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Pro Tour–Austin Public Event Information

Come one, come all to participate in four days of events open to the public. Starting Thursday with the Last-Chance Qualifier, there are tournaments, drafts, Elder Dragon Highlander, and open dueling all weekend. Pro Tour–Austin will also play host to a few extra-special events, such as two Pro Tour Qualifiers, the $3,000 Draft Challenge, Super Friday Night Magic, and the Magic Online Live Series Championship. Prizes include invitations and airfare to Pro Tour–San Diego 2010 and Pro Tour–San Juan 2010, iPods, digital cameras, foil sets of each set currently in Standard, uncut foil sheets of From the Vault: Exiled, and much more!

Weekend-Long Public Events

Weekend-long Public Events have no specific start time. Registration for these events is continuously open and each event will start once the appropriate number of players has registered (Subject to space and judge availability). Public Events are available during the following hours:

Registration Opens: 9:00 AM each day of the Pro Tour
Registration Closes: 11:00 PM each day of the Pro Tour (9:00 PM on Sunday)

Open Dueling

Players bring their own Standard-format deck. Players are then matched up against others for game play. After 5 games, players receive a Zendikar Booster. Come to the Open Dueling area and play whenever you have time! Play the whole weekend! Cost: FREE!

Single-Elimination Events

Booster Draft events will be run using either Zendikar or Magic 2010 boosters.

Format Cost Minimum Players Prizes*
Booster Draft $15 8 1st: 8 Boosters, 2nd 4 Boosters
Standard $5 8 1st: 6 Boosters, 2nd 4 Boosters
Extended $5 8 1st: 6 Boosters, 2nd 4 Boosters
Legacy $5 8 1st: 6 Boosters, 2nd 4 Boosters
Vintage $5 8 1st: 6 Boosters, 2nd 4 Boosters

*All prizes are current set boosters

Elder Dragon Highlander (EDH)

Cost: $5

Games will begin as soon as 4 players register. Players will play a single EDH game. Current EDH rules can be found at http://www.dragonhighlander.net/rules.php.

Each player will be given an "EDH Ticket". When a player eliminates another player, he takes the other player's ticket. Each ticket can be redeemed at the Public Events registration desk for 2 boosters of either Zendikar or Magic 2010 (while supplies last, during registration hours.)

Scheduled Public Events

The following applies to all scheduled Public Events:

  • Unless otherwise indicated, all events are run Swiss with a Top 4, single elimination finals. Prizes are based on standings.
  • Registration opens 1 hour before the scheduled start time and closes 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Players should be seated at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time.
  • Booster pack prizes will be awarded based on attendance. Unless otherwise posted, top finishing players will receive current set boosters. Special events may offer special prizes as posted (i.e. iPod, Power 9, Digital Camera, etc), in such events the winner of the special prize will receive only that prize.

Pro Tour Qualifiers

Pro Tour Qualifiers held at the Pro Tour award an invitation and a travel award to a specific Pro Tour tournament for the top-finishing competitor. For more information, visit www.wizards.com/protour

Grand Prix Trials

Number of Players Number of 3 Round Byes
8 – 32 1
33 – 64 2
64 – 128 4
129+ 8

Trials for individual-format Grand Prix tournaments award a three-round bye to a Grand Prix tournament for one or more of the top-finishing competitors. The number of three-round byes awarded will be determined by the number of players in the Trial as shown in the table below. Grand Prix Trial byes do not pass down - if a player already possesses a three-round bye, finishes high enough to win another bye from a Grand Prix Trial, that bye will not be passed down to the next eligible player.


 

Thursday, October 15

Time Cost Description
5:00 PM $25 Last Chance Qualifier – Pro Tour Austin – Standard
Straight Swiss tournament with no single elimination rounds. One additional Swiss round will be added to determine the final standings.
Top-4 finishers will qualify for Pro Tour Austin. Product prizes will begin at 5th place.
Players already qualified for Pro Tour Austin may not participate.

Friday, October 16

Time Cost Description
10:00 AM $30 Pro Tour Qualifier – Pro Tour San Diego 2010 – Zendikar Sealed Deck
6 Zendikar Boosters per player
Swiss tournament with cut to top-8 single-elimination
Players already qualified for Pro Tour San Diego 2010 may not participate.
The winning player qualifies for Pro Tour San Diego 2010 and receives Airfare to Pro Tour San Diego 2010. *
11:00 AM $25 Magic Online Live Series Challenge – Magic 2010 Booster Draft
3 Magic 2010 Boosters.
Single-elimination
Top finishers qualify for the Magic Online Live Series Championship on Saturday
Click here for complete information.
12:00 PM $15 Standard Constructed
Sponsored by Star City Games (http://starcitygames.com)
The winning player receives a 32gb iPod Touch, 2nd place receives a 16gb iPod Nano, 3rd and 4th places each receive a 4gb iPod Shuffle.
2:00 PM $35/Team Two-Headed Giant Sealed Deck - Zendikar Sealed Deck
8 Zendikar Boosters per team
The winning team members each receive a foil set of Zendikar, 2nd place team members each receive a regular set of Zendikar.
3:00 PM $25 Magic Online Live Series Challenge – Magic 2010 Booster Draft
3 Magic 2010 Boosters.
Single-elimination
Top finishers qualify for the Magic Online Live Series Championship on Saturday
Click here for complete information.
4:00 PM $15 Legacy Constructed
Sponsored by Gaming Etc. (http://www.gamingetc.com)
The winning player receives 20 Revised Dual Lands (2 of each), 2nd place receives 20 Ravnica foil "shock lands" (2 of each), 3rd and 4th places each receive 5 Onslaught "fetch lands" (1 of each).
6:00 PM $25 Super Friday Night Magic – Zendikar Sealed Deck
6 Zendikar Boosters per player
Swiss tournament (4 rounds)
Participation Prize – All players each receive 1 October 2009 FNM promo card.
Prizes are based solely on points after 4 Swiss rounds, FNM card choices are limited to one choice of each type available (no duplicates)
12pts receives 4 FNM promo cards & 4 Zendikar Boosters, plus 1 FREE entry into any Public Event at Pro Tour Austin.
9-11pts receives 2 FNM promo cards & 2 Zendikar Boosters.
6-8pts receives 1 FNM promo cards & 1 Zendikar Booster.

Saturday, October 17

Time Cost Description
9:00 AM $25 Magic Online Live Series Challenge – Magic 2010 Booster Draft
3 Magic 2010 Boosters.
Single-elimination
Top finishers qualify for the Magic Online Live Series Championship on Saturday
Click here for complete information.
10:00 AM $25 Pro Tour Qualifier – Pro Tour San Juan 2010 – Extended Constructed
Swiss tournament with cut to top-8 single-elimination
Players already qualified for Pro Tour San Juan 2010 may not participate.
The winning player qualifies for Pro Tour San Juan 2010 and receives Airfare to Pro Tour San Juan 2010. *
12:00 PM $35/Team Two-Headed Giant Sealed Deck – Magic 2010 Sealed Deck
Sponsored by Pat's Games (http://www.patsgames.com)
8 Magic 2010 Boosters per team
The team members of the Top 2 teams each receive a 120gb iPod Classic.
1:00 PM $15 Standard Constructed
The winning player receives an English-language foil set of each of the Standard-format sets (Shards of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn, Magic 2010, and Zendikar.), 2nd place receives an English-language regular set of each of the Standard-format sets (Shards of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn, Magic 2010, and Zendikar.)
1:00 PM $25 Magic Online Live Series Challenge – Magic 2010 Booster Draft
3 Magic 2010 Boosters.
Single-elimination
Top finishers qualify for the Magic Online Live Series Championship on Saturday
Click here for complete information.
2:00 PM $25 "Generic" Grand Prix Trial – Zendikar Sealed Deck
6 Zendikar Boosters per player
Winner(s) each receive a 3-round bye at any future Grand Prix prior to November 1, 2010 and a From The Vault: Exiled Box Set.
4:00 PM $15 Vintage Constructed
Sponsored by Star City Games (http://starcitygames.com)
Winner receives choice of 2 selected pieces of Power 9, second place receives the other. Additionally, the top finishing player whose deck contains no Power 9 cards will receive a selected piece of Power 9.
5:00 PM $25 Zendikar Sealed Deck
Sponsored by Gaming Etc. (http://www.gamingetc.com)
6 Zendikar Boosters per player
The winning player receives a 32gb iPod Touch, 2nd place receives a 16gb iPod Nano, 3rd and 4th places each receive a 4gb iPod Shuffle.
5:00 PM Invitation
Only
Magic Online Live Series Championship – Magic 2010 Booster Draft
3 Magic 2010 Boosters.
Single-elimination, Invitation Only
Winning player receives $2000 USD, 2nd place receives $1000 USD, 3rd and 4th each receive $500 USD. 5th through 8th each receive $250 USD.
Click here for complete information.
6:00 PM $15 Standard Constructed
The Top 2 players each receive a Zendikar foil set and a Zendikar uncut, foil card sheet.
Following
Pro Tour
Free Question Mark! – Magic Trivia with Mark Rosewater
Make your team of 3 and get in on the game show that tests your magic trivia knowledge. Top teams will receive Magic apparel from RYZWear.

Sunday, October 18

Time Cost Description
9:00 AM $35 $3,000 USD Draft Challenge– Zendikar Booster Draft
Limited to 128 players.
3 Zendikar boosters per player (per draft).
Swiss Booster Draft tournament with cut to top-8 single-elimination Booster Draft.
2 Booster Drafts will be run during the Swiss rounds.
The winning player receives $1500 USD, 2nd place receives $800 USD, 3rd and 4th each receive $350 USD*.
Note: This is a 32K event.
10:00 AM $15 Standard Constructed
Sponsored by Pat's Games (http://www.patsgames.com)
The Top 2 players each receive a 120gb iPod Classic.
11:00 AM $25 Zendikar Sealed Deck
Sponsored by Star City Games (http://starcitygames.com)
6 Zendikar Boosters per player
Top 2 players each receive a Digital Camera.
12:00 PM $15 "Generic" Grand Prix Trial – Extended Constructed
Winner(s) each receive a 3-round bye at any future Grand Prix prior to November 1, 2010 and a From The Vault: Exiled Box Set.
2:00 PM $20 Planechase
Limited to 64 players
Each player receives a random Planechase Game Pack
Round 1: Players will play in 4-player, multiplayer Planechase games. Winners advance to Round 2
Round 2: Winners from round 1 will be randomly placed and play in 4-player, multiplayer Planechase games.
The winners from each table in round 2 will receive copies of all 4 Planechase Game Packs.
4:00 PM $15 Legacy Constructed
The winning player receives an uncut From The Vault: Exiled card sheet.

* Travel:

The players 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.

All travel itineraries must be from the international airport nearest the player's home and to the host city of the applicable Pro Tour or World Championship or event, and must include all the dates of that event. No award will be substituted if member is unable to participate. All other expenses are the responsibility of the member and may include, without limitation, accommodations, ground transportation, taxes, itinerary change fees, passport and visa fees.

This award must be redeemed through member's arrangement of travel itinerary no later than (30) days before departure. Failure to complete travel arrangements as directed by Wizards of the Coast prior to this deadline will result in forfeiture of the award. Every member receiving a travel award must provide to Wizards of the Coast an executed liability release, the appropriate US taxation form (W9 or W8) (or have one on file), current contact information (http://webapp.wizards.com/dcimember/), proof of ID and passport (when required by international destination). In all cases, all such documentation must be provided to Wizards of the Coast, or previously on file, at least thirty (30) days before departure. Failure to timely provide such documentation will result in forfeiture of the award.

All awards:

Players must attend, compete (though not necessarily on the same team), and be listed as finishing in the applicable tournament for which he or she received the award. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in forfeiture of the award.

All taxes are the responsibility of the members, and members acknowledge Wizards' recommendation that they consult a tax advisor in their jurisdictions for questions regarding their tax liabilities.

Awards are subject to change without notice.

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