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MAGIC ONLINE PREMIER PLAY PROGRAM

Whether you want to focus on a single format or dabble in a variety of event types, whether you want to qualify for a Regional Championship, the Pro Tour, or the end-of-season Magic Online Champions Showcase—with its $70,000 prize pool and two invitations to the World Championship, now more than ever you can play your way with the Magic Online Premier Play Program.

START HERE

MTGO Premier Play Seasons & Basic Info

Preliminary & Challenge Schedule

Event Calendar

Earning Qualifier Points & Leaderboard Points

What are Qualifier Points and Leaderboard Points?

Earning QPs Over Time – Leagues and Queues

Earning QPs in Chunks – Preliminaries and Format Challenges

Using Qualifier Points for MTGO Premier Play

PATH 1 – Qualifier Events & Super Qualifiers

PATH 2 – The Magic Online Champions Showcase

STEP 1 – Showcase Challenges & Last Chance Events

STEP 2 – Showcase Qualifiers

FINAL STEPS – Showcase Opens & MOCS Leaderboard

DESTINATION – The Magic Online Champions Showcase

General Event Rules & Legal Information

Customer Service for MTGO Premier Play

MTGO PREMIER PLAY SEASONS

The MTGO Premier Play Program splits the year into seasons of roughly seventeen weeks each. During each season, you'll earn Qualifier Points which can be used to join Qualifiers, Super Qualifiers, and Champions Showcase events. At the end of the season, we'll reset the Qualifier Points in players' accounts (right after the final Last Chance event fires) and then start the next season.

MOCS SEASON START END
2023 Season 3 July 5, 2023 November 29, 2023
2024 Season 1 November 29, 2023 March 20, 2024
2024 Season 2 March 20, 2024 July 10, 2024
2024 Season 3 July 10, 2024 TBD

Regional Championship qualifying rounds are asynchronous to MOCS seasons - Qualifiers and Super Qualifiers always accept only Qualifier Points from the current MOCS season

RC QUALIFYING ROUND FEEDS PRO TOUR START END
'23-'24 Cycle 2 Murders at Karlov Manor September 9, 2023 December 26, 2023
'23-24 Cycle 3 Modern Horizons 3 December 27, 2023 March 24, 2024

WHAT ARE QUALIFIER POINTS & LEADERBOARD POINTS?

QUICK LINKS

Leagues & Queues
Preliminaries & Challenges – Weekly Schedule

During each Premier Play season, players will earn Qualifier Points (QPs) by performing well in various Magic Online events. The number of QPs earned will vary by event and finish as indicated by the various event types described below.

Players can use accumulated QPs to enter various Premier Play events over the course of the Premier Play Season as described in the Using Qualifier Points section below.

Here is the full list of ways to earn QPs:

EVENT ROUNDS RESULT QP
Draft League 3 3 Wins 2
Swiss Draft or Phantom Draft Queue 3 3 Wins 2
Single Elimination Draft Queue 3 1st Place 3
2nd Place 1
Competitive Sealed or Constructed Leagues 5 5 Wins 5
4 Wins 2
3 Wins 1
Preliminary Event 4 4 Wins 40
3 Wins 20
2 Wins 10
Limited Challenge 32 6 6 Wins 40
5 Wins 30
4 Wins 20
3 Wins 10
Constructed Format Challenge 32 or 64 varies 1st -2nd Place 40
3rd–4th Place 20
5th–8th Place 10
Constructed Format Challenge 96 varies 1st Place 50
2nd Place 40
3rd–4th Place 30
5th–8th Place 20
9th–16th Place 10
17th–32nd Place 5

 

Additionally, the Top 8 finishers of certain events that include playoff rounds will earn Leaderboard Points. At the end of the season, the Top 2 players on the Leaderboard score invitations to MTGO's top event—the Champions Showcase—plus a seat at an upcoming Pro Tour. Check out the MOCS Leaderboard page for full details.

THE MAGIC ONLINE CHAMPIONS SHOWCASE

Players looking to prove their mettle against the best players in Magic Online will want to use their QPs to enter Magic Online Champions Showcase (MOCS) events. MOCS is a set of linked tournaments designed to highlight the game's best players each season, culminating in the Champions Showcase and its prize pool of $70,000 and two invitations to the World Championship.

NOTE: Once a player wins an invitation to a Season's Showcase, that player is prohibited from competing in further MOCS events feeding that Showcase.

THE MOCS PATH

STEP 1 – Showcase Challenges & Last Chance Events
STEP 2 – Showcase Qualifiers
FINAL STEPS – Showcase Opens & MOCS Leaderboard
(This Page) DESTINATION – Champions Showcase Event

Champions Showcase Event

The signature event of each Season is the Magic Online Champions Showcase. This 8-player online event pits the top competitors of the season against each other for their share of a $70,000 prize pool and the title of Showcase Champion. In addition, the top two finishers earn a seat at the World Championship!

The competitors include:

The date of the Showcase and the formats it will use will be announced at least one month before the event.

SEASON SHOWCASE DATE FORMATS
2023 Season 3 January 13, 2024 Vintage Cube & Modern
2024 Season 1 TBD TBD

 

NOTE: Because Champions Showcase events are held online, players who have earned an invitation must be able to connect to the internet for the duration of the event, demonstrate their connectivity prior to the event, and verify they can stream matches for the coverage team. Players who cannot commit to or demonstrate these requirements may be disqualified and have their invitation transferred to another competitor.

The full prizes for each Champions Showcase are as follows (updated for 2023 Season 3):

FINISH PRIZES (USD) INVITATION
1st $20,000


2023 Seasons 2-3 & 2024 Season 1:
World Championship 30 (2024)

2024 Seasons 2-3:
World Championship 31 (2025)

2nd $15,000
3rd $7,000  
4th $6,500  
5th $6,000  
6th $5,500  
7th-8th $5,000  

 

EVENT CALENDAR

Below is a schedule of upcoming premier events. As the year progresses, this schedule will be updated. These additions will also be announced in the weekly announcements.

This calendar can also be found here.

Last Updated: February 20, 2024

*indicates next-day start time UTC

DATE TIME (PT) TIME (UTC) EVENT FORMAT INVITATION
2023 SEASON 3 REMAINING EVENTS
Sun-Wed, November 26-29 See Prelim Schedule Showcase Last Chance Varies Format’s Showcase Qualifier
2023 SEASON 3 SHOWCASE QUALIFYING EVENTS
Saturday, December 2, 2023 8:00 a.m. 16:00 Modern Showcase Qualifier Modern

2023 Season 3 Champions Showcase (MTGO)
Pro Tour Thunder Junction (Tabletop)
'23-24 Regional Championship Cycle 2 (Tabletop)

Sunday, December 3, 2023 8:00 a.m. 16:00 Legacy Showcase Qualifier Legacy 2023 Season 3 Champions Showcase (MTGO)
Pro Tour Thunder Junction (Tabletop)
'23-24 Regional Championship Cycle 2 (Tabletop)
Saturday, December 9, 2023 6:00 a.m. 14:00 Standard Showcase Qualifier Standard 2023 Season 3 Champions Showcase (MTGO)
Pro Tour Thunder Junction (Tabletop)
'23-24 Regional Championship Cycle 2 (Tabletop)
Sunday, December 10, 2023 6:00 a.m. 16:00 Pioneer Showcase Qualifier Pioneer 2023 Season 3 Champions Showcase (MTGO)
Pro Tour Thunder Junction (Tabletop)
'23-24 Regional Championship Cycle 2 (Tabletop)
Saturday, December 16, 2023 7:00 a.m. 15:00 MOCS Showcase Open LCI Sealed 2023 Season 3 Champions Showcase (MTGO)
Pro Tour Thunder Junction (Tabletop)
'23-24 Regional Championship Cycle 2 (Tabletop)
Sunday, December 17, 2023 7:00 a.m. 15:00 MOCS Showcase Open LCI Sealed 2023 Season 3 Champions Showcase (MTGO)
Pro Tour Thunder Junction (Tabletop)
'23-24 Regional Championship Cycle 2 (Tabletop)
2024 SEASON 1 EVENTS
Saturday, December 23, 2023 7:00 a.m. 15:00 Pioneer Super Qualifier Pioneer '23-24 Regional Champ Cycle 2 (Tabletop)
Monday, December 25, 2023 2:00 p.m. 22:00 Limited Super Qualifier LCI Sealed '23-24 Regional Champ Cycle 2 (Tabletop)
Tuesday, December 26, 2023 1:00 a.m. 9:00 Modern Super Qualifier Modern '23-24 Regional Champ Cycle 2 (Tabletop)
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023 7:00 a.m. 15:00 Modern Super Qualifier Modern '23-24 Regional Champ Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Thursday, December 28, 2023 7:00 a.m. 15:00 Legacy Super Qualifier Legacy '23-24 Regional Champ Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Friday, December 29, 2023 7:00 a.m. 15:00 Pioneer Super Qualifier Pioneer '23-24 Regional Champ Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Saturday, December 30, 2023 7:00 a.m. 15:00 Limited Super Qualifier LCI Sealed '23-24 Regional Champ Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Monday, January 1, 2024 7:00 a.m. 15:00 Standard Qualifier Standard '23-24 Regional Champ Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Saturday, January 6, 2024 8:00 a.m. 16:00 Modern Showcase Challenge Modern Modern Showcase Qualifier
Sunday, January 7, 2024 6:00 a.m. 14:00 Pioneer Showcase Challenge Pioneer Pioneer Showcase Qualifier
Sunday, January 14, 2024 1:00 a.m. 9:00 Modern Qualifier Modern '23-24 Regional Champ Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Monday, January 15, 2024 7:00 a.m. 15:00 Modern Qualifier Modern '23-24 Regional Champ Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Saturday, January 20, 2024 10:00 a.m. 18:00 Vintage Showcase Challenge Vintage Vintage Showcase Qualifier
Sunday, January 21, 2024 8:00 a.m. 16:00 Legacy Showcase Challenge Legacy Legacy Showcase Qualifier
Saturday, January 27, 2024 7:00 a.m. 15:00 Pioneer Qualifier Pioneer '23-24 Regional Champ Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Sunday, January 28, 2024 7:00 a.m. 15:00 Limited Super Qualifier RVR Sealed '23-24 Regional Champ Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Friday, February 2, 2024 2:00 p.m. 22:00 Limited Qualifier RVR Sealed '23-24 Regional Champ Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Saturday, February 10, 2024 8:00 a.m. 16:00 Modern Showcase Challenge Modern Modern Showcase Qualifier
Sunday, February 11, 2024 6:00 a.m. 14:00 Pioneer Showcase Challenge Pioneer Pioneer Showcase Qualifier
Saturday, February 17, 2024 10:00 a.m. 18:00 Vintage Showcase Challenge Vintage Vintage Showcase Qualifier
Sunday, February 18, 2024 8:00 a.m. 16:00 Legacy Showcase Challenge Legacy Legacy Showcase Qualifier
Monday, February 19, 2024 7:00 a.m. 15:00 Limited Qualifier MKM Sealed '23-24 Regional Champ Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Saturday, February 24, 2024 7:00 a.m. 15:00 Limited Super Qualifier MKM Sealed '23-24 Regional Champ Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Sunday, February 25, 2024 1:00 a.m. 9:00 Limited Super Qualifier MKM Sealed '23-24 Regional Champ Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Friday, March 1, 2024 2:00 p.m. 22:00 Legacy Qualifier Legacy '23-24 Regional Champ Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Saturday, March 2, 2024 7:00 a.m. 15:00 Pauper Qualifier Pauper '23-24 Regional Champ Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Sunday, March 3, 2024 7:00 a.m. 15:00 Vintage Super Qualifier Vintage '23-24 Regional Champ Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Friday, March 8, 2024 2:00 p.m. 22:00 Limited Qualifier MKM Sealed '23-24 Regional Champ Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Saturday, March 9, 2024 8:00 a.m. 16:00 Modern Showcase Challenge Modern Modern Showcase Qualifier
Sunday, March 10, 2024 6:00 a.m. 13:00 Pioneer Showcase Challenge Pioneer Pioneer Showcase Qualifier
Saturday, March 16, 2024 10:00 a.m. 17:00 Vintage Showcase Challenge Vintage Vintage Showcase Qualifier
Sunday, March 17, 2024 8:00 a.m. 15:00 Legacy Showcase Challenge Legacy Legacy Showcase Qualifier
Sun-Wed, March 17-20, 2024 See Prelim Schedule Showcase Last Chance Varies Format’s Showcase Qualifier
2024 SEASON 1 SHOWCASE QUALIFYING EVENTS
Saturday, March 23, 2024 8:00 a.m. 15:00 Modern Showcase Qualifier Modern

2024 Season 1 Champions Showcase (MTGO)
Pro Tour Modern Horizons 3 (Tabletop)
'23-24 Regional Championship Cycle 3 (Tabletop)

Sunday, March 24, 2024 6:00 a.m. 13:00 Pioneer Showcase Qualifier Pioneer 2024 Season 1 Champions Showcase (MTGO)
Pro Tour Modern Horizons 3 (Tabletop)
'23-24 Regional Championship Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Saturday, March 30, 2024 10:00 a.m. 17:00 Vintage Showcase Qualifier Vintage 2024 Season 1 Champions Showcase (MTGO)
Pro Tour Modern Horizons 3 (Tabletop)
'23-24 Regional Championship Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Sunday, March 31, 2024 8:00 a.m. 15:00 Legacy Showcase Qualifier Legacy 2024 Season 1 Champions Showcase (MTGO)
Pro Tour Modern Horizons 3 (Tabletop)
'23-24 Regional Championship Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Saturday, April 6, 2024 7:00 a.m. 14:00 MOCS Showcase Open MKM Sealed 2024 Season 1 Champions Showcase (MTGO)
Pro Tour Modern Horizons 3 (Tabletop)
'23-24 Regional Championship Cycle 3 (Tabletop)
Sunday, April 7, 2023 7:00 a.m. 14:00 MOCS Showcase Open MKM Sealed 2024 Season 1 Champions Showcase (MTGO)
Pro Tour Modern Horizons 3 (Tabletop)
'23-24 Regional Championship Cycle 3 (Tabletop)

GENERAL EVENT RULES

Scheduling and Structure

Daybreak reserves the right to add, remove, modify, reschedule, and/or delete any tournament for any reason, including without limitation, if in its sole judgment, that tournament's integrity has been compromised by an unforeseen technical issue and/or error in that tournament's administration.

Note that before, during, or after a season, Daybreak reserves the right to adjust, change, or remove the method or rate at which QPs are distributed. Any changes will be announced at least one week prior to the change on MTGO.com.

Entry and Invitations

For all events that require Qualifier Points or an invitation to enter: if a player believes they should be able to enter the event and cannot, it is their responsibility to contact Customer Support before the event begins (see the Connectivity and Other Event Problems section below). Once the event begins, players cannot be added to the event.

Players who earn a Regional Championship invitation, Pro Tour invitation, or Magic Online Champions Showcase invitation from a Magic Online event will be contacted via the email account associated with their Magic Online account by a Daybreak representative within 72 hours of the qualifying event to verify account information and coordinate the invitation. If you plan on playing in the MTGO Premier Play Program, please ensure that your account information is correct.

Players who are already invited to a Regional Championship fed by a Qualifier or Super Qualifier are eligible to compete in further events feeding that Championship. If a player would earn a redundant invitation to a Regional Championship, Pro Tour, or World Championship via a Magic Online event, that invitation may pass down as indicated in the Prizes section below.

For all Seasons, players who have already earned a Magic Online Champions Showcase Invitation are not eligible to participate in further qualification events for that Magic Online Premier Play Season's Champions Showcase.

 

Connectivity and Other Event Problems

Players who experience issues during a Premier Play event should contact Customer Service as quickly as possible. Customer Service can be contacted online via the Submit a Request form. Some events include coverage by Digital Event Coordinators (DECs) who can be contacted by joining the #DEC chat channel inside the game client.

Daybreak is not responsible for the results of any disconnection or network problems experienced by players. Please refer to these guidelines for more information on stability and connection issues in MTGO Premier Play.

LEGAL INFORMATION

Magic Online Premier Play Eligibility

For these eligibility rules, Magic Online Premier Play is defined as any Magic Online tournament or event whose prize structure includes one or more invitations to a Magic Online Champions Showcase event, tabletop Regional Championship, tabletop Pro Tour, or World Championship event, or another tournament or event that is deemed to be part of the Magic Online Premier Play system.

All Magic Online players who meet the eligibility requirements set forth herein are eligible to compete in Magic Online Premier Play except (a) players who are otherwise ineligible to engage in tournament play pursuant to the Magic Online User Agreement and (b) employees and their immediate family members, or contractors of Daybreak Game Company LLC (“Daybreak”), Wizards of the Coast LLC ("Wizards"), Hasbro, Inc. ("Hasbro"), or each of their respective subsidiaries or affiliates or their advertising or promotion agencies, or those who have been disqualified for other reasons (see below). This is a skill-based tournament based on a player's ability to defeat other players.

Players must be Magic Online account holders in good standing and in compliance with the Magic Online User Agreement in order to participate in Magic Online Premier Play. Players may be disqualified from Premier Play (including the Magic Online Champions Showcase and/or Regional Championship events) if they are suspended from Magic Online for any reason, including without limitation, a violation of the Magic Online User Agreement.

To be eligible to participate in Magic Online Premier Play, the following requirements must be met:

Invitations to the Championship (including those awarded by participation in tournaments) are governed by the Magic: The Gathering Premier Event Invitation Policy except as stated in the Prize section below.

For all Seasons, players who have already earned a Magic Online Champions Showcase Invitation are not eligible to participate in further qualification events for that Magic Online Premier Play Season's Champions Showcase.

Because the Magic Online Champions Showcase event is held online, players who have earned an invitation must be able to connect to the internet for the duration of the event, demonstrate their connectivity prior to the event, and verify they can stream matches for the coverage team. Players who cannot commit to or demonstrate these requirements may be disqualified and have their invitation passed down to another competitor as indicated in the Prizes section below.

Players who compete in Qualifiers or Magic Online Premier Play events in violation of these rules will be subject to appropriate penalties, up to and including suspension.

Although players may have multiple accounts qualified for a Magic Online Champions Showcase event, players are not permitted to have more than one of their accounts entered in any single Scheduled Event at one time. Players are not permitted to have any accounts entered in events played by other players for any reason. If a player is discovered to have more than one account playing in a Magic Online Champions Showcase event or Qualifier/Super Qualifier event before, during, or after the event, Daybreak may take action against that player's account(s), up to and including disqualification with no refund of product and/or event tickets, suspension of the offending account(s), and/or termination of the offending account(s). Using an account other than your own, allowing any other player to use your account, selling your account, and other similar actions are all violations of the Magic Online User Agreement. If you play in Magic Online tournaments, win, and expect to get your prize, be absolutely certain you are playing on your own account. We do not recognize excuses, such as "I and a friend jointly own the account," "It's my brother's account but he gave it to me," or similar. The only exception is an adult may authorize a single dependent child age thirteen to seventeen to play on an account that the adult has established.

Daybreak reserves the right to reschedule and/or restart tournaments, matches, extend timers and/or games as needed. Such decisions will be announced on the Magic Online website, via @MagicOnline on Twitter, and/or within the Magic Online client as needed.

Prizes

All prizes are awarded "AS IS" and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied, (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). This is a game of skill and, therefore, there are no odds of winning as is the case with a game of chance. All applicable taxes, fees, duties, tariffs, passport or visa costs, and any license, destination, entry, exit and/or delivery charges are the sole responsibility of each player, and players acknowledge Daybreak’s recommendation that they consult a tax advisor in their jurisdiction for questions regarding their tax liabilities.

If a player wins that is later deemed ineligible to earn prizes in sanctioned tournaments (such as he or she is suspended under the age of eighteen and/or a paid contractor) or if a player would receive a redundant invitation due to being already qualified (via an MTG Arena event or previous Magic Online event), then any invitations earned (Magic Online Champions Showcase, Regional Championship, Pro Tour, World Championship event, or otherwise) will pass down to the player with the next best finish in that event. The final Swiss standings of the tournament will determine the difference between third and fourth place and the difference between fifth through eighth place, should that be necessary.

Exception: For Regional Championships (RC), if a player would earn a redundant invite from Magic Online and the source of that player's existing invitation is:

In any of the above cases, digital prizes will not pass down to the next player.

Daybreak may modify, suspend, and/or cancel an event, substitute prizes, or change the costs and/or schedule for an event without notice, at its sole discretion.

Event Integrity

If, in the sole judgment of Daybreak and its representatives, a system error, tournament or rules bug, or other issue has significantly compromised the integrity of the event, Daybreak retains the right to modify the tournament structure as needed to maintain as fair and competitive an experience as possible for all players.

Occasionally while playing Magic Online, Daybreak staff (marked by purple text in their online name in Chat) may ask players for their name and/or contact information. Failure to provide accurate information may result in significant penalties, up to and including disqualification with no refund of product and/or event tickets, suspension of the offending account(s), and/or termination of the offending account(s).

Do not give out your information to anyone who is not Daybreak Staff. Daybreak staff members will never ask for your password.

Legal Information

Release: By entering (or consenting to the entry of a person under the age of eighteen) a Magic Online Premier Play season, each participant (or the participant's parent or legal guardian, if the participant is under the age of eighteen) and the winner (or the winner's parent or legal guardian, if the winner is under the age of eighteen) thereby release Daybreak and its parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agencies from any liability whatsoever and waive any and all causes of action related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with Magic Online Premier Play or delivery, misdelivery, acceptance, possession, or use of or inability to use any prize (including, without limitation to, claims, costs, injuries, losses, and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty, or other theory. Except where prohibited, you agree that any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved under the laws of the State of California, without respect to any conflict of law issues, and participants agree that such shall be resolved properly, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the US Federal and State Courts of San Diego, California, USA. All of Daybreak’s decisions regarding the application and interpretation of the rules are final.

Disclaimer of Liability; Certain Risks

Daybreak, and any of its parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, professional advisors, employees and agencies will not be responsible for: (a) any late, lost, misrouted, garbled, distorted, or damaged transmissions or entries; (b) telephone, electronic, hardware, software, network, Internet, or other computer- or communications-related malfunctions or failures; (c) any event disruptions, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of Daybreak; or (d) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with Magic Online Premier Play.

Participation in Magic Online Premier Play is void where restricted, taxed or prohibited by law.

Daybreak reserves the right to add, remove, modify, reschedule, and/or delete any tournament for any reason, including without limitation, if in its sole judgment that tournament's integrity has been compromised by an unforeseen technical issue and/or error in that tournament's administration.

The winners of any Magic Online Premier Play events may be posted on mtgo.com and magic.gg.