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The NEC, BirminghamAugust 14-17, 2008


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Updated 2008-07-31

Thursday, August 14 | Friday, August 15 | Saturday, August 16 | Sunday, August 17

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TRANSPORTATION

By Road
Birmingham is at the hub of the UK motorway network, enabling visitors to travel directly from the M6, M1, M40 and M42. The NEC has its own on-site car parks.

By Rail
The NEC and The NEC Arena are served by Birmingham International station, connected by a covered bridgelink. Birmingham New Street is the UK’s largest interchange station. London is only 90 minutes away and trains also run direct to many regional towns and cities.

By Air
More than 20 international airlines serve Birmingham International Airport, which is conveniently situated a few minutes from The NEC and The NEC Arena. Together they provide scheduled flights from 34 destinations in the UK, Europe and North America. The group’s venues are also easily accessible from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and other regional airports.

ACCOMMODATION

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  • Last Chance Qualifiers

    Last Chance Qualifiers award a minimum of 8 invitations to the 2008 Great British Nationals, plus 1 invitation for every 8 players above 64. See the table below.

    Number of PlayersNumber of Invitations
    8 – 718
    72 – 799
    80 - 87 10
    88 - 9511
    96+12+

    Pro Tour Qualifiers

    Qualifiers for individual Pro Tour tournaments award an invitation and a travel award to a specific Pro Tour tournament for the top finishing competitor.

    Grand Prix Trials

    Trials for individual-format Grand Prix tournaments award a three-round bye and a travel award to a specific Grand Prix tournament for one or more of the top-finishing competitors. The number of three-round byes and travel awards will be determined by the number of players in the Trial as shown in the table below.

    Number of PlayersNumber of 3-Round Byes
    8 – 321
    33 – 642
    65 - 128 4
    128+ 8

    Booster Prizes

    Unless otherwise noted, all scheduled events will have a prize pool of 2 Boosters (Lorwyn / Shadowmoor Block) per player. Booster prizes will be awarded based on match points and will be determined once the Final Standings have been displayed following the last Swiss round. The minimum number of points required to guarantee a Booster prize are shown in the table below.

    Number of RoundsMin. Points Required
    3 6+
    4 & 5 9+
    6 & 712+
    8 & 915+

    Daily Events (Thursday – Sunday)

    8-Player Single-Elimination Pick Ups
    These tournaments will be added as requested (subject to players, space and judge availability).
    Registration Opens: 9am (4pm, Thursday)
    Registration Closes: 11pm (2pm, Sunday)
    Prizes: 1st place receives 5 boosters, 2nd place receives 3 Boosters, 3rd & 4th place receives 2 Boosters (each finalist receives 4 boosters if the final match is drawn).

    Format Entry Fee
    Booster Draft £9.00
    Constructed £3.00
    Eternal £3.00
    Sealed Deck £13.00

     

    Thursday, August 14

    Registration opens 1 hour before the scheduled start time and closes 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Players should be seated at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time.

      
    Time Cost Description
    14:00 £20.00 Last Chance Qualifier – 2008 Great British Nationals (Booster Draft)
    Draft 1 - 2 Lorwyn Boosters + 1 Morningtide Booster
    Draft 2 - 2 Shadowmoor Boostes + 1 Eventide Booster

    Straight Swiss tournament with no single elimination rounds.
    1 player for every 8 players will receive an invitation to 2008 Great British Nationals (Minimum Top 8).
    Players already qualified for 2008 Great British Nationals may not participate.
    15:00 £22.50 Grand Prix Trial - Paris, inc. Travel Award (Sealed Deck)*
    Sealed Deck - 1 Shadowmoor Tournament Pack + 2 Eventide Boosters
    Playoff - 2 Shadowmoor Boosters + 1 Eventide Boosters

    Swiss tournament with a top-8 single-elimination playoff
    Additional Prize - The top-finishing competitors receive a 3-round bye at Grand Prix Paris and a Travel Award to Grand Prix Paris.
    18:00 £ 5.00 Last Chance Qualifier – 2008 Great British Nationals (Standard)
    Legal Sets - Tenth Edition, Coldsnap, Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight, Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor and Eventide
    Straight Swiss tournament with no single elimination rounds.
    1 player for every 8 players will receive an invitation to 2008 Great British Nationals (Minimum Top 8).
    Players already qualified for 2008 Great British Nationals may not participate.
    19:00 £12.50 15th Anniversary Theme Deck Challenge (Block Constructed)
    Theme Deck - Historic
    Each player will receive 1 random Theme Deck from Magic's past.
    Straight Swiss tournament with no single elimination rounds
    Limited to 32 players
     

    Friday, August 15

    Registration opens 1 hour before the scheduled start time and closes 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Players should be seated at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time.

         
    Time Cost Description
    10:00 £10.00 Pro Tour Qualifier - Berlin (Block Constructed)*
    Legal Sets - Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor and Eventide
    Swiss tournament with a top-8 single-elimination playoff.
    Additional Prize - The top-finishing competitor receives an invitation and a Travel Award to Pro Tour Berlin.
    10:00 £ 7.50 Theme Deck Open Duelling (Theme Deck)
    Theme Deck - Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor or Eventide
    Each player will receive 1 random Theme Deck.
    Prize - The top-4 players with the most wins + losses at the end of open duelling each win a Deckbox
    11:00 - Gateway (Standard)
    Legal Sets - Tenth Edition, Coldsnap, Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight, Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor and Eventide
    You participate = 5 points
    You win = 6 points
    You lose = 4 points
    Prize - Gateway promo card per 30 points, or part thereof, from the selection available, no duplicates.
    11:00 £ 5.00 "Win a Gadget" Tournament - Palm Treo 680 Smartphone (Standard)
  • Quad band mobile phone (SIM free, ready to connect to any network)

  • Send/receive emails and surf the internet (subject to your air time provider)

  • Full featured Palm OS based organiser, syncs automatically with Outlook

  • Integral digital camera, MP3 music player and voice recorder

  • Huge range of Palm based applications available

  • Rechargeable battery, SD card slot, inc cradle and AC adaptor

  • Sponsored by House Atreides
    Legal Sets - Tenth Edition, Coldsnap, Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight, Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor and Eventide

    Swiss tournament with a top-8 single-elimination playoff.
    Additional Prize - The top-finishing competitor receives a Palm Treo Smartphone
    12:00 £17.50 15th Anniversary Sealed Deck
    Sealed Deck - Historic
    Straight Swiss tournament with no single elimination rounds
    Limited to 32 players
    13:00 £22.50 2008 2HG Limited Championship
    Sealed Deck - 1 Shadowmoor Tournament Pack + 1 Shadowmoor Booster + 3 Eventide Boosters
    Playoff - 4 Shdaowmoor Boosters + 2 Eventide Boosters

    Swiss tournament with a top-4 single-elimination playoff.
    14:00 £10.00 Grand Prix Trial - Rimini, inc. Travel Award (Block Constructed)*
    Legal Sets - Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor and Eventide
    Swiss tournament with a top-8 single-elimination playoff
    Additional Prize - The top-finishing competitors receive a 3-round bye at Grand Prix Paris and a Travel Award to Grand Prix Paris.
    16:00 £12.50 15th Anniversary Theme Deck Challenge (Block Constructed)
    Theme Deck - Historic
    Each player will receive 1 random Theme Deck from Magic's past.
    Straight Swiss tournament with no single elimination rounds
    Limited to 32 players
    17:00 - Gateway (Standard)
    Legal Sets - Tenth Edition, Coldsnap, Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight, Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor and Eventide
    You participate = 5 points
    You win = 6 points
    You lose = 4 points
    Prize - Gateway promo card per 30 points, or part thereof, from the selection available, no duplicates.
    19:00 £12.50 Super FNM (Sealed Deck)
    Sealed Deck - 1 Shadowmoor Tournament Pack + 2 Eventide Boosters
    Straight Swiss tournament (4 rounds) with no single elimination rounds
    All players receive an August 2008 FNM promo card (whilst supplies last)
    Prize - 12pts receives 8 FNM promo cards & 4 Boosters, 9-10pts receives 4 FNM promo cards & 2 Boosters and 6-8pts receives 2 FNM promo cards & 1 Booster
    FNM card choices from the selection available, no duplicates.
    20:00 £17.50 15th Anniversay Sealed Deck
    Sealed Deck - Historic
    Straight Swiss tournament with no single elimination rounds
    Limited to 32 players
    20:00 £12.50 Late Night Madness - Backdraft (Unsanctioned)
    Booster Draft - 2 Shadowmoor Boosters + 1 Eventide Booster
    Straight Swiss tournament with no single elimination rounds
    Backdraft is a draft variant where each player tries to draft the worst deck possible. You take your drafted cards and give them to to your opponent, you then try to make the best deck possible out of the cards you have been given and attempt to beat the deck you drafted - prooving you drafted the worse deck.
     

    Saturday, August 16

    Registration opens 1 hour before the scheduled start time and closes 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Players should be seated at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time.

     
    Time Cost Description
    10:00 £10.00 Pro Tour Qualifier - Berlin (Block Constructed)*
    Legal Sets - Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor and Eventide
    Swiss tournament with a top-8 single-elimination playoff.
    Additional Prize - The top-finishing competitor receives an invitation and a Travel Award to Pro Tour Berlin.
    10:00 £ 7.50 Theme Deck Open Duelling (Theme Deck)
    Theme Deck - Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor or Eventide
    Each player will receive 1 random Theme Deck.
    Prize - The top-4 players with the most wins + losses at the end of open duelling each win a Deckbox
    11:00 - Gateway (Standard)
    Legal Sets - Tenth Edition, Coldsnap, Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight, Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor and Eventide
    You participate = 5 points
    You win = 6 points
    You lose = 4 points
    Prize - Gateway promo card per 30 points, or part thereof, from the selection available, no duplicates.
    11:00 £ 5.00 "Win a Gadget" Tournament - 8GB iPod nano + iTunes Music Card (Extended)
  • Up to 2,000 song

  • Up to 7,000 photos

  • Up to 8 hour of video

  • 2-inch colour display (320 by 240 pixels)

  • Up to 24 hour battery life for music playback

  • Up to 5 hour battery life for video playback

  • Sponsored by Magic Geek
    Legal Sets - Seventh Edition, Eighth Edition, Ninth Edition, Tenth Edition, Invasion, Planeshift, Apocalypse, Odyssey, Torment, Judgment, Onslaught, Legions, Scourge, Mirrodin, Darksteel, Fifth Dawn, Champions of Kamigawa, Betrayers of Kamigawa, Saviors of Kamigawa, Ravnica: City of Guilds, Guildpact, Dissension, Coldsnap, Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight, Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor and Eventide
    Banned Cards - Æther Vial, Entomb, Disciple of the Vault and Skullclamp

    Swiss tournament with a top-8 single-elimination playoff.
    Additional Prize - The top-finishing competitor receives an 8GB iPod nano + iTunes Music Card
    12:00 £17.50 15th Anniversay Sealed Deck
    Sealed Deck - Historic
    Straight Swiss tournament with no single elimination rounds
    Limited to 32 players
    13:00 £ 5.00 Grand Melee (Standard)
    Legal Sets - Tenth Edition, Coldsnap, Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight, Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor and Eventide
    Attack to your left, defend on your right. Each player has a range of influence of 1. Last one standing wins huge! For more information on the Grand Melee format, check out Section 608 in the Comprehensive Rules.
    Prize - Eliminate another player win a boosters! Last player standing receives 1 booster per enrolled player.
    14:00 £22.50 Grand Prix Trial - Paris, inc. Travel Award (Sealed Deck)*
    Sealed Deck - 1 Shadowmoor Tournament Pack + 2 Eventide Boosters
    Playoff - 2 Shadowmoor Boosters + 1 Eventide Boosters

    Swiss tournament with a top-8 single-elimination playoff
    Additional Prize - The top-finishing competitors receive a 3-round bye at Grand Prix Paris and a Travel Award to Grand Prix Paris.
    14:00 £10.00 2008 Vintage Championship (Vintage)
    Sponsored by Troll and Toad Europe
    Legal Sets - all Magic card sets, any extension of the core set, and all promotional cards released by Wizards of the Coast.
    Banned Cards - Chaos Orb, Falling Star, Shahrazad and any ante card.
    Restricted Cards - Ancestral Recall, Balance, Black Lotus, Burning Wish, Channel, Chrome Mox, Crop Rotation, Demonic Consultation, Demonic Tutor, Dream Halls, Enlightened Tutor, Entomb, Fact or Fiction, Fastbond, Frantic Search, Gifts Ungiven, Grim Monolith, Imperial Seal, Library of Alexandria, Lion’s Eye Diamond, Lotus Petal, Mana Crypt, Mana Vault, Memory Jar, Mind’s esire, Mox Diamond, Mox Emerald, Mox Jet, Mox Pearl, Mox Ruby, Mox Sapphire, Mystical Tutor, Necropotence, Personal Tutor, Regrowth, Sol Ring, Strip Mine, Time Spiral, Time Walk, Timetwister, Tinker, Tolarian Academy, Trinisphere, Vampiric Tutor, Wheel of Fortune, Windfall, Yawgmoth’s Bargain and Yawgmoth’s Will

    Swiss tournament with a top-8 single-elimination playoff
    Additional Prize - 1st place receives €200. 2nd place receives €100. 3rd & 4th place receive €50.
    16:00 £12.50 15th Anniversary Theme Deck Challenge (Block Constructed)
    Theme Deck - Historic
    Each player will receive 1 random Theme Deck from Magic's past.
    Straight Swiss tournament with no single elimination rounds
    Limited to 32 players
    17:00 - Gateway (Standard)
    Legal Sets - Tenth Edition, Coldsnap, Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight, Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor and Eventide
    You participate = 5 points
    You win = 6 points
    You lose = 4 points
    Prize - Gateway promo card per 30 points, or part thereof, from the selection available, no duplicates.
    19:00 £ 5.00 Saturday Night Bring Your Own Block (Block Constructed)
    Legal Sets - Lorwyn Block (Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor and Eventide), Time Spiral Block (Time Spiral, Planar Chaos and Future Sight), Ravnica Block (Ravnica: City of Guilds, Guildpact and Dissension), Kamigawa Block (Champions of Kamigawa, Betrayers of Kamigawa and Saviors of Kamigawa), Mirrodin Block (Mirrodin, Darksteel and Fifth Dawn), Onslaught Block (Onslaught, Legions and Scourge), Odyssey Block (Odyssey, Torment and Judgment), Invasion Block (Invasion, Planeshift and Apocalypse), Masques Block (Mercadian Masques, Nemesis and Prophecy), Urza Block (Urza’s Saga, Urza’s Legacy and Urza’s Destiny), Tempest Block (Tempest, Stronghold and Exodus), Mirage Block (Mirage, Visions and Weatherlight) or Ice Age Block (Ice Age, Alliances and Coldsnap)
    Banned Cards - Æther Vial (Mirrodin Block), Ancient Den (Mirrodin Block), Arcbound Ravager (Mirrodin Block), Darksteel Citadel (Mirrodin Block), Disciple of the Vault (Mirrodin Block), Great Furnace (Mirrodin Block), Seat of the Synod (Mirrodin Block), Tree of Tales (Mirrodin Block), Vault of Whispers (Mirrodin Block), Skullclamp (Mirrodin), Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero (Masques Block), Rishadan Port (Masques Block), Gaea’s Cradle (Urza Block), Memory Jar (Urza Block), Serra’s Sanctum (Urza Block), Time Spiral (Urza Block), Tolarian Academy (Urza Block), Voltaic Key (Urza Block), Windfall (Urza Block), Cursed Scroll (Tempest Block), Squandered Resources (Mirage Block), Amulet of Quoz (Ice Age Block), Thawing Glaciers (Ice Age Block) and Zuran Orb (Ice Age Block)

    Straight Swiss tournament with no single elimination rounds
    20:00 £17.50 15th Anniversay Sealed Deck
    Sealed Deck - Historic
    Straight Swiss tournament with no single elimination rounds
    Limited to 32 players
    20:00 £10.00 Late Night Madness - Reject Rare Draft (Unsanctioned)
    Booster Draft - 3 "Repacked" Boosters
    Straight Swiss tournament with no single elimination rounds
    Reject Rare Draft is a draft variant in which every card is a Magic rare - most likely an awful Magic rare, but a Magic rare nonetheless. Each player receives 3 "repacked" boosters each containing 15 random rare cards. You draft and play as normal.
    "[Reject Rare Draft] is, in fact, my absolute favorite Magic format, filled with unlikely events, bizarre plays, gasps of shock, and peals of laughter." - Mark L Gotlieb, Magic Rules Manager
     

    Sunday, August 17

    Registration opens 1 hour before the scheduled start time and closes 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Players should be seated at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time.

    Time Cost Description
    10:00 £10.00 Pro Tour Qualifier - Berlin (Block Constructed)*
    Legal Sets - Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor and Eventide
    Swiss tournament with a top-8 single-elimination playoff.
    Additional Prize - The top-finishing competitor receives an invitation and a Travel Award to Pro Tour Berlin.
    10:00 £17.50 15th Anniversay Sealed Deck
    Sealed Deck - Historic
    Straight Swiss tournament with no single elimination rounds
    Limited to 32 players
    10:00 £ 5.00 "Win a Gadget" Tournament - TBC (Sealed Deck)
    Sponsored by The Gaming Crypt
    Sealed Deck - 1 Shadowmoor Tournament Pack + 2 Eventide Boosters

    Swiss tournament with a top-8 single-elimination playoff.
    Additional Prize - The top-finishing competitor receives an
    10:00 £ 7.50 Theme Deck Open Duelling (Theme Deck)
    Theme Deck - Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor or Eventide
    Each player will receive 1 random Theme Deck.
    Prize - The top-4 players with the most wins + losses at the end of open duelling each win a Deckbox
    11:00 - Gateway (Standard)
    Legal Sets - Tenth Edition, Coldsnap, Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight, Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor and Eventide
    You participate = 5 points
    You win = 6 points
    You lose = 4 points
    Prize - Gateway promo card per 30 points, or part thereof, from the selection available, no duplicates.
    13:00 £12.50 15th Anniversary Theme Deck Challenge (Block Constructed)
    Theme Deck - Historic
    Each player will receive 1 random Theme Deck from Magic's past.
    Straight Swiss tournament with no single elimination rounds
    Limited to 32 players
    14:00 - Public Event Invitational (Unsanctioned)
    Rotisserie Draft - Lorwyn + Morningtide
    Rotisserie Draft is similar to a Rochester Draft, with one major exception - players take turns picking cards from an entire expansion rather than a single booster - in this case the 301-card Lorwyn expansion and then the 150-card Morningtide expansion. For more information on the Rotisserie format, check out One Delicious Draft on magicthegathering.com.
    Prize - Winner receives 1 display of Boosters (36) from the selection available.

    * Travel:

    The players eligible to receive a travel award will receive instructions from Wizards of the Coast, or their representative, on whom they must contact and the deadline by which they must arrange their travel awards. Wizards of the Coast will not refund travel made outside this service. Wizards of the Coast, or their representative, reserves the right to award a cash equivalent award in lieu of any travel award in its sole discretion.

    All travel itineraries must be from the international airport nearest the player's home and to the host city of the applicable Pro Tour or World Championship or event, and must include all the dates of that event. No award will be substituted if member is unable to participate. All other expenses are the responsibility of the member and may include, without limitation, checked baggage, travel insurance, accommodations, ground transportation, taxes, itinerary change fees, passport and visa fees.

    This award must be redeemed through member's arrangement of travel itinerary no later than (30) days before departure. Failure to complete travel arrangements as directed by Wizards of the Coast prior to this deadline will result in forfeiture of the award. Every member receiving a travel award must provide a to Wizards of the Coast an executed liability release, the appropriate US taxation form (W9 or W8) (or have one on file), current contact information (http://webapp.wizards.com/dcimember/), proof of ID and passport (when required by international destination). In all cases, all such documentation must be provided to Wizards of the Coast, or previously on file, at least thirty (30) days before departure. Failure to timely provide such documentation will result in forfeiture of the award.

    As with other awards, the players must attend, compete (though not necessarily on the same team), and be listed as finishing in the applicable tournament for which he or she received the travel award. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in forfeiture of the award.

    All taxes are the responsibility of the members, and members acknowledge Wizards' recommendation that they consult a tax advisor in their jurisdictions for questions regarding their tax liabilities.

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