Next year’s Magic: The Gathering Esports competition has a cool $10 million up for grabs
Wizards of the Coast is going all in at next year's Magic Pro League.
Last week's Game Awards came and went like a flash; we knew it was going to be a big show but couldn't possibly predict just how big it would be. It was wall to wall trailers for never-seen-before games and other announcements, like a sneaky character reveal for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Amidst the madness, there might have been one announcement that flew under your radar and whether you're on OG physical Magic: The Gathering player or just getting into the well-received digital version, Magic: The Gathering Arena, it presents a huge opportunity for those who know their way around a deck.
Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast took the stage at The Game Awards to announce an all-new esports program for prospective Magic: The Gathering pros. The Magic Pro League (MPL) will kick off in 2019 and will have a tasty $10 million prize pool up for grabs.
That massive prize pool is split between the digital MTG Arena and the classic tabletop version with a $5 million prize pool dedicated to each league.
Players from the global MTG community will get the chance to go up against 35 top-ranked pro players from the MPL (who are offered streaming and play contracts worth $75,000). Throughout 2019, MTG Arena matchups with MPL pros will take place weekly, leading up to Mythic Championship events where players from the broader community will have the opportunity to challenge the pros.
The first of these Mythic Championship events will take place at PAX East 2019 (Boston) where players will have the chance to nab a $1 million cut from the massive prize pool.
It's an exciting opportunity for old-school MTG players and newcomers alike. The digital version of MTG has been well-received by the gargantuan community of tabletop players and there's no doubt many will be taking the skills they have honed in the physical space to the digital tabletop for a chance to compete with the pros.
More details on Mythic Championship schedules and competition structure will be revealed in 2019.