2018 World Magic Cup FAQ

Posted in Competitive Gaming on December 13, 2018

By Mike Rosenberg

Mike Rosenberg is a writer and gamer and has been part of the Magic text coverage team since 2011. He joined Wizards as organized play’s content specialist in June 2014.

74 countries, $250,000, and three days of live action are what's in store for you December 14–16 with the 2018 World Magic Cup!


Here's the key info about the 2018 World Magic Cup:

  • The World Magic Cup is a three-day, invitation-only event featuring 74 countries represented by three players each: the 2017–18 Pro Point leader of each country, and then the two finalists from each country's 2018 National Championship. Teams of three will compete for their share of a $250,000 prize pool.
  • This year features the addition of Honduras to the field, bringing the field up to 74 teams in total.
  • The format for the first three rounds of this tournament is Guilds of Ravnica Team Sealed, where teams will build the best 40-card decks they can from twelve boosters of Guilds of Ravnica per team. This will be the format for the first three rounds on Friday, but the remaining rounds of the World Magic Cup will be Team Unified Standard Constructed.
  • In Team Unified Standard, with the exception of basic lands, no two decks a team brings to the table can feature the same card. That means once one player puts a card like Lightning Strike in their deck, the other two decks that the team uses cannot include that card. Players will have to find the best combination of Standard decks to outwit whatever three-deck configurations the other teams will bring to the table.
  • Day One consists of seven rounds divided into two stages: the first features three rounds of Guilds of Ravnica Team Sealed, and the second is four rounds of Team Unified Standard. Teams will play until they get four match wins before Round 7, at which point they will get byes for the remainder of the day and won't have to play again until Day Two. Any teams that have not reached four wins by Round 7 will play out the last round of the day.
  • At the end of Day One, eight pools of four teams will be formed, with all teams that advanced into Day Two by getting four wins before Round 7, along with teams remaining after Round 7, until the Top 32 teams—based on standings—fill out the eight pools.
  • Day Two consists of two stages of pool play, in which the four teams in each of the eight pools only play other teams within their pool. In the first stage, teams will compete in a modified double-elimination tournament structure for three rounds. Once a team wins two matches, they're through to the second stage of Day Two. Once a team loses two matches in this stage, they're out of the tournament.
  • The remaining teams will be split into four pools of four for the second stage of Day Two, where they will again compete in a modified double-elimination tournament structure for three rounds. Teams that get two wins during this stage of the tournament advance to the Top 8 on Sunday.
  • The Top 8 will play out in traditional single-elimination style until there is only one team remaining.
  • Top 8 teams get invitations and airfare to compete in an upcoming tabletop Mythic Championship in 2019. The $250,000 prize pool pays down to the Top 32 finishing teams, with first place getting $45,000 divided equally among the three team members of the winning country.

The World Magic Cup is a unique event compared to other major Magic offerings, featuring a different tournament structure and competitive Magic regulars as well as aspiring competitors playing alongside each other to ensure their country emerges victorious.


Day One of the 2018 World Magic Cup starts Friday at 10 a.m. local time, and then Day Two and the Top 8 begin Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. local time. The event is taking place in Barcelona, so that's 1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET/9 a.m. UTC on Friday, and then 12 a.m. PT/3 a.m. ET/8 a.m. UTC on Saturday and Sunday.


Round-by-round content, decklists, articles, pairings, results, and standings can all be found on our 2018 World Magic Cup coverage page, so bookmark that one to stay up to date all three days.


For this event, Team Unified Standard and the 74 teams in total means that there's only 222 Standard Constructed decklists to account for. And they'll all be posted by the end of the weekend!

You'll be able to find all 222 Team Unified Standard decklists on the coverage page Sunday, once the Top 8 is in progress.


If you're not able to glue yourself to Twitch coverage but want to stay up to date on results, be sure to give @MagicProTour a follow on Twitter, as our social media team will be posting updates and content there all weekend. You can also join in on the conversation using the hashtag #MTGWMC. You can even be part of the coverage, as the content wall on our coverage page will sometimes feature community posts!

Tune in to twitch.tv/magic to see which country emerges triumphant live!

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