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Wilds of Eldraine on Magic Online

Posted on Aug 29, 2023

Hello Magic Online fans! It’s time to start a new Magic year with the newest set Wilds of Eldraine (set code WOE) which goes on sale a week from today on Tuesday, September 5th at 10 a.m. Pacific time (17:00 UTC).

The downtime to add this set to MTGO will happen tomorrow from 9 a.m. to approximately 12 noon Pacific time (16:00-19:00 UTC). Be sure to follow our social media outlets (Discord, Twitter/X, and more) to keep real-time tabs on this release.

Into the Unknown ...

The next couple of months on MTGO features the return of Super Jump (with more power and as an evergreen event), increased prizes in most Limited events, a set of enchanting Bundles to purchase in the Store, and (at long last) some key Unfinity cards joining the game!

… But First ...

We also have a companion article featuring a slew of quality-of-life improvements in the game from our new Associate Product Manager Aaron Penfold – be sure to check it out, there’s features for competitive, casual, and Commander players alike. Welcome to the Magic Online team, Aaron!

Now it’s time to announce an exciting experiment:

Introducing the Deck Brewer’s Pass

What if you had an entire week to test out your best ideas in all number of formats – including with the just-released card set on release day - prior to collecting key cards?

Now you can with Magic Online’s Deck Brewer’s Pass! It’s a new take on All-Access that allows unprecedented usage of the newest cards in service of one goal: figuring out what cards you want to focus on collecting across all of MTGO. Whether it’s for Commander, competitive play, or battling with friends, the Deck Brewer’s Pass is a new boon to our game's Constructed players.

The Rare Event Token will serve as the item representing the Deck Brewer’s Pass in the Store starting with Wilds of Eldraine’s launch next Tuesday morning PT. The Pass will cost $20.00 USD, and All-Access privileges will last until Wednesday, September 13th at 10 a.m. PT (17:00 UTC).

To use the Pass, simply purchase it in the Store, build any legal deck in your chosen format, and enter a game or event. No cards will be added to your collection, but you'll be able to play even if you don't have all the cards in your collection.

Unlike regular All-Access, we are not offering the option to buy a second Token to spend as a Super Qualifier entry option. So, one Pass is the most any account needs.

We'll remove all Rare Event Tokens from accounts and turn off All-Access on September 13. If you’re still competing in a Constructed League when access ends, you’ll be allowed to complete that course.

Note: Just like previous All-Access periods, certain cards (Secret Lair versions, TRANSFORMERS, Battlebond, and old-frame Power Nine) are unavailable. Additionally, card variants sold in Bundles (Oil Lands, Borderless Praetor-Sagas, etc) are unavailable. All-Access doesn’t apply to Limited events.

Boosted Prizes in Core Limited Events

Limited players, we haven’t forgotten about you. After tying more generous prize structures for LTR to the set’s higher price point, we have decided to try a prize support boost for our core Limited offerings!

Here are the changes that will take effect with Wilds of Eldraine (compared to March of the Machine):

Scheduled Event Tweaks

To continue cultivating growth in our Weekend Challenge tournaments, we are adjusting event structures in a couple different events effective September 8-9:

Other Event Updates

We will continue to offer a limited-time Best-of-One League at the start of the set, and we will bring back Phantom Sealed after the set has been live for a few weeks. There are no changes to these events.

Our Friendly Modern League was a success, so it will return for WOE season. New versions of our six Constructed Leagues will kick off when WOE launches as normal.

How to Collect and Play Wilds of Eldraine


Each WOE booster pack will sell for $3.99 USD in the MTGO Store starting on Tuesday at 10 a.m. PT. The pack consists of the usual assortment of commons and uncommons, an occasional premium foil card, and a single rare/mythic - plus one card from the Enchanting Tales bonus sheet!

Wilds of Eldraine Commander

This set has two new Commander decks for you to enjoy – each deck features ten brand-new cards plus a suite of reprints. The decks will sell for $29.99 USD each in the MTGO Store starting next Tuesday. They are:

NOTE: Both of these decks will now be fully functional at Tuesday's launch. Two other Commander cards available only via Treasure Chests – Court of Locthwain and Throne of Eldraine – did not make our cut-off date and will be included in a future release.

Booster Fun

Alternate-art treatments of Wilds of Eldraine will appear in many of the usual places. These include:

Anime Borderless Bundles

But the coolest art on the block for this set will appear in our Art Bundles. Featuring whimsical illustrations by Japanese artists, 20 cards on the Enchanted Tales bonus sheet have been given an anime makeover!

Each of our Anime Borderless Bundles will sell for $19.99 USD when the set launches next week. The five colors of Magic are represented with four cards apiece:

New Player Experiences Changing

We have taken a hard look at our new player path of events, so we are implementing changes alongside the release of WOE. This is a first step for initiatives aimed at making the beginning of a player’s MTGO journey more intuitive, welcoming, and rewarding.

By the end of September, there will be a three-pronged approach to New Player Events. Each event showcases one of Magic Online’s differentiating experiences in the digital Magic world.

First, we are keeping the Modern Gauntlet intact – this helps new folks get exposed to our most popular competitive Constructed format by playing a selection of decks.

Time to Run the Commander Gauntlet

The newest piece of the New Player triumvirate is Commander Gauntlet! We’re taking the five Starter Commander Decks available in the Store and pitting them against one another for new players to gain experience in a Phantom experience. After joining the event, choose one of the decks, review its contents, then join the matchmaking queue.

From there, it’s a 2-player game – play some Commander! There are nominal prizes after completing three games with the deck.

New Player Commander Gauntlet League Details

Start Date: August 30 following downtime

Entry Options: 6 New Player Points OR 2 Event Tickets OR 20 Play Points

Duration: Up to 3 two-player, single-game matches. Match settings: 20 minutes per player, 40 life

Product: Choice of Starter Commander Decks. This League is Phantom – cards will not be added to Collection.


Super Jump Returns September 27

One of the best experiences on Magic Online is Vintage Cube, and what we’ve found recently is that Jumpstart is our most effective format for bridging the gap for new players who are climbing the learning curve.  So our favorite mash-up format – Super Jump – will be returning to MTGO as an evergreen offering on September 27! We’ll have more details in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, we have extended The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth Jumpstart League to run until September 27. Super Jump will emulate the LTR League by allowing entries with New Player Points, Event Tickets, or Play Points to allow everyone to join in the fun.

MTGO at Magic Con Las Vegas

For those of you attending Magic Con Las Vegas September 22-24, be sure to stop by the Magic Online booth!

We'll be hosting live Super Jump queues, Customer Service will be on-hand to help players retrieve their accounts, there will be a player survey opportunity, and we’ll have a Meet the Devs area to talk all about MTGO with fans and content creators. Stop by the booth and do one of those activities to get a Con-exclusive avatar!

Treasure Chest Update

Treasure Chests will update when WOE goes on sale next Tuesday – be sure to watch our Twitter/X (@MagicOnline) and our Discord channel to confirm this before opening Chests.

For full details on the changes to come, check out the Treasure Chest information page.

After next Tuesday, the next Treasure Chest update will occur on Wednesday, October 4.

Commander Corner

We have made further progress against the Commander backlog during this development cycle. As with last time, the cards added this time were basically free to us while coding cards for upcoming sets. These will appear in the TC-Only slot.

Additions from Commander Backlog
Galea, Kindler of Hope (AFC)
Harper Recruiter (CLB)
Share the Spoils (AFC)

Unfinity – First Batch

Additionally, we have finally been able to make time for some of the most-requested cards for Unfinity – these five cards are going into this release!

_____ Goblin*
Comet, Stellar Pup
Pair o’ Dice Lost
Saw in Half

*denoted as “Name-Sticker” Goblin in MTGO

These cards will go directly into the TC-Only slot of Treasure Chests. To answer a couple of questions:

Will the fancy version of Comet, Stellar Pup be available? Yes, both versions of Comet, Stellar Pup will be available.

Wait, there are no sticker sheets in MTGO – how will ____ Goblin work? A fine question – because of this card’s importance to tabletop competitive play, we took suggestions from our friends at Studio X as well as the Community.

First - we have changed the text of the card for MTGO. 

We determined the optimal deck of 10 sticker sheets, then found out how much mana a random selection of three of those sheets would yield, and converted it into a D20 roll:

Roll Result Red Mana
1-6 4
7-14 5
15-20 6

There are differences between tabletop and MTGO - the mana amount is determined when the trigger resolves (not known in advance) and these Goblins all have the same name (#EchoingDecay). The expected amount of red mana overall is slightly better online than in paper.

However, we did maintain key checks from tabletop - infinite copies don't result in infinite mana online (in tabletop you get a maximum of nine name stickers at once), and if a Goblin is removed in response to its trigger, the Goblin's controller gets no mana.

The reason we are doing this for one card is to help close the parity gap with the tabletop metagame. This is our first crack at a custom implementation for MTGO, so we reserve the right to announce tweaks to this card in the future. NOTE: This card will be banned in all formats at launch with an expected unban date of September 13.

Magic Online Players Rewards (MOPR) Update

Upcoming MOPR rewards in October and November – based on store and play activity in the previous monthwill contain foil versions of this set's showcase basic lands as well as the uncommon Enchanting Tales. That group includes Grasp of Fate, Spreading Seas, Impact Tremors, Utopia Sprawl, and more.

For more information on earning Player Rewards, click here.

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.


We will grant Prestige avatars from The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth™ shortly after the end of that season on September 5th.

Now let’s look ahead to the avatars of our return to Eldraine! First up is the avatar given out in New Account kits and Deck Builder’s Essentials – it's The Goose Mother!

Next, we present the single avatar available in Treasure Chests – we have found that this class of avatars are not much in demand, so we are cutting back to a single TC avatar per set. For Wilds of Eldraine, it’s Syr Ginger, the Meal Ender!

Finally, we will dole out some Prestige! As usual, you get five points for each Competitive trophy you earn in Leagues and one for each Friendly trophy. At the end of the season (when The Lost Caverns of Ixalan® releases), you'll earn every avatar for which you qualify:

Earning at least five points gets you the uncommon Hylda of the Icy Crown avatar.

Earning at least 20 points nabs you the rare Eriette of the Charmed Apple avatar.

Earning 40 points or more rewards you with the mythic rare Ashiok, Wicked Manipulator Prestige avatar.

Odds and Ends

We’ll see you on the battlefield!

By Tony Mayer