Developers Wizards of the Coast announced their plans for Magic: The Gathering for the 2020 season and beyond. After only three major events into the 2019 Magic: The Gathering season, Wizards of the Coast are already making big plans going forward into 2020. It is their aim to push Magic Esports to the next level after a successful 2019 for both the digital and tabletop forms of the game.
Wizards of the Coast, developers of Magic: The Gathering have revealed their plans for the 2020/21 season for both the digital and tabletop versions of their game. Next year’s season will provide players of all levels a number of new opportunities to compete and access quality broadcasts/content. Their biggest aim going forward to develop a ‘clear path to pro’ for their most famous title, steps to be taken in this direction already being set in motion.
The MTG Arena for 2020 will be made up of three $750,000 events (three per season going forward). WOTC announced the introduction of a new Players Tour for Magic Tabletop, which will be a new regionalised tournament aiming to increase global play and provide more qualification opportunities for MTG fans and hopefuls.
According to Vice President of Esports at WOTC Elaine Chase, “We’re excited about Magic’s competitive future, with more opportunities for more players to reach the highest levels of competition in both tabletop Magic and MTG Arena, and creating awesome viewing experiences for fans to watch the best minds in Magic battle for glory.”
WOTG also announced the return of the Magic Pro League (MPL) for the 2020/21 season. This annual event will showcase the best of the best MTG players from all around the globe. The Rivals League confirmed they would be supporting the event in a new initiative designed to support up-and-coming talent fitting in with their new caveat ‘clear path to pro’.
The final Magic: The Gathering event of the season shall be the Magic World Championship. The event will mark the culmination of the competitive Magic season, and bring together all the top players from all platforms or leagues, across the world, to see who will be crowned the Magic Champion and take home the Magic World Championships title/crown.