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2020 Grand Prix Player Points Cap

January 09, 2020
Ben Drago

[Editor's Note January 10, 2020]

This year, our team promised you stability and we didn't deliver on that with yesterday's announcement. We are reverting that announcement: Grand Prix will not contribute to Rivals/MPL qualification for the 2020 Partial Season.

Our goal was to address the feedback from players that they wanted more opportunities for their results in tabletop, including Grand Prix performance, to matter. We recognize that having Players Points awarded at Grand Prix count toward Rivals/MPL qualification causes other issues, most notably regional disparity of opportunity. Additionally, the timing of our announcement did not allow players to make informed decisions.

We commit to having a dialogue with you over the next few months to address this issue for the full 2020-21 season.

With the Players Tour Series 2 qualification kicking off, and Grand Prix Austin as the beginning to earn Player Points, we wanted to clarify our policy for earning Player Points from Grand Prix events when calculating seasonal ranking:

  • The first two Grand Prix events players participate in per each Players Tour series cycle will contribute toward the total Player Points earned when calculating rankings.
  • Subsequent Grand Prix events during that Players Tour series cycle will not contribute toward total Player Points earned when calculating rankings.

Rankings are calculated for MPL, Magic Rivals League, and Challenger players based on Player Points earned from tabletop Magic competition throughout the season.

What is a Players Tour series cycle? It's the qualification window for each set of Players Tours events:

Dates Event Format Country Qualifies
Jan. 10-12, 2020 MagicFest Austin Modern USA Series 2
Jan. 24-26, 2020 MagicFest New Jersey Limited USA
Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2020 MagicFest Brussels Pioneer Belgium
Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2020 MagicFest Nagoya Pioneer Japan
Feb. 6-9, 2020 MagicFest Phoenix Pioneer USA
Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2020 MagicFest Reno Limited USA
Mar. 6-8, 2020 MagicFest Lyon Standard France
Mar. 13-15, 2020 MagicFest Detroit Standard USA
Mar. 20-22, 2020 MagicFest São Paulo Modern Brazil
Mar. 27-29, 2020 MagicFest Louisville Pioneer USA
Apr. 3-5, 2020 MagicFest Turin Modern Italy Series 3
Apr. 10-12, 2020 MagicFest Palm Beach Modern USA
Apr. 24-26, 2020 MagicFest Houston Limited USA
Apr. 30-May 3, 2020 MagicFest Copenhagen TBA Denmark
May 7-10, 2020 MagicFest Charlotte TBA USA
May 8-10, 2020 MagicFest Kitakyushu TBA Japan
May 22-24, 2020 MagicFest Toronto TBA Canada
May 29-31, 2020 MagicFest Prague TBA Czech Republic
Jun. 5-7, 2020 MagicFest Seattle TBA USA
Jun. 12-14, 2020 MagicFest Bilbao TBA Spain
Jun. 19-21, 2020 MagicFest Providence TBA USA
Jul. 10-12, 2020 MagicFest Minneapolis TBA USA
Jul. 17-19, 2020 MagicFest Liverpool TBA UK
Jul. 24-26, 2020 MagicFest San Jose TBA USA
Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2020 MagicFest Strasbourg TBA France Series 4
Aug. 7-9, 2020 MagicFest Columbus TBA USA
Aug. 14-16, 2020 MagicFest Kobe TBA Japan
Aug. 21-23, 2020 MagicFest Bologna TBA Italy
Aug. 27-30, 2020 MagicFest Las Vegas TBA USA
Sep. 11-13, 2020 MagicFest Montreal TBA Canada
Oct. 8-11, 2020 MagicFest Washington DC TBA USA
Oct. 15-18, 2020 MagicFest Barcelona TBA Spain
Oct. 16-18, 2020 MagicFest Sydney TBA Australia
Oct. 23-25, 2020 MagicFest Milwaukee TBA USA
Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2020 MagicFest Budapest TBA Hungary
Nov. 6-8, 2020 MagicFest Anaheim TBA USA
Nov. 13-15, 2020 MagicFest Utrecht TBA Netherlands
Nov. 20-22, 2020 MagicFest Memphis TBA USA
Nov. 27-29, 2020 MagicFest Nagoya TBA Japan Series 5
Dec. 4-6, 2020 MagicFest Hartford TBA USA
Dec. 11-13, 2020 MagicFest London TBA UK
Dec. 18-20, 2020 MagicFest Portland TBA USA

If a player competing in a Grand Prix event would like any Player Points earned to be exempted and to not be used for calculating season ranking, they must notify us prior to the beginning of Round 1 of Constructed format Grand Prix, or prior to the beginning of deck construction for Limited format Grand Prix, via email to This will permit that player to earn Player Points from a future Grand Prix event within the same Players Tour series cycle instead.

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