Earlier today, Wizards of the Coast announced how they're changing the competitive tabletop and digital (MTG Arena) structures for Magic: The Gathering next year, and in addition to revealing details about the Players Tour events, the Rivals League, and the Magic Arena Mythic Invitational, they also revealed that they're changing the Magic Pro League, a group of MTG pros offered contracts. The announcement revealed that the Magic Pro League for the 2020-2021 season will consist of 24 members instead of the current 32.
According to the announcement, players in the Magic Pro League will be able to earn up to $50,000 in appearance fees in addition to prizes earned at tournaments. All MPL players will also get invites to the Mythic Invitationals and all tabletop Players Tour events.
Currently, the 32 members of the 2019 Magic Pro League have contracts to stream Magic Arena but the 2020-2021 season will offer a different contract, according to the Magic Esports Twitter account.
When MTG pro Sam Black asked if the MPL players will have streaming contracts in addition to their appearance fees, the Magic Esports Twitter account confirmed that they will only have play contracts only.
In 2020 MPL will have play contracts only.— Magic Esports (@MagicEsports) August 14, 2019
The new contracts won't require MPL members to stream Magic Arena so it puts less pressure on them to stream but I hope that great players like Ben Stark and Ken Yukuhiro will continue to stream Magic Arena.
Do you think is for the best of Magic Pro League? It's good to know that Wizards of the Coast is making some clear changes for the upcoming season and it looks like this will improve Magic's competitive scene in a great way.