Magic: The Gathering, the game that put Wizards of the Coast on the map, is establishing a brand new competitive league for European players. After a trial in Italy, PG Esports is partnering up with Wizards of the Coast and local partners like FACEIT to launch a new league in European territories.
As our sister site The Loadout reports, registration is now closed for the several European countries that FACEIT is handling. The first qualifier round is being held today, and players in England, France, Germany, Italy, and four of the Nordic countries each have their own qualifying rounds.
The league will use the standard format, with matches held each Sunday for five weeks. Each victory is worth three points, and the eight players with the most points at the end of the five-week regular season will advance to a final. That will then be streamed live via FACEIT’s Twitch channel.
The league will also be using the latest digital iteration of the game, Magic: The Gathering Arena, which we reviewed last month and found to be a rather good version of the game, if not quite a replacement for playing with physical cards.