|2022–23 Players Tour Season|
In May 2021, Magic Esports announced a return to in-person tabletop play post COVID-19 for this season. Although digital play is considered to be a lasting element of Organized Play, it is supposed to be only part of the equation going forward. As a result, the 2022–23 Players Tour Season won't feature either the MPL or the Rivals League.
According to Wizards of the Coast, Organized Play will not be explicitly designed anymore to support competitive Magic as a career path. Guaranteed salaries and appearance fees are abandoned. However, Competitive Magic is not going away. There will still be Grand Prix, PTQ, and Pro Tour – like events. The company's focus will be the amount of play and the prize money, and less focus on the lifestyle or it being economically self-sustaining. The idea is to focus on bottom up growth from the LGS level vs a top down approach (MPL), and thus opening competitive play to more players.
- 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).
- Magic Esports (May 13, 2021). "OP will not be explicitly designed to support competitive Magic as a career path.". Twitter.
- Magic Esports (May 13, 2021). "Competitive Magic is not going away.". Twitter.