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Magic: The Gathering’s new European league starts up today

The granddaddy of CCGs is finally entering the European esports scene.

Magic: The Gathering, the game that put Wizards of the Coast on the map, is establishing a brand new competitive league for European players. After a trial in Italy, PG Esports is partnering up with Wizards of the Coast and local partners like FACEIT to launch a new Magic: The Gathering Europe league.

As our sister site The Loadout reports, registration is now closed for the several European countries that FACEIT is handling. The first qualifier round is being held today, and players in England, France, Germany, Italy, and four of the Nordic countries each have their own qualifying rounds.
The league will use the standard format, with matches held each Sunday for five weeks. Each victory is worth three points, and the eight players with the most points at the end of the five-week regular season will advance to a final. That will then be streamed live via FACEIT’s Twitch channel.

The league will also be using the latest digital iteration of the game, Magic: The Gathering Arena, which we reviewed last month and found to be a rather good version of the game, if not quite a replacement for playing with physical cards.

Again, registration is now closed, but you can visit the appropriate FACEIT site, linked in the tweets below, to follow along as the league progresses.

Magic: The Gathering has been around for 26 years now, which means it’s already proven it has the staying power an esport needs. What remains to be seen is whether there’s sufficient interest to sustain a European scene.

But if Magic isn’t your thing, you can always check out our list of the best card games on PC, which provides plenty of alternatives to try. Our sister site Wargamer also has the MTG release schedule and all of the MTG sets in order, so do swing by.