2020 Rivals League

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The 2020 Rivals League is the Rivals League played in the shortened 2020–21 Players Tour Season. It is the first season to feature a Rivals League.

History[edit | edit source]

Starting in August 2020, Magic: the Gathering’s Organized Play calendar will be moving away from seasons that follow the calendar year (the 2019 season) back to seasons that are split over multiple calendar years (the 2020-2021 season). But the 2019 season ended in December 2019, so in order to fill the gap between then and the beginning of the 2020-2021 season, the Magic Pro League holds a shortened seven-month season.[1][2] The MPL was reduced to a 24-player league with players able to earn up to $50,000 in appearance fees in addition to prizes earned at tournaments.[1]

At the same time the Rivals League was introduced, which essentially is a second division for the Esports. The Rivals League is a talent-development league that feeds the MPL. Rivals will make it into the MPL either through sustained success over the course of a season or through an new tournament called the MPL Gauntlet.

Because the 2020 partial season has fewer events, both MPL and Rivals players will make less than a full season. Rivals players can earn up to $15,000 in appearance fees, in addition to any prize money earned. Unlike the 2019 season, the 2020 Magic Pro League doesn’t have any kind of league play structure.[3] Instead, members of both the Magic Pro and Rivals Leagues will compete for their places in the 2020-21 season by earning Player Points at Players Tours and Mythic Points at Mythic Invitationals, Mythic Qualifier Weekends, and Mythic Point Challenges.

Roster[edit | edit source]

For the shortened 2020 season, the Rivals League roster features 32 players.[4] Participants were 2019's bottom twelve MPL players based on Mythic Points. The eight 2019 MTG Arena and eight tabletop highest ranked Challengers who were not invited to the MPL were also eligble. Their rankings were based on Mythic Points earned in the appropriate types of events. Four participants to the Rivals League were to invited at Wizards of the Coast's discretion. This became six invites when two qualified people declined to participate.

Nationality Name Qualification Players Points Mythic Points Points
{BRA} Lucas Esper Berthoud Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{DEU} Kai Budde Top 8 Arena Challenger
{CZE} Stanislav Cifka Top 8 Arena Challenger
{FRA} Louis Deltour Top 8 Tabletop Challenger
{USA} Kenji Egashira Top 8 Arena Challenger
{AUS} Jessica Estephan Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{USA} Eric Froehlich Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{DEU} Simon Görtzen Top 8 Arena Challenger
{DEU} Christian Hauck Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{CAN} Alexander Hayne Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{USA} Eli Kassis Top 8 Tabletop Challenger
{POL} Grzegorz Kowalski Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{ARG} Matias Leveratto Top 8 Arena Challenger
{KOR} No Ah Ma Top 8 Tabletop Challenger
{FIN} Janne Mikkonen Bottom 12 MPL 2019 (declined[5]) - - -
{FRA} Théo Moutier Top 8 Arena Challenger
{USA} Matt Nass Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{USA} Gregory Orange Top 8 Arena Challenger
{ARG} Sebastian Pozzo Top 8 Tabletop Challenger
{USA} John Rolf Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{ARG} Luis Salvatto Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{DEU} Thoralf Severin Top 8 Tabletop Challenger
{USA} Mike Sigrist Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{PRT} Miguel da Cruz Simões Top 8 Arena Challenger
{USA} Matt Sperling Top 8 Tabletop Challenger
{USA} Ben Stark Bottom 12 MPL 2019
{USA} Luis Scott-Vargas Top 8 Tabletop Challenger
{TWN} Peter Yeh Top 8 Tabletop Challenger (declined) - - -
{JPN} Yoshihiko Ikawa Discretionary Invitation

13th in challengers race

{PRT} Bernando Santos Discretionary Invitation

14th in challengers race

{ESP} Beatriz Grancha Discretionary Invitation

20th at Mythic Championship VII

{USA} Allison Warfield Discretionary Invitation

14th at Mythic Championship VII

{USA} Eli Lovemann Discretionary Invitation

Mythic Championship II Winner

{USA} Emma Handy Discretionary Invitation

70th at Mythic Championship VI

SCG Commentator

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