WOTC announces new esports initiative for Magic: The Gathering Arena

    
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At tonight’s Game Awards ceremony, Wizards of the Coast announced that it will be expanding the Magic: The Gathering competitive scene with a new esports program that will include “a $10 million prize pool across digital and tabletop Magic.” Part of this new initiative is the establishment of the Magic Pro League (MPL), which “features 32 of the top ranked Magic players from around the world” who will be receiving “play and streaming contracts worth $75,000.”

The highlight of the announcement for digital card-slingers, though, is the introduction of Mythic Championships, which will be taking place both in the real world and in cyberspace on Magic: The Gathering Arena. These tournaments will pit MPL players against “challengers from the Magic community.” MTGA’s esports program will officially commence at PAX East 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts, with an invitational Mythic Championship sporting $1 million in prizes. If you think you’ve got what it takes to square off with the pros at the inaugural Mythic Championship, stay tuned: Wizards will be revealing how players can get a shot at competing “in early 2019.”

Source: Press Release

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flyingltj

I still do not care about esports.

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Armsbend

Then don’t think of it as esports. Think of this as the same Magic format tournament play they’ve been doing for over 20 years – but online where everyone can play.

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flyingltj

The author of the article clearly disagrees with you else he would not have tagged it esports. WOTC clearly disagrees with you else they would not have openly and directly associated it with esports. It’s clown shoes compared to where it once was my friend.

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Armsbend

For last nights award show they added a new code for some heavy hitting cards:

GAMEAWARDS

and old one for some free packs is:

PLAYRAVNICA

https://magic.wizards.com/en/promotions

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Giggilybits

Actually just redownloaded and finished the tutorial. What a fun game.

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Togashi Kokujin

Hey Armsbend,
just wanted to say “thanks” for the codes – I would have missed the GAMEAWARDS one otherwise, since it’s time-limited.

And btw, I fully agree – Arena is a nifty card game. It’s so much better than any other digital Magic offering that went before, it ain’t even funny.

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no problem I only found out about it because I looked at the arena subreddit now and again. the game seems to be a real, surprise (to me) hit which is great for magic – still the best tcg out there!

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Not a pro so this article will never apply to me – but for you readers out there – this is Magic’s best online offering I’ve ever played. Easily. It gives the rewards of a modern online TCG with standard magic. It is making me seriously consider trying Friday Night Magic again.

can’t say enough good things about this game.

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Giggilybits

Me neither but I wish they would fix the client for old Magic Online players as Ive invested a lot of money into cards over the years. I liked the version with the tables on the screen, simple and sweet.