RE: Legacy at the ProTour
Wizards dropped the mother of all bombs on us Wednesday. I am super excited about this! If you haven’t already read the announcement, go do that right now!
Don’t worry I’ll wait right here…
You got it? There’s a lot to take in so if you need a breather, I don’t blame you.
A lot of changes and announcements, but I’ll go over the one I’m the most excited about: There will be a Team trios Constructed Pro Tour In Minneapolis the 3-5 of August 2018!
This is huge, for the first time in modern PT history players will tap duals and cast brainstorms at the games’ most prolific stage. To give you an idea about how excited I am about this: I am writing this piece on my phone during downtime at work. I want to get this excitement down on digital paper as fast as possible.
So how does this work?
At the actual PT players will form teams of 3 with one player playing matches of standard, one player playing matches of modern and one player playing matches of legacy. If a team wins the majority of matches in a round, they get the 3 points, like in team sealed.
That’s all very well, but if you’re anything like me you’re asking ”How do I qualify?”
Luckily Wizards has told us a bit about that:
”Be Part of a Top-Finishing Team in the Pro Tour Team Series after Pro Tour Dominaria”
Teams that place in the top 16 of the PT team series are invited to compete in this since it’s the last PT of the 2017-18 season. However if a player uses this invite they can only format trios within their PT team series team.
”Top 4 a Team Grand Prix from January 6 until May 27, 2018”
This one is pretty straight forward, but there is a bit of a nugget for us here. Wizards is upping the number of team GPs in this period. Including GPs in the Team Constructed format of the PT. I really look forward to this, I can’t wait to play legacy alongside some of my non-legacy friends!
At each of these team GPs there will be a team PTQ awarding the winning team an invite for the team PT, providing even more opportunities to Q with your friends.
”Finish in the Top 2 of a Regional Pro Tour Qualifier for Pro Tour 25th Anniversary”
These will be team events, but the article is a bit unclear as to which kind of team events. It mentions a special round of team events with a yet to be announced team format, and it mentions the ordinary round of RPTQs with team unified standard. Hopefully the special round will let us qualify without having to play standard.
But wait! Team RPTQs?! How do those work?
If a player is qualified for an RPTQ they can bring two eligible, but unqualified friends as part of their team. Eligible meaning not yet qualified for the PT in question.
Sadly during writing this article I did some research:
It looks like we won’t have many legacy avenues to this PT. Better hope you have some friends willing to carry you at the RPTQ.
”Pro Club Status, Top Pro Tour Dominaria Finishers, and Hall of Fame”
The good old grinder slots nothing out of the ordinary here.
In the end all qualified players can form trios as they want. (The exception being players who are only qualified via the team series)
So… how do I feel about all this?
What does this do for legacy?
I’m pretty excited about this, but I have some reservations.
First of all, not having some or all of the RPTQs being Team Constructed instead of team unified standard feels pretty horrible as a legacy player, same about not having any of the GP day 2 PTQs being Team Constructed is a horrendous decision. Let us play Team Constructed to qualify for this!
Secondly, I hope we won’t see any ”Pro Tour bans” like we did in modern when it was a PT format. Other than that I just want to thank and congratulate StarCityGames.com for bringing this format to the big stage and thanks Wizards for showing they haven’t completely forgotten about us legacy players. Besides the mistakes this is a huge opportunity to showcase legacy.
~ Thiesen <3