The 2013 World Magic Cup featured three formats: Return to Ravnica blockTeam Sealed, Magic 2014 Team Sealed, and Team Unified Standard. Team Sealed is a variation of Sealed deck where the team shares a pool of twelve Booster packs, which is used to build three 40-card decks. Team Unified Standard differs from regular Standard in that all three team decks must not include more than four copies of any given card (other than basic lands). In both formats, teams played against opposing national teams, with the winning team being the first to win two matches (each match being best-of-three-games).
With the exception of team only having 3 members, all teams must switch one member in between the Sealed and Standard Portion of the event on both Day 1 and Day 2.
On Day 2, teams were divided, according to their standing within the event (seeding), into eight groups of four teams each, where each team played every other team in the group once, the format being Return to Ravnica block Team Sealed. The top two teams in each group advanced; if two or more teams were tied, the team(s) with the highest seed advanced. The teams were then divided again, according to their standing within the event, into four groups of four teams each, where each team played every other team in the group once, the format being Team Unified Standard. The top two teams in each group advanced to Day 3 of competition; if two or more teams are tied, the team(s) with the highest seed advanced.
Day 3 - Sunday, 4 August
Quarterfinals, semifinals and final, featuring Team Unified Standard
The top eight teams then competed in a seeded (based on total number of points from Day 1 and Day 2), single-elimination bracket.