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Zendikar Rising Championship Viewers Guide

November 23, 2020
Wizards of the Coast

The Zendikar Rising Split concludes with $250,000 in prizes and the best players across MTG Arena and Magic Online. From Qualifier Weekends to the MPL and Rivals League, the Zendikar Rising Championship is the last major event of 2020.

Streaming live and played online through MTG Arena, the world will watch the top players from Qualifier Weekends and Magic Online Qualifiers, the Rivals League, and MPL battle across both Standard and Historic formats.

With Kaladesh Remastered, the Historic Top 8 playoff will define what the latest set means for the format.

How Can I Follow The Event?

The Zendikar Rising Championship will be broadcast live December 4-6 on twitch.tv/magic.

For the metagame, decklists, match-by-match updates, player details, live streaming, and more the Zendikar Rising Championship event page is where to start. You'll also find exclusive content by following @MagicEsports on Twitter. Plus share your excitement throughout the Championship weekend with the hashtag #ZNRChamps.

When Will Championship Decklists Be Published?

All decklists will be published on the Zendikar Rising Championship event page at the beginning of Round 1 on Friday, December 4.

The metagame details and breakdown analysis by Magic Hall of Famer Frank Karsten will be published on Thursday, December 3.

Will There Be Open Decklists Between Players?

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

Who Are The Casters?



Who Is Playing?

Over 180 players, from the MPL and Rivals league to top qualifying competitors through Qualifier Weekends, Magic Online Qualifiers and beyond, are competing in the Zendikar Rising Championship.

The complete invitation list can be viewed here.

How Much Money Is On The Line?

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

Place Prize
1st $15,000
2nd $12,000
3rd $9,000
4th $7,000
5th-6th $5,000
7th-12th $4,000
13th-28th $3,000
29th-58th $1,500
59th-92nd $1,000
93rd-184th $500
Total $250,000

Do Players Get Anything Else?

Participants will receive a package of Zendikar Rising Championship gear provided by Magic Esports, including an exclusive playmat featuring the art of Nahiri's Binding from Zendikar Rising:

  • Zendikar Rising Championship backpack patch
  • Redemption code for a Nahiri's Binding playmat from Legion Supplies
  • Zendikar Rising Draft Boosters


Additionally, competitors who weren't participants in the Players Tour Finals or 2020 Mythic Invitational will receive a Magic: The Gathering branded backpack.

What Are The Formats?

Both Standard and Historic Constructed formats will be used for the Zendikar Rising Championship, covering seven Swiss rounds of Historic and eight rounds of Standard 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 12wins 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 a 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 a 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 Zendikar Rising 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 a best two-out-of-three games, except the match which determines the winner of the Championship which will be a 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 of each match in the championship 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 complete Zendikar Rising Championship Information for Invitees for the complete tournament rules for competitors.

Broadcast Schedule

Friday, December 4: 9 a.m. PST / 5 p.m. UTC / 2 a.m. JST (December 5)

  • Broadcast ends after Round 7.

Saturday, December 5: 9 a.m. PST / 5 p.m. UTC / 2 a.m. JST (December 6)

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

Sunday, December 6: 9 a.m. PST / 5 p.m. UTC / 2 a.m. JST (December 7)

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

You can watch the entire Championship live on twitch.tv/magic.

Can I Co-Stream the Event?

Following Twitch's Content Sharing Guidelines, you can co-stream the Zendikar Rising Championship 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. Co-streamed content is not endorsed by Wizards, and participants in co-streaming should follow Wizards' Fan Content Policy guidelines.

How Can I Play In The Zendikar Rising Championship?

There's no additional paths to qualify for the Zendikar Rising Championship, but your journey continues with the Kaldheim Championship. Jump into the November 2020 Ranked Season or a Championship Qualifier on Magic Online to and prove you're ready to compete with the best on MTG Arena.

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