Wizards of the Coast has just announced the new Magic: The Gathering set for the fall of 2017. It will be called Ixalan and, even though the Prerelease for Amonkhet is still a couple of days away, the buzz for this set release on September 29 is already building.
What Ixalan Means for Premier Play
While Pro Tour is usually scheduled for two weeks after the new set’s release, this time around WOTC is trying something different. The 2017 Magic: The Gathering World Championship will occur just one week after Ixalan’s release on November 3–5. This is an experiment to see how effective utilizing the World Championship to promote the new Standard set will be.
The Pro Tour will instead happen five weeks after. That way, between the release of Ixalan and the Pro Tour, there will be a few weeks of time where players can play new Standard decks with a new Standard and Booster Draft format. The Team Limited Grand Prix (September 30–October 1) in Providence and Shizuoka will be using Ixalan, which means participants will have the opportunity to play with the new set during the weekend’s release.
The Return of Nationals
To participate in the Nationals, players will need to accrue a certain number of Planeswalker Points by the end of the Yearly Award Season (May 28, 2017), with a threshold differing based on the size of the country, as outlined in the Premier Event Invitation Policy. All currently eligible players’ names are maintained on the 2017 Nationals Invitation List.
Along with this, events are going to return to a three-person team model. The top Pro Point earner in the 2016–17 season will continue to be invited to represent their country as the Team Captain. The rest of the team will be determined after each country’s Nationals, with the Top 2 finishers earning invitations and airfare to compete in the 2017 World Magic Cup.
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