Magic Online Announcements February 11, 2014

Born of the Gods Prerelease Events begin this Friday, Feb 14! Event time changes, New Player Event changes
Upcoming Events
Friday, February 14, 2014 10AM PST
until
Monday, February 17, 2014 10AM PST
Born of the Gods Prerelease
Events
Monday, February 17, 2014 10AM PST
until
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Downtime
Born of the Gods Release
Events
Born of the Gods Prerelease Events Begin Friday!

That's right, the latest set in the Theros block is almost here! Born of the Gods launches on Magic Online officially on Monday, February 17, but you can start playing with the new set beginning this Friday, February 14, by taking part in the Prerelease Events!


Find out all the details on Prerelease and Release events for Born of the Gods!

Event Time Changes

Please note time changes for Saturday and Sunday Legacy and Modern events:

  • Modern Events (Saturday and Sunday only) move to 11:30 AM PT
  • Legacy Events (Saturday and Sunday only) move to 1:30 PM PT

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Retiring Formats

During the February 12 downtime, the following formats will be retired:

Innistrad Block Constructed
Ravnica Block Constructed
Lorwyn/Shadowmoor Block Constructed
Shards of Alara Block Constructed
Zendikar Block Constructed
Scars of Mirrodin Block Constructed
Tempest Block Constructed
Urza Block Constructed
Mirage Block Constructed
Time Spiral Block Constructed
Mercadian Masques Block Constructed
Extended
Extended (Vanguard)
Legacy Tribal Wars
Standard Tribal Wars
Standard (Vanguard)
Classic (Vanguard)
Kaleidoscope
Standard Singleton
Hero's Path
Core Set Constructed
Duel Decks Constructed

New Player Event Changes

New players will see a few changes to events, including a selection of cards for prizes. Entry for New Player Events will now be 1 Event Ticket and 2 New Player Points as well.


Check out the New Player Events below!

New Player Phantom Draft and Sealed Event Details
START TIMES February 19.
LOCATION Limited Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1
1 Event Tickets, plus
2 New Player Points
PRODUCT Draft: Magic Online will provide three Magic 2014 booster packs.
Sealed: Magic Online will provide six Magic 2014 booster packs.
Note that these are Phantom events, and cards are not added to your collection.
SIZE 4 players.
PLAY STYLE Swiss.
FORMAT Draft or Sealed.
DURATION Draft: 10 minutes deck-building time.
Sealed: 25 minutes deck-building time.
Two rounds, each round up to 60 minutes, Swiss pairings.
PRIZES
Match Wins Prizes
2 1 Magic 2014 booster pack
The following cards:
- Divination
- Celestial Flare
- Shock
- Elvish Mystic
- Negate
- Lightning Strike
- Last Breath
- Duress
- Gray Merchant of Asphodel
- Pharika's Cure
1 The following cards:
- Divination
- Lightning Strike
- Duress
- Last Breath
- Elvish Mystic
0 The following cards:
- Voyaging Satyr
- Read the Bones
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All participants will also receive one Birds of Paradise avatar.
New Player Phantom Sealed Scheduled Event Details
START TIMES Beginning February 21 on the following schedule: All times are Pacific Time:
Fridays Saturdays Sundays
8:30 AM
12:30 PM
4:30 PM
8:30 PM
8:30 AM
12:30 PM
4:30 PM
8:30 PM
8:30 AM
12:30 PM
4:30 PM
8:30 PM
LOCATION Scheduled Events room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1
5 New Player Points
PRODUCT Magic Online will provide three Theros Phantom booster packs, and three Born of the Gods Phantom booster packs.
Note that these are Phantom events, and cards are not added to your collection.
SIZE 8-128 players.
PLAY STYLE Swiss.
FORMAT Sealed.
DURATION 30 minutes deck-building time.
Three rounds, each round up to 60 minutes, Swiss pairings.
PRIZES
Match Wins Prizes
3 1 Deck Builder's Essentials
1 Magic 2014 booster pack
2 1 Deck Builder's Essentials
0 The following cards:
- Voyaging Satyr
- Read the Bones
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All participants will also receive the following avatar and cards:
  • One Face the Hydra avatar
  • Divination
  • Lightning Strike
  • Duress
  • Last Breath
  • Elvish Mystic
Downtime and Release Notes for February 12, 2014

  • The system will go into "No Pay" at 5:00 AM PST
  • Store and trades will be shut off at approximately 7:45 AM PST
  • The system will be down from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM PST

There is an update that requires a download.


General

  • Fixed: The Jace, Architect of Thought -8 ability now correctly prompts the active player to select OK for all card selection.
  • Fixed: Oubliette now returns the exiled creature to the battlefield.
  • Fixed: Spells targetting Kaervek's Torch now correctly cost an additional 2 colorless mana.
  • Fixed: Effects such as Extort or Pact of Negation that require mana now work properly when a player has mana in his or her mana pool.
  • Fixed: Carnage Gladiator and Agent of Masks abilities now correctly cause life loss.
  • Fixed: Instances where certain cards caused a player to gain life when they should lose life.
  • Fixed: Casting Domestication on a god when the caster has the same god on the battlefield, but lacks enough devotion for it to be a creature, will now properly move one god card to the graveyard.
  • Fixed: Archmage Ascension no longer causes a crash when using the library search ability.
  • Fixed: Imposing Sovereign no longer causes bestow enchantments to enter the battlefield tapped.
  • Fixed: A bestow enchantment is now exiled with the creature it is attached to when that creature is exiled with Tawnos's Coffin.
  • Fixed: Blocking with multiple Guardian of the Gateless will now result in damage being properly assigned and the game to continuing.
  • Fixed: Ajani's Chosen triggered with Enchanted Evening now correctly results in a draw.
  • Fixed: Necromancy now falls off of Phyrexian Metamorph if it copies a noncreature permanent.
  • Fixed: Creatures put into play by Sneak Attack are no longer sacrificed if control of the creature changes to a player other than the controller of Sneak Attack.
  • Fixed: Ability text of Curse of Forsaken when on the stack has been corrected.
  • Fixed: Tin Street Hooligan now triggers when being cast with green mana even if other color mana is in the player's pool.
  • Fixed: Sunburst mechanic now correctly calculates the colors of mana used to pay sunburst costs in all situations.
User Interface
  • Fixed: Promo Bident of Thassa card now has the correct border.
  • Fixed: Commander (2011 Edition) now takes users to the correct section of the online store.
  • Fixed: Cards in the Planeswalker 2014 Expansion now properly show as owned when decklist is loaded.
  • Fixed: Nighthowler promo now has the correct card art.
  • Fixed: Hideaway no longer causes exiled creatures to display "zeroth" count.

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