ith Dragon's Maze comes a series of additions to PlaneswalkerPoints.com. The biggest change is the ability to redeem physical codes for achievements, something that is being put to work immediately at the upcoming Dragon's Maze Prerelease.
What is Planeswalker Points?
Planeswalker Points is the competitive structure for Magic organized play. When you play in a sanctioned Magic event, you're asked to provide your DCI number. If you don't have one, no problem—any WPN store should have a card you can fill out to immediately get your own DCI number.
With this number, you start accruing Planeswalker Points. The more you play, the more points you get. To learn more about how exactly points are calculated you can go to PlaneswalkerPoints.com.
Starting with Dragon's Maze, we are introducing redeemable codes for Planeswalker Points Achievements! You'll see the first of these put into use at the upcoming Prerelease, but then they'll begin appearing in more places.
You'll see two types of codes as we roll this out and begin putting it to use. The first is the standard unique code you're used to seeing, which will look something like "AB12-CD34-EF56-GH78." Sometimes you'll see the simple phrase-based code that might be used during Pro Tour coverage or on the website.
The Guild Race
Since we arrived on Ravnica, the guilds have been racing against one another. You can support your guild by making sure you've logged into PlaneswalkerPoints.com and selected your guild of choice. Once you've done that, every Planeswalker Points you earn is then applied toward your guild's total.
Choosing your guild on PlaneswalkerPoints.com also allows you to earn more achievements that aren't available to others.
In the next few months we are going to begin winding down this race, by disabling the ability to switch or leave your guild until the race is done. We'll be announcing more about this as we draw nearer to the deadline.
As with every new set release, Dragon's Maze introduces a number of new achievements for you to earn and share via Facebook.
Maze Runner and Champion of the Maze: These are the two Dragon's Maze Prerelease achievements we've already discussed. You earn them by completing and winning your store's Prerelease Implicit Maze and redeeming the code you receive.
Guild Coup: Earn this achievement by winning a match against a member of the highest-ranked guild during Ravnica's eleventh hour (and so long as you aren't a member of the highest-ranked guild). This is only going to be open for a limited time as we draw toward the end of Dragon's Maze and the Return to Ravnica block.
Skill of the Guild: There are three tiers to this achievement: it is earned when the guild wins 150, 300, and 500 Standard tournaments after Dragon's Maze has been released.
There are a few other achievements with this update to Planeswalker Points but we can't tell you what they are; you'll just have to keep a look out and see!
In addition to the new achievements, we've made a few improvements for the Planeswalker Points functionality. For example, you can now see your personal history for seasonal and yearly Planeswalker Points.
Also we've added an awesome mouseover when viewing leaderboards so you see those players' scorecards to show their level and the achievements they've chosen to highlight. You can still easily share your scorecard via Facebook or by embedding it on in your forum signatures or on your own blog!
Lastly, we've improved your history tab to now load your entire history rather than just a subsection of it. With this, it means we've added filtering for your history tab so you can choose to just see events you've played in or just the achievements you've earned.
We're always working to improve Planeswalker Points and we've got more awesome achievements and changes coming down the pike! Be sure to go to Planeswalker Points and join a guild before it's too late!
Patrick "Trick" Jarrett joined Wizards of the Coast in 2011, taking over the reins as DailyMTG.com editor-in-chief. He oversees the daily content while also working to develop larger web projects for Magic.