Mythic Championship V
|Mythic Championship V|
|Date||October 18-20, 2019|
|Location||Long Beach, California, United States|
|Format||Traditional Standard Best-of-Three Constructed|
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 Mythic Championship Qualifier Weekend (MCQW) were effectively expanded to the Top 18, encompassing the last two players with identical primary tiebreakers. Included in the qualifiers were long-time players Constructed Masters for 2017 Sebastian Pozzo and 2016 Oliver Tiu, Ondřej Stráský, Pro Tour Champion Stanislav Cifka, 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.
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. 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. Finally, the aggro decks of the format leant on the power of Embercleave as a card with incredible burst power, with support from either green for Questing Beast and Collision//Colossus; or in a Knights shell with Acclaimed Contender and Tournament Grounds.
Of the five colors, only six players did not register Forests as part of their mana base - 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 seven rounds. Players who earned five wins automatically advanced to Day Two. Players who lost four matches were eliminated, as there were enough 4-3 players to make up 24 players. Unfortunately, some of the competitors experienced MTG Arena crashes on the machines that were being used.
The players to qualify on Friday were:
|10||Kenji Egashira||5-2||Invite - Streamer|
|18||Gabriel Nassif||4-3||Invite - Hall of Fame|
Day Two[edit | edit source]
The Top 24 from Day One joined the four Magic Pro League divisional champions from the Core Split in a seven-round Swiss event. All seven players who reached five match wins moved on to Day 3. Javier Dominguez rounded out the Top 8 for Day 3 based on his tiebreakers on Day 2. Though 40% of the Day 2 field was made up of Golos variants , only one Golos deck made it into the Top 8. Only two Challengers made the Top 8: Stanislav Cifka and Gabriel Nassif.
Day Three[edit | edit source]
Eight players competed in a true double-elimination tournament. In the grand finals, the winners in the Upper Bracket and Lower Bracket faced off. The player in the Lower Bracket had to win two matches to win the tournament. It was Javier Dominguez and his metagame deck choice of Gruul Aggro that won Mythic Championship V. He defeated Jean-Emmanuel Depraz, who was on Bant Golos, 2-1 in the second match of the Grand Finals.
The Top 8 were:
|1||Javier Dominguez||50||Gruul Aggro|
|2||Jean-Emmanuel Depraz||42||Bant Golos|
|3||Andrea Mengucci||37||Bant Food|
|4||Gabriel Nassif||37||Simic Food||Challenger|
|5||Stanislav Cifka||32||Bant Ramp||Challenger|
|6||Lee Shi Tian||32||Mono-Red Cavalcade|
|7||Ken Yukuhiro||32||Mardu Knights|
|8||William Jensen||32||Simic Food|
References[edit | edit source]
- Wizards of the Coast. "Magic Championship V". Magicthegathering.com.
- Wizards of the Coast (September, 2019). "MEET THE CHALLENGERS OF MYTHIC CHAMPIONSHIP V". Magic Esports.
- Frank Karsten (October 11, 2019). "Mythic Championship V Metagame Breakdown". Magicthegathering.com.
- Corbin Hosler (October 18, 2019). "HIGHLIGHTS OF MYTHIC CHAMPIONSHIP V DAY ONE". Magic Esports.
- David McCoy (October 19, 2019). "MTG Arena Crashes Affect Some Mythic Championship V Matches". Hipsters of the Coast.
- Corbin Hosler (October 19, 2019). "Highlights of Mythic Championship V, Day Two". Magic Esports.
- David McCoy (October 15, 2019). "The Mythic Championship V Standard Metagame is Over 40% Golos and Field of the Dead". Hipsters of the Coast.
- Corbin Hosler (October 20, 2019). "Highlights of Mythic Championship V, Day Three". Magic Esports.
- David McCoy (October 21, 2019). "Javier Dominguez Wins Mythic Championship V with Gruul Aggro". Hipsters of the Coast.