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2020 Players Tour Finals Information

July 01, 2020
Wizards of the Coast

2020 Players Tour Finals

Location and Times

The Players Tour Finals will take place on MTG Arena.

  • Day One: July 25, 2020 – 9:00 AM (09:00)
  • Day Two: July 26, 2020 – 9:00 AM (09:00)
  • Top 8: August 1, 2020: 9:00 AM (09:00)

All times are listed in Seattle local time (PDT).

Format: Standard Constructed

Invitees

  • All Magic Pro League members
  • All players who had qualified for the now-cancelled Players Tour Finals in Houston
  • All players who had qualified for the now-cancelled Players Tour Finals in Minneapolis
  • The Top 8 players from 2019 Mythic Championship IV in Barcelona
  • The Top 8 players from 2019 Mythic Championship VI in Richmond
  • The winner of each Grand Prix held between September 14, 2019 and March 8, 2020
  • All players who finished with 33 or more match points in the four (4) Players Tour Online events held the weekends of June 13-14 and June 19-21
  • The winner and finalist of each MagicFest Online Season Finals event

The complete invitation list can be viewed here.

Invitations cannot be deferred as no future Players Tour Final events will be scheduled in 2020. If you (or someone you know) are not on the invitation list and believe they should be please email us at esports@wizards.com.

Structure

  • 14 Swiss rounds, with records from Day One carrying over to Day Two
  • All rounds of competition use Tournament Match Direct Challenge settings via Direct Challenge in MTG Arena, which means:
    • 30-minute time banks for player priority are enforced in-client
    • Timers are on
    • Matches are the best two-out-of-three
    • Players should double-check to ensure they have not selected "Tournament Match – Limited", "Tournament Match – Historic", or "Challenge Match" in Direct Challenge settings
  • Day One: 7 rounds Standard Constructed, with a cut to Day Two at 12 match points
  • Day Two: 7 rounds Standard Constructed, with a cut to Top 8
  • Each Swiss round will be timed by tournament officials at 60 minutes
    • Players must challenge their opponent by the time the round has officially started based on the time provided by the tournament organizer.
    • Players who have not been able to begin their match and who have received communication from their opponent should contact a tournament admin once the round has begun.
    • At the end of 60 minutes, tournament admins will message players who have not yet reported their match, and players still in a match are expected to respond to the admin's message to confirm they are still playing
  • Top 8: Double elimination Top 8 bracket playoff.
    • Matches are best 2 of 3 Standard Constructed
    • The higher seed for all matches, except the matchup in which the last remaining players in the Upper and Lower bracket compete, may choose play/draw in Game 1 of their matches.
    • The matchup in which the sole players remaining in the Upper and Lower brackets will be best-of-three matches to determine the winner of the tournament rather than traditional best-of-three games.
    • The Upper bracket player may choose play/draw order for the first game of the first match.
    • Play/draw in the first game of later matches in this final matchup, after the first match, will be decided by the person who lost the prior match.
    • Top 8 bracket will be seeded at random, not by standings after Swiss.
    • Top 8 playoff will take place on a separate weekend, August 1.
    • The bracket will be revealed on Friday, July 31.

Prizes

The top 16 players will earn invitations to the 2020 Season Grand Finals.

There is a $250,000 prize pool:

Place Prize
1 $10,000
2 $8,000
3 $7,000
4 $6,000
5-8 $5,000
9-12 $4,000
13-16 $3,000
17-24 $2,500
25-32 $2,000
33-76 $1,500
77-145 $1,000
Total $250,000

MTG Arena Accounts

Each qualified player will be provided access to an account on MTG Arena stocked with four (4) copies of each Standard-legal card. This account may be used by the player to prepare for, and is required to be used to participate in, the Players Tour Finals.

Tournament Policies

Digital MTR/IPG

Wizards will use Digital MTR/IPG documents to govern the Players Tour Finals:

MTG Arena Known Issues and Disconnects

Players should review the known issues in MTG Arena prior to participation in sanctioned digital events. Wizards of the Coast is not responsible for impact on game and match results as a result of players experiencing known issues.

Wizards of the Coast is not responsible for the results of any disconnection or network problems experienced by players.

Outside Assistance

During matches, players may not seek play advice from spectators and spectators may not give play advice to players. Reports of players receiving outside assistance will be investigated and penalties (up to and including disqualification) will be assigned. Players who receive unsolicited outside assistance from another player or spectator are expected to report the incident to tournament officials and submit any supporting evidence of attempt to provide outside assistance.

Disclaimer

Wizards of the Coast reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to suspend, modify, and change this document or the program it supports at any time and for any reason without notice.

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