Later this month, sixteen of the best Magic: The Gathering players from around the world will come together in Honolulu, Hawaii to compete for the $1 million prize pool of the World Championships. Wizards of the Coast previously announced that the formats will be Constructed Standard on Magic: The Gathering Arena, and booster draft, but it was unclear how the draft part of the tournament will be done (digital or tabletop).
Today, WotC has released details about the MTG World Championship XXVI, including the event's crazy tournament structure, the coverage team, and details of the formats they're playing.
Here are the details for Booster Draft play:
> All players begin in eight-player Draft pods.
> Players' decklists will be imported into MTG Arena for Draft play.
> After two rounds, players advance to Standard Constructed play or continue Draft play based on record:
> Four 2-0 players advance to Winner Group
> Four 0-2 players advance to Elimination Group
> Eight 1-1 players play a third round of Draft
> After the third Draft round, the remaining players advance to brackets based on record:
> Four 2-1 players advance to Winner Group
> Four 1-2 players advance to Elimination Group
Since eight-person draft is still not available in Magic Arena, it makes sense for them to do the drafting in tabletop, but it's still exciting to see them play their draft decks in digital format. The free-to-play game currently only uses bots for the drafting portion, but Wizards recently announced that the MTG Arena developers are planning to add that feature this year.
Are you excited to watch this year's Magic World Championship?
The Magic World Championship XXVI will take place in Honolulu, Hawaii on February 14-16, and will stream live on Twitch.tv/magic.