DTR Appendix C – Recommended Number of Rounds in Swiss Tournaments

The following number of Swiss rounds is required for Premier. It may be used at the Tournament Organizer’s discretion for non-Premier tournaments.

Players Swiss Rounds Playoff

3 Single-Elimination Rounds(No Swiss)

None(Run Single Elimination)


4 (if Limited Format with Booster Draft in Playoff)

5 (All Other Formats)

Top 8 (If Limited Format with Booster Draft in Playoff)

Top 4 (All Other Formats)

17-32 5 Top 8
33-64 6 Top 8
65-128 7 Top 8
129-216 8 Top 8
217-256 8 Top 16
257-512 9 Top 16
512+ 10 Top 16

Team tournaments consider each team as a single player for this purpose.

In tournaments where awarded byes are used, each player with a 1-round bye should count as 2 players, each player with a 2-round bye should count as 4 players, and each player with a 3-round bye should count as 8 players when using the above chart.