2022 Magic Online Premier Play Program

Whether you want to focus on a single format or dabble in a variety of event types, whether you want to qualify for a Championship event or the end-of-season Magic Online Champions Showcase—with its $70,000 prize pool and Championship invite, now more than ever you can play your way with the 2022 Magic Online Premier Play Program!

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Earning Qualifier Points & Leaderboard Points

Using Qualifier Points for MTGO Premier Play

General Event Rules & Legal Information

Customer Service for MTGO Premier Play

 

MTGO PREMIER PLAY SEASONS

The MTGO Premier Play Program splits the year into seasons of roughly seventeen weeks each. During each season, you'll earn Qualifier Points which can be used to join Qualifiers, Super Qualifiers, and Champions Showcase events, all of which provide a link to a specific Championship event on MTG Arena. At the end of the season, we'll reset the Qualifier Points in players' accounts and then start the next season.

Season 1 of the 2022 MTGO Premier Play Program begins Wednesday, December 15, 2021 following downtime and ends Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time (17:00 UTC).

When seasons coincide with a maintenance downtime, the season will end at the start of that maintenance and the new season will begin when the maintenance is over. For season transitions that happen without a maintenance downtime, the transition will take place at 10:00 a.m. Pacific.

 

WHAT ARE QUALIFIER POINTS & LEADERBOARD POINTS?

QUICK LINKS

Leagues & Queues
Preliminaries & Challenges – Weekly Schedule

During each Premier Play season, players will earn Qualifier Points (QPs) by performing well in various Magic Online events. The number of QPs earned will vary by event and finish as indicated by the various event types described below.

Players can use accumulated QPs to enter various Premier Play events over the course of the Premier Play Season as described in the Using Qualifier Points section below.

Here is the full list of ways to earn QPs:

EVENT ROUNDS RESULT QP
Draft League 3 3 Wins 2
Swiss Draft or Phantom Draft Queue 3 3 Wins 2
Single Elimination Draft Queue 3 1st Place 3
2nd Place 1
Competitive Sealed or Constructed Leagues 5 5 Wins 5
4 Wins 2
3 Wins 1
Preliminary Event 4 4 Wins 40
3 Wins 20
2 Wins 10
Format Challenge varies 1st Place 40
2nd Place 40
3rd–4th Place 20
5th–8th Place 10

Additionally, the Top 8 finishers of certain events that include playoff rounds will earn Leaderboard Points. At the end of the season, the Top 2 players on the Leaderboard score invitations to MTGO's top event—the Champions Showcase—plus a seat at an upcoming Championship event. Check out the MOCS Leaderboard section for full details.

 

THE MAGIC ONLINE CHAMPIONS SHOWCASE

Players looking to prove their mettle against the best players in Magic Online will want to use their QPs to enter Magic Online Champions Showcase (MOCS) events. MOCS is a set of linked tournaments designed to highlight the game's best players each season, culminating in the Champions Showcase and its prize pool of $70,000 and an invitation to an upcoming Championship on MTG Arena.

NOTE: Once a player wins an invitation to a Season's Showcase, that player is prohibited from competing in further MOCS events feeding that Showcase.

THE MOCS PATH

STEP 1 – Showcase Challenges & Last Chance Events
STEP 2 – Showcase Qualifiers
FINAL STEPS – Showcase Opens & MOCS Leaderboard
(This Page) DESTINATION – Champions Showcase Event

Champions Showcase Event

The signature event of each Season is the Magic Online Champions Showcase. This 8-player online event pits the top competitors of the season against each other for their share of a $70,000 prize pool and the title of Showcase Champion. In addition, the winner will earn an invite to an upcoming Championship on MTG Arena!

For Season 1, the competitors include:

  • The winner of each of the four Showcase Qualifiers
  • The winner of each of the two Showcase Opens
  • The two Leaderboard invitees

The date of the Showcase and the formats it will use will be announced at least one month before the event.

NOTE: Because Champions Showcase events are held online, players who have earned an invitation must be able to connect to the internet for the duration of the event, demonstrate their connectivity prior to the event, and verify they can stream matches for the coverage team. Players who cannot commit to or demonstrate these requirements may be disqualified and have their invitation transferred to another competitor.

The full prizes for each 2022 Champions Showcase are as follows:

FINISH PRIZES (USD) INVITATION
1st $20,000 Championship (MTG Arena)
2nd $15,000  
3rd–4th $7,500  
5th–8th $5,000  

 

PREMIER EVENT CALENDAR

Below is a schedule of upcoming premier events. As the year progresses, this schedule will be updated. These additions will also be announced in the weekly announcements.

This calendar can also be found here.

*indicates next-day start time UTC

DATE TIME (PT) TIME (UTC) EVENT FORMAT INVITATION
Friday, December 17, 2021 11:00 p.m. 7:00* Limited Super Qualifier VOW Sealed Neon Dynasty Championship (MTG Arena)
Sunday, December 19, 2021 1:00 a.m. 9:00 Modern Super Qualifier Modern Neon Dynasty Championship (MTG Arena)
Sunday, December 26, 2021 7:00 a.m. 15:00 Limited Super Qualifier VOW Sealed Neon Dynasty Championship (MTG Arena)
Sunday, January 2, 2022 11:00 a.m. 19:00 Pioneer Qualifier Pioneer Neon Dynasty Championship (MTG Arena)
Friday, January 7, 2022 2:00 p.m. 22:00 Limited Qualifier VOW Sealed Neon Dynasty Championship (MTG Arena)
Friday, January 14, 2022 2:00 p.m. 22:00 Pioneer Super Qualifier Pioneer Neon Dynasty Championship (MTG Arena)
Saturday, January 15, 2022 5:00 a.m. 13:00 Legacy Super Qualifier Legacy Neon Dynasty Championship (MTG Arena)
Saturday, January 15, 2022 3:00 p.m. 23:00 Modern Super Qualifier Modern Neon Dynasty Championship (MTG Arena)
Sunday, January 16, 2022 7:00 a.m. 15:00 Limited Super Qualifier VOW Sealed Neon Dynasty Championship (MTG Arena)
Saturday, January 22, 2022 8:00 a.m. 16:00 Modern Showcase Challenge Modern Modern Showcase Qualifier
Sunday, January 23, 2022 6:00 a.m. 14:00 Pioneer Showcase Challenge Pioneer Pioneer Showcase Qualifier
Friday, January 28, 2022 2:00 p.m. 22:00 Pauper Super Qualifier Pauper Neon Dynasty Championship (MTG Arena)
Saturday, January 29, 2022 10:00 a.m. 18:00 Vintage Showcase Challenge Vintage Vintage Showcase Qualifier
Sunday, January 30, 2022 8:00 a.m. 16:00 Legacy Showcase Challenge Legacy Legacy Showcase Qualifier
February–April 2022 Dates/Times TBD Additional Qualifiers & Super Qualifiers New Capenna Championship (MTG Arena)
Saturday, February 19, 2022 8:00 a.m. 16:00 Modern Showcase Challenge Modern Modern Showcase Qualifier
Sunday, February 20, 2022 6:00 a.m. 14:00 Pioneer Showcase Challenge Pioneer Pioneer Showcase Qualifier
Saturday, March 5, 2022 10:00 a.m. 18:00 Vintage Showcase Challenge Vintage Vintage Showcase Qualifier
Sunday, March 6, 2022 8:00 a.m. 16:00 Legacy Showcase Challenge Legacy Legacy Showcase Qualifier
Saturday, April 2, 2022 8:00 a.m. 15:00 Modern Showcase Challenge Modern Modern Showcase Qualifier
Sunday, April 3, 2022 6:00 a.m. 13:00 Pioneer Showcase Challenge Pioneer Pioneer Showcase Qualifier
Saturday, April 9, 2022 10:00 a.m. 17:00 Vintage Showcase Challenge Vintage Vintage Showcase Qualifier
Sunday, April 10, 2022 8:00 a.m. 15:00 Legacy Showcase Challenge Legacy Legacy Showcase Qualifier
April 10–13, 2022 See Prelim Schedule Showcase Last Chance Events Varies Format's Showcase Qualifier
Saturday, April 16, 2022 8:00 a.m. 15:00 Modern Showcase Qualifier Modern 2022 Season 1 Champions Showcase (MTGO)
and New Capenna Championship (MTG Arena)
Sunday, April 17, 2022 6:00 a.m. 13:00 Pioneer Showcase Qualifier Pioneer 2022 Season 1 Champions Showcase (MTGO)
and New Capenna Championship (MTG Arena)
Saturday, April 23, 2022 10:00 a.m. 17:00 Vintage Showcase Qualifier Vintage 2022 Season 1 Champions Showcase (MTGO)
and New Capenna Championship (MTG Arena)
Sunday, April 24, 2022 8:00 a.m. 15:00 Legacy Showcase Qualifier Legacy 2022 Season 1 Champions Showcase (MTGO)
and New Capenna Championship (MTG Arena)
Saturday, April 30, 2022 7:00 a.m. 14:00 Showcase Open TBD 2022 Season 1 Champions Showcase (MTGO)
and New Capenna Championship (MTG Arena)
Sunday, May 1, 2022 7:00 a.m. 14:00 Showcase Open TBD 2022 Season 1 Champions Showcase (MTGO)
and New Capenna Championship (MTG Arena)

 

GENERAL EVENT RULES

Scheduling and Structure

Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to add, remove, modify, reschedule, and/or delete any tournament for any reason, including without limitation, if in its sole judgment, that tournament's integrity has been compromised by an unforeseen technical issue and/or error in that tournament's administration.

Note that before, during, or after a season, Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to adjust, change, or remove the method or rate at which QPs are distributed. Any changes will be announced at least one week prior to the change on MTGO.com.

Entry and Invitations

For all events that require Qualifier Points or an invitation to enter: if a player believes they should be able to enter the event and cannot, it is their responsibility to contact Customer Service before the event begins (see the Connectivity and Other Event Problems section below). Once the event begins, players cannot be added to the event.

Players who earn Championship invitation or Magic Online Champions Showcase invitation from a Magic Online event will be contacted via the email account associated with their Magic Online account by a Wizards of the Coast representative within 72 hours of the qualifying event to verify account information and coordinate the invitation. If you plan on playing in the MTGO Premier Play Program, please ensure that your account information is correct.

Players who are already invited to a Championship fed by a Qualifier or Super Qualifier are eligible to compete in further events feeding that Championship. If a player would earn a redundant invitation to a Championship via a Magic Online event, that invitation will pass down as indicated in the Prizes section below.

For all Seasons, players who have already earned a Magic Online Champions Showcase Invitation are not eligible to participate in further qualification events for that Magic Online Premier Play Season's Champions Showcase.

 

Connectivity and Other Event Problems

Players who experience issues during a Premier Play event should contact Customer Service as quickly as possible. Customer Service can be contacted online via the Submit a Request form or on Twitter at @Wizards_Help. Some events include coverage by Digital Event Coordinators (DECs) who can be contacted by joining the #DEC chat channel inside the game client.

Wizards of the Coast is not responsible for the results of any disconnection or network problems experienced by players. Please refer to these guidelines for more information on stability and connection issues in MTGO Premier Play.

LEGAL INFORMATION

Magic Online Premier Play Eligibility

For these eligibility rules, Magic Online Premier Play is defined as any Magic Online tournament or event whose prize structure includes one or more invitations to a future Magic Championship event, Magic Online Champions Showcase event, or another tournament or event that is deemed to be part of the Magic Online Premier Play system.

All Magic Online players who meet the eligibility requirements set forth herein are eligible to compete in Magic Online Premier Play except (a) players who are otherwise ineligible to engage in tournament play pursuant to the Magic Online User Agreement and (b) employees and their immediate family members, or contractors of Wizards of the Coast LLC ("Wizards"), Hasbro, Inc. ("Hasbro"), or each of their respective subsidiaries or affiliates or their advertising or promotion agencies, or those who have been disqualified for other reasons (see below). This is a skill-based tournament based on a player's ability to defeat other players.

Players must be Magic Online account holders in good standing and in compliance with the Magic Online User Agreement in order to participate in Magic Online Premier Play. Players may be disqualified from Premier Play (including the Magic Online Champions Showcase and/or Championship events) if they are suspended from Magic Online for any reason, including without limitation, a violation of the Magic Online User Agreement.

To be eligible to participate in Magic Online Premier Play, the following requirements must be met:

  • Players must be at least 18 years of age to qualify for the Magic Online Champions Showcase, Magic: The Gathering Championships, or other related Premier Play. If a player under the age of 18 would earn prizes that include an invitation for one of these events, the invitation will pass down to the next eligible player as described in the Prizes section below.
  • Players must have internet access.
  • Players must have access to a personal computer.

Invitations to the Championship (including those awarded by participation in tournaments) are governed by the Magic: The Gathering Premier Event Invitation Policy.

For all Seasons, players who have already earned a Magic Online Champions Showcase Invitation are not eligible to participate in further qualification events for that Magic Online Premier Play Season's Champions Showcase.

Because the Magic Online Champions Showcase event is held online, players who have earned an invitation must be able to connect to the internet for the duration of the event, demonstrate their connectivity prior to the event, and verify they can stream matches for the coverage team. Players who cannot commit to or demonstrate these requirements may be disqualified and have their invitation passed down to another competitor as indicated in the Prizes section below.

Players who compete in Qualifiers or Magic Online Premier Play events in violation of these rules will be subject to appropriate penalties, up to and including suspension.

Although players may have multiple accounts qualified for a Magic Online Champions Showcase or Championship event, players are not permitted to have more than one of their accounts entered in any single event at one time. Players are not permitted to have any accounts entered in events played by other players for any reason. If a player is discovered to have more than one account playing in a Magic Online Champions Showcase event, Qualifier/Super Qualifier, or Championship event before, during, or after the event, Wizards may take action against that player's account(s), up to and including disqualification with no refund of product and/or event tickets, suspension of the offending account(s), and/or termination of the offending account(s). Using an account other than your own, allowing any other player to use your account, selling your account, and other similar actions are all violations of the Magic Online User Agreement. If you play in Magic Online tournaments, win, and expect to get your prize, be very, very sure you are playing on your own account. We do not recognize excuses, such as "I and a friend jointly own the account," "It's my brother's account but he gave it to me," or similar. The only exception is an adult may authorize a single dependent child age thirteen to eighteen to play on an account that the adult has established.

Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to reschedule and/or restart tournaments, matches, extend timers and/or games as needed. Such decisions will be announced on the Magic Online website, via @MagicOnline on Twitter, and/or within the Magic Online client as needed.

Prizes

All prizes are awarded "AS IS" and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied, (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). This is a game of skill and, therefore, there are no odds of winning as is the case with a game of chance. All applicable taxes, fees, duties, tariffs, passport or visa costs, and any license, destination, entry, exit and/or delivery charges are the sole responsibility of each player, and players acknowledge Wizards' recommendation that they consult a tax advisor in their jurisdiction for questions regarding their tax liabilities.

If a player wins that is later deemed ineligible to earn prizes in sanctioned tournaments (such as he or she is suspended under the age of eighteen and/or a paid contractor) or if a player would receive a redundant invitation due to being already qualified (via an MTG Arena event or previous Magic Online event), then any invitations earned (Magic Online Champions Showcase, Championship event, or otherwise) will pass down to the player with the next best finish in that event. The final Swiss standings of the tournament will determine the difference between third and fourth place and the difference between fifth through eighth place, should that be necessary.

In either of the above cases, the booster pack prizes will not pass down to the next player.

Wizards of the Coast may modify, suspend, and/or cancel an event, substitute prizes, or change the costs and/or schedule for an event without notice, at its sole discretion.

Event Integrity

If, in the sole judgment of Wizards of the Coast and its representatives, a system error, tournament or rules bug, or other issue has significantly compromised the integrity of the event, Wizards of the Coast retains the right to modify the tournament structure as needed to maintain as fair and competitive an experience as possible for all players.

Occasionally while playing Magic Online, Wizards of the Coast staff (marked by a Wizards of the Coast logo beside their online name) may ask players for their name and/or contact information. Failure to provide accurate information may result in significant penalties, up to and including disqualification with no refund of product and/or event tickets, suspension of the offending account(s), and/or termination of the offending account(s).

Do not give out your information to anyone who is not Wizards of the Coast Staff. Wizards of the Coast staff members will never ask for your password.

Legal Information

Release: By entering (or consenting to the entry of a person under the age of eighteen) a Magic Online Premier Play season, each participant (or the participant's parent or legal guardian, if the participant is under the age of eighteen) and the winner (or the winner's parent or legal guardian, if the winner is under the age of eighteen) thereby release Wizards, Hasbro, and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agencies from any liability whatsoever and waive any and all causes of action related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with Magic Online Premier Play or delivery, misdelivery, acceptance, possession, or use of or inability to use any prize (including, without limitation to, claims, costs, injuries, losses, and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty, or other theory. Except where prohibited, you agree that any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved under the laws of the State of Washington, without respect to any conflict of law issues, and participants agree that such shall be resolved properly, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the US Federal and State Courts of King County, Washington, USA. All of Sponsor's decisions regarding the application and interpretation of the Rules are final.

Disclaimer of Liability; Certain Risks

Sponsors, and any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, professional advisors, employees and agencies will not be responsible for: (a) any late, lost, misrouted, garbled, distorted, or damaged transmissions or entries; (b) telephone, electronic, hardware, software, network, Internet, or other computer- or communications-related malfunctions or failures; (c) any event disruptions, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of Sponsors; or (d) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with Magic Online Premier Play.

Participation in Magic Online Premier Play is void where restricted, taxed or prohibited by law.

Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to add, remove, modify, reschedule, and/or delete any tournament for any reason, including without limitation, if in its sole judgment that tournament's integrity has been compromised by an unforeseen technical issue and/or error in that tournament's administration.

The winners of any Magic Online Premier Play events may be posted on wizards.com.