Pro Players Club Guidelines and Procedures

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Pro Players Club Guidelines and Procedures

Effective March 10, 2014

The following Pro Tour Players Club Guidelines and Procedures document identifies all applicable requirements and limitations for participation in the Magic: The Gathering® Pro Tour Players Club (the "Pro Players Club", or "Club"). By signing a Consent and Waiver Agreement, and receiving the Club benefits, you agree to adhere to all conditions and requirements for entry and participation in the Club. Any questions regarding Club membership or requirements may be submitted to Wizards at www.wizards.com/customerservice. Click on the "Email Us" tab, sign in, then select "WPN Players", then "PT Players Club".

The information contained below applies to the 2013-2014 Pro Tour Players Club only.

Membership

Joining the Pro Players Club
Membership is open to any DCI member who earned a minimum of 20 Professional Points in the 2013-2014 Professional Points Season. To join, the player must complete a Consent and Waiver Agreement for the event at which he or she earned a Pro Point.

The 2013-2014 Professional Points season begins May 20, 2013 and ends August 3, 2014, and all tournaments included in that time period make up the season.

Professional Points are officially awarded on the final day of applicable tournaments after the final standings have been determined by Wizards. Only players who actually compete in the applicable tournaments will receive Professional Points for those tournaments. Tournaments, information about Professional Points Seasons, and the number of Professional Points awarded to players from those tournaments can be found in the Magic: The Gathering Premier Event Invitation Policy.

Eligibility
Individuals that are not eligible to participate in DCI-sanctioned tournaments for any reason are not eligible to participate in the Pro Players Club. Members under DCI-suspension are not eligible for Pro Tour Players Club benefits.

Attaining Levels of Membership
When a member reaches the required number of Professional Points in the current Professional Points season, he or she is immediately promoted to the applicable Club Level for the rest of the current season. At the beginning of each new season, every member will be awarded the membership level based on his or her final point total in the previous Professional Points season.

The minimum number of Professional Points required in the 2013-2014 Professional Points Season for (1) immediate promotion to Pro Club levels and applicable benefits in the 2013-2014 Pro Club and (2) levels and benefits in the 2014-2015 Pro Tour Players Club are:

  • Silver level: 20 Professional Points
  • Gold Level: 35 Professional Points
  • Platinum level: 45 Professional Points

The winner of each Pro Tour and World Championship is immediately advanced to Platinum level for the remainder of the current season and the entirety of the following season (as if that player had reached the minimum number of Professional Points at that Pro Tour or World Championship to be promoted to Platinum level).

The winner of the Magic Online Championship is immediately advanced to Gold level for the remainder of the current season and the entirety of the following season (as if that player had reached the minimum number of Professional Points at that Magic Online Championship to be promoted to Gold level).

Losing Membership Status

At the conclusion of the 2013-2014 Professional Points season, Pro Tour Players Club membership will expire for all members who did not earn at least 20 Professional Points during the season. Pro Tour Players Club membership will terminate for any member who becomes ineligible for DCI membership during a Professional Points season for any reason. Check the Magic: The Gathering Tournament Rules for more information.

Pro Players Tour Club membership will be suspended for any member suspended by the DCI, until such time as his or her DCI Membership is reinstated. Members under DCI suspension are not eligible for Pro Tour Players Club benefits.

Member responsibilities
Members agree to adhere to all Pro Tour Players Club rules, conditions, and award requirements, as may be modified by Wizards from time to time in its sole discretion. Wizards reserves the right to terminate the Pro Tour Players Club program, or any member's participation in the Club, at any time in its discretion.

All members will comply with all rules, regulations, and behavior standards applicable to the DCI and the Club, as may be modified from time to time in Wizards' discretion. Members understand and agree that all decisions of Wizards and/or its authorized designates (including tournament judges) are final.

Members are responsible for keeping their contact information current with the Wizards of the Coast (especially e-mail address). Contact information can be updated at (http://membership.wizards.com) and log in using your DCI number and password.

2013-2014 Pro Tour Players Club Benefits and Limitations

Benefits apply only to the 2013-2014 Professional Points season (May 20, 2013 through August 3, 2014).

Silver Level

  • Member receives two byes at all individual-format Grand Prix tournaments
  • Member is invited to the Pro Tour immediately following his or her promotion to Silver level after the start of a Professional Season. In the event that member already has an invitation to that Pro Tour, or chooses not to attend that Pro Tour, the invitation will be deferred to the next Pro Tour of that Professional Season, and so on. Invitations will not be deferred beyond the end of the Professional Season in which the member earned the invitation.
  • Member is invited to the first Pro Tour of a new Professional Points Season. In the event that member already has an invitation to that Pro Tour, or chooses not to attend that Pro Tour, the invitation will be deferred to the next Pro Tour of that Professional Season, and so on. Invitations will not be deferred beyond the current Professional Season in which the member earned the invitation.
  • Member is invited to his or her country's World Magic Cup Qualifiers
  • Member receives 10 QPs for each Magic Online Championship Series season

Gold Level

  • Member receives three byes at all individual-format Grand Prix tournaments
  • Member is invited to his or her country's World Magic Cup Qualifiers
  • Member receives one bye at each World Magic Cup Qualifier in his or her country
  • Member is invited to all Pro Tours. Players will not receive their invitations until the Thursday prior to each Pro Tour.
  • Member receives a $500.00 USD appearance fee whenever he or she competes in a Pro Tour
  • Member receives 15 QPs for each Magic Online Championship Series season

Platinum Level

  • Member receives three byes at all individual-format Grand Prix tournaments
  • Member is invited to World Magic Cup Qualifiers in his or her country
  • Member receives two byes at each World Magic Cup Qualifier in his or her country
  • Member is invited to all Pro Tours.
  • Member receives a $3,000.00 USD appearance fee whenever he or she competes in a Pro Tour
  • Member receives expenses-paid air travel ticket and hotel accommodations at all Pro Tours during the current season*
  • Member receives a $1,000.00 USD appearance fee if he or she competes in the World Magic Cup.
  • Member receives a $500.00 USD appearance fee if he or she competes in a World Magic Cup Qualifier (after January 1, 2014).
  • Member receives a $250.00 USD appearance fee whenever he or she competes in a Grand Prix
  • Member receives a complementary sleep-in special at all Grand Prix (where available)
  • Member receives 20 QPs for each Magic Online Championship Series season

*Players under the age of eighteen (18) at the time of the applicable event will receive a cash equivalent award in lieu of expenses paid air ticket and/or hotel accommodations. Such player must still attend, compete, and be listed in the finish of the tournament or forfeit this award.

Procedures and Rules for receiving benefits
Beyond the eligibility and limitations previously outlined, members must adhere to the following rules and procedures to obtain their benefits:

Byes:
In order to receive byes at an event, the member must fulfill all entry requirements for that tournament, including but not limited to, payment of applicable entry fee, presentation of identification, deck list, and signing consent forms.

Magic Online:

In order to receive Magic Online benefits, a member must 1) be at least eighteen (18) years of age, 2) have a valid Magic Online account, and 3) be eligible to receive prizes pursuant to the Magic Online User Agreement. For more information on prize eligibility, please see The Magic Online User Agreement.

Members will receive their Magic Online Qualifier Points ("QPs") within one week of the start of each Magic Online Championship Series ("MOCS") season. Magic Online benefits will commence starting with the seventh Magic Online Championship Series season of 2013 (season start date is June 12, 2013). Please visit the Magic Online Championship Series information page for complete information on the Magic Online Championship Series Program, Magic Online Championship Seasons, and Qualifier Points.

QPs are also awarded to members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame. In the event that a Pro Tour Hall of Fame member would receive QPs based on both Pro Club level and membership in the Pro Tour Hall of Fame, that member only receives the benefit which consists of the higher amount of QPs. For complete details of Hall of Fame benefits, please visit the Hall of Fame Rules.

Invitations:
In order to receive Invitations to Pro Tour and World Magic Cup Qualifier events, the member must fulfill all entry requirements for the applicable tournament, including but not limited to, payment of any entry fee, presentation of identification, deck list, and signing consent forms.

Appearance fees:
In order to receive an appearance fee, the member must attend, compete in at least three rounds of the tournament (not including rounds in which the member received a bye), and be listed as finishing in the applicable tournament for which he or she is to receive the appearance fee and participate in all mandatory aspects of the event, including without limitation media interviews or specialty events.

Notwithstanding the forgoing, Wizards reserves the right to award or withhold appearances fees at its sole discretion.

All appearance fees are subject to the following additional terms and conditions:

  • All taxes are the responsibility of the individual receiving the appearance fee. Members acknowledge Wizards' recommendation that they consult a tax advisor in their jurisdiction for questions regarding their tax liabilities.
  • Before being awarded any appearance fee, the potential recipient must, among other things, submit to Wizards of the Coast LLC: (i) a signed Consent and Release Agreement, (ii) the appropriate IRS tax form, (iii) provide proof of identification, and (iv) any other documentation designated by Wizards.
  • A player eligible for an appearance fee must claim his or her appearance fee within one (1) year from the date of the event for which the appearance was awarded, or the appearance fee is forfeited.

Appearance fee awards are processed in the same manner as prize awards for events and are generally mailed out six weeks after the event and all required information is received by Wizards of the Coast.

Travel:

A player eligible for a Travel Award must arrange that travel with Wizards of the Coast LLC or its designee no later than thirty (30) days prior to first day of the Premier Event to which he or she won such Travel Award. Any travel arrangements not made prior to this date will be forfeited. All Travel Awards are subject to the terms and conditions set forth below.

All members eligible to receive a travel award will receive instructions from Wizards of the Coast 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 reserves the right to award a cash equivalent award in lieu of any travel award in its sole discretion*

Wizards of the Coast LLC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify any and all prize or award structures, and to substitute any prize or award for another prize or award in its sole discretion.

All Travel Awards are subject to the following additional terms and conditions:

  • All Travel Awards are non-transferable, non-negotiable, and not redeemable for an alternative Travel Award or prize, except in Wizards' sole discretion.
  • A member may only be awarded one Travel Award per event. If a player already possesses a Travel Award to an event, all further Travel Awards earned for that Premier Event are forfeit.
  • All taxes are the responsibility of the individual receiving the Travel Award and members acknowledge Wizards' recommendation that they consult a tax advisor in their jurisdictions for questions regarding their tax liabilities.
  • Before being awarded any Travel Award, the potential recipient must, among other things, submit to Wizards of the Coast LLC: (i) a signed Consent and Release Agreement, (ii) the appropriate IRS tax form, (iii) provide proof of identification, and (iv) any other documentation designated by Wizards.
  • An airfare award shall consist of one (1) roundtrip coach air ticket, on an airline chosen by Wizards or its designee, from the major airport nearest the recipient's home to the city in which the applicable event will be held, during the time of such event.
  • The Travel Award winner agrees to adhere to all instructions provided by Wizards to assist Wizards or its designee in booking such air ticket.
  • Wizards or its designee will only book the air ticket to include the days of the applicable tournament or championship.
  • Lodging, meals, gratuities, ground transportation, fees caused by changes to airline reservations, and any other fees, costs or expenses are the winner's sole responsibility.
  • Travel must be taken on dates designated by Wizards or the Travel Award will be forfeited.
  • Individuals may not change airline ticket dates without Wizards' prior written approval.
  • Specific travel dates and arrangements are subject to availability.
  • Minors (i.e. those under 18 years of age) who earn a Travel Award are not eligible to be awarded the plane ticket travel awards. Instead, minors will be awarded a "Cash Equivalent Award" equal to the cost of a round trip ticket to the Premier Event in question and/or the equivalent hotel costs, as applicable and as determined by Wizards in its sole discretion. This award will be issued only if the player actually attends and participates in the event in question. Wizards will pay out this "Minor Qualifier Travel – Cash Equivalent Award" after the event along with the rest of the event payouts.

Hotel:

This benefit begins thirty (30) days after a player has obtained a level that includes this benefit. The hotel room award shall consist of one (1) single-occupancy standard hotel room at a hotel chosen by Wizards of the Coast or its designate for the dates of the applicable tournament, generally with check-in the day of mandatory registration and check out the day following the last day of competition for the tournament. Additional days may be booked at member's sole expense.

In the weeks preceding an applicable tournament, Wizards of the Coast will notify eligible members of the hotel name, location and contacts, along with any available confirmation number or group number to assist check-in.

Wizards of the Coast LLC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify any and all prize or award structures, and to substitute any prize or award for another prize or award in its sole discretion.

All hotel room awards are subject to the following additional terms and conditions:

  • All hotel room awards are non-transferable, non-negotiable, and not redeemable for an alternative hotel award or prize, except in Wizards' sole discretion.
  • A player may only be awarded one hotel award per event. If a player already possesses a hotel award to an event, all further hotel room awards earned for that event are forfeit.
  • All taxes are the responsibility of the individual receiving the hotel award, and members acknowledge Wizards' recommendation that they consult a tax advisor in their jurisdictions for questions regarding their tax liabilities.
  • Before being awarded any hotel award, the potential recipient must, among other things, submit to Wizards of the Coast LLC: (i) a signed Consent and Release Agreement, (ii) the appropriate IRS tax form, (iii) provide proof of identification, and (iv) any other documentation designated by Wizards.
  • The hotel room award shall consist of one (1) single-occupancy standard hotel room at a hotel chosen by Wizards of the Coast or its designate for the dates of the applicable event, generally with check-in the day of mandatory registration and check out the day following the last day of competition for the tournament. Additional days may be booked at member's sole expense.
  • Booking will include paid room and room tax only. All other expenses, including without limitation meals, gratuities, ground transportation, and itinerary change fees, are the member's responsibility. The member must occupy room on the dates designated by Wizards, or the award will be forfeited. Specific dates and arrangements are subject to availability.
  • Minors (i.e. those under 18 years of age) who earn a hotel room award are not eligible to be awarded hotel room awards. Instead, minors will be awarded a "Cash Equivalent Award" equal to the cost of the equivalent hotel costs, as applicable and as determined by Wizards in its sole discretion. This award will be issued only if the player actually attends and participates in the event in question. Wizards will pay out this "Minor Qualifier Travel – Cash Equivalent Award" after the event along with the rest of the event payouts.
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