Wizards of the Coast announced a new Magic Esports program. This is both an extension and a reorganization of the current pro scene "Magic: The Gathering" at this evening's "The Game Awards" show in Los Angeles. This means that a new challenger magically blends into the Esports arena, a market research firm worth $ 140 billion worth of Newzoo projects by the end of the year.
This announcement from Magic Esports integrates Magic tournaments with Arena, Wizards & # 39; 's new digital trading card game. They also bring a lot of other additions and changes. Wizards will launch the new Magic Pro League, along with a $ 1 million tournament ̵
This also gives Hearthstone a big challenger. Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft-based game dominates digital map switching, but Magic has a rich and popular pro scene, and these events have been streamed for years. It should cause a stir when it hits an esports scene, estimates of the market research firm Newzoo this year should contribute $ 900 million.
" This is the [prize money] we've dedicated to competitive magic in our history!" Said Wizards of the Coast President and CEO Chris Cocks in an e-mail interview. "The split is split between the MTG Arena and the Magic table top. … With this amount, we not only come out of the gate with a big prize pool for Arena, but essentially double the prizes and efforts on the tabletops of the past few years. "
The Magic Pro League
One component of this new esport push is the Magic Pro League, which will include 32 of the 32er games being the best-ranked players in the game. But in this league, talented players will not only compete against each other. They have contracts worth $ 75,000, making the MPL one of the few esport leagues to do so (the Overwatch League does). These contracts are 2019, though Cocks said that "we did not set any plans for the year 2020 in stone, but our intention is to strongly support our professional athletes and create a qualification system to allow new players and teams one Chance have chance to participate in the highest levels of the Magic Game.
The wizards of The Coast and Hasbro are paying for the contacts, Cocks said.
The news of player contracts could have a significant impact. Magic Pro Gerry Thompson resigned in protest in protest of the World Cup because Wizards of the Coast does not properly support the Pro Tour and its players. Some fans are worried about the status of Pro Magic.
The Pro League will be adjusted weekly, and players will use Arena's recently added Direct Challenge feature to fight each other. The idea is to make this esport company more like an established sport like football with a weekly cadence of matchups. These weeklies take place on Twitch.tv.
" It is these games that will not only benefit the pros when they get additional practices against potential competitors, this will [also] enable them to further expand their gaming experience with excited onlookers and build a fan base like professionals in other sports, "Cocks said.
The reorganization also launches new premier events for Pro: Magic: Mythic Championships. This mix of Magic and Arena consists of Magic Pro League players competing against challengers from the community. The first is a $ 1 million invitation at PAX East in Boston, a celebration of all things (whether it's a tabletop, video, pen-and-paper RPG, or other forms) that begins on March 28 and ends March 31 ends. And you do not even need magic paper cards to qualify for these mythical events.
"MTG Arena players have their own qualification system within the game and can qualify for Arena Mythic Championships without paper Magic cards," Cocks said. "More qualification information will be available in the coming months, but you can already get a feel for how it will work with the new rating system we are introducing [Arena] this month. Of course, if players choose, they can qualify for our Mythic Championships through our existing Grand Prix system. "
The idea that MPL players win community challengers brought the Food Network Think of" Beat Bobby Flay, "where the celebrity chef accepts qualified but often lesser-known challengers. It's not quite as Cocks said: " I think you'll find that our inspiration will be less Food Network and more ESPN.
" We'll post more details of our mythical championship system Over the next few months, Conceptually, we want to create a system where exciting competitive stories can be viewed and enjoyed and the best aspiring players feel they can have a shot at the big time. "
Cocks said Wizards" will have multiple paths for all kinds of players to qualify for the Mythics, "whether they're emerging community members, professionals from other games, well-known Digital personalities or Magic Hall-of-Famers – and compete with the best of the best that Magic has to offer. "