Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

'Magic: The Gathering' esports league launches with $10 million in prizes

$10 million Magic: The Gathering Arena esports league will kick off in 2019 'Magic: The Gathering' esports league launches with $10 million in prizes
Katie Ramirez | 08 December, 2018, 07:04

Tonight, Wizards of the Coast announced a new esports program that will encompass both the physical and digital versions of the game. "Our investment in esports will catapult the game to new heights while providing support to the players by giving them the platform to build their brand and bring Magic to a broader audience". The players themselves have yet to be revealed, but will be soon via player profiles on the esport's official website. These players will compete weekly in the digital Magic: The Gathering Arena tournaments and in the periodic tabletop Mythic-level tournaments, which were previously called Pro Tours.

The Mythic Championships can be anyone's time to shine. Mythic Championships will feature MPL players battling against challengers from the Magic community.

▲ Players looking to get started can redeem their own esports starter kit.

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There isn't much in the way of detail about the Magic Pro League at this point, beyond the fact of its upcoming existence, but Wizards of the Coast said that information on how to take part will be revealed early next year. The Magic: The Gathering Arena esports league will debut in March 2019 at PAX East, and at least one CCG luminary seems very interested in taking part: Former Hearthstone pro and streamer Janne "Savjz" Mikkonen. Each of the Mythic tournaments will have a prize pool of $500,000. The tabletop Grand Prix circuit, in particular, offers a $2.5 million prize pool, and other partner events (especially for MTG Arena) are coming in 2019.

Magic: The Gathering tournaments, whether they're informal competitions at local game shops or large, formal affairs, have been an institution for years.

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