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The letter D!arkness Ascends

In Innistrad, no one ponders the existence of evil. It has always been there, and no one expects it to change. Vampires, werewolves, zombies, spirits, demons: these are part of the natural order of the world. Humans have always battled the forces of darkness and had their backs to the wall in the fight of good versus evil.

Things are very grim, but not everyone has given up hope of Avacyn's return. The angels have not abandoned the humans even though their power to protect them has diminished. The holy warriors of the church work tirelessly to shore up defenses to keep evil at bay. Faithful priests do their best to reassure their flock that sometimes the darkest hour is just before the dawn.

Dark Ascension goes on sale in the Magic Online Store on Monday, February 20 at 9:00 AM PST (17:00 UTC). Dark Ascension becomes legal in ALL constructed formats following the February 15 scheduled maintenance. All appropriate Daily Events, Scheduled Events, and Queues will have Dark Ascension added to their prize structures after the scheduled maintenance on Wednesday, February 22.

Dark Ascension Release Events begin after the downtime Wednesday, February 22 and will consist of five parts:

  • Innistrad Block and Dark Ascension Booster Draft Queues
  • Dark Ascension 16-player Swiss Sealed Flights
  • Dark Ascension 64-Player "Top 8" Premier Drafts (beginning February 24)
  • Dark Ascension "Top 8" Swiss Sealed Events (beginning February 24)
  • Dark Ascension Release Events Championship (March 10)


INNISTRAD BLOCK AND DARK ASCENSION BOOSTER DRAFT QUEUES

START TIME: On demand starting after the scheduled downtime on Wednesday, February 22, until the beginning of the scheduled downtime on Wednesday, March 7.
LOCATION: Release Queues room.
ENTRY OPTION(S): 14 Event Tickets OR 2 Event Tickets plus product.
PRODUCT: 2 Innistrad booster packs and 1 Dark Ascension booster pack OR 3 Dark Ascension booster packs (depending on event joined).
SIZE: 8 Players.
DURATION: Drafting and deck building time plus 3 rounds, single elimination, or 3 rounds, Swiss pairings.
PRIZES: Prizes for single elimination events are based on placement at the end of the tournament. Prizes for Swiss pairing events are based on total match points at the end of the tournament. Each match win awards 3 points and each match loss awards 0 points.

Innistrad Block 4-3-2-2 Draft


Place Prizes QPs
1st 2 Innistrad booster packs and 2 Dark Ascension booster packs 1
2nd 2 Innistrad booster packs and 1 Dark Ascension booster pack 0
3rd-4th 1 Innistrad booster pack and 1 Dark Ascension booster pack 0

Innistrad Block 8-4 Draft


Place Prizes QPs
1st 4 Innistrad booster packs and 4 Dark Ascension booster packs 1
2nd 2 Innistrad booster packs and 2 Dark Ascension booster packs 0

Innistrad Block Swiss Draft


Match Points Prizes QPs
9 2 Innistrad booster packs and 1 Dark Ascension booster pack 1
6 1 Innistrad booster pack and 1Dark Ascension booster pack 0
3 1 Dark Ascension booster pack 0

Dark Ascension 4-3-2-2 Draft


Place Prizes QPs
1st 4 Dark Ascension booster packs 1
2nd 3 Dark Ascension booster packs 0
3rd-4th 2 Dark Ascension booster packs 0

ADDITIONAL PRIZES: Each player in a Dark Ascension booster draft will receive a Ravager of the Fells avatar.


DARK ASCENSION SWISS SEALED FLIGHTS


START TIME: On demand starting after the scheduled downtime on Wednesday, February 22, until the beginning of the scheduled downtime on Wednesday, March 7.
LOCATION: Release Queues room.
ENTRY OPTION(S): 24 Event Tickets.
PRODUCT:Magic Online will provide 3 Innistrad booster packs and 3 Dark Ascension booster packs for this event.
SIZE: 16 Players.
DURATION: Deck building time plus 4 rounds, Swiss pairings.
PRIZES: Prizes are based on total match points at the end of the tournament. Each match win awards 3 points and each match loss awards 0 points.

Match Points Prizes QPs
12 13 Dark Ascension booster packs 3
9 8 Dark Ascension booster packs 1
6 3 Dark Ascension booster packs 0

ADDITIONAL PRIZES: Each player in an Dark Ascension Swiss Sealed Flight will receive a Ravager of the Fells avatar. In addition, players with at least 9 match points will receive a Withengar Unbound avatar.


DARK ASCENSION 64-PLAYER "TOP 8" PREMIER DRAFTS


START TIME: Scheduled start times beginning Friday, February 24, and ending Friday, March 9. LOCATION: Scheduled Events room.
ENTRY OPTION(S): 20 Event Tickets OR 8 Event Tickets plus product.
PRODUCT: 1 Dark Ascension booster pack and 2 Innistrad booster packs. Magic Online will provide 1 Dark Ascension booster pack and 2 Innistrad booster packs for the "Top 8" booster draft.
SIZE: 64 Players.
DURATION: Drafting and deck building time plus 3 rounds, single elimination. The "Top 8" will consist of drafting and deck building time plus 3 rounds, single elimination.
PRIZES:

Place Prizes QPs
1st 24 Dark Ascension booster packs 6
2nd 18 Dark Ascension booster packs 5
3rd - 4th 12 Dark Ascension booster packs 4
5th - 8th 9 Dark Ascension booster packs 3
9th - 16th 4 Dark Ascension booster packs 0
17th – 32nd 2 Dark Ascension booster packs 0

ADDITIONAL PRIZES: Each player in a Dark Ascension 64-Player "Top 8" Premier Draft will receive a Ravager of the Fells avatar. In addition, players who finish in the top 8 will receive an Withengar Unbound avatar and qualify for the Dark Ascension Release Events Championship.

DARK ASCENSION "TOP 8" SWISS SEALED EVENTS

START TIME: Scheduled start times beginning Friday, February 24 and ending Friday, March 9.
LOCATION: Scheduled Events room.
ENTRY OPTION(S): 30 Event Tickets OR 6 Event Tickets plus product OR 1 Dark Ascension Release Event Pack.
PRODUCT: 3 Innistrad booster packs and 3 Dark Ascension booster packs. Magic Online will provide 1 Dark Ascension booster pack and 2 Innistrad booster packs for the "Top 8" booster draft.
SIZE: Minimum 65 players, maximum 256 players.
DURATION: Deck building time plus a number of Swiss pairing rounds determined by attendance. The "Top 8" will consist of drafting and deck building time plus 3 rounds, single elimination.
PRIZES:

Place Prizes QPs
1st 45 Dark Ascension booster packs 6
2nd 33 Dark Ascension booster packs 5
3rd - 4th 21 Dark Ascension booster packs 4
5th - 8th 12 Dark Ascension booster packs 3
9th - 16th 9 Dark Ascension booster packs 0
17th – 32nd 3 Dark Ascension booster packs 0

ADDITIONAL PRIZES: Each player in a Dark Ascension "Top 8" Swiss Sealed event will receive a Ravager of the Fells avatar. In addition, players who finish in the top 8 will receive an Withengar Unbound avatar and qualify for the Dark Ascension Release Events Championship.

DARK ASCENSION RELEASE EVENTS CHAMPIONSHIP


START TIME: Saturday, March 10 at 10:00 AM PST (18:00 UTC)
LOCATION: Scheduled Events room.
ENTRY OPTION(S): Invitation Only.
PRODUCT:Magic Online will provide 3 Innistrad booster packs and 3 Dark Ascension booster packs for the sealed deck Swiss pairings rounds and 2 Innistrad booster packs and 1 Dark Ascension booster pack for the "Top 8" booster draft.
SIZE: Determined by number of qualified players.
DURATION: Number of Swiss pairing rounds determined by attendance. The "Top 8" will consist of drafting and deck building time plus 3 rounds, single elimination.
PRIZES:

Place Prizes QPs
1st 4 complete premium foil Dark Ascension sets 6
2nd 1 complete premium foil and 1 complete standard Dark Ascension set 5
3rd - 4th 1 complete premium foil Dark Ascension set 4
5th - 8th 1 complete standard Dark Ascension set 3
9th - 16th 12 Dark Ascension booster packs 0
17th - 32nd 9 Dark Ascension booster packs 0
33rd - 64th 3 Dark Ascension booster packs 0

ADDITIONAL PRIZES: All players who participate in the Dark Ascension Release Events Championship will receive 1 copy of the Dark Ascension Launch Party card Mondronen Shaman/Tovolar’s Magehunter. All players in the top 64 will also receive a premium foil copy of Mondronen Shaman/Tovolar’s Magehunter.

Although players may have multiple accounts qualified for the Dark Ascension Release Events Championship, players are not permitted to have more than one of their accounts entered in any single event at one time. Players are not permitted to have any accounts entered in events played by other players for any reason. If a player is discovered to have more than one account playing in any end-of-season championship or championship event before, during, or after the event, Wizards may take action against that player's account(s), up to and including disqualification with no refund of product and/or event tickets, suspension of the offending account(s), and/or termination of the offending account(s).

Using an account other than your own, allowing any other player to use your account, selling your account, and other similar actions are all violations of the Magic Online User Agreement. If you play in Magic Online events, win, and expect to get your prize, be very, very sure you are playing on your own account. We do not recognize excuses, such as "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 the adult has established.

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 for assistance.

For all Dark Ascension Release Events, Wizards of the Coast may modify, suspend, and/or cancel an event, substitute prizes, or change the costs and/or schedule for an event without notice, at its sole discretion.

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