Introduced in 2019, Mythic Championships are a rebranded form of the Pro Tour. Along with the name change is an increased prize pool: each tabletop Mythic Championship in 2019 will award $500,000 in prizes, while the events on MTG Arena wil award $750,000 in prizes.
The name change came about after the introduction of a full Magic esports and competitive gaming program with the addition of MTG Arena and the Magic Pro League. It is meant to reinforce the idea that competitive Magic is now both digital and tabletop, and to make a clear distinction between the professional players in the Magic Pro League and the events that are open to the public. There will be a total of 10 Mythic Championship tournaments, plus other partner-run events, which will have a combined prize pool of $10 million. That money will be split equally between paper Magic and Magic Arena tournaments.
Magic Pro League
The 32 Magic Pro League players will compete in weekly matches on Magic Arena. These matches will lead into the Mythic Championships, where they will compete against other top players.
Challengers are players who are dedicated to competing at the highest levels, but not in the Magic Pro League. They can qualify for Mythic Championships through Mythic Championship Qualifier tournaments run by local WPN member stores, by a tournament organizer, at a MagicFest, on Magic Online, or on MTG Arena. As of 2020, Challengers are known as Rivals.
In May 2019, Wizards of the Coast announced that changes had been made to the selection process. No longer would players be selected for the pro league on the principle of merit alone. Instead, players would be selected with a greater emphasis on diversity to fill 16 discretionary invitations for Mythic Championships. This means that players who are considered minorities within the community may be selected for these 16 slots, regardless if another player of a larger demographic has more experience or merit. In addition, those players with “more engagement” are more likely to be selected as well. This means those that have a high Twitch or YouTube following or are considered popular are more preferable.
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- Elaine Chase (May 13, 2019). "MPL Adds Janne "Savjz" Mikkonen And Jessica Esthephan". Magic Esports.