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2021–22 Rivals League
Rivals League logo.png
Date 2021–22
Location MTG Arena
Winner TBA
Previous Rivals League:
2020-21 Rivals League
Next Rivals League:
N.A.

The 2021–22 Rivals League is the Rivals League played in the 2021–22 Players Tour Season. It is the third and final season to feature a Rivals League.[1]

Final season[]

In May 2021, Magic Esports announced a return to in-person play post COVID-19 for the 2022–23 Players Tour Season.[1] Although digital play was considered to be 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 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.[1] On the other hand, League Weekends and the Gauntlets are not run in 2021–2022.[1] This actually means that the players will be paid what they are due, but that the required playing is vastly reduced.[2]

World Championship Qualifying Points (WCQPs) are earned directly from performance in Championship events.[3] 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.

Roster[]

The 2021-2022 Magic Rivals League was announced to consist of 48 players:[4]

  • MPL players ranked 17th through 24th — the bottom 8 — from final standings for the 2020–2021 season.
  • Rivals League players ranked 33rd through 36th — 4 players below the Rivals Gauntlet cutoff and above Challenger relegation cutoff — from final standings for the 2020–2021 season.
  • The remaining 16 players at the end of the MPL Gauntlet.
  • The remaining 20 players at the end of the Rivals Gauntlet.

As Chris Kvartek had to decline because he had accepted a job at Wizards of the Coast[5], the ninth-place player of the Challenger Gauntlet, Tomáš Pokorný was next in line.[3]

Nat. Name Qualification INN WCPs NEO WCPs SNC WCPs Total Result
{BRA} Carlos Romão MPL 2020-21, 17th place 27 27
{ITA} Andrea Mengucci MPL 2020-21, 18th place 21 21
{GB-ENG} Autumn Burchett MPL 2020-21, 19th place 27 27
{ISR} Shahar Shenhar MPL 2020-21, 20th place 33 33
{USA} Brian Braun-Duin MPL 2020-21, 21st place 21 21
{POL} Piotr Głogowski MPL 2020-21, 22nd place 30 30
{USA} Chris Kvartek MPL 2020-21, 23rd place Declined as new member of WotC[5]
{FRA} Raphaël Lévy MPL 2020-21, 24th place 21 21
{DEU} Simon Görtzen Rivals League 2020-21, 33rd place 33 33 Qualified for Worlds at the Innistrad Championship.
{PRT} Frederico Bastos Rivals League 2020-21, 34th place 0 0
{USA} Eli Loveman Rivals League 2020-21, 35th place 24 24
{NLD} Brent Vos Rivals League 2020-21, 36th place 9 9
{CZE} Martin Jůza MPL Gauntlet 2020-21 27 27
{USA} Reid Duke MPL Gauntlet 2020-21 30 30
{PRT} Márcio Carvalho MPL Gauntlet 2020-21 30 30
{PRT} Bernardo Santos MPL Gauntlet 2020-21 18 18
{CAN} Alexander Hayne MPL Gauntlet 2020-21 27 27
{KOR} Ma Noah MPL Gauntlet 2020-21 21 21
{USA} Brad Nelson MPL Gauntlet 2020-21 24 24
{USA} William Jensen MPL Gauntlet 2020-21 27 27 Withdrew as new member of WotC after the Innistrad Championship.
{USA} Luis Scott-Vargas MPL Gauntlet 2020-21 30 30
{ARG} Luis Salvatto MPL Gauntlet 2020-21 9 9
{POL} Grzegorz Kowalski MPL Gauntlet 2020-21 27 27
{USA} Corey Burkhart MPL Gauntlet 2020-21 6 6
{USA} Austin Bursavich MPL Gauntlet 2020-21 27 27
{DEU} Thoralf Severin MPL Gauntlet 2020-21 24 24
{USA} Mike Sigrist MPL Gauntlet 2020-21 0 0
{USA} Zachary Kiihne MPL Gauntlet 2020-21 36 36 Qualified for Worlds at the Innistrad Championship
{USA} Logan Nettles Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21 33 33
{PRT} Joao Moreira Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21 27 27
{USA} Andrew Cuneo Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21 9 9
{JPN} Ken Yukuhiro Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21 27 27
{GB-WLS} Sam Rolph Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21 33 33
{CZE} Jacub Tóth Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21 30 30
{SVK} Ivan Floch Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21 21 21
{DEU} Christian Hauck Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21 43 43
{FRA} Matthieu Avignon Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21 24 24
{PRT} Miguel da Cruz Simões Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21 27 27
{JPN} Kenta Harane Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21 24 24
{JPN} Shota Yasooka Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21 33 33
{JPN} Shintaro Ishimura Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21 30 30
{FRA} Théo Moutier Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21 9 9
{ARG} Sebastian Pozzo Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21 27 27
{USA} Kenji Egashira Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21 9 9
{FIN} Matti Kuisma Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21 24 24
{USA} David Inglis Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21 24 24
{USA} Ian Birrell Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21 24 24
{FRA} Louis-Samuel Deltour Rivals Gauntlet 2020-21 27 27
{CZE} Tomáš Pokorný 9th Place, Challenger Gauntlet 9 9

Notes[]

^† Removed from the official overall leaderboard because of their qualification for Worlds.

See also[]

References[]

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