Learn the ins and outs of playing in Magic: the Gathering tournaments using Melee
Most tournaments on Melee use Magic: The Gathering Arena or Magic: The Gathering Online to play. Start by downloading MTGA or MTGO and creating an account.Learn more about MTG Arena Learn more about MTG Online
On the menu bar at the top of the screen, click "Sign in" and then click "Register" to create your account. You will need to enter your Arena Direct Challenge Id or your MTGO Account Name to play in tournaments, but you can do this later in your profile settings.
Use the Tournaments Page to filter and search for tournaments. To follow an organizer, go to the organization page by clicking on their name. Click the heart icon at the end of a Scheduled Tournament. Under the section “Find More Tournaments” on the Tournaments Page select filter “I’m Following” to see events of organizations you're following.
Once you've found a tournament, you can register on that tournament's details page. Organizers set the rules and requirements for their tournaments. Make sure to read and understand the requirements before registering and contact the organizer for questions about issues or questions you may have about the tournament.
The Player Controller contains everything you need while playing in a tournament and can be accessed by clicking the “Player Controller” button on the tournament details page. Here you will find decklist submission, result submission, pairings, standings, player chat, tournament announcements, and other features.
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Visit your Player Controller within 90 minutes of the start of the tournament to check-in automatically.
All sections can be minimized or expanded by clicking the
^ icon in the right-hand corner of each section.
There are three ways to submit your decklist:
Pairings are automatically pushed to the Player Controller without needing to refresh the When pairings arrive you will receive a sound notification if you've allowed sound notifications in your browser.
Once you have your opponent, challenge them in MTGA using their Direct Challenge Id or MTGO using their Account Name. You can click on your opponent's account name to copy it to your clipboard. Make sure to select the appropriate options in MTG Arena, such as the deck type and format; i.e.; "Best of One" or "Best of Three".
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After the match is over, submit your result using the Match Result form. We track wins by each game so we can provide robust play statistics. Click to select the winner of each game and then click the "Submit result" button.
It is important you contact tournament staff with all questions or issues you may have about a specific tournament by clicking the yellow “Contact Tournament Staff” banner on the upper right-hand side of the screen. Then select the topic that best represents why you are contacting the organizer and enter your message in the message window.
If it is more than 90 minutes before the tournament start time or if the tournament has ended, an email will be sent to the organizer who can reply to the email you have registered.
If your message is sent while the tournament is active, this will start a chat with the organizer. Once the staff has responded, a red bubble will appear at the bottom of the chat icon at the top of the screen with the number of new chat messages waiting. Click on the chat icon to be brought to the message center.
When a new pairing is received, a chat window will appear in the bottom right-hand side of your Player Controller. This is a direct chat window just for you and your opponent to communicate during the round.
Please be respectful to your opponent. Chat logs can be provided to the organizer when complaints are made. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.
The tournament organizer will send messages to all players as needed. Some messages may be, "Round one will start in 5 minutes." or "There is only one match outstanding." These announcements will appear in the upper right hand corner of the Player Controller. Dismiss them by clicking on them. All past announcements are found on the Player Controller in the Tournament Announcements section.