2021 World Championship
|2021 World Championship|
|Date||October 8-10, 2021|
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.
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 may need to adjust as the season ends and Wizards will evaluate the feasibility of in-person events.
The 2020–2021 season World Championship will have a prize pool of $1 million and will feature 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.
The World Championship features the best 16 players within and new to the MPL from the postseason:
- The 2019 Magic: The Gathering World Champion ( Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa)
- The Top 4 MPL players from season standings.
- The Top 4 Rivals League players from season standings.
- The Top 2 from the MPL Gauntlet.
- The winner of the Rivals Gauntlet.
- The top 4 Challengers from the Challenger Gauntlet.
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.
|Country||Player||Method of qualification|
|Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa||2019 World Champion, 2nd in MPL 2020-21|
|Ondřej Stráský||1st in MPL 2020-21|
|Eli Kassis||1st in Rivals League 2020-21|
|Stanislav Cifka||2st in Rivals League 2020-21|
Notes and references
- Elaine Chase (August 14, 2019). "The Future of Magic Esports". Magic Esports.
- Note that the partial season in 2020 did not feature a 2020 World Championship.
- Wizards of the Coast (July 14). "The 2020-2021 Magic Pro League Season Overview". Magic.gg.
- Wizards of the Coast (April 7, 2021). "What are Strixhaven League Weekends?". Magic.gg.
- Wizards of the Coast (April 8, 2021). "April Strixhaven League Weekend Viewers Guide". Magic.gg.