Spoiler-Free Pro Tour Standings And 2024 AMP Totals

     Since the return of the paper Pro Tours in January of 2023, I think WotC has done a very good job with their coverage of these events, and they've only been improving over the last year plus. But it hasn't been flawless, and I believe the biggest piece missing from competitive Magic coverage is that there is little opportunity, and little incentive, to follow the progress of a favorite player over the course of a Pro Tour (PT) season. Unless your favorite player happens to be one of a handful that seems to get mentioned going into every Pro Tour, it's simply not easy to keep track of which players are qualified from PT to PT, let alone stay informed of how they performed at each event. I would be pretty surprised if the majority of people reading this already know what I mean when I say "AMP totals", which is a shame because there's a lot of drama there if you know to look for it. 
For people who don't know, a player scores 3 points for a PT match win, 1 point for a match draw, and 0 points for a match loss. A player (typically) needs 12 points on Day 1 to make it to Day 2, 30 points to qualify for the following Pro Tour, and 36 points to make the Top 8. AMP, or Adjusted Match Points, are a second way for a player to perform well over multiple PTs and stay on the PT circuit, and even qualify for the World Championship, without ever reaching 30 points in a single tournament. AMP are calculated by taking a player's total points at any given PT and subtracting 9, meaning that for the most part you would need to make Day 2 to start accruing AMP. If a player gets to 39 AMP over the previous 3 consecutive PTs, they're automatically qualified for the following PT. And at the end of a PT season, in this case at the end of PT: Modern Horizons 3, the 32 players with the most AMP qualify for the World Championships that year. Anyone who is already qualified is ignored, so it will always be 32 players unless there's a tie for the 32nd spot, in which case everyone with that point total will qualify as well.
This has led to some incredibly dramatic moments that have been almost completely lost on the larger Magic community. In 2023, Arne Huschenbeth finished PT:LOTR with a record of 10-6, securing the 30 points needed to qualify for PT:MKM...but falling exactly 2 AMP short of the 32nd spot and a shot at the World Championship that year. Slightly behind him was Hall of Famer LSV, who finished exactly 6 AMP away from that 32nd spot, but importantly finished PT:LOTR with a record of 3-5, one win away from making Day 2. How much more exciting would it have been to watch LSV's final match on Day 1 of that PT, knowing he was fighting for a shot at taking part in the World Championship that year? While it would have been impossible to know exactly what AMP he needed to finish at to make it into the top 32 at that point, it was pretty clear that not making Day 2 dashed any hope he may have had. Jim Davis also needed to make Day 2 to have a shot at the World Championship that year, and I can tell you first hand that his 4th win on Day 1 was a much bigger deal to his fans than it would have otherwise been.
But the lack of a way to track your favorite player as they progress from PT to PT isn't the only flaw in the current competitive coverage system. It can also often be difficult to track your favorite player just in any given PT, or at least to do so without having to worry about spoiling results that haven't happened on coverage yet. One of the big draws of live sporting events is that it's one of the few forms of entertainment these days you can enjoy without having to worry about spoilers, but that's a lot harder to do with Magic because the only way to view real up-to-date standings in a given PT is to look at the Melee.gg page for the tournament, and given that coverage for these events has started to be shown on a delay of about a round there's no good way to check up on your favorite player while staying unspoiled. I think the delay in coverage is a huge positive for viewers due to the amount of dead air between games it allows them to eliminate, but how much less impactful would "It's Lightning Helix, OH MY GOD!!!" , or Gabe Nassif's called shot, have been if people already knew the result before it happened?
In an effort to help viewers follow their favorite players, both within a given PT via spoiler-free standings or from PT to PT (to Worlds?) via AMP, I put together a Google Sheet to track every player qualified for a PT throughout the year. The 2024 AMP tab will track who is qualified for the next 2 PTs via AMP, as well as who the current Top 32 are. Because this sheet is only designed to track AMP qualifications, anyone who is otherwise qualified for Worlds will have their AMP score 0'd out so they don't appear in the Top 32. If you want to check standings for PT:OTJ while the event is ongoing this weekend, you can click on the PT:OTJ tab where I'll be entering in the standings on a round-by-round basis, but only after coverage has made it clear they're ready to move on to the next round. At the end of Day 1 I'll not only note everyone who made Day 2, but I'll be able to display all of the Day 2 draft pods. Although as a note, if there is not a clean multiple of 8 the bottom few draft pods may be off by one or two players, depending on how they decide to split them to keep things as even as possible.
I firmly believe that competitive Magic is as dramatic and entertaining as any other live sport, and it's my hope that this will help other people feel the same way about it. I'd love to hear from people next week that were able to make use of this Sheet, and as always I'm eager to hear any suggestions people might have to improve for next time. But if you don't already have one, I urge you to pick a favorite player and take a rooting interest in the upcoming Pro Tour. It makes the whole process so much more fun.