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Autor:  Rozbity_Bezel [ Śro Paź 15, 2008 10:22 pm ]
Temat postu:  Build Notes For 10/15/08

* Added Shards of ALA cards to the client – On Sale Date 10/20
* Chosen cards are now once again noted on permanents that require a choice (Null Chamber, Pithing Needle, etc)
* Facedown cards in the removed from the game zone are no longer hidden.
* Import deck from text file now loads newest version of the card first
* Emoticons now work properly when chat window is vertical.
* Spinners on cards that are scrolled outside the duel viewing area no longer show through inappropriately.
* ME2 Avatars are now labeled correctly in settings scene
* Added another way to leave clans: Right-click on their name.
* Filename field now starts with focus when Save deck dialog is opened
* Using the mousewheel on the set dropdown on the collection scene now scrolls by the number of lines defined by the OS setting.
* Orcish Lumberjack can now sacrifice tapped forests
* Grim Poppet and Cauldron of Souls now interact properly
* Clash of Realities now triggers correctly
* Manta Ray can now be blocked by blue multicolored creatures
* Stuffy Doll + Guilty Conscience now interact correctly
* Barbed Sextant can no longer be abused to draw an arbitrary number of cards.
* Necropotence no longer reveals card art of RFG’d cards.

Autor:  Rozbity_Bezel [ Pią Paź 24, 2008 7:44 am ]
Temat postu:  Constructed Queue Update

For the duration of the Shards of Alara release events, there will be an 8-player Extended and ALA Block Constructed queue available in the 8-Player Constructed room. Just like the Standard queue, these tournament cost 6 tix to enter and pay out 5-3-2-2.

Have fun!

Autor:  Rozbity_Bezel [ Nie Paź 26, 2008 10:24 am ]
Temat postu:  ALA Championship Qualifiers Added This Weekend!

You asked for it, you wanted it, you got it! Four additional Shards of Alara Championship Qualifiers will be added to this weekend's schedule. The added tournaments will be at:

Saturday, October 25: 7:00pm PDT (0200 UTC Sunday)
Sunday, October 26: 7:00am PDT (1400 UTC), 1:00pm PDT (2000 UTC), 7:00pm PDT (0200 UTC Monday)

You can get full details of these events, and all the other awesome Shards of Alara release events, by clicking here.

Have fun!

Autor:  Rozbity_Bezel [ Nie Paź 26, 2008 10:25 am ]
Temat postu:  Shards of Alara Release - Issues & Status

We have disabled casual play replays for the weekend in order to reduce the likelyhood of our having problems during the busy release event period. Replays are just a peice of the puzzle at this point. They don't directly cause performance issues, but they can make existing issues worse.

Trading escrows have been very slow this weekend as the total system load on the database has increased. We regret the poor performance of trades, and will take a look at the way our digital object server's socket layer is prioritizing messages to see if we can make any short term configuration changes that will help. Long term we solve this problem by completing the oft mentioned collection server.

XP users: We have found that minimizing the client releases of a lot of memory usage by the client. If you have been playing for a number of hours and the client is using a lot of memory and slowing down, try just minimizing and then opening the client. We are looking into this issue, which seems to have to do with how our client interacts with .NET.

We are looking into the issue with clan requests. The controls on the clan names when users request clans are not working correctly. There was some recent work done to solve problems caused by clan invitations that targeted off line users. QA has done a pass on all the clan bugs and I will be determining what we can get fixed in the Tempest release.

Thanks for playing! We are looking forward to getting the new skins out with this week's build. They aren't perfect, but the new textures make everything much easier on the eyes, and text will be easier to read. Again my usual disclaimer that the reskin is not a major UI usability redesign. There is much more to come on the usability front.

Autor:  Rozbity_Bezel [ Wto Paź 28, 2008 12:46 pm ]
Temat postu:  Shards of Alara Release - Issues & Status

We are keeping replays disabled while we work on an issue with excessive memory usage in Game Server instances. This has reduced the number of games that a server can host (replays are game instances) before the game servers start to use virtual memory. Virtual memory usage could slow down gameplay considerably.

We will be spinning up some additional game servers Tuesday (Oct 28) and during the downtime Wednesday to keep gameplay as responsive as possible.

Hopefully we will be able to get replays enabled when the additional Game Servers are online.

Autor:  Rozbity_Bezel [ Wto Paź 28, 2008 8:51 pm ]
Temat postu:  Downtime for 10/29

The system will be down from 8:00 am PDT / 1500 UTC to 12:00pm PDT / 2100 UTC

The system will go into ‘No Pay’ at 5:00 am PDT / 1200 UTC.
Store and trades will shut off at approximately 7:45 am PDT / 1445 UTC.
This downtime is expected to last approximately 6 hours.

External Changelist in this build includes:

* Morph creatures that are returned to hand are now properly revealed.
* Profane Command now properly gives fear to all targets.
* Effects that cause you to win the game now function properly.
* If two Lichs’ Mirrors trigger at the same, the game no longer freezes.
* The interaction between Gather Specimens and Heat Shimmer now functions properly.
* The official UI reskin is now available.
* Match start operations have been optimized.
* Store checkouts have been optimized.

Autor:  Rozbity_Bezel [ Pią Paź 31, 2008 10:05 pm ]
Temat postu:  Magic Online Ports Change

Hey all,

With the introduction of additional game servers, there are additional ports you should have open for Magic Online. Please make sure your firewalls and security software are properly configured:

8001-8099 (this was 8001-8030)
Note: these are all TCP, not UDP.

Thanks and good gaming!

Autor:  Rozbity_Bezel [ Czw Lis 06, 2008 9:48 am ]
Temat postu:  ALA Champs Qualified List

Congratulations to the field of 356 that qualified for the Shards of Alars Release Event Championships! This tournament will begin at 8am PST (1600 UTC) Saturday, November 8. If you are qualified, please remember to go to the Premier Events room and join the tournament before it begins (simply being qualified is not enough).


Autor:  Rozbity_Bezel [ Pon Lis 10, 2008 11:20 pm ]
Temat postu:  Games in the Gulf Magic Online Championship

The full rules for this upcoming event has been posted here.

Autor:  Rozbity_Bezel [ Śro Lis 12, 2008 1:08 pm ]
Temat postu:  Downtime for 11/12/08

The system will be down from 8:00 am PDT / 1600 UTC to 1:00pm PDT / 2100 UTC

The system will go into ‘No Pay’ at 5:00 am PDT / 1300 UTC.
Store and trades will shut off at approximately 7:45 am PDT / 1545 UTC.
This downtime is expected to last approximately 5 hours.

There is not a build this week, just normal maintenance.

Autor:  Rozbity_Bezel [ Czw Lis 13, 2008 7:15 am ]
Temat postu:  Magic Online Update - 2D Avatars

Magic Online Update - 2D Shards of Alara Avatars

Many will have noted that the Shards of Alara avatar art is 2D. The new art may be viewed in the collection binder even if you haven’t yet added a Shards avatar to your collection. Select the Vanguard set in the collection binder set filter and set your owned filter to >= 0. Or just search on 'Mayael' if you wish.

Our Ux Manager Adriana thankfully came along and stopped me from getting all of the 3D avatars remade. We have a strong desire to resolve the quality issues. She correctly pointed out that WotC is pretty good at getting our hands on excellent 2D art. Thus, over the coming months, all of the 3D avatar models will be replaced with high quality 2D versions. Our upcoming set releases will have 2D avatar art from the beginning. We will be working through the existing avatars and replacing as many as we can have ready with each set release. Getting the avatar art recommissioned doesn't require any dev resources and won't interfere with our development efforts on leagues, the collection server, and the implementation of improved client usability.

Adriana is aware that we do have a requirement that the position of players at tables be represented, particularly in drafts. The Ux team will find a way to present that information to the users as part of the usability updates.

Autor:  Rozbity_Bezel [ Czw Lis 13, 2008 7:17 am ]
Temat postu:  RGD Sealed Deck I Qualified List

Congratulations to the following players, who are all qualified for the RGD Sealed Deck I, taking place November 15 at 9am PST (1700 UTC). Please remember to join the event before it begins. If you are on the list and cannot join the event, or if you are not on this list and believe you should be, please contact Customer Service.

Good luck to all players!

Autor:  Rozbity_Bezel [ Czw Lis 20, 2008 6:55 am ]
Temat postu:  Update - Replays

Casual play game replays were turned back on in the system at the end of the Shards of Alara release events. We have added more game servers to the system and made some progress on reducing the memory usage in the game servers. These actions should ensure that replays remain available even during future set releases.

Tournament replays for recent matches in Swiss events are active in our latest Tempest beta build and will be available when we deploy the Tempest build to production on December 3rd. Tempest goes on sale December 8.

To replay a tournament match, users will double click one of the matches for a round listed in the lower section of the Event Info scene. If there was more than one game in the match a dialog will pop listing each of the games. Selecting a game will start the replay.

We won't initially have replays available for matches from 8 man queues, as we currently don't list the matches in those rooms. Our designers are coming up with a way to show a single elim bracket for an event. This will give us a way for users to start a replay for a match in a single elimination tournament.

Autor:  Rozbity_Bezel [ Czw Lis 20, 2008 8:06 pm ]
Temat postu:  OLS Sealed Deck II - Qualification list

Congratulations to the 213 players qualified for the OLS Sealed Deck II tournament. Skirk Commando vs. Battering Craghorn, the eternal debate returns Saturday at 9am PST.

If your name is on this list and you cannot join the tournament, or if your name is not on this list and you think it should be, please contact Customer Service at and/or leave me a private message. Please try to do this as early as possible!! Although I will make every effort to be online that morning, the earlier you alert us to any issues, the more likely I can fix them quickly.

Good luck to all participants!


Autor:  Rozbity_Bezel [ Czw Lis 20, 2008 8:07 pm ]
Temat postu:  Tuesday Downtime next week on 11/25

The weekly downtime will take place on Tuesday instead of on Wednesday next week on November 25.

This is being done due to the upcoming US holiday and to allow us to enter the JVC deck build.

The JVC Magic Online deck will be available for sale after this downtime for $19.99.

The 3 OTJ QEs that were scheduled for before 1:00 PM PDT/ 2000UTC Tuesday the 25th will be rescheduled for later that day.

The system will be down from 8:00 am PDT / 1600 UTC to 1:00pm PDT / 2100 UTC

The system will go into ‘No Pay’ at 5:00 am PDT / 1300 UTC.
Store and trades will shut off at approximately 7:45 am PDT / 1545 UTC.
This downtime is expected to last approximately 5 hours.

Autor:  Rozbity_Bezel [ Pon Lis 24, 2008 11:32 pm ]
Temat postu:  Magic Online Holiday Thank You

Magic Online Holiday Thank You

As part of celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US we will be adding some additional events and prizes to our regular schedule as a thank you to you the players.

Nix Tix

Between 9 AM PDT Wednesday November 26 and 11:59PM PDT Sunday November 30 all drafts in the 8-player draft room will be Nix Tix events, meaning you only need to supply the boosters. Regular draft prizes will be awarded but no event tickets will be charged for these events!

Additional prizes on Daily Events

In addition, we will be adding one of the upcoming Jace vs. Chandra decks to the prize pool for all daily events held during this same period. The 1st place winner of each Daily Event (including the Game in the Gulf Prelim events) scheduled between 9 AM PDT Wednesday November 26 and 11:59PM PDT Sunday November 30 will win their own copy of the new Jace vs. Chandra deck in addition to the standard prizes for that event!

Wizards of the Coast thanks you for your support and wishes you and your family a happy and safe holiday season.

Autor:  Rozbity_Bezel [ Pon Lis 24, 2008 11:33 pm ]
Temat postu:  Updated CBSbot Alert, New Potential Threat

We have received reports that people running the CBSbot are seeing users appear with more credits than they should legitimately have. These users may believe that they have purchased the credits from Ebay or another site. We advise anyone running the CBSbot to review all transactions carefully. If you are running the CBSbot and have seen an unusual transaction, or have recently purchased credits for tickets on a bot from E-bay or another site, please contact us at ... faqid=1236

We have found other malware associated with the CBSbot and strongly caution against running this bot, as it can compromise your Magic Online account. Wizards of the Coast is not responsible for any loss or damage incurred as a result of running any third party programs or applications.

Autor:  Rozbity_Bezel [ Wto Lis 25, 2008 3:17 pm ]
Temat postu:  Magic Online 11/25 Legality Update

After the 11/25 downtime, cards in Jace vs. Chandra will be legal in Classic and formats whose legality is Classic-based. These cards are legal in other formats if they are printed in a set legal in that format.

There is also a new format -- Duel Decks -- which is convenient for playing any of the Duel Decks products (currently Elves vs. Goblins and Jace vs. Chandra) against one another in the casual rooms. For your convenience, when you select Duel Decks, the client will create a dropdown for you to choose one of the Duel Decks. While it's designed for the two decks in the same product to play each other, nothing prevents you from playing with, say, Elves, while your opponent is playing Chandra. You must have all the cards on the decklist in your collection to play a deck in this format.

Autor:  Rozbity_Bezel [ Wto Lis 25, 2008 3:17 pm ]
Temat postu:  Replays Disabled Until 11/25

The fine folks in development have informed me that a bug was discovered with casual game replays, so they have been disabled until after tomorrow's downtime. The bug has been fixed and will be a part of tomorrow's downtime. We currently plan on returning from downtime with replays available. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Autor:  Rozbity_Bezel [ Wto Lis 25, 2008 3:18 pm ]
Temat postu:  Build Notes for 11/25/08 B51 build

New Content

* V3 promotional set added
* Jace vs Chandra product added
* Added Duel Decks Format. This preconstructed deck format includes Elves, Goblins, Jace, and Chandra decks.

Duel scene Changes

* Coin flip animation no longer repeats when user hits F4 or F6
* Client will now show color, creature, and land type substitutions in game text of card.
* Big Card view now correctly shows tokens made by Momir/Stonehewer avatars
* F8 now respects abilities from Devoted Druid, Barrenton Medic, and Cinderhaze Wretch, etc
* Triggered ability window no longer covers Graveyard Ordering box when both appear at the same time
* Split cards will now render counters on the card (this can occur when a split card is targeted with Delay or Ertai's Meddling)
* Fixed a bug that caused permanents to temporarily disappear from the playfield in some cases
* Modal Spells on the stack now indicate mode
* Cards drawn with Necropotence no longer remain upside down in the RFG zone after they have been drawn

Rules Engine Changes

* Many clone bugs involving Vesuvan Doppelganger, Sakashima the Imposter, etc have been fixed
* Wall of Shards no longer hangs solitaire games
* Browbeat now deals damage when redirected to a planeswalker
* Clarified Chain of Plasma interface to use Cancel instead of Ok
* Glittering Wish can now fetch split cards in collection.
* Flagbearers have been update to function according to Oracle text. This corrects the interaction between storm and flagbearers
* Tokens from Spectral Procession no longer lose flying when Mirrorweave effect wears off
* Phytohydra text message corrected to read "replaced" instead of "prevented"
* Cards without echo that are turned into cards with echo by a copy effect no longer incorrectly require the controller to pay the echo cost.
* Chord of Calling and Trinisphere now interact correctly
* Game no longer hangs after discarding split cards with One With Nothing.
* Any legal magic card can be selected for cards such as Runed Halo. Previously only cards available online could be selected. Fixes interactions between Runed Halo and tokens that share a name with a card.
* Tattoo Ward and Concerted Effort now interact properly.
* Aura Barbs and Floating Shield now interact properly
* Concerted Effort and Empty-Shrine Kannushi now interact properly
* Necromancer's Magemark now triggers properly when it is put into the graveyard simultaneously with the creature it is attached to.
* Skullclamp and Oblivion Stone now interact properly
* Suspend now works properly when paying extra costs
* Fixed interaction between Cephalid Snitch, Spectral Shift, and Treetop Sentinel
* Skill Borrower with an empty library no longer causes the game to crash
* Tokens created by Sekki, Seasons' Guide now have their owner set properly
* Glamerdye and Whimwader now interact properly
* Fixed auras that are also creatures can't legally enchant anything
* Graveyard ordering code now handles split cards correctly
* Ooze Garden tokens now use the proper frame
* Fixed interaction between Vanish into Memory and Clone
* Lifelink no longer triggers for each creature and player dealt combat damage from a single source. It properly triggers once.
* Clone and Dawn of the Dead now interact properly
* Corrected Thundersong Trumpeter's ability prompt text
* Animate Dead and Vesuvan Doppelganger now interact properly
* Myojin of Life's Web, Tooth and Nail, and similar cards now properly put all creatures into play.
* Puppeteer Clique and body double now interact properly
* Necromancy can no longer be attached to any permanent
* Ambush Commander and Planar Guide now interact properly
* Panglacial Wurm can once again be played while searching your library
* Undoing no longer causes Kjeldoran Outpost and similar cards to disappear
* Verdeloth, the Ancient now works correctly with large X values
* ";-" is no longer displayed in modal spell text
* Morph creatures are now revealed to all opponents when they are returned to hand

Other Client Changes

* Reordered multiplayer formats in New Game dropdown menu
* "delete" context menu item in load-save dialog now functions properly
* Decks will be saved in a human-readable text format if they have a .txt extension
* Zoomed split cards are now oriented horizontally so they are easier to read
* Artifact lands now use proper frames
* Flip card text now displays properly
* Corrected typo on Mayael, the Anima Avatar
* Collection Scene loading sequence optimized for speed.
* Client no longer reserves space in the upper right of the card for mana cost on Future Sight
* Stats button removed in trade active window
* Client no longer crashes on login if collection filters are set to owned = 0
* Client now clears active trade info properly on logoff.
* Fixed a rounding error in the Power/Toughness box renderer that was causing the left part of the box to be detached by 1 pixel.

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