Magic: The Gathering launching esports league with $10M prize pool

Magic the Gathering Arena’The brand new ‘MTG Arena’ game will help a new generation of players learn Magic the Gathering

Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast have unveiled Magic Esports, a new 2019 competitive program (with a $10 million prize pool) which introduces a restructured tournament format for online games Magic: The Gathering and Magic: The Gathering Arena.

The Magic Pro League will now offer $75,000 streaming and play contracts for "top-ranked" players, with weekly match-ups in Arena that lead to "Mythic Championship events".

Over 35 million people play Magic in 70 countries around the world, and they all have a shot at entering and winning in the new esports league. The traditional tabletop game and Arena will each have a $5 million prize pool, with a total of 10 tournaments that begin with the Mythic Championship being held at next year's PAX East. The players themselves have yet to be revealed, but will be soon via player profiles on the esport's official website.

"You'll be able to qualify for MTG Arena Mythic Championships by playing MTG Arena at home". Challengers from around the world can battle it out against those elite MPL members for their own chances at competitive card game glory.

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The esport's first major event of the new year, the Magic Invitational, comes at the end of March.

There isn't much in the way of detail about the Magic Pro League at this point, beyond the fact of its upcoming existence, but Wizards of the Coast said that information on how to take part will be revealed early next year.

Additionally, Magic says "a significant prize pool [has been] set aside to partner with independent organizers".

Magic: The Gathering Arena is Wizards of the Coast's answer to Blizzard Entertainment's Hearthstone.

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