Magic: Organized Play Changes & “Ixalan” Announced!
The Fall 2017 expansion has been announced during an article regarding changes to Organized Play today! The title of the Fall set is “Ixalan”, and will release September 29, 2017
Additionally, several announcements regarding the World Championships, Nationals and various other changes were announced.
The fall set is named Ixalan, and will be releasing on September 29, 2017. It will be legal for the 2017 World Championship’s Standard and Limited play. Pro Tour Ixalan is November 3–5, 2017. This also means that Grand Prix Providence and Shizuoka will both be Team Sealed GPs as part of the release weekend.
2017’s Nationals will take place September 9–10, September 16–17, and October 14–15; they will be a split of Standard and Booster Draft, and Pro Points will be awarded at them.
Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers will have entry fees, will increase from 32 events to 37, and will award invitations via a scaling system based on attendance, all starting with the round that feeds Pro Tour Ixalan in November.
We are reverting the Pro Tour Top 8 bracket back to traditional single-elimination and are adjusting the Pro Tour prize money and Pro Point payout to Top 8 players starting with Pro Tour Amonkhet.
Pro Tour Ixalan, the World Championships and the Team Sealed Grand Prix events have all been scheduled to support and showcase Ixalan, and will mostly be focused on show casting the new Standard environment with the expansion set. The changes are said to be “experimental” and Wizards will be collecting feedback about it’s Organized Play Program and how this scheduling faires after the dust has settled.
These dates may come as a surprise to many players as these events all will be occurring within a week or two of Ixalan’s release. The Pro Tour and other events are typically closer to a month away. Players will have to brew new decks and strategies using the set’s new cards very rapidly to be prepared in time for these events. At least from a spectator’s standpoint, it will be very interesting to see what players come up when they don’t get to practice and hone new deck tech for weeks at a time!
The announcement article also gives much more information such as the dates of Nationals and who will be invited, World Magic Cup dates and invitations, Regional Pro Tour Qualifier information, prize payout changes and much, much more! For all this and more, check out the original article by clicking here!
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