Planeswalker Points was a worldwide system introduced in 2012 designed to reward you for playing Magic: The Gathering in DCI-sanctioned events (where an organizer scheduled and reported the event to Wizards of the Coast). All sanctioned events, from casual-format sanctioned events to Worlds carried points. The system was retired in 2020.
Unlike previous systems that rewarded only winning, Planeswalker Points was based on playing. Players earned points for every sanctioned event they joined, and they earned even more for each victory. The larger the tournament, the more participation points players received, no matter where they finished. Special events carried a point multiplier.
There were three major categories:
- Lifetime: The total points obtained over all time.
- Competitive: The total points obtained during the span of a Pro Tour season, excluding casual, Pro Tour, Worlds, and World Magic Cup events. It used to determine the number of byes granted to a player in Grand Prix and eligibility of invitation to Nationals and, formerly, World Magic Cup Qualifiers.
- Until November 2014, there was also a Seasonal Award subcategory, which almost exclusively determined Grand Prix byes only.
- Professional: The Pro Points obtained over the span of a Pro Tour season.
- At the start of the 2018–19 season, a subcategory, where inclusion is determined by calculating the Pro Points of the top 12 finishing players of the previous four Pro Tour cycles, was introduced accompanying the new Pro Players Club system.
Players could keep track of their Planeswalker Points progress on the Wizards of the Coast website planeswalkerpoints.com. At certain point totals, players leveled up in the program and improved their rank. The ranks went from Prodigy (levels 1–5) all the way up to Archmage (levels 46–50).
The points needed to advance to the next level were as follows:
|Task Mage||11–15||10 points|
Level 50 was the highest-possible level players could reach, sitting at 50,000 points total. Advancing to level 50 required 7,000 additional points past level 49. Although there was a maximum level, there was no upper limit for obtainable points; for example, all-time leader Shuhei Nakamura obtained more than 100,000 points in his lifetime.
As of 2020, the site still worked and you could still win rewards and use it to see your match history, but logging in was a challenge sometimes. It hadn't been updated since about 2014, including the software used to hook into it and handle matchups. On May 27, 2020 Planeswalker Points and DCI numbers were sunsetted and access to the Planeswalker Points website was removed. Future in-store play and esports events, as well as other play opportunities, would require players to have a valid Wizards Account which works with the Magic: The Gathering Companion app and a new event tool for local game stores.
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