The conclusion of the 2017-18 Magic: The Gathering season had no crowned champion as Luis Salvatto earned enough points to tie Seth Manfield for first place.
Wizards of the Coast is resolving the matter in the only way it can – by hosting a Magic: the Gathering Player of the Year playoff.
WOTC announced Salvatto and Manfield will face off in a best of seven series to determine Player of the Year title. Each contest will be a one-game-match format.
Each player will submit four different Standard decks with no sideboard on Nov. 5. None of the decks will overlap by more than eight non-land cards.
WOTC has some interesting rules regarding the playoff. Salvatto and Manfield will select one of their four decks for the first match. Once a player wins a match, they cannot use the deck for the rest of the series. For example, if one player wins the two matches, they cannot use either deck for the next five – should the playoff go to seven matches.
Both players will see the decks and have access to each other’s deck for review before the match. During the match, Salvatto and Manfield will be allowed one free mulligan.
Players who are new to the pro scene of Magic: the Gathering will have an opportunity to get to know Salvatto and Manfield. WOTC announced both players will begin the Magic: the Gathering Arena Pro Streaming Series on Twitch, on Oct. 18. Salvatto will be streaming from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST while Manfield will stream from 6-9 p.m. PST.
Watching the playoff between Salvatto and Manfield will be a good opportunity for players who are new to Magic: the Gathering to learn different strategies they could implement into their own game. It also gives new players a goal to reach and motivation to improve their skills.
The best of seven Player of the Year playoff series will begin on Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. EST and will be streamed on the Magic: the Gathering Twitch channel.