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Shards of Alara Release Events

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The letter O!n Monday, October 20 at 12:00 pm PDT, Shards of Alara goes on sale in the Magic Online store.

NOTE: Shards of Alara becomes legal in ALL Constructed formats the day it goes on sale (October 20). All casual rooms, constructed queues, and Premier Events will use Shards of Alara starting on October 20.

All regular, non-release Daily Events and 8-person constructed queues will have Shards of Alara added to the prize payout mix starting on Monday, October 20 at 9:00 AM.

Casual Drafts

On Monday October 20, players will be able to play in casual Shards of Alara 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.

Shards of Alara Release events begin Friday, October 24 and will have 5 components:

Draft Queues
"Top 8" Premier Events
"Competitive No Top 8" Flights
"Casual No Top 8" Flights
Release Event Championship

Booster prizes for all Release Events will be Shards of Alara Boosters.

Shards of Alara Draft Queues

QUEUES BEGIN: Friday, October 24 at 10:00 am PST.

FORMATS: Booster Draft

PRODUCT: 3 Shards of Alara Boosters

ADMISSION: 2 Tix, Product

PRIZE SUPPORT: 4-3-2-2 and 8-4

The winner of each Shards of Alara Draft will get a Mayael the Anima avatar.

Shards of Alara "Top 8" Championship Qualifiers

DURATION: October 24, 10:00 am – November 4, 10:00 am (last starts at 10:00 am). "Top 8" Qualifiers start every 6 hours. Each event will have a minimum of 32 players, maximum of 128 players.

LOCATION: These events will take place in the "Premier Events" room

PRODUCT: 1 Shards of Alara Tournament Pack and 3 Shards of Alara Booster Packs, top 8 booster draft. The booster draft format will be 3 Shards of Alara Boosters.

ADMISSION: 4 Tix, Product

PRIZE SUPPORT: Prizes paid as follows:

Place Boosters
1 40
2 30
3-4 15
5-8 10
9-16 5
17-32 3

All who participate in a "Top 8" Qualifier Event will get a Mayael the Anima avatar. Top 8 will get a Kresh the Bloodbraided avatar. In addition, the Top 8 finishers will qualify for the Shards of Alara Release Event Championship

NOTE: The regularly schedule downtime will still take place on Wednesday, October 29 at 8:00 am PST. There will be no Premier Events starting from 12:00am-12:00 pm on October 29.

Shards of Alara Competitive No Top 8 Events

DURATION: October 24, 10:00 am – November 3, 10:00 am (last starts at 10:00 am). Shards of Alara Competitive No Top 8 Events will run 4 rounds and have 16 players per flight and will start as soon as 16 players join the event. These events will be run "on demand" – as soon as 1 event fills, another will open for sign-up.

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

PRODUCT: 1 Shards of Alara Tournament Pack and 3 Shards of Alara Booster Packs

ADMISSION: 2 Tix, Product

PRIZE SUPPORT: As there is no top 8, prizes are based on total match points at the end of the tournament. Each match win awards 3 points and each loss awards 0 points.

Points Boosters
12 18
9 9
6 or less 0

All who participate in a "Competitive No Top 8" Premier Event Flight will get a Mayael the Anima avatar. Players with 9 or more match points and the end of the tournament will get a Kresh the Bloodbraided avatar.

NOTE: The regularly schedule downtime will still take place on Wednesday, October 29 at 8:00 am PST. There will be no Premier Events starting from 12:00am-12:00 pm on October 29.

Shards of Alara Casual No Top 8 Flights

Due to the lack of leagues for the Release Events, we will offer these flights for those that desire a more casual release event experience. "Casual No Top 8" flights will differ from regular flights as follows:

  • K-Value will be 0
  • Deck build time will be 40 minutes
  • Players will each receive 40 minutes on their play clocks

DURATION: October 24, 10:00 am – November 3, 10:00 am (last starts at 10:00 am). Shards of Alara Casual No Top 8 Events will run 4 rounds and have 16 players per flight and will start as soon as 16 players join the event. These events will be run "on demand" – as soon as 1 event fills, another will open for sign-up.

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

PRODUCT: 1 Shards of Alara Tournament Pack and 3 Shards of Alara Booster Packs

ADMISSION: 2 Tix, Product

PRIZE SUPPORT: As there is no top 8, prizes are based on total match points at the end of the tournament. Each match win awards 3 points and each loss awards 0 points.

Points Boosters
12 12
9 6
6 3
3 or less 0

All who participate in a "Casual No Top 8" Premier Event Flight will get a Mayael the Anima avatar. Players with 9 or more match points and the end of the tournament will get a Kresh the Bloodbraided avatar.

NOTE: The regularly schedule downtime will still take place on Wednesday, October 29 at 8:00 am PST. There will be no Premier Events starting from 12:00am-12:00 pm on October 29.

Shards of Alara Release Event Championship

START TIME: November 8, 8:00 am PST

PRODUCT: 1 Shards of Alara Tournament Pack and 3 Shards of Alara Booster Packs, top 8 booster draft. The booster draft format will be 3 Shards of Alara Boosters.

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

PRIZE SUPPORT: Prizes paid as follows:

Place 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 Shards of Alara cards.

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

Although players may have multiple accounts qualified for the Shards of Alara 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).

Playing on another person's account, selling your account, etc. are all violations of the Terms of Service. If you play in these, win, and expect to get your prize, be very, very sure you are on your own account. We do not recognize "I and a friend jointly own the account," "It's my brother's account but he gave it to me," or similar. The only exception is an adult may authorize a single dependent child age 13-18 to play on an account that adult has purchased.

A list of all players that have qualified for the Shards of Alara Championship will be maintained on the Wizards of the Coast web site. Players will be registered into the championship after the downtime on Wednesday October 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 Shards of Alara Championship

If during the scheduled Shards of Alara 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 Saturday October 25, 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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