Weekly Blog - February 7, 2023

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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.


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:

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.


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.


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 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.


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 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

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.


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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