Earning Qualifier Points

LEAGUES AND QUEUES

The most common way players earn QPs is through Leagues and Queues. Performing well in these events will provide players with QPs that they can accumulate over the course of the season. Once a player has earned 40 or more QPs in the current season, they can use them to join an upcoming Premier Play event in that season.

Here is a list of QP earnings via Leagues and Queues:

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

For full prize breakdowns of Leagues and Queues, check out the Limited Events and Constructed Events pages.

For general guidance on how Leagues and Queues work, visit the Events & Formats section of our online Game Guide.

PRELIMINARIES

These 4-round scheduled events are designed for players who prefer a more traditional tournament style and want to earn their QPs in larger batches. Players who finish a Preliminary Event with 4 wins earn 40 QPs, enough to enter an upcoming Premier Event.

Preliminary Events are scattered across the week on a set schedule and include a variety of formats, including most major Constructed formats and the current set's sealed deck. The full schedule can be found below. Please note, however, that this schedule may be adjusted as needed. Updates will be communicated via the Weekly Announcements Blog at MTGO.com.

Start Times: As listed in the Preliminary Events Schedule
Format: As listed in the Preliminary Events Schedule
Product: A deck that matches the event's format
Location: The Constructed lobby that matches the format, or the Limited lobby under Premier Events
Entry: 30 Event Tickets or 300 Play Points
Size: 12–256 players
Play Style: Swiss pairings
Duration: 4 rounds
Prizes: Based on format

LIMITED PRELIMINARY

WINS PRIZES
4 600 Play Points and 40 Qualifier Points
3 300 Play Points and 20 Qualifier Points
2 150 Play Points and 10 Qualifier Points

CONSTRUCTED PRELIMINARY

WINS PRIZES
4 600 Play Points, 5 Treasure Chests, and 40 Qualifier Points
3 300 Play Points, 3 Treasure Chests, and 20 Qualifier Points
2 150 Play Points, 1 Treasure Chest, and 10 Qualifier Points

 

Preliminary and Challenge Schedule:

TIME (PT) MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
12:00 a.m. Pioneer Pauper Limited Modern Legacy Pioneer Vintage Challenge
1:00 a.m.           Limited  
2:00 a.m.         Limited    
3:00 a.m. Limited Modern Legacy Pioneer      
4:00 a.m.         Modern Legacy Challenge Modern Challenge
5:00 a.m.              
6:00 a.m.             Pioneer Challenge
7:00 a.m. Modern Pioneer Standard Pauper Legacy    
8:00 a.m.           Modern Challenge Legacy Challenge
9:00 a.m. Limited Limited          
10:00 a.m.         Limited Vintage Challenge Pauper Challenge
11:00 a.m. Legacy Pauper Pioneer Modern Vintage    
12:00 p.m.       Limited   Limited Limited
1:00 p.m.              
2:00 p.m.           Pioneer Challenge  
3:00 p.m. Modern Standard Modern Legacy Pioneer   Vintage
4:00 p.m.   Limited Limited Limited   Limited Limited
5:00 p.m.              
6:00 p.m. Limited       Limited    
7:00 p.m. Pioneer Legacy Vintage Standard Modern    
8:00 p.m.              
9:00 p.m. Vintage     Pioneer      
10:00 p.m.              
11:00 p.m.              

FORMAT CHALLENGES

Held exclusively on the weekends, Format Challenges are Swiss-style scheduled events that feature a Top 8 playoff and provide a big tournament feel. These are great places to practice for Qualifiers since the structures are similar with the added benefit of earning a good number of QPs if you do well.

Each format's Challenges happen the same time each weekend on the schedule below. Players who reach the Top 8 of each Challenge will earn QPs they can use to join future Premier Play events.

Challenges are divided into two prize structures based on the minimum number of players: Large Challenges require a minimum of 64 players, and Small Challenges need at least 32.

  • Modern and Legacy formats use the Large Event structure.
  • Pioneer, Standard, Vintage, and Pauper formats use the Small Event structure.

Start Times: As listed by format above
Format: Standard, Pioneer, Modern, Legacy, Vintage, or Pauper
Product: A deck that matches the event's format
Location: The Constructed lobby that matches the format
Entry: 30 Event Tickets or 300 Play Points
Size: 64–384 players (Large) or 32–212 players (Small)
Duration: Swiss rounds based on attendance, then cut to Top 8
Prizes: Based on event size

LARGE EVENTS (64-PLAYER MINIMUM)

FINISH PRIZES
1st 600 Play Points, 100 Treasure Chests, 40 Qualifier Points, and 1 regular set*
2nd 600 Play Points, 75 Treasure Chests, and 40 Qualifier Points
3rd–4th 450 Play Points, 50 Treasure Chests, and 20 Qualifier Points
5th–8th 450 Play Points, 25 Treasure Chests, 10 Qualifier Points
9th–16th 300 Play Points and 10 Treasure Chests
17th–32nd 300 Play Points and 5 Treasure Chests
33rd–64th 150 Play Points

*Set prizes contain one digital copy of each card in the main set of the most recent Standard-legal expansion.

SMALL EVENTS (32-PLAYER MINIMUM)

FINISH PRIZES
1st 600 Play Points, 100 Treasure Chests, 40 Qualifier Points, and 1 regular set*
2nd 600 Play Points, 75 Treasure Chests, and 40 Qualifier Points
3rd–4th 450 Play Points, 50 Treasure Chests, and 20 Qualifier Points
5th–8th 450 Play Points, 25 Treasure Chests, 10 Qualifier Points
9th–16th 300 Play Points and 10 Treasure Chests
17th–32nd 300 Play Points and 5 Treasure Chests

*Set prizes contain one digital copy of each card in the main set of the most recent Standard-legal expansion.

QUICK LINKS

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