Announcements October 22, 2013

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, October 30
MOCS Season 11 Ends
MOCS Season 12 Begins
Friday, November 1
6:00 PM PDT (UTC -7 hours)
MOCS Season 11 Preliminary
Format: Standard
Saturday, November 2
6:00 AM PDT (UTC -7 hours)
12:00 PM PDT (UTC -7 hours)
6:00 PM PDT (UTC -7 hours)
MOCS Season 11 Preliminaries
Format: Standard
Sunday, November 3
Pacific Time will be UTC -8 hours
Sunday, November 3
9:00 AM PST (UTC -8 hours)
Pro Tour Born of the Gods Qualifier
Format: Theros Sealed
Wednesday, November 9
11:00 AM PST (UTC -8 hours)
MOCS Season 11 Finals
Format: Standard
Sunday, November 10
7:00 AM PST (UTC -8 hours)
Pro Tour Born of the Gods Qualifier
Format: Theros Sealed
U.S. Time Change Happens This Sunday, November 3

Vintage Masters Announced for Magic Online!

The Vintage format and the supporting card set—plus the Power Nine!—are coming to Magic Online in June 2014!

Get the full scoop on Vintage Masters!

Face the Hydra Challenge Preliminaries Start This Week!

The Face the Hydra Challenge Preliminaries kick off this week on Thursday, October 24, at 10:00 AM PDT. Compete for prizes, and to become one of five champions who will move on to the Finals to face the Hydra itself, which will be played by a member of the R&D team, wielding a special Hydra-themed deck!

Check the calendar on the right of this page for dates and times for Preliminaries, and read more in the Face the Hydra Challenge article.

Commander 2013 Comes to Magic Online December 20!

Commander 2013 is coming to Magic Online on December 20! Five new decks will be introduced, each a 100-card singleton deck with three premium oversized legendary commander cards that can be used in lieu of the normal versions of the cards (which are also in the deck). Check out all five Commander 2013 decklists.

Commander is a casual multiplayer format in which each player's deck is led by the legendary creature of his or her choice, referred to as the deck's commander. The rest of the deck is a specially crafted arsenal of creatures, artifacts, and other spells, designed to reflect the personality of that commander and take advantage of his or her strengths. Read more about the Commander rule set.

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November Promo Cards for MOCS, MOPR and TNMO

Magic Online Championship Series Season 12
MOCS Season 12 runs from October 30 through November 27. The promo card is:

Land Tax

Thursday Night Magic Online
November's TNMO promo card is:

Grisly Salvage

Magic Online Player Rewards Program
The November MOPR period runs October 30 through November 27. Here are the promo cards:

Event Participation Promo

Store Activity Promo

Rescheduled October 20 Pro Tour Qualifier

The canceled October 20 Pro Tour Qualifier has been rescheduled:

Saturday, October 26, at 7:00 AM PDT (UTC -7 hours)
by invitation only

For Those Players Affected:

  • Players who had one or fewer losses at the end of Round 6 will be invited to this rescheduled Pro Tour Qualifier. These players will also receive six Theros booster packs, along with additional prizes as part of this invite-only PTQ.
  • All players who had two or more losses at the end of Round 6 and who were still in the event will, in addition, receive six (6) Theros booster packs.

Players will be able to join following the October 23 downtime, and are encouraged to join early. If you believe you are among the players affected but do not receive an invitation, please contact Customer Service for assistance.

In addition to the six booster packs affected players received, prizes for this Pro Tour Qualifier will match the usual PTQ prize payout schedule.

We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused players, and wish you luck in the rescheduled event!

Extended Downtime and Notes for October 23

There is an extended downtime this week, which will begin earlier than normal.

The system will go into "No Pay" at 11:00 AM PDT, midnight.
Store and trades will be shut off at approximately 2:45 AM PDT.
The system will be down from 3:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT, noon.

This update will fix the issues we've highlighted here over the past two weeks, including adding all basic lands to Theros booster packs, fixing the Momir Vig Vanguard card, and fixing the missing client download button when creating a new account.

Release Notes for October 23, 2013

Magic Online Store
All Planeswalker Deck Packs have been readded to the Store under the Special Sets category. Also, all Gatecrash Intro Packs have been readded to the Store under the Gatecrash and Theme Deck categories.


  • Fixed: Entering an incorrect activation key will no longer prevent account activation when the correct key is re-entered.
  • Fixed: Information in account creation product carousels has been updated to make them consistent.
  • Fixed: The download button is now visible for all monitor resolutions when creating an account.
  • Fixed: Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver and Shipbreaker Kraken abilities no longer cause a game reset.
  • Fixed: Rescue from the Underworld now correctly returns the sacrificed creature to its controller, not its owner.
  • Fixed: Momir Vig avatar and other Vanguard cards now give correct starting life totals and hand sizes.
  • Fixed: Planeswalker Deck Pack 2014 Expansion image now appear in the Store.
  • Added: Theros booster packs now contain basic lands with different art.

Current Client

  • Fixed: The Philosopher avatar now appears correctly, and players using the current client are now able to target opponent players that are using the Wide Beta Client and who represent themselves with The Philosopher avatar.

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