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Formats for the 2002 Magic Invitational

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The preliminary rounds of the Magic Invitational will consist of fifteen matches (best two out of three) with each player facing off against every other player once (there is a little bit of a twist this year, see below). The two players with the best record at the end of the fifteen rounds will meet in the finals. The finals will consist of three matches (best two out of three games each) with the two finalists playing three of the five formats. The winner will be the first player to win matches in two formats. Order of these final matches will be predetermined but can be changed if agreed upon by the two finalists. All of the matches at this year's Invitational will played on Magic Online.

The fifteen preliminary rounds will consist of five different formats: three Constructed and two Limited. Each format will be used for three matches.

Constructed Formats

Competitors will need to construct the following decks for the Invitational:

1) Standard - This format will be Standard as it will appear on November 1, 2002. The legal expansions for this format are:

  • 7th Edition
  • Odyssey
  • Torment
  • Judgment
  • Onslaught

2) Online Extended - This format will use all of the expansions available on Magic Online once Onslaught is added. The legal expansions for this format are:

  • 7th Edition
  • Invasion
  • Planeshift
  • Apocalypse
  • Odyssey
  • Torment
  • Judgment
  • Onslaught

3) Auction of the People - This format is the same as last year's Auction of the People. The only difference will be a new theme and a new set of seventeen decks built by the Magic public. Watch the Sideboard this week for rules and entry forms.

The seventeen selected decks will be auctioned off. The person who successfully bids on a deck in the draft will play that deck for all three rounds of this format.

The auction will work as such: Players will be numbered one through sixteen based on their order of current standing in the tournament. The first player (number one) selects one of the seventeen decks. He must then place a bid on the nominated deck.

Bids must name a starting hand size and starting life total (seven cards, twenty life being the starting bid). The next player must pass or declare a lower bid. If a player passes, he is removed from the remainder of the bidding for the current deck.

Starting hand size is considered the primary bid with starting life total the secondary bid. This means that a bid of "five cards, twenty life" is considered lower than a bid of "six cards, one life". The player with the lowest bid plays that deck in the tournament. Players may not underbid themselves.

After the bidding ends, the next player numerically (player number two if he did not take the first deck, for example) who has not yet nominated a deck, selects a new deck. If all players have nominated decks, the nomination returns to the player with the lowest number. After all sixteen players have drafted decks, the auction ends. Note that this means that one deck will not be drafted.

Limited Formats

All Limited events will have a forty card deck minimum size restriction. The following are the Limited formats used at the 2000 Magic Invitational:

1) Two-Headed Giant - This format will follow the Magic Online rules. Players will be grouped into teams of four. For the three rounds of this format, the four players will play all three configurations (each player will play with each player once). This will be the first format played. Each match will use a new set of Limited cards. Each team will receive two tournament decks and four booster packs of Onslaught.

2) Onslaught Rochester Draft - This format will be a traditional Onslaught Rochester draft. All three packs will be Onslaught.

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