Mythic Championship V

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Mythic Championship V
Date October 18-20, 2019
Location {USA} Long Beach, California, United States
Attendance 68
Format Traditional Standard Best-of-Three Constructed
Prize pool $750,000
Previous Pro Tour:
Mythic Championship IV Barcelona
Next Pro Tour:
Mythic Championship VI Richmond

Mythic Championship V was the second Mythic Championship to be played on MTG Arena in 2019. It takes place on October 18-20, 2019 at Thunder Studios in Long Beach, California, United States.[1]

Contestants[edit | edit source]

The tournament was made up of 32 members of the MPL and 36 Challengers. Magic MPL Core Split Division winners Seth Manfield, Carlos Romão, Ben Stark and Lee Shi Tian earned automatic advancement to Day Two.

Challengers[edit | edit source]

As the second Arena Championship, the invites followed a similar trend to the previous, but with a slight variation. Rather than the previous Pro Tour winners, the four highest placing Challengers were selected - winner Matias Leveratto, 3rd place Kai Budde, 11th place Gregory Orange and 14th place Raphael Levy. Following some community concern, the top 16 of the MCQW were effectively expanded to top 18, encompassing the last two players with identical primary tiebreakers. Included in the qualifiers were long time players Oliver Tiu, Ondřej Stráský, Pro Tour Champion Stanislav Cifka, Constructed Master Sebastian Pozzo, and Mythic Championship London Top 8 competitor Chris Kvartek. Big community names invited include Gabriel Nassif, Caleb Durwood, Kenji Egashira, Gaby Spartz, Yuuki Ichikawa and David Williams; and various smaller names round out the other fourteen invitations.[2]

Format[edit | edit source]

The format across all three days is Traditional Standard Best-of-Three Constructed. Identified quickly as relevant mechanics from Throne of Eldraine were the power of Food cards (Oko, Thief of Crowns and Gilded Goose) and Adventure payoffs (Lucky Clover and Edgewall Innkeeper). However, it became apparent that the specter of Scapeshift was still lingering over the format as all the good answers to Field of The Dead rotated, so the end-game of the format was not a traditional card advantage or planeswalker control deck, but rather a deck that could create two to four 2/2 Zombies with every land drop. Hence, opposing decks would need to overcome not only an unrelenting swarm of Zombies, but also the stabilization power of Hydroid Krasis and Wraths.

29 players submitted Golos-powered decks, five of which also added Fires of Invention.[3] Questing Beast acted as the greatest proactive check on the Zombies in the format, with 28 players registering 98 copies. Coming in second were Simic Food decks that had maindeck Disdainful Stroke to punish the expensive spells the Field decks used, alongside the Ramp decks that act similarly. Six Golgari Adventure decks were the other major flavor of midrange deck. 12 players attempted to outrace the ramp decks with Aggro decks, between evenly between Gruul, Selesnya Adventures, and Mardu Knights.

Of the five colors, only six players did not register Forests as part of their manabase - three Knights decks, a Rakdos Sacrifice deck, a Jeskai Fires of Invention deck, and a mono-Red deck.

Day One[edit | edit source]

Players battled it out in Modified Swiss in up to eight rounds. Players who earned six wins automatically advanced to Day Two. Players who lost four matches were eliminated.

The players to qualify on Friday were: TBA

Day Two[edit | edit source]

The Top 12 from Day One join the four Magic Pro League divisional champions from the Core Split in a seven-round Swiss event. All players who reach five match wins move on to Day 3. Additional players will round out the Top 8 for Day 3 based on their tiebreakers in Day 2.

Day Three[edit | edit source]

Eight players compete in a true double-elimination tournament. In the grand finals, the winners in the Upper Bracket and Lower Bracket will face off. The player in the Lower Bracket must win two matches to win the tournament.

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