Today, we're excited to announce the unique event structure we'll be utilizing for our upcoming 2019 Star City Games® Players' Championship, and reveal an equally unique prize that will be awarded to our champion!
Day One – Group Stage
The action begins on Friday, December 13 when our sixteen competitors will be randomly assigned to one of four 4-player pods then play three rounds of Legacy within their pod.
Once pod play is complete, the players who finished in second and third place within each 4-player pod will face-off against one another in a Grudge Match using their Modern decks.
Once the Grudge Matches have concluded, players will be assigned to new pods based on their finish. The winners of each pod from the Legacy rounds, and the four players who won their Grudge Matches will advance to two Battle for Byes pods.
These players will play three rounds of Modern, and when the third round concludes, the two winners of the Battle for Byes pods will earn a bye for Day Two.
The fourth-place finishers from each pod during the Legacy rounds, and the four players who lost their Grudge Match move on to two Play to Stay pods.
These players will also play three rounds of Modern, after which both last place finishers in each of the two Play to Stay pods will be eliminated from the tournament.
Afterwards, the players who finished in second and third place within Battle for Byes each pod will face-off against one another in a Grudge Match using their Standard decks. The winners will advance to Day Two with one bye, while their opponents will also advance to Day Two, but without a bye.
The players who finished in second and third place within each Play to Stay pod will face-off against one another in a Grudge Match using their Standard decks. The winners will advance to Day Two, while their opponents will be eliminated from the tournament.
Day Two – The Knockout Stage
Day Two will feature a Double Elimination bracket, in which players within the Upper Bracket play Standard, while players within the Lower Bracket play Modern. Upon completion of Day Two's Double-Elimination bracket, the four remaining players will advance to the third and final day of competition.
Day Three – Top 4
Before one of our four remaining competitors can claim their title, they will first need to win Best-of-Three matches (yes, matches!) versus each of their opponents, with each match played using one of the tournament's three formats (Standard, Modern, Legacy).
For the first match, instead of just choosing to "play or draw", the higher-ranked competitor will get to choose whether to play/draw OR select the format that will be played. For the second match, whichever player lost the first match will get to make the same choice noting that a format cannot be selected more than once. Should players go to a third match, whichever of the three formats has not yet been played will automatically be selected as the format for that match, and whichever player lost the second match will choose whether to play/draw.
Crowning A Champion!
When designing the Players' Championship, our goal was to create a truly unique event structure that offered thrilling matchups, high stakes, and resulted in every win mattering. We also thought that a tournament with such a unique event structure should award it's winner a prize that's just as unique, and are excited to announce that our champion will get to return home with the first-ever Star City Games® Players' Championship Belt!
We are beyond excited for the return of our capstone tournament, and hope you are too! Use the hashtag #SCGPC to discuss today's announcements, and on December 13-15, follow three days of 2019 Star City Games Players' Championship action LIVE on Twitch.tv/SCGTour!
We'll see you there!