2016 World Magic Cup FAQ

Posted in Competitive Gaming on November 17, 2016

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.

73 countries compete, but only one country can be crowned the winner at the 2016 World Magic Cup, a team-based three-day tournament with a $250,000 prize purse and a scope that rivals the Pro Tour.

The World Magic Cup challenges teams comprising four members—the country's top Pro Point earner from the 2015–16 season and the three winners from each country's World Magic Cup Qualifiers—as they take on three rounds of Kaladesh Team Sealed before diving into the debut of Team Unified Modern for the rest of the weekend. And we'll be bringing you it all live on twitch.tv/magic and this website!

World Magic Cup Basics

Here's all you need to know about the 2016 World Magic Cup:

  • The 2016 World Magic Cup is a three-day, invitation-only event featuring the national champion of each country (the person from that country who earned the most Pro Points in the 2015–16 season) along with each country's three World Magic Cup qualifiers as they compete in teams for national pride and a $250,000 prize pool.
  • The World Magic Cup is divided into different stages each day, where three of the four team members will battle against opposing teams and the fourth team member will act as a coach for the other teammates during their rounds.
  • The formats for the first three rounds of this tournament are Kaladesh Team Sealed, where teams will build the best 40-card decks they can from twelve boosters of Kaladesh per team.
  • The remaining rounds of the World Magic Cup feature Team Unified Modern, a format that uses the Modern Constructed card pool. In this format, 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 Scalding Tarn in their deck, the other two decks that the team uses cannot include that card. Players will have to find the best combination of Modern decks to outwit what their opponents will bring to the tournament. Beat the format, then beat the players in the games!
  • Day One consists of seven rounds divided into two stages: the first features three rounds of Kaladesh Team Sealed, and the second is four rounds of Team Unified Modern. The Top 48 teams will advance to Day Two. The 48 teams that advance will be split into eight pools of six teams for the start of Day Two.
  • Day Two consists of two stages of pool play. In the first stage, the first round will feature an elimination match. If a team wins, they remain in. If a team loses, they're out. The Top 16 teams from the end of Day One will be granted byes past this round, so standing matters! Finish well on Day One, and the pressure is off. Finish in the middle of the pack, and your tournament life is at risk!
  • Once the elimination match in the first stage of Day Two is complete, the remaining 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.
  • The remaining teams will be split into eight 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 until there is only one team remaining.
  • Top 8 teams get invitations and airfare to compete in Pro Tour Aether Revolt in Dublin, Ireland, February 3–5, 2017. The $250,000 prize pool pays down to the Top 32 finishing teams, with first place getting $48,000 divided equally among the four team members of the winning country.

As you can see, the World Magic Cup is unlike any tournament in the year for Magic, making this one of our most intriguing offerings for you to watch! We'll be breaking down how teams are doing in the stages on our live video coverage, so if you need some assistance on seeing how the country you are rooting for is doing, tune in!


Day One of the 2016 World Magic Cup begins 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. We're in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, so that's Central European time. For start times in your time zone, see below.

Time Zone Friday (Nov. 18) Saturday (Nov. 19) Sunday (Nov. 20)
Pacific Time (PT) 1 a.m. 12 a.m. 12 a.m.
Eastern Time (ET) 4 a.m. 3 a.m. 3 a.m.
Universal Time (UTC) 9 a.m. 8 a.m. 8 a.m.
Central European Time
(CET, local time)
10 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m.
Japan Time (JT) 6 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m.

Can't watch the broadcast live on twitch.tv/magic? Don't worry. We will replay the broadcast after each day concludes, so you can catch every moment when it better fits into your day.


Here's who will be bringing you the coverage of the 2016 World Magic Cup.

  • Play-by-Play Commentators: Marshall Sutcliffe, Tim Willoughby, and Gaby Spartz
  • Color Commentators: Luis Scott-Vargas and Simon Görtzen
  • News Desk: Rich Hagon and Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature Match Floor Reporters: Tim Willoughby and Gaby Spartz
  • Feature Match Spotters: Neil Rigby and Rashad Miller
  • Writer-Reporters: Tobi Henke, Chapman Sim, and Frank Karsten
  • Content Managers/Editors: Mike Rosenberg and Chris Gleeson
  • Social Media: Nate Price and Alison Luhrs
  • Executive Producer: Greg Collins


Live coverage of the 2016 World Magic Cup can also be found on Nico Nico (in Japanese), and Bili Bili (for our Chinese viewing audience).

Round-by-round content, decklists, articles, pairings, results, and standings can all be found on our 2016 World Magic Cup coverage page, so bookmark that one for all the latest throughout the weekend.


Decklists are pretty interesting for this event, since people are building for the Team Unified format and not a regular Magic tournament. That being said, we'll be publishing Top 8 team decklists at the end of Day Two, and we'll have the 9th- through 16th-place team decklists up no later than the start of the semifinals on Sunday.


If you're unable to stay glued to the live video and still want to keep up on what's happening, 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. Be part of the coverage, as the content wall on our coverage page will sometimes feature community posts!

The Magic: The Gathering Facebook page will also feature photos, additional stories, and more, so check out that throughout the weekend!

The World Magic Cup features some of the most iconic moments from tournament Magic, and we can't wait to see what unfolds in Rotterdam this weekend. Join us on twitch.tv/magic for all the action!

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