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Magic Online Weekly Announcements, October 17, 2023

Posted on Oct 17, 2023

Premier Play Information

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Cube Spotlight Series Returns: Frank Lepore’s Innistrad Horror Cube 

We’ve procured a special Cube to play on Magic Online in the run-up to Halloween. Longtime streamer Frank Lepore’s Innistrad Horror Cube includes cards from all 9 sets (Commander, too) featured in the Gothic horror home of Magic: The Gathering, plus some guest stars from other planes! 

Read all about this play experience in Frank’s article (it also has the full card list), then join in the fun starting tomorrow, October 18th at 10 a.m. PT (17:00 UTC). The Spotlight will shine on this Cube for 2 full weeks until November 1st, and we’ll have the usual Swiss League and single-elimination queue options. Entry options are 10 Event Tickets or 100 Play Points. 


Super League Rolls On – Wednesdays at 1pm PT 

One of Magic Online’s most popular streams is back – Super League Season 1 continues every Wednesday at 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET / 20:00 UTC). Catch all the action at or 16 Magic: The Gathering celebrities will compete over 12 weeks to determine who reigns supreme in the ever-evolving Modern format.  

In Week 7, d00mwake and Javier Dominguez did enough to reach the Playoffs starting October 25 – one step away from the Top 8! Meanwhile, Studio X’s Carmen Klomparens and Gavin Verhey became the first two players eliminated from this season’s competition. 

Super League Week 8 lineup

Another quartet of competitors meet tomorrow to determine who avoids an early elimination. The lineup features recently-crowned Player of the Year Simon Nielsen, Carolyn Pardee, Mason Clark, and former MPL member Kanister. 

Tune in to check out who will take another step toward the playoffs and who will be sent packing. 


Play Boosters Coming to MTGO Starting with Murders at Karlov Manor 

Yesterday, Wizards of the Coast announced the introduction of Play Boosters starting with Murders at Karlov Manor in February 2024. We want to let you know that Play Boosters will indeed be the standard for Limited play and also for purchases in the Magic Online Store at that time. MTGO’s Play Boosters will mirror the collation of tabletop versions. 

Decisions about the pricing of Play Boosters and Limited events have not yet been finalized, but they will be announced sometime in January.  


It's Showcase Challenge Weekend – With Increased Prizes! 

MOCS Season 3 continues, and it’s time once again to qualify players for the next round of Showcase Qualifiers in December. 

It takes 40 Season 3 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! 

As a reminder, we have increased the prize pool for Showcase Challenges starting with this season – prizes now go down to 128th place! The increases are: 

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

Saturday, October 21  6:00 a.m.  13:00   Standard Showcase Challenge 
Sunday, October 22  8:00 a.m.  15:00   Legacy Showcase Challenge 

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


Alternate Play Schedule

Here’s a look at the schedule of events coming up between now and The Lost Caverns of Ixalan®. Each description mentions whether or not 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 (17:00 UTC) unless otherwise noted. 


Wilds of Eldraine on MTGO  

Our return to the fairy-tale plane of Eldraine is now available on Magic Online! Check out our traditional set article for information on a ton of new initiatives: 

Redemption Corner 

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

WIlds of Eldraine redemption tokens are now available in the MTGO Store. 

IMPORTANT: As of May 23, all new orders of Redemption Tokens are non-refundable 

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

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

NEXT SCHEDULED DOWNTIME – November 8, 9 a.m. to Noon PT

The next scheduled maintenance will be Wednesday, November 8 from 9 a.m. to noon PT (16:00-19:00 UTC). This is to support the release of The Lost Caverns of Ixalan®.