War of the Spark spoiler season wraps up this week and then the race to the Mythic Championship in London enters its final fortnight. This is your week in Magic news.
The Planeswalker Bracket
We may be well into April but the folks at Wizards of the Coast are letting us relive the madness of March normally associated with collegiate basketball and have released their very own bracket. The planeswalker bracket is a competition that pits planeswalkers against each other in head-to-head matchups. The winner of each pairing is determined by votes on various social media platforms. While bracket submission is closed, voting has begun (as of April 15). The prize for a perfect brackets? Foil versions of the 36 planeswalkers featured in War of the Spark.
Qualifying for Mythic Championship Barcelona
The MCQ schedule for the fourth Mythic Championship that will take place in Barcelona has been released. Taking place between May 4th and June 16th, this round of MCQs will be Standard and will be capped at 226 players per event. Each participant will receive an alternate art Arcbound Ravager with art by Chase Stone.
The Road to Mythic Championship London
The next Mythic Championship is right around the corner and the past few weeks has seen some updates on the next major tournament. First, the top 16 players from the Mythic Invitational at PAX East have received special invitations to the tournament. These 16 players made it out of pool play on Thursday and Friday, and now they all have a chance to try their hands at tabletop. The Mythic Championship in London will also feature public deck lists. Like the Mythic Invitational, the contents of the competition’s decks will not be a secret. A few years ago there was some concern about players being able to scout at high level events for an advantage. While the concerns were somewhat unfounded, this change will render the conversation about scouting moot.
Grand Prix Sao Paulo
The MagicFest at Sao Paulo featured a Modern Grand Prix and just under 1,400 players came out to play. The conversation around Modern has centered around Arclight Phoenix and whether or not the deck is overpowered. While the deck did well and made up over 12% of Day 2, it barely did better than a 50% win rate. Still, there were two Izzet Phoenix decks in the Top 8, alongside two copies of former scourge Humans, and a single copy each of Burn, Bogles, TitanShift, and Tron. Neither copy of Phoenix made it out of the quarterfinals while both copies of Humans made the Top 4. But in the end it was the Ancient Stirrings deck that emerged victorious. Tron, in the hands of Marlos Batista Ferreira, was the archetype that won the day in Brazil!
Congratulations to Marlos Batista Ferreira, the winner of Grand Prix Sao Paulo! #MTGSaoPaulo
— ChannelFireball (@ChannelFireball) April 14, 2019
4 Urza's Tower 4 Urza's Mine 4 Urza's Power Plant 1 Ghost Quarter 1 Sanctum of Ugin 5 Forest 3 Wurmcoil Engine 2 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger 2 Walking Ballista 1 World Breaker 2 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon 4 Ancient Stirrings 4 Sylvan Scrying 4 Chromatic Star 4 Chromatic Sphere 4 Expedition Map 4 Karn Liberated 4 Oblivion Stone 3 Relic of Progenitus Sideboard 2 Surgical Extraction 1 Grafdigger's Cage 2 Spatial Contortion 2 Thought-Knot Seer 3 Nature's Claim 3 Thragtusk 1 All Is Dust 1 Warping Wail
There’s one more Modern Grand Prix in the wake of Mythic Championship London. The Grand Prix at MagicFest Yokohama will feature the same format as the Mythic Championship, while the Grand Prix at MagicFest Niagara Falls will feature Legacy. On Friday we get the full War of the Spark spoiler to boot!