New Enhancements to the Pro Players Club Starting August 2014

Posted in ARTICLES HOME on July 29, 2014

By Helene Bergeot

Hélène Bergeot started her career with Wizards of the Coast in France in December, 1995; afterwards, she spent a few years in the European headquarters based in Belgium and eventually relocated to the Renton office. She is currently the director of organized play and trade marketing.

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As Magic continues to grow, so do events. In order to address and better accommodate this growth, and based on feedback from the community, we are implementing changes to how players earn Professional Points (Pro Points) and earn Pro Tour invitations with a good finish at a Pro Tour. We've also made adjustments to current Grand Prix Pro Point "caps" and the Pro Players Club.

Earning Pro Points

Players will now earn Pro Points based on their match-point total at the end of an event at Grand Prix and Pro Tours, rather than based on their rank in the final standings. The Top 8 players of individual Grand Prix—Top 4 for Team Grand Prix—will still be awarded Pro Points based on final finish order.

For Grand Prix, Pro Points will be awarded based on the following scale:

Individual Grand Prix (for Top 8 players)

Top 8 Place

Pro Points

1

8

2

6

3–4

5

5–8

4

Individual Grand Prix (for all other players)

Match Points

Pro Points

39+

3

36–38

2

33–35

1

0–32

0

Team Grand Prix (for Top 4 teams)

Top 4 Place

Pro Points

1

6

2

5

3–4

4

Team Grand Prix (for all other teams)

Match Points

Pro Points

34+

4

33

3

30–32

1

0–29

0

For Pro Tours, Pro Points will be awarded as such:

Top 8 Place

Pro Points

1

30

2

26

3–4

22

5–8

18

Match Points

Pro Points (excludes players in the Top 8)

36+

15

35

12

34

11

33

10

32

8

31

7

30

6

28–29

4

0–27

3

The World Magic Cup and the World Championship's system for earning Pro Points will remain the same as before.

In addition, Pro Tour invitations and airfare awarded to players who do well at a Pro Tour—starting with Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir—will now be determined by match points as well. Any player who earns 33 match points will earn an invitation and airfare to the next Pro Tour.

GP Caps and Pro Levels

In order to adjust to a larger Grand Prix schedule, Pro Players Club and Player of the Year point totals will count a player's best 6 Grand Prix finishes. In addition, we have re-evaluated where the thresholds are for each Pro Club level.

Starting with 2014–2015 season, Pro Club thresholds will be set as follows:

Silver

20

No Changes

Gold

35

No Changes

Platinum

48

Previously 45

In addition, the Gold-level award has been adjusted. Instead of awarding $500 as an appearance fee, Gold-level Pro Players will receive paid airfare to each Pro Tour for the season. This will go into effect at Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir.

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