2018 Worlds Details, Plus June Coverage

Posted in Organized Play on May 17, 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.

We've got some World Championship news for you today, along with the video coverage schedule for the rest of June following Pro Tour Dominaria.

2018 World Championship Details

The 2018 Magic: The Gathering World Championship will be a three-day tournament taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 21–23, featuring 24 of the world's very best competitors. The prize pool totals $300,000, with $100,000 going to the winner.

The formats for this event will be Standard Constructed and Booster Draft using three booster packs of Dominaria. Yes, you read that right. We'll be taking one last look at the Dominaria Draft format the week before Prereleases for the set code named Spaghetti, before the new set and the Standard rotation shake things up.

There will be fourteen rounds of Swiss—seven rounds on Friday and seven rounds on Saturday—with a cut to a Top 4 playoff on Sunday. Friday and Saturday will begin with three rounds of Booster Draft, then transition into four rounds of Standard. Sunday's format is Standard using the same decks from the Swiss portion of the event.

Sunday will also feature the Team Series Championship, as the Top 2 teams in the 2017–18 Pro Tour Team Series face off for glory and prize money, with the winning team walking away with just over $100,000. We'll have more information on the Team Series Championship format in June.

It's going to be an exciting end of the summer season filled with great players, big moments, and a ton of awesome Magic. Be sure to tune in!

June Video Coverage

Following Pro Tour Dominaria, we've got another four weeks of video coverage lined up for you to enjoy on twitch.tv/magic!

Copenhagen

One week after the Pro Tour, Grand Prix Copenhagen June 9–10 will showcase how Standard evolves from the weekend before as Europe's best and brightest compete for their share of prize money and Pro Points.

Start Times: 12 a.m. PT/7 a.m. UTC Saturday and Sunday
Video Producer: Rich Hagon
Video Director: Steven Leeming
Camera and Graphics: Neil Rigby and Max Ogden
Play-by-Play Commentators: Riley Knight and Tim Willoughby
Color Commentators: Joel Larsson and Simon Görtzen
Showrunner: Tobi Henke
Writer-Reporter: Frank Karsten

Coverage from Copenhagen will bring you the return of many Grand Prix regulars alongside Pro Tour Magic Origins Champion Joel Larsson, as he makes his return to the booth following his official Magic coverage debut last year at England Nationals.

Vegas Double

Our next double is going to be a big one, as Grand Prix Las Vegas plays host to Magic birthday parties, a ton of cool activities, and, of course, a double-main-event weekend featuring Modern and Limited. We'll be bringing you live coverage from both days of Modern and Day Two of the Limited main event June 15–17.

Start Times: 9 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UTC Friday; 9:30 a.m. PT/4:30 p.m. UTC Saturday; 9 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UTC Sunday
Video Producer: Rich Hagon
Video Director: Rashad Miller
Camera and Graphics: BJ Ogden and Andy Cooperfauss
Play-by-Play Commentators: Brian David-Marshall and Gaby Spartz
Color Commentators: Paul Cheon on Friday, Paul Rietzl on Saturday and Sunday, and Luis Scott-Vargas all weekend long
Showrunner: Marc Calderaro
Writer-Reporter: Corbin Hosler

There's a lot going on at this show from the coverage perspective, too:

  • On Friday, R&D Play Design member Paul Cheon will be in the booth with Brian David-Marshall.
  • Saturday and Sunday, we trade one Paul for another, as Paul Rietzl joins the commentary booth in his Grand Prix video coverage debut! And if I may tease a bit more into the second half of the year, this isn't the only time you'll see Paul Rietzl in the booth this year.
  • Gaby Spartz and Luis Scott-Vargas return to the GP coverage crew for all three days of Vegas video! lsvHi! gabyHype! PogChamp!

Pittsburgh

Following the fun of Grand Prix Las Vegas is a weekend of Grand Prix in Singapore and Pittsburgh. While Singapore features Magic birthday festivities, Pittsburgh will be bringing you the latest happenings of Standard Constructed live on twitch.tv/magic June 23–24.

Start Times: 6 a.m. PT/1 p.m. UTC both days
Video Producer: Brian David-Marshall
Video Director: Rashad Miller
Camera and Graphics: BJ Ogden and Marc Calderaro
Play-by-Play Commentators: Marshall Sutcliffe and Maria Bartholdi
Color Commentators: Reid Duke and Andrew Brown
Showrunner: Adam Styborski
Writer-Reporter: Meghan Wolff

Not only will Reid Duke be bringing you his insight into Standard, but R&D Play Design team member and two-time Pro Tour Top 8 competitor Andrew Brown will be coming to this event for two days of expert analysis.

US Nationals in Columbus

US Nationals is getting the video coverage treatment June 30 and July 1. Tune in for two days as we see who will be the first person locked in on the United States World Magic Cup team!

Start Times: 6 a.m. PT/1 p.m. UTC both days
Video Producer: Brian David-Marshall
Video Director: Rashad Miller
Camera and Graphics: BJ Ogden and Athena Froehlich
Play-by-Play Commentators: Marshall Sutcliffe and TJ Rogers
Color Commentators: Reid Duke and Jacob Van Lunen
Showrunner: Corbin Hosler
Writer-Reporter: Meghan Wolff

TJ Rogers will be returning to the play-by-play role following his debut at Grand Prix Seattle earlier this year. He and Jacob Van Lunen will be commentating alongside the duo of Marshall Sutcliffe and Reid Duke to bring you two days of Nationals goodness.

The month of June will feature some great weekends of Magic, so don't miss a moment of it on our Twitch channel!

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