Weekly Blog - April 11, 2023


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.


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:


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.


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


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.
  • 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.
  • 32-Player Limited Challenge events are 6 rounds with no playoff
  • 64-Player Limited Challenge events are 7 rounds with no playoff

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).