Last updated on November 13, 2020
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 of this article. We’ll be taking a look at the players at the very top of MTG Arena.
In February, the Magic World Championship XVII will take place in Honolulu, Hawaii (don’t forget to select your champion for some free stuff in MTG Arena) and it looks like 2020 will be a great year for MTG. After all, Arena has been very successful since its release, so WotC is eager to expand into the Esports arena. World Championships are a long tradition for paper players, but our topic today is the digital side of things: the Mythic Qualifiers (and other ways to get past them).
If you’re a competitive Magic player looking to get serious and participate but aren’t exactly sure how the whole thing works, strap on in ‘cause we’re going to cover everything you need to know. From what the Qualifiers are to how to be invited all the way up to how it works when you finally get there, we’ve got you covered.
Since we’re just starting off, we’ll keep it super simple and dive into details in just a sec. The Mythic Qualifiers are an invitation-only, one-day event where the top MTG Arena players compete for spots in the Mythic Invitational.
The first Mythic Invitational of 2020 will see players from two Qualifiers (one from January 11 and the second from March 14) compete and will take place on May 14 going on through to the 17. The best of the best from the Invitationals will be able to proceed further on their way to the Magic World Championship event. Here’s a “simple” flowchart breaking down your various options if you’re looking to compete in MTG:
There will be three different Mythic Invitational events this year with a whopping prize pool of $750,000 USD. Each one will host the most recently released set. We’ll get more of the nitty gritty details on the 2020 Invitationals in a couple on months, but here’s a basic overview:
- May 14 to 17: Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
- July 23 to 26: Core 2021
- October 22 to 25: Zendikar Rising
The Mythic Qualifiers used to be two-day events, but participation over the 2019 Season saw a sharp drop-off. The second day of the event was also a point of contention, as some players weren’t familiar with the MTG Arena features and use of third-party tools that were required. Because of this, it was decided that the event would be held over just one day, and the structure also changed. WotC has said they’ll see how players feel about this new event structure over the 2020 Partial Season and adjust as necessary.
Players who qualify for the Mythic Qualifier (we’re getting to this, don’t you worry) would see a Mythic Qualifier event in MTG Arena a couple of days before the event goes live. On the day of the event, you have a two-hour window to begin the event and must have finished by the cut-off time at the end of the day, as matchmaking will be disabled and only in-progress matches will be able to finish.
Mythic Qualifier events are Standard Constructed format BO3 with a maximum of 2 losses and 10 wins. Just like any other constructed event, you would submit your deck (with “optional” 15-card sideboard) when you enter the event and can only use that deck throughout. During the event, instead of the usual rope timer, each player gets a 30-minute timer that counts down when they have priority; no matter the board state, if your entire 30 minutes were to elapse, you would lose the match. This means that each match will be, at the absolute maximum, one hour long.
Each win would award you with 200 gems as well as Mythic Points starting on your fifth win. These Mythic Points are used as a new method to qualify for the Invitationals, which (soon, so soon!) we’ll talk about in just a bit. Here’s the breakdown of how many Mythic Points you can earn in the Qualifier event:
If you’ve qualified and have any issues during the Mythic Qualifier event, or believe you qualified and don’t see the event when you should, be sure to contact WotC’s Customer Support with the subject line “Mythic Qualifier” as soon as possible. They’ll have a cut-off date and time for inquiries to ensure they have enough time to investigate the issue before the Mythic Qualifier event starts, so don’t wait if you have any problems as you might lose out on your chance to participate if you do. You can also contact their Customer Support if you have any questions about eligibility or participating in the event.
All right, we’re finally here! The part that you (probably) care about the most: how the heck you qualify for the Mythic Qualifiers. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We’ll let you know everything you need to in order to make sure that you are as prepared as you can be to shoot your shot at the Mythic Qualifiers. From climbing to Mythic to the Mythic Qualifier event to Mythic Points from said event, we’re going to talk about it all.
The first thing that you need to know is that you’ll need to climb to Mythic rank in MTG Arena. Not only this, but you’ll need to be within the top 1200 players in Mythic. Oh, and you’ll have to do this during a specific season tied to a Mythic Qualifier. Let’s get started, then, shall we?
So, the first thing you’ll need to do is, of course, get to Mythic in either Constructed or Limited. Now, for some of you, this may be no big deal and in fact a recurring feat. If that’s the case, well then, that’s awesome! Congratulations, you don’t really need this section. Just make sure you get to Mythic during the appropriate season (see the table just down there) and then grind away until you get to the top 1200.
If this is not the case for you, however, or you’re new to MTG Arena and aren’t sure where to start, not to worry. Aside from needing to have a decent amount of skill and a good collection, you also need to know how the ranking system works and keep up with the latest meta. This would be a great time to mention our free MTGA assistant Arena Tutor, because it helps you both track the metagame and your own progress to Mythic.
You don’t necessarily need to play the meta, but you should know what you’re going up against to prepare as best you can. Going into specific strategy would basically be its own article, so we’ll leave you with the tools to get there and keep going.
Let’s peek at the seasons that you’ll be aiming for:
The winners of the January 11 Mythic Qualifier event and their decks have already been announced, so if you’re interested in seeing what it takes to not only get to the Qualifier but to get to the Invitationals, here’s the list. These are the top players’ deck so analyzing them will definitely provide some insight into what you can expect.
Once you’ve qualified, there are three things that should happen. One, you’ll receive an email confirming that you’re eligible to compete in the Mythic Qualifier. Two, a notification that you qualified for the Qualifier will appear in MTG Arena. And three, you’ll see a Mythic Qualifier badge on your profile page leading up to the event. Again, if there are any issues, be sure to contact Customer Support for help with the subject line “Mythic Qualifier”.
As a bonus, at this point you’ve also already earned yourself the highest level of MTGA seasonal rewards possible.
With the release of Theros: Beyond Death, things will surely change very soon, so you should check the changing tides if you want to stay competitive. Aetherhub and MTGgoldfish have the latest decks and players are always adding new ones, so pay them a visit every once in a while to see how the meta changes over time.
We went over this a bit already, but now it’s time to talk about how to actually proceed past the Mythic Qualifier once you get there. The goal of course is to make it to the Mythic Invitationals and then to the World Championship, so you need to know how to do that.
The good news is that it’s fairly simple: every player who wins 10 matches (remember, the max wins / losses is 10 / 2) automatically qualifies for the Invitationals. There are other ways to get there, and we’ll cover that in just a second.
If you manage to win 10 games without also losing 2, then you’ll receive an email from the Magic Esports team a couple of business days after the event has concluded. They’ll go over some preliminary details and info that you need to know for the Invitationals that you now qualified for, and then you just prepare and practice.
Now, we briefly mentioned that each win once you hit 5 in the event gives you Mythic Points and that these are an alternate route to the Invitationals. What are these? I hear you ask. Well, let’s dive right in.
The Mythic Points you earn from the Mythic Qualifier open up some other avenues for competitive Magic. The first that we’ll briefly mention is the Rivals League. This is a new Esports league that will kick off in August 2020. Magic players from different platforms are invited to join the league and compete against each other over the partial 2020 Season for spots in the Magic Pro League (MPL). Players in both leagues are automatically invited to several events over the Season, paving the way to the Mythic Qualifiers and then the Mythic Invitationals and beyond.
There’s also another way to earn Mythic Points that’s pretty similar to the Mythic Qualifiers (almost identical, really). I’m sure you definitely have no idea what it’s called going by the title of the section, so we’ll tell you. It’s the Mythic Point Challenges.
Mythic Point Challenge Events
These events mirror the Mythic Qualifiers with one key difference: players have a maximum of 3 losses instead of just 2 (still 10 wins, though). They take place in MTG Arena, award 200 gems per win, and award the same number of Mythic Points per win starting at 5. In case you forgot, here’s that breakdown again:
Qualifying for the Mythic Point Challenges is the same, as well, meaning you must in the top 1200 of Mythic rank at the end of a qualifying season. Take a look:
The top eight Mythic Point earners from these 2020 Mythic Qualifiers and Mythic Point Challenges who are not otherwise qualified will receive an invitation to compete in the first Mythic Invitational of 2020. Players in the top 200 Mythic Point earners in Q1 will also be invited to compete in all Mythic Qualifiers and Mythic Point Challenges in Q2 regardless of their ranking in prior months’ seasons.
We’ve come to the end of the line, my friends. If you’re interested in becoming one of the top players in the competitive MTG scene, it’s easier than ever to compete in grand tournaments. WotC is definitely on the right track as they adapt Magic to the digital environment. Of course, Esports tournaments with high prizes are not a new thing but, with the release of MTG Arena and its success, there is no doubt that MTG’s player base will continue to expand.
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 that the three Invitationals of the partial 2020 Season have a prize pool of $750,000 USD, you might as well give it a shot!
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