Magic: The Gathering is Getting a Pro League

Doris Richards
December 8, 2018

Wizards of the Coast has announced that it will launch a Magic: The Gathering esports program in 2019 called the Magic Pro League, with a $10 million prize pool spread across both digital and tabletop formats.

The League will give the top 32 players across the world streaming and gaming contracts.

Announced earlier tonight during the Game Awards, the 2019 Magic Esports season is created to appeal to fans of both the digital and tabletop versions of Magic, consisting of four digital and six tabletop tournaments called Mythic Championships. The players themselves have yet to be revealed, but will be soon via player profiles on the esport's official website.

Players will compete in seasonal weekly competitive match-ups on MTG Arena, and in Mythic-level tournaments in both MTG Arena and tabletop. The prize pools for those tournaments are getting a bump as well. Mythic Championships will feature MPL players battling against challengers from the Magic community.

Arena players can also receive an esports starter kit by entering the promo code "GameAwards". 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. More details on the event (including how to qualify) are coming in January 2019. Each of the Mythic tournaments will have a prize pool of $500,000.

Mythic Championships are the new flagship competitions for Magic: The Gathering Arena esports and tabletop Magic competitive play.

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