|2020–21 Magic Pro League|
In May 2021, Magic Esports announced a return to in-person play post COVID-19 for the 2022–23 Players Tour Season. Although digital play was considered a remaining feature it is supposed to be only part of the equation going forward. As a result, the 2021–22 Players Tour Season is the last season featuring the MPL and the Rivals League. Players are not competing for another League season. Instead, they are competing for a place in the 2022 World Championship.
The existing Split Championship structure remained in place, but Wizards of the Coast increased the prize pool and updated the prize structure compared to the Strixhaven Championship. Set Championships feature prize pools of $450,000 per event, over three events. On the other hand, League Weekends and the Gauntlets are not run in 2021–2022. This actually means that the players will be paid what they are due, but that the required playing is vastly reduced.
World Championship Qualifying Points (WCQPs) are earned directly from performance in Championship events. Each match point earned in Championship event is a WCQP, with four (4) additional points awarded to the two Top 8 players that lose out in the playoff and finish outside of the Top 6 in each Championship.
Players that earn invitation through a Top 6 finish in a Championship do not create passdown invitations by finishing in the Top 6 in multiple events, and do not factor into at-large invitations based on WQCPs. Any player with multiple qualifications for the World Championship creates an at-large invitation—and if no player secures multiple qualifications, then there will be no at-large invitations.
The 2021-2022 Magic Pro League will consist of 24 players:
- Top 4 MPL players from final standings for the 2020–2021 season.
- Top 4 Rivals League players from final standings for the 2020–2021 season.
- Top 8 from the MPL Gauntlet.
- Top 4 from the Rivals Gauntlet.
- Top 4 from the Challenger Gauntlet.
|Nat.||Name||Qualification||INN WCQPs||NEO WCQPs||SNC WCQPs||Total||Result|
|Ondřej Stráský||MPL 2020-21, 1st place||27||27|
|Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa||MPL 2020-21, 2nd place||27||27|
|Gabriel Nassif||MPL 2020-21, 3rd place||27||27|
|Seth Manfield||MPL 2020-21, 4th place||9||9|
|Eli Kassis||Rivals League 2020-21, 1st place||6||6|
|Stanislav Cifka||Rivals League 2020-21, 2nd place||30||30|
|Matt Sperling||Rivals League 2020-21, 3rd place||21||21|
|Yuuta Takahashi||Rivals League 2020-21, 4th place||37†||37†||Qualified for Worlds before the start of the season.|
|Riku Kumagai||Top 8 MPL Gauntlet 2020-21||33†||33†||Qualified for Worlds at the Innistrad Championship.|
|Javier Dominguez||Top 8 MPL Gauntlet 2020-21||6||6|
|Jacob Wilson||Top 8 MPL Gauntlet 2020-21||9||9|
|Rei Sato||Top 8 MPL Gauntlet 2020-21||6||6|
|Chris Botelho||Top 8 MPL Gauntlet 2020-21||21||21|
|Yoshihiko Ikawa||Top 8 MPL Gauntlet 2020-21||9||9|
|Jean-Emmanuel Depraz||Top 8 MPL Gauntlet 2020-21||9||9|
|Luca Magni||Top 8 MPL Gauntlet 2020-21||27||27|
|Gavin Thompson||Top 4 Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21||21||21|
|Kai Budde||Top 4 Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21||27||27|
|Jan-Moritz Merkel||Top 4 Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21||24||24|
|Lee Shi Tian||Top 4 Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21||18||18|
|Sam Pardee||Top 4 Challenger Gauntlet 2020-21||24||24|
|Noriyuki Mori||Top 4 Challenger Gauntlet 2020-21||21||21|
|Arne Huschenbeth||Top 4 Challenger Gauntlet 2020-21||24||24|
|Keisuke Sato||Top 4 Challenger Gauntlet 2020-21||9||9|
- ^† Removed from the official overall leaderboard because of their qualification for Worlds.
- Wizards of the Coast (May 13, 2021). "Esports: Transistions And Getting Back To The Gathering". Magic.gg.
- The new ORGANIZED PLAY announcement and how it affects competitive players (Video). Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa. YouTube (May 14, 2021).
- Wizards of the Coast (November 15, 2021). "World Championship XXVIII And The 2021-22 Sesson Leagues". Magic.gg.
- Ben Drago and Bear Watson (August 27, 2020). "Esports Update: Changes to 2020-2021 Magic Pro League Play". Magic.gg.