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2020 Mythic Invitational Survival Guide

August 31, 2020
Wizards of the Coast

With a $250,000 prize pool and top players from MTG Arena, the 2020 Mythic Invitational is the last step for Magic competitors on their path to the 2020 Season Grand Finals. Streaming live and played online through MTG Arena, the world will watch the Magic Esports debut of MTG Arena's Historic format as the next champion is crowned.

You don't want to miss a minute of the action.

Where Can I Follow the Event?

The 2020 Mythic Invitational will be streamed live September 10-13 on

For the metagame, decklists, match-by-match updates, player details, live streaming, and more the Mythic Invitational is where to start. Plus, you can enjoy broadcast clips and more exclusive content available by following @MagicEsports on Twitter. You can also share your excitement—and sweet Twitch clips—throughout the Mythic Invitational weekends with the hashtag #MythicInvitational.

Will Zendikar Rising Be Played?

While Zendikar Rising won't be released until September 17 on MTG Arena, we'll know all the cards coming to Magic in Zendikar Rising as the Mythic Invitational starts—and that's only the beginning for what it means in Magic Esports. Throughout the stream your favorite casters will be breaking down key new cards for Standard and more, looking into the competitive future Zendikar Rising brings.

Watch all weekend to see what you can expect when Zendikar Rising arrives this September.

Will There Be Any Previews?

Fans of past Zendikar sets should know we're announcing a Secret Lair drop during the broadcast on Sunday, September 13. We're looking forward to sharing it with you!

When Will Mythic Invitational Decklists Be Published?

All decklists will be published on the 2020 Mythic Invitational event page at the beginning of Round 1 on Thursday, September 10.

The metagame details and breakdown analysis by Magic Hall of Famer Frank Karsten will be published on Wednesday, September 9.

Will There Be Open Decklists Between Players?

Yes! Decklists are open and players will be able to review their opponent's Constructed decklist anytime throughout the event.

Who Are the Casters?

Who Is Playing?

161 players are competing in the 2020 Mythic Invitational, and only will 16 earn the right to advance to the 2020 Season Grand Finals. In addition to the 24 players of the Magic Pro League, the 32 players of the Magic Rivals League and top MTG Arena competitors join in facing off.

The complete invitation list can be viewed here.

How Much Money Is on the Line?

The 2020 Mythic Invitational features a $250,000 prize pool. Here's how it breaks down for the entire field:

Place Prize
1 $ 10,000
2 $ 7,000
3 $ 6,500
4 $ 6,000
5-6 $ 5,000
7-8 $ 4,000
9-16 $ 2,500
17-24 $ 2,000
25-81 $ 1,500
82-162 $ 1,000*
Total $ 250,000*

(*Assumes 162 players.)

Additionally, the Top 16 players from the 2020 Mythic Invitational receive invitations to the 2020 Season Grand Finals—an exclusive 32-player event later this year with a $250,000 prize pool.

Do Players Get Anything Else?

Participants will receive a package of Mythic Invitational gear provided by Magic Esports, including an exclusive playmat featuring the art of Terror of the Peaks from Core Set 2021:

  • Magic: The Gathering branded backpack
  • Mythic Invitational backpack patch
  • Terror of the Peaks playmat
  • Magic: The Gathering branded mobile device battery pack
  • Magic: The Gathering branded notepad
  • Magic: The Gathering branded silver and black permanent markers

What Is the Format?

Both Jumpstart and Amonkhet Remastered together upended everything players know about Historic on MTG Arena. The 2020 Mythic Invitational is the debut of MTG Arena's Historic format in Magic Esports. All 14 rounds, and the Top 8 playoff, will be played using Historic Constructed.

Day One: Historic Constructed

  • 7 Swiss rounds, with records and match points carrying over to Day Two.
  • 12 match points are required to advance to Day Two.
  • All matches are a best two-out-of-three games.
  • 30-minute timer for each player, each match.

Day Two: Historic Constructed

  • 7 Swiss rounds, leading to a Top 8 cut.
  • All matches are a best two-out-of-three games.
  • 30-minute timer for each player, each match.

Days Three and Four: Top 8 Double-Elimination Playoff

The Top 8 plays out through a double-elimination bracket to determine the Mythic Invitational champion. Unlike previous events, this Top 8 will take place over two days—Saturday features the Upper Bracket Quarterfinals, Upper Semifinals, and Upper Finals, followed on Sunday by all Lower Bracket matches and the Championship match.

  • Top 8 is seeded into the bracket based on final standings.
  • All matches are a best two-out-of-three games, except the Championship match which will be a best two-out-of-three matches.
  • The player with the higher seed chooses the play/draw order for players at the beginning of each match, except in the Championship match in which case the upper bracket player may choose the play/draw order for all matches in the final series of the tournament.

Broadcast Schedule

Thursday, September 10: 9 a.m. PDT / 6 p.m. CEST / 1 a.m. JST (September 11)

  • Broadcast ends after Round 7.

Friday, September 11: 9 a.m. PDT / 6 p.m. CEST / 1 a.m. JST (September 12)

  • Broadcast ends after Round 14 and the Top 8 is announced.

Saturday, September 12: 9 a.m. PDT / 6 p.m. CEST / 1 a.m. JST (September 13)

  • Broadcast ends after the Top 8 Upper Bracket is complete.

Sunday, September 13: 9 a.m. PDT / 6 p.m. CEST / 1 a.m. JST (September 14)

  • Broadcast ends after the 2020 Mythic Invitational Top 8 playoff is complete.

You can watch the 2020 Mythic Invitational, including every match of the Top 8 playoff, live on

Can I Co-Stream the Event?

Following Twitch's Content Sharing Guidelines, you can co-stream the 2020 Mythic Invitational broadcast from using OBS or XSplit. This allows anyone on Twitch to cover the event in their voice and with their community. To be clear, co-streamed content is not endorsed by Wizards, and we expect anyone who participates in co-streaming to follow Wizards' Fan Content Policy.

How Can I Play In The Mythic Invitational?

While there are no further qualifications available for the 2020 Mythic Invitational, your journey to the top of Magic Esports begins today. The September 2020 Ranked Season leads to the October Zendikar Rising Qualifier Weekend and the Zendikar Rising Championship.

Start ranking up on MTG Arena today and become the next Challenger for the Magic Pro League.

Historic on MTG Arena Is Great! What Are Ways I Can Play?

In addition to Historic as part of Ranked Play each month, there are two more ways to play Historic on MTG Arena this September.

The September Zendikar Rising Qualifier Weekend will use Historic and take place at the same time as the Top 8 playoff for the 2020 Mythic Invitational. If you were among the top 1,200 Mythic-ranked players in Limited or Constructed at the end of the June, July, or August 2020 Ranked Seasons you're invited to play in the first Qualifier Weekend for the Zendikar Rising Championship.

And, from September 5-8 you can battle in the Historic Challenge on MTG Arena featuring a top prize of 15,000 gold and 40 Amonkhet Remastered boosters.

Plus, you'll receive a one of four special Card Sleeves just for entering. Learn more about the Historic Challenge and see what Historic is all about.

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