The Magic World Championship XXVII will have a prize pool of $250,000. And while this may sound sort of impressive for a card game tournament, it should be noted that this amount is only a quarter of what was rewarded at previous championship tournaments. The prize pool was cut by an astonishing $750,000.
Wizard of the Coast published a Magic Esports post-season update that discussed the new prize pool update. Previously rumored to be $1 million by an article published August 14, 2019, the Magic World Championship XXVII will have less of a prize pool than the first-place winner took home last year.
Last year, Damo da Rosa took home $300,000 for taking first place at the championship in Honolulu, Hawaii. That’s $50,000 more than the total amount of prize money available for players this year.
Professional World of Warcraft player Ondrej Strasky, an MPL member, expressed disappointment with the prize pool cut. Strasky, one of the first four players to qualify for the upcoming championship, said that the prize pool was “gutted” by $750,000. And while he expected it, he was still “kinda sad” by the update.
Worlds prize pool gutted by 750k which was expected, but still kinda sad.
Not sure how much I’ll prep, feeling 0 motivation to play Magic at the moment so I’m kinda hoping for flat payout, so I can just “skip it”.https://t.co/V1hulP1baV
— Ondřej Stráský (@OndrejStrasky) June 17, 2021
Another MPL member, Austin Bursavich, also shared the unfortunate news to his Twitter. Bursavich is no stranger to pointing out his frustration with the pro Magic scene. He also said that the change was “expected,” blaming ongoing economic issues around the world.
A lot of Magic community members noted that it’s a bigger issue for top players since most of the prize pool cut will affect the payout for the winners. They blamed Wizards of the Coast, pointing out how “cheap” the company was for “screwing over the competitive scene once again.