Magic: the Gathering, Esports 2020 Plan
Updated: Dec 17, 2019
The developers of Magic: The Gathering have announced their plans for the 2020-2021 season of both digital and TGC play.
The coming season will provide new ways for players to compete at every level. Part of this plan will include improvements to broadcast quality. The developers also plan to create a ‘clear path to pro’ that will be set in motion over the course of the season.
MTG Arena, the online game will be made up of $750,000 (£617,268.75) Mythic Invitational events, with three taking place per season. Magic TGC will introduce a new Players Tour, a new regionalised tournament that aims to increase global play and qualification opportunities.
Elaine Chase, Vice President of Esports at Wizards of the Coast discussed the changes in a release: “We’re excited about Magic’s competitive future, with more opportunities for more players to reach the highest levels of competition in both tabletop Magic and MTG Arena, and creating awesome viewing experiences for fans to watch the best minds in Magic battle for glory.”
The 2020–2021 season will also see the return of the Magic Pro League (MPL), giving the very best Magic players from around the world a chance to show their skill. The league will be supported by the Rivals League, a new initiative designed to support up-and-coming talent which was birthed by the ‘path to pro’ mindset.
Lastly, the Magic World Championshipwill act as the finale of the entire competitive season. Bringing together all the top players from every region to be crowned as best player in the world.