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Modern Comes to Magic Online

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The letter A!s mentioned by Tom LaPille in Latest Developments, we are happy to announce that the Modern format is coming to Magic Online after the downtime on August 24. Originally introduced as one of the formats for the 2011 Community Cup, Modern will now receive an in-game format filter and will be added to our rotation of Core formats events. Prizes for Modern tournaments will match the prizes awarded for Standard and Extended tournaments.

After the August 24 downtime, the following event types will be available for Modern:

  • 2-Player Queues
  • 8-Player Queues
  • 4-Round Daily Events
  • Premier Events

To celebrate the release of this nonrotating format, Magic Online will host a Modern Release Celebration from August 24 until September 7. During this time, all players who play in a Modern 8-player queue, 4-round Daily Event, or Premier Event will receive a textless Lightning Bolt promo card automatically delivered to their MTGO account at the end of that event. In addition, all players who earn 12 match points in a Daily Event or reach the Top 8 of a Premier Event will be invited to participate in the Modern Release Championship on September 11*.


Start brewing your decks for this awesome new format now!

Modern 2-Player Queue
START TIMES: On demand beginning Wednesday, August 24.
LOCATION: Constructed 8-Player room.
ENTRY OPTION(S): 2 Event Tickets.
PRODUCT: Modern format legal deck.
SIZE: 2 Players.
DURATION: One round, single elimination.
PRIZES:

Place Prizes QPs
1st 1 Magic 2012 booster pack 0

Modern 8-Player Queue
START TIMES: On demand beginning Wednesday, August 24.
LOCATION: Constructed 8-Player room.
ENTRY OPTION(S) : 6 Event Tickets.
PRODUCT: Modern format legal deck.
SIZE: 8 Players.
DURATION: Three rounds, single elimination.
PRIZES:

Place Prizes QPs
1st 5 Magic 2012 booster packs 1
2nd 3 Magic 2012 booster packs 0
3rd - 4th 2 Magic 2012 booster packs 0

ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All players who participate in a Modern 8-Player Queue between the scheduled downtimes on August 24 – September 7 will receive a textless Lightning Bolt promotional card.

Modern Daily Event
START TIMES: Scheduled start times beginning Wednesday, August 24.
LOCATION: Daily Events room.
ENTRY OPTION(S): 6 Event Tickets.
PRODUCT: Modern format legal deck.
SIZE: 16 Players minimum, 128 Player maximum.
DURATION: Four rounds, Swiss pairings.
PRIZES: Prizes 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.

Points Prizes QPs
12 11 Magic 2012 booster packs 3
9 6 Magic 2012 booster packs 1

ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All players who participate in a Modern Daily Event between the scheduled downtimes on August 24 – September 7 will receive a textless Lightning Bolt promotional card.

Modern Premier Event
START TIMES: Scheduled start times. The first Premier Event is scheduled for Saturday, August 27 at 11:00 PDT (18:00 UTC).
LOCATION: Premier Event room.
ENTRY OPTION(S): 10 Event Tickets.
PRODUCT: Modern format legal deck.
SIZE: 33 Players minimum, 256 Player maximum.
DURATION: Number of Swiss pairing rounds determined by attendance. The "Top 8" will be 3 rounds, single elimination.
PRIZES:

Place Prizes QPs
1st 33 Magic 2012 booster packs 6
2nd 24 Magic 2012 booster packs 5
3rd - 4th 15 Magic 2012 booster packs 4
5th - 8th 6 Magic 2012 booster packs 3
9th - 16th 3 Magic 2012 booster packs 0

ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All players who participate in a Modern Premier Event between the scheduled downtimes on August 24 – September 7 will receive a textless Lightning Bolt promotional card.

Modern Release Championship
START TIMES: Sunday, September 11 at 11:00 AM PDT (18:00 UTC).
LOCATION: Premier Event room.
ENTRY OPTION(S): Invitation Only.
PRODUCT: Modern format legal deck.
SIZE: Determined by number of qualified players.
DURATION: Number of Swiss pairing rounds determined by attendance. The "Top 8" will be 3 Rounds, single elimination.
PRIZES:

Place Prizes QPs
1st 4 premium foil Modern format "Wishes" and 33 Magic 2012 booster packs 6
2nd 1 premium foil Modern format "Wish", 1 standard non-foil Modern "Wish" and 24 Magic 2012 booster packs 5
3rd - 4th 1 premium foil Modern format "Wish" and 15 Magic 2012 booster packs 4
5th - 8th 1 standard non-foil Modern format "Wish" and 6 Magic 2012 booster packs 3
9th - 16th 3 Magic 2012 booster packs 0

ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All players who participate in the Modern Release Championship will receive a premium foil textless Lightning Bolt promotional card.† All players who reach the Top 8 will also be able to "Wish" for up to four (4) premium foil or standard non-foil Modern format legal cards based on final standings as one of the Top 8. The card(s) "Wished" for must be legal in the Modern format, but can come from any set sold in a booster pack through the Magic Online Store. These "Wishes" exclude any and all promotional cards and/or cards from promotional sets or limited edition sets (such as the From the Vault series). In order to submit their Wish, Qualifying players will be contacted by Game Support within 72 hours of the tournament completion conveying Top 8 status in order to determine which card(s) they would like to receive.

* † Subject to the terms and conditions of the Magic Online User Agreement and Software License.

Wizards of the Coast may modify, suspend, and/or cancel an event, substitute prizes, or change the costs and/or schedule for an event without notice, at its sole discretion.

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