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When is the next MTG Pro Tour and what’s the format?

Only the best get invited.

Wizards of the Coast has three Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour tournaments scheduled per season leading up to the World Championship. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Modern Horizons 3 Pro Tour

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A Premier Play system was established during the MTG 2022-2023 season, featuring tabletop Regional Championship qualifiers, Regional Championships, Pro Tour tournaments, and the MTG World Championship. Digitally through MTG Arena, there are Qualifier Play-In events, Qualifier Weekend tournaments, and the Arena Championship.

The Magic World Championship is the pinnacle of all competitive play for that season, while the Pro Tour tournaments establish who competes at Worlds. Each Pro Tour follows the release of a Standard-legal set, featuring a main Constructed format and Limited Draft through the most recent MTG set. 

What is the next MTG Pro Tour tournament?

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The next MTG Pro Tour is Thunder Junction, taking place in Amsterdam, Netherlands from June 28 to 30. Most Pro Tour tournaments run during a MagicCon, but there are times when the event is not open to the public. The Modern Horizons 3 Pro Tour tournament will have a MagicCon festival running alongside it. This is the final Pro Tour tournament of the 2023-2024 MTG competitive season.

Who gets invited to the next MTG Pro Tour?

Invitations to a Pro Tour tournament are spread across digital and tabletop gameplay. The top eight competitors from the last Magic World Championship are invited to each Pro Tour tournament for the next season while top players from previous Pro Tour events are invited to the next one. Here is a full breakdown of how invitations to an MTG Pro Tour tournament work. 

  • Top eight from the last Magic World Championship
  • Players who had 39 or more Adjusted Match Points from previous Pro Tour
  • Players from previous Pro Tour with 30 or more match points
  • Top players from Regional Championships
  • Players from MTG Arena Qualifier Weekend with seven wins
  • Top players from Magic Online Champions Showcase
  • Hall of Fame MTG players who get to choose one Pro Tour per season to compete in
  • Special invitations

What is the format for the next MTG Pro Tour?

The Modern Horizons 3 Pro Tour features MH3 Draft and Modern Constructed gameplay. Three Draft rounds are scheduled for the first two days, followed by Modern Constructed Swiss rounds. All players who reach 12 match wins are automatically invited to day three. The top eight compete only in Modern Constructed through best three-out-of-five playoff matches. Seeding during the playoff rounds is determined by match wins, the round in which match wins were achieved, OMW, GW, and OGW percent. After game two, players may use cards from their sideboard in their main deck.  

How to watch the next MTG Pro Tour 

All MTG Pro Tour tournaments feature a broadcast team, airing live on Twitch. Hours of broadcast times are subject to change based on the location of the Pro Tour. The most recent tournament was Pro Tour Outlaws of Thunder Junction in Seattle. 

What is the payout at the next MTG Pro Tour?

The total prize pool for MTG Amsterdam Pro Tour is $500,000, with first place earning $50,000. All players competing will earn a minimum of $1,000. The minimum pay out in the top eight is $10,000.


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