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Innistrad Championship Viewers Guide

November 23, 2021
Wizards of the Coast

The journey to Magic World Championship XXVIII begins at the Innistrad Championship! Over 250 amazing players, including the latest members of the MPL and Rivals League, battle it out across Standard and Historic for $450,000 in prizes and six invitations to the ultimate event of the 2021-22 season.

How Can I Follow the Event?

The Innistrad Championship broadcasts live December 3–5 on twitch.tv/magic, beginning at 9 a.m. PT (5 p.m. UTC) each day.

For the metagame, decklists, match-by-match updates, player details, live streaming, and more start with the Innstrad Championship event page. You'll also find exclusive content by following @MagicEsports on Twitter. Plus, share your excitement throughout the Innistrad Championship weekend across social media with the hashtag #INNChamps!

When Will Championship Decklists Be Published?

All Standard and Historic decklists will be published on the Innistrad Championship event page on Friday, Decemeber 3 at the beginning of Round 1. A preview of the metagame breakdown will be available on Thursday, December 2.

An overview of the History format by analyst Mani Davoudi will be published Monday, November 29. The metagame details and breakdown analysis by Magic Hall of Famer Frank Karsten will be published on Friday, December 3.

Broadcast Schedule

Friday, December 3: 9 a.m. PDT / 5 p.m. UTC / 2 a.m. JST (December 4)

  • Broadcast ends after Round 7.

Saturday, December 4: 9 a.m. PDT / 5 p.m. UTC / 2 a.m. JST (December 5)

  • Broadcast ends after Round 15 and the Top 8 for the Innistrad Championship is announced.

Sunday, December 5: 9 a.m. PDT / 5 p.m. UTC / 2 a.m. JST (December 6)

  • Broadcast ends after the Innistrad Championship Top 8 is complete and the winner is determined.

You can watch coverage for the Innistrad Championship live on twitch.tv/magic.

Who Are the Casters?


Can I Co-Stream the Event?

Following Twitch's Content Sharing Guidelines, you can co-stream the Innistrad Championship broadcast from twitch.tv/magic using OBS or XSplit. This allows anyone on Twitch to cover the event in their voice and with their community. Co-streamed content is not endorsed by Wizards, and participants in co-streaming should follow Wizards' Fan Content Policy guidelines.

Who Is Playing?

Over 250 players—the MPL and Rivals League, top-finishing players from the 2021 Gauntlets and Strixhaven Championship, plus qualifying players across MTG Arena and Magic Online—compete for six Magic World Championship slots and qualifying points for their journey the final event of the 2021-22 season..


The complete Innistrad Championship invitation list is available online.

How Will the Tournament Play Out?

Both Standard and Historic Constructed formats will be used for Innistrad Championship, covering 15 Swiss rounds of play total across two days.

Friday:

  • Rounds 1–3: Historic Constructed
  • Rounds 4–7: Standard Constructed

Saturday:

  • Rounds 8–11: Historic Constructed
  • Rounds 12-15: Standard Constructed

As players earn their twelfth (12th) match win, they will automatically advance to the Top 8 playoff. Final standings at the end of Round 15 will determine any remaining Top 8 slots available after all players with twelve wins have advanced—and any ties for a Top 8 slot will be determined by final standings after 15 rounds.

Sunday:

  • The Top 8 playoff will feature Historic Constructed.
  • Upper Bracket and Lower Bracket matches will be a best of three games.
  • The Title Match will be a best of three matches.

What Do Players Win?

The Top 6 finishing players—that is, players who win a match in the Top 8 playoff—receive invitations to Magic World Championship XXVIII. All other players receive World Championship Qualifying Points based on their finish in the event.

Players also compete for their share of $450,000 in prizes:

Place Prize
1 $20,000
2 $15,000
3 $11,000
4 $9,000
5–6 $6,500
7–16 $4,500
17–37 $3,000
38–68 $2,500
69–98 $2,000
99–120 $1,500
121–258 $750
Total $450,000
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