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Last week, Wizards of the Coast unveiled a new structure for competitive Magic: The Gathering, built around the MTG Pro Circuit. Players will be able to compete at regional qualifiers and championships in order to quality for the World Champs. Upcomer’s own Jason Krell has all the insights on the new format, and why Wizard’s shifted. Now, we’ve got you covered on all event details.
Magic: The Gathering Pro Circuit dates
The new Magic: The Gathering Premier Play System will kick off on July 2 this year. The Regional Championship Qualifiers are the first stop along the Pro Circuit.
ANZ Regional Qualifiers
The Australian and New Zealand Qualifiers are scheduled to take place starting July 2. Three seasons will be run to determine who progresses to the Pro Tour.
- July 2 to Sept. 5: Season 1 Qualifying
- Nov. 25-27: Season 1 Regional Final
- Oct. 1 to Dec. 18: Season 2 Qualifying
- Jan. 7, 2023 to April 2: Season 3 Qualifying
Regional Finals for Season 1 and 2 will be announced at a later date.
The ANZ Qualifiers are titled the “ANZ Super Series.” The series is open to all players aged 13 and over. Qualifying players from these seasons will face off in a Regional Championship. This Championship, titled “Super Series Final,” will determine the top 12 players who will progress to the Pro Circuit.
Players can compete by heading to their local Good Games store. Entry fees are determined by each Wizards Play Network store. This sign up process seems to be similar in all locations where the Pro Circuit tour is running. Check your local Wizards Play Network store in your country for details.
Pro Tour and World Championship
The dates for the Pro Tour and the World Championship are yet to be revealed. Wizards of the Coast announced the Pro Tours will take place three times a year. The world championship will feature around 130 players from around the world. The finals will be held in the United States. The date for the world championship has yet to be announced.
Prize money and cards
Magic: The Gathering’s new world championship tournament will feature a $1 million prize pool. Each regional Pro Tour will offer players a $500,000 prize pool. Not only will players have the opportunity to carve out their path to World Finals, they’ll also pick up some nice prize money along the way.
Prize money isn’t the only thing players will receive. All players who compete in regional tournaments will receive a promotional cards. The winners will take home an additional promotional card.
ANZ Super Series prizes
Prize money for the ANZ Super Series Final will feature a $15,000 prize pool. All players who compete in the Regional Championship qualifiers will receive a Lava Spike promotional card. Top finishers will also take home a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx promotional card.
All players who compete in the Super Series Finals will receive a Teferi, Hero of Dominaria promotional card.
Where to watch
Wizards of the Coast are yet to announce broadcast details for their Pro Circuit. We can however guess that the competition will be broadcast on the official Magic: The Gathering Twitch channel. Keep an eye on the channel, and the Magic: The Gathering Twitter channel for updates.
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