2020-21 Rivals League

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2020-21 Rivals League
Date 2020-21
Location MTG Arena
Winner TBA
Previous Rivals League:
2020 Rivals League
Next Rivals League:
2021–22 Rivals League
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The 2020-21 Rivals League is the Rivals League played in the 2020–21 Players Tour Season. It is the second season to feature a Rivals League.

History[edit | edit source]

The 2020-21 Rivals League was originally planned to be the first Rivals League in a regular season.[1] At the start of the season, the it was planned to consist of 46 players as follows:

  • 1st–12th ranked digital players (not previously in the MPL)
  • 1st–12th ranked tabletop players (not previously in the MPL)
  • Bottom 12 players from the MPL Gauntlet
  • The bottom 4 players from the previous MPL season
  • 6 discretionary invites

However, 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 2020 Rivals league was to be retained, and sixteen players would be added.[2] Wizards of the Coast invited the top seven Mythic Points earning MTG Arena players who were not already a member of the MPL or Rivals League. From tabletop Magic, the top eight players in Player Point standings (not already a member of the MPL or Rivals League) were invited. While difficult circumstances allowed only one series of Players Tours events, they wanted to ensure those players who had tabletop success during the 2020 Partial Season were rewarded for their efforts.

In July 2020 it was announced that Rivals will play against each other in recurring tournaments — League Weekends — where each match win awards one point toward their league standings.[3] Final league standings at the end of the season, after seven total League Weekends, will place players into the Rivals 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 — MPL, Rivals League, and Challengers — will receive the best opportunities for an invitation to the next World Championship. [3]

Structure[edit | edit source]

Splits[edit | edit source]

There are three splits during the 2020–2021 season:[3]

  • Zendikar Rising Split features two League Weekends — one each planned for October and November.
  • Kaldheim Split will feature three League Weekends.
  • Strixhaven Split will feature three League Weekends.

In total for all League Weekends, the 48 Rivals League players will compete in 84 matches — a maximum total of 84 points — across seven weekends. Across the first two splits, players will compete intraleague in a complete single-round-robin play against every other competitor, for 47 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 Rivals League players by standings being invited to Magic World Championship XXVII, and the bottom seven ranked Rivals League players being removed from the following League Weekend.

Split Championships[edit | edit source]

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:[4]

  • 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 Challengers, the four highest-finishing Challenger players from each split's Championship will compete for potential invitation to the MPL or guaranteed invitation to the Rivals League through the Rivals Gauntlet.

Results[edit | edit source]

For the Rivals League, standings at the end of the season determine the next steps for that player:[3]

  • The Top 4 Rivals League players are invited to the 2021-22 Magic Pro League and qualify for Magic World Championship XXVII.
  • Rivals players 5th through 20th will compete for MPL invitation (and do not face relegation to Challenger) in the MPL Gauntlet.
  • Rivals players 21st through 32nd will battle fellow Rivals and Challengers for the last MPL invites (and do not face relegation to Challenger) in the Rivals Gauntlet.
  • Rivals players 33rd through 36th will retain Rivals League invitation for the 2021-2022 Rivals League.
  • Rivals players 37th through 48th will be relegated to Challengers for the following season.

Roster[edit | edit source]

For this season, the Rivals League roster features 48 players.[5] Besides all 32 players from the aborted previous season, these were the top eight Mythic Point earning players From MTG Arena who were not already a member of the MPL or Rivals League, and the top eight players in Player Points from tabletop Magic who were not already a member of the MPL or Rivals League. While originally there were fourteen new Rivals League slots available, there were ties between 7th and 8th place in both Tabletop (at 20 points)[2] and Arena (at 17 points)[6], so the invites were increased to sixteen. In October 2020, it became apparent that Eric Froehlich was no longer eligible to participate, because his wife had become a fulltime employee of Wizards of the Coast. He was replaced by Austin Bursavich.[7]

Nationality Name MTG Arena handle Qualification League Points
{BRA} Lucas Esper Berthoud BERTU Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{DEU} Kai Budde KAI Top 8 Arena Challenger 2019
{CZE} Stanislav Cifka STANCIFKA Top 8 Arena Challenger 2019
{FRA} Louis Deltour BENICIO Top 8 Tabletop Challenger 2019
{USA} Kenji Egashira NUMMY Top 8 Arena Challenger 2019
{AUS} Jessica Estephan JESSICA Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{DEU} Simon Görtzen SIMONGOERTZEN Top 8 Arena Challenger 2019
{DEU} Christian Hauck CHAUCKSTER Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{CAN} Alexander Hayne HAYNE Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{USA} Eli Kassis GENERALMYTHIC Top 8 Tabletop Challenger 2019
{POL} Grzegorz Kowalski URLICH Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{ARG} Matias Leveratto LEVUNGA Top 8 Arena Challenger 2019
{KOR} No Ah Ma MODIFIED USERNAME Top 8 Tabletop Challenger 2019
{FRA} Théo Moutier SWIFTH Top 8 Arena Challenger 2019
{USA} Matt Nass MATTHEWLNASS Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{USA} Gregory Orange CITR Top 8 Arena Challenger 2019
{ARG} Sebastian Pozzo SEBASTIANPOZZO Top 8 Tabletop Challenger 2019
{USA} John Rolf JROLFMTG Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{ARG} Luis Salvatto LUISSALVATTO Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{DEU} Thoralf Severin TOFFEL Top 8 Tabletop Challenger 2019
{USA} Mike Sigrist SIGGY Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{PRT} Miguel da Cruz Simões EDMVYRUS Top 8 Arena Challenger 2019
{USA} Matt Sperling SPERLING Top 8 Tabletop Challenger 2019
{USA} Ben Stark BENS_MTG Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{USA} Luis Scott-Vargas LSV Top 8 Tabletop Challenger 2019
{JPN} Yoshihiko Ikawa WANDERINGONES Discretionary Invitation 2019 (13th in challengers race)
{PRT} Bernardo Santos BERNARDOCSSA Discretionary Invitation 2019 (14th in challengers race)
{ESP} Beatriz Grancha ALIADESCHAIN Discretionary Invitation 2019 (20th at Mythic Championship VII)
{USA} Allison Warfield MEEBO Discretionary Invitation 2019 (14th at Mythic Championship VII)
{USA} Eli Loveman NEWPLAYER1 Discretionary Invitation 2019 (Mythic Championship II Winner)
{USA} Emma Handy EM_TEEGEE Discretionary Invitation 2019 (70th at Mythic Championship VI, SCG Commentator)
{USA} Corey Burkhart MAGICIAN15 Top 8 Tabletop Player Points 2020
{JPN} Kenta Harane JSP Top 8 Tabletop Player Points 2020
{JPN} Shintaro Ishimura RIZER Top 8 Tabletop Player Points 2020
{USA} Zachary Kiihne ZKIIHNE Top 8 Tabletop Player Points 2020
{SWE} Joel Larsson HEFFAKLUMPEN Top 8 Tabletop Player Points 2020
{JPN} Yuta Takahashi DAZAI Top 8 Tabletop Player Points 2020
{NLD} Brent Vos UNDUTCHABLE Top 8 Tabletop Player Points 2020
{USA} Jacob Wilson CZECHIAHONEY Top 8 Tabletop Player Points 2020
{FRA} Matthieu Avignon EMRAKUL Top 8 MTG Arena Mythic Points 2020
{JPN} Riku Kumagai KUMAZEMI Top 8 MTG Arena Mythic Points 2020
{USA} Chris Botelho CHRISB Top 8 MTG Arena Mythic Points 2020
{SVK} Ivan Floch LAW Top 8 MTG Arena Mythic Points 2020
{CZE} Jakub Toth FLASHJACK Top 8 MTG Arena Mythic Points 2020
{PRT} Frederico Bastos BAXTOX Top 8 MTG Arena Mythic Points 2020
{JPN} Ryuzo Fujie RYUZO Top 8 MTG Arena Mythic Points 2020
{ITA} Luca Magni LORDOFIRONFORGE Top 8 MTG Arena Mythic Points 2020
{USA} Austin Bursavich PERCALERT Discretionary Invitation 2020 (2020 Grand Finals Champion)

References[edit | edit source]