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Hi guys,

As you suggested I'm creating this thread so that there is a single place where you can let me know about things that I need to look into, questions you'd like me to answer, or comments you want me to hear.

I will check this thread every day and often.

Thanks!

Mike Gills
Mike, iImight as well be the first to post, can you give us an update on Eventide release events. The info is now gone from the MTGO site as the transferred the new site. along with that, can you find out how long the EEE ques are going to stay up, are they going to leave them on post release and pay out SSE like they did in the last release event.

I like this thread by the way, it should be tied to your blackberry. As much as i want a firm date on redemption and leagues, I fear that this will turn into a thread entirely about that

And darn it, when do you want to meet at Cedar River BBQ for a Game of EDH :-)
First off, I hope your vacation went well Worth.

I had a few questions I have been wanting to ask.

1. In the recent build notes, it was said that prize payout was fixed for those with no point. What is that in reference to? Avatars or something else completely? (I know I am missing one Figure Avatar, but I have a few so I'm not too concerned)

2. In the blog, the eBay issue was listed as hopfully having some movement. Has there been any, or any of substance at least?

3. I haven't been on these forums too long (I joined in '04, posted for 2 or 3 days, then didn't read them until about 3 or 4 weeks ago) but I had read a few mentions that leagues were going to take 12 weeks following the collection server code. Is that still the case? Regardless, how is the collection server code coming along?

I realize that some of these question may not have answers yet, or answers of substance, or the ability to be answered. I definately would not mind at least a 'I can't answer that' and a big plus would be a reason.

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Hey Mike,

I'll try and get this started. I know its something that won't be high on anyone's priority list but it's something that really bugs me. The avatars from both the Weatherlight and Eventide release events don't work to use as your display avatar. The 3D art seems to be available at least for the Weatherlight ones, as can be seen on the avatar page. Anyway here is what solice has uncovered so far:

Hey there nobodyyyy,

I checked in with the devs and it seems that we hope to have Morinfen, as well as Peacekeeper, up and running with the Eventide Release.

They never made it in to that Eventide build, or any of them since, and Solice said that she'd try to follow up and find out from the devs what's up with it. If you have a chance and are able to find out anything about this, it would be great.

Thanks
I'll add a non-redemption, non-league post .

Request for follow-up: Pairing in events

Most noteably, this post raises questions that should be addressed: http://forums.gleemax.com/showpost.php?p=16642651&postcount=56

Making MTGO match the DCI-R only makes sense when MTGO tournaments match the structure of MTG Paper tournaments. Since MTGO Tourneys don't have the same structure (no Intential Draws) the last round of Swiss is being forced to follow the DCI-R while having a vastly different way of getting to that point.
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Also the replay thread in the events forum needs to be addressed.
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Also the replay thread in the events forum needs to be addressed.

Nate, do you mean this one? http://forums.gleemax.com/showthread.php?t=1046344
Batteries not included.
NewMike (WotC_Mike) has started a thread for queries just like these (found here http://forums.gleemax.com/showthread.php?t=1081118), so I am going to add yours to that thread.
Batteries not included.
2. In the blog, the eBay issue was listed as hopfully having some movement. Has there been any, or any of substance at least?

I'm not an official source, but eBay lots for MTGO items have been completing without issue lately. I would still like to know more about this from a Worth/Gordon/Mike point of view.
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I'm not an official source, but eBay lots for MTGO items have been completing without issue lately. I would still like to know more about this from a Worth/Gordon/Mike point of view.

Well Hammy I got a warning from ebay when I listed them early last week. It made my third and I am a powerseller and so now I have a yellow card one more and and they might do something.

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1: update on timeframe for leagues
2: update on prize splits in finals
3: update on redemption
4: update clan chat fix (it doens't work)
5: update on plans to boost constructed (from worth)
6: Comment on 3-2-1 swiss drafts
7: Comment on bringing back draft premiere events
8: Comment on bringing back monthly championship tourneys
9: Bring back rochester draft!!

That should do it for me. Fix the first 4 I'm happy, get to the last 5 make me super-happy.
I want to know about the status and expected implementation date of leagues
Mike, iImight as well be the first to post, can you give us an update on Eventide release events. The info is now gone from the MTGO site as the transferred the new site. along with that, can you find out how long the EEE ques are going to stay up, are they going to leave them on post release and pay out SSE like they did in the last release event.

I like this thread by the way, it should be tied to your blackberry. As much as i want a firm date on redemption and leagues, I fear that this will turn into a thread entirely about that

And darn it, when do you want to meet at Cedar River BBQ for a Game of EDH :-)

Eventide release events ended today at 10am as was posted on the web site originally.

We set up 4-3-2-2 EEE queues and they will pay out the same as they did for the release event minus the avatar.

I don't have a blackberry yet but will be pushing Worth to get me one soon

And I love bbq!

Mike Gills
I think i need to dig out your old email...lol And actaully tell Worth, not to get a blackberry.

You really want a BlackJack 2. It works better with MS Exchange and by then i might have mtgo fully functional on it :-) Avoid the Iphone at all costs it have so many issues with corperate email that i have actually thrown mine before i got the BJ2 across the room just because i wanted to see if it would connect
Is there any consideration for the queues to be swtiched oneh pay out end..


So it pays out Shadowmore and Eventide so people that 100 EEE packs and no S packs can do both
When will we meet the UI specialist?
When will the UI fixxes be rolled out?
When will we have daily, weekly, monthly content to make the Online page?
When will we get an online page? (we now share a page with any and all Digital products. I mean, how much more are we going to be downgraded?)
When will MODO be considered as important as Paper and therefore have equal resources/considerations?

Answer those. The last 3 people in your job couldn't, so I'm not going to hold my breath.
Show us the plan for MTGO, with dates. Should be simply, since you should already have such a plan. Let us know when key features and improvements are targetted for deployment. That's all.

The fact that none of your predecessors (nor Worth) has been able to do this speaks volumes.
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Show us the plan for MTGO, with dates. Should be simply, since you should already have such a plan. Let us know when key features and improvements are targetted for deployment. That's all.

The fact that none of your predecessors (nor Worth) has been able to do this speaks volumes.

Things will get done as they get done. It is better not to set dates because if you set dates and fail to meet them then you look even worse than not setting dates at all. Time frames are ok but dates are a bad idea.

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This isn't a discussion thread, this is a thread for questions we'd like answers to. Please remove my and the above posters posts.
This isn't a discussion thread, this is a thread for questions we'd like answers to. Please remove my and the above posters posts.

I disagree. If the question keeps repeating, is already answered, or a person makes a statement you disagree with Mike needs to know. This is very much a discussion thread of what Mike needs to do and read.

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Hi guys,

Lots of good and valid questions have come up.

Since the re-org that took place last week, Worth has been out of the office (he gets back on Tuesday), Gordon and Adriana have been super busy with their new positions (and new staff they manage) and everyone is starting to move locations in the office so new teams are near each other. In addition, as with any re-org, there are a lot of questions about who is in charge of what and what resources and/or budgets are available.

Basically, its a bit hectic right now with clarity coming on the horizon.

So, I don't know the answers to most of the time line and technical questions but have meetings set up next week to start learning the answers. And I will get back to you with as solid an answer as we can.

This means you will get a definite answer, a "we don't know" answer, or a "I can't tell you as we are a publicly traded company and not all business can be openly discussed" answer.

With that said, I can say I will be pushing Monthly Championships (and even bigger ones than that) once some tech issues (which are currently being worked on) are tested and cleared and meetings are scheduled for a full event/format/tournament review of MtGO next week.

And after the re-org, there are now more people working on MtGO here in the office than on paper Magic. MtGO is no one's red-headed stepchild.

BTW, if any of you are going to be at PAX this weekend and want to say hello, send me a private message. I plan on being there all 3 days.

Thanks!

Mike Gills
I disagree. If the question keeps repeating, is already answered, or a person makes a statement you disagree with Mike needs to know. This is very much a discussion thread of what Mike needs to do and read.

I'll see your disagreement and raise you a VCL statement. ;)

This thread is NOT for discussion. That's what the threads we're linking to are for. This is a thread for letting Mike know about issues we're discussing and that need his input.

Once we start putting commentary about the topics in this thread it becomes a completely useless catch all/dumpster thread where the actual things we're trying to get Mike to know about are lost between the bickering.

Just to reiterate, this thread is for bringing Mike's attention to issues that we, the community, need to see addressed. It's not for the discussion of those issues by other members of the community. If something is brought up here that doesn't have a thread, feel free to create one that can be used for the actual discussion.
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With that said, I can say I will be pushing Monthly Championships (and even bigger ones than that) once some tech issues (which are currently being worked on) are tested and cleared and meetings are scheduled for a full event/format/tournament review of MtGO next week.

Excellent news. I look forward to reading your full report on the review.

And after the re-org, there are now more people working on MtGO here in the office than on paper Magic. MtGO is no one's red-headed stepchild.

Cool.
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  • What is the SDLC that WotC follows for MtGO?
  • Could you provide a priority list for MtGO, or at least provide the top 5 priorities in dev/test/planning now?
  • Do you need help with anything? (From the community, from any individual, company, or otherwise. Yes, I am offering my services.)
  • Is there a plan to remove the "custom" file dialogue box from MtGO, and use the Windows standard? (This is really the most annoying thing about v3 as it also encompasses the text issues.)
  • Is it possible to have the "sci-fi" interface re-instituted in MtGO?
  • What are some of the ideas/plans/concepts/recommendations being discussed about fixing the UI?


That is my list, please answer what you can, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time, effort, and assistance in these and all matters.
With that said, I can say I will be pushing Monthly Championships (and even bigger ones than that) once some tech issues (which are currently being worked on) are tested and cleared and meetings are scheduled for a full event/format/tournament review of MtGO next week.

I don't see these pointed out anywhere earlier. I think there is a lot of good content in these threads:

Release event improvements

Invitational events that "everybody can enjoy" (good for mixed skill levels)

Pack War format, low hanging fruit?
Hey Mike I am Micky;)

Edit profile would mean email change for sure

 

An update on leagues would be great.

Maybe also a report on what exactly the dev team has been smoking for the past five years, and maybe the name of the source they got it from? (I'm all out.)
NewMike (WotC_Mike) has started a thread for queries just like these (found here http://forums.gleemax.com/showthread.php?t=1081118), so I am going to add yours to that thread.

I noticed this thread shortly after having posted mine. Unfortunately, I feel that my original questions being in this thread greatly reduces the chance of a response. But hey, we will see. On that note, I have another question:

1. Will wizards post the results of the recently sent player survey, and their response/ideas stemming from it?

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Hey Mike!

can we get some sort of explaination of how wotc sees forgein redemption working?
http://forums.gleemax.com/showthread.php?t=1080693
personally, i'm interested in why the tax is paid twice when most of us seem to think we should only have to pay it once. but the shipping info would be nice as well.

I've bought the cards and made a deck Now how do I win at this?

In just the last month or so Solice had started posting important announcements in MOL.

Will Mike be taking this over?
Thank you, Erik.
hey mike just wondering if there was any update to when MED2 previews start and when it is scheduled 2 release(last i heard was late september?)
hey mike just wondering if there was any update to when MED2 previews start and when it is scheduled 2 release(last i heard was late september?)

Try two weeks ago.
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Try two weeks ago.

Is that standard or daylight saving time? UTC?
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It seems that this thread needs a Sticky FAQ so that we can go look somewhere to see the latest answer on all of the posted stuff. Then perhaps we can reduce the repeats.

In the mean time, I would like to add this to the mix...

Is there a priority or an ETA on making replays work? I am specifically interested in replays of Top 8 drafts in PE's, but I will take anything I can get. I mean deckscouting is fun and all that, but I typically learn a new set from watching PE replays and the Top 8 draft games. (Well, I did before they shut down that feature in 2.0).

At the moment, I can't even find a way to find the games in a completed event .
I bet we don't get any answer on any of the important questions in this week or the next. please please please prove me wrong and do something nobody in your company has been able to do for the last year.

I always wonder what on earth all those 'busy' people in those offices are doing all day when they are not busy trying to figure out what they should be doing.
I'm seeing quite a few duplicate requests in this here thread here. As such I'll take the liberty of consolidating the answers we have and the outstanding questions so we can keep better track of what we're curious about.

Also, if something asked here doesn't have a thread and you wish to discuss the topic please feel free to create a thread to do so. We want discussion if needed, however, this thread will get horribly impossible to use if all the discussion takes place here. If you do create a thread for a topic started in here it would be fantastic if you posted the link to it so it can then be updated into the list for easy linkage. Thanks!

So here we go!

*********Answered********************

Q)Can you find out how long the EEE ques are going to stay up, are they going to leave them on post release and pay out SSE like they did in the last release event.

A)
We set up 4-3-2-2 EEE queues and they will pay out the same as they did for the release event minus the avatar.

Q) Pairing in events

A) Answered.

Q) When will MODO be considered as important as Paper and therefore have equal resources/considerations?
A) http://forums.gleemax.com/showpost.php?p=16702498&postcount=22
(I've put this one into the answered pile since I think this post addresses the desire for more attention on MTGO).

Q) Comment on bringing back monthly championship tourneys
A) http://forums.gleemax.com/showpost.php?p=16702498&postcount=22

**********Unanswered****************************


Q) In the recent build notes, it was said that prize payout was fixed for those with no point. What is that in reference to? Avatars or something else completely? (I know I am missing one Figure Avatar, but I have a few so I'm not too concerned)

Q) In the blog, the eBay issue was listed as hopfully having some movement. Has there been any, or any of substance at least?

Q) I haven't been on these forums too long (I joined in '04, posted for 2 or 3 days, then didn't read them until about 3 or 4 weeks ago) but I had read a few mentions that leagues were going to take 12 weeks following the collection server code. Is that still the case? Regardless, how is the collection server code coming along?

Q) The avatars from both the Weatherlight and Eventide release events don't work to use as your display avatar.

Q) update on timeframe for leagues
Q) update on prize splits in finals
Q) update on redemption
Q) update clan chat fix (it doens't work)
Q) update on plans to boost constructed (from worth)
Q) Comment on 3-2-1 swiss drafts
Q) Comment on bringing back draft premiere events
Q) Bring back rochester draft!!

Q) Is there any consideration for the queues to be swtiched oneh pay out end.. So it pays out Shadowmore and Eventide so people that 100 EEE packs and no S packs can do both

Q) When will we meet the UI specialist?
Q) When will the UI fixxes be rolled out?
Q) When will we have daily, weekly, monthly content to make the Online page?
Q) When will we get an online page? (we now share a page with any and all Digital products. I mean, how much more are we going to be downgraded?)

Q) What is the SDLC that WotC follows for MtGO?
Q) Could you provide a priority list for MtGO, or at least provide the top 5 priorities in dev/test/planning now?
Q) Do you need help with anything? (From the community, from any individual, company, or otherwise. Yes, I am offering my services.)
Q) Is there a plan to remove the "custom" file dialogue box from MtGO, and use the Windows standard? (This is really the most annoying thing about v3 as it also encompasses the text issues.)
Q) Is it possible to have the "sci-fi" interface re-instituted in MtGO?
Q) What are some of the ideas/plans/concepts/recommendations being discussed about fixing the UI?

Q) New format: Pack Wars?

Q) MTGO Invitational Tournaments

Q) Update Release events?

Q) Will wizards post the results of the recently sent player survey, and their response/ideas stemming from it?

Q) can we get some sort of explaination of how wotc sees forgein redemption working?
http://forums.gleemax.com/showthread.php?t=1080693

Q) In just the last month or so Solice had started posting important announcements in MOL. Will Mike be taking this over?

Q) What's happening to Prismatic's Banned/Restricted list after this latest change?

Q) Explain the changes to Vanguard?
Q) Explain the lack of Necropotence on the Classic Restrict list?

Q) When will free play be fixed?

Q) Will anyone from wizards will be at the upcoming townhall meeting?


***** In Progress**********
Q) Replays for events
A) In progress
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HEY MIKE!

Can you please have whomever is writing this weeks "Latest Developments" column do the following:

1) Acknowledge that Prismatic exists?
2) Explain the current state of Prismatic Bannings, and the lack of a few huge tutors and the new restricted list.
3) Explain the changes to Vanguard?
4) Explain the lack of Necropotence on the Classic Restrict list?

Thanks!
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I'd also like to see an answer to whether anyone from wizards will be at the upcoming townhall meeting.

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HEY MIKE!

Can you please have whomever is writing this weeks "Latest Developments" column do the following:

1) Acknowledge that Prismatic exists?
2) Explain the current state of Prismatic Bannings, and the lack of a few huge tutors and the new restricted list.
3) Explain the changes to Vanguard?
4) Explain the lack of Necropotence on the Classic Restrict list?

Thanks!

Also an update regarding the status of the bug which makes legal prismatic decks appear illegal.
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