Magic Online Changes Recap
Magic Online is a huge part of Wizards of the Coast's business. The growth and development of the digital space in Magic is undeniable, and DailyMTG.com spent the past week focusing entirely on Magic Online. If you missed the news, changes, and announcements throughout we have it here, starting with the top.
Worth Wollpert, Executive Producer for Magic Online, shared a host of confirmations:
He went on to laud the addition of Cube to the system, as well as moving the digital release of new sets up closer to paper, leading to action in the week leading up to Pro Tour Return to Ravnica. But it was the changes to Magic Online's data that created the biggest waves in the community.
Extra data isn't coming back, but enhancements to the Beta client for Magic Online are coming until it's full deployment next year.
Fortunately for all of us, the Beta client is getting better with each service pack.
While you can continue to provide feedback on the Beta client there was one other major change change announced:
As a bridge to newer players, and a social way to play over time, Leagues had a rich history early in Magic Online. With the final technical hurdles to bring them back being cleared the future looks promising.
With the overall business covered, Chris Kiritz, the Business Manager for Magic Online, stepped in to break down many Magic Online events and rewards, starting with the 2012 and 2013 MOCS: the Magic Online Championship Series. With the MOCS no longer tied to a paper Magic event, it was decided to bring the 2012 championship to digital-friendly PAX East, March 22-24.
Perhaps more surprising was Chris's announcement for how the 2013 MOCS would play out:
What did Chris reveal to be the 2013 MOCS Season 1 promotional card?
Force of Will currently stifles Legacy plan online since it was released only as part of Master's Edition. With a digital dealer price tag around 100 tickets, the community was quick to look for ways to edge out more prizes:
For each account past 4 its still better (if idea is to maximize promos) to get more accounts to 15 vs going to 35 on a main
— Chris Mascioli (@dieplstks) December 18, 2012
With the MOCS updates complete Chris turned his attention to PTQs held on Magic Online
Now, winning a digital PTQ is tied to paper Magic benefits, including byes at a Grand Prix and more. Those of you who have played in a PTQ online know just how much effort it takes to win.
Chris wasn't done with PTQs. The MOPR – Magic Online Player Rewards – system has been untouched for some time. With rewards based on activity that was hard to track and wasn't intuitive for players to check, a new system has been laid out:
|Participate in at least one (1) Constructed, Sealed Deck, or Draft tournament with a minimum of eight (8) players||Standard non-foil Event Participation promotional card|
|Participate in at least five (5) Constructed, Sealed Deck, or Draft tournaments with a minimum of eight (8) players||Premium foil Event Participation promotional card|
|Spend at least $20.00 USD in the Magic Online Store||Standard non-foil Store Activity promotional card|
|Spend at least $40.00 USD in the Magic Online Store||Premium foil Store Activity promotional card|
Chris ended his breakdown with improvements for New Player Ticket events and switching all Phantom Sealed queues to use a full six booster packs.
Even pulling out just the biggest changes announced created something far larger than the usual news post. With the focus and benefits of Magic Online growing will you be playing more in 2013?