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Australian National Championship FAQ

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What is the date for the Australian National Championship?

July 21 – 23, 2006

Where is the Australian National Championship going to be held?

Rydges Lakeside
London Circuit
Canberra City
ACT 2600

How can I play in the Australian National Championship?

The 2006 Australian National Championship is a closed event. Invitations are awarded based on the following criteria:

  • 2005 World Champion (Not applicable to Australia)
  • 2005 Pro Tour Player of the Year (Not applicable to Australia)
  • 2005 Australian National Champion
    • Chris Allen
  • 2005 Australian National Team
    • David Zhao
    • Richard Johnston
  • The Alternate member of the 2005 Australian National Team
    • John-Paul Kelley
  • Top eight (8) finishers from the Regional Qualifying Tournaments in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Townsville, & Sydney.
  • Top four (4) finishers from the Regional Qualifying Tournament in Darwin and Dubbo.
    Regional tournaments take place on June 10 or 11, 2006 as follows:
  • City Slots Date Contact Phone
    Adelaide (8) June 11 Lee Copus 0412 909 582
    Brisbane (8) June 11 Mel Parry 07 3366 9166
    Canberra (8) June 11 Glenn Doyle 02 6248 7722
    Darwin (4) June 11 Peter-John West 08 8981 5277
    Hobart (8) June 10 Stan Hutchinson 0417 447 826
    Melbourne (8) June 11 Russell Alphey 0401 994 352
    Perth (8) June 10 Scott Paisley 0431 895 475
    Sydney (8) June 10 Chris Foggin 0402 231 366
    Townsville (8) June 10 Mel Parry 07 3366 9166
    Dubbo (4) June 11 Angus Foster 0439 847 611
  • All Nationals in 2006 will invite players based on Pro Tour Players Club level instead of Pro Points. All players that are Level 2 or higher Pro Tour Players Club Members as of the date of the National are invited to play in their country’s National.
  • Players who currently have 10 or more points in the 2006 Player of the Year Standing are already qualified for Nationals and are thus not allowed to play in Regionals or National Qualifier tournaments.
  • Top seventy five (75) players based on Australian Composite DCI ranking taken on June 28, 2006. Published June 29, 2006. There is no pass down for previously invited players, so if you have qualified via Regionals or Pro Standing your spot does not pass down.
  • The winners at each of the Australian Nationals Qualifying Open events that take place on Friday July 21, 2006.

IN ADDITION TO QUALIFICATION, THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IS ONLY OPEN TO AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS AND PERMANENT RESIDENTS. AS THERE WILL NO EXCEPTIONS, ANY ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO aitkend@hasbro.com

IDENTIFICATION WILL BE REQUIRED UPON REGISTRATION.

If I have an invitation, can I play in events that offer invitations the Australian National Championship?

Players who have an invitation may not compete in events that will allocate invitations.

How many people are on the national team this year?

The National Team will consist of 3 players. The Top 4 finishers are invited to attend the 2006 World Championship in Paris, France. The Semi-Finalists will have to play off to see who will play on the Australian team.

What do I get if I place in the Top 8 for the Australian National Championship?

Cash prizes will be offered for the top 8 at the 2006 Australian National Championship. The pay out will be US$12,000, distributed as follows:

1st $3,000
2nd $2,500
3rd $1,750
4th $1,750
5th to 8th $750

Are there any other prizes?

Product prizes will be offered from 9th to 24th place.

Who is the Head Judge for the 2006 Australian National Championship?

TBA, level 3 Judge

Once I am qualified, how much is the entry fee?

Free. There is no entry fee for the Australian National Championship. There are entry fees for Side events and Grinders (Friday last minute qualifiers).

What paperwork do I have to complete in order to register that I am going to play in the Australian National Championship?

In order for all players to be eligible for competition, all invitation winners must sign and complete the information sheet and the waiver available at the Australian National Championship venue. If you are under 18 please email aitkend@hasbro.com for a copy of the parental release form.

The document is public and is available for inspection. For a copy, please contact Dale Aitken at aitkend@hasbro.com

What hours is the venue open?

The venue is open from 8am until 11pm on all the days that the Nationals are run.

Is there a timetable of the Australian National Championship?

July 21
9am – 9pm Nationals Player Registration
9am – 7pm Australian Open Nationals Qualifiers - To be run on demand. Standard 16-player single elimination. Sealed events also available.
1st - 1 Display of boosters + Invitation to Nationals, 2nd - 1 Display of boosters. Prices on the Side event schedule.
9am – 10pm Ancillary Events
July 22 Day 1
9am – 9pm Standard Constructed as of the 20th of July, 2006
  • 3 rounds of play. (Using Standard decks)
  • 60-minute rounds + 5 extra turns
Booster Draft #1 (RAV/GP/DISS) + Registration
  • 3 rounds of play. (Using deck for Booster Draft #1)
  • 60-minute rounds + 5 extra turns
Booster Draft #2 (RAV/GP/DISS) + Registration
9am – 11pm Ancillary Events
July 23 Day 2
9am – 4pm Booster Draft #2 (Continued)
  • 3 rounds of play. (Using deck for Booster Draft #2)
  • 60-minute rounds + 5 extra turns
Standard Constructed as of the 20th of July, 2006
  • 3 rounds of play. (Using Standard decks)
  • 60-minute rounds + 5 extra turns
4:30pm – 10pm Nationals Finals
  • Standard Constructed (Deck from Day Two)
  • Best 3 out of 5 Single Elimination (+ 3rd place playoff)
  • Finals are untimed, slow play penalties will apply as normal.
  • Championship game has no time limit.
9am – 10pm Ancillary Events
10:15pm Finish

*Times may be changed due to unexpected events.

What are the formats for the Australian National Championship?

Day 1

  • 3 rounds of Standard Constructed as of July 20, 2006.
  • Booster Draft #1 (RAV/GP/DISS), followed by 3 round of play.
  • Booster Draft #2 (RAV/GP/DISS), the decks drafted will be kept for Day #2.
  • All rounds are 60 minutes + 5 turns

Day 2

  • 3 rounds of play with the decks drafted in Booster Draft #2 from Day 1.
  • 3 rounds of Standard Constructed as of July 20, 2006
  • 60 minute rounds + 5 turns

Finals

  • Standard Constructed (Deck from day 2)
  • Best 3 out of 5 Single Elimination Finals (+ 3rd place playoff)
  • Finals are untimed, however slow play penalties will apply as normal.

What sets will be legal for the Australian National Championship?

As of July 20, 2006 Standard Constructed will comprise of 9th Edition, Champions of Kamigawa, Betrayers of Kamigawa, Saviours of Kamigawa, Ravnica, Guildpact and Dissension.

How will the draw work at the Australian National Championship?

There will be 12 rounds of Swiss-style pairings. You play the same person up to 3 times (Draft #1, Draft #2 and during the standard day). If you make the Single Elimination finals, it is possible for you to play the same person for a fourth time.

What is toe closest accommodation to the Nationals Venue?

The Australian Nationals is being held at the Rydges Hotel. To book rooms at the corporate rate check this link:

http://www.rydges.com/cwp/wizards

If I am interested in Judging what do I do?

Please email Dale Aitken at aitkend@hasbro.com

If I have any further questions, whom do I contact?

Please email Dale Aitken at aitkend@hasbro.com

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