In what has become a familiar scene over the past year, the world of Magic was split between its present and its future over the past week thanks to the professional league schedule. While Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms was wrapping up its spoiler season, members of the Magic Pro League and the Rivals League were playing on Arena without the set in their last attempt to position themselves for postseason play.
The July League Weekend featured Standard Constructed and Historic Constructed with Strixhaven: School of Mages as the most recent release. The top two league finishers in each league at the end of the week would be guaranteed a slot at the upcoming World Championships and as such the stakes were incredibly high. At the end of Sunday, the final four slots were set. Seth Manfield and Gabriel Nassif took home the final two slots in the Magic Pro League, joining Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa and Ondrej Strasky at Worlds. Over in the Rivals League, Matt Sperling and Yuta Takahashi will attend the end of year tournament alongside Rivals League members Eli Kassis and Stanislav Cifka. All four top Rivals League finishers also qualified for next year’s Magic Pro League. The weekend also set the field for the Gauntlet Tournaments. These three tournaments will set the final roster for next year’s professional leagues and round out the attendees for the World Championship.
Speaking of the World Championship, this week we found out more about the prize structure. Almost a month ago it was announced that the prize structure was reduced from $1,000,000 to $250,000. This reduction caused quite an uproar from the community. The most recent prize structure has returned those funds, and then some, with each participant getting a $50,000 appearance fee. Many in the community were pleased that the prize pool had been returned but were still unhappy about the fact it was taken away in the first place.
While some of the best in the world were playing Standard without the latest set, the rest of the Magic community got a complete look at Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms and its associated Commander decks. While the set proper is available on Magic Online and Arena, the prerelease will be taking place the weekend of July 16.