2016 World Magic Cup

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2016 World Magic Cup
Date 18–20 November 2016
Location Netherlands.png Rotterdam, Netherlands
Attendance 73 teams
Format Team Sealed and Team Unified Modern
Prize pool $250,000
Winner Greece.png Greece
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The 2016 World Magic Cup, the fifth World Magic Cup, was held on 18–20 November 2016 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Featuring teams from 73 nations, the event was won by the Greek national team, captained by Bill Chronopoulos, who had previously lost in the final to Denmark at the 2014 World Magic Cup. Belgium, captained by Peter Vieren, finished runner-up.

Format and schedule[edit | edit source]

The 2016 World Magic Cup featured two formats: Kaladesh Team Sealed and Team Unified Modern. Team Sealed, which already be used by Grand Prixes and previous World Magic Cup events, is a variation of Sealed deck where the team shares a pool of twelve Booster packs, which is used to build three 40-card decks. For the Team Unified Constructed portion, Modern replaced Standard, which was used in previous World Magic Cup events. In addition, The Team Unified Constructed rules underwent a major change upon the announcement of the format: With the exception of basic lands, There may not be any copies of the same card in two different decks. For example, only one player may use Scalding Tarn, regardless of how many copies of the card that player has in their deck.

Day 1 - Friday, 18th of November

  • 3 rounds of Kaladesh Team Sealed
  • 4 rounds of Team Unified Modern

Day 1 featured seven rounds of Swiss play, instead of 32 teams in previous events, top 48 team at the end of the day advanced to Day 2 of competition.

Day 2 - Saturday, 19th of November

  • Phase 1 - up to four rounds of Team Unified Modern
  • Phase 2 - up to three rounds of Team Unified Modern

On Day 2, teams were divided into eight groups of six teams each (Phase 1). The two top-ranked teams in each group received byes in the first round, while the other four played one round of single elimination; the sixteen losing teams in this round were eliminated from the tournament. The remaining four teams in each group played up to three rounds of double elimination; the top two teams in each group advanced. Phase 2 consisted of four groups, each with four teams. The four teams in each group played up to three rounds of double elimination, where the top two teams in each group proceeded to Day 3 of competition.

A new addition to Day 2 at the 2016 World Magic Cup was that there were no draws.[1] Each round lasted 60 minutes, and if time was called and there was no conclusion to the match after extra turns, the match was decided with the following tiebreakers:

  • The deciding match was determined by game count at the end of extra turns.
  • If the deciding match's game count was tied, the player with the highest life total won the match.
  • If the team match count, game count, and life totals were tied at the end of extra turns, the first change in life total resulted in the player whose life total is higher after said change winning the match.
  • If the game count became tied in extra turns, and a third game needed to be played, the match was decided by the first change in life total, with the player whose life total is higher after said change winning the match.

Day 3 - Sunday, 20th of November

  • Quarterfinals, semifinals and final, featuring Team Unified Modern

The top eight teams then competed in a seeded (based on total number of points from Day 1 and Day 2), single-elimination bracket.

Pre-tournament favorites[edit | edit source]

Several teams were noted by commentators as being particularly strong. Reigning champions Italy fielded a strong team including Platinum pro Andrea Mengucci, as well as Alessandro Portaro and Mattia Rizzi, were favorites to do well; Slovakia's team had Pro Tour veterans Ivan Floch and Matej Zatlkaj, in addition to a member of the winning team from 2010, Patrik Surab; Japan could show off a team that included Hall of Famers Shōta Yasooka and Kenji Tsumura; Brazil had two Platinum pros on the team, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa and Thiago Saporito; and Belgium's team included brothers Peter and Pascal Vieren, as well as Branco Neirynck.

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Bergeot, Helene (2016-02-07). WMC AND WMCQ CHANGES ANNOUNCED AT PT OATH OF THE GATEWATCH. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2016-06-28.