Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast announced a new esports program for Magic: The Gathering at The Game Awards 2018.
The program, which is coming in 2019, includes a $10 million prize bool across digital and tabletop Magic contests, with a $1 million Mythic Invitational at PAX East 2019. The Magic Pro League (MPL) will establish a “new level of professional play” with 32 of the top ranked magic players worldwide. MPL players are offered play and streaming contracts worth $75,000, and members will play in weekly match-ups on Magic: The Gathering Arena.
The Mythic Champion events are new flagship competitions for Magic: The Gathering Arena and tabletop Magic, which feature MPL players battling against challengers from the Magic community. More details on how players can enter and climb the ranks to battle these MPL players will be revealed in 2019.