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The Gladiator Games: Kaldheim

Game: Magic: The Gathering

Organized by: GladiatorMTGA

Tournament Type: MTG Arena

Welcome to the Gladiator Games: Kaldheim! Sponsored by Wizards of the Coast

Free to Play | Open Registration | Format: Gladiator | Ended | 154 of 176 Enrolled Players

Event Information

  • The event is scheduled to begin 9:00am PST/12:00pm EST/5:00pm GMT on Saturday, February 20th
  • Players will be required to check-in prior to the beginning of the tournament
  • There will be a player cap of 176
  • Five (5) rounds of Swiss. In-game Arena timer will be used. (30 min per player, 60 min total)
  • The format will be Gladiator: Arena Singleton and played as Best of 3 matches


  • Players will be required to complete registration and submit their decklist by 8:00am PST, Saturday, February 20th.

Checking In

Players will be required to check-in by using the player controller prior to the start of the event. Check-In will be open 60 minutes before the event begins. Any Player who fails to check-in prior to the event will be dropped.


Pairings will be announced through the player controller & Gladiator Discord. Players are responsible for their own notification settings, which can be adjusted (on either platform).

At the beginning of each round, your "Current Pairing" will be updated through the player controller. Players will be required to check-in at the beginning of every round. In order to check-in, all players need to do is click the green button for your current match.


After players have received their pairing, players must send their opponent a Direct Challenge on MTG Arena. The MTG Arena username of each player will be shown on, as well as under your "Current Pairing".

While Gladiator is a constructed format, since it follows a unique rule-set all Direct Challenges would be formatted as follows:

Limited Tournament Match Traditional Limited Cards Best of Three Coin Flip Timers On

Please ensure both you and your opponent are sending direct challenges with identical settings.

At the conclusion of your match, please take a screen shot of your match result. This helps with avoiding discrepancies in reporting, and acts as proof of your result. Please submit all match results in the player controller. Intentional draws are not allowed

Each round will be 60 minutes total (30 minutes per player, using the in-game Arena timer), with an additional 5 minute grace period for check-ins and challenging your opponent. If you have not checked in after 15 minutes and have not communicated with both your opponent and tournament staff, you will lose the current round and be dropped from the event


There are no geographic restrictions on participation. though some players may also be asked to (confidentially) provide mailing information for physical prizes (MTG singles, accessories, etc)

By entering, players consent that their decklists & arena/discord username (excluding additional #'s) may be used for content creation, such as written articles or prerecorded content.

Gladiator Format Rules

  • Gladiator is a 100 card singleton format, meaning a required minimum deck size of 100 cards, with a maximum of 1 copy per card. Exceptions to the rule are Basic Lands, and cards featuring abilities allowing you to ignore the "one-of" rule. (Rat Colony, Seven Dwarves, etc)
  • Gladiator draws from the MTG Arena card pool. This includes Arena exlcusive cards (MTGA New Player Experience) and allows for certain cards that may be otherwise banned/suspended in sanctioned formats (Once Upon a Time, Burning-Tree Emissary, etc)
  • Gladiator does not use a sideboard, and does not require a Commander. As such, while cards with Companion are legal to include in your deck, they will not be available as a Companion.
  • Gladiator uses a banned list.

The banned list for the format is as follows:

Field of the Dead

Nexus of Fate

Nissa, Who Shakes the World

Oko, Thief of Crowns

Teferi, Time Raveler

Format Resources

For more information & resources, check out the following links:


Players are fully responsible for their internet & system stability.

Connection issue, MTG Arena bugs, and anything related to your game crashing/not functioning properly is the sole responsibility of the player and will not result in restarting the match.

Players should be aware of known issues in MTG Arena

Prize Information

Prize support and event sponsorship has been provided by Wizards of the Coast and Benjamin Wheeler & The Rodeo. Any physical prizes will require eligible participants to (confidentially) supply a mailing address.

Attendance below maximum capacity will not negatively effect prize support. Any changes made to the prize pool will only serve to benefit participants. More participants, more prizes!

Prize Support

5-0: 3000 MTG Arena Gems (via 3x 1k gem codes) 4-1: 1000 MTG Arena Gems + 3x Individual Card Rewards 3-2: 3x Individual Card Rewards

Each player that participates in all 5 rounds will be entered into a randomized raffle featuring physical prizes donated by the Gladiator community.

Contact & Communication

If you have any questions or concerns leading up to the tournament, please contact our moderation staff or tournament organizors either via the Gladiator Discord or by sending an email to

If you come across an issue at any point during the tournament, please contact our tournament organizers on Discord. Our team will look to resolve your issue as quickly as possible. In such instances, you may be required to provide screenshots as a form of confirmation.

Glitch /gladiatormtga OFFLINE


Archetype Breakdown

* Record includes mirror matches. Match Win Percentage (MW%) excludes mirror matches.