Magic Esports 2019: $10 Million Up for Grabs

Posted in News on December 6, 2018

By Elaine Chase

Elaine Chase is the vice president, global brand strategy and marketing for Wizards of the Coast.

We've just made one of the biggest announcements in competitive gaming, with a $10 million prize pool in competitive Magic in 2019.

That's right: The 25-year-old card game is now a top competitive esports program. And these five additions gear it up to be a global success.

  1. Combining MTG Arena and Tabletop Magic

The PC-based digital card game MTG Arena will integrate into competitive Magic in 2019. There's a $10 million prize pool up for grabs in 2019 across digital and tabletop Magic. The new system provides lucrative opportunities for pros, players, sponsors, and esports partners.

  1. The Magic Pro League

The first year of the Magic Pro League brings together 32 of Magic's top-ranked players from around the world. This includes player and streamer contracts with a combined worth of $75,000. MPL players will compete in weekly competitive match-ups on MTG Arena and Mythic-level tournaments (more on that below).

  1. $1 Million Mythic Invitational

We're kicking off the Magic's new esports and competitive gaming program with a special $1 million MTG Arena Mythic Invitational event at PAX East in Boston on March 28–31. The Invitational showcases players in the new Magic Pro League battling against challengers from the Magic community. More info on how to snag one of the elusive spots coming in January!

  1. 2019 Mythic Championships

The rest of 2019 features a new series of Mythic Championships: high-drama events with major prize pools for both MTG Arena and tabletop. You'll be able to qualify for MTG Arena Mythic Championships by playing MTG Arena at home. Then test your skills against the stars in the Magic Pro League to claim your share of prizes and glory.

  1. Partner Tournament Events

We have a significant prize pool set aside to partner with independent organizers who want to host MTG Arena esports and tabletop competitive gaming events. The tabletop Grand Prix circuit held at MagicFests run by ChannelFireball Events offers a $2.5 million prize pool, along with dozens of events around the world in 2019. We look forward to announcing more partner events, especially esports events featuring MTG Arena.

How to Get Started

Start building your skills and your reputation by playing MTG Arena today.

To give your competitive collection a kick-start, we're offering a special limited-time code for an Esports Starter Kit that ups your competitive game. Simply download MTG Arena, navigate to the in-game store, and type in the code GameAwards.

Act now, because this code expires on December 16. Learn more at

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