The following articles take a deep dive into how to use the MTG Melee platform.

Accounts and Features

Create Account

This will help in the creation of a basic account for MTGMelee.

Clicking Here will take you to our registration page (Hold Shift while clicking to keep this walkthrough open)

If you would like to become an organizer you must create a basic account before you can apply to be an organizer. You can apply Here after.

Enter Your Personal Information
Choose a Username

This can be whatever you want, and you will have the ability to display this name instead of your first and last names in tournament results.

Usernames are public, please be considerate when choosing your username, and don't choose anything that may be considered offensive. Offensive usernames may be changed without notice.

Enter Your Email Address

This is our primary method of contact, and you will use this email address to log in.

Enter Your First And Last Name

MTGMelee displays your first and last name as the default. You can choose to make your username your default display name in Account Settings.

Note: Tournament Organizers have the ability to look you up by your First and Last name or by Melee username in order to enter you into their tournaments.

Choose A Password

You will use this password to log into your account. Choose something that is secure and only you know!

MTGMelee staff will never ask you for your password. If anyone claiming to be MTGMelee staff asks you for your password, please contact us by email or on our Discord server.

Enter Your MTG Arena Screen Name
  • This is required to play in Arena tournaments on MTGMelee but is not required to create an account

  • To download Arena and create an account Click Here

  • Don't know your username? Open arena and start a direct challenge. This will show your Arena user name. Click your user name to copy it, then paste it into the appropriate spot on Melee. Learn How To Direct Challenge

Enter Your DCI Number

If you would like to enter your DCI number, do so here. Note that DCI Numbers are no longer supported by Wizards of the Coast.

Enter Your Magic Online Screen Name
  • Required for playing MTGO tournaments.

  • To download MTG Online and create an account Click Here

Account Creation Complete

You are now ready to enter tournaments or continue to the next section "Settings" to add even more to your profile and learn about the settings on MTGMelee

Apply To Be An Organizer

This section will explain the steps you need to become an organizer with MTGMelee and get you to running your own tournaments. Clicking Here will take you to our Organizer Application page (Hold Shift while clicking to keep this walkthrough open as you apply) The information filled out on this page will be used to create your Organization Page. You can change and update it later if needed. Once you have submitted your application has been submitted and approved you will receive an email welcoming you and with further information about being an organizer.

Filling Out The Form
1- Organization Name

The name of the organization will be displayed on your organization page and all of your tournaments.

2- Website Url

You can put the URL of your website here if your organization has one. This will also display on your orgazitation page.

3- Describe Your Experience

Here you can describe what experience you have with orgizating tournaments whether it is running tournaments in your garage with friends, your store or at official tournaments like a Grand Prix.

4- Describe Your Tournaments

Describe what type of tournaments you plan on running whether it is Constructed, Limited, modified Swiss or single elimination for just a few examples.

5- Describe Any Special Requirements

You can let us know if you would need a specific requirement like a 3rd Party app to link to your page for verification or if your tournaments is restricted to a specific location for a few examples.

6- Any Other Notes

Anything else you would like to tell us about your organization and what you hope to achieve.

7- How Often Do You Expect To Run Tournaments?

Select an option from the drop down menu on when you plan on running tournaments whether it is daily, weekly, monthly, yearly or other.

8- Entry Fees and Prizes
  • If you plan on giving out prizes for your tournaments such as store credit, merchandise or cash please check this box.

  • If you would like to charge an entry fee please check this box.

Note: entry fees will be limited to $10 per person per Wizards of the Coast Policy. This policy gives permission only to WPN organizers at this time! If you are not a WPN organizer, this policy does not give permission to charge entry fees. You will receive more information regarding this once your application has been approved.

Apply To Be An Organizer

"Your" Player Menu

This menu will show you how to navigate MTGMelee.

It is located in the top right hand corner of the screen next to the search bar. Once a profile picture has been loaded, a thumbnail version will be displayed here.

What is found in "Your" Player Menu
Your Profile

You can see what your profile looks like to other players. View stats and see past results.

Your Organization
Organizer use only

This link is visible only if you have been approved as an organizer. It will bring you to your Organization Dashboard where you can create, see, and maintain your tournaments, as well as other organization specific activities

Your Tournaments

This will bring you to the tournaments page where you can view all of your upcoming tournaments, browse for new tournaments and see results of tournaments that have ended.

Your Decklists

View the decks you have submitted. Each list will show a link to the tournament in which it was used.


Your Account settings allow you to add a profile picture and personal information, add links to your social media and update your account settings.


A link to the document you are readng right now!

Sign Out

Don’t forget to sign out when you're done playing for the day!

What's New

You will find details on site updates here. when there is a new update you havent seen yet, you will see a small red dot at the lower right hand corner of your profile image thumbnail, letting you know there is a new update for you to read.

We highly recommend reading all updates to stay informed as we expand services and fix bugs.

"Your" Player Menu

Players Tournament Information

Find a Tournament

The Tournament page can be reached by clicking "Tournament" in the top menu or click "Your Tournaments" in your player Menu.

Navigating The Tournaments Page
1- Browse Tournaments By

Allows you to filter and search by a preferred format.

2- Your Upcoming Tournaments

The tournaments you are enrolled in will display here for quick and easy access.

3- Find More Tournaments

More filters to help you in your search for upcoming tournaments.

Or view results of past tournaments by clicking

  • Last 7 days- Tournaments that ended in the last 7 days
  • Last Month-Tournaments that ended in the last month
4- Today's Tournaments

All of the tournaments going on or results from tournaments that ended today.

5- Live Channels

Live Twitch feeds of players who are logged in will display here.

6- Results

A table view of Tournaments that have ended are displayed here with links to the tournament page for standings and decklists.

Find a Tournament

Tournament Details Page

Once you have selected a tournament you would like to explore, you will be brought to the “Tournament Details” page.

Information Found On Tournament Page
1- Start time of the tournament

The time posted at the top of the page is localized to your time zone using UTC time zones. The time posted here is always correct to the time zone set on your viewing device. If a time is posted in the tournament name or description box, these times do not update and are written by the organization, usually in their specific time zone.

2 - Name of the tournament

The name the organizer has given this tournament

3 - Organization hosting the tournament

The organization that created the tournament. You can click on the name of the organization and see a list of all the other tournaments they have created.

Note: Please contact the organizer for questions about issues or clarification questions about tournaments as they are hosted by third-party organizers, NOT MTGMelee

4 - The platform the tournament will use

This can be Magic Arena, Magic: the Gathering Online, or even Live Paper! Make sure the tournament is being hosted on a platform you have access to!

5 - Entry Fee

Entry fees are determined by the Organizer. Some organizers are allowed to charge entry fees.

6 - Open or Invite Only

Open status allows anyone to join the tournament.

Invite only is when the organizer has set limitations on who can join their tournament. Details on limitations are normally found in tournament description.

Subscription required: Some tournaments may require a subscription on service such as Twitch or Patreon

For questions about linking an account for a subscription required tournament, please click here.

Note: Please contact the organizer for questions about issues or clarification questions about tournaments as they are hosted by third-party organizers, NOT MTGMelee

7 - Tournament Format

The format being played in the tournament (To see general descriptions of formats click here)

8 - Tournament Status
  • Not Started - in the future
  • In progress - has begun
  • Ended - has ended
9 - Number of enrolled players

Number of players who are currently enrolled in the tournament

10 - Social Media

Connections the Organizer has listed for Social media

11 - Contact Tournament Staff

Lets you send a message to the tournament organizer about issues or questions. For a thorough overview of this button please click here.

Please use this to contact the organizer with any questions about the tournament. MTGMelee staff can only answer platform related issues and may be reached through our discord. Tournament specific questions as well as non-site related registration questions should be directed to the Organizer through this button.

12- Countdown Clock

The Countdown Clock gives you a countdown to the precise moment registration ends.

13 - Register

Click this button to register for the tournament.

If registration has not opened yet or has closed this button will show greyed out and will say "Registration not Open."

Unenroll, not shown. Once you have been enrolled, you will gain access to the unenroll button. It will be located where the register button is located on this image. If for any reason you determine you will not be able to participate in the tournament, click the unenroll button to remove yourself from the tournament. This will not prevent you from re-enrolling at a later time.

14 - Entry Requirements

This is a list of all the various things you will need to play this event. If the organizer has any specific requirements such as Discord required or a specific GeoLocaiton, it will be noted here.

15 - Enrolled Players

This tells you how many players are curently registered and includes the amount waitlisted in it's own section if the event is capped and allowing a waitlist.

16 - Tournament Description

Organizers will give more details about the tournament here, such as: Invite only limitations, special rules for tournament, decklist requirements and other general information.

Note: Please contact the organizer for questions about issues or clarification questions about tournaments as they are hosted by third-party organizers, NOT MTGMelee

17 - Registrations

A List of the players who have registered in the tournament.

Once you have registered, your name (or user name if you have chosen that as your default display in profile settings) will appear here.

18- Get Help

This icon takes you to the organizers discord channel. If the organizer does not have a discord attached, it will send you to melee discord instead.* Remember: if you have tournament specific questions choose "Contact Tournament Staff" to ask questions!*

Tournament Details Page

Player Controller

This is your home screen for your entire tournament. Anything you want to know about your tournament will be displayed here, in real time! You'll even get Text-to-Speech notifications when your rounds start and end! You'll also see a notification if decklists are required for your tournament. You can use the Decklist submission module to manually enter your decklist, or you can upload directly from Magic Arena!

A quick overview video can be found HERE

The Features Of Your Player Controller
1- Connection Status

This button indicates the strength of your connection to the Melee Servers.

  • Green - Strong connection
  • Yellow - Experiencing slow connection time
  • Red - No connection
2- Tournament Status

This box holds basic tournament information.

  • Name of the Tournament
  • What organization is responsible for the tournament
  • When the tournament will start
  • What is the status of the tournament
    • Not Started
    • In Progress
    • Ended
3- Tournament specific details

This section will give you information about the event when it is in progress

  • Current Phase - Some events will only have one phase. For instance a 4 round Swiss event with no top 8 would be a single Swiss Phase. A 6 round Swiss with top 8 would have 2 Phases, a Swiss Phase and a Playoff Phase
  • Format - The deck construction rules this tournament uses
  • Match type - How many games make up a match. In the case of our example, we are playing up to 3 games. The winner of the match is the player who wins 2 of those games.
  • Current round - What round the event is in right now.
  • Matches remaining - Indicates how many matches are still unreported in your tournament. Once this number reaches zero, the event is waiting for Staff to do the necessary between round work and new pairings should be imminent.
4- Player Status

This box gives information directly relating to the players event status.

  • Player's Display Name
  • Check in Status - If the player is checked in, it will show "checked in" here. Check in now happens automatically when you are on the player controller page within the check in window (90 mins before start time) and are active. If you load your Player Controller then leave it inactive for more than 10 minutes, it will not automatically check you in. Returning to the page within the check in period and selecting anything on the window will reconnect your session and check you in.
  • Player Status - This indicates your status in the event. If you have dropped or been eliminated for any reason, it will display that status here. A status of enrolled or active means you are in the event and ready to play.
  • Decklist Submitted - This is the status of your decklist submission. This will show true if you have successfully submitted your deck. it will show false for various reasons including:
    • Decklist was imported, but not submitted.
    • Decklist was imported but not submitted before deck registration time had passed.
    • Deck was imported but had a legality error In all cases if you have imported your decklist and this still shows false, please contact Tournament staff for help solving your decklist error.
5- Contact Tournament Staff

If questions or issues arise during your tournament you can click the Contact Tournament Staff yellow banner all the way to the right hand side of the screen. Please Click Here to see the section about Contact Tournament Staff for more details and information.

Note: Please contact the organizer for questions as they are hosted by third-party organizers, NOT MTGMelee

6- Decklist Submission
Can Be Required

Every tournament you have the option to submit a decklist. Once submitted you will be able to see it here. You will also be able to edit the decklist, purchase the deck through TCGPlayer and download a copy. Click Here to learn how to submit your decklist for the tournament.

Please note that a decklist is required to play in some tournaments and failure to submit on will result in you being dropped from the tournament automatically.

7- Current Match

This will be the most recent tournament pairing information. our information is listed on the left, your opponent information is listed on the right.

  • Melee username.
  • Game username. You may click the user name here to copy it to your clipboard for pasting to your game client when challenging opponents.
  • Current points
  • Match Check in status. There will be a button here to click that checks you in for your match. Checking in is the only way to be shown your opponents Game ID.
  • Submit the results of the match. You will select the winner of each game in order.

Once the tournament has started, your pairing will populate automatically, and if the Organizer is using a round timer, it will appear on this screen.

8- Your Opponent

This will be your current round opponent's information

9- Match Result

Match results are entered here. PLease select the games won in order they occurred. If you win games 1 and 3, select your name from the first and third lines and your opponent's name on the 2nd line.

Results can not be changed by you or your opponent once submitted. If there was an error made please use the Contact Staff button for assistance.

10- Tournament Announcements

During the tournament your organizer makes any announcements they will show at the top of your screen for a few moments and recorded here in case you missed the notification at the top of the screen. It is a good idea to check here every now and again to make sure none were missed.

11- Your Matches

Under Your Matches you can see the results from all previous matches.

12- All Matches

All pairings show the pairings and results of all players filtered by round. You can use this to keep track of how well your friends or rivals are doing!

13- Current Match Decklist

This menu will show you the decklist you are playing as well as your opponent's decklist if decklists were made public by the Organizer. In it's minimized state it sits in the lower left hand corner. When maximised (the panel at the bottom) you can switch between your deck and your opponent's deck.

14- Player Messaging

When a new match is created for you, this window allows you to chat through the melee server with your opponent to help communicate about your match. Please be respectful in this chat. We are able to check these logs if a complaint is filed. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.

Player Controller

Contact Tournament Staff

If questions or issues arise before or during your tournament you can click the Contact Tournament Staff yellow banner all the way to the right hand side of the screen.

Please contact the organizer for questions or clarifications about tournaments. Tournaments are hosted by third-party organizers, NOT MTGMelee

Submitting A Ticket
Click On Banner

Start by clicking on the “Contact Tournament Staff” banner on the right hand side of the screen. This will prompt a pop up to appear.

Send a Message Pop Up

This pop-up will give you the option to select a general subject. Subjects include: Match Result Issue, Incorrect/Missing Pairing, Issue with Arena or MTGO, Cheating or Behavior Issues, Decklist Issue, Opponent No Showed, and General. Choose the best match for your issue.

Once you select an issue, you will be taken to a screen where you will describe your problem. Please be as descriptive as you are able. It will help the organizer solve your problem faster!

You will not be allowed to select "No Opponent after 10 minutes" until the round has been paired for at least 10 miuntes. Then you will be prompted to check that you have performed prerequiste steps before being allowed to submit this ticket.

  • If a ticket is submitted before check in (90 minutes prior to tournament start time) or after the tournament it will send an email to the organizer. They will be able to respond the same way.

  • Submitting a ticket during a tournament will start a chat with the organizer. Once the organizer accepts the ticket and assigns it to a staff member, you will see a number with a red bubble appear on the chat bubble found at the top of the screen (highlighted in the red box in the picture). Click this and you will be brought to the message center where you can discuss the question or issue at hand with the staff member.

Contact Tournament Staff

Playing in a Tournament

Submitting a Decklist

You can submit a decklist at any time from the player control, you do not have to do this directly before the tournament begins. If a decklist is submitted early you are still able to edit and change the decklist at any point up to the start of the tournament from here. There are 3 different ways to submit a deck list that we will go over here.

Decklist submission timeline may be required before the start of the event. Please check Tournament Details section for instructions about deck submission.

Note: Some organizers require you to have a decklist. Some also require to have it submitted by a prior to start time as well. Please check tournament details and follow rules set out by the organizer here. Failure to submit required decklists can result in you being dropped from the tournament at the beginning of round one. Please contact the organizer for questions about issues or clarification questions about tournaments as they are hosted by third-party organizers, NOT MTGMelee Click Here to learn how to contact the organizer.

How to Submit a Decklist

If you've made or downloaded a text file of your decklist, you can upload it using the "Upload" button.


Using the "Paste" button, you can copy and paste your decklist directly from the MTGA client.

Make a Deck From Scratch

Enter a quantity and begin typing a card name. You can select a card name from the search that appears. Press the enter key to add the card. Make sure if the card is part of your sideboard you check the sideboard box before entering it.


Please make sure you hit the blue "Submit Decklist button in the bottom right hand corner of this box. Your decklist will not save if this button is not hit.

Submitting a Decklist

Tournament Check In

Once you enter the player control you will be prompted with an announcement to "Check In" to the tournament.

About Check In
When to Check In

There is a window that starts 90 minutes before the tournament start time that will allow you to check in.

  • An example of when you are allowed to check in would be if a tournament start time is at 5pm you can check in any time between 3:30pm and 5pm

  • If you are unable to check in for any reason contact the organizer to inform them about this issue IMMEDIATELY!

  • Click Here to learn how to contact your organizer.

What Happens If You Don't

Failure to check in during this time will automatically drop you from the tournament once round one has started. Please make sure you check in so this does not occur.

How To Know You Have Successfully Checked In

Once you have checked in your information will appear in the Current Pairing box and you will see “Waiting on pairing!” appear underneath your information.

Tournament Check In

Match Check In

At the beginning of every round you will need to check again to let your opponent know you are ready to begin the match.

About Match Check In
How To Check In
  • There is a 10 minute window that allows you to check in to your match.

  • Once pairings have been posted your opponents window containing their information will appear with their user and arena screen name. An orange button will also appear below your information that says “Check In.” Click this button to check in.

What If I Don't Check In
  • Failure to check in during the allotted 10 minutes will allow the organizer the ability to drop you from the tournament.

  • If you are unable to check in for any reason contact the organizer to inform them about this issue IMMEDIATELY!

  • Players whose opponent does not show after these 10 minutes Please contact the organizer to inform them about this issue IMMEDIATELY!

  • Click Here to learn how to contact your organizer.

Check In Complete

Please wait for your opponent to check it. You will see their status change from the orange “Not Checked In” to green saying “Checked In” once they have. Once both players have checked in it is now time to begin the match. Best Of Luck!

Match Check In

Starting A Match In Arena

  • It is now time to begin the match. If you click on your opponents screen name it will automatically copy their screen name for you. You will need to issue a direct challenge to play against your opponent. To issue a direct challenge you will need to log-in to Arena if you haven't already. Click on the swords on the top of the screen. This will pull up the direct challenge screen and you can paste your opponents screen name here. Now Let The Games Begin! Good Luck To You!

  • Note: There are two modes in Arena, a Tournament Mode and a Challenge Match. Tournament Mode should always be used as it has a timer and other features needed for the tournament. It's important you both have chosen the same type or the challenge won't work

Starting A Match In Arena

Starting A Match In Magic Online

Details Coming Soon!

Submitting Results

  • The winner of the match is responsible for entering the results.

  • Click on the name of the player who won each game then click “Submit Results” to enter them.

  • We recommend taking screenshots of the results just in case there is an error in the results reported but this is not required.

  • If you believe there is an error in the results reported contact the organizer to inform them about this issue IMMEDIATELY!

  • Click Here to learn how to contact your organizer.

Submitting Results

Organizing Tools

Your Organization Profile

Details Coming Soon!

Your Organization Profile

Organization Dashboard

Details Coming Soon!

Organization Dashboard

Adding A Staff Member

Coming Soon

Creating a Tournament

This will go over the steps and process of creating your tournament

Tournament Creation Steps
Begin Creation
  • Under the Organizers Tab, click “Create a Tournament”.

  • Create a name for your tournament. This can be anything you want!

Set a Registration End Date

Set a Registration End Date by clicking on the Calendar icon on the right side of your screen.

  • This is when Registration will close and will prevent any more sign-ups. Most often, this will be shortly before the tournament is set to begin, but if you want to, it can be earlier.

  • These times will automatically adjust to your players' time zone, so you won't need to do that math in your description.

Set Start time for Tournament

Set a Start Date by clicking on the Calendar icon on the right side of your screen.

  • This is when the tournament is actually going to take place, and is different than the Registration End Date.
Choose a Registration Type

There are currently five different kinds of Registration Type

  • Open - The most common type of tournament. Anyone can enter!

  • Invite Only - Only allows players that you, the Organizer, have chosen to enter.

  • Patreon Membership Required - For those that want to run a tournament for their Patreon subscribers.

  • Twitch Subscription Required - Similar to Patreon, but for Twitch subscribers.

  • Discord Subscription Required - Similar to Twitch, but for Discord subscribers.

Choose an Entry Type
  • Code Entry - This is used for Invite Only and Membership Required Tournaments.

  • Entry Fee - This is used for Tournaments that require payment to enter.

  • Free - This is used for Open Tournaments where anyone can enter, or Free tournaments that are unlisted to the public (say, if you wanted to run something for your store but did not want to do Invite Only).

  • Variable - Players pay a set entry fee, but have the option to pay more. This option is useful for Charity Tournaments!

Enter a Description
Optional But Encouraged
  • The Description field is where you tell your participants about your tournament. This is a markdown editor - meaning you can edit the text and insert images and links like you would be able to in a program like Microsoft Word.

  • You can also include prize information (if applicable) and any other details you like in this space.

  • Try to avoid mentions of specific times here. The above fields adjust to time zones, but anything typed here won't, and seeing multiple times may cause players to miss your tournament! If you do add a time please try and use the time zone associated with the time.

Advanced Settings
  • Set your Player Cap, if you want. The default cap is 1000. The Round Length determines the maximum time in the round, if you choose to use a Round Timer. The default time is 50 minutes.

  • Team Size tells us how many players are on a team in the tournament. For an individual tournament, the Team Size is 1. If you are running a Team Event, this will most often be 3.

    • Note: MTGMelee currently only supports team sizes of 1. Support for larger team sizes will be added soon!
  • You can choose to enable the Round Timer. For MTG Arena, we recommend setting it to 60 minutes as a courtesy and using the in-client clock provided in tournament Match mode, as this clock will provide a better experience for players.

  • Choose whether or not your tournament will require decklists. (Both can be selected)

    • Selecting “Require Decklists” this will display to players that your tournament requires a decklist submission but nothing will occur if the player fails to submit one. This will give you the ability to decide the outcome of failure to do so.
    • Selecting “Auto-drop Players Without Legal Decklists” will automatically drop players from the event once the tournament starts but you have the ability to manually add the player back into the tournament if necessary.
  • Choose whether or not decklists will be public for your tournament. If checked, this allows players to see their opponent’s decklists when the tournament has begun.

    • The Mock Tournament Option allows you to run a test tournament to get the hang of MTG Melee. We encourage you to make a mock tournament to give the platform a try and get comfortable with the client!
Creating a Tournament

Support Tickets

About The Ticketing System

The ticketing system allows organizations to work with multiple staff members to solve issues. The ticketing system will send an email to the Organizer if it is more than 90 minutes before the tournament. Once the 90 minute window has closed, the tickets will appear in a messaging window inside the tournament controller application. Click Here to see how players contact you.

About The Ticketing System

Ticket Received

Once the ticket is generated a new ticket will appear in the Tournament Controller visible to the Organizer and all Staff that has been added to the Organization. An audio "new ticket received" message will play. This message will only play when it has been sometime since the most recent ticket. it will not play for every new ticket if they come quickly. The ticket will be displayed here whether it is far enough out from the tournament to be emailed, or if it is within the 90 minute check in time which will generate a chat with the player.

Ticket Received

Assigning a Ticket

  • Use the "Assign to Me" button to claim the ticket. You may not assign tickets to staff members from this window. You are only able to assign tickets to yourself. Each staff member has the same view and is able to claim tickets by selecting the "assign to Me" button. Once the ticket has been assigned, the "Assignee" will be listed as the person who claimed that ticket.
  • Once a ticket has been assigned, if it is within the 90 minute check in period tournament a chat will appear in the chat window reached by clicking the chat bubble at the top of the screen.
Assigning a Ticket

Responding To A Ticket

  • Click the chat icon and you will be taken to the ticket messaging interface. Once on the interface you will see messages listed on the left, and the message contents in the main panel on the right. Messages will default to unread messages on top. Each time you respond, the message at the top will be the oldest unread message available.
  • Type your response in the chat line at the bottom of the right hand panel, then [ENTER] to send. Once you have sent a message back to the player, they will be notified with an audible "ding" and a marker will appear on the chat icon indicating they have a new message if the messaging window is not already open. The person who has claimed the ticket will hear the same audible "ding" and see a badge on the icon once the player responds if they are not currently on the messaging window. We are currently unable to send images through this chat system, that upgrade is planned at a future date.
Responding To A Ticket

Ticket Resolved

Once the issue has been resolved, click the gear on the right side of the Support Tickets tab corresponding with the resolved ticket and select "resolved" from the menu to change state. Note there are other designations that can be chosen to help with communication among your team.

Ticket Resolved

Tournament Controller

About The Tournament Controller

This is your tournament’s home page. From here, you can edit the steps that we went through in Creating a Tournament. You can also access your main tool: the Tournament Controller. Click on that, and you’ll see this:

Let’s explore the Controller

In the upper right-hand corner, you will see a Publish button. This is the first button you need to press. It publishes your tournament to the MTG Melee page and makes it visible to the public or group of people that will be playing in the tournament. It allows players to be able to register as well.

Tournament Details

This will take you back to the first screen we started on.

Edit Tournament

This will edit the Create a Tournament page in case you need to change details of the tournament.

About The Tournament Controller


This is a tool you can use to communicate with everyone in the tournament. Click “New Announcement” to share information. Players will receive an audio message that an announcement has been made, as well as a pop-up window that will not go away until clicked on. This way, you can be sure your players have seen what you need them to see.



This is one of the most important pages to set up, as it determines how your tournament runs. First, click “New Phase”. You will see the following options:

Begin The Phase With A Cut

Except in very rare circumstances, you will only be using this for phases beyond the first. Checking this box will allow you to automatically drop players based on parameters you set. Setting the Pairing Method to Playoffs will automatically check this box for you.

Pairing Method

This allows you to structure the tournament itself. Most tournaments will have two separate phases — a Swiss phase and a Playoffs phase.

  • Swiss will pair players according to the Swiss tournament algorithm. This allows players to play all rounds without being removed from the tournament. This will also attempt to pair players with the same (or similar) records against one another. This is the recommended format for tournaments larger than 8 players

  • Single Elimination will seed your players into a bracket. Any player who loses a single match will be Eliminated from your tournament automatically.

  • When you select Playoffs, it will ask you how you would like to perform your cut (Top X Players or Minimum Points), and how many players you would like after your cut. This option will create a single-elimination bracket, so it is recommended that the number of players you cut to be a power of 2 (2, 4, 8, 16, or 32 are recommended, with 8 being the most common.)

Number of Rounds

For Swiss tournaments, you will choose the number of rounds that you will play before moving to a Single elimination bracket for the top players (if applicable).

The recommended number of rounds for your tournament is based on the number of players in the tournament, and is as follows:



This is where you will choose the format for your tournament. Standard is the most common format.

Keep in mind that MTGMelee does not currently support decklists for tournaments with multiple different constructed formats

For a complete list of formats in MTGMelee Click Here

Match Type

Here is where you will choose the maximum number of games that will be played per round. Most tournaments use Best of Three, while some tournaments might use Best of One. Best of Five is typically reserved for the Playoff portion of tournaments with significant prizes on the line.



From this screen, you can view your registered players and whether or not they have checked in for the tournament. You can also add players manually via the search function (First, Last, or Arena name) or import a whole list of players via username, email, or Arena name). You can either import them directly into the tournament as registered, or click the “Enroll as Preregistered” box, which will drop them automatically from the tournament if they do not check in when the tournament starts.


Click Here for a list of the different player statuses



This page will show you the decklists of your players, if you’ve required them to have decklists. You can also allow players to edit their decklists by granting them access from this page.


This page shows you the pairings of the current round. It also allows you to pair and re-pair the round, manually enter results in case the players can’t, and advance the tournament to the next rounds and phases. Here is a sample screen that you might see before the tournament begins and without players entered.



Allows you to display the standings at the conclusion of the phases of the tournament.

Running A Tournament

Begin Your Tournament

When you are ready to begin your tournament, you will start it from the Tournament Controller page. At the top right-hand corner of the screen Hit Start!

As a note, once the tournament has been started, players will be unable to edit their decklists. Make sure, if you are requiring lists, that you don’t start the tournament early. If you do, no big deal, you can always allow players to edit their lists later, but that is something to avoid.

Begin Your Tournament

Pair The Round

From there, go to the Pairings page. On the right-hand side of the screen, click the “Pair Round” button. The round will be paired, and all players will receive an audio notification telling them they have a new pairing.

Once you’ve paired the round, you have the option to Edit Pairings, and Delete the Pairings. Editing and Deleting the pairings should only be done if a mistake was made.

Before Pairing
Change Player Status/Add Player

How To Coming

Double No Show

How To Coming

Drop Player

How To Coming

Awarding the Bye

How To Coming

Pair The Round

Results Are In

You will also notice a Dummy Results button in the above image. You will only see that button if you are running a Mock Tournament. Clicking that button generates random results for the round, so you can move quickly through the tournament once you have the hang of things.

During the tournament, players will be able to report the results of the match from the Player Controller. They can also open a ticket with you if they have any questions. You will be able to see these tickets in your tournament controller Support Tickets tab and respond from the Messages Page, which is reached through the messaging icon at the top near your profile image. See "Ticketing Function" below for more information.

Once you have all results for the round, click the next round’s button, and pair the next round! Repeat for all future rounds of the current Phase.

Once you have completed all rounds in the Phase, click “Go to Next Phase”. The tournament will automatically advance. You will still have to generate pairings for the next round in a new Phase.

Once the Finals are done, End the tournament. Click the “End” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

Results Are In

Settings Menu

Profile Page

You can enter and update your basic info on this page.

Profile Page Information
Profile Picture
This is optional

You can upload your profile picture here! Optimal size is 200x200px.

This is optional

This is your chance to say a little something about yourself. You can write about your experience and history with playing Magic: The Gathering, your favorite decks or formats or just a fun fact to break the ice. There are no restrictions but this will be public.

This is optional

If you have a personal or professional website you would like to share. This is not for social media accounts. That is on the “Social Media” page.

MTG Arena Screen Name
This is optional
  • If you want to play in MTGA tournaments you must enter it with the Arena ID (careful it is case sensitive)
  • Need to create an account? Click Here
  • Don't know your username? Open arena and start a direct challenge. This will pull your name up. Click your name to copy it so you can paste it here. Learn How To Direct Challenge
Magic Online Screen Name
This is optional
  • If you plan on playing in MTGO tournaments you must enter it.
  • Need to create an account? Click Here
DCI Number
This is optional

MTGMelee has the ability to link to your DCI account and upload results if you are updating your stats there.

Display Username by Default

If you check this box it will display your user name instead of your full name

Profile Page

Social Media Page

Update and authorize your social media accounts here

Accounts To Displays On Profile
This is optional

All of your social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Discord, YouTube and your Podcast can be entered here. They will be displayed on your profile as their icon button (Example in orange box). If you do not want your info to be public, do not enter anything here.

Third-party Apps
Link Your Accounts. Does not Display
This is optional

This is very important as some organizers require you to have a Twitch or Discord account linked to your profile. You must hit the “Authorize” button (Buttons in red box) to link your account. Linking it will not display your information on your profile and will remain private. You do not have to link your accounts but you will not be able to enter a tournament that requires it without doing this.

Social Media Page

Account Page

All of your settings for your account are found here.

Account Settings
Account Email
Log-In Email

Update and change the email address associated with your account. Make sure this email is correct to receive tournament reminders and reset password if needed.

Phone Number

Add your phone number to receive pairings via text message and add extra security like two factor authentication.

Blocked users

A list of the users that have been blocked

Change Password

In case you need to change your password just click this button.

Enable Two Factor Authentication

Add an extra layer of security to your account.

Delete Account

If you decide MTGMelee is not for you and would like your profile deleted. :-(

Magic: The Gathering

MTG Arena

Frequently Asked Questions

Direct Challenge

log-in to Arena and click on the swords on the top of the screen. This will pull up your direct challenge.



Click Here to create an account for MTGA

Click Here for Wizards FAQ for MTGA

Click Here for Wizards Official Rules of MTG

Additional Information

Subscription Required

What this means and how to fix and resolve to be able to register for the tournament.

Unable To Register Subscription Required
What this means

When an organizer makes their tournament a “Subscription Required” entry this means you have to have the account requested linked with MTGMelee so it can be verified. An example would be “Discord Subscription Required” you need your Discord account linked to with us to register to the tournament.

How to fix this

All you need to do is link your account to resolve this.. To link your account you would need to go to your settings under your player menu. Select your “Social Media” tab and under Third-party apps there is a “Authorize” button at the bottom. Once you click that a window to the app you're trying to connect will pop up and ask you to sign in. That will link it to your account to MTGMelee.

If you already did this you can press “Deauthorize” the account and “Authorize” the account again. Sometimes the link will get dropped and this can help fix that

If you still can’t not link your account please contact customer service at or join is in Discord

Subscription Required

Start Time Of Tournament

The time posted at the top of the page is localized to your time zone! (in the green box) The time posted here is always correct. If a time is posted in the red box or anywhere else these times do not update and are not correct.

Start Time Of Tournament

Player/Team Statuses

Each player or team has a status field that shows what their current status is in the tournament.

Definitions of Player/Team Statuses

The Preregistered status is used for enrollment. A team can be preregistered into the tournament by an organizer. This means that they are able to enroll into the tournament, if the tournament is an invite only tournament, but aren't considered active. Teams who are preregistered must enroll themselves before they are considered enrolled in the tournament. This status essentially saves a place for the team/player.


Teams with the enrolled status have registered in the tournament and will be converted to active whenever the tournament starts.


The team is active in the tournament and will be paired.


The team didn't make a cut requirement. Cuts happen at the beginning of phases, such as a cut to day two or a cut for Top 8.


A team will be eliminated from a tournament whenever they lose in a single elimination or double elimination round.


Teams have the Dropped status if the team dropped themselves from the tournament.


Teams will have the Deleted status if they unenrolled themselves from the tournament. This is different from dropping from a tournament and signifies that the team did not play in the tournament.


Teams with the Disqualified status were disqualified from the tournament.


Teams gain the Qualified status whenever they mean the 'Play Until X Wins' threshold. I.e.; If the tournament is set to 'Play Until 2 Wins', when a team hits 2 wins they will gain the Qualified status. This makes it so they are not paired for the subsequent rounds.

Deck Formats

Magic: The Gathering formats are various ways in which the game can be played. Each format provides rules for deck construction and gameplay, with many confining the pool of permitted cards to those released in a specified group of Magic card sets.

Descriptions Of Deck Formats Used

Standard is a dynamic format where you build decks and play using cards in your collection from recently released Magic sets. Evolving gameplay and fresh strategies make it one of the most fun and popular ways to play Magic.


Pioneer is a new nonrotating format featuring cards from Return to Ravnica and forward. It is a constructed format and therefore it adheres to the constructed rules.


Cards from core set Eighth edition and Mirrodin through today are legal. It is a constructed format and therefore it adheres to the constructed rules.


Historic is a non-rotating format where cards from throughout Magic's history can live together and makes use of cards that are no longer legal in Standard after rotation


Each player chooses a legendary creature as their "Commander" of their deck. It is played with a 99-card deck that contains only cards of their commander's colors. Other than basic lands, each deck can only use one copy of any card.


It is a little like Standard, a little like Commander, and a uniquely exciting deck-brewing challenge. Build a deck around a specific legendary creature or planeswalker from the Standard card pool. Choose Your Champion!


Decks may consist of cards from all Magic card sets. Even cards from expansions and special sets are legal in the Legacy format. It is a constructed format and therefore it adheres to the constructed rules.


Restricts decks to only cards with the common rarity. It is a constructed format and therefore it adheres to the constructed rules. Vintage- The most powerful of constructed formats is Vintage as decks may consist of cards from all Magic card sets. It is a constructed format and therefore it adheres to the constructed rules.

Old School

A casual constructed format using an older or limited card pool, or older rule sets. There are many different variations, often with different rules set regionally by a play group or a local tournament organizer.


Players play with decks constructed at the tournament from a limited and usually randomized pool of cards, rather than constructing decks ahead of time


Is a very casual Magic format rather relaxed. Play with any set or card, no cards are banned, build your deck with as many copies as you’d like and msure you have at least 40 cards.

Additional information

Please note these are generalized overviews and not full descriptions or rules. For questions about the rules please contact your tournament organizer for your tournaments specific rules or For a complete list of formats, visit Wizards of the Coast's website.