Haven't Played for 5 years. What changed?

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Hey guys. Title said it. I haven't played M:tG since Shards of Alara came out. I've been a fairly successful competitive player back then (well, as far as the M:tG scene in the Philippines go). I decided to return to Magic since it's a new block and the meta's still undecided, and I'm curious as to what changed from Magic and the competitive scene compared to 5 years ago. I'll raise some points for (hopeful) discussion. 

1) Planeswalker points, how do they work? Are these affected by my old points?
2) A friend of mine mentioned it's harder to get into Nationals and Worlds now since there are no qualifiers for that and it would depend on how you fared during the whole year. Can you guys expound on this if this is true?
3) Any major change on rulings? I noticed they changed some wordings like "play" into "battlefield" and "remove from game" into "exile". These are pretty intuitive changes, but are there some things I've missed?


Thanks in advance! 
For all practical purposes, Extended is now Modern. There's still Extended, but it's only four years, so detractors (the majority of players) call it Double Standard. (Sunglasses and "YEEEAAAHHH!" optional.) Modern doesn't rotate, though. Anything from Eighth Edition and Mirrodin onward is legal. The ban list is aggressive, though.

Design's changed again. Scars of Mirrodin and Innistrad had two major themes. (Artifacts and counters for Scars, tribal and graveyard for Innistrad.)

Do you know planeswalker rules?

Planeswalkers ETB with a number of loyalty counters. That's in the lower right-hand corner. Once per turn, you can activate an ability, adding or subtracting the required number of loyalty counters. A planeswalker with no loyalty goes to the graveyard as a state-based effect, and you musthave the required number of loyalty counters to remove those counters.

Planeswalkers can be attacked, and the defending player's creatures can block them.

Non-combat damage can also be redirected to a planeswalker.

They also have a variant legend rule. Jace Beleren, Jace, the Mind Sculptor, Jace, Memory Adept, and Jace, Architect of Thought all have the subtype "Jace", so if two or more of them are on the battlefield, they all go to the graveyard.
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Yeah, experienced some of the planeswalker rules during Lorwyn block.

And sorry for the wrong thread placement!

Any news on planeswalker points and how they actually work? 
Any news on planeswalker points and how they actually work? 

Planeswalker points have nothing to do with the old Elo rating system--it's a completely different idea. Elo ratings were, roughly, supposed to be a measure of skill--someone with a higher rating was supposedly a better player than someone with a lower rating. Planeswalker points are cross between a measure of your level of activity and your level of success--the tagline is "Playing is good. Winning is better."

Players get points for participating in events, and get more points when they win matches. Points are cumulative over the course of a season/year; players who achieve specific point thresholds get certain benefits, like byes at GPs, and can qualify for some events. There's also a lifetime points record, which acts as a measure of your involvement with the game since you started playing in sanctioned events, and an achievements system.


All the changes to the rules since you last played can be found in [thread=973044]The Returning Player Rules Primer[/thread].

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Because frankly, being here depresses me these days.

So are my old matches from 5 years ago in sanctioned events disregarded? I've gotten Top 8/16 in a lot of big events, so you can see why I'm concerned if that will go to waste. I would also like to enter the Nationals next year if I can so does that mean I need to join and consistently win in several sanctioned tournaments the whole year if I want a chance of catching up? How hard would it be to catch up?
So are my old matches from 5 years ago in sanctioned events disregarded? I've gotten Top 8/16 in a lot of big events, so you can see why I'm concerned if that will go to waste.

All sanctioned events you've ever played should be included in the total.

I would also like to enter the Nationals next year if I can so does that mean I need to join and consistently win in several sanctioned tournaments the whole year if I want a chance of catching up? How hard would it be to catch up?

Nationals no longer exists in quite the same form it did, so entering Nationals is a no-go. However, the World Magic Cup Qualifiers serve basically the same purpose, so that's probably the closest current equivalent. They're invitation-only events, and invitation details can be found here.

Basically, you need to reach a certain threshold of yearly points (the exact number differs depending on your country) in order to be invited to WMCQ events for your country. How you do that is irrelevant--you could potentially do it by entering a ton of events and bombing out of every single one of them. (Though it'd be really, really hard--winning a lot of matches would do it much easier.) For the Phillipines it looks like the threshold is 300 points; starting now (technically last April, but it's hard to start retroactively), simply accumulate 300 points before the end of the qualifying period (March 17th) and you're invited to the qualifiers, which start in April.

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Because frankly, being here depresses me these days.

Ouch. Just a little time left, then. Do my lifetime points affect the yearly points I need to earn or no? Or is it like, if you're level 0 but you earned 300 points the whole year, you can join the World magic Cup Qualifiers?

So does this mean I need to win more or less 100 matches before March 17? Bummer. 
Essentially it works the other way arround. Yearly pro or competitive points contribute to your lifetime total. These pro/com points are reset each year, and are the ones that can contribute to byes, invites, pro-player club membership, etc.

Regular magic events (such as FMN) are x1 events, so 100 of those matches would make 300 points BUT...

Game days are x2 events
Grand Prix Trials are x3 events
Pro-Tour Qualifiers are x5 events

However these bigger events tend to happen less frequently (about once a season/set release), and require some traveling (There's usually only 1 PTQs per region per season).

- Cheers, - Dan R. (lv1 magic judge, Advanced organizer) http://butlerwpn.blogspot.com, my rather basic event blog.

Okay so I googled Planeswalker Points and some told me that FNMs are x3 events and some told me it's X1. Which one is it?
Okay so I googled Planeswalker Points and some told me that FNMs are x3 events and some told me it's X1. Which one is it?

Friday Night Magic is 1x. The event multipliers are listed on the Planeswalker Points site. It has all of the information.
Okay so I googled Planeswalker Points and some told me that FNMs are x3 events and some told me it's X1. Which one is it?


Stick to official sources (and make sure they are up to date). ;)

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Well, don't think i'll make this year. I'll play this year for fun then accumulate points on March onwards. Thanks guys!