Starting this year, Collegiate Starleague, the world's premier collegiate esports organization, is bringing Magic: The Gathering: Arena into its roster of league games. According to CSL, "For the first time, Magic: The Gathering Arena will be among CSL's offerings with a scholarship prize pool of $50,000 up for grabs, the largest in CSL this year."
Magic: The Gathering has gained unwavering popularity this year through their Arena interface. With a new influx of college students playing in a league – and we are talking not about celebrities, but actual, real students who share their love of Magic – this game will see an even larger spike in participation in online events, casual play, and hopefully even an influx of players of the tabletop Magic that we know and love.
This league is open for all college students in the United States in Canada. For sixteen weeks, teams of three players apiece will compete against rival teams from other schools in a bid to take part in the CSL Grand Finals in April of 2020. The winners of that competition will be traveling to the United Kingdom to take part in a "first-of-its-kind," international Arena exhibition match.
CSL has also gone on record as saying they'll be offering plenty of new content for all Magic: The Gathering: Arena fans in the form of deck techs, match breakdowns, player profiles, and interviews, all live streaming on their Twitch channel.
The league will be played in a series of Best-of-Three matches between schools within a team's region. The format will be Standard, and teams who best two of three of the players from the opposing team will go on to advance to the next round.
Best of luck to all competitors!