2020 Players Tour Season
|2020 Players Tour Season|
|Player of the Year||undetermined|
|Rookie of the Year||undetermined|
|Pro Tours||2x3 series + 2 finals|
The 2020 Players Tour season is the twenty-fifth Players Tour season (formerly known as the Pro Tour).
Description[edit | edit source]
The Season started on January 10, 2020, with MagicFest Montréal, Canada and ends on July 24–26, 2020 with MagicFest San José, USA. Like the previous one, it is a transitional season. The short-lived Mythic Championships are split into the tabletop Players Tour continental series and the digital Mythic Invitationals, and the Players Tour Finals and Rivals League are introduced.
While the system originally was designed to arrange itself into the calendar year, this plan was reversed going forward, which resulted in a 17-month season for 2018-2019 alongside a partial 7-month season in 2020. This partial season will not hold a World Championship. The next World Championship will take place at the culmination of the 2020–2021 season.
The COVID-19 outbreak in January resulted in preventative measures taken in March. A large swath of the Grand Prix event schedule was canceled, and the Players Tour Finals Houston and the May Invitational also were canceled. By April, it was clear that further events were not safely feasible to hold, and Wizards wrote off the entire season as not salvageable. While some large events later in the year will be prospectively held, the events will not pay out points for League positions, current Rivals and MPL players will hold their positions, with some newer players taken from the first series.
Any events, including the scheduled Players Tour Finals Minneapolis (July 10-12) and Mythic Invitational Core Set 2021 (July 23-26), will not be played for Player Points or Mythic Points, and therefore would not impact MPL or Rivals invitation for next season.
Players Tours[edit | edit source]
- January 31-February 2, 2020: Players Tour Europe - Brussels, Belgium
- February 1–2, 2020: Players Tour Asia-Pacific - Nagoya, Japan
- February 7–9, 2020: Players Tour Americas - Phoenix, USA
- April 24–26, 2020: Players Tour Finals (Series 1) - Houston, USA (canceled)
Series 2[edit | edit source]
- May 1–3, 2020: Players Tour Europe - Copenhagen, Denmark
- Rescheduled: May 29–31 - Prague, Czech Republic (canceled)
- May 8-10, 2020: Players Tour Americas - Charlotte, USA
- Rescheduled: June 5–7, Seattle, USA (cancelled)
- May 9-10, 2020: Players Tour Asia-Pacific - Kitakyushu, Japan (canceled)
- July 10–12, 2020: Players Tour Finals (Series 2) - Minneapolis, USA
Mythic Invitationals[edit | edit source]
- May 14–17, 2020: Mythic Invitational – Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths (canceled)
- July 23–26, 2020: Mythic Invitational – Core 2021
Grand Prix[edit | edit source]
Feeding in the Players Tour Finals (Series 2)[edit | edit source]
- January 10–12, 2020: MagicFest Austin, USA (Modern)
- January 24–26, 2020: MagicFest New Jersey, USA (Limited)
- January 30-February 2, 2020: MagicFest Brussels, Belgium (Pioneer) and MagicFest Nagoya, Japan (Pioneer)
- February 6–9, 2020: MagicFest Phoenix, USA (Pioneer)
- February 28-Mar. 1, 2020: MagicFest Reno, USA (Limited)
- March 6–8, 2020: MagicFest Lyon, France (Standard)
- March 13–15, 2020: MagicFest Detroit, USA (Standard) (canceled)
- March 20–22, 2020: MagicFest São Paulo, Brazil (Modern) (canceled)
- March 27–29, 2020: MagicFest Louisville, USA (Pioneer) (canceled)
Feeding in the Players Tour Finals (Series 3)[edit | edit source]
- April 3–5, 2020: MagicFest Turin, Italy (Modern) (canceled)
- April 10–12, 2020: MagicFest Palm Beach, USA (Modern) (canceled)
- April 24–26, 2020: MagicFest Houston, USA (Limited) (canceled)
- April 30-May 3, 2020: MagicFest Copenhagen, Denmark (Limited) (canceled)
- May 7-10, 2020: MagicFest Charlotte, USA (Standard) (canceled)
- May 8-10, 2020: MagicFest Kitakyushu, Japan (Standard) (canceled)
- May 22–24, 2020: MagicFest Toronto, Canada (Modern) (canceled)
- May 29–31, 2020: MagicFest Prague, Czech Republic (Standard) (canceled)
- June 5–7, 2020: MagicFest Seattle, USA (Team Limited) (canceled)
- June 12–14, 2020: MagicFest Bilbao, Spain (Modern). Moved to Valencia (canceled)
- June 19–21, 2020: MagicFest Providence, USA (Pioneer) (canceled)
- July 10–12, 2020: MagicFest Minneapolis, USA (Limited)
- July 17–19, 2020: MagicFest Liverpool, UK (Limited)
- July 24–26, 2020: MagicFest San Jose, USA (Standard)
References[edit | edit source]
- Elaine Chase (August 14, 2019). "The Future of Magic Esports". Magic Esports.
- Wizards of the Coast (March 12, 2020). "Changes to Magic's Competitive Season and Event Schedule.". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Wizards of the Coast (April 1, 2020). "Esports Update: MPL, Rivals, and Competitor 2020 Partial Season Changes". Magic.gg.