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'll be 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.
2019 roster[edit | edit source]
Invites were extended to the top 32 players in terms of Pro Points after the 2017–18 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.
Controversy[edit | edit source]
- Rei Sato was disqualified from Grand Prix Prague 2019. In a statement the following week, Wizards explained that due to MPL members being held to a higher standard, Sato's invitation to the Mythic Invitational event at PAX East was revoked.
- The introduction of the MPL was accompanied with cuts elsewhere. Criticism arose when Wizards during Grand Prix New Jersey (26-27 January 2019) stated that they would no longer provide round-by-round updates on Grand Prix events; in a later response to Hipsters of the Coast, Wizards clarified that this only applied to round-by-round text coverage, and that plans for video coverage was yet to be announced. Additional controversy sparked when it became known that Craig Gibson, Pro Tour photographer for 21 years, had been told that he was no longer needed at events.
References[edit | edit source]
- Elaine Chase. (December 6, 2018.) "The Next Chapter for Magic: Esports", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Wizards of the Coast. (February 20, 2019.) "How to Become The Next Magic Champion: Qualifying for Mythic Championships and Worlds", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- STATEMENT REGARDING REI SATO DISQUALIFICATION. Wizards of the Coast (2019-01-11). Retrieved on 2019-01-30.
- STATEMENT REGARDING REI SATO'S DISQUALIFICATION AND THE MPL. Wizards of the Coast (2019-01-18). Retrieved on 2019-01-30.
- Magic Pro Tour on Twitter (2019-01-27). Retrieved on 2019-01-30.
- Controversy Erupts Over Lack of Coverage for GP New Jersey. Hipsters of the Coast (2019-01-28). Retrieved on 2019-01-30.
- WotC Tells Their Longtime Photographer that Photography is No Longer Needed at Events. Reddit (2019-01-29). Retrieved on 2019-01-30.