Wizards of the Coast is resurrecting Magic: The Gathering Nationals Tournaments as entry points to the World Magic Cup. In its announcement of the move, WOTC explained that the main reason Nationals were dropped in the first place was a shortage of able local organizers. But now with those organizers having 5 years of experience running World Magic Qualifiers, the company feels that the time is right to bring back what were much appreciated events.
Going forward, national teams at the World Magic Cup will consist of three players, not four. The team captain will be the player who’s earned the most pro points that season, while the others will be the top-two finishers at Nationals.
Another change being made, the World Magic Cup and Nationals will all be Standard events.