Mythic Invitational

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Mythic Invitational
Date March 28–31, 2019
Location {USA} Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Attendance 64
Format Duo Standard
Prize pool $1,000,000
Previous Mythic Invitational:
n/a
Next Mythic Invitational:
unknown

The Mythic Invitational is an exhibition event taking place at PAX East in Boston, Massachusetts, United States on March 28–31, 2019. It will feature the biggest-ever prize pool awarded in a single Magic tournament, with $1,000,000 distributed to the 64 participants, with the winner earning $250,000. The event is taking place entirely on Magic Arena, and invitations are extended to 31 members of the Magic Pro League, 25 select high-profile Magic streamers, and 8 top-ranked Magic Arena players.[1]

Format and Structure[edit | edit source]

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The tournament will feature double-elimination play through all days of the tournament using a brand-new format called Duo Standard.

In Duo Standard, players will submit two Standard-legal decks. Players will not sideboard between games, though they may submit a sideboard (for cards such as Mastermind’s Acquisition). Players can submit two different decks, two of the same archetype with different cards in both, or the exact same deck twice.

A groups of sixteen players will battle in double-elimination flights until four players from each flights remain. Those remaining sixteen players will advance to another double-elimination bracket and will advance four players to the finale. The final four will then play double-elimination once again to try to grab the $250,000 first prize.

Prizes[edit | edit source]

The prize purse of the tournament is $1,000,000, with each participant earning a minimum of $7,500. The prizes are distributed as follows:

Place Prize
1st $250,000
2nd $125,000
3rd $70,000
4th $45,000
5th-16th $12,500
17th-64th $7,500

Controversy[edit | edit source]

The announcement was received with mixed response from the community. Criticism was leveled at the tournament structure: The lack of sideboards, the Duo Standard system with random deck selection for game 1, and using double elimination for such a high-stake tournament. The invitation list was also criticized, with many of the game's top streamers, such as Jeff Hoogland and Caleb Durward, being omitted, as well as the Platinum pros that were not members of the MPL, such as Gregory Orange, fifth-ranked in the world at the time of the announcement. Others praised the diversity of players invited, in particular that the invitation list included a number of female/non-binary players, a segment not represented in the MPL.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. THE MTG ARENA MYTHIC INVITATIONAL. Wizards of the Coast (2019-01-31). Retrieved on 2019-01-31.