The Magic Invitational Tournament is an annual Magic: The Gathering tournament where the sixteen best players of the past year are invited to duel in various formats. The played formats usually are specialty formats which are never played in other officially sanctioned tournaments, e.g. Auction of the People, and sometimes are experimental or specifically created for the tournament. Played formats are switched every few rounds. The tournament itself is Round Robin, meaning that every player plays each other at least once.
After the Round Robin portion is completed, the best two players play a finale which usually consists of an array of formats previously played in the tournament. The winner of the tournament is allowed to design a card which will see print on a later date after Research & Development had it's input on it to make it feasible for a magic set. The artwork of the designed card will feature the likeness of the tournaments winner in the artwork.
The tournament started in 1997 and was held until 2007, but hasn't been held since.
Magic Invitational winners and their cards
- Note: Even though Olle Rade won the first Invitational, his card is the fifth card by an Invitational winner to be published. This is due to the circumstances that Rade quit Magic rather soon after the tournament without asking for his prize. He later made a comeback and asked Wizards of the Coast if he could still get his prize for this Tournament. Wizards agreed under the condition that Rade, who had since shaven his head, would be depicted in the Art with the long blond hair he had when he won the tournament.
Public voted Invitational cards
In addition, during the 2005 Tournament Wizards of the Coast held a public vote among the users of their website for the most popular card among the submissions which would also be printed after going through the usual R&D process but without featuring the winner in the art. The winning card was submitted by Tsuyoshi Fujita and was eventually turned into Gemstone Caverns.