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Modern Masters on Magic Online June 14

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June 18 Update: Hi all. The excitement around Grand Prix Las Vegas has inspired the Magic Online team to create a Modern Masters sealed Swiss Phantom queue. The full details about this new queue are updated below. Here is a recap.

The Modern Masters sealed Swiss Phantom queues follow the following structure:

Modern Masters Phantom Sealed Queues
Location: Release Queues room.
Entry Option(s): 8 Event Tickets OR 2 Event Tickets and 10 Cube Tickets.
Product: Magic Online will provide 6 Modern Masters booster packs for Sealed. Cards that players draft and play with in a Phantom event are NOT added to those players' collections.

The Modern Masters sealed Swiss Phantom queue will begin following the downtime on Wednesday, June 19, and will last until the beginning of the scheduled downtime on Wednesday, July 10.

Let us know what you think about this new event offering on the forums or Twitter (#MTGO). You can get me at @ckiritz, Worth at @mtgworth, and Mike Turian at @mturian.

Thanks,

Chris

June 6 Update: Hi Magic Online players. We've decided to update our Modern Masters release plan. I have updated the details below, but here's a summary:

  • The Modern Masters draft queues will have their entry reduced from 30 Event Tickets or 9 Event Tickets plus product to 25 Event Tickets or 4 Event Tickets and product. The 64-player Premier drafts will remain unchanged.
  • The Phantom Modern Masters draft queues will have their start date changed from June 21 to June 14 to match the start of all the other Modern Masters events.

We made these changes for several reasons, but our primary goal was to ensure players who wanted to draft Modern Masters had the chance to do so. We felt that the three main draft versions–Premier, Phantom, and regular–let players choose the style of event that fits them best.

Premier drafts let players experience top-8 style events and prove they are the best against a larger field. Phantom drafts are available for players who just want to experience Modern Masters drafting in its purest form. And for players looking for a way to build up their collection of Modern cards, we have regular draft queues.

As always, we take your feedback seriously so feel free to hop on the forums or Twitter to let us know what you think of the changes. You can get me at @ckiritz, Worth at @mtgworth, and the newest Magic Online team member, Mike Turian, at @mturian.

Have fun drafting,
Chris

They're not old, they're Modern.

Modern Masters, which contains 229 reprint cards drawn from Eighth Edition through Alara Reborn, gives players a chance to collect some of Magic's strongest cards. While these cards are not Standard legal, they will be tournament legal according to their original printings. Watch the Modern Masters card preview page to see if your favorite Modern card made it into the set.

In addition to collecting opportunities, Modern Masters delivers a new draft format as well. Magic Online will support the release with draft queues and 64-player drafts. Check out the full event schedule below.

Modern Masters booster packs will cost $6.99 USD and will only be available in the Magic Online Store for two weeks, starting Friday, June 14, at 10:00 AM PDT and ending with the downtime on Wednesday, June 26. Modern Masters events also begin Friday, June 14, at 10:00 AM, will run until the downtime on July 10, and will be in available three stages:

  • 64-Player Premier Drafts (starting June 14)
  • Booster Draft Queues (starting June 14)
  • Phantom Booster Draft Queues (starting June 14)
  • Phantom Booster Sealed Queue (starting June 19)

Modern Masters 64-Player Premier Drafts
Start Time: Scheduled start times beginning, Friday, June 14, at 10:00 AM PDT until the beginning of the scheduled downtime on Wednesday, June 26.
Location: Scheduled Events room.
Entry Option(s): 30 Event Tickets OR 9 Event Tickets and product.
Product: 3 Modern Masters booster packs.
Size: 64 Players.
Duration: Drafting and deck building time plus three rounds, single elimination. The Top 8 will consist of drafting and deck building time plus three rounds, single elimination.
Prizes:

Place Prizes QPs
1st 12 Modern Masters booster packs 6
2nd 9 Modern Masters booster packs 5
3rd–4th 6 Modern Masters booster packs 4
5th–8th 4 Modern Masters booster packs 3
9th–16th 3 Modern Masters booster packs 0
17th–32th 1 Modern Masters booster pack 0

Modern Masters Booster Draft Queues
Start Time: On demand beginning, Friday, June 14, until the beginning of the scheduled downtime on Wednesday, July 10.
Location: Release Queues room.
Entry Option(s): 25 Event Tickets or 4 Event Tickets and product.
Product: 3 Modern Masters booster packs.
Size: 8 Players.
Duration: Drafting and deck building time plus three rounds single elimination or three rounds Swiss pairings.
Prizes: Prizes for single-elimination events are based on placement at the end of the tournament. Prizes for Swiss pairing events are based on total Match Points at the end of the tournament. Each match win awards 3 points and each match loss awards 0 points.

Modern Masters 4-3-2-2 Draft

PlacePrizesQPs
1st4 Modern Masters booster packs1
2nd3 Modern Masters booster packs0
3rd–4th2 Modern Masters booster packs0

Modern Masters 8-4 Draft

PlacePrizesQPs
1st8 Modern Masters booster packs1
2nd4 Modern Masters booster packs0

Modern Masters Swiss Draft

PointsPrizesQPs
93 Modern Masters booster packs1
62 Modern Masters booster packs0
31 Modern Masters booster pack0

Modern Masters Phantom Limited Queues
Start Time: On demand beginning, Friday, June 14, until the beginning of the scheduled downtime on Wednesday, July 10.
Location: Release Queues room.
Entry Option(s): 8 Event Tickets OR 2 Event Tickets and 10 Cube Tickets.
Product:Magic Online will provide 3 Modern Masters booster packs for draft or 6 Modern Masters booster packs for sealed. Cards that players draft and play with in a Phantom event are NOT added to those players' collections.
Size: 8 Players.
Duration: Drafting and deck building time plus three rounds single elimination or three rounds Swiss pairings.
Prizes: Prizes for single-elimination events are based on placement at the end of the tournament. Prizes for Swiss pairing events are based on total Match Points at the end of the tournament. Each match win awards 3 points and each match loss awards 0 points.

Modern Masters Phantom Single Elimination Draft

PlacePrizesQPs
1st1 Modern Masters booster pack and 18 Cube Tickets1
2nd12 Cube Tickets0
3rd–4th6 Cube Tickets0
5th–8th2 Cube Tickets0

Modern Masters Phantom Swiss Sealed or Draft

PointsPrizesQPs
916 Cube Tickets1
68 Cube Tickets0
34 Cube Tickets0
02 Cube Tickets0

Note that while not a Magic Online Cube, the Modern Masters Phantom queues will use Cube Tickets in both the entry options and prize structures. These Cube Tickets will be usable in future Cube Events as well.

In addition to the launch events, the Pro Tour Theros Qualifier on July 6 and the Magic Online Championship Series Season 6 Preliminaries and Finals feature Modern Masters and will be your only opportunity to play Modern Masters Sealed Deck (at least as part of the release). Check out the Pro Tour Theros Qualifiers page and the 2013 MOCS Full Rules page for more information.

Please note that Modern Masters is not redeemable.

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