The Battle for Zendikar Cometh

Posted in Competitive Gaming on September 25, 2015

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.

It's the calm before the storm, as Battle for Zendikar approaches. This weekend is the Battle for Zendikar Prerelease. Next week, the set is released. A week later, Grand Prix Madison and Grand Prix Sydney will give players their first taste of Battle for Zendikar at a Premier Play-level before we head into the Pro Tour weekend.

Let's first take a look at last weekend's events, and then we'll peer ahead to the coming weeks.

Magic Community Cup

It was a tight race between the Wizards team and the Community team, but the Community team managed to edge out the Wizards team in the final rounds, ensuring that the Community once again claimed the Community Cup (rats).

With the Magic Online community denied its Drown in Sorrows from the Team Wizards win that all should have been preparing for, the Magic community has instead been rewarded with some very beautiful full-art basic lands and a Thalia, Guardian of Thraben promo on Magic Online if they logged in during the Community Cup.

Full Coverage

Battle for Zendikar Draft Decklists

Community Cup At-a-Glance

2015 World Magic Cup Qualifiers—Round 3

The third and final round of the 2015 World Magic Cup Qualifiers took place last weekend. Aside from a couple of finalizations of the remaining slots and the completion of one World Magic Cup Qualifier that needed to be moved (Chile), the vast majority of the teams have been locked down.

The current list of invited players for the World Magic Cup can be found on this page, with more than a few countries packing serious lineups as we head into the World Magic Cup in Barcelona December 11–13. Brian David-Marshall has the details on some of these teams today, so check out The Week That Was this week for the latest!

In the meantime, we've got some World Magic Cup Qualifier decklists for you, showcasing the Standard format one more time before we move into the set rotation in a week.





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South Korea


United States

The First Post-Battle for Zendikar Grand Prix Weekend

Looking to experience Battle for Zendikar at its first Grand Prix?

If you're in Australia, then Grand Prix Sydney will be your destination for two days of Battle for Zendikar goodness. This event takes place October 9–11, featuring a wide variety of side events and, of course, the two-day main event featuring Battle for Zendikar Sealed Deck on Saturday and Battle for Zendikar Booster Draft on Sunday.

If the main event doesn't go well for you, then check out the Super Sunday Series event on Sunday! The winner of this side event gets an invitation to compete in the Super Sunday Series Championship in January!

If you're in North America, or if you're on your way to Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, then Grand Prix Madison is the stop for you! If you're looking to play in this Grand Prix, featuring a two-day Battle for Zendikar main event, then we highly advise preregistering now, as this Grand Prix is expected to sell out!

Not going to Grand Prix Madison? Then you can tune in to the live video coverage to check out Battle for Zendikar in action. Coverage will take place on the Magic Twitch Channel on Saturday and Sunday, featuring Marshall Sutcliffe, Randy Buehler, Rich Hagon, Rashad Miller, Richard Castle, and Rusty Kubis. Check this column for more details on exact stream times as it approaches!

Viewing Guide

Magic Online Streamer Showdown

Showdown #1—1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET/8 p.m. UTC

Showdown #2—6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET/1 a.m. UTC

Magic Twitch Channel

Tuesday, September 29

6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET/1 a.m. UTC—Modern Super League

While the majority of this weekend is dedicated to Battle for Zendikar Prereleases, there are a few things you can watch today as well as on Tuesday.

Magic Online is hosting a Streamer Showdown today, featuring sixteen prominent Magic Online streamers as they do battle in the new Legacy Cube format. Check out the Magic Online Tumblr page for more information on who is streaming and when!

The Modern Super League is nearing its conclusion, as there are only four players left! While Patrick Dickmann and Cedric Phillips have locked up their spots in the Super League Championship due to their places in the winner's bracket, Shaun McLaren and Lee Shi Tian will be squaring off for the final slot. Each of these players hopes to stay in the race, as the four competitors conclude their quest to be the Modern Super League Champion.

Join the Modern Super League crew for a night of Modern mayhem on Super Tuesday! It all starts on the Magic Twitch Channel this Tuesday at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET/1 a.m. UTC.

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