Magic Online Championship Series

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The Magic Online Championship Series (MOCS) is a tournament series taking place on Magic Online. Each year, 16 players earn invitations via the MOCS to the Magic Online Championship, an event with a $116,000 prize purse and an invitation to the following World Championship to the winner.

History[edit | edit source]

The MOCS was first introduced in 2009.[1] It contained seven seasons, each with its own season championship event; the winner of each event qualified for the 2009 Magic Online Championship as well as the 2009 Magic World Championships, held concurrently. In order to be qualified for the season championship event, players needed to earn 15 Qualifier Points (QPs) over the course of the season leading up to it. QPs could be earned by doing well in events, such as by winning 8-player drafts of finishing in the top eight of premier events. In addition to the seven MOCS event winners, the 2009 Magic Online Player of the Year qualified for the Magic Online Championship. The Player of the Year title went to the player who earned the most QPs over the course of the seven seasons. In 2009, this player was Shota Yasooka.[2] The eight participants played three rounds each of Classic, Zendikar booster draft, and Standard; the top two players after these nine rounds played a final match, with the format being Standard.[3] Ultimately, these two players would be Shota Yasooka and Anssi Myllymäki, with Myllymäki taking the title and he $13,000 share of the overall $50,000 prize purse.

Over the years since its inception, the MOCS has undergone several changes; the Magic Online Championship was increased to 12 players in 2010, with a $100,000 prize purse,[4] and after the 2012 premier event changes, the MOCS was separated from the World Championship, serving as its own event held each year in Seattle, Washington.[5] The winner qualified for the new 16-man Players Championship (later renamed the World Championship). The first of these events featured 16 players and a $116,000 payout, with the winner being Russia's Dmitriy Butakov.[6] For the 2013 Magic Online Championship (held in 2014), the winner was also awarded Gold status in the Pro Players Club. For the 2015 Magic Online Championship, this was changed to Platinum status. For the 2017 Magic Online Championship, the number of players was increased to 24, with a prize purse of $200,000.

Qualification[edit | edit source]

In the 2017 season, there are two main ways to qualify for the Championship: By finishing top two in MOCS Playoff Events (the traditional qualifiers that utilizes Qualifier Points (QP)), or winning in MOCS Open held right after each expansion's release.[7]

The traditional MOCS qualifiers has three stages:

  1. Earning Qualifier Points. Players earn points by playing in selected regular events such as Leagues. Or given on a monthly basis if a player is in Pro Players Club and/or Hall of Fame (15 QPs for Non-Hall of Famer Silver Pros and 35 QPs for the rest). QPs are not confined to a specific month, meaning that players can earn points over several months in order to play in a MOCS event.
  2. MOCS Monthly Event. These cost 35 QPs to enter, are held roughly twice every month (one Constructed and one Limited), and all players achieving a 6-2 or better record are invited to the MOCS Playoff Event.
  3. MOCS Playoff Event. An invitation-only event where only players qualified via the respective Monthly Events are invited. The top two players are invited to the Magic Online Championship as well as the next Pro Tour.

In 2017, two MOCS Open will be held right after each expansion's release. The format is Limited of the respective set, and winner of each MOCS Open is invited to the Magic Online Championship as well as the next Pro Tour. Unlike traditional Monthly Events, MOCS Opens do not require any QPs in order to participate.

Additionally, the previous year's Magic Online Championship winner is invited; the rest of the slots are awarded as "At-large slots" to the top players on the MOCS Yearly Leaderboard (the players with the most leaderboard points that year) until the Magic Online Championship has 24 players. Players invited via At-large slot will also receive invitation of Pro Tour following the MOCS event.

Format[edit | edit source]

The Magic Online Championship is a multi-day format featuring multiple different formats, which include, but are not limited to, Standard and at least one one Booster draft format.

For example, the 2015 Magic Online Championship (held in 2016) used the following schedule:

  • Day 1:
  • Day 2:
  • Day 3 (featuring the top four players after 14 rounds of Swiss play):
    • Semifinals and finals were played as best-of-three-matches (each being best-of-three-games) featuring three different formats (Legacy, Standard, Modern); the top seeded player would choose which format to play first, the other player chose which format to play in the second match, and the third match, if necessary, would be whichever format had not yet been played.

2016 Magic Online Championship's format was be similar to Pro Tour: It featured three rounds of Booster draft and four rounds of Standard on both days of Swiss, and Standard in the top four playoff.

Prizes[edit | edit source]

The prize payout is, as of 2016, $116,000, distributed as follows:

Place Payout
1 $25,000
2 $17,000
3–4 $9,000
5–8 $6,000
9–16 $4,000

Additionally, the winner earns Platinum status in the Pro Players Club as well as an invitation to the following World Championship and to the next year's Magic Online Championship.

Past Magic Online Championships[edit | edit source]

2009 Magic Online Championship[edit | edit source]

19–22 November 2009 in Rome, Italy.

Place Player Magic Online username Prize
1 Finland.png Anssi Myllymäki Anathik $13,000
2 Japan.png Shota Yasooka yaya3 $9,000
3 Slovakia.png Robert Jurkovic jurda $6,000
4 Uruguay.png Federico Rivero CharToYourFace $6,000

2010 Magic Online Championship[edit | edit source]

9–12 December 2010 in Chiba, Japan.

Place Player Magic Online username Prize
1 Brazil.png Carlos Romão Jabs $25,000
2 Japan.png Akira Asahara Archer. $17,000
3 United States.png Logan Nettles Jaberwocki $9,000
4 United States.png Brad Nelson FFfreaK $9,000

2011 Magic Online Championship[edit | edit source]

17–20 November 2011 in San Francisco, California, United States.

Place Player Magic Online username Prize
1 United States.png Reid Duke reiderrabbit $25,000
2 Germany.png Florian Pils flying man $17,000
3 United States.png Andrew Cuneo Gainsay $9,000
4 Canada.png David Caplan goobafish $9,000

2012 Magic Online Championship[edit | edit source]

22–23 March 2013 in Seattle, Washington, United States.

Place Player Magic Online username Prize
1 Russia.png Dmitriy Butakov Butakov $25,000
2 Denmark.png Malte Holm Malteko $17,000
3 Sweden.png Andreas Eklund Eken. $9,000
4 United States.png Sam Pardee Smdster $9,000

2013 Magic Online Championship[edit | edit source]

28–30 March 2014 in Seattle, Washington, United States.

Place Player Prize
1 Denmark.png Lars Dam $25,000
2 United States.png Cory Lack $17,000
3 Hungary.png Tamas Glied $9,000
4 Russia.png Dmitriy Butakov $9,000

2014 Magic Online Championship[edit | edit source]

15–17 May 2015 in Seattle, Washington, United States.

Place Player Prize
1 Sweden.png Magnus Lantto $25,000
2 Netherlands.png Jasper de Jong $17,000
3 Serbia.png Aleksa Telarov $9,000
4 Spain.png Antonio Del Moral León $9,000

2015 Magic Online Championship[edit | edit source]

13–15 May 2016 in Seattle, Washington, United States.

Place Player Prize
1 Netherlands.png Niels Noorlander $25,000
2 Russia.png Alexander Ivanov $17,000
3 Germany.png Jonathan Anghelescu $9,000
4 United States.png Gerry Thompson $9,000

2016 Magic Online Championship[edit | edit source]

3–5 March 2017 in Seattle, Washington, United States.[8]

Place Player Prize
1 United States.png Josh Utter-Leyton $25,000
2 Czech Republic.png Lukas Blohon $17,000
3 Japan.png Ryosuke Urase $9,000
4 Portugal.png Marcio Carvalho $9,000

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Gills, Mike (2009-03-10). Magic Online 2009 Championship Series. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2016-05-16.
  2. SHOTA YASOOKA. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2016-05-16.
  3. MAGIC ONLINE 2009 CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2016-05-16.
  4. David-Marshall, Brian (2010-11-19). Meet the December Twelve. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2016-05-16.
  5. 2012 MAGIC ONLINE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2016-05-16.
  6. BUTAKOV TRAMPLES HIS WAY PAST THE OPPOSITION!. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2016-05-16.
  7. 2017 MAGIC ONLINE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES. Retrieved on 2016-10-20.
  8. Event coverage