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Regional Championship Qualifiers (RCQs) are qualifying Magic: The Gathering tournaments introduced in 2022 as part of the Premier Play program. They are the first step en route to the World Championship.[1]

The RCQ's replaced both the Players Tour Qualifiers and the WPN Qualifiers.


Regional Championship Qualifiers are largely held at the WPN store level and are organized by regional tournament organizers. These teams set local qualification guidelines, work with the WPN to schedule qualifiers, and provide program information on their websites. In other words, rather than previous one-plan-fits-all approaches to qualifiers, Wizards of the Coast is giving some flexibility to regional organizers who know their players and how best to hold events in their regions.

The top players in a RCQ gain access to the Regional Championships.


  • USA
  • Canada
  • Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)
  • Australia/New Zealand
  • China
  • Japan/Korea
  • Southeast Asia
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Brazil
  • Mexico/Central America/Caribbean
  • South America


Main article: Qualifier#Promos