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Qualifier Weekend Information

January 26, 2021
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Strixhaven Qualifier Weekend Schedule

Strixhaven Qualifier Weekends will take place on the following days:

Dates Format Qualification Method from Ranked Play
March 13–14, 2021 Kaldheim Sealed (Phantom) Finish in the Top 1,200 of Mythic rank in Limited or Constructed for the February 2021 Ranked Season
April 10–11, 2021 Historic Constructed Finish in the Top 1,200 of Mythic rank in Limited or Constructed for the March 2021 Ranked Season
May 15–16, 2021 Standard Constructed Finish in the Top 1,200 of Mythic rank in Limited or Constructed for the April 2021 Ranked Season





Qualifications

  • Finishing the February 2021 Ranked Season as a Top 1200 Mythic-ranked player in either Constructed or Limited.
  • Finishing with at least six (6) match wins during Day One of the previous month's Qualifier Weekend or competing in Day Two of the previous month’s Qualifier Weekend.
  • Players that qualified for the Kaldheim Championship (these players are eligible for all Strixhaven Qualifier Weekends, provided they are not already qualified for the Strixhaven Championship).
  • Being a member of the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Hall of Fame.

Players who are qualified for the Strixhaven Championship are ineligible to compete in any Strixhaven Qualifier Weekends, regardless of standing in the ranked seasons that determine eligibility.

Additional means of being eligible for Strixhaven Qualifier Weekends may be available through tournaments or tournament series managed by approved tournament organizers. Please refer to the event information pages for approved tournament organizers for more details.

April Event Information

April Qualifications

  • Finishing the March 2021 Ranked Season as a Top 1200 Mythic-ranked player in either Constructed or Limited.
  • Finishing with at least six (6) match wins during Day One of the previous month's Qualifier Weekend or competing in Day Two of the previous month's Qualifier Weekend.
  • Players that qualified for the Kaldheim Championship (these players are eligible for all Strixhaven Qualifier Weekends, provided they are not already qualified for the Strixhaven Championship).
  • Being a member of the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Hall of Fame.

Players who are qualified for the Strixhaven Championship are ineligible to compete in any Strixhaven Qualifier Weekends, regardless of standing in the ranked seasons that determine eligibility.

Additional means of being eligible for Strixhaven Qualifier Weekends may be available through tournaments or tournament series managed by approved tournament organizers. Please refer to the event information pages for approved tournament organizers for more details.

Current tournaments and tournament series in this category include (but are not necessarily limited to):

  • StarCityGames.com Qualifier Events eligible to invite to April 2021
  • Japan Championship 2021 Events eligible to invite to April 2021

April 2021 Strixhaven Qualifier Weekend Event Information

General Timeline

Please note the start and end times for the April 2021 Strixhaven Qualifier Weekend have been updated from previous Qualifier Weekend events and should be reviewed carefully.

IMPORTANT NOTE

April 2021's Qualifier Weekend's gameplay format is Historic Constructed.

April 8

9 a.m. PDT (16:00 UTC): Players with the Qualifier badge on their Profile page will be able to see the Day 1 event. Players with a Day 2 Token will only be able to see the Day 2 event.



If you believe you have qualified and you do not see the event in-game, please contact Customer Service by Thursday, April 8 at 5 p.m. PDT (12:00 UTC April 9). Failure to do so may prevent you from participating in the Qualifier Weekend.

April 10

6 a.m. PDT (13:00 UTC): Day 1 event begins and is the start of the 2-hour entry window.

8 a.m. PDT (15:00 UTC): Day 1 event entry window closes. Players must have joined the matchmaking queue prior to the 8 a.m. PDT deadline to begin playing their matches.

5 p.m. PDT (12:00 UTC April 11): Matchmaking queue is disabled. Matches in progress will be allowed to finish until the event ends.

6 p.m. PDT (1:00 UTC April 11): Day 1 ends.

Players who reach seven (7) match wins in Day 1 are eligible to play in Day 2 and will receive a Day 2 token. The Day 2 event should be visible to players with a token, but players will be unable to join this event until the next day. Additionally, the Day 2 event, like the Day 1 event, can only be joined once.





April 11

6 a.m. PDT (13:00 UTC): Day 2 event entry window opens.



8 a.m. PDT (15:00 UTC): Day 2 event entry window closes. Players must have joined the matchmaking queue prior to the 8 a.m. PDT deadline to begin playing their matches.

5 p.m. PDT (12:00 UTC April 12): Matchmaking queue is disabled. Matches in progress will be allowed to finish until the event ends.

6 p.m. PDT (1:00 UTC April 12): Day 2 ends.

Please note that there will be significantly fewer players in the Day 2 event than the Day 1 event. Matchmaking times may be much longer than usual. Players should remain in the matchmaking queue even if the wait time takes a while as you may not have an opponent to compete against immediately.

Event Information

Eligibility

Players must be 18 years or older to compete in the Strixhaven Qualifier Weekend.

The top 1,200 Mythic-ranked players in either Constructed or Limited during March 2021 Ranked Season, players who competed in the Kaldheim Championship, and players who received eligibility via other means as previously listed are eligible to compete.

The grant of Qualifier badges to accounts is a manual process completed by the 5th day of the month following the Ranked Season's completion. Please wait to contact Customer Service until then to confirm your eligibility.

If you do not see the Challenger badge on your profile page and you believe you earned eligibility to participate by that time, you must contact Customer Service immediately to confirm your eligibility.

If you earned your qualification via tournament offering from one of our partners, please provide references of said prize in your ticket to Customer Service. Failure to do so may prevent you from participating in the event.

Format

April 2021'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 for the applicable Constructed format.

All matches during this event will be played in a special Magic: The Gathering Arena event queue. Players may compete until they receive seven (7) wins or three (3) losses on Day 1, and then (if eligible to play on Day 2) seven (7) wins or three (3) losses on Day 2, whichever comes first.

Each player will have 30 minutes on their respective match clock that will count down whenever that player has priority. If a player uses all their allotted 30 minutes of time before the current game finishes, they will lose the match regardless of the current board state.

Event

Once the game update is live on April 8, eligible players will see a Qualifier Weekend event in Magic: The Gathering Arena. This is the event you will join on Saturday, April 10. Then, if you are eligible for Day 2 as a result of your Day 1 finish, you will be able to see the Day 2 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 April 10, 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 begin playing as soon as possible after the event starts to ensure enough time to play all your matches.

Event End

Participants will play until seven (7) wins or three (3) losses, whichever comes first on Day 1. If a player is eligible to participate on Day 2, those participants will play until seven (7) wins or three (3) losses, whichever comes first on Day 2.

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 1 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 1 will be invited to participate in the following month's Qualifier Weekend regardless of their monthly ranked season performance. The Qualifier Badge will be granted to those players by the 5th of the month the following Ranked Season.

Players will receive their gem awards once they have completed their event.

Players who qualify for and compete in Day 2 will receive gems based on the number of match wins they earn in Day 2 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 invitation to compete in the Strixhaven 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 Strixhaven Championship and all subsequent 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 Split 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 reach six (6) wins but not seven (7) wins in Day 2 will be eligible to participate in the next month's Qualifier Weekend and will receive automatic entry into Day 2. Players who received an invitation to Day 2 of the next month's Qualifier Weekend this way will be eligible for the following month's Qualifier Weekend Day 1 event.

Contact Information

For any questions regarding eligibility or participating in the event, or if you encounter any issues with your account leading up to the event, please contact Customer Service, subject line: "Qualifier Weekend".

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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