2017 World Magic Cup
|Date||1–3 December 2017|
|Format||Team Sealed and Team Unified Standard|
| Previous World Magic Cup:
| Next World Magic Cup: |
Qualification[edit | edit source]
2017 organized play changes saw the comeback of National Championships. This meant that World Magic Cup Qualifiers, previously the primary method of qualification for the World Magic Cup, were retired; instead, the top two finishers from each country's Nationals are invited to the World Magic Cup along with the top Pro Point earner from the previous season (in this case, the 2016–17 season). Should the top Pro Point earner make it to the final of Nationals, the top three players are invited instead. These changes meant that national teams went from consisting of four players to being three-player teams.
Format and schedule[edit | edit source]
The 2017 World Magic Cup features two formats: Ixalan Team Sealed and Team Unified Standard. Team Sealed 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, Standard replaced Modern, which was used in the previous World Magic Cup event. In addition, The Team Unified Constructed means that 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 Walking Ballista, regardless of how many copies of the card that player has in their deck.
Day 1 - Friday, 1st of December
- 3 rounds of Ixalan Team Sealed
- 4 rounds of Team Unified Standard
Day 1 features seven rounds of Swiss play, and the top 48 teams at the end of the day advance to Day 2 of competition.
Day 2 - Saturday, 2nd of December
- Phase 1 - up to four rounds of Team Unified Standard
- Phase 2 - up to three rounds of Team Unified Standard
On Day 2, teams will be divided into eight groups of six teams each (Phase 1). The two top-ranked teams in each group receive byes in the first round, while the other four play one round of single elimination; the sixteen losing teams in this round are eliminated from the tournament. The remaining four teams in each group play up to three rounds of double elimination; the top two teams in each group advance. Phase 2 consists of four groups, each with four teams. The four teams in each group play up to three rounds of double elimination, where the top two teams in each group proceed to Day 3 of competition.
As with the 2016 World Magic Cup, there are no draws on Day 2. Each round lasts 60 minutes, and if time is called and there is no conclusion to the match after extra turns, the match will be decided with the following tiebreakers:
- The deciding match is determined by game count at the end of extra turns.
- If the deciding match's game count is tied, the player with the highest life total wins the match.
- If the team match count, game count, and life totals are tied at the end of extra turns, the first change in life total results in the player whose life total is higher after said change winning the match.
- If the game count becomes tied in extra turns, and a third game needs to be played, the match is 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, 3rd of December
- Quarterfinals, semifinals and final, featuring Team Unified Standard
The top eight teams then compete in a seeded (based on total number of points from Day 1 and Day 2), single-elimination bracket.