Planeswalker Points is a worldwide system designed to reward you for playing Magic: The Gathering in DCI-sanctioned events (where an organizer schedules and reports the event to Wizards of the Coast). All sanctioned events, from casual-format sanctioned events to Worlds will carry points.
Unlike previous systems that rewarded only winning, Planeswalker Points is based on playing. Players earn points for every sanctioned event they join, and they earn even more for each victory. The larger the tournament, the more participation points players receive, no matter where they finish. Special events carry a point multiplier.
There are three major categories:
- Lifetime: The total points obtained over all time.
- Competitive: The total points obtained during the span of a Pro Tour season, excluding casual, Pro Tour, Worlds, and World Magic Cup events. It used to determine the number of byes granted to a player in Grand Prix and eligibility of invitation to Nationals and, formerly, World Magic Cup Qualifiers.
- Until November 2014, there was also a Seasonal Award subcategory, which almost exclusively determined Grand Prix byes only.
- Professional: The Pro Points obtained over the span of a Pro Tour season.
- At the start of the 2018–19 season, a subcategory, where inclusion is determined by calculating the Pro Points of the top 12 finishing players of the previous four Pro Tour cycles, was introduced accompanying the new Pro Players Club system.
Players can keep track of their Planeswalker Points progress on the Wizards of the Coast website planeswalkerpoints.com. At certain point totals, players level up in the program and improve their rank. The ranks go from Prodigy (levels 1–5) all the way up to Archmage (levels 46–50).
The points needed to advance to the next level are as follows:
|Task Mage||11–15||10 points|
Level 50 is currently the highest-possible level players can reach, sitting at 50,000 points total. Advancing to level 50 requires 7,000 additional points past level 49. Although there is a maximum level, there is no upper limit for obtainable points; for example, all-time leader Shuhei Nakamura has obtained more than 100,000 points in his lifetime.
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