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Join an Event
- Verify and pay the appropriate event entry option. Tickets and booster packs are available in the Magic Online store.
- Have a format-legal deck prepared.
- Click the Menu button on the lower left of the game screen and select Play followed by Tournaments. Enter the desired tournament room, select the event, and click JOIN at the top of the screen.
Scheduled Events – are posted in advance and start at a set time. View the upcoming week’s event schedule online. Scheduled events are also announced in-game twenty minutes before starting.
Daily Events - are scheduled in the Scheduled Event room (see the event schedule online) and can be constructed or sealed events. Daily events consist of four Swiss rounds and pay out prizes based on the number of match points earned.
Premier Events - are also scheduled in the Scheduled Events room (see the event schedule online) and can be constructed or sealed events. These events last for a number of rounds based on the number of participants, cut to a top 8 playoff, and pay prizes based on final standings.
Phantom Events - are limited tournaments in which the cards players use for the event are temporary and provided by Magic Online exclusively for the duration of the event. These temporary cards will NOT be added to the players' collections at the conclusion of the Phantom Event.
Special Events & Programs – details regarding Magic Online special events and programs appear on the Magic Online Website.
Queue Events - are small tournaments that begin when the required number of players has joined. These events can be found in the Limited Queues room. Not all events require 8 players; see the event-description for more information.
Prizes vary, but may consist of booster packs, promo cards or avatars for winning or for participating. Awarded prizes are added directly to your collection. Click an event title for full details regarding its prize distribution.
Most events also offer Magic Online Championship Qualifying Points (QPs), and all events offer Magic Online Player Rewards points for eligible players.
Single-elimination – players are placed in randomly-seeded matches; winners advance to the next round, losers are eliminated.
Swiss – players are randomly paired in the first round, but in subsequent rounds, players are paired against other players with the same number of wins (if there is an uneven number of players, it is possible to play against someone with a different number of wins or receive a bye). All players may choose to play all rounds.
Types of Formats
Draft - In a draft event players may need to provide Event Tickets and/or three booster packs as part of the entry requirement. Do not open the booster packs - the system will do so for you when it is time. The title of the event explains what type of product is required for entry, as well as basic information about the prize payouts.
Drafts function the same as in paper Magic, but take place around a virtual table and the booster packs are opened for each player by the system.
Each player builds a deck using the 45 cards they selected and basic lands provided by the system (use the ‘Add Lands’ button). Your deck must contain at least 40 cards.
Sealed - Players provide Event Tickets and/or six booster packs of unopened product as part of the entry requirement. Do not open the booster packs - the system will do so for you when it is time.
Once the system opens the product you may build a deck from the cards received plus any number of basic lands provided by the system (use the ‘Add Lands’ button). Your deck must contain at least 40 cards.
Constructed - Build your deck in advance using the cards in your collection. A Constructed deck must have at least 60 cards, with no more than four copies of any individual card (excluding basic lands). Please consider the applicable event and format restrictions when building a deck.
Magic Online tournaments are available in the following constructed formats:
Some formats support a sideboard. Sideboards cannot be used before the first game, but between games within a match, players may alter their main deck as follows:
Limited (Sealed or Draft) – the sideboard contains all the cards you received in the tournament that are not in your deck. You can change the composition of your deck freely between games, adding, subtracting or cards (including basic lands) with your sideboard as long as your deck contains at least 40 cards.
Constructed - The sideboard must be exactly zero or fifteen cards. Cards may only be swapped in and out of a deck on a one-for-one basis before each game in a match (except the first).