Watching and Qualifying for the First-Ever Mythic Championship on MTG Arena

Posted in Competitive Gaming on May 16, 2019

By Wizards of the Coast

Editor's Note: We have updated this article with adjusted prize payouts and new invite information following the announcement of sixteen additional discretionary slots that will be used to invite a broader representation of the Magic competitive community. For more on this, read the article from Elaine Chase here. We have also updated details for the Mythic Championship Qualifier Weekend on MTG Arena.

The first-ever Mythic Championship on Magic: The Gathering Arena takes place June 21–23, and you can watch all the action—or qualify yourself.

This monumental $750,000 event will feature 32 of the best players in the world from the Magic Pro League competing against 36 challengers, sixteen of whom will qualify through MTG Arena play. First prize is $100,000, and all invited players will earn at least $7,500 just for qualifying.

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The event itself, Mythic Championship III, will feature best-of-three matches in Standard played on MTG Arena and broadcast live on Sean "Day9" Plott will host the event, with the rest of the broadcast team being announced soon.

Players will be matched in seven rounds of play on Friday, before a double-elimination Top 16 on Saturday determines the final four who will move on to Sunday. That epic Sunday showdown will then feature a double-elimination Top 4 throwdown for $100,000.

36 of the slots are locked—32 members of the Magic Pro League plus previous Mythic Championship winners Andrew Elenbogen, Allen Wu, Ben Hull, and Gregory Orange. Additionally, we'll be adding sixteen discretionary slots that will be used to invite a broader representation of the Magic competitive community to high-level play. We know that the pool of talent is broad, and we think it should be represented in a concrete way to the viewers and fans of competitive Magic.

The final sixteen MTG Arena slots? Those are up to you.

How to Qualify

The Top 16 players at the end of the Mythic Championship Qualifier Weekend May 25–26 on MTG Arena will qualify for Mythic Championship III. That sounds simple enough, but let's break it down:

  • The Top 1,000 mythic-ranked players in either Constructed or Limited on MTG Arena from March and April qualify for the Mythic Championship Qualifier Weekend May 25–26.
  • Day One of the MCQW will feature an in-client queue where players play until they reach eight wins or two losses. The format for Day One is Traditional Constructed (best-of-three Standard). The Top 128 players will make Day Two and will be contacted by email with details.
  • Day Two will be run as a direct-challenge tournament and will be seven rounds of Swiss play in best-of-three Traditional Constructed. Players will qualify automatically at 5-0 or at 5-1 after Rounds 5 and 6. The remainder of the sixteen players will qualify based on their record and tiebreakers.

Day Two will be run utilizing direct challenge, and more details will be available to those who qualify.

It's just that easy. Well, it's just that simple. There's nothing easy about climbing over thousands of other MTG Arena ringers to claim one of sixteen spots in a $750,000 tournament watched live by hundreds of thousands of fans on For specific details see below.

One way or another, we'll see you there.

Day 1 Tournament Information 


The Top 1,000 Mythic-ranked players in either Constructed or Limited during Ravnica Allegiance Season 1 (March 2019) or Season 2 (April 2019) are eligible to compete. Eligible players would have a received an email earlier in the month confirming their eligibility and will see a notification in MTG Arena. Additionally, a Mythic Qualifier badge will be visible on their profile page leading up to the event.

If you do not remember receiving these notifications, and/or do not see the Mythic Qualifier badge on your profile you must contact Customer Supportimmediately to confirm your eligibility. Failure to do so may prevent you from participating in the event!


The format will be best-of-three Standard, including an optional 15-card sideboard, played in a special MTG Arena event queue. Participants will play until 8 wins or 2 losses, whichever comes first. Each player will have 30 minutes on their respective match clock that will count down whenever that player has priority. If a player uses all of their allotted time before the current game finishes, they will be given a match loss regardless of the current board state.  


Once the game update is live on May 23, eligible players will see a Mythic Championship Qualifier event in MTG Arena. This is the event you will join on Saturday, May 25. If you do not see the event, you will need to contact customer support as soon as possible.To allow us time to investigate and correct any issues with your account, we ask that you contact customer support by 9 a.m. PT (16:00 UTC) on Friday, May 24, otherwise you may be unable to participate.

Entering the Event

Starting at 6 a.m. PT (13:00 UTC)on May 25, eligible players will be able to join the Mythic Championship Qualifier event in MTG Arena. On the event page, you must hit "Start" to confirm your entry in the event.Players will have until 7 a.m. PT (14:00 UTC) to complete this step.It is strongly encouraged you begin playing as soon as possible after the event starts to ensure you have enough time to play all of your matches.

Deck Submission

Once you have started the event, you will be given the option to submit your deck. Deck submissions are final. Once your deck is submitted, you will not be allowed to make any further changes, including to the sideboard.

Event End

Participants will play until 8 wins or 2 losses, whichever comes first. Players will have until 4 p.m. PT (23:00 UTC) to queue for matches, after which point the matchmaking queue will be disabled. Any matches currently in progress as of 4 p.m. PT will be allowed to complete, however players will not be able to join any new matches. 


All participants in Day 1 will receive an event-exclusive card sleeve at the conclusion of their events. Players will receive 200 gems for every win they earn in Day 1. Details on the rewards for each win will be displayed in the Day 1 event in MTG Arena. Gems will be awarded once a player completes their event.

Day 2 Tournament Information


The Top 128 players at the end of Day 1's event will receive an invitation to compete in Day 2 of the Mythic Championship Qualifier Weekend. The Top 128 players are determined by:

  • Players who achieved the maximum number of allowed wins in the event

  • Players who achieved the most number of wins before receiving the maximum number of allowed losses will be invited to Day 2 until 128 players have been invited.

  • Once a specific number of wins as detailed by the above invites players that exceed the 128 player cap for Day 2, players will be invited based on the highest Mythic rank a player achieved during the qualifying seasons for the Mythic Championship Qualifier Weekend.

  • In the event two or more players have the same Mythic rank, a person’s second highest Mythic ranked will be used to break the tie, and so on until the tie is broken.

  • Both Constructed and Limited Mythic rankings will be considered for the purposes of breaking ties.

  • Mythic ranking looks at Mythic #1 through Mythic #1,200, and then proceeds to look at a player’s non-numeric ranking which is ordered as Mythic, then Diamond, then Platinum, then Gold, then Silver, then Bronze, and then ‘Did Not Participate’

  • In the event a player is tied across all ranked seasons for breaking a tie, then the tie will be broken by the player with the fewest number of losses in Day 1, followed by the person who took their first loss latest in their completion of Day 1, and then the person who took their second loss latest in their completion of Day 1.

  • In the event players are still tied, then the tie will be broken through random determination.

All players in the Top 128 will receive an email from after the completion of Day 1 with details on how to participate in Day 2, and will be given a deadline of midnight (Sunday, 07:00 UTC) to submit required information to participate in Day 2. The event is currently scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. PT (15:00 UTC).

Important Dates and Times

May 23 

  • 9:30 a.m. PT (16:30 UTC): game update is released. Eligible players will see the Mythic Championship Qualifier event in-game. 

May 25

  • 6 a.m. PT (13:00 UTC): Day 1 begins.

  • 7 a.m. PT (14:00 UTC): Event entry is closed. Players must have joined the in-game event prior to the 7 a.m. deadline to begin playing their matches. 

  • 4 p.m. PT (23:00 UTC): Matchmaking queue is disabled. In-progress games will be allowed to finish. 

  • Midnight PT (07:00 UTC May 26): Deadline to submit required information for Day 2 participation.

Players who qualify for Day 2 will receive additional information and instructions via email after Day 1 has completed. 

May 26

  • 8 a.m. PT (15:00 UTC): Day 2 begins.

Contact Information

For any questions regarding eligibility or participating in the event, or if you encounter any issues with your account leading up to the event, please contact customer support, subject line: "Mythic Championship Qualifier."


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