.mtgo.com/news/mtgo-mom-4112023)
  • Borborygmos and Fblthp
  • Ghalta and Mavren
  • Thalia and the Gitrog Monster
  • Yargle and Multani
  • Zimone and Dina
Lastly, we will dole out some Prestige! As usual, you get five points for each Competitive trophy you earn in Leagues and one for each Friendly trophy. At the end of the season (when Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth™ releases), you'll earn every avatar for which you qualify: (see images at https://www.mtgo.com/news/mtgo-mom-4112023)

Earning at least five points gets you the uncommon Chandra, Hope’s Beacon Prestige avatar.

Earning at least 20 points nabs you the rare Teferi Akosa of Zhalfir Prestige avatar.

Earning 40 points or more awards you with the mythic rare Archangel Elspeth Prestige avatar.


Alternate Play Schedule​

Here’s a look at the schedule of events coming up between now and 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.
  • April 18-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 14LTR Release – We are still considering out options for this week …

All-Access Returns May 31​

One of our most popular promotions returns starting May 31st – MTGO All-Access! For $25.00 USD you can gain access to nearly every card in Magic Online for up to two weeks until the June 14th downtime. Full details on this deal will be available in mid-May in the Weekly Blog.

Odds and Ends​

  • Normally, Leagues of Standard expansions last until the next Standard set release. However, the current plan is to run March of the Machine only until Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth™ releases, not all the way to Wilds of Eldraine.
  • March of the Machine will be redeemable and its Redemption Tokens are scheduled to go on-sale on May 17. Stay tuned to the Weekly Announcement Blog at MTGO.com for details.
  • The current Leagues run until April 18. Cards reprinted in MOM that are entering a format will not be legal until the MOM Leagues start on April 18.
  • New player products will not feature MOM until that set’s Leagues begin.
We’ll see you on the battlefield!

The Magic Online Team

P.S. – Come Work For Us!​

We have recently rolled out a slate of positions now available on the Magic Online team, ranging from Producer to Software Engineer to Cardset Development. If you want to review open positions and live/can legally work in:
  • The United States – check our Daybreak Games’ careers page (CTRL+F for MTGO).
  • Canada – check out the career page of our sister company Big Blue Bubble.
 

Weekly Blog - April 11, 2023

THE LEAD​

March of the Machine Article Live​

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

Downtime Notification​

Magic Online will be down for scheduled maintenance tomorrow, April 12, starting at 9:00 a.m. PT (16:00 UTC). We expect three hours of downtime, so our anticipated return time is 12 noon PT (19:00 UTC) - keep an eye on our Twitter and Discord feeds for the most updated information.

PREMIER PLAY​

Congratulations to MOCS Season 1 Showcase Qualifier Players!​

The invitation list is now complete – these eight players will take the virtual stage on Saturday, May 20th (twitch.tv/magic) to compete for their share of $70,000 and two invitations to this fall’s World Championship:

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BERNASTORRESTerribad
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First Super Qualifiers of MOCS Season 2 This Weekend​

Your first chances to earn an invitation to tabletop’s 2023-24 Regional Championship Cycle 1 take place this weekend.
We lead off with Super Qualifiers in Pauper on Saturday, April 15 and Vintage on Sunday, April 16. Both events begin at 7 a.m. PT.

Each 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 that RC round that takes place this fall 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​

The Brothers' War Supreme Draft League Starts Tomorrow​

Ever want to just shred a whole mess of boosters open and pluck only the best cards? Then this is your event … The Brother’s War takes its final bow on MTGO with a Supreme Draft League that starts tomorrow after downtime and runs until March of the Machine’s debut next Tuesday.
You draft on your own, take two cards per pack, then the rest of the pack is discarded. Eighteen total packs, 36 draft picks, and an unmatched power level – it's a ton of fun!
We are also experimenting again - Entry options for this three-match Phantom League are 8 Event Tickets or 80 Play Points. Prizes are as follows:
  • 3 wins: 120 Play Points, 3 Treasure Chests, and a Friendly Trophy
  • 2 wins: 80 Play Points
  • 1 win: 40 Play Points

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.

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. 64-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 Challenge64-Player Standard Challenge
4:00 p.m.32-Player Limited Challenge
6:00 p.m.64-Player Modern Challenge64-Player Modern Challenge
Check out the Magic Online Format Challenges page for further event details.

Patch Notes - April 12, 2023​

  • Scheduled Events will have a Show Tiebreakers box to display values as of the most recent completed round.
  • Harnessed Lightning and Die Young will no longer cause the game to restart after spending energy counters.
  • Grinning Ignus will correctly be able to use its mana ability even if named by Pithing Needle.
  • The Mimeoplasm will correctly not go to the graveyard if it’s copying a creature with base toughness 0.
  • Emblems will correctly function while an opponent controls Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines.
  • Doubling Season will work correctly – not doubling counters when activating a loyalty ability, and correctly doubling counters on enters-the-battlefield-with effects (Planeswalkers, etc).
  • Creatures with X in their mana costs translating to entering with X +1/+1 counters will work correctly.
  • Phyrexianized Planeswalkers will correctly display text in the Collection scene.
  • Planechase and Planechase Vanguard will not be playable formats.
  • A new Credits tab will appear on the Help scene for Universes Beyond products.

Next Scheduled Downtime - May 3, 2023 - 9:00 a.m. to Noon PT​

After tomorrow’s downtime, the next scheduled downtime is planned for Wednesday, May 3 beginning at 9 a.m. PT (16:00 UTC).
 

Weekly Blog - April 4, 2023

THE LEAD​

MOCS Showcase Opens This Weekend​

We are down to the final weekend of qualification events for the next MOCS Showcase on May 20th. If you haven’t punched your ticket into that elite 8-player event, your last chances to score an invitation will be in this weekend’s MOCS Showcase Opens!

Featuring Phyrexia: All Will Be One Sealed Deck with a Top 8 Draft, this is your opportunity to spike a tournament for a big payoff. In addition to reaching the Champions Showcase (with its $70,000 prize pool and two Worlds invitations), the winner of each Showcase Open is invited to Pro Tour Barcelona in July plus the Regional Championship round feeding that event in May-June.

2023 SEASON 1 POSTSEASON EVENTS

DATETIME (PT)TIME (UTC)EVENT
Saturday, April 87:00 a.m.14:00MOCS Showcase Open
Saturday, April 97:00 a.m.14:00MOCS Showcase Open
The final batch of Leaderboard Points are up for grabs in the Opens, and when the weekend ends the two highest finishers on the Leaderboard snag At-Large invites to the Showcase.
Our intrepid team of Digital Event Coordinators will also be on hand inside the game during the Opens to lend a hand if something goes awry. To contact a DEC, click the Chat button in the top-right corner of the Home Scene, choose Create/Join New Chat …, then type in #DEC and press Enter to join the room.

For more information on MTGO Premier Play, click the link at the top of the Blog.

Downtime Notification​

Magic Online will be down for scheduled maintenance tomorrow, April 5, starting at an early time of 6:00 a.m. PT (13:00 UTC). Based on our experience in February, we have extended our estimate to a full six hours of downtime. Our anticipated return time is 12 noon PT (19:00 UTC) - keep an eye on our Twitter and Discord feeds for the most updated information.

March of the Machine on MTGO Article Next Tuesday​

It's nearly time for the greatest battle in the history of the Multiverse! Next Tuesday, April 11, we’ll have the usual set release article describing our plans for March of the Machine, our next All-Access period, how Battles will look on screen and function in the game, plus much more.

ALTERNATE PLAY​

Dominaria Remastered Flashback Draft Leagues Start Tomorrow​

Our community’s response to the two-week run of Dominaria Remastered a couple months ago was enthusiastic, so we’re experimenting again. We are bringing the set back on a one-week Flashback run – starting tomorrow following downtime until next Wednesday’s downtime.

Entry options are 10 Event Tickets, 100 Play Points, or 2 Dominaria Remastered boosters plus 2 Event Tickets for this Phantom draft experience.

Modern Horizons 2 Draft Leagues End Late Tonight​

For those of you who are finishing up your MH2 League course or trying to get a last draft in this week, keep in mind that the League closes earlier than normal – no new entries after midnight PT this evening (7:00 Wednesday UTC) and no new matches after 5 a.m. PT tomorrow (12:00 UTC).

Alternate Play Schedule​

Here’s a look at the schedule of events coming up between now and March of the Machine. 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.
  • April 12-MOM Release – As we navigate away from New Phyrexia, we take one more trip back to the block with the most poison - it's Scars of Mirrodin Block Flashback Draft (Phantom).
Looking a bit further ahead for you Cube aficionados, the plan for upcoming Cubes is as follows:
  • May 3-10 – With MagicCon Minneapolis on the tabletop schedule, Magic 30 Cube returns for another go-around.
  • May 10-24 Vintage Cube returns for a two-week session in support of the MOCS Showcase on May 20.

WEEKLY UPDATES​

Phyrexia: All Will Be One on MTGO​

The latest Standard-legal expansion, Phyrexia: All Will Be One, is now available in the MTGO Store. Check out this article for updates on the following:
  • MTGO’s Art Bundles, available until April 18 in the store
  • Event schedules and improvements on how they are displayed in the Play Lobby
  • Magic Online Player Rewards
  • The latest suite of Avatars

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 low 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.

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. 64-PlayerStandard 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 Challenge64-PlayerStandard Challenge
4:00 p.m.32-Player Limited Challenge
6:00 p.m.64-PlayerModern Challenge64-PlayerModern Challenge
Check out the Magic Online Format Challenges page for further event details.

Patch Notes - April 5, 2023​

  • Unspent Vintage Points have been removed from accounts.

Next Scheduled Downtime - April 12, 2023 - 9:00 a.m. to Noon PT​

After tomorrow’s extended maintenance, the next scheduled downtime is planned for next Wednesday, April 12 beginning at 9 a.m. PT (16:00 UTC). This is a more traditional start-of-set update to get March of the Machine into the game. As a reminder, March of the Machine products and events are available starting April 18 at 10 a.m. PT (17:00 UTC).
 

Extended Downtime - April 5, 2023

The Magic Online Server and backend services, will be taken offline for scheduled extended maintenance on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 6:00 a.m. PST*. This affects login, commerce, and authentication services. Read-only access on forums and websites will be possible. Please watch our socials for updates! The estimated downtime is expected to be approximately 6 hours.

*Convert to your local time
 

Weekly Blog - March 28, 2023

THE LEAD​

MOCS Season 1 Postseason Continues This Weekend​

It’s time once again to qualify players for the next Magic Online Champions Showcase on May 20th! This weekend it’s Vintage and Legacy – Top 8 finishers from Showcase Challenges and 5-win players from Last Chance events will battle until one remains as this season’s Showcase Champion for that format.

In addition to reaching the Champions Showcase (with its $70,000 prize pool and two Worlds invitations), the winner of each Showcase Qualifier is invited to Pro Tour Barcelona in July plus the Regional Championship round feeding that event in May-June. Leaderboard Points are also on the line as players seek one of two At-Large invites at the end of the postseason.

2023 SEASON 1 POSTSEASON EVENTS

DATETIME (PT)TIME (UTC)EVENT
Saturday, April 110:00 a.m.17:00Vintage Showcase Qualifier
Sunday, April 28:00 a.m.15:00Legacy Showcase Qualifier
Saturday, April 87:00 a.m.14:00MOCS Showcase Open
Saturday, April 97:00 a.m.14:00MOCS Showcase Open
If you did not reach the Showcase Qualifier stage, your chance to reach the Showcase will be the weekend of April 8-9 in the Showcase Opens – events featuring Phyrexia: All Will Be One Limited where the winner earns a Showcase invitation.

For more information on MTGO Premier Play, click the link at the top of the Blog.

ALTERNATE PLAY​

Modern Horizons 2 Draft Leagues Continue​

We’re celebrating all things across MTGO’s Horizons this month! To close things out, we’re bringing back Modern Horizons 2 for two weeks of draft madness … sometimes even drafting a deck with madness!

As usual with this set, we will offer both Keeper and Phantom Leagues. Both start at 10 a.m. PT (17:00 UTC) tomorrow and run until the early downtime on Wednesday, April 5 – no new matches after midnight PT (7:00 UTC) that day. The regular entry options for MH2 Draft apply, that is:
  • Keeper – 25 Event Tickets, 250 Play Points, or 3 Modern Horizons 2 boosters & 4 Event Tickets
  • Phantom – 10 Event Tickets or 100 Play Points

Alternate Play Schedule​

Here’s a look at the schedule of events coming up between now and March of the Machine. 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.
  • April 5-12 – By popular demand, we will bring back Dominaria Remastered for one week as a Flashback (Phantom only)
  • April 12-MOM Release – We were going to do Scars of Mirrodin Block Flashback Draft, but we realized it was just run back in November. So instead we are going to experiment with a cheaper version of Supreme Draft featuring The Brother's War! More details next week
Looking a bit further ahead for you Cube aficionados, the plan for upcoming Cubes is as follows:
  • May 3-10 – With MagicCon Minneapolis on the tabletop schedule, Magic 30 Cube returns for another go-around.
  • May 10-24 Vintage Cube returns for a two-week session in support of the MOCS Showcase on May 20.

PREMIER PLAY​

MOCS Season 2 & Qualifier Schedule​

We have updated the Event Calendar on the Premier Play page (click link at top of Blog) with the schedule for MOCS Season 2. Due to the timing of our summer releases and Pro Tour Barcelona, MOCS Season 2 is a bit more compressed than normal:
  • QP earning lasts until July 5
  • The Postseason follows July 8-23
  • The Showcase is on August 26
Also appearing on the Calendar are the first batch of Qualifiers and Super Qualifiers that feed the Regional Championships for 2023-24 Cycle 1 held late this year. For now, only those events taking Season 2 QPs as entry option appear on the Calendar. MTGO’s RCQ round for this Cycle lasts until August (a bit longer than normal), so we’ll post more events feeding it at a later date.

WEEKLY UPDATES​

Phyrexia: All Will Be One on MTGO​

The latest Standard-legal expansion, Phyrexia: All Will Be One, is now available in the MTGO Store. Check out this article for updates on the following:
  • MTGO’s Art Bundles, available for a limited time in the Store
  • Event schedules and improvements on how they are displayed in the Play Lobby
  • Magic Online Player Rewards
  • The latest suite of Avatars

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 are down to 10 percent of original stock for Standard and 15 percent for 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.

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. 64-PlayerStandard 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 Challenge64-PlayerStandard Challenge
4:00 p.m.32-Player Limited Challenge
6:00 p.m.64-PlayerModern Challenge64-PlayerModern Challenge
Check out the Magic Online Format Challenges page for further event details.


Patch Notes - March 29, 2023​

  • Promo cards with Eighth Edition frames will correctly appear in those frames instead of M15 frames.

Next Scheduled Downtime - April 5, 2023 - 6:00 a.m. to Noon PT​

The next scheduled downtime is planned for Wednesday, April 5 beginning at 6 a.m. PT (13:00 UTC). This is slated to last longer than usual – up to six hours – due to changes needed in our internal infrastructure.
 

Weekly Blog - March 21, 2023

THE LEAD​

MOCS Season 1 Postseason Starts This Weekend​

It’s time once again to qualify players for the next Magic Online Champions Showcase on May 20th! Over the next two weekends, Top 8 finishers from Showcase Challenges and 5-win players from Last Chance events will battle until one remains as this season’s Showcase Champion for that format.

In addition to reaching the Champions Showcase (with its $70,000 prize pool and two Worlds invitations), the winner of each Showcase Qualifier is invited to Pro Tour Barcelona in July plus the Regional Championship round feeding that event in May-June. Leaderboard Points are also on the line as players seek one of two At-Large invites at the end of the postseason.

2023 SEASON 1 POSTSEASON EVENTS

DATETIME (PT)TIME (UTC)EVENT
Saturday, March 258:00 a.m.15:00Modern Showcase Challenge
Sunday, March 266:00 a.m.13:00Pioneer Showcase Challenge
Saturday, April 110:00 a.m.17:00Vintage Showcase Challenge
Sunday, April 28:00 a.m.15:00Legacy Showcase Challenge
Saturday, April 87:00 a.m.14:00MOCS Showcase Open
Saturday, April 97:00 a.m.14:00MOCS Showcase Open
IMPORTANT: Most of Europe and some other parts of the world will be switching to Summer Time early Sunday morning. MTGO will display the correct start time of Scheduled Events if your computer’s clock is set to your local time zone.

If you did not reach the Showcase Qualifier stage, your chance to reach the Showcase will be the weekend of April 8-9 in the Showcase Opens – events featuring Phyrexia: All Will Be One Limited where the winner earns a Showcase invitation.

For more information on MTGO Premier Play, click the link at the top of the Blog.

ALTERNATE PLAY​

Modern Horizons 2 Draft Leagues Start Tomorrow​

We’re celebrating all things across MTGO’s Horizons this month! To close things out, we’re bringing back Modern Horizons 2 for two weeks of draft madness … sometimes even drafting a deck with madness!

As usual with this set, we will offer both Keeper and Phantom Leagues. Both start at 10 a.m. PT (17:00 UTC) tomorrow and run until the early downtime on Wednesday, April 5 – no new matches after midnight PT (7:00 UTC) that day. The regular entry options for MH2 Draft apply, that is:
  • Keeper – 25 Event Tickets, 250 Play Points, or 3 Modern Horizons 2 boosters & 4 Event Tickets
  • Phantom – 10 Event Tickets or 100 Play Points

Alternate Play Schedule​

Here’s a look at the schedule of events coming up between now and March of the Machine. 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.
  • April 5-12 – By popular demand, we will bring back Dominaria Remastered for one week as a Flashback (Phantom only)
  • April 12-MOM Release: As we navigate away from New Phyrexia, we take one more trip back to the block with the most poison - it's Scars of Mirrodin Block Flashback Draft (Phantom)
Looking a bit further ahead for you Cube aficionados, the plan for upcoming Cubes is as follows:
  • May 3-10 – With MagicCon Minneapolis on the tabletop schedule, Magic 30 Cube returns for another go-around.
  • May 10-24 – Vintage Cube returns for a two-week session in support of the MOCS Showcase on May 20.

PREMIER PLAY​

MOCS Season 1 Ends Tomorrow​

Only a few Last Chance events remain over the next 24 hours before MOCS Season 1 comes to a close – see below.

Season 1 Qualifier Points will be cleared from accounts sometime later this week. Click the Premier Play Information link at the top of this Blog for full details.

MOCS Last Chance Events Wrapping Up​

Did you fall just short of a Top 8 Showcase Challenge finish? Did you scrape together that 39th and 40th Qualifier Point at the last second? If so, your ticket to the upcoming Showcase Qualifiers could be earned in a Last Chance Event!

Starting Sunday afternoon Pacific time, all Preliminaries in Modern, Legacy, Vintage, and Pioneer have converted to Last Chance Events. In addition, extra Vintage Showcase Challenges were sprinkled across the schedule. Finish with a 5-0 record in that event to earn an Entry Token to that format’s Showcase Qualifier.

Entry options require both 40 Qualifier Points plus either 30 Event Tickets or 300 Play Points.

Here’s the schedule of remaining Last Chance Events this round:
DATETIME (PT)TIME (UTC)FORMAT
Tuesday11:00 a.m.18:00Modern
Tuesday1:00 p.m.20:00Vintage
Tuesday3:00 p.m.22:00Pioneer
Tuesday7:00 p.m.02:00*Legacy
Wednesday3:00 a.m.10:00Legacy
*indicates next-day
Last Chance Events pre-empt Preliminaries of the same format normally scheduled at those times.

Click the Premier Play Information link at the top of this Blog for full Last Chance Event details.

2023 MOCS Season 2 Initial Info​

The full Season 2 schedule will be published in the next couple of weeks – there are still some details to be worked out, but we want to let you know the first two events that will accept Season 2 Qualifier Points will be:
  • Pauper Qualifier on Saturday, April 15th at 7 a.m. PT (14:00 UTC)
  • Vintage Qualifier on Sunday, April 16th at 7 a.m. PT

WEEKLY UPDATES​

Phyrexia: All Will Be One on MTGO​

The latest Standard-legal expansion, Phyrexia: All Will Be One, is now available in the MTGO Store. Check out this article for updates on the following:
  • MTGO’s Art Bundles, available for a limited time in the Store
  • Event schedules and improvements on how they are displayed in the Play Lobby
  • Magic Online Player Rewards
  • The latest suite of Avatars

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 are down to 10 percent of original stock for Standard and 15 percent for 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.

Next Scheduled Downtime - April 5, 2023 - 6:00 a.m. to Noon PT​

The next scheduled downtime is planned for Wednesday, April 5 beginning at 6 a.m. PT (13:00 UTC). This is slated to last longer than usual – up to six hours – due to changes needed in our internal infrastructure.
 

Update - ONE Redemption Info

Thank you for your patience as we fixed the issue with ONE redemptions. That will be implemented as part of tomorrow's patch. We will re-process failed orders (as well as new ones) tomorrow by 12 noon PT, after which customers will receive an email as normal.
 

Weekly Blog - March 14, 2023

THE LEAD​

Additional Step to Fight Win-Trading​

Magic Online is an incredible game that's been enjoyed by many players for years. However, like many online games, it has faced many issues with bad actors who try to game the system. One of the most pernicious problems has been "win-trading," where players create multiple accounts and use them to unfairly win prizes in a league.

We've tried various solutions to combat win-trading, but unfortunately, none have been proven to solve the issue for good. Redistributing the prizes to make first place less lucrative has resulted in unhappy customers, and technical solutions have either been insufficient or have been circumvented by the win-traders. So, we are taking another step towards reducing the instances of win trading in our smaller Leagues.

The main vector that bad actors have used to conduct win-trading has been to create a handful of new accounts, then purchase the Account Upgrade Kit (AUK) for $4.99 each. Each AUK included 100 Play Points - enough to directly enter a regular Constructed League. The amount of extra value the Kit provided – combined with tactics to ensure matching up against their own accounts – led to enough prize profit to feed the win-trading cycle.

Therefore, we are reducing the amount of Play Points available in the AUK from 100 to 60 starting today.

The ultimate goal is to improve the experience for legitimate League competitors. This has no actual effect on existing players (you have likely already made that one-time purchase), but it should undercut the profit motive enough for bad actors. The team will continue to monitor this closely and you can provide feedback on our social channels (especially Discord).

Now, we understand that based on current event structures however, taking this action would make it harder for actual new players to have an on-ramp to play in paid Events.

Phantom Sealed Returns Tomorrow​

To mitigate the AUK changes, we are re-introducing Phantom Sealed as an occasional event offering available to both new and existing players.

The Phyrexia: All Will Be One Phantom Sealed League begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. PT (17:00 UTC) and will run until March of the Machine debuts on April 18. Like our previous offerings, Phantom Sealed will start up approximately three weeks after the release of a draftable Standard-legal expansion.

Prizes for this 3-match League are 30 Play Points per match win with a Friendly Trophy added for players who go 3-0 in a course.

ALTERNATE PLAY​

March = Modern Horizons Madness on MTGO!​

We’re celebrating all things across MTGO’s Horizons this month! Our two-week Flashback Draft League of the original Modern Horizons continues until next Wednesday, March 22 at 10 a.m. PT. The regular entry options of 10 Event Tickets or 100 Play Points apply.

Following that will be Modern Horizons 2 in both Keeper and Phantom Draft Leagues. More details on that will be in this space next week – enjoy!

Alternate Play Schedule​

Here’s a look at the schedule of events coming up between now and March of the Machine. 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 through March 22 – Mid-March = Modern Horizons Madness! We’ll kick it off with the original Modern Horizons Flashback (Phantom only) for two weeks …
  • March 22-April 5 - … then it’s two weeks of Modern Horizons 2! (Keeper & Phantom Draft options)
  • April 5-12 – By popular demand, we will bring back Dominaria Remastered for one week as a Flashback (Phantom only)
  • April 12-MOM Release – Still thinking this one through … getting some promising ideas brewing!
Looking a bit further ahead for you Cube aficionados, the plan for upcoming Cubes is as follows:
  • May 3-10 – With MagicCon Minneapolis on the tabletop schedule, Magic 30 Cube returns for another go-around.
  • May 10-24 – Vintage Cube returns for a two-week session in support of the MOCS Showcase on May 20.

PREMIER PLAY​

MOCS Season 1 Ending Soon!​

It is close to that time again – if you have at least 40 Season 1 Qualifier Points, be sure to participate in one of these events before those QPs expire.
  • This weekend: Vintage and Legacy Showcase Challenges
  • Next Sunday-Wednesday: Modern, Pioneer, Legacy, and Vintage Last Chance Events
    • LCEs require 30 Event Tickets or 300 Play Points in addition to 40 QPs
    • Additional Vintage LCEs will be added to the schedule – more details below
Season 1 Qualifier Points will be cleared from accounts on or after March 22. Click the Premier Play Information link at the top of this Blog for full details.

Last Four Cycle 3 Regional Championship Invites At Stake Friday​

Your final opportunity to earn an invitation to tabletop’s Regional Championship Cycle 3 comes up in the Limited Super Qualifier – this Friday, March 17 at 7 a.m. PT (14:00 UTC).

Each Super Qualifier’s entry options are 40 Event Tickets, 400 Play Points, or 40 MOCS Season 1 Qualifier Points. The Top 4 finishers earn seats at the second Regional Championship of 2023 serving their country of residence (held in late spring). 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.

MOCS Showcase Challenge Events This Weekend​

The last Showcase Challenges feeding Season 1’s Showcase Qualifiers take place this weekend!

It takes 40 Season 1 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, March 18, 202310:00 a.m.17:00Vintage Showcase ChallengeVintage
Sunday, March 19, 20238:00 a.m.15:00Legacy Showcase ChallengeLegacy
For more information on these events, click the Premier Play Information link at the top of the Blog.

MOCS Last Chance Events Start Sunday​

Did you fall just short of a Top 8 Showcase Challenge finish? Did you scrape together that 39th and 40th Qualifier Point at the last second? If so, your ticket to the upcoming Showcase Qualifiers could be earned in a Last Chance Event!

Starting Sunday afternoon Pacific time, all Preliminaries in Modern, Legacy, Vintage, and Pioneer convert to Last Chance Events. In addition, extra Vintage Showcase Challenges will be sprinkled across the schedule. Finish with a 5-0 record in that event to earn an Entry Token to that format’s Showcase Qualifier.

Entry options require both 40 Qualifier Points plus either 30 Event Tickets or 300 Play Points.

Here’s the schedule of Last Chance Events this round:
DAYTIME (PT)TIME (UTC)FORMAT
Sunday3:00 p.m.22:00Vintage
MondayMidnight and 7:00 p.m.07:00 and 02:00*Pioneer
Monday7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.14:00 and 22:00Modern
Monday11:00 a.m.18:00Legacy
Monday5:00 p.m.Midnight*Vintage
Tuesday3:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.10:00 and 18:00Modern
Tuesday5:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.Noon and 20:00Vintage
Tuesday7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.14:00 and 22:00Pioneer
Tuesday7:00 p.m.02:00*Legacy
Wednesday3:00 a.m.10:00Legacy
*indicates next day
Last Chance Events pre-empt Preliminaries of the same format normally scheduled at those times.
Click the Premier Play Information link at the top of this Blog for full Last Chance Event details.

2023 MOCS Season 2 Initial Info​

The full Season 2 schedule will be published in the next couple of weeks – there are still some details to be worked out, but we want to let you know the first two events that will accept Season 2 Qualifier Points will be:
  • Pauper Qualifier on Saturday, April 15th at 7 a.m. PT (14:00 UTC)
  • Vintage Qualifier on Sunday, April 16th at 7 a.m. PT

EVENT NEWS​

Modern Challenge 32 Converts to 64-Player This Weekend​

Our most recent additions to the weekly schedule have proven popular. Starting this weekend, the Modern Challenge 32 events on Friday and Saturday evenings Pacific time are being upgraded to 64-player events. Like Legacy and Standard before, we’ll monitor attendance and scale back down if necessary.

WEEKLY UPDATES​

Phyrexia: All Will Be One on MTGO​

The latest Standard-legal expansion, Phyrexia: All Will Be One, is now available in the MTGO Store. Check out this article for updates on the following:
  • MTGO’s Art Bundles, available for a limited time in the Store
  • Event schedules and improvements on how they are displayed in the Play Lobby
  • Magic Online Player Rewards
  • The latest suite of Avatars

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 are down to 10 percent of original stock for Standard and 15 percent for 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.

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 1, Pauper 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. 64-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 Challenge64-Player Standard Challenge
4:00 p.m.32-Player Limited Challenge
6:00 p.m.64-Player Modern Challenge64-Player Modern Challenge
Check out the Magic Online Format Challenges page for further event details.


Patch Notes - March 15, 2023​

  • Permanents that phase out in response to being targeted by a spell or ability (usually gaining counters) will correctly be unaffected.
  • Detention Sphere will no longer cause the game to self-reset.

Next Scheduled Downtime - April 5, 2023 - 6:00 a.m. to Noon PT​

The next scheduled downtime is planned for Wednesday, April 5 beginning at 6 a.m. PT (13:00 UTC). This is slated to last longer than usual – up to six hours – due to changes needed in our internal infrastructure.
 

Treasure Chest, Redemption, & League Update - March 8, 2023

Players: Treasure Chest collations have been updated, ONE Redemption Tokens are now on sale, and the Modern Horizons Flashback League is up - enjoy!
 

US time Change - March 12, 2023

Players: It's Daylight Savings in North America this weekend. This affects the start times of the Pioneer Showcase Qualifier on Sunday morning PT and all other Scheduled Events after the Pacific time zone springs forward Sunday at 2 a.m. local time.

If the computer’s clock is set to your local time zone, MTGO will display event start times in-game correctly.
Therefore, when signing up for a Scheduled Event this week, be sure to verify the start time as shown in MTGO!

North Americans – set your clock forward 1 hour before bed Saturday night (mobile devices do this automatically). You get 1 less hour of sleep before the event.

Everyone Else – the event starts at the time indicated in MTGO now.

If in doubt of a start time and you can’t check MTGO, arrive an hour early to be safe.
 

Weekly Blog - March 7, 2023

BANNED AND RESTRICTED UPDATE​

Yesterday, we implemented bans in the Legacy format announced here for White Plume Adventurer and Expressive Iteration. Per our normal policy, players who had those cards in League decks at the time were refunded their entry and given prizes earned up to that point.

TREASURE CHEST UPDATES TOMORROW​

As has become tradition, we are updating the contents of Treasure Chests about a month after a new set’s release. We will announce the exact timing of the update tomorrow morning on Discord and Twitter (links at the top) - it should be a bit after 10 a.m. PT (18:00 UTC)

The change list is live now – click the link at the top of the Blog. The biggest changes are:
  • The TC-Only slot has again been removed.
  • Curated slot ratios have changed.
  • The Borderless Praetors from Phyrexia: All Will Be One are now available via Treasure Chests.
  • At Studio X’s request, the MTGO team implemented Undermountain Adventurer and Ravenloft Adventurer as possible substitutes for the just-banned White Plume Adventurer. Those cards appear at an elevated rate in Treasure Chests for the next month-plus until the March of the Machine release.

MARCH = MODERN HORIZONS MADNESS ON MTGO!​

We’re celebrating all things across MTGO’s Horizons this month! Our two-week Flashback Draft League of the original Modern Horizons begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. PT and runs until March 22. The regular entry options of 10 Event Tickets or 100 Play Points apply.

Following that will be Modern Horizons 2 in both Keeper and Phantom Draft Leagues. More details on that will be in this space in a couple weeks – enjoy!

TIME SPIRAL REMASTERED DRAFT ENDS TOMORROW!​

If you still have matches remaining in the Time Spiral Remastered Draft League, or want to take one more spin through it, you have until 10 a.m. PT tomorrow.

Note that Time Spiral Remastered boosters will leave the MTGO Store soon after the League ends.

STANDARD CHALLENGES NOW 64-PLAYER STARTING THIS WEEKEND​

By popular demand, we have changed the Standard Challenge events to use the Large (64-player) prize structure starting on Saturday. We will keep it at this level until we see a weekend where it doesn't fire.

MOCS SHOWCASE CHALLENGES THIS WEEKEND​

It’s the third and final round of Showcase Challenges feeding Season 1’s Showcase Qualifiers in a few weeks.

It takes 40 Season 1 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, March 11, 20238:00 a.m.16:00Modern Showcase ChallengeModern
Sunday, March 12, 20236:00 a.m.14:00Pioneer Showcase ChallengePioneer
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 SCHEDULE​

Here’s a look at the schedule of events coming up between now and March of the Machine. 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.
  • March 8-22 – Mid-March = Modern Horizons Madness! We’ll kick it off with the original Modern Horizons Flashback (Phantom only) for two weeks …
  • March 22-April 5 - … then it’s two weeks of Modern Horizons 2! (Keeper & Phantom Draft options)
  • April 5-12 – By popular demand, we will bring back Dominaria Remastered for one week as a Flashback (Phantom only)
  • April 12 - MOM Release – Still thinking this one through...getting some promising ideas brewing!
Looking a bit further ahead for you Cube aficionados, the plan for upcoming Cubes is as follows:
  • May 3-10 – With MagicCon Minneapolis on the tabletop schedule, Magic 30 Cube returns for another go-around.
  • May 10-24Vintage Cube returns for a two-week session in support of the MOCS Showcase on May 20.

PHYREXIA: ALL WILL BE ONE ON MTGO​

The latest Standard-legal expansion, Phyrexia: All Will Be One, is now available in the MTGO Store. Check out this article for updates on the following:
  • MTGO’s Art Bundles, available for a limited time in the Store
  • Event schedules and improvements on how they are displayed in the Play Lobby
  • Treasure Chests
  • Magic Online Player Rewards
  • Alternate Play
  • The latest suite of Avatars

REDEMPTION UPDATE​

Redemption Tokens for Phyrexia: All Will Be One will go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. PT.

The Brothers' War and Dominaria United are still available in the MTGO Store. The Dominaria United Tokens are down to 10 percent of original stock for Standard and 15 percent for 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.

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 1, Pauper 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. 64-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 Challenge64-Player Standard Challenge
4:00 p.m.32-Player Limited Challenge
6:00 p.m.32-Player Modern Challenge32-Player Modern Challenge
Check out the Magic Online Format Challenges page for further event details.

PATCH NOTES – MARCH 8, 2023​

  • Undermountain Adventurer and Ravenloft Adventurer have been added to the game and appear in Treasure Chests.
  • If a token is bounced to a player’s hand, the game will correctly not allow that token to be chosen for a discard effect.
  • Blast-Furnace Hellkite will be able to be added to decks without causing the game to crash.
  • Legions to Ashes will correctly exile all tokens the opponent controls with the same name as its target.
  • Phyrexian Espionage will correctly only force a discard when kicked.
  • Storm Entity will correctly not count itself when determining the number of counters it gets.
  • Rona’s Vortex will correctly disallow targeting your own permanents if kicked.
  • Mizzix’s Mastery will correctly function if it’s not overloaded.
  • Hidden Strings will resolve properly if the controller chooses No to either optional effect.

NEXT SCHEDULED DOWNTIME – APRIL 5, 6 A.M. TO NOON PT​

The next scheduled downtime is planned for Wednesday, April 5 beginning at 6 a.m. PT (13:00 UTC). This is slated to last longer than usual – up to six hours – due to changes needed in our internal infrastructure.
 

Legacy B&R: White Plume Adventurer & Expressive Iteration Banned

Weekly Blog - February 28, 2023

TIME SPIRAL REMASTERED DRAFT STARTS TOMORROW – NOW FLASHBACK!​

Next up on the Alternate Play train – a trip back further into Dominaria’s past (and alternate past, and future … weird) - it’s Time Spiral Remastered!

Entry Options are 12 Event Tickets, 120 Play Points, or 3 boosters + 2 Event Tickets. Note that Time Spiral Remastered boosters will leave the MTGO Store soon after the League ends on March 8th at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time (18:00 UTC).

KAMIGAWA: NEON DYNASTY DRAFT ENDS TOMORROW​

Our first return to one of our most popular recent sets, Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty, is coming to a close. Be sure to get your last matches in before the League closes tomorrow at 10 a.m. PT.

TWELVE REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP INVITES AT STAKE THIS WEEKEND​

Your next opportunities to earn an invitation to tabletop’s Regional Championship Cycle 3 come up in a trio of Super Qualifiers this weekend.
  • Limited Super Qualifier – Saturday, March 4 at 7 a.m. PT (14:00 UTC)
  • Limited Super Qualifier – Sunday, March 5 at 1 a.m. PT (9:00 UTC)
    • Both events feature Phyrexia: All Will Be One
  • Modern Super Qualifier – Sunday, March 5 at 12 noon PT (20:00 UTC)
Each Super Qualifier’s entry options are 40 Event Tickets, 400 Play Points, or 40 MOCS Season 1 Qualifier Points. The Top 4 finishers earn seats at the second Regional Championship of 2023 serving their country of residence (held in late spring). 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 SCHEDULE​

Here’s a look at the schedule of events coming up between now and March of the Machine. 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.
  • March 8-22 – Mid-March = Modern Horizons Madness! We’ll kick it off with the original Modern Horizons Flashback (Phantom only) for two weeks …
  • March 22-April 5 - … then it’s two weeks of Modern Horizons 2! (Keeper & Phantom Draft options)
  • April 5-12 – By popular demand, we will bring back Dominaria Remastered for one week as a Flashback (Phantom only)
  • April 12 - MOM Release – Still thinking this one through...getting some promising ideas brewing!
Looking a bit further ahead for you Cube aficionados, the plan for upcoming Cubes is as follows:
  • May 3-10 – With MagicCon Minneapolis on the tabletop schedule, Magic 30 Cube returns for another go-around.
  • May 10-24Vintage Cube returns for a two-week session in support of the MOCS Showcase on May 20.

PHYREXIA: ALL WILL BE ONE ON MTGO​

The latest Standard-legal expansion, Phyrexia: All Will Be One, is now available in the MTGO Store. Check out this article for updates on the following:
  • MTGO’s Art Bundles, available for a limited time in the Store
  • Event schedules and improvements on how they are displayed in the Play Lobby
  • Treasure Chests
  • Magic Online Player Rewards
  • Alternate Play
  • The latest suite of Avatars

REDEMPTION UPDATE​

Redemption Tokens for The Brothers' War and Dominaria United are now on sale in the MTGO Store. The Dominaria United Tokens are getting quite low and The Brothers’ War is about half-gone – when supplies run out, they are gone for good!

Phyrexia: All Will Be One Redemption Tokens are slated to go on-sale on Wednesday, March 8.

For more details on the redemption program, click here.

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 1, Pauper and Standard Challenges are never pre-empted.
  • 32-Player events require 32 players to fire and give prizes to the Top 32.
    • Pauper, Vintage, and Standard 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. 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.32-Player Modern Challenge32-Player Modern Challenge

Check out the Magic Online Format Challenges page for further event details.

PATCH NOTES – MARCH 1, 2023​

  • Mana from Jeweled Lotus will correctly be spendable on casting Commanders and paying the Commander tax.
  • Jinxed Choker and Plague Boiler will no longer continuously ask to add or remove a counter - halting game progress.

NEXT SCHEDULED DOWNTIME – APRIL 5, 6 A.M. TO NOON PT​

The next scheduled downtime is planned for Wednesday, April 5 beginning at 6 a.m. PT (13:00 UTC). This is slated to last longer than usual – up to six hours – due to changes needed in our internal infrastructure.
 

Weekly Blog - February 21, 2023

IMPORTANT ACCOUNT SECURITY INFORMATION

Players have been understandably expressing concern about account security in light of account-theft reports on social media.

Two-factor authentication for MTGO is in active development, but in the meantime, please remember:

Players with a strong MTGO-only password that they have never shared or exposed aren't targets of account theft—having such a password should be part of every player's account security.

Until we can deploy two-factor authentication, awareness of how passwords are stolen is a player's best defense against account theft. Here are some critical mistakes to avoid:
  • Password Re-Use: There have been no Magic Online data breaches under Daybreak, but a data breach or bad actors on a website where you have re-used your Magic Online password can lead to bad actors trying the password elsewhere. Never re-use your Magic Online password or one similar to it.
  • Password Sharing: Whether given intentionally to friends or unintentionally to phishing and social engineering efforts, sharing your password with any person or entity puts your account at serious risk of theft.
  • Password Strength: Accounts with passwords that are guessable, short, or overly simple are at greater risk of theft. Make your password strong!
Password strength and care are the common threads here. Change your MTGO password today to a unique, complex alternative and never give it to anyone or enter it in anything other than our login screen or Help site. Players who do reduce their risk of account theft to near zero.

Should you suspect your account has been compromised, you can log into help.mtgo.com to file a Customer Service ticket. If you are locked out of the account due to a compromise in progress, you should create a brand-new MTGO account and then log into the Help site with those credentials. Contacting us via social media can help, but that generally isn't quick enough to stop an event in progress.

KAMIGAWA: NEON DYNASTY DRAFT RETURNS TOMORROW​

This week’s Alternate Play format is our first return to one of our most popular recent sets, Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty. Set at the confluence of tradition and technology, this draft format is quite Spirited.

The Draft League begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. PT (18:00 UTC) – Entry Options are the same as last year’s version: 12 Event Tickets, 120 Play Points, or 3 NEO boosters + 2 Event Tickets.

MAGIC 30 CUBE ENDS 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 Philadelphia having just concluded, the first return of the Magic 30 Cube wraps up tomorrow at 10 a.m. PT (18:00 UTC).

Each iteration features changes prescribed by the Cube’s original designer Carmen Handy. There are just seven changes baked into this edition:

INOUT
Awaken the WoodsSaproling Migration
Phyrexian FleshgorgerCorpse Connoisseur
Overwhelming RemorseMurderous Cut
BushwhackVines of Vastwood
Geth, Thane of ContractsDoomed Necromancer
Nissa, Ascended AnimistCultivator Colossus
Staff of CompleationSword of Hearth and Home
The full Cube card list can be viewed on this page.

PHYREXIA: ALL WILL BE ONE BEST-OF ONE LEAGUE ENDS TOMORROW​

Our experimental Best-of-One League for the new set wraps up tomorrow at 10 a.m. PT. If you have matches remaining, be sure to get them played!

MOCS SHOWCASE CHALLENGE EVENTS THIS WEEKEND ​

It’s time once again to get players invited to the next round of Showcase Qualifiers in March and April.

It takes 40 Season 1 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 first group:

DATETIME (PT)TIME (UTC )EVENTFORMAT
Saturday, February 25, 202310:00 a.m.18:00Vintage Showcase ChallengeVintage
Sunday, February 26, 20238:00 a.m.18:00Legacy Showcase ChallengeLegacy
For more information on these events, click the Premier Play Information link at the top of the Blog.

ALTERNATE PLAY SCHEDULE​

Here’s a look at the schedule of events coming up between now and March of the Machine. 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.
  • March 1-8 – An alternate version of Dominaria’s saga returns – Time Spiral Remastered (Keeper)
  • March 8-22 – Mid-March = Modern Horizons Madness! We’ll kick it off with the original Modern Horizons Flashback (Phantom only) for two weeks …
  • March 22-April 5 - … then it’s two weeks of Modern Horizons 2! (Keeper & Phantom Draft options)
  • April 5-12 – By popular demand, we will bring back Dominaria Remastered for one week as a Flashback (Phantom only)
  • April 12-MOM Release – Still thinking this one through ...

PHYREXIA: ALL WILL BE ONE ON MTGO​

The latest Standard-legal expansion, Phyrexia: All Will Be One, is now available in the MTGO Store. Check out this article for updates on the following:
  • MTGO’s Art Bundles, available for a limited time in the Store
  • Event schedules and improvements on how they are displayed in the Play Lobby
  • Treasure Chests
  • Magic Online Player Rewards
  • Alternate Play
  • The latest suite of Avatars

MAGIC ONLINE FORMAT CHALLENGES EVERY WEEKEND​

NOTE: Limited Challenges are reverting to 32-player events starting this 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 1, Pauper and Standard Challenges are never pre-empted.
  • 32-Player events require 32 players to fire and give prizes to the Top 32.
    • Pauper, Vintage, and Standard 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. 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.32-Player Modern Challenge32-Player Modern Challenge
Check out the Magic Online Format Challenges page for further event details.

PATCH NOTES – FEBRUARY 22, 2023​

  • Churning Reservoir’s triggered ability will correctly be unable to target nontokens.
  • Moon-Circuit Hacker will allow its controller to draw a card on turns following its first on the battlefield (and then discard).
  • Biting-Palm Ninja and Kappa Tech-Wrecker will correctly function when their keyword counter is removed. .
  • Igneous Elemental will only let its controller target a creature.
  • Token copies of Skyclave Relic will untap as expected.

NEXT SCHEDULED DOWNTIME – APRIL 5, 6 A.M. TO NOON PT​

The next scheduled downtime is planned for Wednesday, April 5 beginning at 6 a.m. PT (13:00 UTC). This is slated to last longer than usual – up to six hours – due to changes needed in our internal infrastructure.
 

Weekly Blog - February 14, 2023

IMPORTANT ACCOUNT SECURITY INFORMATION

Players have been understandably expressing concern about account security in light of account-theft reports on social media.
Two-factor authentication for MTGO is in active development, but in the meantime, please remember:

Players with a strong MTGO-only password that they have never shared or exposed aren't targets of account theft—having such a password should be part of every player's account security.

Until we can deploy two-factor authentication, awareness of how passwords are stolen is a player's best defense against account theft. Here are some critical mistakes to avoid:
  • Password Re-Use: There have been no Magic Online data breaches under Daybreak, but a data breach or bad actors on a website where you have re-used your Magic Online password can lead to bad actors trying the password elsewhere. Never re-use your Magic Online password or one similar to it.
  • Password Sharing: Whether given intentionally to friends or unintentionally to phishing and social engineering efforts, sharing your password with any person or entity puts your account at serious risk of theft.
  • Password Strength: Accounts with passwords that are guessable, short, or overly simple are at greater risk of theft. Make your password strong!
Password strength and care are the common threads here. Change your MTGO password today to a unique, complex alternative and never give it to anyone or enter it in anything other than our login screen or Help site. Players who do reduce their risk of account theft to near zero.

Should you suspect your account has been compromised, you can log into help.mtgo.com to file a Customer Service ticket. If you are locked out of the account due to a compromise in progress, you should create a brand-new MTGO account and then log into the Help site with those credentials. Contacting us via social media can help, but that generally isn't quick enough to stop an event in progress.

DOWNTIME TOMORROW - INCLUDING FORUMS & CUSTOMER SERVICE​

Magic Online will be down for scheduled maintenance tomorrow, February 15. The downtime begins at a special time of 6 a.m. Pacific time (14:00 UTC) and is slated to last four hours. Both our Forums and Customer Service will be down during this time as well. If you have any concerns during that time, reach out via the Twitter or Discord links at the top of the Blog.

MAGIC 30 CUBE RETURNS TO MTGO 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 Philadelphia upon us, the first return of the Magic 30 Cube takes places for a week following tomorrow’s downtime.

Each iteration features changes prescribed by the Cube’s original designer Carmen Handy. There are just seven changes baked into this edition:

INOUT
Awaken the WoodsSaproling Migration
Phyrexian FleshgorgerCorpse Connoisseur
Overwhelming RemorseMurderous Cut
BushwhackVines of Vastwood
Geth, Thane of ContractsDoomed Necromancer
Nissa, Ascended AnimistCultivator Colossus
Staff of CompleationSword of Hearth and Home
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.

TWELVE REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP INVITES AT STAKE THIS WEEKEND ​

Your next opportunities to earn an invitation to tabletop’s Regional Championship Cycle 3 come up this Friday through Monday.

The weekend is bookended by two Limited Qualifiers - one on Friday, February 17 starting at 2 p.m. PT (22:00 UTC), and the other on Monday, February 20 at 7 a.m. PT (15:00 UTC).

The sole entry option for each event is 40 Qualifier Points, and the top 2 finishers in each event earn invitations to the second Regional Championship of 2023 serving their country of residence (held in late spring). This is the first weekend that Premier events feature our latest set, Phyrexia: All Will Be One, in Sealed Deck and Top 8 Draft.

Sandwiched in between are two Super Qualifiers – Pioneer on Saturday, February 18 and Limited on Sunday, February 19. Both events begin at 7 a.m. PT.

Each Super Qualifier’s entry options are 40 Event Tickets, 400 Play Points, or 40 MOCS Season 1 Qualifier Points. The Top 4 finishers earn seats at that same RC round and prizes pay out to the Top 128! As with the Qualifiers, the Limited Super Q will feature ONE Sealed with Top 8 Draft.

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 SCHEDULE​

Here’s a look at the schedule of events coming up between now and March of the Machine. 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.
  • Through February 22 Phyrexia: All Will Be One Best-of-One League (Keeper) – this has the same entry options and prizes as the previous versions but runs for just two weeks.
  • February 15-22 – The Magic 30 Cube returns for the first time with updates! (Phantom) This Cube will recur each time a Magic Con takes place in 2023. (Runs concurrently with Week 2 of the Best-of-1 ONE League)
  • February 22-March 1 – Our first trip back to the meeting point of technology and tradition – it’s Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty! (Keeper)
  • March 1-8 – An alternate version of Dominaria’s saga returns – Time Spiral Remastered (Keeper)
  • March 8-22 – Mid-March = Modern Horizons Madness! We’ll kick it off with the original Modern Horizons Flashback (NEW! Phantom only) for two weeks …
  • March 22-April 5 - … then it’s two weeks of Modern Horizons 2! (Keeper & Phantom Draft options)
  • NEW! April 5-12 – By popular demand, we will bring back Dominaria Remastered for one week as a Flashback (Phantom only)
  • April 12-MOM Release – Still thinking this one through ...

PHYREXIA: ALL WILL BE ONE ON MTGO​

The latest Standard-legal expansion, Phyrexia: All Will Be One, is now available in the MTGO Store. Check out this article for updates on the following:
  • MTGO’s Art Bundles, available for a limited time in the Store
  • Event schedules and improvements on how they are displayed in the Play Lobby
  • Treasure Chests
  • Magic Online Player Rewards
  • Alternate Play
  • The latest suite of Avatars

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:
  • In MOCS Season 1, Pauper and Standard Challenges are never pre-empted.
  • 32-Player events require 32 players to fire and give prizes to the Top 32.
    • Pauper, Vintage, and Standard Challenges are always 32-Player tournaments.
  • All other events listed require 64 players to fire and give prizes to the Top 64.
  • 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. Standard ChallengePioneer Challenge
8:00 a.m. Modern ChallengeLegacy Challenge
10:00 a.m. Vintage ChallengePauper Challenge
12:00 p.m. 64-Player Limited Challenge64-Player Limited Challenge
2:00 p.m. Pioneer ChallengeStandard Challenge
4:00 p.m.32-Player Limited Challenge
6:00 p.m.32-Player Modern Challenge32-Player Modern Challenge
Check out the Magic Online Format Challenges page for further event details.


PATCH NOTES – FEBRUARY 15, 2023​

  • Atraxa, Grand Unifier will correctly display the cards added to its controllers hand once its trigger has finished resolving.
  • All sealed products will have their respective arts displayed in Collection and in the Store.
  • The Magic 30 Cube will be updated.

PATCH NOTES – FEBRUARY 9-10, 2023​

  • Fable of the Mirror-Breaker's second chapter ability will correctly allow its controller to draw cards if they've chosen the "Always Yes" auto-yield.
  • Kethek, Corrupted Goliath no longer reveals its controller's library when they choose not to sacrifice a creature.
  • Zenith Chronicler will correctly make the opponents of a multicolored spell's caster draw (instead of the Chronicler's controller).
  • Mite tokens created by Ria Ivor, Bane of Bladehold will correctly be unable to block.
  • Abilities where you "may remove oil counters" will correctly not function from the graveyard (looking at you, Atraxa's Skitterfang).
  • Plane and Phenomenon cards from Planechase can no longer be in deck submissions for paid event formats, Commander, or Commander 1v1.

NEXT SCHEDULED DOWNTIME – APRIL 5, 6 A.M. PT​

After tomorrow, the next scheduled downtime is planned for Wednesday, April 5 beginning at 6 a.m. PT (13:00 UTC). This is slated to last longer than usual – up to four hours – due to changes needed in our internal infrastructure.

 

IMPORTANT ACCOUNT SECURITY INFORMATION

Players have been understandably expressing concern about account security in light of account-theft reports on social media.

Two-factor authentication for MTGO is in active development, but in the meantime, please remember:

Players with a strong MTGO-only password that they have never shared or exposed aren't targets of account theft—having such a password should be part of every player's account security.

Until we can deploy two-factor authentication, awareness of how passwords are stolen is a player's best defense against account theft. Here are some critical mistakes to avoid:
  • Password Re-Use: There have been no Magic Online data breaches under Daybreak, but a data breach or bad actors on a website where you have re-used your Magic Online password can lead to bad actors trying the password elsewhere. Never re-use your Magic Online password or one similar to it.
  • Password Sharing: Whether given intentionally to friends or unintentionally to phishing and social engineering efforts, sharing your password with any person or entity puts your account at serious risk of theft.
  • Password Strength: Accounts with passwords that are guessable, short, or overly simple are at greater risk of theft. Make your password strong!
Password strength and care are the common threads here. Change your MTGO password today to a unique, complex alternative and never give it to anyone or enter it in anything other than our login screen or Help site. Players who do reduce their risk of account theft to near zero.

Should you suspect your account has been compromised, you can log into help.mtgo.com to file a Customer Service ticket. If you are locked out of the account due to a compromise in progress, you should create a brand-new MTGO account and then log into the Help site with those credentials. Contacting us via social media can help, but that generally isn't quick enough to stop an event in progress.
 

Weekly Blog - February 7, 2023

PHYREXIA: ALL WILL BE ONE ON MTGO STARTS TODAY​

The latest Standard-legal expansion, Phyrexia: All Will Be One, hits MTGO’s digital shelves today at 10 a.m. Pacific time (18:00 UTC). Check out this article for updates on the following that will take effect today:
  • Treasure Chests
  • MTGO’s Art Bundles, available for a limited time in the Store
  • Event schedules and improvements on how they are displayed in the Play Lobby
  • Magic Online Player Rewards
  • Alternate Play
  • The latest suite of Avatars
  • Late Change: The Borderless Praetors will appear in booster packs at the same rate as tabletop (originally it was stated they would not appear until later in the year). These cards will not be part of today's Treasure Chest update, but will be included in the next TC Update next month.

MOCS SHOWCASE CHALLENGE EVENTS THIS WEEKEND​

It’s time once again to get players invited to the next round of Showcase Qualifiers in March and April.

It takes 40 Season 1 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 first group:

DATETIME (PT)TIME (UTC)EVENTFORMAT
Saturday, February 11, 20238:00 a.m.16:00Modern Showcase ChallengeModern
Sunday, February 12, 20236:00a.m.14:00Pioneer Showcase ChallengePioneer
For more information on these events, click the Premier Play Information link at the top of the Blog.


LIMITED CHALLENGE UPDATE​

With the new set upon us, we are reverting the Limited Challenges that begin 12 p.m. Pacific (20:00 UTC) on Saturdays and Sundays to be 64-Player events starting this weekend. This means an extra round and bigger prizes are on the line! We will leave these at 64-Player until we see demand drop enough to go back to 32-Player.

The Limited Challenges at 1 a.m. Pacific (9:00 UTC) remain as 32-Player events.

ALTERNATE PLAY SCHEDULE​

Here’s a look at the schedule of events coming up between now and March of the Machine. 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.
  • Today- February 22 – Phyrexia: All Will Be One Best-of-One League (Keeper) – this has the same entry options and prizes as the previous versions but runs for just two weeks.
  • February 15-22 – The Magic 30 Cube returns for the first time with updates! (Phantom) This Cube will recur each time a Magic Con takes place in 2023. (Runs concurrently with Week 2 of the Best-of-1 ONE League)
  • February 22-March 1 – Our first trip back to the meeting point of technology and tradition – it’s Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty! (Keeper)
  • March 1-8 – An alternate version of Dominaria’s saga returns – Time Spiral Remastered (Keeper)
  • March 8-22 – Mid-March = Modern Horizons Madness! We’ll kick it off with the original Modern Horizons (Keeper & Phantom Draft options) for two weeks …
  • March 22-April 5 - … then it’s two weeks of Modern Horizons 2! (Keeper & Phantom Draft options)
  • April 5-MOM Release – We are still considering our options here.

REDEMPTION UPDATE​

Redemption Tokens for The Brothers' War and Dominaria United are now on sale in the MTGO Store. The Dominaria United Tokens are getting quite low and The Brothers’ War is about half-gone – when supplies run out, they are gone for good!

Phyrexia: All Will Be One Redemption Tokens are slated to go on-sale on Wednesday, March 8.

For more details on the redemption program, click here.

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:
  • In MOCS Season 1, Pauper and Standard Challenges are never pre-empted.
  • 32-Player events require 32 players to fire and give prizes to the Top 32.
    • Pauper, Vintage, and Standard Challenges are always 32-Player tournaments.
  • All other events listed require 64 players to fire and give prizes to the Top 64.
  • 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. Standard ChallengePioneer Challenge
8:00 a.m. Modern ChallengeLegacy Challenge
10:00 a.m. Vintage ChallengePauper Challenge
12:00 p.m. 64-Player Limited Challenge64-Player Limited Challenge
2:00 p.m. Pioneer ChallengeStandard Challenge
4:00 p.m.32-Player Limited Challenge
6:00 p.m.32-Player Modern Challenge32-Player Modern Challenge
Check out the Magic Online Format Challenges page for further event details.

NEXT SCHEDULED DOWNTIME – FEBRUARY 15, 6 A.M. PT​

The next scheduled downtime is planned for Wednesday, February 15 beginning at 6 a.m. PT (14:00 UTC). This is slated to last longer than usual – up to four hours – due to changes needed in our internal infrastructure.
 
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