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2021 World Championship
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Date October 8-10, 2021
Location MTG Arena
Format Standard and Innistrad: Midnight Hunt draft
Prize pool $250,000
Winner TBA
Previous Worlds:
2019
Next Worlds:
2022

The 2021 World Championship or Magic World Championship XXVII, the 27th Magic: The Gathering World Championship, will be held at the end of the 2020–21 Players Tour Season on October 8-10, 2021.[1][2]

Description[]

The 2020 World Championship was skipped, due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Magic World Championship XXVII was therefore tentatively planned for the summer of 2021 as an on-location event that would represent the pinnacle of Magic Esports. But given the continued uncertainty around in-person events, these plans needed to adjust as the season ended and Wizards will evaluate the feasibility of in-person events.[3]

The 2020–2021 season World Championship features the Gauntlet winners from the season in lieu of Championship winners. By extension all invitees other than the reigning champion will already be in the MPL for the next cycle.

Based on an announcement from 2019, it was expected that the 2021 World Championship would feature a prize pool of $1,000,000.[4] However, after the decision to abandon support for Pro Play, the prize pool was silently decreased to $250,000.[5] After the final League weekend, the pool was clarified to be in addition to a $50,000 per-person appearance fee, bringing the total to $1,050,000.[6]

Qualification[]

The World Championship features the best 16 players within and new to the MPL from the postseason:

Since tabletop play had been postponed, no places were reserved for Players Tour winners. Reigning World Champion Damo da Rosa won another slot in the second Strixhaven League Weekend, and so his invitation was added to the slots awarded to top-finishing players at the MPL Gauntlet.[8]

Country Player Method of qualification
{BRA} Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa 2019 World Champion, 2nd in MPL 2020-21
{CZE} Ondřej Stráský 1st in MPL 2020-21
{USA} Eli Kassis 1st in Rivals League 2020-21
{CZE} Stanislav Cifka 2st in Rivals League 2020-21
{FRA} Gabriel Nassif 3rd in MPL 2020-21
{USA} Seth Manfield 4th in MPL 2020-21
{USA} Matt Sperling 3rd in Rivals League 2020-21
{JPN} Yuta Takahashi 4th in Rivals League 2020-21
1st in Challenger Gauntlet
2nd in Challenger Gauntlet
3rd in Challenger Gauntlet
4th in Challenger Gauntlet
1st in MPL Gauntlet
2nd in MPL Gauntlet
3rd in MPL Gauntlet
1st in Rivals Gauntlet

Schedule[]

Friday, October 6

Saturday, October 7

At the conclusion of Day Two, four winning players advance to the Sunday

Sunday, October 8 Top 4 playoff

  • Upper Finals
  • Lower Finals
  • Grand Finals

Notes and references[]