2020 Partial Season Schedule
Mythic Qualifiers for the first two Mythic Invitationals will take place on the following days:
|Mythic Qualifier||Qualification Method from Ranked Play|
|January 11, 2020: Ikoria Mythic Qualifier #1||Be Top 1200 in Limited or Constructed in October, November, December 2019 Ranked Seasons|
|March 14, 2020: Ikoria Mythic Qualifier #2||Be Top 1200 in Limited or Constructed in February 2020 Ranked Seasons|
|May 30, 2020: Core 2021 Mythic Qualifier #1||Be Top 1200 in Limited or Constructed in April 2020 Ranked Seasons|
|June 20, 2020: Core 2021 Mythic Qualifier #2||Be Top 1200 in Limited or Constructed in May 2020 Ranked Seasons|
All Mythic Qualifiers above are Standard Constructed format best-of-three. (Note: The May Mythic Qualifier date has shifted to May 30 following the initial announcement of when these events are taking place.)
2020's Mythic Qualifiers will also come with some changes.
What Are Mythic Qualifiers?
We kicked off the 2019 Season with weekend-long qualifier events that took place over two days. We dug into play rates, player behavior, and competitor feedback. We identified two things:
- A two-day qualifier is a huge time commitment and friction point for players, and there was a considerable drop-off rate in participation over the year
- Day Two of the qualifiers were a confusing experience for competitors who were unfamiliar wit hMTG Arena's Direct Challenge feature and working through third party tools.
Qualifier events should be a good landing pad for players looking to take their competitive interests to a new level, and these events were asking a lot from those who have never traditionally played in competitive tournaments
To ensure these qualifiers are an opportunity for more Mythic-ranked players to take their shot at qualifying for a Mythic Invitational, we're shifting these events to take place over a single day. We understand this adds an element of "spikiness" to the qualifiers, but we believe the value of the accessibility and the goal of increasing participation rates will outweigh the negatives. We'll look at how the qualifiers perform during the 2020 Partial Season and adjust for future qualifiers.
Mythic Qualifiers in Q1 of 2020 will be one-day events that match how Saturday's Mythic Championship Qualifier Weekends were run. Players will have a two-hour window to join the event and can play in best-of-three Standard with a deck they select for the event until they either achieve 10 wins or 2 losses, whichever comes first. All players who reach 10 wins will qualify for Mythic Invitational—Ikoria.
The event will be active for 12 hours in total, starting from the time players may first enter the event, in order to finish all their matches.
Additionally, Mythic Qualifiers will award Mythic Points—important for Rivals League entry in the 2020-21 season—based on match wins a player earns in these events starting with their fifth win.
January Mythic Qualifier Event Information
6 a.m. PST (14:00 UTC): Eligible players will see the Mythic Qualifier event in-game.
If you believe you have qualified and you do not see the event in-game, please contact Customer Support by Thursday, January 9 at 5 p.m. PT (01:00 a.m. UTC January 10). Failure to do so may prevent you from participating in the Qualifier!
6 a.m. PST (14:00 UTC): Event Begins
8 a.m. PST (16:00 UTC): Event entry is closed. Players must have joined the in-game event prior to the 8 a.m. deadline to begin playing their matches.
6 p.m. PST (02:00 UTC January 12): Matchmaking queue is disabled. In-progress games will be allowed to finish.
The top 1200 Mythic-ranked players in either Constructed or Limited during Thrones of Eldraine Season 1 (October 2019), Season 2 (November 2019), or Season 3 (December 2019) are eligible to compete. Eligible players would have a received an email earlier in the month confirming their eligibility and will see a notification in Magic: The Gathering Arena. Additionally, a Mythic Qualifier badge will be visible on their profile page leading up to the event.
If you do not remember receiving these notifications, and/or do not see the Mythic Qualifier badge on your profile you must contact Customer Support immediately to confirm your eligibility. Failure to do so may prevent you from participating in the event.
The format will be best-of-three Standard, including an optional 15 card sideboard, played in a special Magic: The Gathering Arena event queue. Participants will play until 10 wins or 2 losses, whichever comes first. Each player will have 30 minutes on their respective match clock that will count down whenever that player has priority. If a player uses all of their allotted time before the current game finishes, they will be given a match loss regardless of the current board state.
Once the game update is live on January 9, eligible players will see a Mythic Qualifier event in Magic: The Gathering Arena. This is the event you will join on Saturday, January 11. If you do not see the event, you will need to contact Customer Support as soon as possible. To allow us time to investigate and correct any issues with your account, we ask that you contact customer support by 5 p.m. PST (01:00 UTC January 10) on Thursday, January 9 otherwise you may be unable to participate.
Entering the Event
Starting at 6 a.m. PST (14:00 UTC) on January 11, eligible players will be able to join the Mythic Qualifier event in Magic: The Gathering Arena. On the event page, you must hit "Start" to confirm your entry in the event. Players will have until 8 a.m. PST (16:00 UTC) to complete this step. It is strongly encouraged you begin playing as soon as possible after the event starts to ensure you have enough time to play all of your matches.
Once you have started the event, you will be given the option to submit your deck. Deck submissions are final. Once your deck is submitted, you will not be allowed to make any further changes including the sideboard.
Participants will play until 10 wins or 2 losses, whichever comes first. Players will have until 6 p.m. PST (02:00 UTC January 12) to queue for matches, afterwards the matchmaking queue will be disabled. Any matches currently in progress as of 6 p.m. PST will be allowed to complete, however players will not be able to join any new matches.
Mythic Points will be awarded to players for the 2020 season of the Magic Pro League, good for potential invitations to participate in the Magic Pro League and Rivals League 2020-21 season. Mythic Points will be reflected on magic.gg 3-5 business days after the conclusion of the event.
Players who receive 10 wins will receive an email from the Magic Esports team 3-5 business days after the conclusion of the event with preliminary info on Mythic Invitational Ikoria.
For any questions regarding eligibility or participating in the event, or if you encounter any issues with your account leading up to the event, please contact Customer Support, subject line: "Mythic Qualifier".