What's New at Melee

This page journals the ongoing development of Melee.

Beta Version 5/10/2023

Disney Lorcana & Ravensburger Support

We have partnered with Ravensburger to launch a new hobby game retailer signup website for the highly-anticipated trading card game Disney Lorcana. With this web tool, retailers can select their product distributors for Lorcana, the Ravensburger Trading Card Game, which features licensed Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Elsa from Frozen.

This web tool is:

  • Designed specifically for the Disney Lorcana Brand.
  • Currently for Retailers, Player details coming soon

Creation of a Melee account is required

Changes to the User/Organization Relationship

User accounts are no longer tied to a single Organization. Now a user account can create or be staffed on an unlimited number of Organizations. To accommodate this change, users associated with multiple organizations will now select the organization when creating a tournament or tournament hub.

UX/UI Navigational Improvements: Associations

To improve the navigation for players, judges, and organizers we’ve introduced a new section to the profile settings page called “Associations”. Links to the associations can be found on the user dropdown. Each tab in the Associations section of a user’s profile includes a sortable table for each decklist, tournament, and Organization a user has access to.

  • Decklists: Each decklist a user has created or submitted in a tournament.
  • Tournaments: Each tournament a user has registered for, participated in, is staffed on or has organized.
  • Organizations: Each Organization a user is staffed on with access to Organization Dashboards for those they have created or are Admins for.

Minor Updates
  • Added new hint text to tournament registration for where to find your Wizards account name.
  • Added Battle card type.
  • Added ability to change your own username.
  • Added ability to delete your own organizations.

Beta Version 2/14/2023

The New Player Portal

In preparation for MagicCon Philadelphia, we are announcing a new way for players to view their matches on Melee; the Player Portal.

The Player Portal is designed spefically for mobile and specifically for in-person tournaments.

  • It has a mobile-first design
  • Login is not required to view your matches
  • Account setup is not required either
  • Seatings, matches, and result submission can be found there
  • Sign-up for texted matches to your phone right on the Portal

The Player Controller will still be the place for decklist submission, viewing standings, and viewing your opponents' decklists. However, the new mobile first design of the Player Portal will make playing in in-person tournaments much smoother.

Links to the Player Portal are individual to each player and can be found in registration confirmation emails and on the Player Controller for that tournament.

Minor Updates
  • Updated a lot of visual styling across the entire site. WIP
  • Added additional clarification for players when manually enrolled by organizers into tournaments

Beta Version 11/16/2022

Decklist Printing

Organizers now have the ability to print player decklists from the Tournament Controller. Organizers have a ton of options for collation, ordering, language, and grouping of decklists. Organizers can print decklists for an individual player, an individual match, or all decklists submitted for the tournament.

Player Experience Surveys

We've added several links to the Player Controller to surveys to collect information about player experience while at tournaments. This 1 minute survey allows players to provide feedback about Melee and organizers. We hope organizers will be able to use this information to improve player experiences at events.


Melee with the help of Magic judges and Wizards has translated the site into each several new languages!

  • German
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Portugues
  • Chinese
  • Japanese

You can change your preferred language in your user settings.

Removal of Ads and Sunsetting of Melee Premium

Melee Premium was not achieving the goals it was created for so we've decided to remove Premium from the site. We plan on revisiting Melee Premium in 2023. Features that were locked behind Melee Premium will be available to current Melee Premium subscribers until Decemeber 17th, when they will become available to all users. This includes the Archetype Matrix and Advance Decklist Search.

Also, there's no ads on the site anymore. We likely will add more relevant ads to the site in the future. For example, ads for tournament organizers and their tournaments. In the meantime, enjoy an ad free experience.

Minor Updates
  • Updated the name of the Arena Direct Challenge Id on the tournament registration page.
  • Fixed an issue with removal of tournaments from a tournament hub.
  • Removed player check-in from the Player Controller when check-in is ignored by the tournament.

Beta Version 9/12/2022

Minor Updates
  • The tournaments page now defaults to “Table” mode.
  • Past tournament hubs no longer appear on the organization view page.
  • Updated the error message whenever a player attempts to submit a result that was already submitted.
  • Added links to Wizard’s account creation pages to tournament registration page.
  • Fixed an issue that led to players with non-English characters in their name not appearing on printouts.
  • Fixed an issue that caused an error when clicking on the player card in the standings table of the tournament controller.
  • Standings no longer appear for playoff phases of tournaments.
  • Fixed an issue with “Whichever is greater” phase cut type.
  • Added notifications for organizers on tournament pages whenever the tournament is not yet published.
  • Removed the “CSV” button from tables.

Beta Version 9/7/2022

International Currency Support

Supporting a greater number of tournaments outside of the US has led us to prioritize support for non-USD currencies. Organizers are now able to select their preferred currency when creating a tournament and players will then register using that currency. The amount stays in that currency all the way until the organizer receives their reimbursement at the end of the tournament, so there are no exchange fees. International currencies have their own payment policies and fees, which you can view on the Entry Fees and Payments page.

We also now support payments made via Venmo!

Minor Updates
  • Tournament Venue fields now populate your organization’s entire list of venues when selecting.
  • Clarified data sharing with organizers on the Melee Privacy Policy page.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Arena Direct Challenge Ids to not be required during tournament registration.
  • Added Wizards Account Email to the list of possible tournament preregistration keys.
  • Fixed an issue that led to tables on the tournament controller to not be viewable by tournament staff.
  • Users no longer need to create a PayPal account when using PayPal to pay via a credit card.

Beta Version 8/24/2022

DreamHack Regional Championship Qualifiers - Round Two

Over the last month we’ve been working with DreamHack and Wizards to start offering RCQ Event Kits for Round Two. The process from applying to run Regional Championship Qualifiers (RCQs) all the way to submitting RCQ winner information has been streamlined for this round. If you have previously been approved to host RCQs, you have automatically been approved and allocated kits for this round. Find more information about RCQ’s at https://mtgmelee.com/DreamHack.

Minor Updates
  • Overhauled the application process for DreamHack event kits.
  • Added RCQs to the top navigation bar for players and organizers to easily find RCQ information.

Beta Version 8/2/2022

Minor Updates
  • Added a "Removed By" column to players table on Tournament Controller.
  • Judges can no longer double no show matches.
  • Fixed filtering of players by status on the Tournament Controller.
  • Fixed issues with the standings table and export on the Tournament Controller.

Beta Version 7/14/2022

Minor Updates
  • Added "Your Seatings" table to Player Controller.
  • Added the ability to publish seatings to the Player Controller.
  • Print-out window now auto-selects the current round whenever it is opened.
  • Fixed an issue with generating seatings for non draft phases.
  • Added the ability to add players to pods after generation.
  • Closed all DreamHack RCQ applications and purchases.