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Pro Tour Thunder Junction Fact Sheet for Competitors

March 05, 2024
Wizards of the Coast

Overview

Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Thunder Junction will take place in Seattle, USA on April 26–28, 2024. This event will not be run at a MagicCon and will not be open to the public.

The formats for Pro Tour Thunder Junction are Outlaws of Thunder Junction Booster Draft and Standard Constructed.

Official hashtag: #PTThunder

Location

Seattle Convention Center
705 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101
USA

Invited Competitors

Pro Tour Thunder Junction is an invitation-only tournament. Invitations to Pro Tour Thunder Junction are awarded as follows:

  • The Top 8 finishers at Magic World Championship XXIX.
  • Competitors with thirty-nine (39) or more points in the Adjusted Match Points standings generated at the conclusion of Pro Tour Murders at Karlov Manor.
  • Top finishing competitors from each Pro Tour Thunder Junction Regional Championship.
  • Pro Tour Murders at Karlov Manor competitors that finished with thirty (30) or more match points.
  • Competitors from each MTG Arena Qualifier Weekend with seven (7) wins that award invitations to Pro Tour Thunder Junction.
  • The eight (8) competitors from the Magic Online Champions Showcase that award invitations to Pro Tour Thunder Junction.
  • Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame that selected Pro Tour Thunder Junction as their once per season Pro Tour invitation benefit.
  • Competitors that are otherwise invited to Pro Tour Thunder Junction.

The Pro Tour Thunder Junction invitation list is available online. If you believe you are an invited competitor but are not on the invitation list, please email PremierPlay@wizards.com

Competitor Information

Decklists

Standard decklists will be due in MTGMelee on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at 12:00 PM (Seattle-local time). To see the equivalent time where you are located, click here.

During the Standard rounds, opponents' decklists will be available for viewing on MTGMelee on your mobile device. Competitors can only access the decklists of other competitors prior to the start of a game or in between games. Competitors cannot reference decklists during games.

During the Booster Draft rounds, only competitors from the featured draft table will have access to their opponent's decklist. These will be paper checklists.

Hall Hours

The estimated hours of operation for Pro Tour Thunder Junction are:

  • Friday & Saturday: Hall opens at 8:00 AM and closes at the end of the last Swiss round.
  • Sunday: Hall opens at 8:00 AM and closes at 6:00 PM

Registration

In-person registration takes place from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at a location to be determined (details will be provided to competitors at a later date). If you are unable to attend this registration session on Thursday, late registration will be available Friday morning from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM. Competitors should email PremierPlay@wizards.com if they will not be attending the Thursday registration session.

Even though competitors will have registered for the tournament on MTGMelee prior to Thursday, competitors must still register on-site to confirm they are in Seattle, undergo an ID check, and receive their complementary Pro Tour gifts.

For in-person registration, all competitors must present one of the following forms of identification:

  • a driver's license; or
  • a passport; or
  • a copy of a birth certification and photo ID (school IDs are acceptable)

Tournament Information

The Magic: The Gathering Tournament Rules and Infraction & Penalty Guide are in effect for this tournament unless specifically overruled by information in this section.

Structure (Swiss Rounds)

  • Friday: 3 rounds of Outlaws of Thunder Junction Booster Draft, followed by 5 rounds of Standard Constructed.
  • Saturday: 3 rounds of Outlaws of Thunder Junction Booster Draft, followed by 5 rounds of Standard Constructed.
  • 16 Swiss Rounds total, 50 minutes per round.
  • All competitors may participate in all 8 Swiss rounds of Friday's competition.
  • Competitors with twelve (12) or more match points after Round 8 will advance to Saturday's portion of the competition.
  • Whenever a competitor reaches the designated number of match wins before round 16, they immediately advance to the Top 8 playoff and are removed from future pairings in Swiss rounds. The designated number of match wins will be determined the week of April 22, 2024.
  • Competitors in the Top 8 playoff are seeded in order from 1st through 8th. Seeding is determined by:
    • The round in which a competitor received their designated number of match wins.
    • Their OMW%, GW%, and OGW% as of the round in which they receive their designated number of match wins.
    • Seeding for the Top 8 playoff is locked after each round in which a competitor reaches their designated number of match wins.
  • The top 8 competitors after Round 16 will advance to Sunday's single-elimination playoff rounds.

Structure (Playoff Rounds)

  • Playoff rounds will use a traditional, single-elimination bracket.
  • Playoff rounds will run in the Standard Constructed format.
  • All playoff matches will be best 3 out of 5. The first two games played in each playoff match are pre-sideboard games. After Game 2 is complete, competitors may exchange cards from their deck for cards in their sideboard.
  • Standings after the Swiss rounds are used to determine final order in the standings for losing competitors in the quarterfinal and semifinal playoff rounds.
  • While there are no time limits in the playoff rounds, competitors are expected to play at a reasonable pace and finish their matches within 90 minutes.
  • For the first game of each match in the playoff rounds, the competitor that finished higher in the Swiss rounds chooses either to play first or to play second. For subsequent games in each playoff match, the usual Play/Draw rule applies (loser of the previous game decides whether to play first in the next game).

Schedule

Day Time Tournament Item
Friday 8:50 AM Seating for competitor meeting and Draft 1 posted
Friday 9:00 AM Competitor meeting begins
Friday 9:05 AM Draft 1 begins
Saturday 8:50 AM Seating for competitor meeting and Draft 2 posted
Saturday 9:00 AM Competitor meeting begins
Saturday 9:05 AM Draft 2 begins
Sunday 8:00 AM Top 8 competitor check-in
Sunday 8:45 AM Quarterfinals begin

Other Items

  • Rules Enforcement Level: Professional.
  • Competitors must use the same Standard deck for Day One, Day Two, and the Top 8 playoff.
  • Competitors are responsible for knowing all tournament rules.

Prizes

Competitors that finish Pro Tour Outlaws of Thunder Junction with thirty (30) or more match points will be invited to the third Pro Tour in the 2023-2024 Season.

Competitors that have 39 or more Adjusted Match Points (AMP) in the post-Pro Tour Thunder Junction AMP standing will be invited to the third Pro Tour in the 2023-2024 Season.

Competitors that finish with thirty-six (36) or more match points at the end of the Swiss rounds or the top eight (8) finishing competitors (whichever is greater) will be invited to the Magic World Championship 30.

There is a $500,000 prize pool, which is awarded to competitors based on their final standing in the tournament. All prizes are displayed in U.S Dollars. Prizes are subject to change.

Prizes for the Top 8 finishers are awarded as follows. All competitors will receive at least $1000 regardless of the final placing. The complete, final prize chart will be posted the week of April 20, 2024.

Place Prize
1 $50,000
2 $30,000
3–4 $15,000
5–8 $10,000

Second Chance Pro Tour Qualifier (Saturday)

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 9:00 AM.

Cost: Free

Format: Standard Constructed

Invitations: Two (2) invitations to the third Pro Tour of the 2023-2024 Season.

Format: 5 or 6 Swiss rounds (based on attendance), top 8 cut, 2 single-elimination round

Who can play: Pro Tour Thunder Junction Competitors that are not already qualified for the third Pro Tour of the 2023-2024 Season. Remember that if a competitor (1) finishes Pro Tour Thunder Junction with thirty (30) or more match points, or (2) has 39 or more Adjusted Match Points (AMP) in the post-Pro Tour Thunder Junction AMP standing, they will be invited to the third Pro Tour of the 2023-2024 Season.

Second Chance Pro Tour Qualifier (Sunday)

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2024, at 9:00 AM.

Cost: Free

Format: Standard Constructed

Invitations: Four (4) invitations to the third Pro Tour of the 2023-2024 Season.

Format: 6 or 7 Swiss rounds (based on attendance), top 8 cut, 1 single-elimination round

Who can play: Pro Tour Thunder Junction Competitors that are not already qualified for the third Pro Tour of the 2023-2024 Season. Remember that if a competitor (1) finishes Pro Tour Thunder Junction with thirty (30) or more match points, or (2) has 39 or more Adjusted Match Points (AMP) in the post-Pro Tour Thunder Junction AMP standing, they will be invited to the third Pro Tour of the 2023-2024 Season.

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