2018 World Magic Cup

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2018 World Magic Cup
Date 14–16 December 2018
Location {ESP} Barcelona, Spain
Format Team Sealed and Team Unified Standard
Winner {FRA} France
Previous World
Magic Cup:
2017
Next World
Magic Cup:
n/a

The 2018 World Magic Cup, the seventh World Magic Cup, was held on 14–16 December 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

The event featured a World Magic Cup debutant, with Honduras participating in the event for the first time.[1]

The 2018 World Magic Cup was the last World Magic Cup event, as the system, including Nationals, was discontinued in 2019.

Format and schedule[edit | edit source]

The 2018 World Magic Cup featured two formats: 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, like in 2017, Standard was the featured format. 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 on a team may use Lava Coil, regardless of how many copies of the card that player has in their deck.

Day 1 - Friday, 14 December

  • Three rounds of Team Sealed
  • Up to four rounds of Team Unified Standard

Day 1 featured at most seven rounds of Swiss play; all teams that won their fourth match received byes every round for the rest of the day.

The top 32 teams at the end of the day advanced to Day 2 of competition. This essentially meant that all teams that picked up their fourth win prior to round 7 advanced, plus a few teams with 4–3 records.

Day 2 - Saturday, 15 December

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

On Day 2, teams were divided into eight groups of four teams each (Phase 1). The four teams in each group played up to three rounds of double elimination; the top two teams in each group advanced to Phase 2. For Phase 2, the sixteen remaining teams were again divided into groups of four, and they played up to three rounds of double elimination. The top two teams in each group proceeded to Day 3 of competition.

As with the 2017 World Magic Cup, draws were not allowed on Day 2. 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 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, 16 December

  • Quarterfinals, semifinals and final, featuring Team Unified Standard

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

Day 1[edit | edit source]

The first day of competition featured two formats: Guilds of Ravnica Team Sealed (3 rounds) followed by Team Unified Standard (up to 4 rounds). Teams played until they had four wins or seven rounds had been played, whichever came first. Teams that reached four wins before round seven were guaranteed advancement to day 2, while the teams that reached the "four wins"-threshold in round seven had to hope that their tiebreakers would be good enough to see them through. In the end, 7 teams made it through with 4–3-records, while 3 teams didn't. These were Argentina, Poland, and Croatia.

The best performers were Peru, Israel, Italy, and Hong Kong, all starting 4–0 and securing advancement at the earliest possible time.

Day 2[edit | edit source]

Day 2 featured two sets of so-called pool play. Teams were divided into groups of four, and teams in each group played three rounds of Team Unified Standard double elimination. This meant that the two teams in each group that won two matches proceeded to the next stage, while the remaining two teams were eliminated.

First round of pool play[edit | edit source]

Pool A
Place Country Points Seed
1 {FIN} Finland 6 3
2 {AUS} Australia 6 2
3 {CAN} Canada 3 4
4 {PER} Peru 0 1
Pool B
Place Country Points Seed
1 {HUN} Hungary 6 2
2 {ISR} Israel 6 1
3 {EST} Estonia 3 3
4 {GB-WLS} Wales 0 4
Pool C
Place Country Points Seed
1 {HKG} Hong Kong 6 1
2 {DEU} Germany 6 2
3 {SVN} Slovenia 3 4
4 {MEX} Mexico 0 3
Pool D
Place Country Points Seed
1 {AUT} Austria 6 4
2 {ITA} Italy 6 1
3 {PRT} Portugal 3 2
4 {DNK} Denmark 0 3
Pool E
Place Country Points Seed
1 {CHN} China 6 2
2 {BLR} Belarus 6 1
3 {THA} Thailand 3 3
4 {ROU} Romania 0 4
Pool F
Place Country Points Seed
1 {MLT} Malta 6 3
2 {URY} Uruguay 6 2
3 {USA} United States 3 4
4 {ZAF} South Africa 0 1
Pool G
Place Country Points Seed
1 {PHL} Philippines 6 1
2 {FRA} France 6 2
3 {KOR} South Korea 3 4
4 {SWE} Sweden 0 3
Pool H
Place Country Points Seed
1 {JPN} Japan 6 1
2 {SVK} Slovakia 6 4
3 {UKR} Ukraine 3 2
4 {PRI} Puerto Rica 0 3


Second round of pool play[edit | edit source]

Pool A
Place Country Points Seed
1 {HKG} Hong Kong 6 1
2 {SVK} Slovakia 6 4
3 {FIN} Finland 3 3
4 {HUN} Hungary 0 2
Pool B
Place Country Points Seed
1 {FRA} France 6 3
2 {ISR} Israel 6 1
3 {AUT} Austria 3 4
4 {BLR} Belarus 0 2
Pool C
Place Country Points Seed
1 {JPN} Japan 6 2
2 {AUS} Australia 6 4
3 {URY} Uruguay 3 3
4 {PHL} Philippines 0 1
Pool D
Place Country Points Seed
1 {ITA} Italy 6 2
2 {CHN} China 6 1
3 {DEU} Germany 3 4
4 {MLT} Malta 0 3


Day 3[edit | edit source]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                         
1  Hong Kong 2  
8  Slovakia 0  
  1  Hong Kong 1  
  4  Israel 2  
4  Israel 2
5  China 1  
    4  Israel 1
  6  France 2
3  Japan 0  
6  France 2  
  6  Framce 2
  2  Italy 1  
2  Italy 2
7  Australia 1  


Place Country Player Prize
per Player
Pro Points
per Player
1 {FRA} France Jean-Emmanuel Depraz $15,000 8
Timothée Jammot
Arnaud Hocquemiller
2 {ISR} Israel Shahar Shenhar $8,500 7
Yuval Zuckerman
Amit Etgar
3 {HKG} Hong Kong Lee Shi Tian $6,000 6
Alexander Dadyko
Wu Kon Fai
4 {ITA} Italy Andrea Mengucci $6,000 6
Tain fa Mun
Mattia Basilico
5 {JPN} Japan Ken Yukuhiro $4,000 5
Naoya Nanba
Moriyama Masahide
6 {CHN} China Yuchen Liu $4,000 5
Song Long
Xu Ming
7 {AUS} Australia David Mines $4,000 5
Benaya Lie
Matthew Garnham
8 {SVK} Slovakia Ivan Floch $4,000 5
Richard Hornansky
Milan Niznansky

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mike Rosenberg (2018-03-15). "2018 NATIONALS DETAILS". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2018-04-09.