A Magic League is an ongoing tournament that plays out over the course of days or weeks rather than hours. Leagues have two main goals: reduce the amount of time it takes to play competitive Magic and allow players to play on their own schedules.
A seasonal league used to be organized by the DCI. The organisation was later transferred to individual shops.
Magic 2013 and further
This ongoing, five-week tournament was played in local game and hobby stores around the world, a month after each a new card set was released. This sealed deck tournament followed up on Game Day events and uses the Standard format.
Each participant should play three matches per week, for a total of fifteen over the course of the league. Players joining the league late could play extra matches to catch up to the current match cap of three times the current total of weeks of the league. Over the course of the league, players were able to add more boosters to their league deck. There were optional achievements that players could complete to earn a Planeswalker Points badge and achievement.
The first league was July / August 2012, in commemoration of the release of Magic 2013. Because League play wasn't making the returns on investment, and most stores would run leagues anyways, Magic 2014 marked the last physical League kit to be offered to stores. Starting with Theros, stores were able to download a digital asset kit, which didn't include special prizes anymore. However, for subsequent sets the promos apparently were available again.
The base prize for the Top 10 finishers in the league was an exclusive token card.
- Magic 2013: 1/1 Goblin 
- Return to Ravnica: 2/2 Knight with vigilance
- Gatecrash: 1/1 Soldier
- Dragon's Maze: 1/1 Bird
- Magic 2014: 1/1 Sliver
- Theros: 2/2 Soldier
- Born of the Gods: 1/1 Soldier
- Journey into Nyx: 2/3 Minotaur
- Magic 2015: 1/1 Squid with islandwalk
- Khans of Tarkir: 1/1 Warrior
- Fate Reforged: 1/1 Monk with prowess
The goal of the league is to foster league-style play with a low barrier to entry for newer players that can still be just as enjoyable for long-time fans of Limited. The start date is the Monday after the release of a new set.
The Magic League works as such:
- Players open three booster packs and use those boosters to build a 30-card deck.
- The league lasts four successive weeks.
- Match cards are used to track wins and losses.
- Every week, players add a booster pack to their pool, rebuilding as often as they like.
- Players can also add a booster after three losses, once per week.
- Matches consist of a single game. Each player gets one free mulligan at the start of the game.
- Players play against each other, earning Planeswalker Points.
- Players can join the Magic League at any time during the four-week period. In addition to their initial booster pool, they are allowed to purchase boosters for the weeks they missed.
|Kaladesh||1/1 Servo // 1/1 Thopter foil double-faced token|
|Aether Revolt||2/2 Gremlin // Energy counter foil double-faced token|
|Amonkhet||Reward for for 10+ games was a lazotep colored, pyramid-shaped die.|
|Hour of Devastation|
|Rivals of Ixalan||Evolving Wilds|
|Core Set 2019||Reliquary Tower|
|Guilds of Ravnica||Necrotic Wound|
|Ravnica Allegiance||Gate Colossus|
In Magic Online the Leagues room is where people can play matches against other players for prizes without affecting their Magic Online ratings. It is a good place to start for players who want to get used to competitive Magic play in a more casual environment.
Each Magic online league runs for a minimum of four weeks, though some leagues may run longer. Each week, participants can play up to five matches that count towards their league rating. Additional league matches played during that week count only towards players' tiebreaker points. Each match is best two out of three games, with a 90-minute time limit.
League may also refer to:
- In-game entities
- Player leagues
- Gateway to Core and League
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