By Cody Perez
November 7, 2019
Wizards of the Coast and pro players from around the world are gearing up for the latest Magic: The Gathering pro tournament. Players are looking forward to the start of the MTG Mythic Championship VI event very soon. As such, we have everything that you need to know about the event here.
You might be reading this right now and wondering how we are already getting ready for the MTG Mythic Championship VI when we just had the fifth one a couple of weeks ago. Well, you wouldn’t be wrong to wonder about that but, yes, the sixth Mythic tournament this year is happening soon.
24 hours until the start of #MythicChampionshipVI!— Magic Esports (@MagicEsports) November 7, 2019
Tune in at 9 a.m. EST/6 a.m. PDT Friday, November 8th on https://t.co/we35sjOtfe to catch the action LIVE!
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How soon? Well, it kicks off this weekend. The whole event begins tomorrow, Friday, November 8th, and will run throughout the weekend, ending on Sunday, November 10th. Pro players from across the United States and the rest of the world will be gathering to participate in the event.
While it might be surprising that the event is happening just a few short weeks after the last Mythic event, this is still not the last Mythic tournament to happen this year. There is another one scheduled for next month and will finish off the Mythic year strong.
Until then, we have the MTG Mythic Championship VI to look forward to this weekend. It will be taking place in Richmond, Virginia, United States, and will be hosted at the Greater Richmond Convention Center there. There are quite literally hundreds of players who will be competing in person there.
Of course, with the MTG Mythic Championship VI happening this weekend, fans will want to know how to watch all the festivities. Wizards of the Coast has been great about ensuring that fans can watch each of the Mythic events with ease when they happen as they happen.
The entire event will be live streamed for players to watch online while it is happening on the official Magic Twitch channel as always. Coverage of the event will be happening live as the matches are going on in Richmond, Virginia.
The live-streamed coverage of the sixth Mythic Championship will begin promptly with the start of the tournament itself each of the three days. Players will be able to start following along at home or wherever you like on Twitch when coverage begins at 9 am ET (6 am PT for those of us on the west coast).
Of course, you don’t have to watch it at home if you are near the Richmond, Virginia area. Unlike the fifth Mythic Championship that was held digitally instead of using the tabletop format, this is one tournament where Wizards of the Coast invites fans to watch all of it live and in person.
All eyes are on Richmond, Virginia for the final tabletop Mythic Championship of year!— Magic Esports (@MagicEsports) November 4, 2019
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This is because the MagicFest+ Richmond is happening the same weekend as the Mythic Championship itself, and both will be held at the same Greater Richmond Convention Center. It is common for Grand Prix tournaments and the like to be held alongside a MagicFest, so this is a nice little surprise.
If you are going to be at the MagicFest+ convention anyways, you will also head into the hall where the competition is happening and watch it live. This is great for those players who didn’t qualify for this event, traveling with one of the competitors, or who live nearby.
This does mean, though, that you will want to get a pass to the MagicFest event if you don’t already have one so you can enjoy everything that the convention and the competition have to offer. Players will still be able to check out other events like the Grand Prix that will also be happening there.
There will also be artist signings, side events, likely some casual tournaments for anyone to participate in, and much more. As this is a MagicFest plus event rather than a normal one, we do expect that there will be even greater offerings there than at the normal MagicFest conventions.
As always, there will be vendors and items for sale that fans will be able to purchase and scour around for. It looks to be an exciting weekend overall, even if you don’t want to check out the tournament itself.
With the Mythic Championship event so close, Wizards of the Coast has also released information about how this event will be set up. Unlike the fifth Mythic Championship tournament, this is one event that will be using the tabletop physical cards for competing rather than the digital game.
This is fourth and final physical card game tournament in the Mythic series that will be happening this year. Though there is another event coming up soon after this one, it will be using the digital card game MTG Arena for its format rather than the normal physical card game.
With this being the final tabletop tournament in the Mythic series this year, it will likely also be the final one that fans will be able to watch in person. There will be three days of competition for fans and players to check out, starting tomorrow and going through Sunday, November 10th.
It all begins on day one of the competition: Friday, November 8th. Here, the hundreds of players who will be participating will gather onsite to compete in a mixed tournament style that we haven’t seen too much in the game thus far.
This competition will be using a mix of both Standard Constructed play as you would expect but also Throne of Eldraine booster draft that will be using the latest fall expansion solely. This is a strange way of doing it rather than just Standard like usual.
Wizards of the Coast may be doing this because of how overpowered the current expansion is in the metagame with insanely powerful cards like the legendary planeswalker Oko, Thief of Crowns, and the recently banned Field of the Dead land card.
Having two different match formats for the majority of the event will ensure that the players that are participating will have to keep on their toes the whole time. The first day of competition will be broken up between the booster draft and Standard match formats almost evenly.
Day one will see players compete in eight Swiss rounds in total per the usual competition format. The first three rounds of the first day will be the booster draft format, which will be followed by five rounds of Standard play. Each of these rounds will last only 50 minutes before switching to the next one.
When the time is called for that round, the active player will finish their current turn up, and then five more turns will be taken before the match is concluded. This does, of course, mean that there is the likelihood of ties throughout the eight rounds that are played on day one.
To make sure that ties and the like are lessened, any stalling and slow plays will be enforced heavily during the tournament this weekend. All players are allowed to participate in all eight Swiss rounds on Friday, but they can also choose to drop out if they find that there is no way to make a comeback.
How it will work is that the players who have 12 or more match points after playing through all eight of their rounds on Friday will automatically move on to the second day of competition. Like the first day, it will feature eight more Swiss rounds for players to take on.
Those eight additional Swiss rounds on Saturday will be the same as the first day of competition with the first three rounds being booster draft format while the following five will be Standard Constructed. The eight rounds will follow the same rules as the first day, too.
What makes the second day of competition interesting is that it will function differently when it comes to who moves onto the third day of the tournament. There will be a leaderboard with the stats of each player in day two, and the top eight players will be the only ones to make it to the final day.
Day three of the competition will feature the traditional single-elimination tournament bracket that we are familiar with at this point. The playoffs on Sunday will only be using Standard Constructed and will be played in the best three out of five match format.
Players can have a sideboard in their decks, but the catch is that they must play without using their sideboard for the first two rounds of each match. Starting with the third and possibly final round, players will be able to start using the cards in their sideboard to exchange for cards in their deck.
For the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the playoff tournament, the losing players in those rounds will be ordered in the overall standings using how well they did during the 16 Swiss rounds on the previous two days.
Unlike with those Swiss rounds, time limits will not be enforced as heavily during the single-elimination tournament. Players, however, will be expected to play at a reasonable pace throughout each round and be able to finish their matches within 60 minutes for the quarterfinal and semifinal matches.
The finals match will get a little bit more leeway with allowing for 90 minutes for that match in total. With each match, the player who placed higher among the two in the Swiss rounds will get to choose if they go first or if their opponent will.
From there, the subsequent rounds of that match will follow the normal rule of having the loser of the previous round determine who goes first in the next round. Players will be required to use the same deck for all three days of the competition and must register it before the deadline.
Like with any other competition like this one, there is a massive prize pool that will be divided up between the players based on their standings in the event. The total available prize money is $500,000, and it all starts with those players who place in the bottom bracket of the event.
Wizards of the Coast is anticipating at most 510 players in the event, but it does allow for players who are in the 511 and over bracket. If there are that many players who participate in the event, they will receive $500 just for showing up and taking their chances in the tournament.
The same goes for any player who ranks 101 through 510 in the next bracket. They will also receive $500 for participating in the event. From there, it goes to the next bracket of ranks 65 through 100. Those players will receive a little bit more than the last bracket at $750 in prize money.
From there, the next group of prizes goes to the players who rank 49 through 64. Those players will receive $1,000 for their ranking in the tournament. The next group is for players who place 33 through 48, which is likely players who made it to the second day of the tournament.
They will receive $1,500 for doing well enough to make it there, while the next group of players from 25 through 32 will get $2,000. It only grows even more from there to encompass the players who rank 17 through 24, who will all receive $3,000 for doing well.
The final group of players from day two of the competition who rank ninth through 16th will receive $6,000. It only grows exponentially from there for the top eight players who make it to the final day of competition. Fifth through eighth will receive a nice prize of $10,000.
Meanwhile, the third and fourth place players will receive $15,000 for nearly making it to the finals. The second-place runner up for the whole tournament will receive $20,000 for doing so well while the grand prize winner will receive a tenth of the prize pool at $50,000 in prize money.
The grand prize winner of the tournament will also likely have an invite to the World Championships in December, where the best player in the world will be determined.
If you are looking to get into a future Mythic Championship like the seventh and final one that is occurring soon, there are a few ways that you can do so. You can earn an invitation by being a top finisher at a Mythic Championship Qualifier event or winning one of the Magic Online Championship series events.
You can also get one by being a top finisher at a Grand Prix, which is also happening this weekend in Richmond or having the appropriate Pro Players Club status necessary for it. Last but certainly not least, you can earn an invitation for how many match points you have earned from a previous Mythic event.
If you participated in a previous Mythic tournament and got total match points of 33 or more during it, you will automatically be invited to get a chance at the next one. We do suspect that the winner of that previous tournament, though, will likely not have to come back since they already won one.