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MTGO Premier Play – Earning Qualifier Points

LEAGUES AND QUEUES

The most common way players earn QPs is through Leagues and Queues. Performing well in these events will provide players with QPs that they can accumulate over the course of the season. Once a player has earned 40 or more QPs in the current season, they can use them to join an upcoming MTGO Premier event in that season.

Here is a list of QP earnings via Leagues and Queues:

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

For full prize breakdowns of Leagues and Queues, check out the Limited Events and Constructed Events pages.

For general guidance on how Leagues and Queues work, visit the Events & Formats section of our online Game Guide.

PRELIMINARIES

These 4-round scheduled events are designed for players who prefer a more traditional tournament style and want to earn their QPs in larger batches. Players who finish a Preliminary Event with 4 wins earn 40 QPs, enough to enter an upcoming MTGO Premier Event.

Preliminary Events are scattered across the week on a set schedule and include a variety of formats, including most major Constructed formats and the current set's sealed deck. The full schedule can be found below. Please note, however, that this schedule may be adjusted as needed. Updates will be communicated via the Weekly Announcements Blog at MTGO.com.

Start Times: See Schedule below
Format: See Schedule below
Product: A deck that matches the event's format
Location: The Constructed lobby that matches the format, or Limited ->  Premier Events
Entry:

Size: 12–256 players
Play Style: Swiss pairings
Duration: 4 rounds

Prizes: Based on format


Limited Preliminary

WINS PRIZES
4 600 Play Points and 40 Qualifier Points
3 300 Play Points and 20 Qualifier Points
2 150 Play Points and 10 Qualifier Points


Constructed Preliminary

WINS PRIZES
4 400 Play Points, 5 Treasure Chests, and 40 Qualifier Points
3 200 Play Points, 4 Treasure Chests, and 20 Qualifier Points
2 100 Play Points, 1 Treasure Chest, and 10 Qualifier Points

Preliminary and Challenge Schedule

EFFECTIVE DATE: February 20, 2024 - Events in Blue Bold have a Second Chance Event 30 minutes later

TIME (PT) MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
12:00 a.m. Pioneer Limited Limited Modern Limited Pioneer Preliminary Vintage Challenge
1:00 a.m.           Limited Preliminary Limited Preliminary
2:00 a.m.     Modern   Limited Pauper Challenge 32  
3:00 a.m. Limited Modern Legacy Pioneer   Limited Challenge 32 Limited Challenge 32
4:00 a.m. Legacy       Modern Legacy Challenge 32 Modern Challenge 96
5:00 a.m.              
6:00 a.m.     Pioneer     Standard Challenge 32 Pioneer Challenge 64
7:00 a.m. Modern Pioneer Limited Limited Legacy    
8:00 a.m.           Modern Challenge 96 Legacy Challenge 64
9:00 a.m. Limited Limited Modern   Standard   Modern Preliminary
10:00 a.m.   Standard   Standard Limited Vintage Challenge 32 Pauper Challenge 64
11:00 a.m. Legacy Modern Limited Modern Vintage    
12:00 p.m.     Standard Limited   Limited Challenge 32 Limited Challenge 32
1:00 p.m.     Pioneer       Pioneer Challenge 32
2:00 p.m. Standard       Pioneer Challenge 32 Pioneer Challenge 64 Standard Challenge 96
3:00 p.m. Modern Pioneer Modern Legacy Standard    
4:00 p.m.   Limited Limited Limited Limited Challenge 32 Limited Limited
5:00 p.m. Vintage Modern   Standard      
6:00 p.m. Limited Standard Vintage   Modern Challenge 64 Modern Challenge 64 Modern Challenge 64
7:00 p.m. Pioneer Legacy   Modern Standard    
8:00 p.m.              
9:00 p.m. Modern   Limited Pioneer      
10:00 p.m.              
11:00 p.m.              

FORMAT CHALLENGES

Constructed

Held exclusively on the weekends, Constructed Format Challenges are Swiss-style scheduled events that feature a Top 8 playoff and provide a big tournament feel. These are great places to practice for Qualifiers since the structures are similar with the added benefit of earning a good number of QPs if you do well.

Each format's Challenges happen the same time each weekend on the schedule below. Players who reach the Top 8 of each Challenge will earn QPs they can use to join future MTGO Premier events.

Challenges are divided into three prize structures based on the minimum number of players: 32, 64, or 96

TIME (PT) 

FRIDAY 

SATURDAY 

SUNDAY 

12:00 a.m. 

 

 

Vintage Challenge 32 

1:00 a.m. 

 

Limited Challenge 32 

Limited Challenge 32 

2:00 a.m. 

 

Pauper Challenge 32 

 

4:00 a.m. 

 

Legacy Challenge 32 

Modern Challenge 64 or 96 

6:00 a.m. 

 

Standard Challenge 32 

Pioneer Challenge 64 

8:00 a.m. 

 

Modern Challenge 96 

Legacy Challenge 64 

10:00 a.m. 

 

Vintage Challenge 32 

Pauper Challenge 64 

12:00 p.m. 

 

Limited Challenge 32 

Limited Challenge 32 

1:00 p.m. 

 

 

Pioneer Challenge 32 

2:00 p.m. 

Pioneer Challenge 64 

Pioneer Challenge 64 

Standard Challenge 64 

4:00 p.m. 

Limited Challenge 32 

 

 

6:00 p.m. 

Modern Challenge 64 

Modern Challenge 64 

Modern Challenge 32 

Start Times: As listed by format above
Format: Standard, Pioneer, Modern, Legacy, Vintage, or Pauper
Product: A deck that matches the event's format
Location: The Constructed lobby that matches the format
Entry: 30 Event Tickets or 300 Play Points
Size: 96-384 players (Extra Large), 64–384 players (Large) or 32–212 players (Small)
Duration: Swiss rounds based on attendance, then cut to Top 8
Prizes: Based on event size

XL EVENTS (96-PLAYER MINIMUM)

FINISH PRIZES
1st 750 Play Points, 100 Treasure Chests, 50 Qualifier Points, and 1 regular set*
2nd 750 Play Points, 75 Treasure Chests, and 40 Qualifier Points
3rd–4th 550 Play Points, 50 Treasure Chests, and 30 Qualifier Points
5th–8th 550 Play Points, 25 Treasure Chests, and 20 Qualifier Points
9th–16th 450 Play Points, 10 Treasure Chests, and 10 Qualifier Points
17th–32nd 400 Play Points, 5 Treasure Chests, and 5 Qualifier Points
33rd–64th 200 Play Points
65th-96th 100 Play Points

*Set prizes contain one digital copy of each card in the main set of the most recent Standard-legal expansion.

LARGE EVENTS (64-PLAYER MINIMUM)

FINISH PRIZES
1st 600 Play Points, 100 Treasure Chests, 40 Qualifier Points, and 1 regular set*
2nd 600 Play Points, 75 Treasure Chests, and 40 Qualifier Points
3rd–4th 450 Play Points, 50 Treasure Chests, and 20 Qualifier Points
5th–8th 450 Play Points, 25 Treasure Chests, 10 Qualifier Points
9th–16th 300 Play Points and 10 Treasure Chests
17th–32nd 300 Play Points and 5 Treasure Chests
33rd–64th 150 Play Points

*Set prizes contain one digital copy of each card in the main set of the most recent Standard-legal expansion.

SMALL EVENTS (32-PLAYER MINIMUM)

FINISH PRIZES
1st 600 Play Points, 100 Treasure Chests, 40 Qualifier Points, and 1 regular set*
2nd 600 Play Points, 75 Treasure Chests, and 40 Qualifier Points
3rd–4th 450 Play Points, 50 Treasure Chests, and 20 Qualifier Points
5th–8th 450 Play Points, 25 Treasure Chests, 10 Qualifier Points
9th–16th 300 Play Points and 10 Treasure Chests
17th–32nd 300 Play Points and 5 Treasure Chests

*Set prizes contain one digital copy of each card in the main set of the most recent Standard-legal expansion.

Limited

UPDATE EFFECTIVE DATE: September 8, 2023

Limited Format Challenges are Swiss-style scheduled events that provide a big tournament feel but do not run as long as events with a playoff.

Limited Challenges are also scheduled for the same times each weekend They require a minimum of 32 players and have 6 rounds.

TIME (PT) FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
1:00 a.m.   Limited Challenge 32 Limited Challenge 32
12:00 p.m.   Limited Challenge 32 Limited Challenge 32
4:00 p.m. Limited Challenge 32    

Start Times: As listed by format above
Format: Sealed Deck of the most recent Standard-legal expansion, unless otherwise specified
Product: Magic Online will provide 6 boosters of the appropriate set.
Location: Limited -> Premier Events
Entry: 35 Event Tickets or 350 Play Points
Size: 32–256 players
Duration: Fixed: 6 rounds
Prizes: Based on event size

LIMITED CHALLENGE 32

WINS PRIZES
6 550 Play Points, 6 booster packs, 30 Treasure Chests, 1 regular set*, and 40 Qualifier Points
5 450 Play Points, 2 booster packs, 15 Treasure Chests, and 30 QP
4 350 Play Points, 2 booster packs, 5 Treasure Chests, and 20 QP
3 2 booster packs and 10 QP

Booster pack prizes are of the expansion used in the event.
*Set prizes contain one digital copy of each card in the main set of the expansion used in the event.

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