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Stronghold Release Events

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The letter O!n Monday, April 13 at 9:00 am PDT, Stronghold goes on sale in the Magic Online store.

NOTE: Stronghold becomes legal in ALL Classic-based Constructed formats following the April 8th downtime. The Classic-based formats are Classic, Tribal Wars (Classic), Classic with Vanguard, Prismatic, 100-Card Singleton, Pauper, and Freeform.

Stronghold boosters will be added to the existing prizes in all regular, non-release classic-based constructed queues and daily events starting on Wednesday, April 15 after the scheduled downtime.

Casual Drafts
On Monday April 13, players will be able to play in casual Stronghold drafts in the newly created "Casual Draft" room. These drafts will charge 0 tix, have 0 k-value, and will not pay prizes. Queues will be set up for 4, 6, and 8 players.

Stronghold Release events begin Wednesday, April 15 and will have 5 components:

Single Elimination Draft Queues
Swiss Draft Queues
Swiss Sealed Queues
"Top 8" Sealed Premier Events
Stronghold Release Championship

Stronghold Single Elimination Draft Queues

DURATION: April 15 after the downtime – April 27, 9:00 am PDT. These drafts will be run "on demand" – as soon as 1 event fills, another will open for sign-up.

LOCATION: These single elimination drafts will take place in the "8-Player Draft Queues" room.

PRODUCT: 3 Stronghold Boosters or 2 Tempest and 1 Stronghold booster

ADMISSION: 2 Tix, Product

PRIZE SUPPORT:

TTS 4-3-2-2 Draft

Place Tempest
Boosters
Stronghold
Boosters
1st 3 1
2nd 2 1
3rd – 4th 1 1

TTS 8-4 Draft

Place Tempest
Boosters
Stronghold
Boosters
1st 5 3
2nd 2 2

SSS 4-3-2-2 Draft

Place Stronghold
Boosters
1st 4
2nd 3
3rd – 4th 2

SSS 8-4 Draft

Place Stronghold
Boosters
1st 8
2nd 4

The winner of each Stronghold Draft will get a Sliver Queen avatar.

Release event drafts will end on Monday, April 27 at 9 am PDT.

Stronghold Swiss Draft Queues

DURATION: April 15 after the downtime – April 27, 9:00 am PDT. These Swiss drafts will be run "on demand" – as soon as 1 event fills, another will open for sign-up.

LOCATION: These Swiss drafts will take place in the "8-Player Draft Queues" room.

PRODUCT: 3 Stronghold Boosters or 2 Tempest and 1 Stronghold booster

ADMISSION: 2 Tix, Product

PRIZE SUPPORT: Prizes are based on the total match points at the end of the tournament. Each match win awards 3 points and each loss awards 0 points.

TTS Swiss Draft

Points Tempest
Boosters
Stronghold
Boosters
9 2 1
6 1 1
3 0 1

SSS Swiss Draft

Points Stronghold
Boosters
9 3
6 2
3 1

The winner of each Stronghold Swiss Draft will get a Sliver Queen avatar.

Release event drafts will end on Monday, April 27 at 9 am PDT.

Stronghold Swiss Sealed Queues

DURATION: April 15 after the downtime – April 27, 9:00 am PDT. These Swiss Sealed events will be run "on demand" – as soon as 1 event fills, another will open for sign-up.

LOCATION: These Swiss events will take place in the "Sealed Swiss Queues" room.

PRODUCT: 1 Tempest Tournament pack and 3 Stronghold boosters

ADMISSION: 2 Tix, Product

PRIZE SUPPORT: Prizes are based on the total match points at the end of the tournament. Each match win awards 3 points and each loss awards 0 points.

Points Tempest
Boosters
Stronghold
boosters
9 5 4
6 3 2
3 1 1

The winner of each Stronghold 8-player Sealed Swiss queue will get a Sliver Queen avatar.

Stronghold "Top 8" Sealed Premier Events

DURATION: April 15, 10:00 after the downtime – April 27, 9:00 am PST (last starts at 9:00 am). "Top 8" Sealed Premier Events start every 2-3 hours. Each event will have a minimum of 32 players, maximum of 128 players.

FORMAT: Sealed w/top 8 booster draft. The booster draft format will be 3 Stronghold Boosters.

PRODUCT: 1 Tempest Tournament Pack & 3 Stronghold Booster Packs.

ADMISSION: 4 Tix, Product

PRIZE SUPPORT: Prizes paid as follows:

Place Tempest
boosters
Stronghold
Boosters
1 20 20
2 15 15
3-4 8 7
5-8 5 5
9-16 3 2
17-32 2 1

All who participate in a "Top 8" Sealed Premier Event will get a Sliver Queen avatar. Top 8 will get a Hermit Druid avatar. In addition, the Top 4 finishers will qualify for the Stronghold Sealed Release Event Championship.

Stronghold Release Sealed Championship

START TIME: May 2, 9:00 am PST

FORMAT: Sealed w/top 8 booster draft. The booster draft format will be 2 Tempest boosters and 1 Stronghold Booster.

PRODUCT PROVIDED: 1 Tempest Tournament Pack & 3 Stronghold Booster Packs.

ADMISSION: FREE – (No Tix, No Product, Invitation only)

PRIZE SUPPORT: Prizes paid as follows:

Place Stronghold
Boosters
1 72
2 54
3-4 36
5-8 18
9-16 12
17-32 6
33-64 3

The winner of the Championship will also receive a complete set of Magic Online Premium Stronghold cards.

Second place will receive a complete set of regular Magic Online Stronghold cards.

All who participate in the Stronghold Release Sealed Championship will get a Revenant Stronghold prerelease promo card. In addition the top 32 will receive a premium version of the Revenant promo card.

Although players may have multiple accounts qualified for any Stronghold Championship event, players are not permitted to have more than 1 of their accounts entered in the event. Players are not permitted to have secondary accounts played by another person. If a player is discovered to have more than 1 account playing in the Championship before, during, or after the event, appropriate penalties will be applied (including disqualification from the event with no refund of product or event tickets).

A list of all players that have qualified for the Stronghold Championships will be maintained on the Wizards of the Coast web site. Players will be registered into the championship after the downtime on Wednesday April 29 and every morning thereafter. It will be the player's responsibility to make sure that they have been properly entered into this event and are able to join it PRIOR to the start of the Championship. If a player is qualified and is unable to join the championship, they will need to contact customer service to get this corrected.

Important information regarding system crashes for the Stronghold Championship

If during the scheduled Stronghold Championship the system crashes, 1 of 2 things will happen:

  1. The system will come right back up. In this case:
    • The event will continue and additional time will be given to allow players to finish the event
  2. If the system cannot recover the event and "finishes" (prematurely ends) the event, or a WOTC Tournament Coordinator must "finish" (prematurely end) the event within 2 hours of the events scheduled start time:
    • The event will re-created and start over from the beginning. Results from the previous event will not be carried over.
    If the event is still in its Swiss Rounds though not the final Swiss round and has been running for more than 2 hours:
    • The event will be considered canceled and will be rescheduled for Sunday May 3, 9:00 am PST. Results from the previous event will not be carried over.
    If the event is in the final round of Swiss play:
    • The results of the last completed round of Swiss play will be official and the top 8 players from Swiss play will be invited to participate in an 8-player Single Elimination Standard queue and play it out to determine the final standings.
    If the event is in the Top 8:
    • The results of the last completed round of Single Elimination will be official and the remaining players will be invited to participate in a queue of the correct designated size (8, 4, or 2) and play out to determine the final standings.
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