Myths and Might – Magic: The Gathering’s Mythic Championship 2 is here!

Despite not being the most traditional ‘esports’, Magic: The Gathering is an incredibly popular game that draws leagues of fans much like Overwatch and CS:GO do – based on this alone, it’s easy to see why Magic tournaments are popular.

Of course, there are other reasons too, but with the Mythic 2 Championship fast approaching, does it really matter? In just a few days – specifically, on the 26th of April – the competition in launching. Over the course of two days, terminating on the 28th, players from around the world will be competing in order to find the cream of the crop.

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The partially online and partially in person tournament will see the top players from anywhere in the world competing for the overall title and a significant share of the sizable prize pool that’s up for grabs. A total of 500 players are going to be participating and a total of 500.000 USD are up for grabs at the Magic tournament in London.

All of this is only part of the bigger picture though – the big finale will be the Magic World Championship at the end of this year’s season. For players that want to hone their skills and prepare themselves to enter one of the several tournaments leading up to the big day, you should probably go and take a look at Magic: The Gathering Arena. The mobile app lets you train and start your path towards a tournament of your choice.

In even more exciting news, a new booster pack is coming out right along with the tournament this weekend – War of the Spark it’s called and it features an awful lot of powerful Planeswalker cards. In fact, one in each of the booster packs available, so if that’s something for your deck, don’t hesitate to grab a pack or three in time for the big day.

This will actually be quite a memorable event as hardcore Magic fans may realise – for the first time in 20 years, a Prerelease deck is going to be part of a tournament, and there will be a tournament winner using that very deck before it becomes available to everyone else. The last person to successfully pull this off was Frank Adler, who won a Pro Tour with the Mirage set back before it was released fully.

This time around, in London, players will draft from three packs of War of the Spark and then play matches in tables of eight – after three rounds of matches, the placements for those players are decided, and they move on to other players/tables.

The interesting thing about these matches is that in this tournament nobody – none of the players- has any familiarity with the new deck, and thus everyone will be starting from the same place: with no knowledge of the new set at all! This evens the playing field from a situation where experienced players may have some 100 drafts under their belt at the beginning of a tournament – here it’s pure talent and cunning skill rather than experience that’ll win the battle.