With the release of Magic 2013, we wanted to give new players a better way to get comfortable with Magic Online and the game's controls, especially when entering Limited tournaments, namely Booster Drafts and Sealed Deck events. To this end, we have created the New Player Ticket. Starting with the downtime on July 25, every new Magic Online New Account Starter Kit will include 4 New Player Tickets (including any previously purchased, unopened Starter Kits). These special, untradeable tickets will let new players enter the two new tournament queues listed below that are designed to let them become familiar with how Magic Online works in a low-pressure environment.
Each New Player tournament is a 4-player Phantom queue. This means each event will launch as soon as four players join and each player will play two matches, win or lose, but the cards played with will not be added to players' collections.
Prizes = TNMO promo for the one player to go 2-0
Seriously, I love this idea. It's probably one of the only reasonable ways to give new players a very easy introduction into limited tournaments. Plus, there is zero risk for the new player.
I'm really glad they are finding some good uses for the introduction of phantom packs (besides cube). Of course, they have some bad ones too (limited MOCS, not so sure about the new TNMO...)