Last updated on August 17, 2022
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We’ve talked about all kinds of things on this blog for casual players and how to do better in or have more fun on MTG Arena. We’re going to be covering something a little different today, though, as I’m sure you can tell by the title. We’ll be taking a look at the players at the very top of MTG Arena.
In early April 2022, WotC announced an array of sweeping changes to the world of Organized play, including the return of the Pro Tour and the new MTG Arena Championship. Along with these top-tier events came new qualifiers and roads to joining, which is what I’ll be breaking down for you today!
Let’s get started!
What is the Arena Championship?
The MTG Arena Championship is a 32-player $200k tournament. The championship occurs every four months and is comprised of the winners of the four previous Qualifier weekends that occurred each month as well as individual invitations. The winner and runner-up of each Arena Championship will also receive an invite to the Magic World Championship.
In order to qualify for the Arena Championship, players must win a Qualifier Weekend, which is a monthly two-day tournament comprised of the best players on MTG Arena.
What is the Qualifier Weekend?
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The Qualifier Weekend is a two-day tournament event on MTG Arena, which qualifies players for the quarterly MTG Arena Championship. It is two full days of best-of-three matches, featuring gem rewards and more. Starting in September, players who qualify for the Arena Championship by reaching seven wins on day two of the Qualifier Weekend will receive an invite to the upcoming Pro Tour!
Qualifier Weekend Structure
The Qualifier Weekend has a fairly straightforward structure. Day one presents players with the opportunity to win up to 20,000 gems as well as entry to day two. Day two instead provides the winner with 5,000 gems, as well as qualification for the next Arena Championship as well as the Pro Tour!
Each day consists of best-of-three matches, where those who qualified to play until they reach seven wins or two losses.
The Qualifier Weekend has its own qualifications that players must meet to enter, too. In order to earn an entry, players must go down one of three paths, which I’ll break down for you below.
Qualifying through a Qualifier Play-In Event
The first path is through winning a Qualifier Play-In event, which is an open tournament that costs 20,000 gold, 4,000 gems, or 20 Play-In points and can be played in best-of-one or best-of-three formats. To win, players must achieve six wins before losing twice in the best of one format or winning four straight matches in the best-of-three format.
What are Play-In Points?
Play-In points are a new system of qualification on MTG Arena that are awarded for winning constructed events. You’ve likely played in these “Standard Event” or “Alchemy Event” modes on MTG Arena, which previously cost 500 gold or 95 gems, and rewarded gold plus a few cards for winning games. Play-In points are awarded for achieving the maximum number of wins in these events, which is seven for best-of-one, and five for best-of-three.
Qualifying through Ranking
Players can alternatively qualify for the Qualifier Weekend by being in the top 250 players of the Mythic rank the previous season. That can be a steep hill to climb, though, but don’t worry you’re in luck. If you manage to place in the top 1200 players, but not the top 250, your entry fee for the Qualifier Play-In event is covered!
Qualifying through Winning an Arena Open
The last way to qualify for a Qualifier Weekend is to reach at least six wins on day two of any MTG Arena Open. Achieving this number of wins awards you with a spot in the upcoming Qualifier Weekend in addition to monetary and gem rewards, which is a pretty sweet payoff. However, due to the frequency of Qualifier Weekends, there will not always be an Arena Open beforehand as a path to entry.
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As for participating in the qualifiers, it’s easier than most other competitive games. If you’re an invested player with a decent collection and some talent, finishing the appropriate season in the top 1200 is just a matter of careful planning and good timing. Considering the Arena Championship has a $200,000 prize pool, it’s worth giving a shot!
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