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Magic Online Weekly Announcements, January 16, 2024

Posted on Jan 16, 2024

Premier Play Information

Treasure Chest Information - UPDATED TODAY!

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Ravnica Remastered Today!

The first Magic offering of 2024 is a return to one of the game’s most beloved planes – Ravnica! Think of Ravnica Remastered (set code RVR) as a collectible version of Ravnica Cube – over a dozen expansions contribute cards to this play experience, and the Guilds are on full display.

Magic Online will be the exclusive digital home of Ravnica Remastered! The set will debut when we come up from downtime today.

Retro Shockland Bundles On Sale Today!

Our next Art Bundle offering is something truly unique in Magic Online’s history – all ten shocklands in a retro frame!

Two Bundles are now available, each of which will sell for $39.99 USD in the MTGO Store.

The Allied Guilds Bundle contains 1 copy each of these 5 lands


The Enemy Guilds Bundle contains 1 copy of each of these 5 lands


These Art Bundles will remain in the Store for a limited time following the release of Murders at Karlov Manor. Like previous Bundles, these will neither appear in Treasure Chests nor be included in All-Access periods. So be sure to pick yours up starting next week!

MTGO Downtime Today 9 a.m.-Noon PT

Magic Online will be in scheduled maintenance tomorrow, January 16 starting at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time (17:00 UTC). During this downtime, our Help site and Forums will also be unavailable. The maintenance period is scheduled for three hours, so we intend to be back up by 12 noon PT (20:00 UTC).


Congratulations Mauro Sasso, 2023 MOCS Showcase Season 3 Champion!

Eight of Magic Online’s top competitors gathered on Saturday to earn their share of $70,000 and two invitations to this year’s World Championship.

Max Rappaport had the hot hand during the Vintage Cube rounds. He defeated fellow American Max Carini in the pod finals to lock up a seat in the Championship round.

The Modern rounds showcased five different archetypes. Argentina's Mauro Sasso rebounded from a 0-3 showing in Vintage Cube to sweep the Modern pod, piloting Izzet Murktide past Brazilian Eduardo Viera's Golgari Yawgmoth in the finals.

Then in the Championship round, Mauro completed an undefeated day in Modern by besting Max Rappaport's Temur Rhinos in three games.

Mauro Sasso took home $20,000 as Champion, while Max Rappaport earned $15,000. Both players will appear in Las Vegas at World Championship 30 in October!

The MTGO game team thanks all 8 Showcase competitors, our talented team of casters, and the exceptional behind-the-scenes production team for a great event!

If you want to be part of the next Showcase this spring, click the Premier Play Information link at the top to learn more.

The AlphaFrog Invitational Returns Today!

A popular stream for watching Pro players try their hand at a Vintage Cube variant is on the MTGO Twitch channel! Designed by Gavin Thompson-Exner – AlphaFrog himself – the Cube has been a place for some of the biggest names in Magic to show off, goof around, and compete against their peers.

Every Tuesday at 1 p.m. PT (21:00 UTC), a single pod of eight will draft and then battle on stream. This eight-part limited series runs until February 6th, so mark your calendar!

Today’s episode features this group of players:

World Champion Jean-Emmanuel Depraz, Eli Kassis, Logan Nettles, Kanister, Sandydogmtg, CalebD, Andrew Elenbogen, and Kyle Rose

As a special treat, the casters this week are an entertaining duo: BFF’s Luis Scott-Vargas and Paul Cheon!   



It's Showcase Challenge Weekend

A new MOCS season is underway, so it’s time to qualify the first players for the next round of Showcase Qualifiers in March. 

It takes 40 Season 1 Qualifier Points to enter a Showcase Challenge. The Top 8 finishers in each event earn a Championship Entry Token for the event’s format plus earn Leaderboard Points toward an At-Large berth in the next Showcase!

Here are the dates and times for this weekend’s events: 





Saturday, January 20

10:00 a.m.


Vintage Showcase Challenge

Sunday, January 21

8:00 a.m.


Legacy Showcase Challenge

For more information on these events, click the Premier Play Information link at the top of the Blog.


Vintage Cube 64-Player Elimination Drafts Continue

A higher-stakes version of the Vintage Cube League is back – the 64-Player Elimination Drafts! The schedule for this final week is the same as last week:

Based on community feedback, we adjusted the prizes to convert some of the Treasure Chests to Play Points. Here’s the current prize table:


Play Points

Treasure Chests

Season 1 QPs





















ICYMI: Vintage Cube Articles

Our most popular format is capping off a five-week run next week, and we have two articles for you to reference as you play:

Alternate Play Schedule

Here’s a look at the schedule of events coming up between now and Murders at Karlov Manor. Each description mentions whether the Draft is Phantom – cards won’t be added to players’ collections in Phantom events. All transitions take place at 10:00 a.m. PT (18:00 UTC) unless otherwise noted.

When Is Vintage Cube Back?

A new regular feature of the Blog, this item will mention when the next scheduled run of our most popular event will take place:


The Lost Caverns of Ixalan® on Magic Online

It's time to descend below the surface of our tropical plane and discover a wondrous world! The Lost Caverns of Ixalan® is now live on MTGO. Check out our traditional set article for full information:

Cosmium Neon Ink Bundles

Introduced on Cyber Monday, our Cosmium Neon Ink Bundles remain on sale – $20 USD gets you a Mana Crypt and Cavern of Souls in a randomly-selected color choice. Check out this article for full details.

Treasure Chests Update Tomorrow​

A new set release means updates to the Treasure Chest. Use the Treasure Chest Information link at the top of the Blog to see changes taking effect when we come up from downtime tomorrow.

Redemption Corner

We’ve updated our Redemption page with new quantity percentages.

The Lost Caverns of Ixalan Redemption Tokens are now on sale alongside Wilds of Eldraine.


Two-Factor Authentication Is Now Live – Protect Your Account Today!

A long-requested security feature is now part Magic Online – check out Ryan Spain’s article to learn the why, what, and how to put Two-Factor Authentication into effect to help protect your account!

Magic Online Format Challenges Every Weekend

Format Challenges are the first step toward qualifying for Premier Play through your favorite Magic formats and provide excellent prizes for those looking to test their mettle in their favorite formats. Learn more about Premier Play qualification to get started today.

Magic Online's Format Challenges run as shown on the schedule below.

On weekends featuring Showcase Challenge events, the Format Challenge that starts at either 6 a.m., 8 a.m., or 10 a.m. Pacific time is pre-empted by the Showcase Challenge; Format Challenges scheduled at other times remain in place.


12:00 a.m.      Vintage Challenge 32
1:00 a.m.    Limited Challenge 32 Limited Challenge 32
2:00 a.m.    Pauper Challenge 32  
4:00 a.m.    Legacy Challenge 32  Modern Challenge 64 or 96
6:00 a.m.    Standard Challenge 32  Pioneer Challenge 64
8:00 a.m.     Modern Challenge 96 Legacy Challenge 64
10:00 a.m.    Vintage Challenge 32 Pauper Challenge 32
12:00 p.m.    Limited Challenge 32 Limited Challenge 32
2:00 p.m.  Pioneer Challenge 64 Pioneer Challenge 64 Standard Challenge 64
4:00 p.m. Limited Challenge 32    
6:00 p.m.  Modern Challenge 64  Modern Challenge 64  

Check out the Magic Online Format Challenges page for further event details.

PATCH NOTES – January 16, 2024

NEXT SCHEDULED DOWNTIME – January 31, 2024, 9 a.m. to Noon PT

After tomorrow, the next scheduled maintenance will be Wednesday, January 31 from 9 a.m. to noon PT (17:00-20:00 UTC). This is to support the release of Murders at Karlov Manor.


Author: Tony Mayer