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2020-21 Magic Pro League
2012 MPL logo.png
Date 2020-21
Location MTG Arena
Prize pool $200,000
Winner Ondřej Stráský
Previous MPL:
2020 Magic Pro League
Next MPL:
2021–22 Magic Pro League

The 2020-21 Magic Pro League season is the third season for the Magic Pro League. It is part of the 2020–21 Players Tour Season.

History[]

With the cancellation of much of the 2020 Players Tour Season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only the first Players Tour was completed. Hence, the roster of the MPL was completely carried over to the 2020–21 season.[1]

Structure[]

In this season, MPL players will play against each other in recurring tournaments — League Weekends — where each match win awards one point toward their league standings.[2] Final league standings at the end of the season, after seven total League Weekends, will place players into the MPL Gauntlet to determine the new invitees to the following season's MPL and Rivals League. All competitors who continue to succeed in their events across the entire 2020–2021 season will receive the best opportunities for an invitation to the next World Championship.

Splits[]

There are three splits during the 2020–2021 season:[2]

  • Zendikar Rising (ZNR) Split featured two League Weekends (LW) — October 24-25 and November 7-8.
  • Kaldheim Split (KHM) featured two League Weekends — January, 16-17 and February 27-28.
  • Strixhaven Split (STX) features three League Weekends.

In total for all League Weekends, the 24 MPL players will compete in 84 matches — a maximum total of 84 points — across seven weekends. Across the first two splits, players will compete intraleague — MPL against MPL, in a double-round-robin play for 46 total matches. The third split will seed pools of eight or ten players each (as necessary for equal sized pools) based on league standings. Each Strixhaven Split League Weekend will reduce the players competing week over week, locking players into end of season placements and rewards.[3][4] Each weekend results in the remaining top ranked MPL players by standings being invited to Magic World Championship XXVII, and the bottom three ranked MPL players being removed from the following League Weekend.

There's a $200,000 prize pool divided across the three splits with $50,000 each, as well as an end-of-season bonus $50,000.

Standing Prize
1-4 $3,500
5-12 $2,500
13-20 $1,500
21-24 $1,000
Total $50,000

Split Championships[]

Three Split Championships each form the culmination of a Split, featuring a $250,000 prize pool with remote play on MTG Arena. On top of League Weekends, MPL and Rivals players will earn points toward their league standings from each split's Championship:[5]

  • 9 wins earn 1 point toward league standings (the same as winning one match during a League Weekend).
  • 10 wins earn 2 points toward league standings.
  • 11 wins earn 3 points toward league.
  • Making Top 8 of a split's Championship earns 4 points toward league standings.

Results[]

For the MPL, standings at the end of the season determine the next steps for that player:[2]

Roster[]

There were 24 competitors.[6]

Nat. Name Qualification ZNR
LW
ZNR
Champ
KHM
LW
KHM
Champ
STX
LW
Finished playing after STX
Champ
Total Rank Result
{ITA} Andrea Mengucci Top 20 MPL 2019 13 4 10 12 39 18 2021–22 Rivals League
{USA} Andrew Cuneo Top 20 MPL 2019 7 10 4 20 1 42 15 2020–21 Rivals Gauntlet
{GB-ENG} Autumn Burchett Top 20 MPL 2019 11 4 10 1 8 2nd STX League Weekend 1 34 19 2021–22 Rivals League
{USA} Brad Nelson Top 20 MPL 2019 10 4 17 13 44 11 2020–21 MPL Gauntlet
{USA} Brian Braun-Duin Top 20 MPL 2019 8 14 10 2nd STX League Weekend 32 21 2021–22 Rivals League
{BRA} Carlos Romão Top 20 MPL 2019 13 5 1 19 2 40 17 2021–22 Rivals League
{USA} Chris Kvartek Top 4 Challenger 2019 10 10 4 1st STX League Weekend 24 23 2021–22 Rivals League
{FRA} Gabriel Nassif Top 4 Challenger 2019 14 4 15 20 53 3 2021–22 Magic Pro League and 2021 World Championship
{ESP} Javier Dominguez Top 20 MPL 2019 10 13 4 18 45 8 2020–21 MPL Gauntlet
{FRA} Jean-Emmanuel Depraz Top 20 MPL 2019 13 3 9 20 45 9 2020–21 MPL Gauntlet
{JPN} Ken Yukuhiro Top 20 MPL 2019 12 11 1 18 42 16 2020–21 Rivals Gauntlet
{HKG} Lee Shi Tian Top 20 MPL 2019 8 13 22 43 14 2020–21 Rivals Gauntlet
{PRT} Márcio Carvalho Top 20 MPL 2019 14 13 3 15 45 7 2020–21 MPL Gauntlet
{CZE} Martin Jůza Top 20 MPL 2019 12 2 9 1 22 3 49 5 2020–21 MPL Gauntlet
{CZE} Ondřej Stráský Top 4 Challenger 2019 13 3 15 2 11 1st STX League Weekend 44 1 2021–22 Magic Pro League and 2021 World Championship
{BRA} Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa Top 20 MPL 2019 15 3 16 14 2nd STX League Weekend 2 48 2 2021–22 Magic Pro League and 2021 World Championship
{POL} Piotr Glogowski Top 20 MPL 2019 9 9 2 5 1st STX League Weekend 2 25 22 2021–22 Rivals League
{FRA} Raphaël Lévy Top 4 Challenger 2019 13 6 4 1st STX League Weekend 4 23 24 2021–22 Rivals League
{JPN} Rei Sato Top 20 MPL 2019 16 11 15 3 45 10 2020–21 MPL Gauntlet
{USA} Reid Duke Top 20 MPL 2019 14 14 1 19 48 6 2020–21 MPL Gauntlet
{USA} Seth Manfield Top 20 MPL 2019 13 1 13 22 4 53 4 2021–22 Magic Pro League and 2021 World Championship
{ISR} Shahar Shenhar Top 20 MPL 2019 10 10 4 10 2nd STX League Weekend 1 34 20 2021–22 Rivals League
{JPN} Shota Yasooka Top 20 MPL 2019 8 2 9 4 20 43 13 2020–21 Rivals Gauntlet
{USA} William Jensen Top 20 MPL 2019 10 1 14 19 44 12 2020–21 MPL Gauntlet

Notes[]

^† League Points not awarded because the player had their rank locked earlier.

See also[]

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