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Magic World Championship XXVII Viewers Guide

September 28, 2021
Wizards of the Coast

The pinnacle of the 2020-21 season is here. The best of the best from the Magic Pro League and Magic Rivals League. The final league players from the MPL and Rivals Gauntlets. The top-finishing rising stars of the Challenger Gauntlet.

Now these elite 16 players will battle to be the best, live in front of the world at the final event of the season: Magic World Championship XXVII.

How Can I Follow the Event?

Magic World Championship broadcasts live October 8–10 on, beginning at 9 a.m. PT (4 p.m. UTC) each day.

For the metagame, decklists, match-by-match updates, player details, live streaming, and more start with the Magic World Championship XXVII event page. You'll also find exclusive content by following @MagicEsports on Twitter. Plus, share your excitement throughout the World Championship weekend across social media with the hashtag #MTGWorlds!

When Will Gauntlet Decklists Be Published?

Standard decklists have been published and are available now. Innistrad: Midnight Hunt decklists will be published on the Magic World Championship XXVII event page on Friday, October 8, after recaps of each draft pod are broadcast.

An overview of the all-new Standard format by analyst Mani Davoudi will be published Thursday, September 30, followed by an Innistrad: Midnight Hunt draft deep dive with Limited expert Marshall Sutcliffe on Wednesday, October 6. The metagame details and breakdown analysis by Magic Hall of Famer Frank Karsten will be published on Thursday, October 7.

Broadcast Schedule

Friday, October 8: 9 a.m. PDT / 4 p.m. UTC / 1 a.m. JST (October 9)

  • Broadcast ends after Round 5.

Saturday, October 9: 9 a.m. PDT / 4 p.m. UTC / 1 a.m. JST (October 10)

  • Broadcast ends after Round 10—plus any tiebreaker matches to be completed—and the Top 4 for the World Championship is announced.

Sunday, October 10: 9 a.m. PDT / 4 p.m. UTC / 1 a.m. JST (October 11)

  • Broadcast ends after Magic World Champion XXVII is determined.

You can watch concurrent coverage for Magic World Championship XXVII live on

Who Are the Casters?

Can I Co-Stream the Event?

Following Twitch's Content Sharing Guidelines, you can co-stream the Magic World Championship XXVII broadcast from using OBS or XSplit. This allows anyone on Twitch to cover the event in their voice and with their community. Co-streamed content is not endorsed by Wizards, and participants in co-streaming should follow Wizards' Fan Content Policy guidelines.

Who Is Playing?

16 players from across MPL and Rivals Leagues plus the breakthrough competitors of the Challenger, Rivals, and MPL Gauntlets face off to become the top player of the 2020-21 season—champion of Magic World Championship XXVII.

First Name Last Name Invitation Source
Ondřej Stráský 2020-21 MPL Season
Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 2020-21 MPL Season
Gabriel Nassif 2020-21 MPL Season
Seth Manfield 2020-21 MPL Season
Eli Kassis 2020-21 Rivals League Season
Stanislav Cifka 2020-21 Rivals League Season
Matt Sperling 2020-21 Rivals League Season
Yuta Takahashi 2020-21 Rivals League Season
Sam Pardee Challenger Gauntlet
Noriyuki Mori Challenger Gauntlet
Arne Huschenbeth Challenger Gauntlet
Keisuke Sato Challenger Gauntlet
Yoshihiko Ikawa MPL Gauntlet
Rei Sato MPL Gauntlet
Jean-Emmanuel Depraz MPL Gauntlet
Jan Merkel Rivals Gauntlet

How Will the Tournament Play Out?

Both Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Draft and Standard Constructed formats will be used for Magic World Championship XXVII, covering 10 Swiss rounds of play total across two days.


  • Rounds 1–3: Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Draft
  • Rounds 4–5: Standard Constructed


  • Rounds 6–10: Standard Constructed
  • Tiebreaker round to follow, if needed.

As players earn their seventh match win, they will automatically advance to the Top 4 playoff. Final standings at the end of Round 10 will determine any remaining Top 4 slots available after all players with seven wins have advanced—and any ties for 4th place will be determined by an additional tiebreaker round played with Standard Constructed.


  • The Top 4 playoff will feature Standard Constructed.
  • Upper Bracket matches will be a best of three games.
  • Lower Bracket matches, and the Championship Match, will be a best of three matches.

What Do Players Win?

The winner of Magic World Championship XXVII will have the opportunity to have their likeness featured on a future Magic: The Gathering card, similar to the previous two World Championship winners Javier Dominguez and Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa.

Every competitor receives an additional appearance fee of $50,000 and competes for their share of $250,000 in prizes:

Place Prize
1 $70,000
2 $40,000
3 $25,000
4 $18,000
5–6 $13,500
7–8 $10,000
9–12 $7,500
13–16 $5,000
Total $250,000

Do Players Get Anything Else?

Participants in the World Championship also receive items provided by Magic Esports, including an exclusive playmat:

  • Magic World Championship XXVII backpack patch
  • Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Set Booster triptych by Anna Podedworna playmat
  • Modern Horizons 2 Draft Booster display
  • Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Draft Booster display
  • Magic World Championship XXVII embossed and personalized wooden deckbox

(*Not yet final.)

(*Not yet final.)

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