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Qualifier Weekend Information

October 01, 2021
Wizards of the Coast

Overview

Qualifier Weekend is a two-day event held on Magic: The Gathering Arena in which top eligible players at the end of the event will receive invitations to compete in the Innistrad Championship event, December 3–5, 2021 – Standard and Historic formats.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Players must be 18 years or older to compete in a Qualifier Weekend event.
  • Players who are qualified for the Innistrad Championship are ineligible to compete in any Qualifier Weekends through October 2021, regardless of ranked-season standings.
  • All days of competition feature Traditional (Best-of-Three) formats.
  • See the Qualifier Weekend tournament rules for additional details.

Qualifier Weekends that provide invitations to the Innistrad Championship will take place on the following dates:

Dates Entry Window Format 2021 Ranked Seasons Invited
August 7-8, 2021 Day One & Day Two

6-8 a.m. PDT

9-11 a.m. EDT

15:00-17:00 CEST

22:00 (day of)-00:00 (next day) JST
Standard May, June, July
October 9-10, 2021 Innistrad:
Midnight Hunt


Phantom
Sealed Deck
August:
First 500 or approximate Top 500 by 7 a.m. PT August 10;
Top 1,200 August 24
October 30-31*, 2021 Historic September

*Day 2 of this event starts one hour earlier in Europe (14:00-16:00 CEST) due to Daylight Savings' end there (no change to rest of world)

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October 9-10 Qualifier Weekend Invitation Paths

There are several paths to qualify for the October 9–10 Qualifier Weekend:

  • Being one of the first 500 players in either Constructed or Limited to reach Mythic rank in the August Ranked Season prior to 7 a.m. Pacific time (14:00 UTC) on August 10.
  • Being one of the approximate Top 500 in either Constructed or Limited at 7 a.m. Pacific on August 10.
  • Finishing in the Top 1,200 in either Constructed or Limited in the August Ranked Season.
  • Finishing with seven (7) wins during Day Two of an Arena Open held since the most recent Qualifier Weekend.
    • The date of the next Arena Open has not yet announced.
  • Finishing with at least six (6) match wins during Day One of the August 2021 Qualifier Weekend
  • Competing in Day Two of the August 2021 Qualifier Weekend.
  • Competing in the Strixhaven Championship and finishing with fewer than 10 wins. (These players are eligible for all Qualifier Weekends through October 2021)

Qualifier Weekend invitations can also be earned through events managed by Wizards-approved tournament organizers. Please refer to those organizers' event information pages for more details.

Some players will receive direct entry to Day Two of the October 9–10 Qualifier Weekend. That group of players are ineligible to compete in Day One of that weekend.

  • Finishing with exactly six (6) wins in the August Qualifier Weekend Day Two event.
  • Being a member of the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Hall of Fame. (These players are eligible for all Qualifier Weekends through October 2021)

Additional means of invitation to a Qualifier Weekend (either Day One or Day Two) are provided at the sole discretion of Wizards of the Coast.

October 9-10 Qualifier Weekend Event Information

EVENT FORMAT

October 9-10's Qualifier Weekend's gameplay format is Traditional Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Phantom Sealed Deck (Best-of-Three).

Friday, September 3

By this date, players who earn an invitation in this event will see an in-game notification screen, a Qualifier Badge displayed on their Profile tab, and an email with initial event details.

The Badge, notification, and email for each Season will be granted on the following timeline:

  • August Season: First 500/apprximate Top 500 Mythic by 7 a.m. PT August 10 Invitees – Granted by Friday, August 13
  • August Season: All Others – Granted by Friday, September 3

If you earn an invitation via a Wizards-approved tournament organizer, your invite will be granted at the same time as ranked-season players in the month you qualified (i.e. if your event took place in August, you will receive your Badge by September 3).

The grant of Qualifier Badges to accounts is a manual process completed by the date listed above following the Ranked Season's completion. Please wait to contact Customer Service until then to confirm your eligibility.

If you believe you have qualified (via the Ladder or via another method) and you do not see the Qualifier Badge on your account after the date mentioned for the season you qualified, please contact Customer Service as soon as possible.

Thursday, October 7

9 a.m. PDT (16:00 UTC): Players with the Qualifier Badge on their Profile page will be able to see the Day One event.

Also, players who hold a direct invitation to Day Two will receive a Day Two Token by this time. Once the Token is on their account, this group of players will only be able to see the Day Two event.



If you believe you have qualified and you do not see the event in-game, please contact Customer Service by Thursday, October 7 at 5 p.m. PDT (midnight UTC October 8). Failure to do so may prevent you from participating in the Qualifier Weekend.

Saturday, October 9

6 a.m. PDT (13:00 UTC): Day One event begins - Start of the 2-hour Entry Window.

  • Cards will not be added to players' collections.
  • Once a player has completed deckbuilding, they can click the green Play button to enter the matchmaking queue.

8 a.m. PDT (15:00 UTC): Day One Entry Window closes.

  • Players must have clicked the green Start button and entered deckbuilding prior to the 8 a.m. PDT deadline.
  • Changes to the main deck's configuration are permitted between rounds.
  • Players only get to compete in one course of the Day One event – 7 wins or 3 losses.

5 p.m. PDT (midnight UTC October 10): Matchmaking queue is disabled. Matches in progress will be allowed to finish until the event ends.

6 p.m. PDT (01:00 UTC October 10): Day One ends.

Players who reach seven (7) match wins in Day One are eligible to play in Day Two and will receive a Day Two Token. The Day Two event should be visible to players with a Token, but players will be unable to join this event until the next day.





Sunday, October 10

6 a.m. PDT (13:00 UTC): Day Two event begins - Start of the 2-hour Entry Window.

  • Cards will not be added to players' collections.
  • On Day 2, players receive a new Sealed pool to build their deck.
  • Once a player has completed deckbuilding, they can click the green Play button to enter the matchmaking queue.


8 a.m. PDT (15:00 UTC): Day Two Entry Window closes.

  • Players must have clicked the green Start button and entered deckbuilding prior to the 8 a.m. PDT deadline.
  • Changes to the main deck's configuration are permitted between rounds.
  • Players only get to compete in one course of the Day Two event – 7 wins or 3 losses
  • NOTE: There will be significantly fewer players in the Day Two event than the Day One event. Matchmaking times may be much longer than usual. Players should remain in the matchmaking queue even if the wait time takes a while - you may not have an opponent to match up with immediately.

5 p.m. PDT (midnight UTC October 11): Matchmaking queue is disabled. Matches in progress will be allowed to finish until the event ends.

6 p.m. PDT (01:00 UTC October 11): Day Two ends.

Event Information

Format

October 9-10's Qualifier Weekend's gameplay format is Traditional Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Phantom Sealed Deck. Players compete in best-of-three with a minimum 40-card deck, with the remainder of their Sealed pool comprising their sideboard.

All matches during this event will be played in a special Magic: The Gathering Arena event queue.

  • On Day 1, eligible players may compete until they reach seven (7) wins or three (3) losses
  • On Day 2, eligible players may compete until they reach seven (7) wins or three (3) losses

Each player will have 30 minutes on their respective match clock that will count down whenever that player has priority. To see the clock, hover your cursor over the bottom-left corner of the screen beside your display name.

If a player runs out of time on their clock before the current game finishes, they will lose the match regardless of the current board state.

Event

Once the game update is live on October 7, eligible players will see a Qualifier Weekend event in Magic: The Gathering Arena. This is the event you will join on Saturday, October 9. Then, if you are eligible for Day Two as a result of your Day One finish, you will be able to see the Day Two event at the end of your course.

If you do not see the event, you will need to contact Customer Service as soon as possible.

Entering the Event

Starting at 6 a.m. PDT (13:00 UTC) on October 7, eligible players will be able to join the Qualifier Weekend event in Magic: The Gathering Arena. On the event page, you must click "Start" to confirm your entry in the event. Players will have until 8 a.m. PDT (15:00 UTC) to complete this step. Players are strongly encouraged to build their Sealed Deck and begin playing as soon as possible after the event starts to ensure enough time to play all your matches.

Event End

Players will have until 6 p.m. PDT each day to complete all their matches. Any matches currently in progress as of 5 p.m. PDT will be allowed to complete; however, players will not be able to join any new matches.

Prizes

Players will receive gems based on the number of match wins they earn in Day One as follows:

Match Wins Gems
7 1200
6 1200
5 1000
4 800
3 600
2 400
1 200

Additionally, players who earn six (6) or more match wins on Day One will be invited to participate in the next Qualifier Weekend regardless of their monthly ranked-season performance.

Players will receive their gem awards once they have completed their event and click Claim Prize.

Players who qualify for and compete in Day Two will receive gems based on the number of match wins they earn in Day Two as follows:

Match Wins Gems
7 6000
6 6000
5 5000
4 4000
3 3000
2 2000
1 1000

All players who reach seven (7) wins will receive an invitation to compete in the Innistrad Championship, provided they are eligible to participate in the event upon verification. Eligible players will be contacted within 3-5 business days to provide Wizards of the Coast the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Age (all players must be 18 years or older in order to participate in the Championship and all events that feed the Championship)
  • DCI Number (an account can be created at accounts.wizards.com if a player does not have one)

Please note that players who qualify for a Championship will have 14 days to respond to the email they receive from Magic Esports. Otherwise, they forfeit their invitation. Qualified players should ensure that the email address associated to their Wizards Account—the account system used to log in to Magic: The Gathering Arena—is active and up-to-date.

All players who finish with six (6) wins (but not seven) in Day Two will be receive direct entry into the Day Two event of the next Qualifier Weekend.

Contact Information

For any questions regarding eligibility or participation in the event, or if you encounter any issues with your account leading up to the event, or if you have a technical issue within the event, please contact Customer Service, subject line: "Qualifier Weekend" – using this link will expedite your request.

Disclaimers

Players who compete acknowledge that they have read the tournament rules and are competing on hardware that meets the recommended hardware specifications for running Magic: The Gathering Arena.

It is not recommended that players compete in Magic Esports events on a mobile device or any platform in early access. Players who elect to do so assume all responsibility for gameplay or connection issues they experience.



October 30-31 Qualifier Weekend Invitation Paths

There are several paths to qualify for the October 30-31 Qualifier Weekend:

  • Finishing in the Top 1,200 in either Constructed or Limited in the September Ranked Season.
  • Finishing with seven (7) wins during Day Two of an Arena Open held since the most recent Qualifier Weekend.
    • The date of the next Arena Open has not yet announced.
  • Finishing with at least six (6) match wins during Day One of the October 9-10 Qualifier Weekend
  • Competing in Day Two of the October 9-10 Qualifier Weekend.
  • Competing in the Strixhaven Championship and finishing with fewer than 10 wins.

Qualifier Weekend invitations can also be earned through events managed by Wizards-approved tournament organizers. Please refer to those organizers' event information pages for more details.

Some players will receive direct entry to Day Two of the October 30-31 Qualifier Weekend. That group of players are ineligible to compete in Day One of that weekend.

  • Finishing with exactly six (6) wins in the October 9-10 Qualifier Weekend Day Two event.
  • Being a member of the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Hall of Fame. (These players are eligible for all Qualifier Weekends through October 2021)

Additional means of invitation to a Qualifier Weekend (either Day One or Day Two) are provided at the sole discretion of Wizards of the Coast.

October 30-31 Qualifier Weekend Event Information

EVENT FORMAT

October 30-31's Qualifier Weekend's gameplay format is Traditional Historic Constructed (Best-of-Three).

Friday, October 15

By this date, players who earn an invitation in this event will see an in-game notification screen, a Qualifier Badge displayed on their Profile tab, and an email with initial event details.

  • If you earn an invitation via a Wizards-approved tournament organizer, your invite will be granted at the same time as ranked-season players in the month you qualified (i.e. if your event took place in September, you will receive your Badge by October 15).

The grant of Qualifier Badges to accounts is a manual process completed by the date listed above following the Ranked Season's completion. Please wait to contact Customer Service until then to confirm your eligibility.

If you believe you have qualified (via the Ladder or via another method) and you do not see the Qualifier Badge on your account after the date mentioned for the season you qualified, please contact Customer Service as soon as possible.

Thursday, October 28

9 a.m. PDT (16:00 UTC): Players with the Qualifier Badge on their Profile page will be able to see the Day One event.

Also, players who hold a direct invitation to Day Two will receive a Day Two Token by this time. Once the Token is on their account, this group of players will only be able to see the Day Two event.


If you believe you have qualified and you do not see the event in-game, please contact Customer Service by Thursday, October 28 at 5 p.m. PDT (midnight UTC October 8). Failure to do so may prevent you from participating in the Qualifier Weekend.

Saturday, October 30

6 a.m. PDT (13:00 UTC): Day One event begins - Start of the 2-hour Entry Window.

  • Once a player has selected their deck, no changes can be made to the deck.
  • NOTE: For those on Central European Summer Time, the Entry Window is 16:00-18:00 local time on this day.


8 a.m. PDT (15:00 UTC): Day One Entry Window closes.

  • Players must have clicked the green Start button prior to the 8 a.m. PDT deadline.
  • Players only get to compete in one course of the Day One event – 7 wins or 3 losses.

5 p.m. PDT (midnight UTC October 31): Matchmaking queue is disabled. Matches in progress will be allowed to finish until the event ends.

6 p.m. PDT (01:00 UTC October 31): Day One ends.

Players who reach seven (7) match wins in Day One are eligible to play in Day Two and will receive a Day Two Token. The Day Two event should be visible to players with a Token, but players will be unable to join this event until the next day.



Sunday, October 31

6 a.m. PDT (13:00 UTC): Day Two event begins - Start of the 2-hour Entry Window.

  • Players are permitted to choose the same deck as Day 1 (with or without edits) or a different deck.
  • Once a player has selected their deck, no changes can be made to the deck.
  • NOTE: For those on Central European Time, the Entry Window is 15:00-17:00 local time on this day.

8 a.m. PDT (15:00 UTC): Day Two Entry Window closes.

  • Players must have clicked the green Start button prior to the 8 a.m. PDT deadline.
  • Players only get to compete in one course of the Day Two event – 7 wins or 3 losses
  • NOTE: There will be significantly fewer players in the Day Two event than the Day One event. Matchmaking times may be much longer than usual. Players should remain in the matchmaking queue even if the wait time takes a while - you may not have an opponent to match up with immediately.

5 p.m. PDT (midnight UTC November 1): Matchmaking queue is disabled. Matches in progress will be allowed to finish until the event ends.

6 p.m. PDT (01:00 UTC November 1): Day Two ends.

Event Information

Format

October 30-31's Qualifier Weekend's gameplay format is Traditional Historic Constructed. Players compete in best-of-three with a minimum 60-card deck and up to 15 cards in their sideboard.

All matches during this event will be played in a special Magic: The Gathering Arena event queue.

  • On Day 1, eligible players may compete until they reach seven (7) wins or three (3) losses
  • On Day 2, eligible players may compete until they reach seven (7) wins or three (3) losses

Each player will have 30 minutes on their respective match clock that will count down whenever that player has priority. To see the clock, hover your cursor over the bottom-left corner of the screen beside your display name.

If a player runs out of time on their clock before the current game finishes, they will lose the match regardless of the current board state.

Event

Once the game update is live on October 28, eligible players will see a Qualifier Weekend event in Magic: The Gathering Arena. This is the event you will join on Saturday, October 30. Then, if you are eligible for Day Two as a result of your Day One finish, you will be able to see the Day Two event at the end of your course.

If you do not see the event, you will need to contact Customer Service as soon as possible.

Entering the Event

Starting at 6 a.m. PDT (13:00 UTC) on October 28, eligible players will be able to join the Qualifier Weekend event in Magic: The Gathering Arena. On the event page, you must click "Start" to confirm your entry in the event. Players will have until 8 a.m. PDT (15:00 UTC) to complete this step. Players are strongly encouraged to build their Sealed Deck and begin playing as soon as possible after the event starts to ensure enough time to play all your matches.

Event End

Players will have until 6 p.m. PDT each day to complete all their matches. Any matches currently in progress as of 5 p.m. PDT will be allowed to complete; however, players will not be able to join any new matches.

Prizes

Players will receive gems based on the number of match wins they earn in Day One as follows:

Match Wins Gems
7 1200
6 1200
5 1000
4 800
3 600
2 400
1 200

Additionally, players who earn six (6) or more match wins on Day One will be invited to participate in the next Qualifier Weekend regardless of their monthly ranked-season performance.

Players will receive their gem awards once they have completed their event and click Claim Prize.

Players who qualify for and compete in Day Two will receive gems based on the number of match wins they earn in Day Two as follows:

Match Wins Gems
7 6000
6 6000
5 5000
4 4000
3 3000
2 2000
1 1000

All players who reach seven (7) wins will receive an invitation to compete in the Innistrad Championship, provided they are eligible to participate in the event upon verification. Eligible players will be contacted within 3-5 business days to provide Wizards of the Coast the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Age (all players must be 18 years or older in order to participate in the Championship and all events that feed the Championship)
  • DCI Number (an account can be created at accounts.wizards.com if a player does not have one)

Please note that players who qualify for a Championship will have 14 days to respond to the email they receive from Magic Esports. Otherwise, they forfeit their invitation. Qualified players should ensure that the email address associated to their Wizards Account—the account system used to log in to Magic: The Gathering Arena—is active and up-to-date.

All players who finish with six (6) wins (but not seven) in Day Two will be receive direct entry into the Day Two event of the next Qualifier Weekend.

Contact Information

For any questions regarding eligibility or participation in the event, or if you encounter any issues with your account leading up to the event, or if you have a technical issue within the event, please contact Customer Service, subject line: "Qualifier Weekend" – using this link will expedite your request.

Disclaimers

Players who compete acknowledge that they have read the tournament rules and are competing on hardware that meets the recommended hardware specifications for running Magic: The Gathering Arena.

It is not recommended that players compete in Magic Esports events on a mobile device or any platform in early access. Players who elect to do so assume all responsibility for gameplay or connection issues they experience.

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