There are two main differences between the traditional tabletop Protour and Mythic Championship I: 1/ the name has changed (😊), and 2/ prize money has doubled to $500,000 ($50,000 for the winner). The formats for this Mythic Championship are Ravnica Allegiance Booster Draft and Standard Constructed, and it takes place in Cleveland, starting next Friday (February 22-24).
Day one will consist of 3 rounds of Booster Draft, followed by 5 rounds of Standard. Likewise, day two will consist of 3 rounds of Booster Draft followed by 5 rounds of Standard. The top 8 players after round 16 will advance to Sunday’s single-elimination playoff rounds. All ‘technical’ details can be found in the event information page.
Mythic Championship I is the first Mythic Series event of 2019 (the next one is the MTG Arena Mythic Invitational), and it’s part of MagicFest Cleveland, which will be running a Limited GP.
What decks are most likely to perform well at Mythic Championship I? The fact that there was a Standard GP just the week before gives us a good idea on what decks to expect, but for sure the pros will come up with new angles. The main contenders are:
- Rakdos Midrange, winner at GP Memphis.
- Sultai Midrange, the evolution of the previous Golgari Midrange deck, now with Hydroid Krasis.
- Mono Blue Tempo, super budget and very competitive.
- Mono White / Azorius Aggro / Boros Aggro, which continue the White Weenie saga.
- Turbo Fog, strongly ‘resurrected’ thanks to Wilderness Reclamation and Growth Spiral.
- Esper Control, with Absorb and Kaya’s Wrath, and Thief of Sanity coming out of the sideboard.
- Izzet Drakes, now with the addition of Pteramander over Arclight Phoenix.
- Mono red, always to be considered, even more with cards like Skewer the Critics that give it even more burn power.
- Gates, a deck capable of quickly developing insane synergies.
I look forward to watching the event on Twitch!!