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Pro Tour–Austin 2009 Qualifiers

Play the Game, See the World

Pro Tour–Austin is October 16-18, 2009.

Qualifiers start May 2 and run until September 6. Check the schedule for your region to find an event near you that could earn you an invitation to Pro Tour–Austin.

This is your chance!

Entry Fee

Entry fee varies from location to location. Check with local organizer for specific information.

Tournament Structure

The structure for Pro Tour–Austin Qualifier tournaments will be modified Swiss-style, with the Top 8 players playing in a single-elimination format for prizes and invitation(s).

Tournament Format

The format for Pro Tour–Austin Qualifier tournaments is Standard. (Note: All events that take place July 17, 2009 or later will use Magic 2010 and will not use Tenth Edition.)

Tournament Length

  • Swiss rounds - 50 minutes per round
  • Number of Swiss rounds based on attendance according to the following chart:

    AttendanceNumber of
    Swiss rounds
    17 - 325
    33 - 646
    65 - 1287
    129 - 2268
    227 - 4109
    411 or higher10

Advancement

  • All players may participate in all Swiss rounds.
  • The top 8 players after the final Swiss round will advance to the top 8 single-elimination finals.

Top 8

  • Top 8 matches will be best 2 of 3
  • Top 8 matches will have no time limit
  • Where necessary, the standings after the Swiss rounds will still be used to determine final order in the standings.

Notes

  • 32K, REL: Competitive
  • All Universal Tournament Rules and Magic: the Gathering Floor Rules are in effect for this event unless specifically overruled by information in this Format Document
  • Players must bring pen, paper, card sleeves and appropriate counters.

Invitations, Eligibility, and Prize Money

Players already holding an invitation to Pro Tour–Austin are prohibited from participating in any Pro Tour–Austin Qualifiers, with the exception of Grand Prix tournaments. Players may have earned invitations through cumulative past performance in the Pro Tour, winning a previous Qualifier or Grand Prix tournament, or by being an invited DCI player (valid upon the date of the official ratings invitation announcement for the appropriate professional tournament).

Prizes

  • Invitations to Pro Tour–Austin (exact number of invitations determined by tournament location)
  • Product prizes to be determined by the organizer
  • Some Qualifiers offer airline travel. See individual schedules for details.

Registration Information

  • Players who want more specific local tournament or registration information should call their local contact phone number.
  • Players who have general questions about the Magic: The Gathering trading card game, Wizards of the Coast LLC, the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour, DCI players’ organization, Qualifier tournaments, the Magic World Championships, National Championships, or Regionals should call Wizards of the Coast at (800) 324-6496, or send email to custserv@wizards.com.

WIZARDS OF THE COAST, Magic: The Gathering, Magic, DCI, and MAGIC: THE GATHERING PRO TOUR are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast LLC. ©2009 Wizards of the Coast LLC.

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