Anyone watching this inaugural event (which is taking place at Gen Con) over the weekend? As a person who has enjoyed playing some Magic here and there over the years, and followed various peoples and events connected to this great game, it's great to see Wizards doing such a good job with the online coverage this time around. I'll update this thread with what's going down, and what's up with this brilliant new international tournament. I'll try and break down some of the terminology (hopefully from aspects of both the card game itself as well as tournament lingo) for you newbies out there, but on the whole the online coverage should get you up to speed with the basics.
Standings as of Day 3
CHINESE TAIPEI WINS!
The World Magic Cup is a modified national team event featuring four-player teams. The four players will be three winners of Magic World Cup qualifiers and the National Champion, the player with the most pro points for the season from that country.
Friday - Day One (Individual Play)
Seven rounds of Swiss including three rounds of Magic 2013 Booster Draft and four rounds of Standard. Players gain points for the team (Win = 3, Draw = 1, Loss = 0) and the best three scores in each team are added together to make a combined team score. The Top 32 teams with the highest combined team score will advance to the next day. Day 2 involves only teams of three players, with the lowest scoring player in each team being eliminated from active play during Day 2.
Saturday - Day Two (Team Play)
Team play begins with teams being sorted, according to seeding, into eight pools of four teams. The teams will play in three rounds with the format being Magic 2013 Team Sealed Deck. After these rounds, the top two teams from each pool advance to the second stage, leaving sixteen teams. The teams will then be sorted into four pools of four teams and will play three rounds of Team Constructed, with a player from each team playing Standard, Modern and Innistrad Block Constructed.
Team Sealed works like this: Three of the four members of each national team (32 teams have made it to Day Two) face off against each other in one on one matches, with the fourth team member acting as a coach to advise each of their three actively playing teammates. Thus, there can be up to three games going on at once for any two opposing teams.
Team Chinese Taipei - Tzu-Ching Kuo, Tung-Yi Cheng, Yu Min Yang with Paul Renie as coach
Team Uruguay - Nicolas Righetti, Federico Bigalli, Martin Castillo with Mauro Betschart as coach
Team Canada - Lucas Siow, Alexander Hayne, Jamie Blanchette with Marc Anderson as coach
Team France - Yohan Dudognon, Raphael Levy, Stephane Soubrier with Damien Mace as coach
Team USA - Alex Binek, Brian Kibler, Joe Pennachio with Luis Scott-Vargas as coach
Team Brazil - Juliano Souza, Paulo Vitor da Rosa, Leonardo Siqueira with Elton Carneiro as coach
Super Sunday - Day Three
The top eight teams from Day 2 compete in seeded single-elimination rounds, in the Team Constructed format, to determine the winner of the World Magic Cup. Teams must use their previously constructed decks, but are allowed to change who pilots them.
FINALS Puerto Rico vs Chinese Taipei CHINESE TAIPEI WINS THE WORLD MAGIC CUP 2012 SEMIFINALS 2 Hungary vs Chinese Taipei CHINESE TAIPEI WINS SEMIFINALS 1 Puerto Rico vs Poland PUERTO RICO WINS QUARTERFINALS Puerto Rico vs Croatia PUERTO RICO WINS Philippines vs Poland POLAND WINS Hungary vs Scotland HUNGARY WINS Slovak Republic vs Chinese Taipei CHINESE TAIPEI WINS
Webcast start times
Los Angeles -
Friday 7:45 AM | Saturday 6:45 AM | Sunday 5:45 AM
Friday 3:45 PM | Saturday 2:45 PM | Sunday 1:45 PM
Friday 11:45 PM | Saturday 10:45 PM | Sunday 9:45 PM