2020-21 Magic Pro League
|2020-21 Magic Pro League|
With the cancellation of much of the 2020 Players Tour Season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only the first Players Tour was completed. Hence, the roster of the MPL was completely carried over to the 2020-21 season.
In this season, MPL players will play against each other in recurring tournaments — League Weekends — where each match win awards one point toward their league standings. Final league standings at the end of the season, after seven total League Weekends, will place players into the MPL Gauntlet to determine the new invitees to the following season's MPL and Rivals League. All competitors who continue to succeed in their events across the entire 2020-2021 season will receive the best opportunities for an invitation to the next World Championship.
There are three splits during the 2020-2021 season:
- Zendikar Rising Split features two League Weekends — one each planned for October and November.
- "Equestrian" Split will feature three League Weekends.
- "Fencing" Split will feature two League Weekends.
In total for all League Weekends, the 24 MPL players will compete in 84 matches — a maximum total of 84 points — across seven weekends. Across the first two splits, players will compete intraleague — MPL against MPL, in a double-round-robin play for 46 total matches. The third split will seed pools of eight or ten players each (as necessary for equal sized pools) based on league standings. Each Fencing Split League Weekend will reduce the players competing week over week, locking players into end of season placements and rewards. Each weekend results in the remaining top ranked MPL players by standings being invited to Magic World Championship XXVII, and the bottom three ranked MPL players being removed from the following League Weekend.
Three Split Championships each form the culmination of a Split, featuring a $250,000 prize pool with remote play on MTG Arena. On top of League Weekends, MPL and Rivals players will earn points toward their league standings from each split's Championship:
- Nine (9) wins earns 1 point toward league standings (the same as winning one match during a League Weekend).
- Ten (10) wins earns 2 point toward league standings.
- Eleven (11) wins earns 3 point toward league.
- Making Top 8 of a split's Championship earns four (4) points toward league standings.
For the MPL, standings at the end of the season determine the next steps for that player:
- The Top 4 MPL players are invited to the 2021–22 Magic Pro League and qualify for Magic World Championship XXVII.
- MPL players 5th through 12th will compete for MPL invitation (and face Rivals League relegation) in the MPL Gauntlet.
- MPL players 13th through 16th will compete for MPL invitation (and face Rivals League relegation) in the Rivals Gauntlet.
- MPL players 17th through 24th will be relegated to the Rivals League.
The 24 competitors are:
|Andrea Mengucci||Top 20 MPL 2019|
|Andrew Cuneo||Top 20 MPL 2019|
|Autumn Burchett||Top 20 MPL 2019|
|Brad Nelson||Top 20 MPL 2019|
|Brian Braun-Duin||Top 20 MPL 2019|
|Carlos Romão||Top 20 MPL 2019|
|Javier Dominguez||Top 20 MPL 2019|
|Jean-Emmanuel Depraz||Top 20 MPL 2019|
|Ken Yukuhiro||Top 20 MPL 2019|
|Lee Shi Tian||Top 20 MPL 2019|
|Márcio Carvalho||Top 20 MPL 2019|
|Martin Jůza||Top 20 MPL 2019|
|Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa||Top 20 MPL 2019|
|Piotr Glogowski||Top 20 MPL 2019|
|Rei Sato||Top 20 MPL 2019|
|Reid Duke||Top 20 MPL 2019|
|Seth Manfield||Top 20 MPL 2019|
|Shahar Shenhar||Top 20 MPL 2019|
|Shota Yasooka||Top 20 MPL 2019|
|William Jensen||Top 20 MPL 2019|
|Raphaël Lévy||Top 4 Challenger 2019|
|Ondřej Stráský||Top 4 Challenger 2019|
|Chris Kvartek||Top 4 Challenger 2019|
|Gabriel Nassif||Top 4 Challenger 2019|
- Wizards of the Coast (April 1, 2020). "Esports Update: MPL, Rivals, and Competitor 2020 Partial Season Changes". Magic.gg.
- Wizards of the Coast (July 14). "The 2020-2021 Magic Pro League Season Overview". Magic.gg.
- Ben Drago and Bear Watson (August 27, 2020). "Esports Update: Changes to 2020-2021 Magic Pro League Play". Magic.gg.
- Wizards of the Coast (September 23, 2020). "Announcing the 2020-2021 League Rosters". Magic.gg.