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July Strixhaven League Weekend Viewers Guide

June 30, 2021
Wizards of the Coast

The race for Magic World Championship XXVII and the 2020-21 postseason continues for league competitors at the July Strixhaven League Weekend. Both the Magic Pro League and Magic Rivals League face off in intraleague competition in the final League Weekend of the year.



48 competitors across the MPL and Rivals League continue streaming live and playing online through MTG Arena, and everyone can follow their favorites battling for $400,000 in season prizes and postseason playoff spots.

How Can I Follow the Event?

The July Strixhaven League Weekend will be streamed live July 3 and 4 on twitch.tv/magic, beginning at 8 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. ET/3 p.m. UTC) each day. With Swiss pools and each match determining which players will advance to the World Championship—or battle again in the postseason Gauntlets—every feature match will follow the biggest players and moments to watch.

Players will switch between Standard and Historic decks each day, when Swiss Pools are generated after every third round. Only the best showdowns and biggest victories await viewers all weekend long.

Be sure to check out our overview of the Strixhaven League Weekends for the details on Swiss pools and how players can lock in a World Championship or Gauntlet event slot each weekend.

Swiss pools are based on standings, which means we know the pools starting on Saturday morning—including those in prime position to earn an invite to Magic World Championship XXVII.

MPL Swiss Pool 1
Pod A
Standings Players Points
3 Seth Manfield 49
4 Gabriel Nassif 43
5 Reid Duke 43
6 Martin Jůza 42
7 Javier Dominguez 40
8 Rei Sato 40
9 Brad Nelson 39
10 William Jensen 38

MPL Swiss Pool 1
Pod B
Standings Players Points
11 Ken Yukuhiro 38
12 Márcio Carvalho 37
13 Jean-Emmanuel Depraz 37
14 Andrea Mengucci 36
15 Carlos Romão 36
16 Andrew Cuneo 36
17 Shota Yasooka 35
18 Lee Shi Tian 35

After a dominating performance at the Strixhaven Championship to earn his tenth career Top Finish, Seth Manfield put a commanding lead between himself and the rest of the MPL—and it’ll be his World Championship invitation to lose as Gabriel Nassif, Reid Duke, Martin Jůza and more look to secure the second (or both) of two qualifications available this weekend to the biggest event of the 2020-21 season.

Be the rest of the field can’t slow down either. The top 12 of the MPL that miss the making it to Magic World Championship XXVII this Sunday will have another shot: They’ll compete against the best of the Rivals League for three more qualifications (plus MPL invitations for the following season) at the MPL Gauntlet taking place September 2–5, 2021.

And the final four remaining MPL players from this weekend return in >the Rivals Gauntlet, also taking place taking place September 2–5, where there’s one final World Championship qualification slot up for grabs.

Rivals League Swiss Pool 1
Pod A
Standings Players Points
3 Matt Sperling 49
4 Luis Scott-Vargas 44
5 Yuta Takahashi 43
6 Riku Kumagai 42
7 Grzegorz Kowalski 42
8 Austin Bursavich 41
9 Zachary Kiihne 41
10 Luis Salvatto 41

Rivals League Swiss Pool 1
Pod B
Standings Players Points
11 Mike Sigrist 40
12 Corey Burkhart 39
13 Chris Botelho 39
14 Bernardo Santos 39
15 Luca Magni 39
16 Shintaro Ishimura 38
17 Ivan Floch 38
18 Jakub Tóth 38

Rivals League Swiss Pool 1
Pod C
Standings Players Points
19 Thoralf Severin 38
20 Christian Hauck 37
21 Jacob Wilson 37
22 Théo Moutier 37
23 Matthieu Avignon 36
24 Ma Noah 36
25 Yoshihiko Ikawa 36
26 Kenta Harane 36

Rivals League Swiss Pool 1
Pod D
Standings Players Points
27 Simon Görtzen 35
28 Alexander Hayne 35
29 Kenji Egashira 34
30 Louis-Samuel Deltour 34
31 Kai Budde 34
32 Sebastián Pozzo 34
33 Frederico Bastos 33
34 Miguel Da Cruz Simões 33

Just like Manfield in the MPL, Matt Sperling battled to the Top 8 of the Strixhaven Championship and padded his lead ahead of the pack. He, too, is in prime position to lock in a Magic World Championship XXVII qualification as a scrum of outstanding players—Hall of Famer Luis Scott-Vargas, Yuta Takahashi, Riku Kumagai, Grzegorz Kowalski and more are separated by just a handful of points in the race for another invitation at Sunday’s end.

Just like the MPL, the Rivals League are looking for more than just two slots for the World Championship this weekend. The Top 16 that don’t make it there will battle the rest of the best of the MPL in the MPL Gauntlet where three more await, while the final 12 of the Rivals League return for one final slot (plus league invitations) at the Rivals Gauntlet—all taking place September 2–5, 2021

In addition to feature matches at twitch.tv/magic, competitors will be sharing each of their matches on their personal streams throughout Saturday and Sunday. (Note: Some competitors in the lowest Swiss Pool may be unavailable for live broadcast. Please see the League Hub for available streams during each round.)

With 48 competitors and Swiss pools setting up new battles every three rounds, you can follow the excitement will be nonstop all weekend. You'll also find exclusive content by following @MagicEsports on Twitter and the hashtag #MTGLeagueWeekend.

Standings will be provided throughout the broadcast and shared by @MagicEsports on Twitter at the end of the League Weekend. Official standings and League Weekend match results will be updated Tuesday, July 6 on Magic.gg. A recap of the top players and performances will be published on Wednesday, July 7.

When Will League Weekend Decklists Be Published?

Decklists are available now! Check out the League Weekend hub for all the details.





Who Are the Casters?



Who Is Playing?

48 players are competing in the July Strixhaven League Weekend, featuring 16 players of the Magic Pro League and 32 players of the Magic Rivals League. With the Strixhaven Split, everyone plays in head-to-head Swiss pools within their league based on standings.

Learn more about Strixhaven League Weekends and the final stretch to the postseason.

How Much Money Is on The Line?

There's a $400,000 prize pool divided across three splits—Zendikar Rising Split, Kaldheim Split, and Strixhaven Split—with $50,000 each for the MPL and Rivals League, as well as an end-of-season bonus $50,000 for each league. Competitor league standings at the end of each split determine prizes.

Here's how it breaks down by league:

MPL Standing Prize
1-4 $3,500
5-12 $2,500
13-20 $1,500
21-24 $1,000
Total $50,000

Rivals Standing Prize
1-4 $2,250
5-12 $1,500
13-24 $1,250
25-36 $750
37-44 $500
45-46 $250
Total $49,500

The July Strixhaven League Weekend is the final of three League Weekends in the Strixhaven Split, which includes the Strixhaven Championship.

Dates Event Format
April 10–11, 2021 April Strixhaven League Weekend Standard and Historic
May 15–16, 2021 May Strixhaven League Weekend Standard and Historic
June 4–6, 2021 Strixhaven Championship Standard and Historic
July 3–4, 2021 July Strixhaven League Weekend Standard and Historic

Final standings for the season qualify players for 2020-21 postseason events, determining the final players for Magic World Championship XXVII.

Dates Event Formats
August 6–8, 2021 Challenger Gauntlet* Standard and Historic
September 2–5, 2021 Rivals Gauntlet Standard and Historic
September 2–5, 2021 MPL Gauntlet Standard and Historic
October 8–10, 2021 Magic World Championship XXVII TBA

(*The Challenger Gauntlet features the top non-league players from across all three Championship events of the 2020-21 season, determining four competitors for the World Championship and eight competitors in the Rivals Gauntlet.)

What Is the Format?

The July Strixhaven League Weekend will feature both Standard and Historic Constructed formats.

  • Matches are Traditional Standard or Historic Constructed—best of three games—including sideboards.
  • Players will have 30-minute timers in MTG Arena to complete up to three games in each match.
  • Each round has 60 minutes in total to finish.

Each player will play 3 matches of Swiss pairings within their pod for each of four sets of Swiss pools. Swiss pools group ten players based on standings—beginning with the top ten players by standings, then the next ten and so on—and be placed into new pools after rounds 3, 6, and 9.

  • Saturday: Rounds 1 through 6
  • Sunday: Rounds 7 through 12

Each match victory is worth 1 point toward a player's league standings. The two players who finish at the top of standings at the end of Sunday, in each the MPL and Rivals League, earn invitation to Magic World Championship XXVII—and invitation to the MPL for the 2021-22 season.

Check out our >Strixhaven League Weekends explainer for even more details.

Broadcast Schedule

Saturday, July 3: 8 a.m. PDT (08:00) / 3 p.m. UTC (15:00) / Midnight JST May 16 (00:00)

  • Six feature matches from across the top pods of both MPL and Rivals League Swiss pools.

Sunday, July 4: 8 a.m. PDT (08:00) / 3 p.m. UTC (15:00) / Midnight JST May 17 (00:00)

  • Six feature matches from across the top-performing players and top pods of both MPL and Rivals League Swiss pools, followed by tiebreaker matches (if necessary).

You can watch every feature match for the July Strixhaven League Weekend live on twitch.tv/magic.

Looking to follow your favorite player? The League hub's Player Streams have you covered with links that show you when they're streaming live.

Can I Co-Stream the Event?

Following Twitch's Content Sharing Guidelines, you can co-stream the League Weekend broadcast from twitch.tv/magic 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.

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