MPL’s Sato, Ikawa, Depraz earn invitations to Magic World Championship XXVII

A pair of Japanese teammates and a rising French star earned the three World Championship spots up for grabs on the Magic Professional League Gauntlet this Saturday.

Rei Sato, Yoshihiko Ikawa, and Jean-Emmanuel Depraz joined 12 different gamers that certified for the Magic World Championship XXVII on Oct. 8 to 10. Yet one more invitation is up for grabs on Sunday’s Rival Gauntlet finals.

The 2-day competitors examined high league gamers in 12 rounds of best-of-three Normal with a double-elimination high eight bracket. A trio of teammates—Sato, Ikawa, and top-seeded Riku Kumagai—made it into the highest eight, every registering Jeskai Mutate as their deck of alternative.

Sato and Ikawa each ran by means of the higher bracket to lock of their invites. Kumagai was defeated by Sato who dropped to the decrease bracket.

Kumagai met Depraz within the finals of the decrease bracket and confronted Depraz’s Dimir Rogues deck—a robust deck that fell out of favor prior to now few tournaments. Depraz reminded everybody simply how highly effective the aggro-control deck is by dominating sport three of their set to lock in a spot at Worlds.

Right here is each player that earned a top-eight end within the MPL Gauntlet.

  • Riku Kumagai
  • Luca Magni
  • Rei Sato
  • Chris Botelho
  • Jacob Wilson
  • Yoshihiko Ikawa
  • Javier Dominguez
  • Jean-Emmanuel Depraz

A high end on the gauntlet nonetheless has its rewards for the 5 gamers that didn’t earn an invite to Worlds. Each player within the high eight earns a spot within the 2021-22 MPL season.

The highest eight had been a various subject and a becoming conclusion to Normal earlier than rotation. Sultai Ultimatum was essentially the most registered deck within the MPL Gauntlet, nevertheless it solely managed to earn one top-eight end piloted by Dominguez, a former world champion.

Jeskai Mutate, Sultai Ultimatum, Dimir Rogues, Gruul Adventures, and Naya Winota had been represented within the high eight.

There’s nonetheless one invitation remaining at Magic World Championship XXVII, which can go to the winner of Sunday’s Rivals Gauntlet. The highest finishers will lock in a spot within the MPL. 

Magic legend Kai Budde sits on the high of the Rivals League by means of 9 rounds of competitors. Sunday will function the ultimate three swiss rounds adopted by a double-elimination top-eight bracket.

Listed below are the top-eight gamers going into Sunday’s Rivals League play.

  • Kai Budde
  • Matti Kuisma
  • Shintaro Ishimura
  • Jan-Moritz Merkel
  • Louis-Samuel Deltour
  • Gavin Thompson
  • Shota Yasooka
  • Kenta Harane

Day two of the Rivals Gauntlet begins at 11 a.m. CT on Sunday on the Magic Twitch channel. | MPL’s Sato, Ikawa, Depraz earn invites to Magic World Championship XXVII


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