The Magic Bracket FAQ
This post will be where I’ll answer common questions.
What’s going on here?
I realised that the number of Magic cards printed up to the end of 2016 was a nearly perfect power of 2 - perfect for a single-elimination tournament. So that’s what I’m doing.
Each day, a SurveyMonkey poll will be posted and linked here and on our Twitter feed. The polls remain open for one week and have 32 card-vs-card matchups in them. The results will be posted after one week and the process will continue until we have our winner!
Which cards are included?
All black and silver bordered cards printed 2016 or prior. This makes 16,343 cards (a perfect 14-round bracket would be 16,384). There are 41 first-round byes to make up the shortfall.
A ‘card’ is a card with a unique name - so Giant Growth is in once, even though it has been printed many times.
Which cards get byes?
The 41 byes were assigned to the 41 cards with the highest Gatherer community rating as of when I made the bracket. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than nothing. The cards (in order) are:
Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
Magus of the Candelabra
Fire // Ice
Crucible of Worlds
Simian Spirit Guide
How is the rest of the bracket seeded?
It isn’t. The remaining cards are all randomly paired for Round 1, and the order of which cards are in each voting batch is also random.
Round 2 onwards will use some seeding; the exact method is TBA.
How long will this all take?
Approximately two years.
What does ‘best’ mean? How should I pick which cards to vote for?
That’s completely up to you. Most fun, most powerful, coolest flavour, best art, most meaningful to you, most valuable, oldest, newest, anything - vote your heart.