The 2020 Season Grand Finals will use both Standard and Historic Constructed formats on MTG Arena.
Players must submit Standard-legal and Historic-legal decks via the MTG Melee Player Controller (available after registration) no later than Tuesday, October 6 at 8:00 a.m. Seattle time (PDT). (Deadline updated September 24.)
Players with late decklist submission will be unable to submit to MTG Melee, and instead must submit their decklist to email@example.com. Players who are late with their decklist submission are subject to tournament error penalties, which will upgrade for every 4 hours they are late on their submission.
Players who fail to submit a decklist within 24 hours of the deadline will be automatically dropped from the tournament.
The following players may compete in the 2020 Season Grand Finals:
12 modified Swiss rounds, alternating formats as follows:
All rounds of competition use Tournament Match Direct Challenge settings via Direct Challenge in MTG Arena, which means:
All players return for Day Two.
Records and tiebreakers earned on Day One carry over to Day Two.
Players for Top 8 are determined and seeded by earning eight (8) match wins or standings at the end of Round 12.
Whenever a player reaches eight (8) match wins they advance to the Top 8.
Top 8 is seeded in order by players reaching eight match wins, beginning with 1st seeding and continuing down through 8th.
Players who are seeded into Top 8 do not continue playing in Swiss rounds. (These players receive byes for the remainder of Swiss rounds.)
After Round 12, players with fewer than eight match wins are seeded into Top 8 based on standings until there are eight players in total seeded.
Tiebreakers for seeding are determined by Swiss standings.
Each Swiss round will be timed by tournament officials at 60 minutes:
Players must challenge their opponent by the time the round has officially started based on the time provided by the tournament organizer.
Players who have not been able to begin their match and who have received communication from their opponent should contact a tournament admin once the round has begun.
At the end of 60 minutes, tournament admins will message players who have not yet reported their match and players still in a match are expected to respond to the admin's message to confirm they are still playing.
Matches are best two-out-of-three games Standard Constructed.
The higher seed for all matches, except the matchup in which the last remaining players in the upper and lower bracket compete, may choose to play or draw in Game 1 of their matches.
The matchup which is the sole players remaining in the upper and lower brackets will be best two-out-of-three matches to determine the winner of the tournament rather than traditional best two-out-of-three games.The upper bracket player may choose play/draw order for the first game of the each match.
Players competing in this event agree to have their first and last name displayed on twitch.tv/magic as well as melee.gg and magic.gg.
Each qualified player will be provided access to an account on MTG Arena stocked with four (4) copies of each Standard-legal card as well as enough wild cards and gems to craft necessary Historic-legal cards. This account may be used by the player to prepare for, and is required to be used to participate in, the 2020 Season Grand Finals.
Additional rules that apply to MTG Arena play using this account will be provided to players with account information.
Wizards will use Digital MTR and IPG documents to govern the 2020 Season Grand Finals:
Additional player requirements, including streaming and other policy changes that supersede the Digital MTR, will be communicated to players prior to the start of the tournament.
Players should review the known issues in MTG Arena prior to participation in sanctioned digital events. Wizards of the Coast is not responsible for impact on game and match results as a result of players experiencing known issues.
Wizards of the Coast is not responsible for the results of any disconnection or network problems experienced by players.
During matches, players may not seek play advice from spectators and spectators may not give play advice to players. Reports of players receiving outside assistance will be investigated and penalties (up to and including disqualification) will be assigned. Players who receive unsolicited outside assistance from another player or spectator are expected to report the incident to tournament officials and submit any supporting evidence of attempt to provide outside assistance.
For this event, players should not be streaming their gameplay on platforms such as Twitch or YouTube in order to best support our feature match process. Players are welcome to record their gameplay if they wish to stream their matches at a later time or showcase their matches in pre-produced video once each day of competition is over.
Feature Match footage will be captured via Discord streaming. Tech checks are being set up via our production partner over the next week. If you have not responded to their inquiries, please do so at your earliest convenience. Note that Feature Matches will be shown at roughly a 10-minute delay on twitch.tv/magic or longer if your Feature Match is a second or third feature for a round and will never be shown live to protect the integrity of the tournament.
Players participating in this event cannot refuse feature matches, as the small field requires all players to be willing to cooperate with production staff for feature matches to ensure we are capable of telling the proper story for this event as the tournament unfolds.
Wizards of the Coast reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to suspend, modify, and change this document or the program it supports at any time and for any reason without notice.
The 2020 Season Grand Finals will take place on Magic: The Gathering Arena:
All times are listed in Seattle local time (PDT).
There is a $250,000 prize pool which will be awarded to competitors based on their final standing in the tournament.
Place Prize 1 $25,000 2 $20,000 3 $14,000 4 $12,000 5-6 $11,500 7-12 $9,000 13-20 $6,000 21-26 $5,000 27-32 $4,000 Total $250,000