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Strixhaven Championship Viewers Guide

May 24, 2021
Wizards of the Coast

$250,000 in prizes are on the line as the best players across MTG Arena and Magic Online battle it out to become the next Magic champion at the Strixhaven Championship.

Streaming live online competition through MTG Arena, the world will watch the top Magic players from around the world face off in both Standard and Historic formats.

With Historic Anthology 5 making Historic even more compleat and a well-rounded Strixhaven Standard format to challenge players' deck selection, the Strixhaven Championship will redefine two formats in one incredible weekend.

How Can I Follow the Event?

The Strixhaven Championship broadcasts live June 4–6 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 Strixhaven Championship event page. You'll also find exclusive content by following @MagicEsports on Twitter. Plus, share your excitement throughout the Championship weekend across social media with the hashtag #STXChamps!

When Will Championship Decklists Be Published?

All decklists will be published on the Strixhaven Championship event page at the beginning of Round 1 on Friday, June 4.

The metagame details and breakdown analysis by Magic Hall of Famer Frank Karsten will be published on ahead of the event:

  • Wednesday, June 2: Standard
  • Thursday, June 3: Historic

Broadcast Schedule

Friday, June 4: 9 a.m. PDT / 4 p.m. UTC / 1 a.m. JST (June 5)

  • Broadcast ends after Round 7.

Saturday, June 5: 9 a.m. PDT / 4 p.m. UTC / 1 a.m. JST (June 6)

  • Broadcast ends after Round 15 and the Top 8 is announced.

Sunday, June 6: 9 a.m. PDT / 4 p.m. UTC / 1 a.m. JST (June 7)

  • Broadcast ends after the Strixhaven Championship Top 8 playoff is complete.

You can watch the entire Championship live on

Who Are the Casters?

Can I Co-Stream the Event?

Following Twitch's Content Sharing Guidelines, you can co-stream the Strixhaven Championship 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?

Over 250 players are competing in the Strixhaven Championship, from the MPL and Rivals League to top qualifying competitors of Qualifier Weekends, Magic Online and beyond.

View the complete invitation list.

How Will the Tournament Play Out?

Both Standard and Historic Constructed formats will be used for the Strixhaven Championship, covering seven Swiss rounds of Standard and eight rounds of Historic across two days. As players earn their 12th match win, they will automatically advance to the Top 8 playoff. Final standings at the end of Round 15 will determine any remaining Top 8 slots available after all players with 12 wins have advanced.

The Top 8 playoff is double elimination and will feature exclusively Historic Constructed.

Day One: Historic and Standard Constructed

  • 7 Swiss rounds, with records and match points carrying over to Day Two.
    • Rounds 1–3: Historic Constructed
    • Rounds 4–7: Standard Constructed
  • All matches are best two-out-of-three games.
  • 30-minute timer for each player, each match.
  • Players must earn four or more match wins to advance to play on Day Two.

Day Two: Historic and Standard Constructed

  • 8 Swiss rounds, ending to a Top 8 cut.
    • Rounds 8–11: Historic Constructed
    • Rounds 12–15: Standard Constructed
  • All matches are best two-out-of-three games.
  • 30-minute timer for each player, each match.
  • Players who earn their 12th match win are advanced to Top 8 and do not compete in additional Swiss rounds.

Day Three: Top 8 Double-Elimination Playoff

The Top 8 plays out through a double-elimination bracket to determine the winner of the Strixhaven Championship.

  • Top 8 is seeded into the bracket based on the order their 12th match win is earned, and final standings after 15 rounds.
  • All matches are best two-out-of-three games, except the match that determines the winner of the Championship which will be best two-out-of-three matches.
  • The player with the higher seed, except in the championship match, chooses the play/draw order for players at the beginning of each match.
    • The player in the Upper Bracket will choose to play or draw in the first game the first championship match. The loser of the previous match will choose to play or draw first in the subsequent match.

Using their time banks in MTG Arena, players will compete through every game and match as intentional draws and concessions aren't permitted. Check out the Strixhaven Championship Information for Invitees for the complete tournament rules for competitors.

How Much Money Is on the Line?

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

Place Prize
1 $ 15,000
2 $ 11,000
3 $ 8,500
4 $ 6,500
5–6 $ 4,500
7–15 $ 3,000
16–37 $ 2,000
38–66 $ 1,000
67–96 $ 750
97–251 $ 500

Do Players Get Anything Else?

Participants will receive a package of Strixhaven Championship gear provided by Magic Esports, including an exclusive playmat featuring the art of the key set artwork for Strixhaven: School of Mages:

  • Strixhaven Championship backpack patch
  • Strixhaven: School of Mages Key Artwork by Magali Villeneuve playmat
  • Strixhaven Championship branded dice tin with d6 and assorted sleeves
  • Strixhaven: School of Mages scarf
  • Strixhaven: School of Mages Draft Boosters

Additionally, competitors who weren't participants in a previous Magic Esports championship event will receive a Magic: The Gathering branded backpack to show off their Strixhaven Championship backpack patch.

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