Happy Winter Olympics weekend Planeswalkers! We all might still be waiting for Magic the Gathering to be declared an official Olympic sport, but in the meantime we've got plenty of news on professional and competitive Magic from around the globe.
And the Winner Is...
First stop is Bilbao, Spain where the best Magic players in the world gathered last weekend at the Rivals Of Ixalan Pro Tour. It was an interesting competition, filled with the most diverse decks professional play has seen in a while. In the end, it was Luis Salvatto from Argentina who came away with the prize:
Luis' story to the top is an intriguing one. He made his pro debut back in 2016 during Pro Tour Shadows Over Innistrad, but struggled to reach Platinum status (the highest status a MtG Pro Player can earn and which guarantees your spots in upcoming tournaments). This time around, not only did he take top spot, but did so using a deck that only 8 other players had brought to the tournament, even managing to win one match in a way the deck was never intended to be used. If you want to read more about Luis' journey, as well as all the other top stories you may have missed, check out this article of the Top Moments from Rivals of Ixalan Pro Tour.
For those of you more interested in seeing the decks and strategies the pros were using during the tournament, you can view the Top 8 Winning Decks here.
In Our Own Backyard:
Now, if the Pro Magic season has got you all excited, there's several ways you can get involved. One of the easiest, is an event called the Grand Prix. These are massive Magic tournaments with hundreds of players all competing for a chance at $10,000 and a guaranteed spot in the next Pro Tour (but only if you reach first place). Top 64 players will still earn cash prizes and no matter what happens, all players get special promotional cards at the event, including this one from this weekend's G