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Final Push Starts for MC III

June 17, 2019
Wizards of the Coast

It's Mythic Championship III week... are you ready?

To get you into the mood, check out this sweet hype preview video and then dive into a few predictions from the coverage team, a first look at the metagame, and some fun notes to get you all set for the show coming this Friday.


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Winner Luis Scott-Vargas Simon Görtzen Luis Scott-Vargas Andrew Elenbogen Brad Nelson
Top 4 Luis Scott-Vargas, Rei Sato, Brad Nelson, Simon Görtzen SimonGörtzen, Brad Nelson, Ken Yukuhiro, Reid Duke Luis Scott-Vargas, William Jensen, Simon Görtzen, Kentaro Yamamoto Luis Scott-Vargas, Shota Yasooka, Autumn Burchett, Andrew Elenbogen Brad Nelson, Luis Scott-Vargas, Reid Duke, Simon Görtzen
Underdog to Watch Jason Chan Nhi Pham Kai Budde Noah Walker Emma Handy
Deck to Watch Simic Nexus Sultai Dreadhorde Esper Hero Boros Aggro Sultai Dreadhorde
Card to Watch Command the Dreadhorde Teferi, Time Raveler Narset, Parter of Veils Finale of Glory Finale of Promise
Wildcard Prediction The Immortal Sun ends up being the most important card in the tournament. Me and Day9 will become best friends. Kai Budde will have an above 50% match win rate. If Simic Nexus players have a plan to beat Teferi, Time Raveler, given the lack of hyper aggressive decks in this tournament, one of them will make the Top 4. There will be fancy hats. And someone will lose theirs.

Metagame Breakdown

Archetype # % MPL Challenger
Esper Control 17 25.00% 12 5
Esper Hero 9 13.24% 6 3
Izzet Phoenix 9 13.24% 2 7
Bant Ramp 8 11.76% 4 4
White Aggro Variants 6 8.82% 3 3
Mono-Red Aggro 5 7.35% 1 4
Gruul Midrange 3 4.41% 2 1
Simic Nexus 3 4.41% 1 2
Sultai Dreadhorde 2 2.94% 0 2
Grixis Bolas 2 2.94% 1 1
Bant Midrange 1 1.47% 0 1
Jund Warriors 1 1.47% 0 1
Selesnya Tokens 1 1.47% 0 1
Simic Ramp 1 1.47% 0 1
Total 68 100.00% 32 36

White Aggro Variants include Boros Aggro, Azorius Aggro, and Mono-White Aggro, while Grixis Bolas includes a Grixis Amass deck. Be sure to return to the Magic Esports web site on Wednesday for a full metagame analysis from Magic Hall of Famer Frank Karsten, along with all 68 decklists.

Stats Class

Players from Across the Eras: At least one competitor lists learning Magic in each year from the birth of the game until the current year EXCEPT for 2008, 2016, and 2018.

Mythic Debuts: 17 players are playing in their first Mythic Championship.

Nothing Beats Experience: 10 players have played in at least 50 Mythic Championships (this includes past Pro Tours), led by Raphael Levy's record 102.

Time Well Spent: If you add up time spent playing Arena, the 68 competitors have spent 1,140.5 DAYS playing the game. That's an average of 16.7 days per person. Jeffrey Brusi/sjow leads the list with 1,356 hours / 56.5 days playing Arena.

The Best Beating the Best: 11 MC III competitors have recorded 1,000 or more game wins versus Mythic-ranked players:

  • MPL: Javier Dominguez, William Jensen, Brian Braun-Duin, Jean-Emmanuel Depraz, Martin Juza, Andrew Cuneo, Christian Hauck
  • Challenger: Jeffrey Brusi, Ondrej Strasky, Giana Kaplan, Wyatt Darby

Been Here, Done That: Hall of Famers Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, Kai Budde, and Luis Scott-Vargas combine for 34 top finishes (MC/PT Top 8s, World Championship Top 4s, and Magic Online Championship Top 4s).

In Case You Forgot

Who: 68 of the best Magic players from around the world
What: Mythic Championship III
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday starting at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET/3 p.m. UTC
Why: $750,000 in prizes and an invitation to the World Championship is on the line
How: Watch it all on!

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