Magic: The Gathering Official Esports Announcement Trailer Released
Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast have released the official Esports trailer for Mythic Championships and the Magic Pro League for Magic Arena in 2019. The video called The World Will Know features Seattle-based rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot as well as other familiar faces in the Magic community like head designer Mark Rosewater and the creator of Magic himself, Richard Garfield.
Watch the video above.
Wizards of the Coast announced that there will be $10 million prize pool in 2019 across the tabletop and digital Magic. Elaine Chase revealed the details of The Magic Pro League: "The inaugural year of the MPL comprises 32 of Magic's top-ranked players from around the world who are each offered player and streamer contracts with a combined worth of $75,000. They'll be competing in seasonal weekly competitive match-ups on MTG Arena, and in Mythic-level tournaments in both MTG Arena and tabletop. We'll be doing player profiles of each of the 32 players in the 2019 MPL in the upcoming weeks so you can get to know the pros and follow their progress and prize winnings throughout the year.
The $1 million MTG Arena Mythic Invitational will take place in PAX East in Boston on March 28-31. More information about the event will be announced in January.
Wizards also announced that tabletop events formerly known as Pro Tours will be called Mythic Championships. Along with the changes, there's also an increased prize pool: each tabletop Mythic Championship in 2019 will award $500,000 in prizes.
"Players in the MPL will be ranked based on points earned via high finishes in the Mythic-level events," Chase explained. "Challenger players who do well in those events will also be ranked based on their finishes, keeping the MPL players on their toes and leaving room for newcomers to take their places at the top. We'll be releasing more details about the MPL seasons and rankings as we get ready to kick off the first season."
In addition to the announcement, it was announced that you can use the code "GameAwards" on Magic Arena to get your Esports Starter Kit, which includes 25 cards you can use in your decks. The cards include 1x Cleansing Nova 1x Ghalta, Primal Hunger 1x Risk Factor 1x Search for Azcanta 1x Vraska’s Contempt 4x Conclave Tribunal 4x The Eldest Reborn 4x Lava Coil 4x Merfolk Branchwalker 4x Sinister Sabotage.
It looks like Wizards of the Coast is investing millions into the world of Esports, showing us how serious they are with Magic Arena.
For more information, check out the official announcement website here. \