Magic Online Weekly Announcements, February 6, 2024

Posted on Feb 06, 2024

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Murders at Karlov Manor On-Sale Today!​

The next Magic expansion is a mystery no longer – Murders at Karlov Manor hits MTGO’s digital shelves this morning at 10 a.m. PT (18:00 UTC).


Our traditional set article is live and previews the following items:
  • The return of the Deck Brewer’s Pass
    • Up to nine days for $20 USD
  • Boosters and Commander Decks in the Store
  • Our unique Invisible Ink treatment found on a select group of the set’s Showcase cards
  • Treasure Chest and Commander Backlog updates
    • Treasure Chest updates around 10 a.m. PT – watch our socials for exact timing
    • Over 30 cards added from previous sets
  • Avatars and MKM legality timing

Deck Brewer’s Pass Returns Today!​


The Deck Brewer’s Pass is back online starting today at 10 a.m. PT. This time it’s $20.00 USD and provides All-Access until next Thursday, February 15th at 10 a.m. PT. Read all about it in the MKM set article!


The AlphaFrog Invitational Wraps Up – 1 p.m. PT Today​

Our stable of Pros that have been dueling with the AlphaFrog Cube step into the Invitational arena on the MTGO Twitch channel to battle one last time with a new challenge. Watch as some of Magic’s biggest names try out Murders at Karlov Manor for the first time and share their initial impressions while commenting on their rivals’ matches!

Anuraag Das and AlphaFrog are your hosts for this finale that kicks off at 1 p.m. PT (21:00 UTC) today.

This finale has a stacked group of competitors:
  • Hall of Famer Reid Duke
  • 2022 World Champion Nathan Steuer
  • 2014-15 Player of the Year Mike Sigrist
  • Pro Tour Champion Luis Salvatto
  • MTG Arena Champion Sam Rolph
  • Modern Super League Champion Corey Baumeister
  • MPL member and Grand Prix Champion Matt Sperling
  • Worlds Top 4 Competitor Karl "Terribad" Sarap


It's Showcase Challenge Weekend​

A new MOCS season is underway, so it’s time to qualify the first players for the next round of Showcase Qualifiers in March.

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 this weekend’s events:

Saturday, February 108:00 a.m.16:00Modern Showcase Challenge
Sunday, February 116:00 a.m.14:00Pioneer Showcase Challenge
Saturday, February 1710:00 a.m.18:00Vintage Showcase Challenge
Sunday, February 188:00 a.m.16:00Legacy Showcase Challenge
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 Outlaws at Thunder Junction. Except for Best-of-One, all of these offerings are Phantom – cards won’t be added to players’ collections in Phantom events. All transitions take place at 10:00 a.m. PT (18:00 UTC) unless otherwise noted.
  • February 6-21 – Murders at Karlov Manor is center stage for these two weeks. As has become our custom, a Best-of-One League will be available for that period.
  • February 21-March 6 – The Fast Follow/Polish/Minor Update of Vintage Cube allows two more weeks of play in a slightly-tweaked sandbox. In a change, we will not be holding 64-Player single-elimination drafts during this run.
  • March 6-13 – The Vintage Cube goes Supreme for one week – everyone's favorite top-two-of-every-pack format returns. This will be the spot where we have one week of 64-Player Drafts of regular Vintage Cube.
  • March 13-20 – An old friend returns: Flashback Invasion Block Draft.
  • March 20-April 10 – Chris Wolf and Ryan Spain will have the first quarterly refresh of Vintage Cube with packages of cards shuttling in and out.
  • April 10-16 – We’ve gathered 18 sets with a medium-to-heavy emphasis on the most universal of card types to create Artifact Chaos Draft!

When Is Vintage Cube Back?​

A new regular feature of the Blog, this item will mention when the next scheduled run of our most popular event will take place:
  • Fast Follow Update: February 21-March 6 (no 64’s)
  • Supreme Vintage Cube: March 6-13 (plus 64’s of regular Vintage Cube)
  • Spring Update: March 20-April 10 (64’s TBD)


List of MTG x Clue Cards Available February 28​

We had a community request to spell out which cards from the Clue: Ravnica Edition set are going to be included in the Treasure Chest starting February 28 and which are going into the Commander Backlog.
(As a reminder, the characters, weapons, and rooms from the Clue game will be included in MOPR on March 1)
Here is the breakdown:

In Treasure Chests February 28

Afterlife InsuranceIncriminating ImpetusSyndicate Heavy
Boros Strike-CaptainResonance TechnicianTribune of Rot
Carnage InterpreterScuttling SentinelUndercover Butler
Conclave EvangelistSludge TitanUnruly Krasis
Corporeal ProjectionStampede SurferVernal Sovereign
Ecstatic ElectromancerSumala Rumblers

Commander Backlog

Aegis of the LegionFurious SpinesplitterOrdruun Mentor
Amzu, Swarm’s HungerHerald of IlhargPortal Manipulator
Covetous ElegyLavinia, Foil to ConspiracySuppressor Skyguard
Dimir StrandcatcherLonis, Genetics Expert
Frenzied GorespawnMemory Vampire


Retro Shockland Bundles Available Now​

Our latest Art Bundle offering is something truly unique in Magic Online’s history – all ten shocklands in a retro frame!
There are two Bundles available, each of which will sell for $39.99 USD in the MTGO Store.
The Allied Guilds Bundle contains 1 copy each of these 5 lands

The Enemy Guilds Bundle contains 1 copy of each of these 5 lands

These Art Bundles will remain in the Store for a limited time following the release of Murders at Karlov Manor. Like previous Bundles, these will neither appear in Treasure Chests nor be included in All-Access periods. So be sure to pick yours up today!

These Art Bundles will remain in the Store for a limited time following the release of Murders at Karlov Manor. Like previous Bundles, these will neither appear in Treasure Chests nor be included in All-Access periods. So be sure to pick yours up today!

Cosmium Neon Ink Bundles Leave Store Next Week​

Introduced on Cyber Monday, our Cosmium Neon Ink Bundles remain on sale – $20 USD gets you a Mana Crypt and Cavern of Souls in a randomly-selected color choice. Check out this article for full details. They will leave the MTGO Store next week when MKM debuts, so be sure to get yours before they’re gone!

Redemption Corner​

We’ve updated our Redemption page with new quantity percentages.
As of this weekend, Wilds of Eldraine premium (foil) Redemption Tokens have sold out.
The Lost Caverns of Ixalan Redemption Tokens are now on sale alongside Wilds of Eldraine regular sets.
Murders at Karlov Manor is anticipated to be on sale on Wednesday, March 6.

Two-Factor Authentication Is Now Live – Protect Your Account Today!​

A long-requested security feature is now part Magic Online – check out Ryan Spain’s article to learn the why, what, and how to put Two-Factor Authentication into effect to help protect your account!

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.

  • The number in the title represents the minimum fire size and the lowest place to receive prizes.
  • In MOCS Season 1, Standard and Pauper Challenges are never pre-empted.
  • 32-Player Limited Challenge events are 6 rounds with no playoff
  • Challenges with a Second Chance Event that fires 30 minutes later are shown in Bold.
12:00 a.m. Vintage Challenge 32
1:00 a.m. Limited Challenge 32Limited Challenge 32
2:00 a.m. Pauper Challenge 32
4:00 a.m. Legacy Challenge 32 Modern Challenge 96
6:00 a.m. Standard Challenge 32 Pioneer Challenge 64
8:00 a.m. Modern Challenge 96Legacy Challenge 64
10:00 a.m. Vintage Challenge 32Pauper Challenge 64
12:00 p.m. Limited Challenge 32Limited Challenge 32
1:00 p.m. Pioneer Challenge 32
2:00 p.m. Pioneer Challenge 64Pioneer Challenge 64Standard Challenge 96
4:00 p.m.Limited Challenge 32
6:00 p.m. Modern Challenge 64 Modern Challenge 64 Modern Challenge 64
Check out the Magic Online Format Challenges page for further event details.

PATCH NOTES – February 6th, 2024

Card Issue​

  • Containment Priest will correctly exile non-creature cards that are manifested.
  • Tishana's Tidebinder will correctly interact with Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger (triggered ability countered but Ulamog enters with its other abilities).

Duel Scene Update​

  • In a Best-of-Three match, the game score will display in the Game Log at the end of each game.

Quality-of-Life Fix​

  • Text decklists containing two slashes for double-faced cards will import as expected.


The next scheduled maintenance will be announced at a later date.

Author: Tony Mayer