Thursday, 09 June 2022 13:17

WotC celebrates 20 years of Magic: The Gathering Online

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'Magic: The Gathering Online' launched on June 24, 2002. 'Magic: The Gathering Online' launched on June 24, 2002. WOTC

It's been almost 20 years since Wizards of the Coast launched Magic: The Gathering Online.  Since that day (June 24, 2002) the game has boomed thanks, in part, to it being the most faithful digital adaptation of the tabletop collectible card game since the MicroProse Magic: The Gathering computer game from the late 1990s.

"It's hard to believe it has been 20 years since the launch of Magic Online," says MTGO developer Daybreak Games via the WotC website. This game—in its constant state of development, with its tens of thousands of unique cards interacting on battlefields across an unmatched spectrum of Magic formats—is an incredible accomplishment.  It took a massive leap of faith to build Magic Online in the first place, and it has taken a massive labor of love to grow and sustain it for 20 years since.  While the individuals on the Magic Online team have changed over the decades, a deep passion for the game has been a universal characteristic of the Magic Online team at every point in its history."

In celebration of the 20th anniversary since the game's launch, Wizards of the Coast has announced a slew of in-game festivities.

This includes Vintage Cube, which run until June 30, and the $70,000 Champions Showcase, which airs on June 18.  The All-Access Mythic Event token has also been added back to the Magic Online store.

Also, each account that was created before June 7 of this year will receive 100 play points during the celebration for free as well as a 20th Anniversary player avatar based on how old the account is.

Wizards of the Coast is also giving players a chance to win a (near) playset of every card available on Magic Online.

How?

"The winner of the Magic Online 20th Anniversary Series will add to their Magic Online collection four complete sets of almost every booster release in the history of Magic Online," states Daybreak Games.  "Players that finish 4–1 or 5–0 in both a Limited and a Constructed Play-In Event between June 9 and June 24 qualify for the finals on Saturday, June 25, at 7 a.m. Pacific."

The finals event will be Modern Horizons 2 limited sealed with a top eight draft.  The play-in format rotates every two days and includes a limited lineup of sets such as Masters 25Vintage MastersModern Horizons, and Modern Horizons 2.  There will also be constructed events for Legacy, Vintage, Modern, and Pioneer.  Events begin June 9 and run through the 24th.

You can find more information on the Wizards of the Coast website.