The 2020-21 season continues with the November Zendikar Rising League Weekend as the Magic Pro League and Magic Rivals League battle over two days again.
With all 72 players of the MPL and Rivals League streaming live and playing online through MTG Arena, everyone can follow their favorites battling for $400,000 in prizes and postseason playoff spots. Learn more about League Weekends and the race to the playoffs—then watch the story unfold live.
How Can I Follow The Event?
The November Zendikar Rising League Weekend will be streamed live November 7 and 8 on twitch.tv/magic, beginning at 8 a.m. PST (4 p.m. UTC) each day. Since the round-robin pairings are already set, that means we can lock in the most compelling matches to be featured on stream. Here's what you'll see on our broadcast this weekend, beginning with the Rivals League.
|Rivals – Saturday (11/7)|
|8:10 a.m.||4||Riku Kumagai||Gruul Adventures||8||vs.||4||Kenta Harane||Gruul Adventures||8|
|9:20 a.m.||1||Stanislav Cifka||Esper Doom Foretold||9||vs.||1||Bernardo Santos||Gruul Adventures||9|
|10:30 a.m.||4||Eli Kassis||Dimir Rogues||8||vs.||4||Jacob Wilson||Selesnya Blink||8|
|11:40 a.m.||12||Ivan Floch||Dimir Rogues||7||vs.||4||Mike Sigrist||Gruul Adventures||8|
|12:50 p.m.||21||Emma Handy||Esper Doom Foretold||6||vs.||48||Austin Bursavich||Gruul Adventures||0*|
|2:00 p.m.||12||Simon Görtzen||Four-Color Cycling||7||vs.||1||Luis Scott-Vargas||Gruul Adventures||9|
All round start times are approximate.
*Playing rescheduled October League Weekend matches over the course of the November League Weekend.
Japanese stars Riku Kumagai and Kenta Harane —finalist at the Players Tour Finals and winner of Players Tour Nagoya, respectively—face off first, followed by Rivals League point leaders Stanislav Cifka and Bernardo Santos. Longtime tabletop players Eli Kassis, Jacob Wilson, Ivan Floch, and Mike Sigristcontinue to push toward the top of the leaderboard.
The penultimate feature match is the Rivals League debut of 2020 Season Grand Finals champion Austin Bursavich in a Top 8 rematch against Emma Handy. To wrap Saturday, Simon Görtzen and Hall of Famer Luis-Scott Vargas face off again 10 years after Görtzen put an end to the undefeated run of Scott-Vargas at Pro Tour San Diego.
|MPL – Sunday (11/8)|
|8:10 a.m.||3||Reid Duke||Gruul Adventures||8||vs.||1||Rei Sato||Gruul Adventures||11|
|9:20 a.m.||7||Ondřej Stráský||Dimir Rogues||7||vs.||12||Martin Jůza||Gruul Adventures||6|
|10:30 a.m.||12||Andrea Mengucci||Esper Doom Foretold||6||vs.||3||Carlos Romão||Dimir Rogues||8|
|11:40 a.m.||7||Autumn Burchett||Esper Doom Foretold||7||vs.||7||Javier Dominguez||Gruul Adventures||7|
|12:50 p.m.||12||Seth Manfield||Gruul Adventures||6||vs.||7||Brad Nelson||Gruul Adventures||7|
|2:00 p.m.||3||Márcio Carvalho||Gruul Adventures||8||vs.||2||Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa||Dimir Rogues||9|
All round start times are approximate.
Sunday begins with MPL points leader Rei Sato defending his early-season lead against Hall of Famer Reid Duke, followed by European superstars Ondřej Stráský and Martin Jůza looking to move toward the front of the pack.
The middle matches feature Andrea Mengucci battling Carlos Romão, each with multiple Top Finishes across their careers, then Mythic Championship winners Autumn Burchett and Javier Dominguez—all battling to stay on the topside of the leaderboard.
Finally the day wraps with some of the game's greatest players as testing teammates Seth Manfield and Brad Nelson vie to claim Standard supremacy, followed by reigning Magic World Champion Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa battling Márcio Carvalho in a rematch of their World Championship finals match.
In addition to 12 select feature matches—six Rivals League matches Saturday and six MPL matches Sunday—competitors will be sharing each of their matches on their personal streams. With 72 competitors and 420 total matches, you can watch your favorite players all weekend long.
Preliminary standings will be provided throughout the broadcast and shared by @MagicEsports on Twitter at the end of the League Weekend. Official standings and League Weekend match results, as well as a recap from across the league, will be updated on Magic.gg two business days following the event.
When Will League Weekend Decklists Be Published?
Decklists for the November Zendikar Rising League Weekend are available here.
Will There Be Open Decklists Between Players?
Decklists are open and players will be able to review their opponent's Constructed decklists anytime throughout the League Weekend.
Who Are The Casters?
- Eilidh Lonie: Play-by-Play
- Mani Davoudi: Expert
- Marshall Sutcliffe: Play-by-Play
- Eduardo Sajgalik: Expert
- Maria Bartholdi: Host
Who Is Playing?
72 players are competing in each league weekend, featuring the 24 players of the Magic Pro League and 48 players of the Magic Rivals League. Everyone plays round-robin head-to-head within their league for points towards their season standings.
Check out the League hub for the complete November Zendikar Rising League Weekend pairings.
You can learn more about League Weekends here.
How Much Money Is On The Line?
There's a $400,000 prize pool divided across three splits—Zendikar Rising Split, Kaldheim Split, and Strixhaven Split—with $50,000 each for the MPL and Rivals League, as well as an end-of-season bonus $50,000 for each league. Competitor league standings at the end of each split determine prizes.
Here's how it breaks down by league:
The November Zendikar Rising League Weekend is the first of two League Weekends in the Zendikar Rising Split, which concludes with the Zendikar Rising Championship this December.
|Oct. 24-25, 2020||October Zendikar Rising League Weekend||Standard|
|Nov. 7-8. 2020||November Zendikar Rising League Weekend||Standard|
|Dec. 4-6, 2020||Zendikar Rising Championship||Standard & Historic|
What Is The Format?
The November Zendikar Rising League Weekend will feature the Standard Constructed format.
- Matches are Traditional Standard Constructed—best of three games—including sideboards.
- Players will have 30-minute timers in MTG Arena to complete up to three games in each match.
- Each round has 60 minutes in total to finish.
Each MPL player will play 11 matches, five on Saturday and six on Sunday. Rivals League players will play 12 matches, six each on Saturday and Sunday.
Each match victory is worth one point toward a player's league standings.
Players will play each other player—round-robin pairings—in their league over the season. The season has three splits, with the first two—Zendikar Rising Split and Kaldheim Split—featuring two League Weekends each. MPL competitors play each other twice during these splits—46 total matches—while Rivals players play each other once—47 matches.
Saturday, November 7: 8 a.m. PST (08:00) / 4 p.m. UTC (16:00) / 1 a.m. JST October 25 (01:00)
- Six feature matches from Rivals League play.
Sunday, November 8: 8 a.m. PST (08:00) / 4 p.m. UTC (16:00) / 1 a.m. JST October 26 (01:00)
- Six feature matches from MPL play.
You can watch all 12 selected feature matches for the November Zendikar Rising League Weekend live on twitch.tv/magic.
Looking to follow your favorite player? The League hub's Player Streams have you covered with links that show you when they're streaming live.
Can I Co-Stream the Event?
Following Twitch's Content Sharing Guidelines, you can co-stream the League Weekend broadcast from twitch.tv/magic using OBS or XSplit. This allows anyone on Twitch to cover the event in their voice and with their community. To be clear, co-streamed content is not endorsed by Wizards, and we expect anyone who participates in co-streaming to follow Wizards' Fan Content Policy.
How Can I Qualify for the League?
Your journey to join the Magic Pro League or Magic Rivals League begins on MTG Arena. The November 2020 Ranked Season is underway now. Finish in the top 1,200 ranked players at the end of the month to unlock your invitation to the December Kaldheim Qualifier Weekend.
Ascend to the Kaldheim Championship, taking place in early 2021, and prove yourself as a Challenger on the path to the MPL and Rivals League!