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Wizards of the Coast updates policy regarding 'Planeswalker Points' and Byes

Garruk is hunting you for your planeswalker points!
Garruk is hunting you for your planeswalker points!
photo courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, used with permission

Some important news coming from Wizards of the Coast today, June 11, regarding the recently changed Bye system announced at the end of May. According to the site, many players were concerned about their Byes leading up to GP Washington and GP Worcester/Boston. This caused Wizards to respond by allowing "seasonal points [to] still determine one-, two-, and three-round byes from June 2 through August 24 using the existing thresholds:"

  • 400 Planeswalker Points: 1 bye
  • 750 Planeswalker Points: 2 byes
  • 1,500 Planeswalker Points: 3 byes

However, "three-round byes will still be eliminated after August 24, and three-round Planeswalker Point–based bye levels that are earned during the period between June 2 and August 24 will carry over to the next season as two-round byes." Finally, "After November 30, the entire system will use only Yearly Award Season Planeswalker Points to award byes"

So, what does this all mean for you, the player? Well, if you don't plan on attending a major tournament anytime, then it means nothing. If you do plan on going to one of these events, then this is pretty important to you if you want your byes. Pay attention to the dates and the details. Wizards is literally peeling back the layers until you, the player, is fully exposed to the new system.

Whether or not that system works will only be determined when the time comes. Still, it's good to know that Wizards is out there listening to some of the concerns of the players. However, there are probably some things that players feel like they could still use a little help with.

For those of you who are interested, GP Washington will be held on June 27 and will go on until June 29 at the Dulles Expo & Conference Center in Chantilly, Va. The format for GP Washington will be Limited - Theros Block. GP Worcester/Boston will be held on July 25 until July 27 at the DCU Convention Center in Worcester, Mass. The format for that event is Modern.

What do you think of the latest news regarding the Planeswalker point system? Do you think that Wizards is trying their best to ease players into the new Bye system? Or do you hate it and wish they scrapped the whole thing? Don't you wish the original rating system was back?

Remember how special it felt to be a player with a rating of 1800 or higher? While it may not have been perfect, those were the good days of the rating system. It's hard to take the name "Planeswalker Points" a little serious when it sounds a little cartoonish.

Let us know how you feel in the comment section below.

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