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Magic Online Weekly Announcements, May 9, 2023

Posted on May 09, 2023

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March of the Machine: The Aftermath on MTGO Thursday Wednesday!

After the battle of the Multiverse has been won, what becomes of the story’s key figures? All is explained in the 50-card micro-set March of the Machine: The Aftermath! This Standard-legal expansion – which has a set code of MAT – releases on Magic Online next Thursday, May 11 tomorrow, May 10 just after 10 a.m. Pacific time (17:00 UTC) when our patch completes.

You can get more descriptions about each 5-card booster’s contents in this article from Wizards of the Coast.

MAT will not be redeemable, though regular and foil digital sets will exist inside the game. Though MAT is currently viewable in the Collection scene, reprints newly added to formats (#traininggrounds) will not be legal until the on-sale date. NOTE: Constructed Leagues will not reset with MAT's release.

The booster will sell for $2.49 USD in the MTGO Store. Because the set is not designed for Limited play, the main way to get the cards will be by purchasing boosters. (Note: Cards in the set will be available for use in future Cubes)

Like most expansions, extended-art and etched versions of the cards will be available in the Curated slot of Treasure Chests when those update on Wednesday, May 17. They will also appear in the Booster Fun slot of each pack.

Magic Online Player Rewards drop on June 1 (based on play and purchases in May) will feature foil, alternate-art versions of the set’s uncommons.

Vintage Cube Returns Tomorrow

Magic Online’s most popular format is back – Vintage Cube starts a three-week run tomorrow at 10 a.m. Pacific time (17:00 UTC)! The Cube is back because it’s a featured format of the upcoming MOCS Season 1 Showcase event (May 20,

Our Cube has also returned to its roots, as explained by our new Cube curator – Creative Director Ryan Spain – in this article. Be sure to check out Ryan’s overall philosophy on crafting this experience and Ryan's card-by-card notes on the 80 changes made this time.

The full Cube card list is viewable now at this page.

Entry options for this Phantom event (your choice – League or single-elimination Queue) are the customary 10 Event Tickets or 100 Play Points. See you in the Cube!

ICYMI – Standard Rotation Change

During Sunday’s broadcast of the Pro Tour Top 8, Aaron Forsythe and Billy Jensen announced a change to the cadence of Standard rotations. There will be no rotation this fall as Standard moves from a two-year cycle to a three-year cycle. For more discussion about this, read the Revitalizing Standard article.


MOCS Showcase Challenge Events This Weekend

A new MOCS season is here, as is the first round of Showcase Challenges feeding Season 2’s Showcase Qualifiers in July. 

It takes 40 Season 2 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 the next group – NOTE: the Pauper event is not being held in its Challenge’s normal time slot:

Saturday, May 13, 2023 8:00 a.m. 15:00 Pauper Showcase Challenge Pauper
Sunday, May 14, 2023 8:00 a.m. 15:00 Legacy Showcase Challenge Legacy

Click the Premier Play Information link at the top of this Blog for full details.


Alternate Play Schedule

Here’s a look at the schedule of events coming up between now and The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth™. Each description mentions whether or not the Draft is Phantom – cards won’t be added to players’ collections in Phantom events. All event transitions are at 10 a.m. PT unless otherwise noted:


Redemption Update

As of April 28, Dominaria United redemption tokens are sold out!

Tokens for March of the Machine are planned to go on sale in the MTGO Store on Wednesday, May 17. This date is tentative – watch this space next week for a definitive date.

Redemption Tokens for Phyrexia: All Will Be One and The Brothers' War remain available.

For more details on the redemption program, click here.

March of the Machine on MTGO

Want to learn all about what we’re offering for the multiplanar battle spectacular that is March of the Machine? Go read the article now for info on:

Format Challenge Update

Based on player feedback, the Sunday Standard Challenge is reverting to the Small (32-player) event structure starting this weekend.

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.   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.

Patch Notes - May 10, 2023

Next Scheduled Downtime - To Be Determined

The downtime that was planned for tomorrow has been converted to a live patch. We will announce the next downtime once we determine it.