Last updated on May 19, 2022

Sigarda, Champion of Light - Illustration by Howard Lyon

Sigarda, Champion of Light | Illustration by Howard Lyon

With the return of the Pro Tour and the revamped system for organized play there are a lot of new sub-systems and qualification paths. They’re easy to mix up, which is why I’m going to help you by breaking down the layers of tournament play, starting with the MTG Arena Championship event.

I’ll go over the tournament itself, how to qualify, and what you could win if you manage to get into the top of the bracket. It’s not too much info but it can be a little tricky to process, so let’s get started!

What is an MTG Arena Championship Event?

Champion of Wits | Illustration by Even Amundsen

Champion of Wits | Illustration by Even Amundsen

The MTG Arena Championship is a premiere, 32-person tournament event with a $200,000 prize pool that awards an invite to the Magic World Championship. The event takes place three times a year, with invites going out to winners of the previous Qualifier Weekend events.

How Do You Qualify for the MTG Arena Championship?

You can qualify for the MTG Arena Championship by winning a Qualifier Weekend. Qualifier Weekends are 2-day events that you can enter with high-ranked placement in the top 250 players in a season, or by winning a Qualifier Play-In event which takes place shortly before each Qualifier Weekend.

How Many Qualifier Weekends Are There Per Arena Championship?

There are four Qualifier Weekends that feed into each MTG Arena Championship, one each month. Starting in September of 2022, these Qualifier Weekends also qualify individuals for the Pro Tour!

How Many MTGA Championships Are There Per Year?

There are three MTG Arena Championships per year with each Championship having four Qualifier Weekends before as a way to invite players.

What’s the Top Prize for the MTG Arena Championship?

While the MTG Arena Championship is set to have a $200,000 prize pool, the specific breakdown of the prize structure is unknown. WotC announced that this would be released closer to the first MTG Arena Championship.

Can You Qualify for the Pro Tour (Tabletop) via MTGA Championships?

Starting in September 2022, winning a Qualifier Weekend will qualify you for the next tabletop Pro Tour event and the next MTG Arena Championship. This is a huge bonus to organized play since it not only gives more legitimacy to MTG Arena and online competitive play but also reinforces the Pro Tour, and paper play as a whole.

What About MTG Worlds?

Worlds remains the ultimate endgame for any competitive Magic player and require players to win or place extremely high in previous MTG Arena Championships or Pro Tour events. While the Arena Championship and Pro Tour have name recognition and massive prize pools on their own, the World Champion is a title only one person can have, so it’s as competitive as ever.

Wrap Up

Trynn, Champion of Freedom - Illustration by Jesper Ejsing

Trynn, Champion of Freedom | Illustration by Jesper Ejsing

That concludes just about all there is to know about the MTG Arena Championship and how it fits into the new system of premiere play for Magic! I’m really happy about a lot of these changes, and I’m glad to see the Pro Tour coming back.

What do you think of the new system? Do you think it puts too high a focus on digital play despite the return of the Pro Tour? I want to know your thoughts, so please leave a comment below or talk about it in the official Draftsim Discord.

And since you’re an MTGA player, you definitely should check out our free app, Arena Tutor. It tracks all your matches, has an excellent draft AI, and even helps you manage your collection!

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