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2020–21 Players Tour Season

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2020–21 Players Tour Season
Player of the Year undetermined
Rookie of the Year undetermined
PT's 3x3 series + 3 finals
Grand Prix undetermined
Previous season:
2020
Next season:
2021-22

The 2020–21 Players Tour season is the twenty-sixth Players Tour season (formerly know as the Pro Tour).

Description[edit | edit source]

This season was to be the first regular season of the revamped Players Tour after the 2020 partial season. However, the COVID-19 pandemic caused cancellations and rescheduling.[1] The season was supposed to start on August 7–9, 2020 with MagicFest Colombus, USA and to culminate in the 2021 World Championship.[2]

Structure[edit | edit source]

Due to the Coronovirus induced rescheduling, the start of the season was postponed to the fall of 2020. It was also announced that Wizards of the Coast would shift its focus to shorter length seasons with a structure that provides more flexibility so that they can quickly pivot and adapt in the current global landscape.[1][3]

While the global pandemic at the start of the season closed off traditional pathways for competitive tabletop Magic, Wizards of the Coast structured it to allow the flexibility to add tabletop opportunities. Only as it becomes safe to do so, they will begin to add qualification paths starting with local game stores and building over time to larger regional events.[4]

Qualification[edit | edit source]

Ranked Seasons are monthly periods for Ranked Play on MTG Arena. You can choose from several competitive Ranked Play formats to advance in rank, and finishing in the top 1,200 Mythic ranked players — the highest ranked players — for a Ranked Season unlocks invitation to a future qualifying event. Challengers are non-league players rising through the pathways of Magic Esports. Challengers earn qualification to rising levels of competition, beginning with Ranked Seasons on MTG Arena and leading all the way to invitation the MPL or Rivals League.[4]

In addition to monthly Ranked Play on MTG Arena, qualification opportunities are offered through previous competitive success, Magic Online Qualifiers, and sponsored events (e.g. the Premier Series, Red Bull Untapped). Qualification is also possible the Arena Open or through Players Tour Online events.

Qualifier Weekend[edit | edit source]

Monthly Ranked Play on MTG Arena earns invitation to monthly Qualifier Weekends. Each monthly Qualifier Weekend is a two-day event in MTG Arena, using a best-of-three Constructed format for both days. Top-finishing players from each Qualifier Weekend are invited to the relevant Split Championship.[4]

Esports[edit | edit source]

In this season, MPL and Rivals League players will play against other players within their leagues in recurring tournaments — League Weekends — where each match win awards one point toward their league standings.[5] Final league standings at the end of the season, after seven total League Weekends, will place players into postseason tournaments — the MPL Gauntlet and Rivals Gauntlet — to determine the new invitees to the following season's MPL and Rivals League. The four highest-finishing Challengers — non-league players — of each split's Championship will qualify for the postseason Rivals Gauntlet for the opportunity to join the MPL or Rivals League. All competitors — MPL, Rivals League, and Challengers — who continue to succeed in their events across the entire 2020-2021 season will receive the best opportunities for league promotion and invitation to the next World Championship.

Splits[edit | edit source]

The 2020-2021 Magic Esports season is composed of three splits, which are several months of competitive play tied to an upcoming set release.[4] Each split is a three-step qualification progression leading all the way to that split's Championship. The three splits are:[5]

In total for all League Weekends, MPL and Rivals League players will compete in 84 matches — a maximum total of 84 points — across seven weekends. No other tournaments, including each split's Championship, award points for league standings.

Zendikar Rising Split[edit | edit source]

  • Zendikar Rising Split features two League Weekends — one each planned for October and November. The Zendikar Rising Split of competitive play was announced to be a Swiss-style, best-of-three championship.[6]

"Equestrian" Split[edit | edit source]

  • "Equestrian" Split will feature three League Weekends.

"Fencing" Split[edit | edit source]

  • "Fencing" Split will feature three League Weekends.

Split Championships[edit | edit source]

The three Split Championships each form the culmination of a Split, featuring a $250,000 prize pool with remote play on MTG Arena.

Players Tours[edit | edit source]

For the foreseeable future, there are no large tabletop events planned. Players Tour Online events are expected to be announced in the future.

Series 3[edit | edit source]

  • October 9-11, 2020: Players Tour Americas - Washington DC, USA (canceled[1])
  • October 16–18, 2020: Players Tour Europe - Barcelona, Spain (canceled)
  • October 17–18, 2020: Players Tour Asia-Pacific: Sydney, Australia (canceled)
  • Players Tour Finals (Series 3) (canceled)

Series 4[edit | edit source]

TBA

Series 5[edit | edit source]

TBA

Mythic Invitationals[edit | edit source]

  • October 22–25, 2020: Mythic Invitational – Zendikar Rising (canceled[1])

Grand Prix[edit | edit source]

As a consequence of the Coronavirus pandemic all Grand Prix of the 2020 Players Tour Season were cancelled and MagicFest Online was created.[7] It is unclear if and how tabletop Grand Prix will return.

Feeding in the Players Tour Finals (Series 4)[edit | edit source]

  • July 31 -August 2, 2020: MagicFest Strasbourg, France (Pioneer) (canceled)
  • August 7–9, 2020: MagicFest Columbus, USA (Modern) (canceled)
  • August 14–16, 2020: MagicFest Kobe, Japan (canceled)
  • August 21–23, 2020: MagicFest Bologna, Italy (canceled)
  • August 27–30, 2020: MagicFest Las Vegas, USA (canceled)
  • September 11–13, 2020: MagicFest Montreal, Canada (canceled)
  • October 8-11, 2020: MagicFest Washington DC, USA (canceled)
  • October 15–18, 2020: MagicFest Barcelona, Spain (canceled)
  • October 16–18, 2020: MagicFest Sydney, Australia (canceled)
  • October 23–25, 2020: MagicFest Milwaukee, USA (canceled)
  • October 30-Nov. 1, 2020: MagicFest Budapest, Hungary (canceled)
  • November 6–8, 2020: MagicFest Anaheim, USA (canceled)
  • November 13–15, 2020: MagicFest Utrecht, Netherlands (canceled)
  • November 20–22, 2020: MagicFest Memphis, USA (canceled)

Feeding in the Players Tour Finals (Series 5)[edit | edit source]

  • November 27–29, 2020: MagicFest Nagoya, Japan (canceled)
  • December 4–6, 2020: MagicFest Hartford, USA (canceled)
  • December 11–13, 2020: MagicFest London, UK (canceled)
  • December 18–20, 2020: MagicFest Portland, USA (canceled)

References[edit | edit source]