Wizards of the Coast finally revealed the discretionary invites for the Magic: The Gathering Rivals League, a new talent-development league consisting of 32 players as part of its improved path in esports. The bottom 12 members of the Magic Pro League were moved down to Rivals and the top tabletop and digital players from the 2019 season were added.
Wizards also awarded four discretionary invites to the Rivals League. You can check out the 32 Rivals League MTG players for the 2020 partial season, organized based on how they earned their spots, as shared by a Redditor user:
Passed down from MPL to Rivals League
Awarded Rivals seat based on digital point rankings
Awarded Rivals seat based on tabletop point rankings
Discretionary invites to Rivals League
That's a stacked Rivals League! I'm rooting for Stansilav Cifka to get the top spot, and I hope he makes it to the Magic Pro League next year.
Janne "Savjz" Mikkonen and Peter Yeh were originally invited into this year's MTG Rivals League, but they declined their invitations. Savjz recently said that he wanted to focus solely on creating content for his streaming channels.
As last years MPL player, I was invited to play in the Magic Rivals league this year. If I competed, I would want to give it my 100%.— Savjz (@Savjz) January 5, 2020
However, you guys know how incredibly much my stream means to me, and in order to fully focus on content creation, I have decided to decline 2/3
The next two top-ranked tabletop point players, Bernado Santos and Yoshihiko Ikawa, were added to the league to replace their spots.