Magic Online Announcements April 15, 2014

Heartbleed notice, holiday Standard BNG Championship note, Limited BNG Champion Qualifiers begin Wednesday, Shards of Alara FBD, and more.


Upcoming Events
April 16–23
Shards of Alara
Flashback Block Draft
April 16 to April 22
1:30 PM PDT, and every 3 hours
Born of the Gods Championship Qualifiers: Limited
Format: Sealed
April 18
12:00 PM PDT (19:00 UTC)
R&D Challenge
Format: Theros Block Constructed
Sunday, April 20
8:00 AM PDT (15:00 UTC)
Born of the Gods Championship: Standard
Format: Standard Constructed
April 23–May 7
Magic Online Cube
April 23–30
Lorwyn/Morningtide
Flashback Draft
Sunday, April 27
8:00 AM PDT (15:00 UTC)
Born of the Gods Championship: Limited
Format: Sealed
April 30 to May 7
Shadowmoor/Eventide
Flashback Draft
Update Your Magic Online Account Password

A recent weakness in secure encryption over the Internet, referred to as Heartbleed, has raised concerns for users regarding the safety of their account information. We want to reassure our players that Magic Online does not use OpenSSL, which is at the center of the concern, and is not directly affected by the weakness.


However, because some players may use the same password for their Magic Online account as they do on other sites that may have been affected by Heartbleed, we recommend changing your Magic Online account password, and encourage you to choose a unique password exclusively for use with Magic Online.


To change your password, visit Password Reset page and complete the form. Choose a password between 7 to 29 characters. It cannot match your username, and it must contain an uppercase letter, a lowercase letter, and a numeral.

Unable to Play in the Standard BNG Championship?

If you qualify for the Standard Born of the Gods Championship scheduled for Sunday, April 20, but are unable to play because of the Easter holiday, you may have your invitation converted to an invitation to the Limited Born of the Gods Championship scheduled for Sunday, April 27, instead.


If this situation applies to you, please contact Game Support no later than Wednesday, April 23, and include the following information:

  • Your Magic Online account name that is qualified for the Standard BNG Championship
  • Text requesting to convert your Standard BNG Championship invitation to a Limited BNG Championship invitation.

Wide Beta Spotlight Journey into Nyx Prerelease Early Access

Chris Kiritz announced the upcoming Wide Beta Spotlight this week, along with a bonus benefit for those who participate: early access to Magic Online Journey into Nyx Prerelease Events! What's more, Spotlight participants who play in a Journey into Nyx Prerelease Draft or Sealed event will receive a promo version of Eidolon of Blossoms. Players who win a Journey into Nyx Prerelease Draft or Sealed event during the Spotlight early access period will receive a premium promo version of Eidolon of Blossoms!


Get complete details in the Wide Beta Update: Spring Fever article.

BNG Limited Championship Qualifiers Start April 16

Born of the Gods Championships are here! Play in a Qualifier, and you'll earn a regular promo of Fated Conflagration. Play in a Championship, and you'll score a premium promo of Fated Conflagration! Limited Born of the Gods Championship Qualifiers kick off this week on Wednesday, April 16, at 1:30 PM PDT, with the Limited Championship happening Sunday, April 27, at 8:00 AM PDT.


The Standard Born of the Gods Championship Qualifiers are underway now, with the Standard Championship happening on Sunday, April 20, at 8:00 AM PDT.


May Promo Cards for MOCS and MOPR

2014 Magic Online Championship Series
The MOCS 2014 May Season runs from April 30, 2014, through May 28, 2014. The promo card is:


Magic Online Player Rewards Program
The May MOPR period runs April 30, 2014, through May 28, 2014. Here are the promo cards:


Pain Seer

Event Participation Promo

Tormented Hero

Store Activity Promo

Shards of Alara and Lorwyn Flashback Drafts in April

April's Flashback Drafts continue: Shards of Alara Flashback Block Draft begins this Wednesday, April 16, following downtime. Draft from Shards of Alara, Conflux, and Alara Reborn sets.


Next week, the Flashback Draft shifts to Lorwyn/Morningtide on Wednesday, April 23!

Cube Returns April 23

The Cube is returning! If you missed the opportunity to play the Magic Online Championship Cube, here's your chance to experience it for yourself.


The Cube runs from April 23 until May 7.

R&D Challenge This Friday, April 18

Challenge members of the Magic Online R&D team in Theros Block Constructed this Friday, April 18, at 12:00 PM PDT.


The R&D team will include:

  • Ian Duke
  • Ben Hayes
  • David Humpherys
  • Tom LaPille
  • Ken Nagle
  • Sam Stoddard
  • Erik Lauer
  • Tim Aten
  • Gerry Thompson
  • Adam Prosak
  • Ryan Spain
  • Allison Medwin
  • Aaron Forsythe


The regularly scheduled Standard event at this time will shift to 12:30 PM PDT for this week only.


The R&D Challenge event will be streamed on the Magic Twitch.tv channel, so tune in to catch the action live!

R&D Challenge: Theros Block Constructed
START TIMES Friday, April 18, starting at 12:00 PM PDT.
LOCATION Scheduled Events room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1
10 Event Tickets
PRODUCT A Theros Block Constructed deck, 60 or more cards from the Theros and/or Born of the Gods sets.
SIZE 16-128 players.
PLAY STYLE Swiss.
FORMAT Theros Block Constructed.
DURATION Five rounds, each round up to 50 minutes, Swiss pairings.
PRIZES
Match Wins Prizes QPs
5 12 Theros booster packs
6 Born of the Gods booster packs
3
4 6 Theros booster packs
3 Born of the Gods booster packs
1
3 4 Theros booster packs
1 Born of the Gods booster pack
0

Note: Magic R&D members are not eligible to win prizes, but their matches will affect standings. Any prizes R&D members would have won will be distributed evenly among the players with 15 match points and within 5 business days of the event's end.

Job Opportunity: Designer Advanced

Magic Online is currently looking for a designer. This person will design Magic experiences and products for Magic Online. If you are a game designer who loves Magic and Magic Online and wants to help create awesome new products and experiences that enrich the Magic Online experience while working with fantastic people in Magic R&D and Magic Digital, then this is the job for you.

Extended Downtime on April 23

There will be an extended downtime on Wednesday, April 23, for Magic Online. Events close at 12:00 AM PDT (07:00 UTC), midnight, and store activity and trades end at 2:45 AM PDT (09:45 UTC) leading up to the system coming down at 3:00 AM PDT (10:00 UTC).


Please plan ahead!

Downtime and Release Notes for April 16, 2014

  • All tournaments will close at 5:00 AM PDT (12:00 UTC)
  • Store and trade activity will be suspended at approximately 7:45 AM PDT (14:45 UTC)
  • The system will shutdown from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT (15:00 to 19:00 UTC)


There are no updates to the clients this week.

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