Update: May 29th, 2020: The COVID-19 Pandemic has fundamentally changed the landscape of competitive Magic in 2020. Today, one final step was taken: all in-person, high level events for 2020 have been canceled. Competitive play will shift to a set-based season schedule starting with Zendikar Rising. More online focused events will be coming over the next few months, helping to shape the immediate future of competitive Magic.
With MagicFests canceled for the foreseeable future, CFBEvents has posted guidance on how to redeem draft vouchers and other parts of the MagicFest Experience.
When prompted on Twitter to discuss the future of in-person play, the MagicEsports account stated that such play would start at the “hyper-local” level but that in-person play was absolutely a part of Magic‘s future.
Update, March 31st, 2020: ChannelFireball Events has announced the cancellation of the following MagicFests in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic: Toronto, Prague, Seattle, Valencia, and Providence.
Wizards of the Coast Esports has also announced additional changes to professional play. First, Players Tour Series 2 (Players Tour Prague May 29-31, Players Tour Seattle June 5-7, and Players Tour Asia-Pacific) have been canceled. Players invited to Players Tour Series 2 events will have their invitations honored at future events.
Due to all the canceled events, the 2020 Partial Season for the Magic Pro League and Rivals League has ended. Players will retain their roster spot in their assigned league when play resumes later this year. The Top 7 Mythic Point players from Arena will be added to the Rivals League roster. These include points already earned and points from the April 4 Mythic Point Challenge, May 16 Mythic Qualifier Core Set 2021, and June 20 Mythic Qualifier Core Set 2021.
The following tabletop players have been invited to join the Rivals league:
- Corey Burkhart
- Kenta Harane
- Shintaro Ishimura
- Zachary Kiihne
- Joel Larsson
- Yuta Takahashi
- Brent Vos
- Jacob Wilson
The Esports team announced changes to Players Tour Finals Minneapolis (July 10-12) and the Mythic Invitational Core Set 2021 (July 23-26). Wizards of the Coast is advising players do not book travel at this time due to the rapidly changing nature of the public health situation. These events will not award Player Points or Mythic Points and will not impact Rivals or MPL membership.
Update, March 23th, 2020: Wizards of the Coast has suspended in store play for North America, Europe, and Latin America until at least May 10th, 2020. This may impact launch events for Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, but that has yet to be determined. As a result of this change, Promo Packs can be used as sales incentives – not just as prize support – and Buy-a-Box promos can be distributed via online sales.
Update, March 18th, 2020: Today, Players Tour Series 2 qualifiers were suspended. Players who have already qualified will be invited to the rescheduled Players Tour Series 2 events. Stores will be able to reschedule their events for Series 3. Players who qualified for WPNQs for Series 2 will be able to play in WPNQs for Series 3.
Update, March 17, 2020: Yesterday, StarCity Games canceled their Opens in Atlanta (April 4-5), Worcester (April 25-26), and Cincinnati (May 2-3).
Update, March 12, 2020: This afternoon, Wizards of the Coast announced sweeping changes to the Competitive Play schedule in the wake of the Coronavirus – COVID-19 pandemic.
The Players Tour Finals that was scheduled to take place in Houston, April 24-26 has been canceled. All players who qualified for Houston will be invited to the Players Tour Finals that will take place in Minneapolis July 9-12. The event will be larger than a normal Players Tour Finals and will have prizes scale with size.
The Series 2 Regional Players Tours have also been rescheduled and relocated. Players Tour Copenhagen (April 30-May 3) will move to Prague and take place May 29-31. Players Tour Charlotte (May 5-7) will move to Seattle (June 5-7). Players Tour Kitakyushu (May 8-10) will also be rescheduled and relocated, although the location and dates have yet to be determined. (Update: ChannelFireball Events has announced the MagicFests associated with these canceled Players Tours are also canceled.)
There will be an additional Region Players Tour June 13-14. This event will take place on MTG Arena and be available to players who cannot make one of the above listed events (or if the rescheduled events have to be canceled). The Arena Regional Players Tour will award Player Points and – in lieu of prize money – travel rewards to the appropriate Players Tour Final.
The May Mythic Invitational has been canceled. Qualified players will instead receive invitations to the July 23 Invitational. The July qualifying cycle will feed the October Mythic Invitational.
ChannelFireball Events will continue to monitor the situation with regards to MagicFests. At this time only the previously announced events have been canceled, but more may come if it is in the public’s best interest. CFB Events will look to reschedule canceled events in the future.
Original: On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced that the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19, had reached pandemic status. In an effort to reduce the spread of the disease social distancing is recommended. As a result, ChannelFireball Events has canceled MagicFests in Detroit, Sao Paulo, Louisville, and Palm Beach. This is in addition to MagicFest Turin which was canceled last week. StarCity Games has canceled their SCG Tour events in Baltimore and Syracuse.
Wizards of the Coast has also issued event guidance with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time Wizards will allow Wizards Play Network locations to sell Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Prerelease Packs and Commander Decks to players to take home on prerelease weekend. Stores may enroll players in “at home” prerelease events and details on these can be obtained from your local game store. Wizards is also adjusting their metrics and stated that no store will have their WPN status affected by the pandemic. The guidance also stated that Wizards will be providing information on the upcoming Players Tour Finals and Regional events soon.
The World Health Organization recommends taking the following steps to help limit the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
- Maintain social distancing, staying at least 3 feet/1 meter away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Cough and sneeze into a tissue or the crook of your elbow.
- Seek medical attention if you are exhibiting symptoms.