Everything you need to know about 2020 MTG Arena Mythic Invitational

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Wizards of the Coast recently restructured the Magic: The Gathering esports 2020 season. Only one Mythic Invitational will take place this year. 

A total of three Mythic Invitationals were originally scheduled for 2020 in Magic esports. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s now only one that will take place from Sept. 10 to 13 via MTG Arena. And for the first time in Magic history, the format for the Mythic Invitational is in Historic Constructed. 

Here’s everything you need to know about 2020 MTG Arena Mythic Invitational.

MTG Mythic Invitational 2020

The original format for the three Mythic Invitationals was Standard Constructed, each with a $750,000 total prize pool. Mythic Invitational 2020 is now being played in Historic Constructed with a total prize pool of $250,000.

Format

The only format being played at the MTG Arena 2020 Mythic Invitational is Historic Constructed best-of-three via Swiss and top-eight playoff rounds.

  • A total of 14 Swiss rounds in Historic Constructed.
  • Day one contains seven Swiss rounds with the players who have 12 or more match points advancing to day two.
  • Day two will consist of seven Swiss rounds of Historic Constructed followed by the top-eight playoffs. 
  • The top-16 players competing in the Mythic Invitational will advance to the 2020 season Grand Finals.

Prizes

A $250,000 prize pool has been revealed by WotC, along with various Magic products like a Terror of the Peaks playmat and MTG backpack.

  • First: $10,000
  • Second: $7,000
  • Third: $6,500
  • Fourth: $6,000
  • Fifth to eighth: $5,000
  • Ninth to 12th: $4,000
  • 13th to 16th: $2,500
  • 17th to 24th: $2,000
  • 25th to 81st: $1,500
  • 82nd to 162nd: $1,000

Who’s invited?

Players who already qualified for the May and October Mythic Invitational have been invited to compete, along with Mythic point earners and those in the MPL and Rivals League. 

  • All Magic Pro League and Rivals League players.
  • Players who qualified for the May and October Mythic Invitational.
  • Discretionary Invites determined by WotC. 
  • Players who had 10-wins in the May and June Mythic Qualifiers.
  • Competitors invited to the Rivals League based on Mythic Points earned in 2020 partial season.
  • The top-eight Mythic Point ranked players following those invited to the Rivals League in the 2020 partial season. 

A total of 162 MTG players were given invites to compete at the 2020 Mythic Invitational. A full list of every player and their Magic Arena name can be found here.

Names to keep an eye on include Lucas Esper Berthoud, BBD, Kai Budde, Autumn Burchett, Stanislav Cifka, Reid Duke, Jessica Estephan, Martin Juza, Chris Kvartek, Rapheal Levy, Ally Warfield, and Lee Shi Tian.

Broadcast

Coverage of the 2020 Mythic Invitational begins on Sept. 10 to 13 via the Magic Twitch channel. The event will have a total of 10 casters, ranging from hosts and experts to play-by-play analysts.

Update Aug. 6 10am CT: The date of the MTG Arena Mythic Invitational has been changed from Aug. 28 to 30 to Sept. 10 to 13, according to the Magic Esports event schedule.

Update Aug. 31 1pm CT: The broadcast section was updated to include the 10 individuals casting the event and where to watch the livestream.

Update Sept. 8 7:50am CT: Prize pool information was updated.