The Leek.Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast announce huge esports investment for 2019
Just today, at the Games Awards, Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast unveiled exciting futures for Magic: The Gathering fans and players. Millions of online viewers tuned in for the Awards and saw the big announcement — a huge investment into Magic esports.
The year 2019 brings a newly restructured Magic esports program. The competitive program is for Magic: The Gathering and Magic: The Gathering Arena. Not only are we seeing a complete restructure, but a huge investment of money backs these tournaments — $10 million to be exact.
Magic esports encompasses both Magic games — Magic: The Gathering Arena and tabletop Magic. The new program is designed to appeal to Magic‘s 20 million players around the globe. The pool of money will be divided among all Magic esports tournaments. A total of 10 tournaments are played each year. These are called Mythic Championships along with other partner-run events. The 10 million will be split equally between Magic Arena and tabletop Magic.
The esports program will kick off at PAX East in Boston next year. The tournament will be a hefty $1 million invitational. This Mythic Championship will be the first $1 million tournament held at PAX East for 2019.
Chris Cocks, the President of Wizards of the Coast, commented on the importance of Magic esports and its commitment to esports:
Today is an extremely important day for Magic: The Gathering as we announce our commitment to esports and our Magic players by introducing a new tournament structure with a $10 Million prize pool. We have worked diligently to create a program that will establish Magic as a major player in esports, particularly with Magic: The Gathering Arena in the collectable card game category.
Magic Pro League
The restructure of Magic esports also ushers in the launch of the Magic Pro League. This league will feature the 32 top ranked Magic players. These players are automatically qualified for each Mythic Championship. Each player will receive a competitive pro contract and a shot at the $10 million prize pool over the course of the year.
This program was designed to support players and push the game to new heights. The Vice President of Esports at Wizards of the Coast, Elaine Chase, is excited to bring the game to a broader audience:
The past 25 years of Magic competition has led us to design this comprehensive esports program that would support Magic: The Gathering Arena, while increasing our investment in tabletop Magic. Magic Esports will catapult the game to new heights while providing support to the players by giving them the platform to build their brand and bring Magic to a broader audience.
Wizards of the Coast
The organization that brings people together through Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons is Wizards of the Coast. They strive to build a community of players for both tabletop and digital games. Wizards of the Coast is a subsidiary of Hasbro Inc., the company behind Magic: The Gathering. Hasbro is also responsible for other such popular series including Monopoly, My Little Pony, and Transformers. Both companies have been working to bring Magic esports to more players and celebrate esports.
Awesome, thanks! I checked those and it looks like it went through, since I don't think I had any Search for Azcanta and now I have one. I'm not sure I had many copies of The Eldest Reborn either, and a second Cleansing Nova is nice.Here's what it unlocks based on what MTGA Tracker shows that I gained after using the code:
Ghalta, Primal Hunger
Search for Azcanta
The Eldest Reborn
Someone on reddit is claiming it is 4x of the Uncommons and 1x of the rares. I can't be sure cause I already had some copies of all these uncommons. It's definitely 1x of the rares.
Yep. Events are especially guilty of this since it sometimes bugs out the card reveal and they just vanish into the mist.
Competitive Constructed has always been the money spinner for me. It’s just time consuming so I don’t chain it too often.The new Singleton mode takes 1500g, you get it back with 3 wins plus 1 rare and 1 uncommon. More wins than that gives more gold and potentially packs at the higher wins. 500g and a rare and uncommon if you lose out right away.
If you go 2-2 you get 1000g and a rare + uncommon. So basically a half price pack with no wildcards (1500 to enter refund 1000). Kind seems meh? I mean if you have a rocking Singleton deck and can get above 3 wins consistently this seems like a great gold farm (plus Dominaria packs), but I can't do that since my Singleton decks suck. So I'll probably stay away.
I'm not sure singleton has a solved meta at all. The most I've seen is that some people like GB. I tried running 5 color good stuff last night just to see how it would work and it's not terrible. A lot of people are running garbage cards that would barely make the cut in a draft, whereas my deck is stacked with bombs. It's not fine-tuned though and I'm not sure it can ever be consistent enough to be good. I might try to rework it as a historic deck as a lot of these bombs are legends.
I'm literally not sure I've ever seen a rat colony singleton deck since the first 3 days or so of trying Arena after the official release. They're mediocre to begin with, and some cards absolutely demolish them.I end up watching a good bit of EDH vids on youtube, as well as listening to the command zone podcast. So, because of the format, there are similarities between EDH and singleton. JumboCommander is an EDH guy who does singleton vids on Arena. Its interesting to see certain takes on the format and how certain concepts play out. Singleton is also great if you only have a few copies of cards and want to try things out without necessarily getting stomped. Rat colony decks are pretty common though in singleton. Don't know if thats changed...
That happened to me a couple days ago where the game became laggy then crashed in a match.
That always happened to me but it was snappy when I restarted it. Recently I've had the thing where playing certain cards or changing turns sometimes lags no matter what and I see disk usage, so I'm not sure what's up.
So that actually happened to me ALOT during the cascade event, where after a few cascade matches it was literally unplayable.
Isn't there an enchantment one that summons a demon too? unless you meant that one.I have a new stupid goal in life -- getting even 3/4 of the way to completing Liliana's Contract. I got that card a while back and have been wanting to attempt it.
However, I believe standard format has exactly 4 different demon names so you have to use 100% of them? Am I missing any? *edit* I guess Lazav counts as a 5th one, and I have that in the deck too.
*edit* I actually got it to work after only 3 games or so! Of course the really silly thing is that if I have 3 different flying trample 6/6 demons out, chances are I've won anyway. :P It took someone being super nice and just playing random topdeck cards instead of conceding while I kept not attacking with the demons I had out. I guess they wanted to see what actually happened when the contract went off too. Unfortunately nothing special happens -- not even a voice line or animation, unlike Hearthstone alt win conditions.
I love that card. I use it in my Beckett Brass deck to make creatures I steal to become pirates and then get pirate synergies. Arcane Adaptation alongside Captivating Crew, Hijack, Entrancing Melody, Thief of Sanity and Hostage Taker is great. Ive wanted to make that Liliana's contract deck for a while, but just didnt have multiple copies of it. If y'all have some good builds share the success stories! I hope its a good combo worth doing.
I've been saying all year mtga wasn't good for new players to learn the game, they since added a tutorial that I don't know how much it helps cause I skipped it, but to be fair there's only so much they can do, it's not a game you pick up in a day, the value of certain things is hard to evaluate for new players until they see it in action. But the basics are very straight forward, can I ask what you're having trouble with?
The tutorials are super easy. I think they are rigged and make sure you win them.I've been saying all year mtga wasn't good for new players to learn the game, they since added a tutorial that I don't know how much it helps cause I skipped it, but to be fair there's only so much they can do, it's not a game you pick up in a day, the value of certain things is hard to evaluate for new players until they see it in action. But the basics are very straight forward, can I ask what you're having trouble with?