This afternoon, Matias Leveratto defeated Brad Nelson in the Grand Finals of Mythic Championship III Las Vegas. It was Magic: the Gathering’s first Mythic Championship played on MTG Arena, and Matias was one of the 16 players who qualified for the Mythic Championship through the Mythic Championship Qualifier Weekend events on MTG Arena.

Nelson, who made the Grand Finals from the loser’s bracket, piloted his Esper Hero deck to victory over Leveratto’s Simic Nexus deck  2-0 in the first match. The match was dominated by Nelson drawing the correct answers to stop the Leveratto’s Nexus combo. However, since Nelson emerged from the loser’s bracket, he had to defeat Leveratto twice in order to win the Mythic Championship. In the second match, Nelson won the first game, but Leveratto was able to claw to a victory an incredibly close Game 2 and then defeat Nelson once more to win Mythic Championship III.

Leveratto and Nelson played each other on three different occasions during the Mythic Championship. While Nelson took their first match in the Swiss rounds, Leveratto defeated Nelson in the upper semifinals, leading into their two-match re-rematch in the grand finals.

This was Leveratto’s second Mythic Championship and his first victory. His is the second Argentinian to win a premiere level Magic event, joining his close friend Luis Salvatto.

Mythic Championship III featured a single format, Best-of-Three Standard Constructed, and featured two different cuts. The Top 16 competitors from Day 1 came back on Day 2 to compete in a double-elimination bracket, after which the Top 4 players returned on Day 3 a final double-elimination bracket.

Matias Leveratto, Brad Nelson, Shahar Shenhar, and Kai Budde were the four players who competed in Day 3, with Shenhar and Budde playing Mono-Red Aggro and Esper Hero respectively. Shenhar was eliminated by Budde in the lower quarterfinals, while Budde was eliminated by teammate Nelson in the lower semifinals.

Matias Leveratto's Standard Simic Nexus

Planeswalkers (6)
Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
Nissa, Who Shakes the World
Narset, Parter of Veils

Spells (21)
Callous Dismissal
Blink of an Eye
Growth Spiral
Chemister’s Insight
Nexus of Fate
Root Snare

Enchantments (7)
Search for Azcanta
Wilderness Reclamation
Lands (26)
Memorial to Genius
Breeding Pool
Hinterland Harbor
Blast Zone
Mobilized District
Simic Guildgate

Sideboard (15)
Nissa, Who Shakes the World
Crushing Canopy
Paradise Druid
Biogenic Ooze
Bond of Flourishing

Brad Nelson's Standard Esper Hero

Creatures (9)
Hero of Precinct One
Elite Guardmage
Hostage Taker

Planeswalkers (11)
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Teferi, Time Raveler
Narset, Parter of Veils

Spells (11)
Thought Erasure
Command the Dreadhorde
Tyrant’s Scorn

Enchantments (3)
Oath of Kaya
Lands (26)
Glacial Fortress
Godless Shrine
Hallowed Fountain
Isolated Chapel
Watery Grave
Drowned Catacomb

Sideboard (15)
Command the Dreadhorde
The Elderspell
Arguel’s Blood Fast
Enter the God-Eternals
Kaya’s Wrath
Cry of the Carnarium
Dovin’s Veto

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