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Magic Online Journey into Nyx
Prerelease and Release Key Dates
Spotlight Early Access Begins: 10AM May 8
Prerelease Begins: 10AM May 9
On-Sale: 10AM May 12
Release Events End: 12PM May 28
Redemption Guarantee: October 31, 2015
Redemption Cutoff: November 2, 2016
All times are PDT (for UTC, add 7 hours)
Rival the Gods!

The letter T!heros has become a battlefield. The gods have sent their forces against the mortals to punish the hubris of a few. But the mortals have risen up in defiance, and the time has come when you will be tested against a god.

Journey into Nyx Prerelease Events begin Friday, May 9. The set officially goes on sale in Magic Online and Release Events begin on Monday, May 12.

There is a special perk for you with this set: Participants in the Wide Beta Spotlight will gain early access to Prerelease Events, beginning Thursday, May 8, at 10:00 AM PDT!

Our Wide Beta Spotlight is a special event in which we put the client through its paces with the full Magic Online community of players. Following the downtime on Wednesday, May 7, and continuing until the official start of Prerelease Events at 10:00 AM PDT on Friday, May 9, the current client will be disabled. During this Spotlight period, you are encouraged to play using the Wide Beta Client. As an added bonus to participating in the Spotlight, we're going to let you into Prerelease Events a full day early. You can find Wide Beta Spotlight details in last week's Wide Beta Update by Chris Kiritz.

The Wide Beta Spotlight ends with the official start of Prerelease Events at 10:00 AM PDT on Friday, May 9, when both the current client and the Wide Beta Client will be usable as normal.

In Journey into Nyx, you will forge your legacy as a hero, challenging the gods themselves! Purchase one of five entry objects that reflect your Magic color preference from the Magic Online store for $5.00 starting Wednesday, May 7, following downtime. These objects grant access to Prerelease Events, plus contain one of the five Journey into Nyx Prerelease promo cards.

For Prerelease, we've added two new events we think players will enjoy. The 9-4 Single-Elimination Draft provides those who like the more competitive experience of single-elimination play with a Prerelease option to challenge their skills. The Journey into Nyx-ONLY Prerelease Swiss Draft gives you the pure Journey into Nyx experience of three Journey into Nyx packs for drafting.

We've also made a few small changes to the Premier Swiss Sealed event. Most importantly, we've adjusted the player size to 65-128, which should ensure more events reach capacity and fire, and keep game length manageable.

Sage of Hours

You can earn the avatars you want simply by participating in the events that award them. Collect only the ones you want, or collect them all.

Happy Playing!

 
Journey into Nyx Prerelease Promo Cards and Entry Objects

To participate in Magic Online Journey into Nyx Prerelease Events, players will need a Prerelease "Forged" entry object from the Magic Online store that is required in the Entry Options for Prerelease Events. There are five of these, each corresponding to a Magic color alignment, which include a seeded pack containing a selection of Journey into Nyx cards weighted toward the chosen color, and one of five promo cards:

"Forged" Entry ObjectPrerelease Promo Card
Forged in Glory
Dawnbringer Charioteers promo card
Dawnbringer Charioteers

Forged in Intellect
Scourge of Fleets promo card
Scourge of Fleets

Forged in Tyranny

Doomwake Giant promo card
Doomwake Giant

Forged in War
Spawn of Thraxes promo card
Spawn of Thraxes

Forged in Pursuit

Heroes' Bane promo card
Heroes' Bane

You may purchase your "Forged" entry object, which is not tradeable, from the Magic Online Store for $5.00 USD beginning at 1:00 PM PDT (20:00 UTC) on Wednesday, May 7. They will be available for purchase only until 10:00 AM PDT (17:00 UTC) on Monday, May 12.

Avatars for Journey into Nyx will be awarded for participation in Prerelease and Release Events. Collect the avatars you want by participating in the events that grant them. Check out the new avatars section and specific event details to see which avatar is awarded in each event.

 
Journey into Nyx Participation Avatars

Participate in the Magic Online Journey into Nyx Prerelease and Release Events, and you can earn new avatars for your Magic Online account.

New Avatar Event Participation
Dakra Mystic avatar
Dakra Mystic
Participate in a Journey into Nyx Prerelease Swiss Sealed Event.
Axe of the Warmonger avatar
Axe of the Warmonger
Participate in a Journey into Nyx Prerelease Swiss Draft Event.
Cloak of the Philosopher avatar
Cloak of the Philosopher
Participate in a Journey into Nyx Prerelease 9-4 Single-Elimination Draft Event.
Lash of the Tyrant avatar
Lash of the Tyrant
Participate in a Journey into Nyx-ONLY Prerelease Swiss Draft.
Bow of the Hunter avatar
Bow of the Hunter
Participate in a Journey into Nyx Release 64-Player Premier Single-Elimination Draft Event.
Spear of the General avatar
Spear of the General
Participate in a Journey into Nyx Release Premier Swiss Sealed Event.
The Destined avatar
The Destined
Participate in a Journey into Nyx Release 8-4 Single-Elimination Draft Event, Release 4-3-2-2 Single-Elimination Draft Event, or Release Swiss Draft Event.
Prophetic Flamespearker avatar
Prophetic Flamespeaker
Participate in a Journey into Nyx Release 16-Player Swiss Sealed Event.
The Champion avatar
The Champion
Participate in a Journey into Nyx-ONLY Release 8-4 Single-Elimination Draft Event or Journey into Nyx-ONLY Release Swiss Draft Event.
 
Journey into Nyx Prerelease Events | May 9-12
 
Journey into Nyx Prerelease Swiss Sealed
START TIMES SPOTLIGHT EARLY ACCESS: Thursday, May 8, 10:00 AM PDT until Friday, May 9, 10:00 AM PDT
GENERAL ACCESS: Friday, May 9, 10:00 AM PDT until Monday, May 12, 10:00 AM PDT.
LOCATION Release Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1
20 Event Tickets
plus 1 "Forged"
entry object
PRODUCT Magic Online will provide 2 Journey into Nyx, 1 Born of the Gods, and 2 Theros booster packs, plus 1 seeded Journey into Nyx booster pack for this event.
SIZE 16 players.
PLAY STYLE Swiss.
FORMAT Sealed.
DURATION 25 minutes deck-building time. Four rounds, Swiss pairings, each round up to 60 minutes.
PRIZES
Match Wins Prizes QPs
4 10 Journey into Nyx booster packs
May 8-9, Spotlight Participants only:
Premium promo Eidolon of Blossoms
3
3 4 Journey into Nyx booster packs 1
2 1 Journey into Nyx booster pack 0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All Prerelease Event participants will receive Dakra Mystic avatar.
SPECIAL PRIZE: May 8-9, Spotlight early access participants will receive Eidolon of Blossoms promo card.
 
Journey into Nyx Prerelease Swiss Draft
START TIMES SPOTLIGHT EARLY ACCESS: Thursday, May 8, 10:00 AM PDT until Friday, May 9, 10:00 AM PDT
GENERAL ACCESS: Friday, May 9, 10:00 AM PDT until Monday, May 12, 10:00 AM PDT.
LOCATION Release Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1
15 Event Tickets
PRODUCT 1 Journey into Nyx, 1 Born of the Gods, and 1 Theros booster packs.
SIZE 8 players.
PLAY STYLE Swiss.
FORMAT Draft.
DURATION 12 minutes deck-building time, plus three rounds of up to 60 minutes each, Swiss pairings.
PRIZES
Match Wins Prizes QPs
3 4 Journey into Nyx booster packs
May 8-9, Spotlight Participants only:
Premium promo Eidolon of Blossoms
1
2 2 Journey into Nyx booster packs 0
1 1 Journey into Nyx booster pack 0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All Prerelease Event participants will receive Axe of the Warmonger avatar.
SPECIAL PRIZE: May 8-9, Spotlight early access participants will receive Eidolon of Blossoms promo card.
 
Journey into Nyx Prerelease 9-4 Single-Elimination Draft
START TIMES SPOTLIGHT EARLY ACCESS: Thursday, May 8, 10:00 AM PDT until Friday, May 9, 10:00 AM PDT
GENERAL ACCESS: Friday, May 9, 10:00 AM PDT until Monday, May 12, 10:00 AM PDT.
LOCATION Release Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1
15 Event Tickets
PRODUCT 1 Journey into Nyx, 1 Born of the Gods, and 1 Theros booster packs.
SIZE 8 players.
PLAY STYLE Single elimination.
FORMAT Draft.
DURATION 10 minutes deck-building time, plus three rounds of up to 50 minutes each.
PRIZES
Place Prizes QPs
1st 9 Journey into Nyx booster packs
May 8-9, Spotlight Participants only:
Premium promo Eidolon of Blossoms
1
2nd 4 Journey into Nyx booster packs 0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All Prerelease Event participants will receive Cloak of the Philosopher avatar.
SPECIAL PRIZE: May 8-9, Spotlight early access participants will receive Eidolon of Blossoms promo card.
 
Journey into Nyx-ONLY Prerelease Swiss Draft
START TIMES SPOTLIGHT EARLY ACCESS: Thursday, May 8, 10:00 AM PDT until Friday, May 9, 10:00 AM PDT
GENERAL ACCESS: Friday, May 9, 10:00 AM PDT until Monday, May 12, 10:00 AM PDT.
LOCATION Release Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1
15 Event Tickets
PRODUCT 3 Journey into Nyx booster packs.
SIZE 8 players.
PLAY STYLE Swiss.
FORMAT Draft.
DURATION 10 minutes deck-building time, plus three rounds of up to 60 minutes each, Swiss pairings.
PRIZES
Match Wins Prizes QPs
3 4 Journey into Nyx booster packs
May 8-9, Spotlight Participants only:
Premium promo Eidolon of Blossoms
1
2 2 Journey into Nyx booster packs 0
1 1 Journey into Nyx booster pack 0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All Prerelease Event participants will receive Lash of the Tyrant avatar.
SPECIAL PRIZE: May 8-9, Spotlight early access participants will receive Eidolon of Blossoms promo card.
 
Journey into Nyx Release Events | May 12-28
 
Journey into Nyx Release 8-4 Single-Elimination Draft
START TIMES Monday, May 12, 10:00 AM PDT until downtime on May 28, 2014.
LOCATION Release Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
14 Event Tickets 2 Event Tickets
plus product
1 Journey into Nyx Draft Pack
PRODUCT 1 Journey into Nyx, 1 Born of the Gods, and 1 Theros booster packs.
SIZE 8 players.
PLAY STYLE Single elimination.
FORMAT Draft.
DURATION 10 minutes deck-building time, plus three rounds of up to 50 minutes each.
PRIZES
Place Prizes QPs
1st 2 Theros booster packs
3 Born of the Gods booster packs
3 Journey into Nyx booster packs
1
2nd 2 Theros booster packs
1 Born of the Gods booster pack
1 Journey into Nyx booster pack
0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All participants in this event will receive The Destined avatar.
 
Journey into Nyx Release 4-3-2-2 Single-Elimination Draft
START TIMES Monday, May 12, 10:00 AM PDT until downtime on May 28, 2014.
LOCATION Release Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
14 Event Tickets 2 Event Tickets
plus product
1 Journey into Nyx Draft Pack
PRODUCT 1 Journey into Nyx, 1 Born of the Gods, and 1 Theros booster packs.
SIZE 8 players.
PLAY STYLE Single elimination.
FORMAT Draft.
DURATION 10 minutes deck-building time, plus three rounds of up to 50 minutes each.
PRIZES
Place Prizes QPs
1st 2 Theros booster packs
1 Born of the Gods booster pack
1 Journey into Nyx booster pack
1
2nd 1 Theros booster pack
1 Born of the Gods booster pack
1 Journey into Nyx booster pack
0
3rd-4th 1 Born of the Gods booster pack
1 Journey into Nyx booster pack
0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All participants in this event will receive The Destined avatar.
 
Journey into Nyx Release Swiss Draft
START TIMES Monday, May 12, 10:00 AM PDT until downtime on May 28, 2014.
LOCATION Release Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
14 Event Tickets 2 Event Tickets
plus product
1 Journey into Nyx Draft Pack
PRODUCT 1 Journey into Nyx, 1 Born of the Gods, and 1 Theros booster packs.
SIZE 8 players.
PLAY STYLE Swiss.
FORMAT Draft.
DURATION 10 minutes deck-building time, plus three rounds of up to 50 minutes each, Swiss pairings.
PRIZES
Match Wins Prizes QPs
3 1 Theros booster pack
1 Born of the Gods booster pack
1 Journey into Nyx booster pack
1
2 1 Theros booster pack
1 Born of the Gods booster pack
0
1 1 Journey into Nyx booster pack 0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All participants in this event will receive The Destined avatar.
 
Journey into Nyx Release 16-Player Swiss Sealed
START TIMES Monday, May 12, 10:00 AM PDT until downtime on May 28, 2014.
LOCATION Release Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1
26 Event Tickets
PRODUCT Magic Online will provide 2 Journey into Nyx, 2 Born of the Gods, and 2 Theros booster packs for this event.
SIZE 16 players.
PLAY STYLE Swiss.
FORMAT Draft.
DURATION 20 minutes deck-building time, plus four rounds of up to 50 minutes each, Swiss pairings.
PRIZES
Match Wins Prizes QPs
4 4 Theros booster packs
4 Born of the Gods booster packs
4 Journey into Nyx booster packs
3
3 3 Theros booster packs
3 Born of the Gods booster packs
3 Journey into Nyx booster packs
1
2 1 Theros booster pack
1 Born of the Gods booster pack
1 Journey into Nyx booster pack
0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All participants in this event will receive Prophetic Flamespeaker avatar.
 
Journey into Nyx-ONLY Release 8-4 Single-Elimination Draft
START TIMES Monday, May 12, 10:00 AM PDT until downtime on May 28, 2014.
LOCATION Release Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1 Option 2
14 Event Tickets 2 Event Tickets
plus product
PRODUCT 3 Journey into Nyx booster packs.
SIZE 8 players.
PLAY STYLE Single elimination.
FORMAT Draft.
DURATION 10 minutes deck-building time, plus three rounds of up to 50 minutes each.
PRIZES
Place Prizes QPs
1st 8 Journey into Nyx booster packs 1
2nd 4 Journey into Nyx booster packs 0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All participants in this event will receive The Champion avatar.
 
Journey into Nyx-ONLY Release Swiss Draft
START TIMES Monday, May 12, 10:00 AM PDT until downtime on May 28, 2014.
LOCATION Release Queues room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1 Option 2
14 Event Tickets 2 Event Tickets
plus product
PRODUCT 3 Journey into Nyx booster packs.
SIZE 8 players.
PLAY STYLE Swiss.
FORMAT Draft.
DURATION 10 minutes deck-building time, plus three rounds of up to 50 minutes each.
PRIZES
Match Wins Prizes QPs
3 3 Journey into Nyx booster packs 1
2 2 Journey into Nyx booster packs 0
1 1 Journey into Nyx booster pack 0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All participants in this event will receive The Champion avatar.
 
Journey into Nyx Release Premier Events | May 12-28
 
Journey into Nyx Release Premier 64-Player Single-Elimination Draft with Top 8
START TIMES Monday, May 12, 10:30 AM PDT, running once every two hours on the half-hour (e.g., 10:30, 12:30, etc.) until downtime on Wednesday, May 28.
LOCATION Scheduled Events room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1 Option 2
20 Event Tickets 8 Event Tickets
plus product
PRODUCT 1 Journey into Nyx, 1 Born of the Gods, and 1 Theros booster packs.
Magic Online will provide product for the Top 8 Draft.
SIZE 64 players.
PLAY STYLE Single elimination, with Top 8.
FORMAT Draft.
DURATION 10 minutes deck-building time, plus three rounds up to 50 minutes each, single elimination, followed by a Top 8 Draft.
PRIZES
Place Prizes QPs
1st 8 Theros booster packs
8 Born of the Gods booster packs
8 Journey into Nyx booster packs
6
2nd 6 Theros booster packs
6 Born of the Gods booster packs
6 Journey into Nyx booster packs
5
3rd-4th 4 Theros booster packs
4 Born of the Gods booster packs
4 Journey into Nyx booster packs
4
5th-8th 3 Theros booster packs
3 Born of the Gods booster packs
3 Journey into Nyx booster packs
3
9th-16th 1 Theros booster pack
1 Born of the Gods booster pack
2 Journey into Nyx booster packs
0
17th-32nd 2 Journey into Nyx booster packs 0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All participants will receive Bow of the Hunter avatar.

Note: If any event fails to fill the minimum number of seats by the start time, the event will hold for a period of time to allow the minimum number of players to join. After this holding period ends, if the event still has not met the minimum number of players, the event will be cancelled and refunds will be fulfilled immediately.

 
Journey into Nyx Release Premier Swiss Sealed with Top 8
START TIMES Friday, May 16, at 4:00 AM PDT until Sunday, May 25, at 6:00 PM PDT, according to the scheduled times below.
All times are PDT (for UTC, add 7 hours)
Friday
5/16
Saturday
5/17
Sunday
5/18
Friday
5/23
Saturday
5/24
Sunday
5/25
4:00 AM
6:00 AM
8:00 AM
10:00 AM
6:00 PM
4:00 AM
6:00 AM
8:00 AM
10:00 AM
2:00 PM
6:00 PM
4:00 AM
6:00 AM
8:00 AM
10:00 AM
6:00 PM
4:00 AM
6:00 AM
8:00 AM
10:00 AM
6:00 PM
4:00 AM
6:00 AM
8:00 AM
10:00 AM
6:00 PM
4:00 AM
6:00 AM
8:00 AM
10:00 AM
6:00 PM
LOCATION Scheduled Events room.
ENTRY OPTIONS
Option 1 Option 2
30 Event Tickets 6 Event Tickets
plus product
PRODUCT 2 Journey into Nyx, 2 Born of the Gods, and 2 Theros booster packs.
Magic Online will provide product the Top 8 Draft.
SIZE 65-128 players.
PLAY STYLE Swiss, with Top 8.
FORMAT Sealed.
DURATION 20 minutes deck-building time, plus seven rounds up to 50 minutes each, Swiss pairings, followed by a single-elimination Top 8 Draft.
PRIZES
Place Prizes QPs
1st 12 Theros booster packs
12 Born of the Gods booster packs
12 Journey into Nyx booster packs
6
2nd 9 Theros booster packs
9 Born of the Gods booster packs
9 Journey into Nyx booster packs
5
3rd-4th 7 Theros booster packs
7 Born of the Gods booster packs
7 Journey into Nyx booster packs
4
5th-8th 6 Theros booster packs
6 Born of the Gods booster packs
6 Journey into Nyx booster packs
3
9th-16th 3 Theros booster packs
3 Born of the Gods booster packs
3 Journey into Nyx booster packs
0
17th-32nd 2 Theros booster packs
2 Born of the Gods booster packs
2 Journey into Nyx booster packs
0
ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All participants will receive Spear of the General avatar.
Note: If any event fails to fill the minimum number of seats by the start time, the event will hold for a period of time to allow the minimum number of players to join. After this holding period ends, if the event still has not met the minimum number of players, the event will be cancelled and refunds will be fulfilled immediately.
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