Sunday, May 8, 2016


Lately, Wizards announced serious cuts in appearance fees for Hall of Flames and Platinum level players.  Take a look what Wizards planned to do in order to increase the World Magic Championship prize pools from $150,000 to $250,000 in 2016, and to $500,000 in 2017. Platinum players were suppoused to receive an appearance fee of $250 for competing at Pro Tours (previously $3,000), an appearance fee of $250 for competing at the World Magic Cup (previously $1,000), and an appearance fee of $250 for competing at a World Magic Cup Qualifier (previously $500).

It is not hard to tell, that reaction of community was instant. So was Wizards of the Coast. Changes were reversed due to overwhelming community feedback. What is more, the Worlds payout increase remains for 2016 (total prize pool of $250,000, an increase of $100,000). The possible changes will be talk through with pro players during the Pro Tour Eldrich Moon.

The point is that we, as a community, are strong. Fortunately, Wizards are sometimes listening to players opinions. It is silver lining, that any future unfavorable changes will not be passed by without any reaction.

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