Magic: The Gathering Launches Mythic Championship IV With $500,000 Prize Pool

Magic: The Gathering launches Mythic Championship IV.
Magic: The Gathering launches Mythic Championship IV. Wizards of the Coast

Magic: The Gathering has officially launched Mythic Championship IV. This is the latest in a series of competitive Magic: The Gathering events that run throughout the year. It happens this weekend and has the world’s best Magic: The Gathering players going against each other at MagicFest Barcelona for the chance to win a large slice of the of the $500,000 prize pool.

This tournament is going to be focused on matches played in the Modern format of Magic: The Gathering. Modern is a play format that features all cards going back to the Eighth Edition of Magic: The Gathering, minus some cards that have been banned for balance. In this format, players are able to pull from a range of cards to build a wide variety of different decks, each with their own specific niches.

To know more about the different formats, you can read more here.

The tournament takes place right alongside MagicFest Barcelona, an event where players can play Magic: The Gathering in many different formats, meet Magic: The Gathering artists, cosplayers, and professional players, as well as take part in MagicFest Barcelona’s Grand Prix event.

Day One consists of three rounds of Booster Draft followed by five rounds of Modern. After eight rounds, players that get at least 12 match points advance to the second day. Day Two consists of the same rounds. This time the top eight players advance to the Playoffs. Playoffs follow this format:

  • Traditional single-elimination bracket
  • Playoff rounds will be Modern Constructed format
  • All playoff matches will be best three out of five
  • The first two games played in a three out of five playoff-match on Sunday are pre-sideboard games. After Game two is completed, players may exchange cards from their deck for cards in their sideboard
  • Standings after the Swiss rounds will be used to determine final order in the standings for losing players in the quarterfinal and semifinal playoff rounds
  • While there are no time limits in the playoff rounds, players are expected to play at a reasonable pace and finish their matches within 60 minutes (for quarterfinal and semifinal matches) and 90 minutes (for the finals match)
  • For the first game of each match in the playoff rounds, the player that finished higher in the Swiss rounds choose either to play first or to play second. For subsequent games in each playoff match, the usual Play/Draw rule applies (loser of the previous game decides whether to play first in the next game.)

For more information about this tournament, you can read more here. Matches can be viewed live here.

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