KBO Magic (Tragic) Numbers

Rank / Team PR PS PCT GB G Grem W L D
1 NC Dinos 33 (33) 29 (42) .600 0.0 108 36 63 42 3
2 Kiwoom Heroes 33 (32) 26 (37) .583 1.0 116 28 67 48 1
3 LG Twins 37 (28) 30 (37) .569 3.0 112 32 62 47 3
3 KT Wiz 38 (30) 31 (38) .569 3.0 110 34 62 47 1
5 Kia Tigers 42 (28) 34 (36) .546 5.5 108 36 59 49 0
6 Doosan Bears 41 (26) 36 (34) .542 6.0 111 33 58 49 4
7 Lotte Giants 44 (25) 39 (33) .523 8.0 108 36 56 51 1
8 Samsung Lions 51 (16) 46 (24) .450 16.0 111 33 49 60 2
9 SK Wyverns 62 (2) 57 (10) .339 28.5 113 31 38 74 1
10 Hanwha Eagles 69 (-2) 64 (6) .284 34.0 111 33 31 78 2

Magic & Tragic Numbers

  • Magic and tragic (aka elimination) numbers are provided both for the pennant race (1st place) and postseason (5th place). For simplicity, this explainer will refer to the postseason numbers only (the competition for the #5 spot), but the others work the same way.
  • If a team's postseason magic number reaches zero, they are no longer in danger of being eliminated and are guaranteed a spot in the top 5. Conversely, if the team's postseason tragic (elimination) number reaches zero, they have been decisively eliminated and no longer have any chance of playing in the postseason.
  • A team's "magic number" decreases by one if the team wins, or if the next contending team loses. The "next contending team" is the team with the best chance of taking the 5th spot. This is typically the #6 team, but may not be, depending on how many draws and remaining games the other teams have.
  • If two teams finish the regular season with an identical W-L-D record, their win-loss record against each other will be the tiebreaker. If they are even, runs scored against each other will be the tiebreaker.

KBO Postseason Structure

  • #4 and #5 face off in a “best of 3 series” (Wild Card) in which the #4 team starts with a one win lead. In other words, either one or two games will be played: the #5 team must win two games to advance, whereas the #4 team can advance with just one win.
  • The winner of that game faces #3 in a best of 5 series (준PO).
  • The winner of that game faces #2 in a best of 5 series (PO).
  • The winner of that game faces #1 in a best of 7 series known as the Korean Series (코시).
  • A best of 5 series consists of two games at the higher-ranked team’s home, a travel day, two at the lower-ranked team’s home, another travel day, and the final game (if needed) at the higher-ranked team’s home.
  • The Korean Series schedule can vary, but typically consists of two games at the higher ranked team’s home, a travel day, three games at the lower-ranked team’s home, another travel day, and the final two games (if needed) at the higher ranked team’s home.