New Standard, new beginnings. Pro Tour Guilds of Ravnica in Atlanta, Georgia, will feature hundreds of the world's best Magic players, Draft tech from the new set, Standard brews following a fresh rotation, and $250,000 in cash being awarded in total, as November 9–11 are your can't-miss days to tune in to twitch.tv/magic as we bring you live coverage from the event.
Of course, things actually get going today thanks to the 2017–18 Player of the Year Playoff between Seth Manfield and Luis Salvatto, so tune in to twitch.tv/magic today starting at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET/8 p.m. UTC to see who will earn the coveted title, and get a little taste of what to expect during this weekend!
PRO TOUR GUILDS OF RAVNICA BASICS
Here are all the key details that you need to know about Pro Tour Guilds of Ravnica:
- The Pro Tour is a three-day invitation-only event featuring some of greatest Magic pros as well as top-finishing Grand Prix competitors, Hall of Famers, and players who found success in Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers that took place a few weeks ago. Those players will be competing for a share of the $250,000 prize pool, with $50,000 going to the winner.
- Pro Tour Guilds of Ravnica is the first Pro Tour of the 2018–19 season, and the kickoff event for the Pro Tour Team Series this season. The full teams were announced a few weeks ago on DailyMTG, and you can find out more about the Team Series on the Pro Tour Team Series page.
- The formats for Friday and Saturday are three rounds of Booster Draft—using three Guilds of Ravnica boosters—and five rounds of Standard Constructed. All matches on Friday and Saturday are best-two-out-of-three games.
- In Standard Constructed, the following sets can be used to assemble a 60-card deck and a sideboard of up to 15 cards: Ixalan, Rivals of Ixalan, Dominaria, Core Set 2019, and Guilds of Ravnica. This includes Buy-a-Box promos and Planeswalker Deck exclusives tied to the card sets listed here.
- All players with 12 or more match points (a 4-4 record or better) at the end of the first day will advance to Day Two of the competition.
- The Top 8 players at the end of Day Two will advance to Sunday's playoff, featuring a traditional single-elimination bracket.
- All matches played on Sunday are best-three-out-of-five Standard Constructed, with the first two games featuring pre-sideboard action.
- The winner gets $50,000 and Platinum status in the Pro Tour Players Club for the next four cycles.
- The $250,000 prize pool pays down to 64th place, awarding a minimum of $1,000. In addition, all players with 33 or more match points at the end of the Pro Tour's Swiss rounds will receive an invitation to compete in the next Pro Tour.
Pro Tour Guilds of Ravnica is one heck of a way to kick off a new Standard Constructed format and new Team Series, and as always, Rich Hagon took a deeper dive into what to look forward to than I'll ever be able to do.
WHEN DOES COVERAGE START?
Tune in to Pro Tour Guilds of Ravnica on twitch.tv/magic starting Thursday, November 8 (hey, that's today!), at 12 p.m. PT for the 2018–19 Player of the Year Playoff and a Pro Tour preview from the coverage team.
Pro Tour action takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and it gets going at 9 a.m. local time each day. Since we're in Atlanta, Georgia, local time is Eastern Time, so that's 6 a.m. PT for West Coast viewers and 2 p.m. UTC (note that as of last week, U.S. time zones fell one hour back compared to UTC due to daylight savings).
If you can't watch the broadcast live, don't worry! We'll be replaying the broadcast once each day concludes, so just in case you can't watch it all in your time zone, you can watch at your own leisure.
In addition to that, VODs (videos on demand) of each round and segment will be available on our Twitch page. They get archived on our coverage page too, so you can go through all the rounds at your own pace after they conclude.
THE COVERAGE TEAM
Here's who you will see on Twitch this weekend bringing you live coverage.
Play-by-Play Commentators: Marshall Sutcliffe, Riley Knight, and Tim Willoughby
Color Commentators: Eduardo Sajgalik and Paul Cheon
News Desk: Rich Hagon, Brian David-Marshall, and Maria Bartholdi
Feature Match Spotters: Rashad Miller and BJ Ogden
Text Coverage: Adam Styborski and Corbin Hosler
Content Managers/Editors: Mike Rosenberg and Chris Gleeson
Social Media: Marc Calderaro
Executive Producer: Greg Collins
WHERE ELSE CAN I EXPERIENCE THE COVERAGE?
Round-by-round content, decklists, articles, pairings, results, and standings, and more can be found on the Pro Tour Guilds of Ravnica coverage page, so save that link for the weekend so you can see the latest.
The Pro Tour will also be broadcast in Japanese on Nico Nico and on Twitch, with Pro Tour Champion Tomohiro Kaji and many other Japanese coverage mainstays bringing you all you need to know if you're following along from Japan.
WHEN WILL DECKLISTS BE PUBLISHED?
Standard Constructed Top 8 decklists will be posted shortly after the Swiss rounds conclude on Saturday. As for the rest of the top decklists, featuring all 6-4 or better decks, those will be posted on Sunday at some point during the quarterfinals.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE?
If you can't watch the live broadcast but want to follow while out and about, follow @magicprotour on Twitter for the very latest. Join in on the conversation using the hashtag #PTGRN.
I, for one, am excited to see the world's top players explore a wide-open Standard format. How about you? Tune in to twitch.tv/magic to see it all live!