Magic Pro League
The Magic Pro League consists of 32 pro players from around the world who are offered contracts by Wizards of the Coast. They are competing in seasonal weekly competitive match-ups on MTG Arena, and in Mythic-level tournaments in both MTG Arena and paper Magic. These players are automatically qualified for each Mythic Championship, where they will compete against other top players, the challengers.
Invites were extended to the top 32 players in terms of Pro Points after the 2018–19 Pro Tour Season. However, two players declined to participate due to work conflict: Kelvin Chew (ranked 18th) and Andrew Baeckstrom (ranked 23rd). These invites were passed down to 33rd-ranked Rei Sato and 40th-ranked Lee Shi Tian, with Shi Tian taking Chew's slot to maintain representation in the region.
Before the start of the season, there were several controversies, causing changes in the original line up.
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 ends in December 2019, so in order to fill the gap between then and the beginning of the 2020-2021 season, the Magic Pro League will hold a shortened seven-month season.
In 2020 the Rivals League will be introduced, and the MPL will be 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. MPL players will also be invited to Mythic Invitationals and all Tabletop Players Tour events.
For the shortened 2020 season, the 24 players will be made up of the Top 20 members of the Magic Pro League at the end of the 2019 season and the Top 4 Challengers (non-Magic Pro League Mythic Points leaders). Because the 2020 partial season has fewer events, both MPL and Rivals players will make less than a full season. Members of the MPL can earn up to $35,000 in appearance fees, in addition to any prize money earned.
- The Top 16 MPL players from the previous MPL season.
- The Top 4 performers in the MPL Gauntlet
- The Top 2 Rivals from the previous season in Player Points
- The Top 2 Rivals from the previous season in Mythic Points
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