Guidelines

The Rules

Nomination and Voting Guidelines

Nominations

Nominations will be accepted during the active nomination period. 

Nominations will only be accepted through this website. 

Self-nomination is discouraged. 

Nominations that are not accompanied by a valid email address will not be counted.

Individuals are allowed to nominate only one content creator in each category. 

If multiple nominations are received from an individual for any one category, those nominations will not be counted (just for that category).

Voting

Voting shall be restricted to current Magic: the Gathering content creators.

Voting shall be by secret ballot.

Ballots are non-transferable.

The top 6 nominees in each category will be added to the final ballot.  Ballots will be distributed electronically to content creators through OpaVote (https://www.opavote.com/). 

The method of vote counting will be a rank based instant runoff. 

For electing a single candidate, instant runoff voting ensures that the winner is supported by a majority of the voters. The voters rank the candidates, and if a voter’s first choice is eliminated, the vote is transferred to the voter’s second choice.

Instant runoff voting is similar to a traditional runoff election. With a traditional runoff system, a first election has multiple candidates, and if no candidate receives a majority of the vote, a second or runoff election is held between the top two candidates of the first election. A traditional runoff election prevents a candidate from winning with less than a majority of the votes.

With an instant runoff vote, a voter ranks the candidates in order of preference, and the votes are assigned to the top ranked candidate on each ballot. The candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and those votes are transferred to their second choices. This process is repeated until a candidate has a majority or only two candidates remain.

Voters only have to vote once. Losing candidates are eliminated one by one instead of eliminating all but the top two at once. This helps ensure that the best candidates are progressing at each round (e.g., if the second and third place candidates are close to each other).

The following guidelines must be adhered to for legal nomination submissions.

  • Only content that is primarily focused on Magic: The Gathering gameplay and products will be considered.
  • Only content that was published during the competition year will be considered, unless otherwise noted below.  All prior content should not be weighed during the nomination or voting periods.
  • Content Creators who are nominated may decline the nomination at which point they will be removed from the voting process.
  • Any attempt to alter the outcome of the nominations or voting through coercion or through any type of manipulation will render both the source of the manipulation or coercion as well as the target of the act ineligible to participate.  This will be handled on a case by case basis.
  • In case of a tie in voting, the nominations will be submitted to an outside party and will be judged specifically on their professional quality.
  • Content that violates the Wizards of the Coast’s Code of Conduct will not be eligible. Code of Conduct
  • Content Creators currently under or who have been awarded a DCI suspension during the competition year are not eligible to participate. Current Suspension List
  • Any content that is deemed to participate in or encourage bullying of individuals is ineligible.
  • There is no age restriction for participation, but content creators under the age of 16 are encouraged to have their parent or guardian contact mtgstrategist@gmail.com if they have any questions regarding the award program.
  • JJ Freeze (mtgstrategist) is not eligible to be nominated in any category and has sole discretion to change any portion of this competition or remove candidates and/or voters. 

Category Guidelines

MTG Content Creator of the Year
1. Best New MTG Content Creator and Content Creator of the Year are mutually exclusive.
2. Must have been in publication for no less than 12 months during the competition year.

Best New MTG Content Creator

1. Must have begun publishing content between November of the previous year to December of the current year.  This is dated from the publication of their first content.
2. Name alterations will be considered as the same content creator.

Best MTG Blog or Website

1. Must have been in publication for no less than 12 months during the competition year.

Best MTG YouTube Channel (Large Audience)

1. Must have been in publication for no less than 12 months during the competition year.
2. Must have 15000 subscribers or more.

Best MTG YouTube Channel (Medium Audience)

1. Must have been in publication for no less than 12 months during the competition year.
2. Must have less than 15000 subscribers but more than 3000.

Best MTG YouTube Channel (Small Audience)

1. Must have been in publication for no less than 12 months during the competition year.
2. Must have 3000 or less subscribers.

Best MTG Streamer (Large Audience)

1. Must have been in publication for no less than 12 months during the competition year.
2. Must have 15000 followers or more.

Best Streamer (Medium Audience)

1. Must have been in publication for no less than 12 months during the competition year.
2. Must have less than 15000 followers but more than 3000.

Best MTG Streamer (Small Audience)

1. Must have been in publication for no less than 12 months during the competition year.
2. Must have 3000 or less followers.

People’s Choice Award

1. Must have been in publication for no less than 12 months during the competition year.

Best MTG Video (single video)

1. Must be from a video published during the competition year.

Best MTG Podcast (Large Audience)

1. Must be from a podcast published during the competition year.
2. Must have an audience of 15000 followers/subscribers or more.

Best MTG Podcast (Medium Audience)

1. Must be a podcast published during the competition year.
2. Must have an audience of less than 15000 followers/subscribers and more than 3000 followers/subscribers.

Best MTG Podcast (Small Audience)

1. Must be a podcast published during the competition year.
2. Must have an audience of less than 3000 followers/subscribers.

Best MTG Article (single article)

1. Must be from a article published during the competition year.

Best MTG Artist (After Market)

1. Must not be employed by Wizards of the Coast as an artist.
2. Must have produced artistic renderings, whether individual works or alterations, based on Magic: the Gathering products or lore within the competition year.

Best MTG Artist (Market)

1. Must be or have been employed or contracted by Wizards of the Coast as an artist.
2. Must have produced art for Magic: the Gathering products within the competition year.
3. Must have produced a significant body of work for Magic: the Gathering products.

Best MTG Writer

1. Must be a writer who consistently publishes articles about Magic: the Gathering within the competition year.
2. This category includes only journalistic articles.