ELEAGUE to Launch Live Magic: The Gathering Arena Competition Series, With Matches Beginning Wednesday, April 22, at 6 p.m. ET on Twitch

ELEAGUE’s Second MTGA Showdown Will Feature Star Players, Rising Amateurs & Pay Winners Through Weekly “Survive & Advance” Matches

ELEAGUE has partnered with Wizards of the Coast to bring back the deep strategic gameplay of Magic: The Gathering Arena to its fans through the second iteration of their ELEAGUE Showdown: Magic The Gathering Arena weekly esports competition series. The Showdown will launch with its first competition Wednesday, April 22, at 6 p.m. ET, with exclusive coverage available on ELEAGUE's Twitch channel. The series will continue with a new competition each Wednesday at 6 p.m. through May 27.

Game experts Alias V, Riley and Marshall will provide play-by-play commentary on the live matches, while analysts Cedric Phillips and Corey Baumeister will break down the players’ strategies. Commentators will also appear on a post-event show, which will revisit top matches, review cards and discuss fan-voted topics, Thursday, May 28, at 6 p.m. on Twitch.

Players will be selected through a combination of invitations and player applications. Players will compete in one single-elimination match, with the winner advancing and the loser being eliminated. The last winner remaining at the end of each week will earn prize money and become the incumbent “player to defeat” during the next week’s competition.

Magic: The Gathering Arena is the digital version of the popular tabletop trading card game Magic: The Gathering. In the game, players compete by strategically deploying a vast array of land, spell and creature cards to defeat their opponents. Magic: The Gathering Arena is currently available on PC and is free to download. To learn more about the game and start playing today, visit mtgarena.com.