If you’ve played Magic Online, then chances are you know about qualifier points. Players who do well in limited or constructed Magic: The Gathering events in Magic Online can earn qualifier points. Earn enough qualifier points, and you’d be able to participate in the end of season’s championship event. Do well enough in the championship, and you’ll get onto the Magic Pro Tour and win money. Not everyone has the same schedule, and some players might do well all season long and end up just one point short can feel bitter. What’s worse, in Magic Online all your previous season’s qualifier points remain in your collection. By the end of the year, you may end up with enough qualifier points to participate in several championships, however, because you didn’t have the prerequisite amount of qualifier points in any particular season you weren’t able to play in any. That all changes now.
Wizards of the Coast is eliminating seasonal qualifier points from Magic Online and replacing them with qualifier points which can be used at any time throughout the year to play in any of the monthly championship events. This is a huge positive change for the game in our opinion, allowing players to play at their own personal level instead of feeling forced to grind more events when they’re close. The number of casual players who play Magic: The Gathering dwarf the number of competitive players by far. By allowing the qualifier points to accrue all year, casual players who may only participate in one or two events a week now finally have a shot at qualifying for the championships.
Because qualifier points won’t become useless at the end of a season, Wizards of the Coast is doing away with last minute qualifier events. Additionally, Wizards of the Caast is introducing new quarterly MOCS Playoff Events where the top four players of every monthly championship can win boosters and complete sets of the next Magic: The Gathering expansion. You’ll also get a sweet promo card. For the first quarter, that promo card is Liliana of the Veil. Liliana of the Veil currently retails for almost $100 on the secondary market.
Finalists from the Playoff Events will be invited to battle against the defending Magic Online Champion, the Magic World Champion, and top players from the MOCS Leaderboard in a special “in-person Magic Online Championship to become the Magic Online Champion.”
In addition to money, the Magic Online Champion also receives:
An invite to next year’s Magic Online Championship
An invite to the next Magic World Championship
Platinum status in the Pro Player’s Club
The Platinum status for the Magic Online Champion is new for the 2016 series, upgraded from Gold!
You can read the full list of updates in the article by Lee Sharpe. Ironically, during the latest weekly Magic Online downtime Wizards of the Coast removed all qualifier points from player’s collections earned prior to season 11. They were not converted into the new qualifier points. When phantom tickets were removed from Magic Online they were converted into Play Points. Readers: Have you earned enough qualifier points over the past year to play in a Championship event before they were removed from your collection? Let us know on Twitter on in the comments down below.
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