The Mythic Invitational Kicks-off a $10,000,000 2019 Season
Boston, MA - April 2nd, Wizards of the Coast is happy to announce that Andrea Mengucci, otherwise known as Mengu09, has won the world’s first Mythic Invitational. Playing a White, Blue, Black deck in Magic: The Gathering Arena, Mengucci takes home his first major digital win after years of competitive tabletop play, alongside a total of $250,000 from the tournaments $1,000,000 prize pool.
Andrea Mengucci is no stranger to the competitive scene: in 2015, alongside the Italian team, he won the World Magic Cup. More recently, he finished 12th in the world Magic: The Gathering rankings for 2018. Since the launch of the Magic eSports programme, Mengucci is part of the Magic Pro League, the group of 32 top players from around the world that professionally play Magic: The Gathering and Magic: The Gathering Arena for a living.
In the Winner’s Bracket on Sunday, Mengucci had a near-flawless performance, losing just one game to Janne "Savjz" Mikkonen that morning, before going 2-0 against Piotr “Kanister” Glogowski both in the semi-finals and finals, playing against a Red/Blue deck.
Mengucci was joined in the finals by three other players from Europe. The above mentioned Savjz (Finland) and Kanister (Poland), alongside Ondřej Stráský, who hails from the Czech Republic. This is the first time a full group of European nationals have played in the finals of a Magic: The Gathering tournament, making today a historical one for European Magic players.
“The first Mythic Invitational was fast, tense, and full of dramatic moments thanks to our brand-
new Duo Standard format,” said Elaine Chase, Vice President of Esports at Wizards of the
Coast. “We saw strong play from some of the best players in the world as we usher in a new era
of Magic esports. Thank you to all our competitors, casters, and viewers who made this an
unforgettable weekend. We can’t wait for fans to get even more Magic: The Gathering Arena
action on Twitch when the Magic Pro League starts competitive streaming in May.”
In all, 64 players competed for a $1 million total prize pool with $250,000 awarded to first place,
and all participating players will take home a minimum of $7,500 - payout structured as follows:
|1st Place: Andrea Mengucci (MPL)||$250,000
|2nd Place: Piotr Glogowski||$125,000
|3rd Place: Savjz||$70,000
|4th Place: Ondrej Strasky||$45,000
|5th - 16th Place
|17th - 64th Place||$7,500
The Mythic Invitational kicks off a series of competitions going throughout the year, and is the first competition played in Magic: the Gathering Arena. You can read about the upcoming events in 2019’s tournament play here.
You can find assets from the Magic: The Gathering Mythic Invitational, including brackets and photos, in the press room here.
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